Monthly Archives: September 2016

Into the Fray: Shimon Peres (1923-1985; 1986-2016)

Paradoxically, it was not Peres’s successes – but his failures – that catapulted him to international stardom; it was not his impressive accomplishments that made him a global celebrity but the disastrous fiascoes in pursuit of his wildly unrealistic illusions   Ambition drove many men to become false; to have …

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Arlene from Israel: Looking Up.

The first and most important reason we are looking up is because Rosh Hashana starts Sunday night.  This is a time of reflection, and drawing closer to Heaven.  With intention and effort, we can become what we are meant to be. As I will likely not post again before Rosh …

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Not All Māori On Board With Marama.

Green M.P. Marama Davidson’s involvement with the “Peace Boat” to Gaza is purportedly to raise awareness of the struggle of women in Gaza. However, Davidson has involved herself in one of the world’s most intractable conflicts without attempting to understand both sides of the situation. Implicit in Davidson’s stance is …

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Oz Torah: Rosh HaShanah features.

GOD WITHOUT RELIGION. No Jewish hymn is as popular as Adon Olam. Not only in the synagogue but on the concert platform and wherever people sing. The rhyme and rhythm are a godsend to pop-composers. Never mind that it is highly religious poetry and many people (performers and audiences alike) …

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Our Greatest Vice is Our Greatest Strength.

We are a stiff-necked people.  It is our greatest weakness, but it is also our greatest strength. Rabbi Yitzhak Nissenbaum, who lived and died in the Warsaw Ghetto, taught , “Almighty God, looks upon this people with favor, because what is now their greatest vice will one day be their most …

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The Dhimmi That Got Away.

Israel is The Dhimmi That Got Away.  The fundamental basis of the never-ending Arab-Muslim aggression against the Jews of the Middle East is the Muslim religion as outlined in the Qur’an and the Hadiths. Period. Full stop. It is not an aggression based upon notions of social justice, as the …

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Netanyahu’s Speech in Layman’s Words.

 Across Facebook, Israelis are proud and loud today. We have waited a long time to hear our Prime Minister tell the United Nations a message we have never quite been able to say so eloquently. I can try to translate the thought behind his words but I would likely fail …

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Arlene from Israel: ‘As the World Turns’

“As the world turns” was until recently the name of a very long-running soap opera.  And it is so appropriate as the title of this post, because, folks, we are living in a soap opera – another metaphor for our surreal situation. Of course, there are islands of lucidity, when …

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Cruisin’: Women’s Boat to Gaza.

What you should know about the Women’s Boat to Gaza A ‘single boat’ flotilla, passengered and probably skippered by women is currently on route in an attempt to breach the Israeli blockade of Gaza. Yes, I know that a single boat flotilla might be a contradiction in terms but no more …

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Into the Fray: Obama at the UN – Why he was right…almost

Obama’s UN address was an eloquent concoction of soaring rhetoric & banal platitudes, of statements of the obvious & of the obviously false, delivered with impeccable polish and panache.  …a nation ringed by walls would only imprison itself…Israelis and Palestinians will be better off if Palestinians reject incitement and recognize …

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Oz Torah: A Rosh HaShanah prelude.

NO-ONE DIED OF HUNGER. Three major themes punctuate our Holyday services – penitence, prayer and charity. We are good at penitence, in the sense that when we find ourselves at the periphery of Jewish life we often find our way back and become “ba’alei t’shuvah”, “reversioners”, as an expert on …

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Unsocial Media

A little while ago, I embarked upon some research on social media, and in particular the issue of how Israel is represented there. It would probably come as no surprise to any of you that there exists a substantial body of anti-Israel content in this sphere. Much of it particularly …

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