In Praise of Yaacov Lozowick

Yaacov Lozowick is shutting down his blog, Yaacov Lozowick’s Ruminations, to pursue other ventures – likely, he will become Israel’s State Archivist – and I’d like to take this opportunity to express how much his voice will be missed to those of us who have followed his especially informed and thoughtful posts on (as he described his focus) “Israel, Jewish Matters, history and how they all affect each other.”

Yaacov was a rare breed of blogger – possessing the erudition of a scholar (his book, “The Right to Exist: A moral defense of Israel’s Wars“, is a must read for those engaged in the rhetorical defense of Israel), the tenacity of a journalist (his posts on the danger of dividing Jerusalem included Yaacov’s own first hand reports from the Jerusalem neighborhoods delineating the “East” and “West” parts of the city), and the capacity to recognize nuance and morally gray areas so uncommon in the politically charged world of blogging. Hyperbole and vitriol were never part of Yaacov’s rhetorical arsenal.

Yaacov has new site, here, which is naturally worth visiting, though (as he noted) it’s uncertain how it will evolve.

However, though he won’t be publishing new posts at Yaacov Lozowick’s Ruminations, I’d highly recommend looking at the following two permanent pages from his blog:

At Don’t Divide Jerusalem Yaacov collected links to the 15 essays he wrote explaining and demonstrating why he thinks the idea of dividing Jerusalem is a travesty which, should it ever be implemented, will be the root of the next war.

At Seeking Peace, Living at War he collected the dozen or so essays about war and peace which he hopes will have some value for readers who might stumble upon them even well after they were written.

Though the pro-Israel blogosphere will indeed be poorer in his absence, please join us in wishing him well in his new pursuits and thanking him for his immense contributions. 

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