Category Archives: History

A Hammer and Sickle Is Not an Appropriate Fashion Accessory

Tyler, the Creator, who was nominated for Best Rap Album of the year for Flower Boy, showed up on the Grammy’s red carpet wearing a Russian hat, known as the ushanka, with a Sickle and Hammer soviet symbol on the … Continue reading

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October 31 is Halloween, a favorite holiday of children, when they get to go out trick or treating dressed as ghosts and goblins. I’ve always enjoyed Halloween. But October 31 can also be remembered for another reason. On October 31, … Continue reading

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The Will of Jesus

They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. There they crucified Him, and with Him two other men, one on either … Continue reading

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During the summers of 1976 and 1977 I worked on a kibbutz in Israel (between semesters in college). While I worked in the fields the radio was always tuned to one station: “The Voice of Peace.” The on-air slogan was … Continue reading

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Spring of Goliath

The history of the world turns on small events. One bright day in September in 2001 about 3000 people died when Moslem terrorists hijacked airliners and crashed them into buildings. If things had gone differently on another day in September, … Continue reading

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How’s It Going?

We are about a third of the way through the second decade of the twenty-first century. How have the first thirteen years of this new century stacked up when compared to the events of the same period during the advent … Continue reading

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A common criticism leveled against Israel is that they stole the land from the Palestinians and expelled them during the creation of that nation in 1948. The criticism is not reasonable, despite the case that about 700,000 Palestinians left the … Continue reading

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November 22, 2013 was the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of the thirty-fifth President of the United States, John F. Kennedy. It comes to my mind, not so much because of the endless retrospectives on TV, but because I recently … Continue reading

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Atomic Weapons

I recently finished reading a book by Richard Rhodes called The Making of the Atomic Bomb. First published in 1987, it was reissued in a twenty-fifth anniversary edition last year. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Non-Fiction, the National Book … Continue reading

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