Monthly Archives: February 2015

OzTorah: Torah reading – Yitro

SOUND OR SILENCE? Read chapter 19 of Sh’mot and see how many words are about noise – thunder, lightning, voice, speech. Read midrashic commentary and see how many words are about silence – hush, quiet, serenity, calm. Which set of words is more true? They both are. The Giving of …

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The Pathos of Jewish anti-Zionism.

I must admit, there is often something very touching about heartfelt expressions of Jewish anti-Zionism. On Daily Kos (a significant left-leaning political blog) we recently saw another soulful “diary” calling for the dissolution of Israel as the national homeland of the Jewish people.  As is sometimes the case, this one came from …

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Israel: Separated for Security.

Western Wall and the Reform Movement

This is a repost of an article I wrote last May 2014 and ask Why is Israel Separated for Security?. Very recently I wrote an update on this entitled ‘The Great Wall of Saudi Arabia’  and now have added the Hungary/Serbia border barrier  and Hungary/Croatia. The Saudis are adding to …

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Arlene from Israel – Intolerable.

Sometimes the obtuseness of the world – the failure of decision-makers and commentators to grasp what’s really important about a situation – seems unbearable.  There is a shallowness – and where the decision-makers are concerned, a political self-centeredness – that is reprehensible. But of course, in some instances, this shallowness …

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Is David Hicks the new Dreyfus?

This week it was reported that David Hicks, who was arrested fighting alongside the Taliban, might have his conviction overturned. … Hicks, who pleaded guilty to providing material support for terrorism, was likely to be cleared after legal challenges to the process under which he was convicted. He had gone …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi.

MAZEL TOV TO THE TREES. Mazel tov to the trees. This week, on 15 Sh’vat, they will have their new year. Not that they are probably aware of it, though there is a Jewish belief that nature does have a form of self-awareness and even the trees and plants praise …

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True son of Israel: Muhammad Zoabi.

Muhammad Zoabi.  Proud Israeli, Arab, Zionist, Muslim. I first came across Muhammad back in September 2013 in an article at “ A Jewish Israel” entitled “Against the Grain: Muhammad Zoabi Talks About His Love for Israel and the Jewish People” Please read this very enlightening interview. Muhammad was born to …

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