Arlene Kushner

Arlene from Israel: Fate of America.

“Since a new FBI probe was announced by FBI Director James Comey a week ago, concerning the discovery of possible additional emails connected to Hillary Clinton, she has stepped back in her campaigning.  Instead, in some measure, she has been relying on others, including the president, to campaign for her. …

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Arlene from Israel: Hope Grows.

Hope for a strengthening of the US, as Hillary may be headed for defeat.  Hope that America may not implode. I’ve had a suspicion for some time that the polls showing her ahead were not accurate, and that many more intended to vote for Trump than the numbers indicated.  But …

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Arlene from Israel: Normal?

We are now past the holiday season and I would like to say that we’re back to “normal,” but I’m no longer sure what that means.  Actually, I’m not quite sure there is such a thing these days. But, having just come from the holidays, I can deliver good news …

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Arlene from Israel: A Different Sort of Posting.

My friends, it is the middle of Sukkot – what we call Chol Hamoed, a semi-holiday.  I am bent on doing the good stuff – being with family, going into the Old City, etc.  I do not have time for a full “regular” posting, which takes hours beyond counting. But …

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Arlene from Israel: The Lows and Highs.

While I have a number of good news items to report, unfortunately I must begin with a low.  Sadly, first matters first. On Sunday, with the holy day of Yom Kippur drawing near, a terrorist took two lives in Jerusalem. One victim was Jerusalem resident Levana Malihi, 60, a grandmother …

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Arlene from Israel: As We Begin a New Year.

 I’m going to begin with some inspiring words that go beyond my normal “good news.”  This is extracted from commentary by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks in the Koren Rosh Hashana Machzor [Prayer book] with my emphasis added: “There is mystery at the heart of Jewish existence, and it is written into …

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Arlene from Israel: Looking Up.

The first and most important reason we are looking up is because Rosh Hashana starts Sunday night.  This is a time of reflection, and drawing closer to Heaven.  With intention and effort, we can become what we are meant to be. As I will likely not post again before Rosh …

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Arlene from Israel: ‘As the World Turns’

“As the world turns” was until recently the name of a very long-running soap opera.  And it is so appropriate as the title of this post, because, folks, we are living in a soap opera – another metaphor for our surreal situation. Of course, there are islands of lucidity, when …

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Arlene from Israel: “Our Mad, Mad World”

Perhaps the best antidote to the insane events that seem normal fare these days is a focus on some of the good news that comes out of Israel.  Thank Heaven, there is a good deal of that, if we take the time to pay attention: “In Prof. Amir Amedi’s world-renowned …

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Arlene from Israel: “The Good, the Bad, and the Totally Crazy”

So, we start with the good. More exciting archaeological news: There is a project called the Temple Mount sifting project.  It was founded in 2004, by archaeologists Dr. Gabriel Barkay and Zachi Dvira in response to the horrendous removal of tons of earth from the Temple Mount by the Islamic …

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Arlene from Israel: Malice by Any Other Name.

Before I get to the malice, which sure stares us in the face, let’s start with some good news, which sets matters into a very broad context. This week, the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem unveiled an enormously exciting new exhibit – “In the Valley of David and Goliath” – …

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Arlene from Israel: Striking a Balance.

When last I wrote, I spoke about light behind the shadows and looking ahead to what is possible – what good may be on the way.  I meant every word, and will continue to seek the light. However, I am not a Pollyanna and I don’t for a moment intend …

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Arlene from Israel: “To Be Visionaries”.

It is almost two weeks now since we observed Tisha B’Av, marking the destruction of the Temples and a number of other tragedies that have befallen our people at this time on the calendar. We did the mourning: fasting… reading Eicha (Lamentations) while sitting on the floor…chanting of Kinot (dirges, …

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Arlene from Israel: Truth Sacrificed.

The sacrifice is on the alter of politically correct left-wing politics.  And that is all I wish to deal with today in the limited time available to me before Shabbat.  It is a top-flight priority. ~~~~~~~~~~ I waited, during the course of this past week, for Defense Minister Lieberman’s final …

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Arlene from Israel: Outrage

Outrage – I’m talking about steam-coming-out-of-my-ears outrage. The subject is the allegedly ancient Arab village of Susiya.  The issue is Israel’s rights as a sovereign state operating under rules of law. ~~~~~~~~~~ The background, briefly: In the Hebron Hills of Judea there are the remains of an ancient Jewish city …

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Arlene from Israel: Making Our Way.

I hope and trust that my readers will understand: my postings are less frequent and possibly shorter because I am giving priority to my work on the Legal Grounds Campaign.  Once again, I invite anyone who would like to know more to contact me. ~~~~~~~~~~ There is no way I …

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Arlene from Israel: Seek the Light.

The light is there, my friends, although sometimes it’s more obvious than at others. These are tough times, on several fronts.  But don’t stop looking. Haven’t started a posting with a good news item in a while now.  But today I will – we need it.  Actually, there are several …

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Arlene from Israel: Do Not Repeat the Mistake!!

At the beginning of Barack Hussein Obama’s first presidential campaign, I had enormous unease about who he was and where he would take the country. I wrote about this unease in a posting, in terms that were quite mild.  Back shot a furious response from someone I had known in …

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Arlene from Israel: Looking Up.

When Hillary Clinton announced her running mate – Virginia Senator Tim Kaine – on Saturday, she declared that he “is everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not.” http://www.marketwatch.com/story/hillary-clinton-describes-tim-kaine-as-everything-donald-trump-and-mike-pence-are-not-2016-07-23 Well.  It’s very rarely indeed that I agree with Hillary.  But here I do, saying Baruch Hashem (Thank Heaven) for the …

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Arlene from Israel: Where to Turn?

As you have undoubtedly observed, the state of the world is terrible and growing worse.  Social unrest, violence, threats of violence and more are all about us: From yet another – particularly horrendous – terror attack, this one in Nice; to an illegal immigrant problem in Europe that is out …

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