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Dan Fleshler
Dan Fleshler is a writer and media strategist in New York City. In October, 2013, he started a blog called The Insulin Chronicles, which conveys the lessons he has learned and the mysteries he has encountered from living with Type 1 diabetes since...1962. This is a new direction for him. Previously, most of his writing focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the organized American Jewish community.

It is safe to say that he is the only writer in the universe who has published a personal essay about diabetic complications as well as an op-ed analyzing Palestinian-Israeli security cooperation in the West Bank.

His book, Transforming America's Israel Lobby --The Limits Of its Power and the Potential For Change, was published by Potomac Books in April, 2009. Check out the rave reviews on the web site.

Professionally, he has represented a wide range of corporate and not-for-profit clients, including health care providers. He is a board member of Ameinu and Americans for Peace Now and is on the Advisory Council of J Street, three American Jewish organizations that advocate active, balanced U.S. engagement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

He has ghost-written and placed numerous op-eds in major American newspapers during the last two decades. Op-eds and features under his own byline have been published in New York Times, Village Voice, Forward, New York Jewish Week, Ha’Aretz, Reform Judaism magazine and other publications.

Entries by Dan Fleshler

Diabetes, Inner Chatter and the Monkey Mind

(0) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 9:46 AM

In a fine essay on HuffPo about Type 1 diabetes, Riva Greenberg conveys how much mental energy is necessary to "stay between the lines" -e.g., keep blood sugar within the narrow range displayed on her continuous glucose monitor:

If you met would have no idea that half my...
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Why Mindful Eating Is So Hard and Why You Should Do It Anyway

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2014 | 4:49 PM

I haven't paused to taste and savor my food for at least 1.2 million minutes since 1975. That is a sobering stretch of tasteless time, which I calculated last week. I hope to use that number as a prod to remind myself to slow down and pay full attention to...

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Chronic Disease, Empathy and Surly Traffic Cops

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 12:12 PM

"Don't take anything personally," Don Miguel Ruiz advises us in The Four Agreements, a memorable guide to Toltec philosophy. He gives one good reason:

All people live in their own dream, in their own mind; they are in a completely different world from the one we live in...
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Gratitude for Feeling Crappy

(2) Comments | Posted November 23, 2013 | 10:00 AM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

I often don't feel well due to stress hormones, which act up partly because I have Type 1 diabetes. But I try to feel grateful when that happens.

Kelly McGonigal makes a persuasive case for developing...

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Abracadabra: Why Insulin Sparks Awe and Wonder

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 10:36 AM

"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious," wrote Albert Einstein. "Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead."

I can count only a few occasions during my first 58 years when I felt a sense...

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Did Trauma Cause My Diabetes?

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 9:44 AM

What caused killer t-cells to attack the beta cells in my pancreas, preventing them from producing insulin, making my blood sugar skyrocket and triggering my Type 1 diabetes? That was in 1962. No one has come up with a convincing explanation yet. Scientists aren't even close to figuring out the...

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Why I'm Grateful for Very Low Blood Sugar

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 3:40 PM

Lately, I am finding reasons to be grateful because of my chronic disease, Type 1 diabetes, which I have had since 1962. That is surprising, because it has not been easy for me to feel grateful for anything.

About five years ago, I stumbled upon on an industry of psychologists...

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Diabetes, Sotomayor's Parents and the Memory of the Heart

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2013 | 10:44 AM

I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 1962, the same year as Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor. In her recent memoir, she recounts how she managed the disease herself as a young girl. Her father was an alcoholic and her mother was too frightened to handle tasks...

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Too Much Holocaust Education?

(12) Comments | Posted March 7, 2012 | 10:50 AM

On a bitterly cold day during a recent visit to Berlin, I stood in front of a modest, unfinished, yellow brick wall on the grounds of the Löcknitz-Grundschule, a primary school in the city's "Bayerische Viertel" (Bavarian Quarter). Children were shouting and scampering around on a nearby playground....

