Tag Archives: #Israel

Polyphonic Survival

  We imagine Israel as the quintessential polarized society, for decades before Trump showed the US how divided we are ourselves.  I was keen to hear from Polyphony, an Israeli group whose mission is to bridge the divides through music. … Continue reading

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This poem came about after hearing Natan Sharansky, the former Soviet dissident who spent nine years in jail, and Michael Douglas, the American movie star, speak recently about their Jewish pasts. Anti-Israel students were shouting outside the hall at Brown … Continue reading

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In a Time of Destruction, Create (Openness)

“In a time of destruction, create something,” says writer Maxine Hong Kingston. Create something – even drawing a scathing cartoon would be better than not creating. Create a fantastic apple tart from the season’s riches, or a Catalan dish of … 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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The Principled Stand

Sometimes the argument is so loud, so endless, so entrenched that you don’t know what to do with yourself. Too many people are shouting. You need some peace. People are pulling you in every direction.   Although your head is spinning … Continue reading

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In Search of the Real Scapegoat

In Madrid, we are staying on the beautiful Plaza Santa Ana.  It’s an old working class neighborhood with vestiges of traditional bars, azulejos tiles on exterior walls, a theater trying to escape demolition.  On the west side of the square … Continue reading

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Couldn’t we all be a UNESCO Biosphere?

Someone did something right in Menorca. A stone’s throw from glitzy Mallorca and Ibiza, where club kids dance like drug-fueled pongo sticks on their blotto weekends, Menorca remains a gem. Whisper and the person on the other side of the … Continue reading

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A tiny voice asks: What happened to history?

Israel sensitized me.  That country where history is yesterday and always on the verge of existential struggle changed the frequencies of my antenna.  It was like being in a glass house of history, completely exposed. Running to the bomb shelter … Continue reading

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Let the Stones Speak

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