Monthly Archives: June 2016

Poisoned Minds.

There is a scene in the movie, “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”, in which the Sacha Baron Cohen character finds himself deep inside redneck territory in an American country and western lounge bar.  Borat and his band are introduced as being from Kazakhstan. …

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The Dissertation of Mahmoud Abbas.

Mahmoud Abbas completed his PhD dissertation for Lumumba University in Moscow in 1982. For years I have been reading that this piece of writing – which to the right is the original cover – entitled “The Other Side: The Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism” was one in which he …

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Oz Torah: Ask the Rabbi – suicide

SUICIDE. Life is the supreme value, a gift from God to be cherished, appreciated and tended. Man is made in the image of God (not in a physical but an intellectual, spiritual and moral sense), so whoever destroys a life also diminishes God. We are warned to take care of …

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Into the Fray: Egregious Ehud Barak.

 Rather than an indictment of the ruling coalition, the recent “fire and brimstone” address by Ehud Barak’s was a harsh condemnation of the Israeli electorate for its infuriatingly stubborn refusal to disregard past experience  People who live in glass houses should not throw stones –A proverb on prudence (or the …

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Arlene from Israel: Holding Our Heads High

“Holding Our Heads High” I actually mean this in two senses.  The first is the traditional sense of being proud, and I will share an example of this in a moment. But then, there is the more metaphorical sense of not drowning in the sea of malice and stupidity that …

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The Only Precondition for MidEast Peace Talks

Acting President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas has long argued that he needed many preconditions satisfied before he would sit down with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for peace talks. Those requirements included settlement freezes and releasing Palestinian Arab prisoners from Israeli jails. Netanyahu begrudgingly did both of those …

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Oz Torah: Ask the Rabbi.

RABBIS REMAINING IN THE DIASPORA. Question.    Why do some rabbis prefer living in the Diaspora to Israel? Answer.      They know that the Talmud says that if you live outside Israel it seems that you have no God (Ket. 110b). Tosafot to that passage says that some people are reluctant to …

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Arlene from Israel: And the Good Too.

After my last post (which now requires follow-up), I promised I would return to my regular format, which includes good news.  Would that the good predominated. It does not, of course. But it is real – as you will see in the course of this posting.  And so offers promise …

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Into the Fray: Imbecility squared – Part 2

With changing patterns of Arab enmity, the major challenge to Israel’s existence as the Jewish nation-state is no longer repulsing invasion, but resisting attrition  A comprehensive Israeli policy declaration [a]ccepting, in principle, the Arab Peace Initiative (API), with requisite adjustments to accommodate Israel’s security and demographic needs, as a basis …

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Arlene from Israel: Facing Down Reality.

I decided to table this posting for a couple of days because of the horrendous terror attack in Florida. For all those who lost dear ones in that obscene assault, or who were wounded, I extend deepest compassion.  May they know healing. What is painfully ironic is that what I …

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The Jewish circus clowns and the antisemites.

fighting antisemitism

Conspiracy theories have been attached to Jews throughout history. 2000 years ago, as the blood was being washed from Pilate’s hands, the Jews were blamed for successfully conspiring to kill the Christian god. Jews went on to be carriers of plague, they used the blood of children to make unleavened …

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Ron Huldai Does Not Understand ‘Occupation’

Ron Huldai - occupation

Tel Aviv’s Mayor Ron Huldai made disparaging remarks concerning Israel’s part in causing the Arabs to kill us. Ilana Dayan interviewed Huldai after the terror attack at a Sarona restaurant that took the lives of 4 and injured over 10 others and Huldai used the air time to cause serious …

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Arlene from Israel: Recurring Evil.

 Last time I posted, it was with a spirit uplifted because of Yom Yerushalayim.  I had not intended to post again until next week.  For Shabbat is coming, and immediately after, Shavuot, the harvest festival that celebrates our receiving of the Torah and is marked by study into/or through the …

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