Magazine | July 29, 2019, Issue

Army Base, South of Jerusalem, Friday Night

(David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters)

1
In the first deep darkness,
during lit candles and prayer,
I walked alone past the mess hall with my phone.

2
Cold, the phone cold to the touch.
The news from home was not good.
Her voice in the dark was a small dry bell.
The searchlight flashed along the fence.

3
Back in the tent,
a deep bulb-lit quiet
of men reading.
Haggard cats
huddled near the heater.
I read;
and stopped,
too tuned to it.

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Letters

After Harvey Mansfield's disinvitation from Concordia University, a professor writes in to NR to clarify. Plus, Fred Schwartz on baseball.
The Week

The Week

The Canadian newspaper the National Post reports, ‘Ancient life awakens amid thawing ice caps and permafrost.’ Good news for Joe Biden.
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Girth Dearth

According to the Left, it is bad to stigmatize the mentally ill, but unless you have the proper opinions on social issues, you have a mental illness.

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