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In Exile, at Home — “Necessary Stories” column from The Jerusalem Report

September 28th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Culture and Ideas, Judaism and Religion

Haim Watzman The stranger wore a threadbare black sports jacket that looked like it might have come from a second-hand shop and a dusty black kipah. He stroked his short beard as he walked up and down the rows of graves as the ox plows, stopping for a few beats at each to read the […]

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Advice to Dissent

June 28th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Judaism and Religion

Haim Watzman Israelis often wail that the country lacks unity. But when most Israelis say “We need more unity,” what they really mean is “More people should agree with me.” Dissent can be a pain, but it’s essential—as is recognized by the Sages of the Talmud in the Horayot Tractate (4b). The Beit Midrash run […]

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Half-Rejoicing with Jerusalem

June 2nd, 2008 · 4 Comments · Judaism and Religion

Haim Watzman “Rejoice with Jerusalem,” says the prophet Isaiah. Recall its destruction whenever you celebrate, says the Psalmist. In two months time we’ll mourn its destruction with the fast of the Ninth of Av; today is Jerusalem Day, Israel’s celebration of its capital city. Both ancient texts and modern realities force us to conceive of […]

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