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The Times of Israel - Weekly Highlights

The Blogs The Marketplace of Ideas Weekly Highlights Tuesday, August 20, 2019 What Dvir Sorek’s picture won’t tell you By Liel Zahavi-Asa Don’t judge others by the externals: don’t believe yourself superior, and don’t teach the next generation the hatred that leads to more pain and suffereng Efraim Zuroff Israel’s warm ties with nations that duck their Holocaust crimes Red-carpet treatment for Croatia’s president, whose approach to past war crimes is at best ambivalent, is an affront to victims of former Nazi collaborators Joshua Hammerman Russian revolutions We Jews are old hands at fighting Russian hegemony, and we must defend democracy in the US and in Russia, just as Russian Jews are poised to do in Israel Daniel Sterman Counting those ‘lost seats’ Netanyahu blamed right-wing voters for squandering 7 mandates on parties that didn’t pass the electoral threshold. That’s not even close to being true Shulamit S. Magnus The Haredi threat to constitutional democracy and equal rights The sex discrimination against women in public spaces is just the beginning of the havoc the ultra-Orthodox are wreaking on Israeli society Ziona Greenwald Shutting down the show The feminists who sued to stop a Hasidic singer’s separate seating concert stole a night of musical uplift from a crowd that would have attended happily Demand decisive action against gun violence By Shammai Engelmayer We can do something to stop the devastatingly high incidence of shootings in the US: convince Congress to act responsibly, to protect all of us Fkadu Kfalleh I used to want to be a combat soldier The Israeli police stop me and ask if there’s a knife in my backpack when I’m waiting for the bus; why should I put my life on the line for this country? Yosef Blau Indifference increases suffering When alleged sex abusers like Malka Leifer find a haven in Israel, shielded by the ultra-Orthodox in government, we must ask where is the outrage of our leadership? Susan Levin I made sure my husband wasn’t a public safety threat A 74-year-old who was neurologically impaired enough to shoot and kill a man was driving and carrying a weapon — someone didn’t do his or her job David Gilad Optalgin: A tale of medical woe A pain reliever was banned in the US and elsewhere in the 1970s because of potentially fatal side effects; why is it available over-the-counter in Israeli pharmacies? David Sedley Words that last What would we say if we knew what we were saying would be our last? A unlikely comparison between William Henry Harrison and Moses (Devarim) 4 long distance hiking trails in Israel By Erez Speiser Israel’s National Trail made National Geographic’s top 20 epic hikes in the world — don’t you want to see for yourself? more Choice voices: Tisha b'av on the blogs Shira Pasternak Be'eri A Tisha B’Av of coexistence When an Arab family barbecued near our reading of Lamentations in Jerusalem, and the police asked them to move, we asked them to stay Sara Wolkenfeld Finding myself as a parent on Tisha B’Av Sitting on the floor with my brood of 5 is not a stretch, but prayer and reflection have become a challenge, and I know I’m not alone. Here’s my new approach Paul Mirbach Why I will not fast on Tisha B’Av With so much baseless hatred in contemporary society, the symbolic suffering of the day is meaningless Yael Shahar Tisha B’Av: Should we still fast? For 2,000 years, we were in no position to repeat past mistakes; these days, we need the ’national flashback’ to remind us what happens if we fail again Shayna Abramson Why was the Third Temple destroyed? The sages of the Talmud consider terrorism, settlements, the Women of the Wall, and the Pride parade, as they debate the culprit (Tisha B’Av) Shayna Goldberg Mourning… again When it comes to the loss of the Temple, it’s too easy to lose focus; what I can’t ignore is the murder of an innocent teen, five minutes from my home Andres Spokoiny Condensing our victimhood (Tisha Be’Av 5779) Reserving 24 hours to mourn all of the tragedies of Jewish history protects us from the self-pity of a victim mentality contaminating the whole year Ilana Sober Elzufon Can we hear each other? Israelis and Palestinians deny the other’s foundational story, which makes dialogue difficult, but it is essential to reaching any resolution (Tisha B’Av) Unsubscribe from this List © 2019 THE TIMES OF ISRAEL, All Rights Reserved