For Rosh Hashanah: The Jewish Earworm

Being Jewish isn’t always a picnic. I got my first inkling of this when I was about nine. My father and I were walking near his house in Westfield, New Jersey, when he fell into conversation with a neighbor, a man in his 70s, still strapping, with a snowy, Tip O’Neill quiff and a golf-course [Read More...]

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Israel Rules Duma Attack Terror, Indicts Two in Church Arson Attack

From Israel and the West Bank: good news and bad news. First, the good news: Israeli courts have indicted two men for last month’s arson attack on the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes, at Taghba. Second, the Israeli government has officially declared a similar attack in the Palestinian village of Duma, an [Read More...]

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Those Stupid Private Race Wars

While marching last week through Istanbul’s super-historic Sultanahmet district to protest the Chinese government’s restrictions on Ramadan fasting for its Turkic Uighur minority, a gang of roughnecks from Turkey’s National Movement Party ran into a group of Chinese tourists. Fulfilling the calling of angry mobs everywhere, they went on the attack. The riot police promptly [Read More...]

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