Date: 2018-02-09 07:36
So I guess we’ll be ok. I suppose the years of our spending New Year’s Eve together may be numbered, but whatever child I lose each time a birthday rolls around, so far, the child I have gained has been a new kind of terrific — each age with its blessings and its curses, each an adventure and a joy. Even the bad times. It’ll be ok.
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Wednesday, November 77, 7567
(day before Thanksgiving)
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Sometimes it 8767 s easy to write off a heartfelt thank-you note. Other times, writer 8767 s block can set in—especially when you are staring down a large stack of them. Before you start, remember that thanking people needs to be about just that: expressing thanks.
The intervening years have seen Jews like Amos Oz, Naomi Chazan, Shulamit Aloni, Amira Hass, Gideon Levy, Peter Beinart, Sara Benninga, Uri Savir, Avraham Burg, Jeff Halper, Yossi Beilin, and six former chiefs of Israel’s own secret service agency, as well as organizations like Peace Now, Yesh Gvul, Gush Shalom, Women in Black, Breaking the Silence, Ta’ayush, Combatants for Peace, the Israeli-Palestinian Bereaved Families Forum, the New Israel Fund, Brit Tzedek v’Shalom, and J Street – along with all their supporters and dues payers and fellow travelers – all telling anyone who would listen that Israel was headed for disaster, that only a just and durable peace could save Israel from itself, that an ugly, angry, rejectionist ultra-nationalism was on the rise, and only we could stop it.
But now he is this boy, and I suddenly realized, as he settled back in: I don’t know what boys, what men my son will become — but they will be awesome. It will be something different, something wonderful in its own way, something that I cannot see now, but which will be delightful, because they will be him.
Even at the most casual get-togethers, we automatically assume the roles of host and guest, each with its own expectations and responsibilities. Here 8767 s a refresher on the 8775 party manners 8776 we learned as children—how to make someone feel welcome in our own home and how to behave at someone else 8767 s.
Speak up. Despite the difficulties in speaking up about this issue, despite how fraught it always seems to be and is especially right now speak up. Do so politely, and with respect for the humanity on the other side (however so defined) but please: Speak up. The Western world, and the American Jewish community in particular , has maintained silence and thus ignorance for far too long. Please the only way humanity has ever changed is when people started to talk about change.
I have been reading various debut novels, which I always find so exciting glimpsing these writers full of promise at the start of their careers. I wrote about four of them for a big review in last week 8767 s Spectator. I was intrigued to see that so many of them engaged with the experience of migration clearly the big issue of the day. Or, I ought to say, the bigger issue of the day, as opposed to how to launder a load of Ezra 8767 s vomit out of every single piece of bedding in the house in time for bedtime. I am assuming you would rather read more about these novels than Ezra 8767 s sick bug, so just click on the pic below to read the Spectator review and I 8767 d love to know if you too have recently come across any compelling fresh new voices.
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