My Lack of Nostalgia

A brilliant article by Phyllis Chesler brings me to this topic. “Nostalgia for the Slaughterhouse” talks about romanticization of the Jewish shtetls, via the musical Fiddler on the Roof. Chesler wonders why modern American Jews, particularly those coming from Eastern European backgrounds, fall in love with this sentimental picture of our ancestors’ lives, when the […]

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Winning Battles, Losing the Long War–and a Poem

In this week’s post, I’ll share my perspective on some political and economic developments. If you’d prefer something lighthearted, skip down to the cosmically-inspired poem at the end. It will take you out of this world. The Empire Struck Back When I was in my 20s, crusading against the Vietnam War and for the rights […]

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