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"Gaza could have become a showcase of Arab enlightenment and enterprise"

"Gaza could have become a showcase of Arab enlightenment and enterprise" #Gaza #Hamas

Gaza could have become a showcase of Arab enlightenment and enterprise after Israel withdrew from the territory in 2005. It could have become a tourism haven and a crucible for learning and arts, science and technology.

Instead, Gaza has become a one-party Islamic dictatorship under Hamas, dedicated to the destruction of the Jewish state of Israel.

Thousands of precious lives have been lost in…

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"American pop culture leaves little room for mixed feelings, thereby inciting mixed feelings every step of the way"

"American pop culture leaves little room for mixed feelings, thereby inciting mixed feelings every step of the way" -@HHavrilesky

American pop culture leaves little room for mixed feelings, thereby inciting mixed feelings every step of the way. No wonder filmmakers and TV producers like Steven Spielberg and Matthew Weiner have inserted the ambient glee of Saturday-morning cartoons and radio D.J.s gasping over sunny weather in order to conjure foreboding and suspense. The hopeful words of wisdom inscribed on a tea bag take…

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"If you can’t glean the sense of accomplishment, pride and operational excellence from them describing previous jobs, it’s not going to start when they show up at a new place"

At least three things are required to come up with a plan and accomplish it. There has to be some element of creativity and self-analysis, which is really important. There has to be some element of operational capacity. And there has to be persistence, because anything worth doing in life requires persistence. You can weed out a lot of people by listening carefully to the stories they tell around…

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"there’s something miraculous about books that stops me from tossing them in the garbage"

"there’s something miraculous about books that stops me from tossing them in the garbage" -@MartyKaplan #books

[P]hysical books — the creepy retronym for the objects formerly known just as books — …take up space. They demand shelves. They can crowd us out and weigh us down. And though no divine injunction exempts them from a recovering hoarder’s triage, there’s something miraculous about books that stops me from tossing them in the garbage.

They may not have souls, but they’re not inanimate objects,…

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"We were nostalgic for yesterday’s prognostications: You could say that we succumbed to prognostalgia"

"We were nostalgic for yesterday’s prognostications: You could say that we succumbed to prognostalgia" -@EricBop

…by the ’70s and ’80s, we were just as interested in gazing longingly behind us toward a sentimentally reconstructed version of a simpler past as we were in peering ahead toward the dystopian future that was most likely headed our way. We were awash in nostalgia. We yearned for a little house on the prairie or a Baltimore diner or a doo-wop reboot or a drag race by the Fonz down a suburban…

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"For a person whose suffering has been met with judgment, a sympathetic ear can make all the difference"

“For a person whose suffering has been met with judgment, a sympathetic ear can make all the difference”

Given the ideology of parenting, it’s not surprising that we typically blame biology for the experience of postpartum depression. But the circumstances parents face are often demonstrably miserable. The fact that postpartum depression rates are much higher among the poor than among the wealthy, who can purchase peace of mind through hired child care, supports the idea that the phenomenon is, in…

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"Our dilemma today is that at the very time that we desperately need an ideological linkage between powerful Israel experiences and the creation of robust Jewish communities for young Jews in America, Zionism is absent from the mix"

“Our dilemma today is that at the very time that we desperately need an ideological linkage between powerful Israel experiences and the creation of robust Jewish communities for young Jews in America, Zionism is absent from the mix”

Our dilemma today is that at the very time that we desperately need an ideological linkage between powerful Israel experiences and the creation of robust Jewish communities for young Jews in America, Zionism is absent from the mix. The term has been hijacked by the left and by the right. Among next-gen Jews I hear arguments that echo the claim of the political left: that Zionism is a form of…

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"Take young Jews, 18-26, on a free trip to Israel and they will return rededicated to Jewish life, says the conventional wisdom. This model would have worked a generation ago"

#Taglit trips hope “they will return rededicated to Jewish life” - “This model would have worked a generation ago”

Take young Jews, 18-26, on a free trip to Israel and they will return rededicated to Jewish life, says the conventional wisdom. This model would have worked a generation ago. Jewish identity for the baby boomers – those funding Birthright – was built around memories of the Holocaust and a visceral defense of the State of Israel against the enemies seeking its destruction. Supporting Israel was a…

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How Greatly Different Relations Between Israelis & Arabs are Since Pre-Second Intifada

How Greatly Different Relations Between Israelis & Arabs are Since Pre-Second Intifada -@EthanBronner

During the 1980s and ’90s, tens of thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza Strip worked in Israel. They learned Hebrew and built relations with their Israeli employers. They watched Israeli television (there was little else available), and many developed a cautious but unmistakable admiration for Israeli politics and public accountability. When Palestinians talked of building a…

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"Disruptive innovation is a theory about why businesses fail. It’s not more than that"

“Disruptive innovation is a theory about why businesses fail. It’s not more than that”

Disruptive innovation is a theory about why businesses fail. It’s not more than that. It doesn’t explain change. It’s not a law of nature. It’s an artifact of history, an idea, forged in time; it’s the manufacture of a moment of upsetting and edgy uncertainty. Transfixed by change, it’s blind to continuity. It makes a very poor prophet.

Jill Lepore, “The Disruption Machine”, The New Yorker(23…

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