Monthly Archives: July 2019

Jul 26

25 July 2019

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Dear Friends, The big Summer music hit this year in Israel– a country predominately made up of Jews who have emigrated there from around the world– is an unconventional Arabic-inspired R&B hit by Alessandro Mahmood, an Egyptian-Italian singer. Soldi (money) is sung in Italian, but that hasn’t stopped it from being wildly popular in Israel, where, […]

Jul 23

18 July 2019

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Dear Friends, On the wall of my office, there’s a large poster which features the Hebrew text of a quote from the Book of Michah (Chapter 6, Verse 8): הִגִּיד לְךָ אָדָם, מַה-טּוֹב; וּמָה-יְהוָה דּוֹרֵשׁ מִמְּךָ, כִּי אִם-עֲשׂוֹת מִשְׁפָּט וְאַהֲבַת חֶסֶד, וְהַצְנֵעַ לֶכֶת, עִם-אֱלֹהֶיךָ. You have been told, mortal, what is good– and what God […]

Jul 17

11 July 2019

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Dear Friends, Food can tell us a lot about history– and often, food undermines our own self-conceptions of what ‘history’ is all about. Take the example of paella. Paella is (unofficially) Spain’s ‘national dish’– it exudes Spanishness and Hispanophiles the world around cherish the smell and savour of a proper paella (cooked of course in […]

Jul 04

4 July 2019

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Dear Friends, Cars burning, thousands protesting, motorways blocked, tearful families at tragic funerals– these sights are ones that are sadly familiar to Americans after the last few years. Nearly five years ago, in Ferguson, Missouri, 18 year old Michael Brown was shot dead by a police officer after an altercation (the details of which are […]