Monthly Archives: November 2015

Arlene from Israel: This is Israel.

We begin today with an opinion piece from the Friday JPost magazine section, written – in 2010 – by Rabbi Nathan Lopes Cardozo, “Israel: The blessing of insecurity” (emphasis added): “Throughout the centuries, historians, philosophers and anthropologists have struggled with the concept called ‘Israel’… “In 1948 Israel once again became …

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Into the Fray: Immoral!

It is becoming increasingly egregious to persist with the shabby charade that any consensual resolution to the “Israeli-Palestinian conflict” is possible. After years of counterproductive concessions and compromise, it is unlikely that the situation is still retrievable by consensual means… remedial measures will require coercive action on a wide scale… …

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Deliverance – Islam NOT Islamism.

terror and islam

Guest Post first posted at Israel Diaries “When I was invited to write this, my immediate concern was how honest is too honest and how clear is too much clarity. Honest and clear are good, but neither promises delight. So I am a little bit sorry in advance if this …

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OzTorah. Torah reading: Vayyishlach

WHY SHOULD ESAU CARE? Rashi turned a Biblical verse into a rhyme when he quoted Gen. 32:5, “Im Lavan gar’ti” (Jacob’s statement, “I dwelt with Laban”) into “Im Lavan gar’ti v’taryag mitzvot shamar’ti” (“I dwelt with Laban and observed the 613 commandments”). Who was Jacob talking to? His brother Esau. …

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From the Desk of Dr. Ron Weiser. AM.

It was the 16th of September when Mahmoud Abbas set off the recent troubles in Israel by escalating a national dispute into a religious one with his call to protect the Temple Mount from the Jews who he claimed were “desecrating Al Aqsa with their dirty feet”. On the national/territorial …

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The true level of antisemitism.

I recently responded to a post on a friend’s Facebook page regarding the current security threat in Europe. This is something I do not do very often, Facebook is inherently a ‘family affair’, which means arguing on someone’s personal page, rather than in a dedicated group setting, is like arguing …

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Arlene from Israel: Holding Tight

I’m so grateful to have some good things to write about, in the face of daily anguish. Several good things, as a matter of fact – ways in which innovative Israel helps and reaches out. That strange red creature on the leaf is a Phytoseiulus persimilis, the most effective predator …

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If Israel will not stand up for the Jews…?

If Israel will not stand up for the Jews, how can diaspora Jews do so? The Elder of Ziyon writes: Israeli media are reporting that Israel is implementing a plan to severely limit the number of Jews who can visit the Temple Mount, while imposing no such restrictions on non-Jewish …

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Homelessness – We are All Just One Life Break Away.

Numerous events occur throughout the year that remind us all that there are people currently homeless or at risk of homelessness – Homelessness Prevention Week, World Homeless Day and National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, recently held in America. But what do we really understand about the issue of homelessness, …

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Good Luck with Your Syrian Refugees, USA & Canada

Syrian Refugee Camp

I wish Americans and Canadians luck with the Syrian refugees they anticipate admitting into their midst in unprecedented numbers at an unprecedented pace. I have nothing against helping desperate people, in fact, I am all in favour, but I find this sudden outpouring of “compassion” hypocritical and worrisome. Why Hypocritical? …

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Trouble in Paradise.

Over recent weeks I’ve focused on keeping readers apprised of relevant and interesting stories that might be a bit off the beaten path of Australian media.  And in this vein I’ll begin with the brewing revolt within British Labor over Jeremy Corbyn’s response to the 13 November terrorist atrocity in …

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When the Heart Rages.

Paula Stern originally posted this article by Rav Zev Shandalov at her web site “A Soldier’s Mother”. I totally agree with  her sentiments and this was one of the main reasons behind my starting Jews Down Under. She, like me, is sick of being silened. So Rav Zev Shandalov, be my …

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Ask the Rabbi on “Maccabi or Maccabee?”

MAIMONIDES – PHILOSOPHER OR THEOLOGIAN? Q. How can some texts describe Maimonides as a philosopher? Wasn’t he a theologian? Aren’t the two roles contradictory? A.  As a theologian Maimonides uses rigorous philosophical methodology to reason about the faith and tradition which he upholds. It should be said, however, that modern …

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Arlene from Israel: Beyond

It’s lovely to begin with some good news: On Friday, Jonathan Pollard was released from the federal prison in Butner, N. Carolina on parole. He wasn’t “freed,” as some reports had it. He still must adhere to the rules of his parole, which has been granted at the end of …

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The Online Hate Prevention Institute.

The Online Hate Prevention Institute (OHPI) is a high profile body, whose Managing Director is Dr. Andre Oboler, which exists to rid the internet of “online hate.” According to its website, its targets includes Racism, Antisemitism, Anti-Muslim, Hate Against Indigenous Australians, Violent Extremism, Holocaust Denial, Hate Against Military Veterans, Serious …

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Arlene from Israel: A Reluctant Posting

This post is not only being done reluctantly, my friends.  It will be very brief.  No introductory good news, again.  No analysis. I am holding on to an enormous amount of material, which I will most likely draw on after Shabbat.  How much there is to say about the sick …

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OzTorah: Torah reading – Vayyetzei.

A DOUBLE CAMP. At the end of the sidra, Jacob declares that a certain place is to be called “Machanayim” – literally, a double camp (Gen. 32:2). This place was the border post between Israel and the neighbouring land. As Rashi explains, basing himself on earlier rabbinic sources, it was …

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