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Kramer is a freelance writer based in Kfar Sava.  He may be contacted via [email protected]

Book Review: ‘The Taming of the Jew’

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Tuvia Tenenbom is an expat Israeli who has lived in Germany and elsewhere for many decades, working as a journalist and author. Holding many academic degrees, Tenenbom is also a playwright, essayist, and the founding artistic...
President Donald Trump Discusses Middle East Peace Deal, SOURCE: White House

Many benefits to Israel-UAE agreement

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It’s “early days,” but the surprise “Abraham Accord” announced by Washington has been a stunner. Against all odds, nothing leaked from any of the governments involved: Israel, the United Arab Emirates (Emirates or UAE),...
Israeli and American flags. Credit: Israel Defense Forces via Wikimedia Commons.

In reply to 140 U.S. Jewish leaders

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What if American Jews read on the front pages of The New York Times and the Washington Post that Israeli Jews would estrange themselves from American Jews, if the latter chose to vote for a president who was...
Israel Police officers in protective clothing in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Mea Shearim in Jerusalem, Israel, on April 6, 2020. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Passover, the pandemic, and globalization

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Why is this Passover different from all other Passovers, to paraphrase the Haggadah? This year, because of the pandemic, we must celebrate it alone, apart from our friends or family. But the impact of...
U.S. President Donald Trump signing legislation in the Oval Office, January 2018. Source: White House.

On those reactions critical of Trump’s Executive Order

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The BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) movement began on North American college campuses during the previous administration. It’s just one of a number of campus campaigns aimed against Israel and Jewish students (others include...
Meyer & Meyer clothing store in downtown Albuquerque in the 1940s.(Courtesy of the author)

New Mexico’s Crypto-Jews subject of informative tour

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When Jordi was just ten years old, his grandfather said, “This is how we butcher a chicken,” as he demonstrated the kosher slaughtering method. Jordi’s grandfather thereby revealed that the family was Jewish, a...

An Independence Day tour of Israel

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Just 71 years ago, Israel declared its independence based on several factors: *God promised the Land of Israel to the Jews in the Bible – echoed in the Christian Bible and even (gasp!) in the...
Gigi Ibrahim from Cairo, Egypt [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]

The four sources of Jew hatred

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“The term anti-Semitism was coined in 1879 by the German agitator Wilhelm Marr to designate the anti-Jewish campaigns under way in central Europe at that time. Although the term now has wide currency,...

America’s major media is biased against Israel

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Too many American Jews are ignorant about what’s really going on in Israel. They think they are better equipped to determine Israel’s fate than Israelis are. I know where that comes from: “fake news”...
Photo by Masterpjz9 at en.wikipedia via Wikimedia Commons

Capsule history of the Golan Heights

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 Long before the mid-7th century CE Muslim/Arab Conquest of the eastern Mediterranean coast, known as the Levant, the Jews inhabited the area known today as the Golan Heights. Modern-day Ramat ha Golan (Golan Heights...