Tablet Magazine

Why Israel’s President Talks to Obama, but Not to Netanyahu

Why Israel’s President Talks to Obama, but Not to Netanyahu

Anyone who has ever dreamed of seeing the president of the United States smiling and laughing arm-in-arm with an Israeli head of state need look no further than Israeli President Reuven “Ruvi” Rivlin’s most recent visit to Washington last month. President Barack Obama couldn’t have looked more thrilled to have him at the White House, and President Rivlin made sure to show his excitement and to express his gratitude for “what you have done in the last six years: for the finance, for the diplomatic, and for the military help that you are giving us.” Read the rest »

The Jewish Daily Forward

Zimbabwe's Lembas Push for Circumcision

Zimbabwe's Lembas Push for Circumcision

On a hot spring morning in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare, Modreck Maeresera is packing up for a trip at his quiet suburban home. Maeresera is a leader of Zimbabwe’s Lemba community, which claims Jewish roots. He is preparing for a mission to the United States that he hopes will deepen the community’s Jewish practice by ensuring that all males are circumcised. Read the rest »

Okay Africa

Party Dark: Harare Continues To Dance Amidst Worsening Power Cuts

Party Dark: Harare Continues To Dance Amidst Worsening Power Cuts

Power cuts have become so common in Zimbabwe in recent months that saxophonist Vee Mukarati didn’t even realize the party he was playing at last month had gone totally dark. Neither did any of the other people moving along to his music. “It’s like trying to do gigs on Mars,” he told me after the gig. Read the rest »