Joseph Aaron

Megyn, Les, 2019 and us

So we’ve just begun a new secular year. What I like about that is that it gives me an excuse to think deep spiritual thoughts, try to make some larger point about looking back at…


Character of a policy

There is policy and there is character. And while you might think one has nothing to do with the other, sooner or later, character always catches up with policy. For more than two years now,…


Jews united

How very, very sad. Recently, a terrorist attack on a bus stop near the West Bank settlement of Ofra resulted in the shooting of a young couple. The woman was 30 months pregnant and was…


Be kind

Kinder, gentler. Those two words were among the most famous uttered by President George H.W  Bush, a man known for many things, but being articulate or eloquent not being among them. And yet the power…


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….


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…