A drink for all occasions, Purim and Pesach

A drink for all occasions, Purim and Pesach

February 26, 2021

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My semi-annual guide to superb Israeli wines – for effacing enemies on Purim and celebrating freedom on Pesach. With wines from Bin-Nun, Castel, Drimia, Flam, Hayotzer, Lueria, Mayacamas, Netofa, Oryah, Shiloh, Teperberg, Yatir – and Mayacamas.

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Homage to Moshko

Homage to Moshko

February 19, 2021

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In memorium: Over 96 years, Moshe “Moshko” Moskowitz lived to see many of his far-reaching plans for the building of Gush Etzion fulfilled, and more.

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The return of “progressive” American Mideast diplomacy

Feb 12, 2021

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The return of “progressive” American Mideast diplomacy

A wholesale changeover in Washington’s foreign policy elites is underway; a substitution of mindsets that worries Israel. Here is a survey of recent deep-think journal articles that map the shift.

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Haredim: Do your civic duty

Feb 5, 2021

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Haredim: Do your civic duty

When there is a desecration of G-d’s name and danger to public health, one does not shy away from criticism of haredi leaders.

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The unbearable lightness of being Yanki

Jan 29, 2021

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The unbearable lightness of being Yanki

Haredi leadership seems to prize communal autonomy above all, even at the expense of exposure to deadly illness. Yanki Kanievsky is a metaphor for such “unbearable lightness,” the preposterous and perilously cavalier haredi assertion of freedom.

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A Taste of Israeli Wines, for Tu BeShvat (video)

Jan 28, 2021

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A Taste of Israeli Wines, for Tu BeShvat (video)

To mark Tu BeShvat, the holiday celebrating fruit from the Land of Israel, the World Mizrachi movement invited me to produce a wine TV program. To this end, I interviewed five top Israeli winemakers and tasted their best wines along with them.

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Fourteen favorite books of 2020

Jan 22, 2021

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Fourteen favorite books of 2020

My third annual list of best books on Israeli and Jewish matters, ranging from diplomacy and history to Torah commentary.

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A tribute to Trump’s winning Mideast policies

Jan 15, 2021

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A tribute to Trump’s winning Mideast policies

US President-elect Joe Biden ought not jettison the outgoing administration’s Mideast achievements – successful policies that made the US and Israel safer and stronger! – because of Trump’s turpitude.

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A Crystal Ball on 2021

Jan 8, 2021

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A Crystal Ball on 2021

A political-diplomatic forecast for the year ahead: Fourth and fifth Israeli elections, a rotten new/old nuclear deal with Iran, more trouble from Trump.

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Six Perspectives on Peace between Israel and the Gulf States

Jan 6, 2021

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Six Perspectives on Peace between Israel and the Gulf States

A collection of six optimistic op-ed columns I have published since the “Abraham Accords” were signed, including three articles based on extensive conversations with Emirati intellectuals and community leaders during a week-long visit to Dubai.

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Can the “Abrahamic narrative” grow beyond the Gulf states?

Jan 4, 2021

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Can the “Abrahamic narrative” grow beyond the Gulf states?

There are several ways in which the Emiratis and Bahrainis (and perhaps soon the Saudis) can bring about a slow but sea change in Palestinian, Lebanese and Syrian (and Egyptian and Jordanian) attitudes towards Israel.

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Is peace with the Gulf states real? Yes, it is.

Jan 1, 2021

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Is peace with the Gulf states real? Yes, it is.

Emirati pursuit of peace with Israel is backed by a genuine discourse of religious moderation and broad-mindedness.

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‘Tis the season to nail Israel

Dec 25, 2020

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‘Tis the season to nail Israel

This should be the season for a global defense campaign for beleaguered Christians in the Middle East. Instead, the Western media purveys the false impression that Christians are under assault by Israelis….and intersectionalists have risen to smash Israel for Christmas.

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What Dubai taught me about Israel

Dec 22, 2020

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What Dubai taught me about Israel

A Chanukah-week trip to Dubai taught me that Israel and Jews are admired when they are strong and believing. Believe it or not, the Emiratis seem to understand – perhaps better than we do ourselves, sometimes – that loyalty to ancient heritage and national identity are a source of strength and authenticity.

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Illogical Iran policy

Dec 11, 2020

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Illogical Iran policy

Israel’s position never has been that a deal with Iran is impossible or undesirable. But abandoning America’s leverage over Iran and bringing the unctuous Europeans back into Iran policy-making – if that is what Biden does – will lead nowhere good.

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Defend the Temple Mount for Jews and Moslems alike

Dec 4, 2020

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Defend the Temple Mount for Jews and Moslems alike

The Emiratis and Bahrainis are paying the price for Israeli government malfeasance in handling Har HaBayit, the Temple Mount. The Wakf has been allowed to run wild, turning the holy site a base of hostile operations against Israelis, and now also against anybody who makes peace with Israel.

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Honoring Kurt Rothschild at 100

Nov 27, 2020

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Honoring Kurt Rothschild at 100

The president of the World Mizrachi movement, Kurt Rothschild, is one of the most indefatigable and loyal soldiers the Jewish People has been blessed with over the past century. How many philanthropists are there in the Jewish world whose worldview and involvements are so broad, and who are still active at age 100?

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