Monthly Archives: February 2015

Arlene from Israel – Wearisome

My friends, how long can we monitor the current political situation without feeling weary to the bone – no, even more, revolted – because of what is taking place. Here in Israel, the left is using Bibi’s upcoming speech in the Congress as a weapon with which to attack him.  …

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OzTorah: Torah reading – T’tzavveh

 COUNTING THE COMMANDS. Enshrined in the name of the sidra is the verb “tz-v-h”, to command. Everyone knows the noun “mitzvah” which derives from this verb. (Even those who claim to know no Hebrew actually are aware of a bevy of Hebrew words, beginning with “shalom” and covering a host …

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Americans support Israel, but do Democrats?

Americans support Israel, but do Democrats? A recent Gallup survey demonstrates that Americans favor Israel over “Palestinians” by terrific margins.  Seven out of ten Americans have a “mostly favorable” or “very favorable” view of the State of Israel.  In contrast, less than two in ten have a “mostly favorable” or …

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Arlene from Israel – Threats, Lies and Politics.

The situation surrounding the negotiations with Iran and Prime Minister Netanyahu’s speech to Congress daily grows more ominous, more convoluted, and more contentious. I would like to begin with the latest “scoop” – which is supposed to put the lie to Bibi’s charge in 2012 in the UN (complete with …

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Why is Obama so Afraid of Benjamin Netanyahu?

Barack Obama seems terrified of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu received an invitation to speak before Congress concerning the Iranian threat from Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, and he accepted. The problem is that Obama suspects that Netanyahu will stress the idea that Iran should …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

THE REAL STORY OF PURIM. Question.   Why do we make such a fuss about Purim when the whole story was a minor episode in the life of a Diaspora community, away from the mainstream of Jewish history? Answer.     This is the generally accepted interpretation of Purim, but it is …

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Murdering Words

An article at New Matilda from an Australian academic on something he proceeds to prove to be very much outside his field. How often do you see that? In this case the something is freedom of speech. Also geopolitics and the notion of racism. As a consequence the professor has …

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Into the fray: Coup d’état?

What we are witnessing today is little less than an attempt at a bloodless coup d’ etat – conducted not by the military but the mainstream media. Fifty-one percent of the respondents polled in the survey indicated that Binyamin Netanyahu was the candidate most suited to be prime minister. 28% …

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Jews in the Midst.

Summary: Jews are vulnerable members of society. They are not on the fringe on the one hand, nor are they just a regular part of the broader community, on the other. As such, they must be actively protected by governments and citizens alike.  No Canary in the Mine Well-meaning people …

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Jewish Palestinians

Here is a question.  If there are Palestinian Muslims and there are Palestinian Christians, how is it that there are no Palestinian Jews? Here is a possible answer. Prior to 1948 the Jews of the British Mandate of Palestine referred to themselves as “Palestinian” in a manner not unsimilar to …

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On Vandalising Jewish Cemeteries.

Vandalising Jewish Cemeteries is nothing new. Is it a case of they can’t get rid of us whilst we are alive so “Let’s give it a shot now they are dead?” One of the worst cases known to the Jewish Community, that’s if you can name any one as being …

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A Badge of Shame .

Over a decade ago, I went to Poland with my oldest daughter. I had hoped to support her as she learned. I didn’t need to learn anything because I had read EVERYTHING, knew EVERYTHING…and quickly learned that for all I had read, for all that I had learned, I knew …

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Obama’s Ongoing Friendship with the Muslim Brotherhood .

In a recent piece entitled, The Pathos of Jewish anti-Zionism, I referenced Obama administration support for the Muslim Brotherhood and wondered aloud how any Jewish person could possibly stand behind a president of the United States that offered moral, military, and financial support to an organization devoted to a genocidally …

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Arlene from Israel – The Good Guys.

The good guys give hope and promise for the possibility of better days coming. Many spirits were buoyed on Friday, when the news broke that Elie Wiesel had announced that he would be attending Netanyahu’s March 3rd address in Congress “on the catastrophic danger of a nuclear Iran.” Rabbi Shmuley …

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Faceless Women of Saudi Arabia.

A few days ago I received a newsletter from MEMRI, a site everyone should subscribe to.  The newsletter was about a TV programme in Saudi Arabia concerning Saudi women and driving.  Truly mind boggling how the minds of Saudi men work.  The sheer ignorance is not believable. It’s worse than …

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