Author Archives: joelschwartzman

Refusal of a Direct Order

Recently a colleague quoted what the organization, B’tzelem, allegedly had urged: that Israeli soldiers on the Gaza border refuse direct orders from their commanders to fire on Palestinian protestors who were approaching the fence line.  In response, I wrote to … Continue reading

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That “Significant” Birthday

Too many cliches apply to the times when we turn certain ages.  I can remember, for example, becoming sixty and wondering how I had arrived there so fast.  As a matter of fact, I can’t remember any other birthday being … Continue reading

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Paddle Boarding In Hell

Once again, I am ever amazed by rabbinic colleagues who would give neo-fascists and other right wing, Holocaust denying countries a pass for past crimes and present, despicable legislation. Some have cited having friends that they have in these countries … Continue reading

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Yadlin’s Analysis

Amos Yadlin’s analysis is intriguing. See: https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5056267,00.html> Would that those on the Left read it and heed it. Their approach that included the Obama administration’s pressured attempts to force Israel to acceding to Palestinian conditions prior to any negotiations, especially … Continue reading

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“Charlottesville: Our Streets” A Documentary Film Premier at the Virginia Film Festival

via “Charlottesville: Our Streets” A Documentary Film Premier at the Virginia Film Festival

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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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