Category Archives: on words

Antisemitism-Part deux

So I finished the Yad Vashem class on antisemitism. I even got a little certificate saying that I successfully finished the course. And yes, it is hanging on my wall above my desk. I am proud of that certificate. It’s … Continue reading

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On Words: Gaslighting

Gaslighting is a form of manipulation that seeks to sow seeds of doubt in a targeted individual or in members of a targeted group, hoping to make them question their own memory, perception, and sanity. Using persistent denial, misdirection, contradiction, and lying, it attempts to destabilize the … Continue reading

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On Words: Pathetic

Defined: causing or evoking pity, sympathetic sadness, sorrow, etc.;  affecting or moving the emotions. pertaining to or caused by the emotions. miserably or contemptibly inadequate Truth is that the word pathetic elicits some additional feelings  other than explained in the official definition. While, it is possible that the word can invoke some sympathy for people, more likely than not, the … Continue reading

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On Words: Antisemitism

Antisemitism. It is a word that conjures up the oldest bigotry known in human history. You may even think that there is a consensus about the meaning of this word. However, you would be wrong. In fact, there is more … Continue reading

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#WorldBookDay and freedom in crisis

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On  #WorldBookDay let us remember that the majority of people in the world do not have the right to read what they want, or say what they want, or wear what they want. Censorship and oppression are on the march, and … Continue reading

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On Words: Apology

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It’s actually one of the hardest parts of being human. Acknowledging the fact that you could be wrong, and that your actions hurt another person. Or that you are right, but you still hurt another person. Ultimately, the question is, … Continue reading

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On Words: Jerusalem

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Yes it is simply a word. But it is a singular word that elicits notions of angels, demons, and a God in heaven. It is a word that has caused war, rebellion, and prayer. It is a word that connotes … Continue reading

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