I’m so afraid of the Bible.
The Paradigm Shift
Fair warning: My first example won’t be good.
Sometimes teaching is hard, because some types of learning are hard. There are deep foundational ideas that can be heard, and even understood, but not integrated well into a person’s identity. Some bigger ideas need to be digested over time and experience. Teachers who want their students to achieve a deeper functional understanding of certain ideas may seek shortcuts. But they will probably not find them. Understanding an idea does not quickly create the full paradigm shift in thinking, no matter how deeply desired that outcome.
Fail to the Chief?
“Is he/she good for Israel/the Jews?” It's probably the question most frequently asked by my students about any particular non-Israeli politician. I’m not surprised. Having grown up in the American Jewish community, I am very familiar with this pass/fail litmus test. A foreign leader is either good or bad for Israel.
Let's Fix This
Are you finding that your conversations and newsfeeds are clogged by partisan miscommunication? Are people yelling past each other instead of talking to each other?
The 5 Stages of Middle East Grief
Why so noisy?
Is your newsfeed still buzzing? Mine is. A week after the UNSC Resolution 2334, the American abstention, and the Kerry speech, there is still plenty of freaking out to be seen. No matter where one is on the political spectrum, there is no shortage of emoting.
Whatever happened to Religious Zionism?
Is a hotdog a sandwich? Is a bowl of chili a kind of soup? Odd questions, but not so easy to answer. Sometimes definitions are elusive, and you have to go back to fundamentals find them. I’d like to argue that one can be a Zionist who is religious, but that doesn’t automatically make them a religious Zionist.
The Middle East is a complicated neighbourhood, often making it difficult for Westerners to understand. However, there are two conflicting outlooks that lie at the heart of the Arab/Israeli conflict. To understand this disagreement is to hold the key to understanding all aspects of this lasting crisis. It comes down to this: