Author: Toby Katz

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Zydeco musings

The more sad news we hear out of New Orleans, the more I get the shivers thinking about the fact that Katrina passed right through my city. The eye of...

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Lessons from Katrina

Someone forwarded a letter to me — unfortunately without the signature — by some pundit “explaining” that Katrina hit New Orleans because Louisiana is the home state of Condoleeza Rice....

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Jewish ingratitude

#1 I don’t know if Paul Krugman reads Cross-Currents or what, but that far-left NY Times writer had a column today seemingly in reply to my post of a few...

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Bush Won Florida in 2000

On August 5, I wrote, http://www.cross-currents.com/archives/2005/08/05/comparing-our-troubles-to-theirs/ Myth has it that if the recount had been allowed to continue, Gore would have won. The NY Times and the Miami Herald (both...

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We are different

Today, Erev Shabbos Nachamu, my brother wrote the following, which I am taking the liberty of posting here: Newspaper-reading Jews all over America have doubtless found it quite vexing that...

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“Preparing to Rejoice” — NY Times

Two articles in the NY Times in the last few days caught my attention. The first: August 12, 2005 After Decades of Disappointment, Gazans Are Preparing to Rejoice By GREG...

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Comparing our troubles to theirs

Reader Eliezer Barzilai wrote: Many Americans were horrified by our Supreme Court’s transparently politically motivated decision in the presidential election. It was the Florida Supreme Court, attempting to throw the...

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Yahrzeit of Rav Nachman Bulman, zt”l

Tonight, 26 Tammuz, is my father’s third yahrzeit. In my Jewish Action article about my father, which appeared a few months after his petira, I wrote: “Working with his close...

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Did the Autopsy Find No Soul?

I wrote about Terri Schiavo while she was dying. Today the autopsy report came out. Todd Schnitt, a local radio talk show host here in Miami, was among many in...

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Mind-reading in the blogosphere

This is a letter that was sent to me privately: I am not blaming you for what happened in Bet Shemesh. However, the antipathy that is displayed by many teachers...

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A little match on Yom Yerushalayim

In honor of Yom Yerushalayim, which was celebrated yesterday, I lit a small match in a great darkness. Before I explain, some background: Every day I listen to a local...

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Follow-up to “Empathy”

In my recent “empathy” post, I wrote: The notion that only blacks can understand blacks, only women can understand women, and so on, undercuts the bedrock of our common humanity....

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Empathy

I would like to second what Eytan Kobre wrote so movingly in his post “As Thyself” : There is a Jewish angle to this topic as well; specifically, regarding the...

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Reading the Times with my coffee

Well, time for something a little lighter than my usual fare. Let’s read the New York Times this morning for our amusement and enlightenment. From an article about a new...