As a youth growing up in America in the 1980s, I had a decidedly complex and often uneasy relationship with The New York Times.
For a news junkie both by birth and by training, life in the antediluvian days before the Internet offered a considerably narrower selection of sources through which to learn about current events.
Television was shallow, cable was in its infancy, and the radio was a better source of noise than news.
And so it was the written word, delivered early each morning at random spots in the driveway in the form of a rolled-up newspaper, that offered nourishment to a teen thirsting to understand the world.
Last month, in a sign of the further warming of ties between Jerusalem and Belgrade, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia opened a representative office in Israel's capital. The office, the seventh of its kind to be established worldwide by the Serbs, aims to promote greater economic and commercial links as well as foster the requisite conditions for the signing of a Free Trade Agreement between Israel and Serbia.
There are moments, often quite fleeting, when the masks donned by politicians briefly fall away, revealing the true person who lies beneath the carefully cultivated layers of spin and sophistry.
Kamala Harris had just such a moment last week. And it wasn't pretty.
Speaking at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, to mark National Voter Registration Day, the vice president of the United States took a question from a student that was as fallacious as it was foolish.
If anyone still has doubts about the Palestinian Authority's determination to erase all traces of Israel's ancient Jewish heritage, an important new report should lay to rest any such uncertainties.
The 65-page document, entitled "National Heritage Survey" and published by the Shilo Forum and the Shomrim al HaNetzach ("Preserving the Eternal") organization, examined a selection of 365 of the most important national and cultural Jewish archaeological and historical sites in Judea and Samaria.
The findings are nothing less than shocking and infuriating and require immediate attention from Israel's government.
With the fall of Kabul into the hands of the Taliban just shy of the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the world's attention has once again turned to Afghanistan.
Tucked away in south-central Asia, with unsavory neighbors such as Iran to the west and Pakistan to the east, the landlocked country, which once served as a base of operations for al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden, is as beguiling as it is complex.
And yet amid its turbulent past, in which it has served as a flashpoint for the British Empire, the Soviet Union and now the United States, Afghanistan has long been home to one of the more intriguing unsolved mysteries of Jewish history: the fate of some of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel.