Weekly Torah Portion

As someone trying his best to speak reasonably and sensibly about Israel, I am often accused of a whole litany of high crimes and misdemeanors. One recurring accusation is that I am guilty of what-about-ism – deflecting ostensibly legitimate criticism of Israel by, in effect, saying “look over there”, at the horrors perpetrated by other countries around the world, in order to change the topic, rather than deal with Israel’s “criminal” behavior.

I reject this charge. And I’d like to look at Parshat Devarim to explain.

09.08.2019

Previous Torah Portions

Socialism has become an issue in the American political conversation; it has been one here in Israel for a while. The original socialism of Israel’s founders - the Labor party and its various factions - was an essential element in the Israeli economy and society for the first decades of the State.
02.08.2019
The claim that Jews love money is a well-known – perhaps the best known – trope in the moronic blather of anti Semites, from right, left, or center. Today, between fantasies about the Rothchilds, Soros, and the Jews “owning” everything from the media to the banks to the Fed, it figures prominently in all of their childish ravings.
26.07.2019
Last night I watched the BBC Panorama program on anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. It was shocking and worrying, for a few reasons. First of all, the extent of the hatred of Jews and of Israel is remarkable.
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