David Twersky


There’s Little Hope for Peace if Occupation Is a Proper Noun

By David Twersky

I hate the Occupation and I hate the occupation. I hate them both equally. I long for a time when it will end, but I fear the second will end because of the tyranny of the first. Let me explain.Read More


We Are Family: King David’s Descendants Gather for ‘Reunion’

By David Twersky

I don’t know about you, but talk of bloodlines leaves me queasy. Imagine my surprise, then, to find myself spending a Thursday evening in October at New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust (of all places), taking part in a reunion of King David’s dynastic line (of all things).Read More


A Moderate in America, With No Political Party To Call Home

By David Twersky

I propose importing Kadima, Israel’s new centrist party, to the United States.I don’t mean that we need yet another Jewish organization; quite the contrary. Instead I am plugging an excellent observation first sketched by Jonathan Rauch in the March issue of the Atlantic Monthly.In his essay, Rauch argues that American politics is broken theRead More


A Lesson in American Civics

By David Twersky

If Bill O’Reilly doesn’t like America’s tradition separating church and state, he should move to Ireland.Rutting for ratings, the host of Fox News’s “O’Reilly Factor” and talk radio’s “Radio Factor” has been “defending” Christmas against threats, real and imagined. Arguing over the claims of religion in the publicRead More


Novelist Leon Uris Taught Jewish Readers To Stand Tall

By David Twersky

I was 10 years old when the film version of “Exodus,” Leon Uris’s epic telling of the struggle for the establishment of Israel, opened in Times Square.Going to see it was an event of considerable moment. Even as a 10-year-old, heading downtown by subway with a neighborhood friend and his mother, I understood that what I was goingRead More






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