Monthly Archives: June 2015

Arlene from Israel – The Horrors and the Hope

Never do I relinquish hope, my friends. Not even in the midst of growing horrors. And so I begin here with something we did right: the way we handled the “threat” of the “Freedom Flotilla.” The flotilla, carrying a total of 47 passengers, was comprised of four boats, lead by …

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Ask the Rabbi: BEEZLEBUB

BEEZLEBUB. Question.    I heard a Christian preacher refer to a demon called Beelzebub. Is this name known in Judaism? Answer.       In Christian scripture Beelzebub or Beelzebul is the chief of the demons (Matt. 12:24-27; Mark 3:22; Luke 11:15-18). The name derives from “Baal Z’vuv”, “lord of the flies”. In …

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Living Jews not welcome at The Louvre, dead ones are.

News that the famous Louvre Museum in Paris allegedly exhibited antisemitism is shocking, but perhaps not surprising, given France’s long history of animosity towards Jews. Simon Kent reported:  The Louvre in Paris has been reported to French police after a group booking by Israeli art students was refused. Tel Aviv …

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OzTorah – Torah reading: Chukkat

POWER IN PARADOX. There is something in this week’s portion which is both strange and typical of Judaism. The law of the red heifer (Num. 19:2) requires a mixture of substances to be sprinkled in order to purify the impure. Strangely the process which purifies also does the opposite – …

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Arlene from Israel – Beyond.

Editor’s note: This item today from Arlene is of importance and needs to be shared widely. ~~~~~~~~~~ Beyond all comprehension. Beyond what is remotely tolerable. Integrity? This, of course, we cannot not speak of at all. In the end, we can only speak of avarice and self-serving short-sightedness and just …

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Even Peaceniks are terror targets

Winston Churchill famously remarked “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.” I’ve often suspected the reason some Jews join with our enemies is that the belief that if they support terrorists who want to destroy Israel and the Jews, they will be spared. …

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Arlene from Israel – Never Easy.

But we might wish it were not quite so difficult. We begin with the report on the Gaza war of 2014 prepared by the UN Human Rights Council Commission of Inquiry (COI), which was headed by Mary McGowan Davis.  It was released yesterday, and while not as flagrantly outrageous as …

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OzTorah – Ask the Rabbi

SHOULD RABBIS KEEP OUT OF POLITICS? Question.    Should rabbis involve themselves in political issues? Answer.       Before there were rabbis, the spiritual leaders were the priests and prophets. The priests were not confined to the sanctuary. They supervised public health, they taught, they gave guidance and information. But they were not …

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Why Jewish Refugees are the correct response to BDS.

The man behind the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, Omar Barghouti, is a PhD student at Tel Aviv University. Yes, you read that right — Tel Aviv, Israel, home of “apartheid” and the worst of alleged human rights abuses. In an interview explaining the aims of the BDS …

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Arlene from Israel – The Ups and Downs

Lots of “downs,” for sure, but we have to also seek out the “ups” wherever we can find them. ~~~~~~~~~~ American-born Michael Oren – historian, immediate past Israeli ambassador to the US, newly elected MK in the Kulanu party, – has surprised me, and a whole lot of other people …

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O little town of Bethlehem.

O little town of Bethlehem How still we see thee lie. This little tid-bit is from Kay Wilson,  a person I am proud to call a friend. Kay  is a British-born Israeli tour guide, jazz musician and cartoonist. She is the survivor of a brutal terror attack. Since the attack …

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Arlene from Israel: Ongoing.

It’s obvious that many of the happenings I write about, rather than being discrete events, are snapshots of a continuing situation.  And so, I must return to these continuing situations repeatedly. It is only a couple of days since I wrote about Obama’s horrific policies regarding Iran.  I said then …

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OzTorah – Torah reading: Korach

DID THEIR PROPERTY SIN? The punishment of Korach and his henchmen was that the earth opened up and swallowed them (Num. 16:32) – together with all their property and possessions. Readers of the story have long puzzled over the reference to the possessions being swallowed up. “Human beings can sin …

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