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Letter from Warsaw: Inside and Outside the Sealed Room

Warsaw July 28 We toured Warsaw today, seeing the city in its split-screen way, looking for what disappeared, taking in what filled in those gaps.  Large gaps:  by the end of the war pretty much the entire city lay in

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Letter from Poland, Day One

Warsaw July 28 I wondered if taking this trip made sense.  My mind and body should be elsewhere.  In no particular order:  I should be in Israel helping Israelis during this war, I should be home helping my family deal

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Mourning and Politics

I join with the Jewish people and the State of Israel in mourning the deaths of Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar, and Eyal Yifrah.  Their deaths have everything and nothing to do with politics.  Just three boys, three sons of parents,

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Slavery and Suffering

I make it a habit to choose meaning over happiness on certain auspicious occasions.  For my first date with the woman I ended up marrying, I took her to see Yossi Klein Halevi’s film “Kaddish,” a story about his father,

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[David] has a brilliant mind; he is a scholar of great range and depth; he is a deeply devoted father and husband; his outstanding abilities at organization are manifest in the splendid Me'ah Program he created and fostered; he is a forceful and moving orator; he is a man of both compassion and commitment; he is a teacher who fortifies and inspires; he is a natural leader; and his contribution to the Jewish community is legendary.
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