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Hiding and Revealing the Divine – an Ambivalent Israel

mascettiBy Yaakov Mascetti*

I take the traditional negative approach to the figure of Bil’am, the non-Jewish prophet whose story we find in the weekly portion of “Balak,” personally. On this point I have had more than one occasion to express …

Double Life – Gardening

fubiniBy Daniela Fubini*

This is a true story, the story of unexpected gardening. Last year we built raised bed gardens to plant herbs and vegetables at the back of the house. We went to the greenhouse and bought all the …


bidussaBy David Bidussa*

We remember Creo because of Antigone, the main character. History and the history of humankind are often made by those who break the law. It depends on the character of the law.
Fiat lex, pereat iustitia.



bidussaBy David Bidussa*

Nowadays, hatred is a feeling that does politics. “The cleaning phase has started with Walter Lubcke. But more will come after him. Including you. Your life will come to an end in 2020.” This is the letter …

Passively Imitating God and Perpetual Change: Sfat Emet on Aharon

mascettiBy Yaakov Mascetti*

Aharon represents, throughout his life, a character which tendentially is passive, quiet, and follows the instructions provided to him from above. The Mishna in Messechet Avot famously defines Aharon’s nature as that of a man who loves …

“Italians first”

bidussaBy David Bidussa*

The widespread conviction maintains that the State is not on the side of its citizens, that the authorities are not performing their tasks, that the citizen is alone and that only one choice exists: to die or …


bidussaBy David Bidussa*

Ian Fleming is back in the bookstores with all his 007 work. In the past I would have said “Hooray! Heroes never pass!” Today, I feel the atmosphere is different and the protagonist is conspiracy and the …


bidussaBy David Bidussa*

Culture is created by words and images more than by ideas and ideologies. Culture is a mirror of images, projects and dreams that we hold within us. Therefore I wonder: What is our vocabulary today? What are …

Being Vulnerable in a Strong Context

mascettiBy Yaakov Mascetti*

For once I am not going to be addressing here Jewish matters, in the strenuous effort to justify humanistic values, the inevitable presence of the “Other,” and a staunchly iconoclastic conception of the Divine. What I am …

A Voice that We Miss

bidussaBy David Bidussa*

Amos Oz would have turned 80 last week end. The absence of his voice is felt, and it makes a difference.

*David Bidussa is a historian of social ideas.