Archive for November, 2008

Why Niebuhr, Obama’s favorite thinker, was a Zionist

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

After years of shamelessly pretending to know what Reinhold Niebuhr wrote and thought when his name came up in conversation, I have taken the trouble to start reading him for the first time. There are two reasons. One is that our President-elect has indicated that Niebuhr has had a profound effect on his thinking. Andrew […]

Kafka, Rabbi Hillel and the Beit Furik checkpoint

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

“It’s clear that there is no life without freedom of movement. And when there’s no life, there is nothing to be lost. Despair and lack of hope can lead more and more Palestinians into terror — thus there will be no security for us either.” So said Hannah Barag, one of the leaders of Machsom […]

A plug for “Peace in the Middle East”

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

A relatively new blogger has arrived in the neighborhood of left-leaning Jews with a connection to Israel who shun unthinking tribalism and strive to explore nuances, complications, and ambiguities. He is Charles Lenchner, and his blog is ambitiously titled “Peace in the Middle East.” Charles has been out there in the peace activist trenches for […]