Author Archives: joelschwartzman

Scientific Curiosity

I just finished an article which was a commentary on the weather prognosticators’ inability to predict the precise pathway of Hurricane Irma.  I myself have had similar reactions to the limitations of this science.  But, whereas the writer’s conclusion was … Continue reading

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Vertigo

Up is down.  Fact is fiction.  Black is white.  News is fake.  Truth is relative. Might is right. My friend is my enemy and my enemy is also my enemy but is my friend.   There can be no peace without … Continue reading

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Hang in There

From a letter I have just written: We are in total agreement about the way Israelis have and are behaving toward us Liberal Jews, and it has long been and continues to be appalling.  As long as Israelis only think … Continue reading

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Throwing Israel Over

To those whose boards are (re) considering dropping the Israeli Bond drives over the forthcoming High Holidays and taking other measures to disassociate from other forms of support for Israel, I write the following:   I grow increasingly disturbed by … Continue reading

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Hysteria

My mother used to rail against anti-intellectualism.  By this I think she meant arguers and their arguments that had no basis in fact.  Or, perhaps, she was pointing to knee jerk reactions that brought little but emotion to any dispute.  … Continue reading

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A Better Way

I understand the feeling of being jilted, rejected, criticized and black-listed.  I understand being dissed, spurned and harassed.  One response, and it is a natural one, is to want to strike back, returning hurt for hurt, harm for harm.  But, … Continue reading

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The Land of Point

Many years ago, a singing-acting group came forward with a play called The Land of Point.  In it, one of the characters made this profound statement: “You see what you want to see, and you hear what you want to … Continue reading

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