In Which We Don’t See This Every Day

I have been doing a fair amount of research lately on Zionism and the formation of the Israeli state, in the course of which study I came across a point of view that is not often (if ever) given airtime in the typical media coverage of the topic: Orthodox Jews who reject Zionism.

In Which the Holocaust Still Happened

I recently received a forwarded email informing me that schools in the UK had stopped teaching about the Jewish genocide during WWII due to fear of offending Muslim students.

However, as with so many such forwarded messages, it is a hoax, or at best hysterical hyperbole.

On a related note, why is questioning the common assertion that 6,000,000 Jews were killed by the Germans equated with denying the holocaust?

The Terrors of Going Abroad with the Security of Coming Home

“This at least seems to me the main problem for philosophers…How can we contrive to be at once astonished at the world and yet at home in it? How can this queer cosmic town, with its many-legged citizens, with its monstrous and ancient lamps, how can this world give us at once the fascination of a strange town and the comfort and honour of being our own town?…

It is one thing to describe an interview with a gorgon or a griffin, a creature who does not exist. It is another thing to discover that the rhinoceros does exist and then take pleasure in the fact that he looks as if he didn’t…

We need to be happy in this wonderland without once being merely comfortable.”

– G.K. Chesterton Orthodoxy