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The View From Here

The View From Here | Waking Up to a Different World

It’s a truism of life that you never really know what you had until it’s gone. (That’s not exactly true, as more than one...

The View From Here | As a Destructive Force, Anger Can’t Be Beat

It seems that these days, there’s a whole lot of anger in the world. More than two years after the 2016 presidential contest that was...

The View From Here | Coming Home in the New Year

Ending a vacation is always hard. After spending a week away, which I was privileged to do with my parents, wife and children last...

The View From Here | The Mail, and Other Worries

Anyone who’s ever been a parent can understand the impulse to think the worst every time something bad happens. Especially for first-time mothers and fathers,...

The View From Here | The Real America’s Team

By Joshua Runyan As a kid, I could never understand why the Dallas Cowboys, apparently having been born under a lucky blue star, were ever...

The View From Here | Beware the Power of the Mob

After much hemming and hawing, my wife and I decided to fully welcome our oldest, who can already code and edit her own videos,...

The View From Here | Freedom of Speech for All, or None

Like many institutions of higher education in the United States, Temple University is a haven of academic freedom and discovery. Underpinning Temple’s mission, indeed one...

The View From Here | Listening to the Terrorist on the Other End

Ten years ago, I was on one end of a telephone line, listening to a terrorist make demands in a language I did not...

The View From Here | A Rabbi Walks Into a Polish-Owned Irish Bar …

The beauty of a Baal Shem Tov story is that it does not need to have actually occurred in order for the nugget of...

The View From Here | Here We Go Again in Gaza

For those Israelis fortunate enough to have been spared a childhood in which the sound of air-raid sirens and running to bomb shelters is...