Yearly Archives: 2015

I Have Been Radicalized!

I confess. I have been radicalized! I am a radicalized westerner. I am a staunch supporter of the morals, values and ethics that underpin my country Canada: ethical monotheism-the Judaeo/Christian ethic that tells us we are all intrinsically equal and must care for the other.  I am so radicalized that …

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Yesh Din: A Grantee of the New Israel Fund.

Yesh Din, an NGO operating in Israel and is a grantee of the New Israel Fund.  It receives funding from the world’s largest anti-Israel countries and organisations. On its website, in its ‘About’ section Yesh Din says: Yesh Din is a volunteer organization working to defend the human rights of …

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Terror and Islam are Not Connected! Really?

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Why should Obama and Clinton think terror and Islam are related when so many academicians pontificate about how suicide bombings have nothing to do with the religion? Why should they think terror is related to Islam when those analysts who do connect the two are scorned and condemned for it? …

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Oz Torah: Torah reading – Vayyechi

JACOB LIVED. The patriarch had two names – Jacob and Israel. After his all-night wrestle with the unnamed assailant, the name Jacob was replaced by Israel. Yet with this week’s portion we find “Jacob” back again: “Vay’chi Ya’akov”, “And Jacob lived”. Why does the text come back to the old …

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Arlene from Israel: “Take a Deep Breath”

The good news today touches several different bases: The Ministry of Defense has announced that David’s Sling air defense system – designed to shoot down rockets with ranges of 100 to 200 km (63 to 125 miles), aircraft, or low flying cruise missiles – has passed its final round of …

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Spitting on the Holocaust to dampen Islamophobia

The Jerusalem Post tells us: A University of San Diego professor and some of her students wore yellow star badges modeled after the ones Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust to protest Islamophobia. Bahar Davary, an Iranian-American associate professor of theology and religious studies at the college, and …

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Time Is On Our Side.

T’is the season for end-of-year summations, tra-la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la. The newspapers are full of articles covering a range of topics ranging from politics through the economy to the Footy. So why should the ZFA be an exception? Thus in this – the final update during the year of their lord 2015 …

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Hypocrisy of the NWSA Boycott of Israel

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The NWSA (National Women’s Studies Association), in a statement copied below this article, claims to be part of “a transformative and critical field” that pursue[s] a just world in which all persons can develop to their fullest potential: as feminist scholars, educators, and activists, for example, [they] advance critiques of …

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Death cults posing as governing bodies

A Guest Post by Jodie Goldberg The hierarchy of Islamic extremism begins at the top and works its way down. Iran, ISIS, Hamas and the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations all have one thing in common. They are death cults posing as governing bodies. For at least 15 years …

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Arlene from Israel: This and That?

The good news?  Lets start with this picture of Yotam Sitboun: Just a week ago, Yotam was, along with 13 others, the victim of a terrorist car ramming during which a portion of his leg was severely damaged.  According to numerous sources, none official – his parents were not talking …

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Arlene from Israel: Shifting Sands.

Which means a rapidly changing political/diplomatic terrain. In this immediate context, news that reverberates positively in two respects (emphasis added): The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology laid a cornerstone on Wednesday in Shantou, in the Guangdong province of south-eastern China, for the first Israeli university in China: The Guangdong …

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OzTorah – Torah reading: Vayyiggash

HE SAID THE SHEMA. Rashi tells us, following the rabbinic sages, that when Joseph and his elderly father Jacob finally met again, the pious old man said the Shema (Gen. 46:29). Perhaps it was because his first thought was to thank God that the long-cherished dream of reunion with his …

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Kangarusski Children’s Art Exhibition

Three hundred people gathered at Glen Eira Town Hall in Melbourne on Sunday 13th December to celebrate the year end of Russian School Lider and to visit the Kangarusski exhibition and award ceremony – “Israel through children’s eyes.” Kangarusski is the Russian Speaking Jewish Community department of the Zionist Federation …

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