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On the treacherous question of Israel.

Some topics are so difficult, so treacherous and painful, that even notorious provocateurs like me navigate them trepidatiously, rarely, and noting with care who is listening. In my life, and the life of my family, Israel is such a topic. Oh, we think about it. We read about it constantly – nearly every day – …

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On the waving and burning of flags.

My family is not really much for flag-waving. It’s a sweet thing to do – and we do still on occasion – but I suppose the bitterness of the dust kicked up by our collapsing civilization, flags and all, twenty some years ago spoiled our taste for it. I see all around me houses, balconies, …

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