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Bleeding Between the Lines: A Review of Ori Alon’s “Checkpoint Charlie”

by Mordechai Zalmen When I was in college I saw a performance of Bretch’s Mother Courage and Her Children.    I remember my first reaction was disgust.  What the fuck is this nonsense about?  Why was the child named Swiss Cheese?  … Continue reading

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Reimagining the Global War on Terror

For the entirety of my adult life, my country has been engaged in a Global War on Terror. (My 21st birthday and the first time I legally drank a beer was September 3, 2001.  President Bush proclaimed that the Global … Continue reading

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Wearing My Great-Grandfather’s Tefillin

Originally posted July, 2014 by Mordechai Zalman There is a scene in Albert Camus’ novel The Plague, written about the experience of living in Nazi-occupied France, where the main character, a doctor, is talking to a priest, moments after they both watch … Continue reading

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Caring for Eagle Feathers

By Michael R. O’Brien, MD When I turn on the TV or open a newspaper these days, it seems everyone has much to say about Veterans Affairs.   Everyone, except the veterans themselves and the doctors, nurses and others who … Continue reading

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A Training Ground for The World That’s Possible

by Mordechai Zalman At a Jewish environmental summer camp, where kids have no access to cell phones or the internet, grow and make much of their own food, spend time building sweat lodges from materials found in the forest, milk … Continue reading

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My Speech from the Buffalo Vigil for Environmental Justice

I gave the following speech Feb. 3, 2014 at Front Park, in front of the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, NY during the “Buffalo Vigil for Environmental Justice”, the local version of the Nationwide Vigil against the Keystone XL Pipeline.  http://nokxl.org … Continue reading

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We are stronger than money! A Case Study: The People’s Rebellion against Fracking

The county where I live, Erie County, NY, has just banned fracking on public lands and the import and disposal of fracking waste water. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a basically when a corporation takes millions of gallons of clean drinking … Continue reading

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Love is Greater than Fear

a poem, by Mordechai Zalmen Lovers give things away. The fearful hoard. Lovers speak and sing and listen and write. The fearful silence. Lovers trust, teach and forgive. The fearful punish, accuse and survey.  Lovers are unashamed to stand naked … Continue reading

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Listening to Very Old Trees and Planting Their Acorns: Introduction to the Great Red Oak Press

There is a 300 year old Sycamore Tree on Franklin St, here in Buffalo, on a small sliver of  land tucked between a paved street and a sidewalk, in front of an ordinary house, next to a usually empty parking … Continue reading

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