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Foreign Relations — “Necessary Stories” from The Jerusalem Report

April 8th, 2014 · 1 Comment · Culture and Ideas

Haim Watzman “You never play your flute anymore.” Yael and Aharon squeezed into a corner of the standing area by the rear door of the 34 bus, which smelled of exhaust and wet ponchos. Until last week they had gone down to Ben-Zakkai each Sunday and Wednesday to get the 4 alef to Mt. Scopus […]

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Justice — “Necessary Stories” from The Jerusalem Report

March 22nd, 2014 · No Comments · Culture and Ideas

Haim Watzman Ornan was staring at his locker and muttering under his breath when I tossed my backpack onto the bench and felt for my keys in my pocket. I’ve had a bottom locker for years at the Jerusalem Pool, hard to see into but easy to pull my gear out of. He first showed […]

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Keeping Spain Spanish — “Necessary Stories” from The Jerusalem Report

February 10th, 2014 · No Comments · Culture and Ideas

Haim Watzman April 15, 1492 To her most royal Catholic highness, Isabella, Queen of Castille and Leon: The Genoan madman who bears this letter assured me that he will be received into your august presence this very week. Knowing, as I do, how intelligent you are and how efficient you always have been in acquitting […]

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What Truman Got Wrong About a Jewish State

February 6th, 2014 · No Comments · Culture and Ideas, Politics and Policy

Gershom Gorenberg My review of John Judis’s “Genesis: Truman, American Jews, and the Origins of the Arab/Israeli Conflict” is now online at The American Prospect: On May 12, 1948, President Harry Truman convened a tense Oval Office meeting. In less than three days, Britain would leave Palestine, where civil war already raged between Jews and […]

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The Dryad — “Necessary Stories” from The Jerusalem Report

December 31st, 2013 · No Comments · Culture and Ideas

Haim Watzman She laughed and shook her head as she unrolled the clingy plastic from around her slug-shaped sandwich. Down below, raucous teenagers gamboled in a spring that seemed to be the source of the river along which she and her companions had hiked all morning. She laughed at how easy it had been not […]

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Inta Omri — “Necessary Stories” from The Jerusalem Report

December 2nd, 2013 · No Comments · Culture and Ideas

Haim Watzman Ilana elbowed me and eyed the couple sitting to our left in the Hirsch Theater. Shaken out of the reverie brought on by the Tarshiha Orchestra’s rendition of Um Kulthum’s hit song “Raq al-Habib,” “The Servitude of Love,” I followed her gaze. The woman to my left was tapping out a text message […]

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That’ll Be the Day — “Necessary Stories” from The Jerusalem Report

November 8th, 2013 · No Comments · Culture and Ideas, Politics and Policy

Haim Watzman The American ambassador wearily removed a cleaning cloth from the black case he’d placed on the prime minister’s desk. He shook it open, gazed sadly at the dust that danced in the beam of the ceiling light, puffed on his lenses, and rubbed the cloth over them. Holding his glasses up to the […]

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Dirty Jokes — “Necessary Stories” from The Jerusalem Report

October 17th, 2013 · No Comments · Culture and Ideas

Haim Watzman The old clock on the café counter inside ticked at least five times before the men began to laugh. At first it was just Nissim, whose trinket shop was just up the hill on Strauss Street, on the border of Mea Shearim. He guffawed as if he didn’t really want to, as if […]

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Hooligan Oil — “Necessary Stories” from The Jerusalem Report

August 13th, 2013 · No Comments · Culture and Ideas

Haim Watzman Hooligan oil? Did you say hooligan oil? I’m so sorry, I was deep into this letter from my sister back east, I didn’t even hear you come into the store. It’s so quiet this time of day, in the early afternoon, sometimes I just close up and go for a walk. Alaska’s spring […]

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The Devil and Theodor Herzl — “Necessary Stories” from The Jerusalem Report

July 1st, 2013 · 3 Comments · Culture and Ideas

Haim Watzman Herzl carefully adjusted his mouse-gray gloves and followed the young secretary through a massive door held open by a uniformed footman. “Mr. Herzl, Your Excellency,” the secretary said crisply, standing as stiff as a sentry at a military tomb. The man at the desk carefully penned notes in the margins of a document. […]

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On the Chutzpah of Serving Kneidel at a Spelling Bee

June 25th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Culture and Ideas

As you may remember, the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the United States stirred up  a storm in a soup pot when it asked contestants for the one correct English spelling of the Yiddish word for matzah balls. The Scripps spelling czars, working from Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, said the word must be spelled […]

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Revolution Until Imprisonment:

June 22nd, 2013 · No Comments · Culture and Ideas, Politics and Policy

Gershom Gorenberg My latest column at The American Prospect: Sidney Rittenberg’s face fills the screen in a college auditorium where The Revolutionary is being shown. His eyebrows are bold brushstrokes of white above narrowed, intent eyes. His lips are firm. He has the wrinkles and gnarled neck of an old man. He does not, however, […]

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