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While you may have been busy elsewhere

For most of us, there is a reflexive tendency to think about anti-Semitism as something propagated by the Alt-right – white supremacy, the KKK, and neo-Nazi groups. That version of anti-Semitism was seen in its most ugly form most recently with the massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue. For many of us, the horror in Pittsburgh just as with the violent protests that rocked Charlottesville last year was like muscle memory. We’ve seen it before and we know exactly what it means.

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Summer Musings – Israel, Iran, BDS

At a public event early in Hassan Rouhani’s tenure as the Iranian president, he was widely reported to say, “Israel is an old wound that needed to be removed.” The AP sought to temper those remarks by reporting “they should be seen in the context of internal Iranian politics where softening the establishment’s anti-Israeli stand is not an option.”

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Beaches

Somehow our Jewish People have become associated with ‘beaches’. Many retire to Miami Beach, or have childhood memories of Coney Island and Brighton Beach in Brooklyn. Further down the coast is the Jersey Shore. Those who grew up locally in the New Haven area may recall Bagel Beach or Silver Sands. The beach tradition has carried over from the Diaspora to the modern Jewish State.

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