Opinion

New Talent and Limited Terms

New Talent and Limited Terms

“Idleness is the holiday of fools.” — Chinese Proverb Believe it or not, I found the above proverb in a fortune cookie and it’s been sitting on my desk for many years. If you give it a few seconds of thought, idleness really describes our nation’s capital at this...

read more

Powerful Stuff, Indeed

Powerful Stuff, Indeed

As a kid, my mother used to tell me stories about my grandparents, Morris and Sarah Hoffzimmer. My maternal grandfather died suddenly when I was only 2 (“He was so wild about you,” my mom would say. “You got cheated when he died”), and I suspect she wanted me to have...

read more

An American in (Jewish) Paris

An American in (Jewish) Paris

A young Frenchman named Christophe kneels for a long moment, as though in prayer but perhaps only in thought, at the grave of Marcel Proust. When he stands, I ask, “Did you know Proust was Jewish?” “No,” he says, but then notices the name of Proust’s mother engraved...

read more

Why I Voted for Donald Trump

Why I Voted for Donald Trump

I’ve been a Democrat my entire life. And yes, I voted for Donald Trump. I’m sure a bunch of you are considering turning to the next page. But I really hope you hang with me for just a few more paragraphs to explain. I am not a genius by any stretch of the imagination;...

read more

A Matter of Finesse

A Matter of Finesse

Regarding the parameters of U.S.-Israeli policy on West Bank settlements, nothing is clear and everything is clear. Nothing is clear in that there have been no public declarations by either side of the guidelines they will commit to for settlement building and limits...

read more