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An Allegory

After listening to the news for the last several years, and watching criticism or even condemnation of the Israelis in their ongoing conflict with the Palestinians by the UN, by politicians, by intellectuals, by columnists, by entertainers, and by religious … Continue reading

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Impervious to Reason

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Hamas

Here’s a rerun from a post I made back in 2012; not much has changed, except thankfully the Muslim Brotherhood no longer rules Egypt: I’ve run across people who make odd statements regarding the current war Israel is waging against … Continue reading

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Israel

I always find it odd when I read about how “aggressive” the state of Israel is. Let’s see: Israel is a country that is barely the size of New Jersey, surrounded by much larger nations who constantly condemn it and … Continue reading

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Database Issues

Over the last week or so there have been problems with the database on my website. The company hosting my website has been good about repairing the issues which were apparently related to some of the plugins I was using … Continue reading

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Learning a Language

During the summer of 1976, between my freshmen and sophomore years of college, I went to Israel and worked on a kibbutz. At the time, I knew no Hebrew at all. By the time I came back to California, well-tanned … Continue reading

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Past, Present, Future

In May, 1979 I graduated from college Summa Cum Laude, with a 4.0 GPA and a BA in history. I was first in my class. I had been accepted into a master’s degree program at UCLA. My parents had given … Continue reading

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Blue Angels

The Blue Angels are the United States Navy’s flight demonstration squadron. They were established in 1946, making them the second oldest formal flying aerobatic team in the world, after the French Patrouille de France. Sixteen officers and one hundred ten … Continue reading

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Sleep

My graduate work at UCLA was difficult no matter how you might care to look at it. The subject matter was obscure and mostly useless: Semitic languages—specifically, Akkadian (two dialects: Assyrian and Babylonian; written in cuneiform, a writing system consisting … Continue reading

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Artifact

I spent two summers working on a kibbutz in Israel, specifically Kibbutz Massada which is located just south of the Sea of Galilee on the Yarmuk River bordering Jordan. In the mid-1970s when I was working there, the kibbutz had … Continue reading

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