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Hand of God: Harmony

Elliot Toman

“Harmony imposes compatibility upon the incongruous.”
Yehudi Menuhin

This observation offers up a juxtaposition of two ideas that seemingly exist in opposition yet are elegantly reconciled. The term harmony derives from the Greek ἁρμονία harmonia, meaning “joint, agreement, concord.” The concept stems from the harmony of nature. Squirrels, birds, flowers, trees—all are lyrically integrated, interconnected, creating something larger than themselves: something glorious. The incongruity, then, can be a veil that obscures deeper connections, the compatibilities in nature. But not only in nature.

In every culture throughout history, mosaics have been the cornerstone of the period’s art. One theory suggests that mosaics represent the harmony of nature, even if unintentionally. These mosaics resonate within us aesthetically: we are able to perceive that harmony.

Contemporary artists play with mosaics, using vivid colors and seemingly incongruent shapes. Their work reflects the true beauty of cultural diversity—its ability to transform both ourselves and the world into something larger, something glorious, something that becomes clear to us only when we step back to see the majestic mosaic of life.

“Morning on the Seine,” Claude Monet
“The Flamingos,” Henri Rousseau
“Mitzpe Ramon,” Elad Matityahu
“Agamon Hula,” Tzachi Yaffe
“Jaffa sunset,” Iris Cohenian
“Almond orchard,” Yehuda Poch

Tomb of Hafez, Shiraz, Iran
Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, Italy
St. Petersburg Mosque, Russia
Delos, Greece
Byzantine Palace, Caesarea, Israel
Roman mosaic
Found Memory, Jose Cacho
Ancient Greek, Richard Wevill
Candy, Laura Tietjens
Koolulam, Tomer Foltyn
I bless the rains, Charis Tsevis
Marley, Fabrizio Cassett

Issue II

Elliot Toman

Jews are from Judea: Stop Whitewashing Jewish Identity

For well over a year, a debate has raged over the treatment of Jews in drafts for a California Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum (ESMC). The California legislature has required the drafting and ensuing instruction of this curriculum across the largest high school system in America. The first two drafts were rightly sent back to the…

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The Oxymoron of Progressive Zionists

When Israel is attacked and defends itself using military force, like it recently did in Gaza, progressive Zionists twist themselves into knots to explain to their fellow progressives why Israel has the right to self-defense.

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Reclaiming Judean Identity: A Decolonization Plan

“Palestinianism” — the complete erasure of Judean identity—has now centered itself in the woke regime. Examples run from teachers’ unions boycotting the one Jewish state to the firing of a black Jewish diversity officer because she dared to condemn anti-Semitism. Want to watch the U.S. and Israeli flags burn simultaneously? Skip a trip to Tehran…

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Stop the Hate

B.L.

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Harmony of the Soul

Marley believed he was that Cornerstone. We all are. We will all be rejected, dejected, and cast aside at some point. These moments of vulnerability often sway even the most faithful among us. But when you realize your worth is bestowed upon you by God and put your faith into practice through commitment or song, that creates harmony of the soul.

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I Have a Dream

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King delivered this Iconic speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28th, 1963, as part of the March on Washington. Largely as a result, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law in 1964. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation…

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Equity, Equality, & MLK: Interview with Glenn Loury

Glenn C. Loury is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of Economics at Brown University. He has been an outspoken neo-liberal intellectual for decades, defending free speech and academic freedom.  Cancel culture is about a lot of things, but it is substantially about race. Lisa Schiffren: Let’s jump right in. How…

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Why Martin Luther King Jr Stood With Israel

In Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Dr. King used the analogy of Hitler’s persecution of the Jewish people to explain his willingness to disobey unjust laws. In his analogy, he also revealed his empathy for the Jewish people and his assurance that he would have tended to their plight.
  We should never forget that everything…

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Critical Race Theory: An Overview

Critical race theory calls into question the very foundations of the liberal order, including equality theory, legal reasoning, Enlightenment rationalism, and the neutral principles of constitutional law.

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Liberalism 101: Censorship

Today’s left demands complete and total conformity to their preconceived, unchallengeable notions and brooks no dissent to their package of ideas and values. You either buy in 100 percent on every agenda item, or you are cast out as a virtual heretic.

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unset the sun

A poem by RW

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I see you

You are not a sum of arbitrary things
Details to be checked off a list somewhere

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California, The Racist State

In every case, schools will be teaching California children that white people are inherently bad. That black people are victims. That illegal immigrants need our acceptance. That capitalism is bad. That hard work is “white.” That Jews and Asians and Indians are actually “white” because of their success in America and are to be despised. That the American constitutional republic was created to support slavery and must be dismantled.

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The Big Lie

Words are anything but harmless. There are always consequences to choosing them. The stakes can be high—even lethal. A figure of speech is easily weaponized.

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Greenlight Chaos: Biden’s Foreign Policy

Our adversaries are hearing a loud and consistent message coming out of the Biden administration. This message is being interpreted across the globe as a greenlight – a permissive environment – to “get all you can!” It may be too early to judge the foreign policy successes of an administration after only the first 100…

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The Death of the Post-Racial Society

When a youthful but electric Barack Obama was running for president in 2008, there was much talk about what it would mean to America to elect its first black president. The very prospect of it was exhilarating. It tapped into our truest democratic ideals, a major national milestone and giant leap in rectifying our racist…

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Israel + Hamas: The Facts

White Rose Staff

Hamas and its allies have launched more than 2,300 rockets aimed at murdering Israeli civilians since the fighting began. Israel has responded with hundreds of strikes aimed at stopping terrorists in Gaza from killing its people.

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Iran Readies Its Proxies for War—With Help From the Biden Administration

Iran is behind the latest escalation of violence against Israel. The increased accuracy and the sheer number of rockets fired into Israel reveal Iran’s hand.

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