Monthly Archives: August 2015

Banksy and the Jews

Street artist Banksy has opened an anti-theme park named Dismaland in the UK. CNN reported: The seaside town of Weston-super-Mare in south-west England is gray and gloomy when we arrive. “Welcome to Dismaland,” a dead-eyed girl in Mickey Mouse ears greets us at the gates of the old public pool. …

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The lies and the myths of the anti-Israeli crowd.

 How many lies and distortions can be spread in a single article? Sometimes, when reading on stories about Israel, so ludicrous the web being weaved, I somehow expect to hear Rod Serling overhead announcing that ‘I am traveling through another dimension’ accompanied of course, by the Twilight Zone’s classic music …

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Arlene from Israel: Seeking Rays of Light.

However painfully overcast the current situation is, we should not see it as totally dark. Those “rays of light” must be sought, and nurtured, even as we see what is going on with clear eyes and face it with stiff spines. Turning back to the Iran situation and Congress, which …

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Matisyahu Excoriated and Redeemed.

I was on the number 7 bus heading up Haight Street in San Francisco talking to one of my more interesting and edgy students from City College of SF a few years ago. For reasons that elude me, now, I mentioned the great American Jewish Reggae musician, Matisyahu. We were …

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Arlene from Israel: Weary, and More Weary Still

  I suspect most of my readers will understand where I am coming from, in selecting today’s subject title.  How can any thoughtful person consider the state of the world and not feel exhausted to the very bone? Nothing, but nothing makes for more exhaustion than the Iran issue. According …

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Arlene from Israel: Unfolding Nightmare.

On Friday, I wrote about the letter Obama wrote to Jerrold Nadler (D – NY 10th), in which he stated that he considers Israel’s security “sacrosanct” and intends to provide additional military assistance to Israel if the deal passes. At that time I asked, rhetorically, if anyone imagined that we …

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Arlene from Israel: Clarifications of Note.

Activities today, before Shabbat, leave me with precious little time. And yet, once again, I feel I must write, this time to provide clarifications and follow-up on yesterday’s story… After posting yesterday, I received an email from an astute reader who shared with me an article about the secret agreement …

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Radio gaga.

The ABC has allowed Radio National to be used by fanatics pushing a virulently anti-Israel agenda. A series of programs on ABC Radio National, produced by a long-standing anti-Israel activist, has undermined the objectivity of the national broadcaster and exposed serious failings in its editorial process. The programs may also …

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Arlene from Israel -They’re Joking, Right?

>>“Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the UN agency that normally carries out such work…” This? Surely a joke.  But it is not! The above is according …

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Arlene from Israel: Spinning.

It is, without question, to be considered good news that the earth is still spinning on its axis. Things being what they are these days, one might begin to wonder. But the fact that my head is also spinning is not exactly cause for celebration. Without a doubt, the record …

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OzTorah. Torah reading: Shoftim

WASHING OUR HANDS. “I’m fed up. I abdicate. I wash my hands of the matter. I’ve had enough. Don’t talk to me about it again.” A common reaction to a long-standing problem: “You sort it out: leave me alone”. The key phrase is “I wash my hands”.  Psalm 26:6 says, …

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