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Super Tuesday

November 5th, 2012 · No Comments · Culture and Ideas

Haim Watzman I’m guest blogging this week on the Jewish Book Council’s “The Prosenpeople” and My Jewish Learning’s “Members of the Scribe” blogs. My Dad and I never watched the Superbowl together. Nor the NBA championships, the World Cup, or the World Series. In my family, the only person who watched sports on television was […]

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No Choice: The Unbearable Angst of the Israeli Voter

August 29th, 2008 · 11 Comments · Politics and Policy

Haim Watzman I envy Americans. The choice they face in their coming election is so clear. The choice we Israelis will face in our next election couldn’t be more muddled. The choice in the United States is so stark because nearly every policy the Republican administration has put into action has failed, and in just […]

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On Voting Across the Sea

May 15th, 2008 · 4 Comments · Politics and Policy

Since Haim quoted me on the subject of voting in America – and since his father disagreed with me – I’ll explain how my view developed. In my Jewish home, growing up, I learned that voting was a primary mitzvah, the mark of a responsible human being. In 1980, the first US election after I […]

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Should Obama Get My Vote?

May 14th, 2008 · 12 Comments · Politics and Policy

“Are you going to vote for Obama?” my 14-year-old daughter, Misgav, asked me the other day. “I don’t vote in American elections,” I replied, “because I’m Israeli.” “But you could vote, right?” “I could,” I acknowledged. “I’m also an American citizen. But the last time I voted was in 1980. Once I decided to make […]

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