Monthly Archives: March 2015

Tattoo by Ken Ueno, Ovid and Joyce

                 Et ignotas animum dimittit in artes
– Ovid, Metamorphoses, VIII, 18 And he sets his mind to unknown arts. A Portrait of the Artists as a Young Man, by James Joyce, epigraph   I … Continue reading

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Rue des Rosiers, 2015

Recently I was on rue des Rosiers, in Paris’s Marais district on a Friday afternoon before Shabbat. It was like a party.  You couldn’t push through the small streets, for the people shopping for challah, lining up at falafel stands, … Continue reading

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Israel Past. Present. Future.

  PAST I hadn’t been expecting such a moving encounter with this old Israeli cemetery. On a hill in the backcountry near Ma’alot, in the dry winds, the present was quiet, but the past was talking. Inside the gate was … Continue reading

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Middle-Class Middle East

Everyone thinks they know Israel. What’s really foreign is everyday Israel, the place behind the headlines. This week I slipped quietly into Nahariya, a middle-class seaside resort town during the off-season. It is the town, ten kilometers from the Lebanese … Continue reading

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