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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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Persuasion — “Necessary Stories” column from The Jerusalem Report

October 31st, 2012 · No Comments · Culture and Ideas

Haim Watzman Written while reading Jane Austen at election time Mr. Gary Melman, of Lowry, in Denver, was a man, who for his own amusement, never took up anything but the Wall Street Journal, there he found occupation for an idle hour, and consolation in a distressed one; there is faculties were roused into admiration […]

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Sex in the Diamond City — “Necessary Stories” column from The Jerusalem Report

March 28th, 2011 · No Comments · Culture and Ideas

Haim Watzman Leaflet pasted up on a bulletin board at the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station: “The Carat Hotel in Ramat Gan: small, comfortable, discreet, rooms equipped with DVD and coffee, hourly rates.” To: Adina Hefetz, counsel, The Association for Civil Rights in Israel From: Gal Dagan, proprietor, the Carat Hotel, Ramat Gan Dear Ms. […]

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The Big Schlep — “Necessary Stories” column from The Jerusalem Report

January 8th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Culture and Ideas

Haim Watzman A shamus knows he’s getting old when people ask him stupid questions. And this shamus has been getting a lot of stupid questions lately — things people ought to know without needing to have an over-the-hill private eye like me to tell them. I realized that early one Friday morning in the damp […]

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For Whom the Pole Knells– “Necessary Stories” column from The Jerusalem Report

October 17th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Culture and Ideas

Haim Watzman My friend Frank is a man unto himself, a person apart. He stands up for what he believes. He always tells me: “I countenance no compromises in the venue of values. I care about the indigent in India, about the glaciers in Greenland, and about the war-weary in Waziristan.” He is involved in […]

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Train Tale”–Necessary Stories” column from The Jerusalem Report

January 16th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Culture and Ideas

Haim Watzman It’s six thirty-five a.m. as I pull my bike into Jerusalem’s Malha train station. The sun is rising over the seam where the Pat neighborhood’s low, long public housing projects abut the houses of Beit Safafa. A handful of inchoate off-white clouds float through the air like empyrean amoebas, seeking to grab unwary […]

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