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Preparing for death

March 29, 2020

OK, that headline is a bit of a red herring. I’m not dying now nor am I planning to any time soon. But lately I’ve been thinking about death a lot. Four ways that human beings grapple with a world in which we no longer exist.

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What’s on your travel bucket list?

February 15, 2020

Jody and I were supposed to go on vacation in Asia this week. The COVID-19 virus changed all that. Where on our bucket list should we go instead?

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What’s really happening on American college campuses today

January 4, 2020

What’s really happening for pro-Israel students on American college campuses today? I’m not there. So I asked Liel Zahavi-Asa, an Israel advocate.

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Did climate change kill the Jacob’s Ladder music festival?

November 23, 2019

If there was one thing you could always count on, it was that the weather at the Sea of Galilee in May, would be rain-free. Not so anymore.

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New kosher restaurants make dining out on Shabbat a mitzvah

September 1, 2019

A few weekends ago, my wife, Jody, and I ate out in a kosher restaurant open on Shabbat. In Jerusalem of all places.

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Bubbles of happiness

August 18, 2019

This week’s column is about how to find happiness when our bodies conspire to push us in the opposite direction. Hint: it’s all about the bubbles.

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Sex and religion come together in new podcast

July 7, 2019

Sex and religion are two of my favorite topics. So when I heard about this new podcast, I knew I’d have to write about it. A review.

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After Pittsburgh and Poway, is it time to make aliyah?

May 11, 2019

Thoughts after the synagogue shootings in Pittsburgh and Poway. In a world where no place is safe, where should you live?

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The scam

April 14, 2019

Why was someone impersonating me on the Internet? And why were complete strangers writing to me on Facebook suggesting I call the FBI?

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Should Israel be more like America?

March 31, 2019

When I first arrived here in 1984, I wanted Israel to be more like America. It was a common aspiration among immigrants: Israel of the mid-1980s was a much rougher place than it is today, with infrastructure resembling that of a developing nation (remember six-month waits for a home phone line?) more than the world-class […]

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