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Purim miracles: From Saddam to corona and beyond

February 25, 2021  •  Jerusalem Post

As Israel takes its first tentative steps back toward normalcy in the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, this weekend's festival of Purim could not be more fortuitous.

After the death and despair, the lows and the lockdowns of the past year, when our lives were upended in ways we could not previously have imagined, this holiday of redemption resonates with an added sense of meaning. Indeed, maybe, just maybe, it will prove to be a turning point, as Purim so often does, signaling a turnabout in our own personal and collective fortunes.

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Joe Biden is just Barack Obama's third term in the White House

February 11, 2021  •  Jerusalem Post

Joe Biden has been in the White House for less than a month so it is perhaps too early to gauge what his comprehensive policy towards Israel will be. But if his initial moves are any indication, the Jewish state might want to grab a diplomatic sweater or two and begin bracing itself for a chilly wind reminiscent of the Obama era.

Indeed, after a remarkable four years of unprecedented closeness under the Trump administration, Jerusalem is now facing the prospect of what is beginning to look a lot like Obama's third term.

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Is COVID-19 mutating into antisemitism?

January 28, 2021  •  Jerusalem Post

It's a tale nearly as old as the Jewish people, one that stretches back to the dawn of our existence as a nation. Targeted by unimaginable hatred, singled out for bizarre and often self-contradictory conspiracy theories, Jews have time and again seen antisemitism flare up throughout history.

Sadly, in this regard, the coronavirus crisis is proving to be no different, as the dreaded illness wasted little time before mutating into yet another classical and deadly variant: the fear and loathing of Jews.

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Israel's deal with Pfizer - Should your privacy be for sale?

January 14, 2021  •  Jerusalem Post

Beneath the justifiable pride over Israel's unrivaled success in rapidly vaccinating a large portion of the population against COVID-19 lies a highly troubling secret that warrants further scrutiny.

Indeed, even as planeloads of hundreds of thousands of vials of Pfizer's miraculous anti-coronavirus vaccine make their way to Ben-Gurion Airport each week, the Israeli public is nonetheless being kept in the dark as to the terms of the deal signed between the Jewish state and the pharmaceutical giant. If media reports are accurate, it appears that Israel is trading something far more precious than money in exchange for the inoculations: the privacy of each and every one of us.

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2020: What were the positives of the past year?

December 30, 2020  •  Jerusalem Post

What a difference 12 months can make. Up until this past year, mention of 2020 generally evoked either perfect eyesight or, at worst, a long-running ABC News television program.

Now, after just 365 days, the term has taken on a whole new meaning, bringing to mind various nouns, adjectives and even a few adverbs that are simply unprintable in a respectable publication such as The Jerusalem Post.

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