I want to call your attention to two different pieces currently in press.

The first is Bernard Avishai’s piece on the Palestinian “right of return”, which has come out in Harper’s. I hope you will recall that Avishai was our guest at this year’s Rabin Lecture, which we held back in September. The talk he offered was abstracted from this article, which he was preparing for publication at the time.

Unfortunately, on-line the piece is only available in teasingly small print. You have to subscribe if you’d like to read it without a magnifying glass. But here is the link nonetheless:


The other piece is by a favorite son of the JCA who we are privileged to have back in our orbit, Rabbi Jacob Fine. It’s a beautiful reflection on the spirituality of gardening, found in the latest issue of Sh’ma: