Joseph Aaron

My time with George H.W. Bush

Thanks to my long and illustrious journalism career, I have had up close and personal encounters with every president since Jimmy Carter. But none more up close and personal than with George Herbert Walker Bush….

Read More

Embrace the gray

Some people think that blue is the ‘Jewish color,’ but I think that gray is. Gray as in not black and white. Judaism is all about things not being black and white, about wrestling with…


Bibi, political genius

What a crazy world we live in. We just had the first Muslim woman elected to Congress, a woman who during the campaign had criticized the BDS movement against Israel saying it was counterproductive and…


Threats to democracy

When 200 missiles are fired into Israel from Gaza in the span of a couple of hours, I do understand that it’s hard to worry about things like democracy. A country has to survive before…


The only thing we have to fear

We need to calm down. Now I know it’s hard to have perspective when you are in mourning, when you are in shock. But some perspective is called for, before we all scare the hell…


An American tragedy

I keep thinking about the baby. Sort of lost in all the news about, all the horror from the slaughter at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh is the fact that as the murderer…


Jews, MBS and Khashoggi

Maybe it’s because I was only eight years old when it happened, but the fact is that to this very day, every Nov. 22 of every year, I think about it. Nov. 22, 1963 was…


Friends like this

It’s important to know who your friends are. And who your enemies are. And who your friends should be and who your enemies should be. I know we’re living in times like no other, times…


What really matters

Well, it was bound to happen. I agree with Donald Trump about something. G-d seems to have taken some mercy on me lately in that I’ve been getting a bunch of nice, supportive letters from…


Good and bad

I don’t ever remember so many lives being so overturned so dramatically. One of the things I feel is so missing from all the tumult we have witnessed over the last year is a sense…