May 25, 2020

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Moral Dilemmas Then and Now

April 12, 2020 Ziy0nadmin Gabbai died last month, aged 97. Gabbai was a Sonderkommando, a Greek-Jewish prisoner at Auschwitz-Birkenau who was forced to help herd new arrivals to the German death chambers and remove their bodies to the […]

The Season of Plagues and Freedom

April 9, 2020 Ziy0nadmin’s almost Pesach, when the thoughts of Jewish bloggers turn to plagues and freedom. Plagues we certainly have. In addition to the coronavirus, Africa (and possibly the Middle East) is about to experience one of […]

Governments and Other Parasites

April 5, 2020 Ziy0nadmin is supposed to be the day Netanyahu and Gantz finalize their agreement to form Israel’s new unity government. But so what? What is a government for, anyway? Why do we allow ourselves to support […]

Israel’s Political Zoo

April 2, 2020 Ziy0nadmin greatest danger to Israel from the coronavirus is not a collapse of the healthcare system and a massive increase in the body count, as happened in Italy. It’s not impossible, but most groups – […]

The Haredi Disconnect

March 29, 2020 Ziy0nadmin 12% of Israel’s population are Haredim, often referred to as “ultra-orthodox,” an expression which they strongly dislike. The Haredi population is growing rapidly with a birthrate of about 7 children per woman, and if […]

A Short Political History of Israel

March 26, 2020 Ziy0nadmin the pre-state period, the socialist Left dominated the yishuv. They created the institutions that would form the basis of the state, and ran them according to their ideology. The Histadrut labor federation dominated the […]

Bibi Derangement in the Age of Corona

March 22, 2020 Ziy0nadmin there is one theme that PM Netanyahu’s opponents are banging away at – and that includes not just his political opposition, but most of the mainstream media in Israel and a small army on […]

Keeping up morale in the Corona crisis

March 20, 2020 Ziy0nadmin can I post a Good News Friday post amidst this unprecedented worldwide quarantine which has confined millions to their homes, shuttering businesses and places of entertainment and leisure, and bringing the world economy to […]

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