Monthly Archives: January 2015

Into the fray: The demise of Israeli patriotism?

The Israeli political discourse has been afflicted by pronouncements that could have easily been drawn from the Orwellian lexicons of 1984. The term “Jewish State” is totally misguided – Isaac Herzog, April 2014 We, members of the People’s Council, representatives of the Jewish community of Eretz-Israel and of the Zionist …

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Arlene from Israel: The Good News That Is.

Along with the bad news, we can see those who do get it and respond appropriately.  I will describe what I have learned briefly – briefly being my practice, of necessity, before Shabbat. The first issue is the matter of Obama’s State of the Union threat to veto any legislation …

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Arlene from Israel – A Brief Respite.

All is quiet in the north now. There are those who think it’s just a matter of time until we are attacked again, and that we are certainly closer to major hostilities than we were before this most recent attack.  That something major is coming down the road, at some …

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Arlene from Israel – Violence from the North.

Yesterday, four rockets were launched from a Syrian-held position roughly seven kilometers inside of Syria; two of the rockets landed in the Israeli Golan Heights.  They landed in open areas and there were no casualties.  Military sources identified this as a joint effort of Hezbollah and Syrian forces; the IDF …

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OzTorah: Torah reading – B’shallach

EGYPTIAN SHAME. The Torah readings in recent weeks dealt with the ten plagues. We find them listed in short form in the Haggadah. They are part of Jewish history. But they don’t seem to figure in the Egyptian records. Strange, since they must have devastated the country and brought immense …

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Why the Media Ignores Jihadists in Israel.

Summary: According to the NY Times, terrorists in Europe and Israel are very different and have different motivations.  If they weren’t, the hope that two states (Israel and Palestine) could live side-by-side in peace would obviously disappear. The New York Times has taken to breaking the universe of Islamic terrorists …

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Never again?

Israel Advocacy Update. Written by Emily Gian. Media and Advocacy Director, Zionist Federation of Australia.. All four of my grandparents were Holocaust survivors.  I heard snippets of their stories my whole life but it was always difficult for me to truly imagine how it all began, how it continued, and …

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Arlene from Israel – A Corollary

Yesterday, Prime Minister Netanyahu said, with regard to his speaking to Congress: “In coming weeks, the powers are liable to reach a framework agreement with Iran, an agreement liable to leave Iran as a nuclear threshold state. “As prime minister of Israel, I am obligated to make every effort to …

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The Story of a Shoe in Maidanek.

  What can you learn from a shoe? As I stood in the Maidanek death camp recently, I tried to understand, tried to envision, tried to learn about a woman who died more than sixty years ago. I know almost nothing about her, other than the fact that she came …

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Arlene from Israel – Priorities

There is a colossal danger to the world coming down the road:  A nuclear Iran.  It’s scary as hell because of the radical jihadist intentions of the Iranian mullahs. Right now the president of the United States and the Congress of the United States are at odds regarding how to …

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Why did Australia honour Saudi Arabian King?

The news this week that flags were lowered in Australia to mark the death of a tyrant – Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz – came as a shock. The Sydney Morning Herald reported: Flags on government buildings around the country were being flown at half-mast on Saturday to mark …

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Australia Day: January 26th.

HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY. Australia Day is the National Day of Australia and commemorates the arrival of The ‘First Fleet’ which is the name given to the 11 ships which left Great Britain on 13 May 1787 to found a penal colony that became the first European settlement in Australia. The …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

PLAGIARISM. Question.     I read an article which sounded familiar. I checked and found that the author had lifted and passed off as his own work whole sections from something I had written. This is against Jewish law, isn’t it? Answer.        Plagiarism, the theft of another …

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Arlene from Israel – Seeking Sparks of Light

I’m going to do something different today: Start with good news items.  We need to hear that good news, with all the clouds hanging over us. The first is the matter of Israeli-Japanese relations, which have blossomed astonishingly in the past year.  This is true in the areas of diplomatic …

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Hamas On Campus.

Crossing The Line – Exclusive Preview This is the second video  – Submitted by Hamas On Campus  MSA (Muslim Students Association) and SJP (Students for Justice in Palestine)  market themselves as peaceful student organizations, however upon closer examination both share anti-Israel and anti-democratic values. Whether it is at their events where students …

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Liberty, Equality, Fraternity.

One of the blogs that I used to follow was known as Fresno Zionism, but the Fresno Zionist made aliyah and is now writing some place within Israel under the blog title Abu Yehuda. In reference to France’s recent snub of Jewish leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, he writes: This is another chapter …

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In Sydney, A Vision Of An Islamic Army.

Well might Bibi Netanyahu tweet: Well did the great communicator make that point in the magnificent speech he made, to rapturous applause, at the Grand Synagogue in Paris. This past weekend, in the Sydney suburb of Lakemba, a speech of a rather different complexion took place at a “public event” …

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