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Columnist Lurie’s first column at 100

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By J.Zel Lurie    DELRAY BEACH, Florida –This is my first column in my second century. It will be devoted to my daughter Susan, who  made aliyah over 40 years ago.  She had earned a Ph.D. in Botany at New York University.  She spent many decades as a research scientist at the Israeli Agricultural Center. […]

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Who is responsible for Jewish settlements?

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By J. Zel Lurie DELRAY BEACH, Florida — Chautauqua is a remarkable, unique institution. Lying on the shore of 18-mile-long Lake Chautauqua between the cities of Buffalo and Erie, it is not easy to get to, but I have managed to spend a few weeks there every summer. Elsewhere in the summer months, one can […]

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Obama and Kerry seem likely to bring Mideast peace

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By J. Zel Lurie DELRAY BEACH, Florida — A few weeks after President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009, I predicted that a peace agreement  between Israel and the Palestinians would be signed before the end of Obama’s second term eight years later. Some people thought that I was pessimistic. Obama had promised to appoint a […]

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Fayyad resigned, or did he?

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By J. Zel Lurie DELRAY BEACH, Florida — Salam Fayyad was 55 years old when they found him six years ago. “They” are the secretary of state and the European donors who wanted to help the Palestine Authority in its hour of trial but did not want to see their contributions diverted by corrupt Fatah […]

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Peace can be win-win or lose-lose

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By J. Zel Lurie DELRAY BEACH, Florida — At the current events session in my retirement home a neighbor said: “Obama did something amazing. He brought Arab Turkey and Jewish Israel together in peace. Simply amazing. Why can’t he repeat it between Israel and the Palestinians.” Confusing Turks with Arabs is a common error. The […]

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Filtering Israel through the New York Times

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By J. Zel Lurie   DELRAY BEACH, Florida — Readers of the New York Times, who, like myself, buy the paper chiefly for its extensive coverage of Israel, might be forgiven if they believed that the question of what to do about Iran’s  nuclear ambitions played a major role in Israel’s recent elections.   Iran […]

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Kenya from an Israeli resident’s perspective

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By J. Zel Lurie   DELRAY BEACH, Florida –  I will be on a cruise when this column is published. I will return home one day before the crucial Israeli elections. The Israeli campaign is confined to three months and TV ads are forbidden, except for the last two weeks. On the day after the elections […]

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J Street chalks up amazing victory percentage

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By J. Zel Lurie DELRAY BEACH, Florida — J Street, the pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby in Washington and JStreetPAC endorsed 71 candidates for Congress and 70 were elected. J Street PAC raised a record 1.8 million dollars to help their candidates. “This is an incredible victory,” said Jeremy Ben-Ami, the founder and president of the organization. […]

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Bilingual schools in Israel celebrate Arab and Jewish narratives

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By J. Zel Lurie DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA — Bilingual education has always attracted me. I built the first bilingual Hebrew-Arabic primary school for citizens of Israel a quarter century ago. Now there are five bilingual schools in Israel and more on the drawing boards. I have a great-grandson in Palo Alto, Calif. He attends a […]

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The mysteries of the Cairo codex

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By J. Zel Lurie DELRAY BEACH, Florida –Jews come in many shapes and colors. One of the strangest is the Karaites, founded in the 7th century by a charismatic Jew named Anan Ben David. He totally rejected the holiness of the Talmud and strictly obeyed only the 613 mitzvot found in the Torah.  The Karaite […]

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Words of comfort for a frightened Israeli woman

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By J. Zel Lurie DELRAY BEACH, Florida — I received a letter from a young Israeli who says she met me in Israel two years ago. I have no memory of her, which is a sign of old age. The key paragraphs in her long letter are as follows: “I am an Israeli but like […]

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Thoughts at the funeral of a 96-year-old younger brother

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By J. Zel Lurie DELRAY BEACH, Florida — On the Presidents Day weekend I flew to  Virginia   to attend the funeral of my kid brother, Leon, who had died at 96. The obituary in the Washington Post said that he had died peacefully but reluctantly in the arms of his partner, Alice. “He wanted to live […]

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Agudat Israel and the yeshiva that was never built

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By J. Zel Lurie DELRAY BEACH, Florida– My father, Jacob “Yankel” Lurie and my mother, Ida “Hayele” Lurie, made aliya from Brooklyn to Haifa in 1929 a few months before the crash on Wall Street.  My father, the owner of several ready-to-wear women’s fashion stores, was 54. My mother at 50 had brought up six sons and […]

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‘Palestine is no picnic’ — A memoir

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Editor’s Note: We wish to extend a heart mazal tov to columnist J. Zel Lurie, who celebrated a birthday on December 4th — his 98th!  By J. Zel Lurie DELRAY BEACH, Florida — The time was the spring of 1936. I was a cub reporter on the Palestine Post, which became the Jerusalem Post 12 years […]

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