Monthly Archives: August 2015

Presidential antisemitism.

In a discussion a few days ago, a number of people claimed that President Barack Obama was antisemitic. I personally don’t see his obvious dislike for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as antisemitism.  I don’t really know how to take him, though I do think John Kerry in making the statement  …

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Medecins Sans Frontieres (Aus) helping everyone – except Jews!

Most of us are familiar with those friendly MSF ( Doctors Without Borders) people asking us to donate, and are in awe of such selfless individuals offering medical help in impoverished countries. MSF’s website showcases its humanitarian credentials, caring for the world’s poor and oppressed:  Médecins Sans Frontières is the world’s …

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Arlene from Israel – Looking Further.

A friend of mine commented yesterday on my posting (which in fact she liked) that it felt strange because “we are programmed to expect more and more [on] Iran.”  Sad but true. So as not to disappoint, I will write this pre-Shabbat posting with more on Iran.  But with a …

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Into the fray: Trivializing ‘terror’ .

Hysterical attempts to equate ideological driven crimes by fringe Jewish extremists with Arab Muslim terrorism is substantively wrong and strategically detrimental. I despair of the Israeli politicians and commentators who have been falling over themselves to condemn “Jewish terrorism’.’ Whilst I understand their need to distance themselves from these criminals, …

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Arlene from Israel: Shifting Focus.

The Iran deal is still there, hanging over us.  But it’s time to consider some other matters. I begin with “Jewish nationalism and ‘the settlements,’” an op-ed by Moshe Dann, in today’s JPost.  It is highly relevant to current issues, as you will see as you read my full posting.  …

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Arlene from Israel: Sinking Low.

Editor’s note: This is an important piece, please share. It has been my practice, when writing about the Iran agreement, to deal as much as possible with facts. But in some respects this is no longer possible, as the case being made by the Obama administration has sunk to a …

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OzTorah. Torah reading: Re’eh

WALKING AFTER GOD At the beginning of Parashat No’ach we are told that No’ach walked with God (Gen. 6:9). Rashi and others point out that where No’ach walked with God, Abraham walked before Him (Gen. 24:40). The sages compare these two early leaders to children who at first need to …

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Captured Hamas Operative Details Group’s Terrorist Plans.

A Hamas operative provided a treasure trove of intelligence during Israeli interrogation concerning the terrorist group’s rebuilding efforts and future terrorist plans, Israel’s intelligence agency Shin Bet disclosed on Tuesday. The terrorist, Ibrahim Adal Shahada Sha’ar, 21, described about Hamas’ tunnel reconstruction efforts, planned terrorist attacks against Israel, military strategy, …

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When You Need a New Prayer.

Prayers are interesting in a many ways. There are the formal prayers we say – many written hundreds…even thousands…of years ago. I often smile when I hear the Torah read and recognize a phrase that has found its way into our daily prayers. But prayers have always been fluid. Jews …

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The Immorality of the Jews

The recent firebomb attack by “extremist Jewish settlers” resulting in the death of 18-month old Ali Dawabsha, combined with the recent attack on the Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem which saw the  murder of 16-year old Shira Banki, has Israeli-Jews nervous, sad, and introspective. Many in the West will tell …

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OzTorah: Ask the Rabbi – Vengeance In Israel.

Question.    On the wall of a house in Israel where an Arab baby and his father were killed and members of the family badly injured, someone scrawled “N’kamah” – “Vengeance!” What is the Jewish perspective on acts of vengeance? Answer.       The Jewish principle is “Li nakam v’shillem” – “‘Vengeance is …

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Arlene from Israel: Steadfast.

No other way for us to be:  Heads up, eyes on what matters, resolve undiminished. But oh, is it tough these days. ~~~~~~~~~~ I want to return to Obama’s talk of last week, to consider a couple of additional matters. He does not simply provide a position, he attacks. And …

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Arlene from Israel: Running Scared.

Perhaps to the casual observer President Obama appears cool and in control – confident of his positions and the success of his “diplomacy.”  But it doesn’t take an advanced degree in psychology to figure out that he’s worried – really, really worried – about what’s going to happen at the …

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Traditions Engraved in the Soul.

Traditions Engraved in the Soul Come to Life at Subbotnik’s Challah Making Night. Written by Sarah Bendetsky. On Thursday, 30 July, close to 60 Russian-speaking Jewish people gathered for a Challah, Falafel, Music and Wine Night in Moorabbin. Victoria. Hosted by Subbotnik* and Kangarusski organisations and themed around Shabbat’s key …

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Arlene from Israel: “Rush to Judgment”

In the early hours of last Friday morning, in the Arab village of Duma, in Samaria, a Molotov cocktail was thrown into a home, causing a fire that killed a  toddler, Ali Saad Dawabsha, and severely injured three members of his family. http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Report-Palestinian-baby-killed-in-suspected-W-Bank-Price-Tag-attack-410734 Graffiti spray-painted on the wall led to …

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