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Nobody Smiles — “Necessary Stories” column from The Jerusalem Report

December 14th, 2012 · No Comments · Culture and how to get viagra without prescription Ideas

Haim Watzman Is there a dictionary of smiles? I need one. I know what my own smiles mean. I think of my face as a simple platform. It exhibits a range of smiles that clearly convey a certain range of messages, from “that’s nice” to “go away.” The male face has evolved so many layers […]

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Wimps

November 9th, 2012 · No Comments · Culture and Ideas

Haim Watzman The third and final of my guest posts on the Jewish Book Council’s Prosenpeople blog. Are Israeli guys real men? Yes, I mean the canada pharmacy viagra tank commanders and pilots and infantry sergeants. The ones who are viewed in so many places as the type specimens of paxil sale the tough macho Jew. That was the subject […]

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Winter — “Necessary Stories” column from The Jerusalem Report

January 2nd, 2012 · No Comments · Culture and Ideas

Haim Watzman “Can I get some cooperation here?” asks Yoel in the firm but plaintive voice of a reserve platoon commander. Tourjeman, Brosh, and I are sitting like three monkeys (bald, sandy blond, bearded; wiry, fit, and flabby) on a small mound at the foot of the dusty spur that we’ve been charging up all […]

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The Day of His Birth — “Necessary Stories” column from The Jerusalem Report

May 18th, 2011 · 9 Comments · Culture and Ideas

Haim Watzman The quarter-moon hovers low on the horizon as Gadi speeds the pickup truck the generic cialis uk online pharmacy length of the Jezreel valley. From the passenger seat I gaze up at the stars sparkling above the Hill of Moreh, where Gideon mustered his troops. It’s my second trip down the valley this night to the hospital in […]

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The Soldiers’ Testimonies–Another View

March 27th, 2009 · 7 Comments · Politics and Policy

Haim Watzman Have Israeli soldiers’ values—and the moral choices they make in combat—changed? Do the soldiers’ testimonies from the Rabin pre-military academy show that the no prescription viagra IDF and its soldiers have adopted values different from those of cialis 5 mg canada pharmacy earlier decades and earlier wars? I’m not convinced. They might, and the charges made in the testimonies certainly need […]

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Bad War, Good Soldiers

January 29th, 2009 · 28 Comments · Politics and Policy

Haim Watzman I recently bumped into a mild-mannered, bookish paratrooper I know. He had come home to Jerusalem for a short weekend after spending two weeks in Gaza. I didn’t know what to expect when I asked him what he thought of the war. I thought I might hear him echo my own thoughts, and […]

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Risk and War

January 16th, 2009 · 11 Comments · Politics and Policy

Haim Watzman Howard Schweber’s analysis of the Gaza war in light of just war theory (in full at The Huffingon Post and canadian viagra no prescription in two parts, here and here on Jewcy) is thought-provoking and worthy of a longer response than I have time for before Shabbat on this short winter Friday. But I’d like to point […]

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Son Sacrifice: Humility and the Significance of the Akeda

November 13th, 2008 · 5 Comments · Judaism and Religion

Haim Watzman Many years ago, when I lived at Kibbutz Tirat Tzvi, a storm erupted in synagogue on Shabbat Vayare—the Shabbat, like this coming one, on which we read the story of Akedat Yitzhak, the binding of Isaac. The shouts of anger and dismay were occasioned by one of the plethora of pamphlets that appear […]

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Rogue Forces

November 5th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Politics and Policy

Why does the Israeli army defend illegal outposts rather than dismantle them en masse? Why doesn’t the political leadership give the orders for the army to act? Yagil Levy, an excellent analyst, has a very good, and very frightening explanation, via Ha’aretz: The bias of the army is naturally in favor of the settlers, over […]

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A Guy at a Bus Stop — New “Necesssary Stories” column in The Jerusalem Report

July 22nd, 2008 · 1 Comment · Politics and Policy

I spotted Guy at the shabby bus stop on the south-bound side of the Geha Highway, at the foot of the narrow bridge that leads to the Ramat Gan campus of Bar-Ilan University, near the predominantly ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak. Most highway bus stops in Israel have been cleaned up, but 30 years ago, […]

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More on Mofaz’s mediocrity

July 12th, 2008 · 1 Comment · Politics and Policy

Gershom Gorenberg Buried in a Ha’aretz story on training exercises aimed at rebuilding the Israeli army’s ability to fight a war is the order cheap cialis mention of the newspaper’s own report [emphasis added] from October 2002 about the expected reduction in training exercises by the regular units for 2003, stating: “The burden of the territories displaces training; […]

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Secret Shorts: Avner Shor’s New Book on Sayeret Matkal

July 9th, 2008 · No Comments · Culture and Ideas

Haim Watzman When my son informed me Saturday night that he was taking all three of my pairs of walking shorts back to the army with him, I was left scratching my head. Why would a commando-in-training need three pairs of walking shorts? He wasn’t telling me, and I resigned myself to the fact that […]

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