Is Jewish “fear of the other” driving Israel’s response to the new coronavirus?

March 15, 2020

Israel’s response to the new coronavirus has been proactive and strong. Is it driven in any way by classic Jewish “fear of the other?”

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“Patience is a virtue”

February 29, 2020

When you start running a fever, when do you head to the hospital and when is it best to practice patience? Relevant for cancer and COVID-19.

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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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Foiled by the flu

February 1, 2020

It was the flu that finally felled me. And for one of the only times in my somber saga of cancer, cataracts and chronic pain, I broke down and sobbed.

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One-eyed bowling

January 19, 2020

I’ve never been a great bowler. Now try doing it with only one eye. Thoughts on growth through loss and overcoming negativity with the rule of four.

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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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Good news, bad news or no news?

December 22, 2019

“Avoidance is a simple way of coping by not having to cope.” The science behind why we avoid bad news and whether that’s a good coping strategy.

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“You’re not sick enough”

December 8, 2019

“You’re not sick enough to write about your health,” my friend said. “No one will take you seriously unless you’re close to death.” Was he right? An article about health and impostor syndrome.

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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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Why I can no longer daven in an Orthodox synagogue

November 9, 2019

Here’s why I no longer daven in mechitzah minyans: It’s a symbol signaling that separate roles for men and women are immutable and eternal. I say no!

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