Monthly Archives: February 2014

News & Views from ‘Arlene in Israel’

Written and submitted by Arlene Kushner. Dealing with Farce Sometimes, my friends, I take a look at one or another political/diplomatic situation, and I think, “This is just sooo outrageous.  So counter-intuitive in terms of how things ‘should’ be. How do I deal with it?” Actually, on occasion it occurs to …

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BDS – Why Do They Single Out Israel?

                        HERE IS ISRAEL Dr. Kedar raises the obvious question. If the BDS and like organizations truly have humanitarian goals, why do they single out Israel? Syria’s government kills innocent Arabs daily. Where is the BDS outrage? Egyptian civilians have been killed during the ongoing struggle for power. Where is …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

Written and Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple BOILS & PROSELYTES Question.  Is it true that the Talmud says that converts are like boils? Isn’t that an insult? Answer.   The saying is in Yevamot 47b. Possibly it reflects the negative view in an ancient rabbinic cleavage of opinion about …

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Luxury in the world’s largest prison !

The Arab world and Leftists would have you believe Gaza is a living hell, a prison with every commodity and necessity of life absent. When one looks however, it is a whole different scenario. Peter Hitchens in the Mail Online writes: ”It is lunchtime in the world’s biggest prison camp, …

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The Demise of Christianity in the Middle East and Africa

The tidbit below was written by Raymond Ibrahim and published at the Gatestone Institute: The rise of endemic Christian persecution in the Middle East was noted in November when Roman Catholic Pope Francis declared “We will not resign ourselves to imagining a Middle East without Christians” and stressed the importance of “the …

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Contentions BDS on a Roll? Not So Fast

An article by Evelyn Gordon at Commentary Magazine. One of the BDS movement’s greatest assets is the fact that its every success gets massive media coverage while its failures (ScarJo excepted) are largely ignored. That’s why anyone following the news in recent weeks would probably conclude that boycott, divestment, and …

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BDS case against Jake Lynch ’too unwieldy’ for court.

AN Israeli legal group’s racial discrimination law suit against Sydney academic Jake Lynch over his support for boycotting Israel is so broad and unwieldy that it could stretch the court’s time and resources, a judge said this morning. The Australian Justice Alan Robertson told the lawyer for plaintiff Shurat HaDin, …

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OzTorah: Torah reading – Ki Tissa

Written and Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple. GOD IN THE LEAD In Chapter 33 of Sh’mot, God says to Moshe, “My Presence shall go with you” (verse 14). The Hebrew for “My Presence” is “panai”, which is literally “My face”. The Greek Septuagint says, “I Myself shall go”. The …

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A Settler’s Blog – an Introduction

Written by Paula R. Stern First posted to Times of Israel on September 4, 2012 – reposted with the permission of the author (that would be me) – updated a bit February, 2014. A Settler’s Blog – an Introduction If I were to tell you that as a Jew, I …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

Written and Submitted by Rabbi Dr Raymond Apple. WEAPONS IN SHULE Question. Is there any religious problem with bringing a weapon into a synagogue? Answer. The stones of the Temple altar in Jerusalem were not hewn with metal implements: the sages say that the altar symbolised peace and metal symbolised …

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Beating BDS with Truth, Principle and Jewish Identity.

Written and submitted by David Adler. Let me assume that everyone reading this is familiar with the remarkable and courageous story of Scarlett Johansson. In brief, Scarlett was contracted by SodaStream for its advertisement for this year’s Super Bowl. Scarlett is one of the most popular high profile Hollywood Stars. …

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