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  • Between the Lines (Oct 11): More “loyalty” measures in store

    The Headlines: Heading in the wrong direction, fast > Israelis will soon be allowed to accelerate to 11o kph on some highways. But where will they be going? > One indication could be the government’s endorsement of a law requiring non-Jewish new citizens to declare loyalty to Israel as a “Jewish and Democratic” state. Some ministers are already planning a law revoking citizenship from those convicted of “’disloyalty”, or requiring all 16-year olds to sign a loyalty oath, if they want to get their ID cards. On the margins, the bizarre machinations of Defense Minister Ehud Barak over this law…

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  • Wishes for a faithless year

    The Jewish New Year begins as the cruel Middle Eastern summer draws to an end. My non-Jewish ex-wife used to say: "Your new year makes sense. Something is actually beginning. Nothing is tangibly beginning on the first of January. Of course the days are getting longer but you really wouldn't notice that until late February." To be fair, we really wouldn't know it's autumn by the weather until October. Tomorrow is new years' eve, and I'm sitting here with both fan and AC on full blast, sweating nonetheless, but there was a small breeze here and there over the last…

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  • Cookies

    Coffee dehydrates, must drink water. Water's boring, I shift to Coke. Coke dehydrates, I feel tired, drink some coffee, cycle resumes. Jewish mourning traditions are wonderful, they really are. I even like our coffinless funerals that involve no beautification of death. Jews are buried in shrouds, the shape of the corpses clearly visible. The dead is dumped into the grave rather than lain into it. Before the act, the rabbi reads a line of the Mishnah: "Know where you came from and where you are headed, and to whom you will need to explain your deeds. Where you came from:…

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