Monthly Archives: November 2014

Arlene in Israel – Complexities and Hard Truths.

A bit more follow up and analysis before Shabbat… Some of the recommended actions I wrote about yesterday, and more, have been put in place.  Not because I wrote about them, obviously, but because the government in this regard is responding with some appropriate security and deterrence measures: There is …

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Arlene in Israel – A Day Later

The death toll in the Nar Nof massacre has risen to five. Master Sergeant  Zidan Saif, 30 – of the Druse village of Kfar Yanouch in the Galil – was one of the first police officers on the scene during the massacre yesterday, and sustained wounds to his head.  Last …

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Arlene from Israel – Without Words

  Sometimes a situation is so horrific that it renders one speechless.  Such was the attack by Israeli Arabs on innocent Jews praying in Jerusalem this morning.  And so, I’m going to start with photos, which provide greater impact than my words alone would. Once I would have apologized for …

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OzTorah: Torah reading – Tol’dot

  THE CHILD A PARENT WOULD PREFER. Jacob and Esau each had his parental champion. Rebekah preferred Jacob; Isaac preferred Esau (Gen. 25:28). Jacob was quiet and studious, finding his pleasures in and around the home; Esau was macho and active, enjoying being out and about. The family dynamics were …

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It is Simply Not Up to Us

It is Simply Not Up to Us.  The truth of the matter is that if we end up with two states for two peoples on historically Jewish land depends on the will of the misogynistic Arab majority in that part of the world, not the egalitarian Jewish minority. We can …

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Arlene in Israel – A Mixed Bag

    I start today with the link to the Dry Bones Blog of Yaakov Kirschen.  Most of you are probably familiar with Kirschen’s absolutely on-the-mark political commentary by way of cartoon.   Kirschen is convinced – and rightly so – that cartooning is a powerful way to reach out …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

ORTHODOXY TODAY. Question.   What is the state of Jewish Orthodoxy today? Answer.      British Jewry recently produced a report that confirms what many of its leaders have been feeling for years, that young people are more Orthodox than their elders. Once upon a time the growing movements were the Reform …

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Into the Fray: On the cusp of carnage?

A perfect storm is brewing for Israel. After years of counterproductive concessions, if the Jews wish to preserve their sovereignty, what is required is ruthless resolve, not reticent restraint. This is not an article for those of weak stomach. It is not for those who wish to be reassured that, …

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A new Website for Jewish Care Victoria.

An Online World for Jewish Care and its Community Three years ago, Jewish Care launched its first full-scale website, which won a ‘Best in Class’ Interactive Media Award under the ‘Community’ category. Since then, the site has grown and user’s needs have changed, resulting in the release of a new-look …

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Arlene in Israel – Is it getting better?

  First, a correction:  When I wrote about the tragedy in Gush Etzion the other day, I accidentally wrote “Gush Katif,” which no longer exists.  Thanks to those readers who caught this.  Truth is, I have never forgotten Gush Katif (nor should any of us) and occasionally I slip and …

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Hamas On Campus.

Editor’s Note: Please be aware this article originates in the USA. These organisations exist in Australia, and I am sure elsewhere in the world, I don’t think they are a radicalised here as the USA though. Submitted by ‘Hamas on Campus’. MSA (Muslim Students Association) and SJP (Students for Justice in Palestine) …

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OzTorah: Torah reading – Chayyei Sarah.

THE POETIC DIMENSION. Romantic memory weaves a garland around the name Machpelah, though the area has more robust connotations in Israel’s current environment. Machpelah, established from early Biblical times, was an important place of pilgrimage for medieval travellers like Benjamin of Tudela, who described the two stages by which a …

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“You Stole Their Land”

“It is Palestinian land and Zionists are squatting on it.” We will never get through to most western liberals with our arguments because not only are hard-line anti-Zionists immune to reason, we’re not even making the right arguments for the center. We all understand that there is a radical vocal …

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Arlene in Israel – A Day Later.

Pain compounded. The young woman who was knifed to death by a terrorist in Gush Katif yesterday – Dalia Lemkus, 26, from Tekoa – was laid to rest today. People who know members of the family describe all of them, including Dalia, as warm, caring, giving people. Nachum Lemkus, Dalia’s …

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Arlene in Israel: Perspective.

This latest article from Arlene Kushner in Israel is an important read . Please share with your email lists as well as your Facebook friends. For those of you who are new to the site, Arlene is a very well respected author and journalist in Israel of many years standing, …

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Coming Out in Favor of a Single State.

For many years I advocated for the two-state solution because I believed that Israel could be a democratic state, a Jewish state, or a single state from the river to the sea, but not all three at once. This is, of course, the common analysis and it is a perfectly …

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