"As George Orwell noted long ago, the best way to justify brutalizing a people is by turning them into a euphemism."
Benjamin Netanyahu is right to worry about Islamic State, an Iranian nuclear weapon, and Hamas. Each poses real, if distinct, threats. But Israel’s fundamental problem in the West Bank and Gaza Strip is not an abstraction called “militant Islam.” And it cannot be solved in Cairo, Riyadh or Tehran. Israel’s problem is the millions of individual human beings whom it has controlled but refused to grant basic rights for almost fifty years. No matter how much Netanyahu keeps pretending that those people do not matter, they will keep reminding him that they do. — Peter Beinart
Yom Kippur 5775 is upon us, and we may repent but we don’t want to suffer overmuch while about it. Or after it. Fasting for 25 hours on Yom Kippur is a fundamental tenet of Judaism and if done with aforethought, it can be spiritually uplifting and, most agree, physically cleansing. Or it can leave you with furry teeth, breath like a drain and a massive headache.