An ancient game of dice—complete with idol worship—may be the source of the mysterious “Pur” lottery in the holiday of Purim.
Game of Chance
Why U.S. Officials Keep Talking to the Press about Covert Israeli Operations in Iran
Last week, according to the New York Times, a powerful Iranian intelligence chief lost his job after a series of successful acts of sabotage, thought by many inside and outside of the Islamic Republic to have been carried out by the Mossad. Attributed to Israel are various suspicious explosions at sites connected to the Iranian nuclear program as well as the killing of seven members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in May and June—including two colonels. Eyal Zisser comments on the American reaction: