Domenico Rosa for Il sole 24 ore… […]Read More
September 11 for France: its heart has been shot, execution style. No More Laughter in France – On Arrête de Rire en France – Among the twelve killed today in Paris… Parmi les douze tués aujourd’hui à Paris: CABU & WOLINSKI — an institution – Le cœur de la France a été poignardé… Much more about Cabu and Wolinski […]Read More
Another way to be and to think — Une autre manière d’être et de penser: “When we are alone, we lose our identity. We spread out into everything that surrounds us, we become what surrounds us… if one is outside, one becomes absolutely what one sees. We become the air, we become the forests, one becomes the grass. – Quand on est seul, on perd son identité. On se déploie dans tout ce qui vous entoure, on devient ce qui vous entoure… if one is outside, one becomes absolutely what one sees. We become the air, we become the forests, one becomes the grass.” […]Read More
For the month of November 2014, I have been invited to be one of a number of guests on this listserv of more than 1900 participants. Here is an excerpt from one of the organizers, Alan Sondheim: “The world seems to be descending into chaos of a qualitatively different dis/order, one characterized by terror, massacre, absolutism. Things are increasingly out of control, and this chaos is a kind of ground-work itself – nothing beyond a scorched earth policy, but more of the same. What might be a cultural or artistic response to this? How does one deal with this psychologically, when every day brings new horrors? Even traditional analyses seem to dissolve in the absolute terror that seems to be daily increasing. … we want less political analysis or politics for that matter, and more, a form of personal/cultural testimony that is rarely written. What of anguish? What of inconceivable torture? What of a planet tending wildly towards overpopulation, extinctions, local wars, starvations, all producing despair, breakdown, anomie? In other words – how does one sleep at night?… the very absence of discussion in general, about the interiority of absolute violence, opens the subject up here.” PLEASE JOIN IN […]Read More
My review: “Spies like James Bond/007 can appear cool… but what if it were their family, their relatives and their people they were betraying? That type of treason may be nothing to celebrate anymore. One may actually need to hide all of that – and definitely not make a film about it! That is the challenge that the director, Nadav Schirman, has taken on. His previous two other documentaries were also about individuals living undercover: ‘In the Dark Room’ and ‘The Champagne Spy.’ He was also the producer of the successful 2012 ‘No Place on Earth.’ — In our desire to appear smart and in charge, we make fast assessments, ready to speak up and to react. Here, because repeatedly nothing appears as it what it is, the film will challenge most preconceptions. The moral compass for what constitutes one’s alliances seems to be constantly shifting and one is asked to turn oneself inside out. Healthy questions emerge: What constitutes intelligence and security? How do we know what we know? Is it just about those two individuals, Mosab Hassan Yousef and Gonen Ben Yitzhak or is it about us? N.B.: For those who have read Mosab Hassan Yousef’s book ‘Son of Hamas,’ this film is very different than the book!” + Clips […]Read More
Israel is isolated through lack of dialogue… As with Tibetan learning (like the pilpul [Hebrew for pepper] of Talmud study – through a dyad), the truth is supposed to engage at least someone else! There is no truth by oneself. Re-read Martin Buber, Yeshayahu Leibowitz or Emmanuel Lévinas & end totalitarian manipulations – always based on fear. Speak up!
“There is more space to be critical of Israel in Israel than in North America, said Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie, a former president of the Union for Reform Judaism, who wrote an article for the current issue of Reform Judaism magazine on rabbis who feel “muzzled.” He said in an interview, ‘There are a range of opinions in Israel, and there should be a range of opinions here.'” […]