Joseph Aaron

Listen to Lauder

I well know that all my talk about the increasing number and increasing scope of anti- democracy actions being taken by the Bibi government gets blown off by all the right-wingers out there. Oh, there…

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Ugliness rules

It’s important to always be a mensch. Even when it comes to emails. My greatest fear about the Trump and Bibi regimes is how their behavior is eroding civility in my two favorite countries. When…


Shandah time

We really could use a lot more nachas right now. And we really could do with a lot less shandah right now. The new Jewish year 5779 is in sight as, thank G-d, the Jewish…


Nu, democracy

Sometimes, I find myself fantasizing about being a right winger. Sometimes, I wish I could just be totally convinced that I am right about everything, that there are no shades of gray, only black and…


Jewish world, Jewish news

If there was still any doubt that Vladimir Putin has something on Donald Trump, the summit in Helsinki should have put a definite end to that. There is simply no other way to explain how…


The essence of life

Out of the mouths of Jewish babes. So I’m in Jerusalem and I’m sitting waiting for someone, when a little Orthodox kid comes and sits down next to me. We start chatting and in an…


Peace and friendship

Since talk of the Supreme Court is much in the air, just thought I’d mention that if President Obama’s nominee had been allowed to have a fair hearing, an up or down vote, as the…


Joy to the Jewish world

I’m feeling a little giddy. Yes, Trump is still president and is likely to be for two more years for almost sure, and I have this gnawing feeling it might be for another six. And…


Parents and children

The Holocaust analogies have been flying fast and furious. Thanks to the disgusting, inhumane policy of the Trump administration to fight illegal immigration by separating parents from children, putting many of those children in actual…


Life and deaths

Sometimes, G-d sends us subtle messages, sometimes He hits us right on the head, right between the eyes. One can only hope we are starting to get the message after the jarring events of the…