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How Extremist Israeli Settlers Celebrate the Harvest Festival

(17) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 4:55 PM

Sukkot, the Jewish holiday that marks the fall harvest festival and also commemorates 40 years of wandering by ancient Jews in the desert, commences at sundown on Wednesday. Jews throughout the world are building their local Sukkot, a temporary shelter that usually takes the form of a tent....

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Defiant Dreamers of Arab-Jewish Coexistence

(24) Comments | Posted June 22, 2011 | 10:30 AM

Is it remotely possible to close the gaps between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel?

62 percent of Palestinian Arabs who live in Israel believe that Israeli Jews "are foreigners who do not fit in this region, and they will eventually leave the country," according...

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Obama's Gutsy, Principled Middle East Speech

(1) Comments | Posted May 20, 2011 | 2:57 PM

Everyone agrees President Obama made a gutsy political call when he ordered the Navy Seals to take out Osama bin Laden. There would have been a fierce backlash if the mission had failed. But he's not getting credit for demonstrating even more political courage by calling for an Israeli-Palestinian peace...

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Why the Jewish Right Is Terrified by J Street's Conference

(606) Comments | Posted February 25, 2011 | 11:09 AM

J Street, the political arm of the American Jewish pro-Israel, pro-peace movement, will convene its second national conference on Saturday night. There will be an enormous turnout. An organizer told me that about 2100 people are pre-registered (at their last conference, only 850 people were pre-registered but 1500 people showed...

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Dialogue on the Gaza Flotilla

(0) Comments | Posted June 1, 2010 | 6:37 PM

"I appreciate your call. My staff was going to get in touch with you. The task force is meeting tomorrow at 8:30. Can you make it?"

"I'm afraid the Consulate will need to get someone else. I'm calling to tell you I can't help anymore. I'm too upset..."

"But the...

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Correct Diagnosis, Wrong Cure for American Jewish Passivity

(6) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 9:39 AM

The blogosphere is buzzing about an essay by Peter Beinart in the New York Review of Books. Beinart convincingly denounces the Israel-right-or-wrong mantra of mainstream American Jewish organizations. He is justifiably worried about the future of "an American Zionist movement that does not even feign concern for Palestinian...

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Pro-Israel Peace Camp Cares About America, Too

(58) Comments | Posted October 21, 2009 | 12:51 PM

As it prepares for its first national conference this weekend, J Street, the political arm of pro-peace, pro-Israel American Jews, is being assailed by those who don't want it to take positions independent of the Israeli government.

Chuck Freilich, a former Israeli National Security advisor, castigates the J...

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The Perils of American Incrementalism

(21) Comments | Posted August 10, 2009 | 6:29 PM

The pro-Israel peace camp in the U.S., my camp, has been content to settle for incremental American diplomacy. We've rallied around the Obama team and its call for freezing settlements, for small but friendly policy changes from the Arab states, for "confidence-building" measures. That incremental approach didn't work in the...

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Which Israelis Should We Believe on the Iranian Bomb?

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2009 | 2:50 PM

There are probably 25 people in the world who have enough information and experience to gauge the likelihood that Iran will develop a nuclear bomb, and --if it is intent on nuclear weapons-- when the warheads will be ready. I'm certainly not one of them. Neither are the leaders of...

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Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Israel Lobby?

(11) Comments | Posted May 6, 2009 | 2:05 PM

Alarms are clattering in the minds of pro-Israel American activists whose mission in life is to close all gaps between official Israeli and American positions. In the weeks leading up to the annual convention of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which begins May 3rd in DC, the Obama...

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Who Gets the Prize for the Most Stupid Behavior in the Jane Harman Fracas?

(7) Comments | Posted April 22, 2009 | 5:13 PM

We still don't know a great deal about the Jane Harman affair, in which she allegedly agreed to try to intercede in the Justice Department's investigation of two former AIPAC employees. But I believe we now have incontrovertible proof of the utter stupidity exhibited by some of the main...

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