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09/24/2014 | | Musings

In explaining anti-Semitism, Maurice Samuel once wrote, “No one likes his alarm clock.” He believed that the fate of the Jews provided an early warning signal to humanity, which resented the awakening, however necessary.

09/17/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Musings

Donald Rumsfeld famously said: “As we know, there are known knowns; there are things that we know that we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns, the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”

09/09/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Musings

Here is a paragraph from my new book: “David: The Divided Heart”:

09/02/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Musings

On Aug. 21, 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. During the 2 ½-year period before it was recovered and restored to the museum, more people came to stare at the empty space where the famous masterpiece once hung than visited in the 10 preceding years to view the painting itself.

08/27/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Musings

There are always reasons to be afraid. The prevalence of danger can be incapacitating. The same inaction that afflicts a frightened individual can befall a people: Then optimism is really fear in disguise, and indolence is the result of feeling paralyzed by the possibilities of failure.

08/20/2014 | | Special To The Jewish Week | Musings

‘I am always sorry to see a typed letter from you.” The sentiment that opens a 1957 letter from historian Hugh Trevor-Roper to his friend, the art critic Bernard Berenson, is a relic of a bygone age. Trevor-Roper explains that typing means Berenson is unwell, and he looks forward to seeing his hand on the page again. By that criterion, our entire generation is unwell.