The Crown (Netflix Original Series) History writing, from ancient times, has been the search for good stories: inspiring, instructive, diverting. True, kings kept chronicles, but they were seldom read (consider Ahasuerus’ use of his chronicles as a cure for insomnia) and never published. In a world awash with fiction, it is instructive when major entertainment…Read more
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On a recent stroll along Jerusalem’s Emek Refaim St a young Israeli friend asked me if I favored Jerusalem’s ban on public transportation on the Shabbat. I thought. On one hand the atmosphere of Shabbat is one of Jerusalem’s spiritual civic treasures, not only for its devout citizens but for native Israelis and visitors alike.…Read more
Hacksaw Ridge “Hacksaw Ridge” is intended to inspire. It does. It tells the story of Desmond Doss, the only conscientious objector to ever win the Congressional Medal of Honor for bravery. He was a young man who swore never to touch a firearm after nearly killing his brother as a teenager. Determined to be part…Read more
Rabbi Jonathan I Rosenblatt In the old Elephant House of the Bronx Zoo—a Beaux-Arts treasure from 1897-- the elephants are long gone. Today, a different giant is a featured star in that structure: the world’s largest lizard, the Komodo dragon. The zoo’s exhibit strategy for the dragons is unusual. Surrounding the ‘monsters’ are their smaller…Read more
The summer Olympics in Rio De Janeiro have concluded with great ceremony. American athletes brought home a trove of medals: 121 (more than in any Summer Olympics except 1984 when many Soviet countries boycotted) of which 46 were gold. Am I the only American who is not jubilant? With all those medals, we welcome home…Read more
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