Monthly Archives: August 2017

From Israel: On Several Fronts.

These are hardly quiet times, and there is much to attend to. The trick is to focus on those issues that have genuine import, and to pass over the shtuyote (the nonsense) that masquerades as news. Otherwise we drown in a barrage of “events,” and run the risk of paying …

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Ireland: Don’t do it.

Virtue signalling is NOT a good reason for Ireland, or anyone else, to recognise the Palestinian State. This post is a response to Symbolic step of Ireland recognising Palestine would mean so much by T.P. O’Mahony in the Irish Examiner on Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017. Ireland should not recognise a Palestinian …

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Facts on the ‘Wall’

One of the most misrepresented and emotionally loaded issues about Israel – and there is a smorgasbord to choose from – is its security barrier.  This is one of the issues that featured prominently in a recent programme on Maori TV (One World – He Ao Kotahi) where the narrator …

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From Israel: Getting to Better.

Recent events, both here in Israel and in the larger world, have generated in many of us feelings of distress, turmoil, confusion and anxiety. There is a whole lot that is wrong, or crazy, or frightening going on. But as I sat down to write this post, I was able …

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INTO THE FRAY: Touting Jewish ghettos – Moronic or malevolent?

Given the resistance to removing hundreds of thousands of Jews from their ancient homeland in Judaea-Samaria, an egregious idea is emerging: Instead of evacuation, abandonment The settlements would remain Israeli enclaves inside a Palestinian state. This will enable the establishment of an independent Palestinian state without dismantling Israeli settlements and …

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I am my brother’s keeper.

My grandmother was alone in the house. Not really alone, her two small babies were there and the accountant that would be useless in a fight was there too. Her husband (first husband, not my grandfather) Haim Natanzon was away guarding the territory they had been assigned to protect. She …

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Kevin Myers and the definition of antisemitism.

Does the punishment fit the crime? The Internet is humming over the story of Kevin Myers, veteran Irish columnist who received his marching orders for an off-the-cuff antisemitic reference in an article that he penned. Speaking as someone both Jewish, Zionist (chose to move to Israel as an adult) and …

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Totalities.

The United States got a chance to view a solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.  Most of the country only saw a partial eclipse, with a narrow band of the country from South Carolina to Oregon witnessed the solar eclipse in its totality. The Solar Eclipse  The “totality” was a …

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Oz Torah: Killing idolaters – Ask the Rabbi.

KILLING IDOLATERS Q. Is it true that the Talmud says something about killing idolaters? A. In a number of versions there is a statement that reads in Hebrew “tov sheba’akum harog”, usually translated “Kill the best of the idolaters”. Instead of “idolaters” other versions say “mitzrim” (Egyptians), “k’na’anim” (Canaanites), and …

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From Israel: Hysteria and Skewed Thinking.

My friends, it’s mid-August and I would dearly love to take a very peaceful vacation, and just spend time with my grandchildren. I had no desire to write about the events at Charlottesville as they unfolded. But here I am, about to do so: the hyper-inflated responses to what has …

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From Israel: video – ALL ABOUT THE FACTS!

Dear friends, It has been, incredibly, some nine days since I’ve last posted. But now I can share with all of you the reason I have been occupied: I proudly introduce here a one-of-a- kind video produced by the Legal Grounds Campaign, co-chaired by Jeff Daube and myself: “All About …

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NSW Labor’s Faustian pact.

In choosing politics over principle, the NSW branch of the Australian Labor Party has moved further down the treacherous path laid out by Bob Carr and his ilk.  That path is contrary to the interests of peace for the people of the Middle East and to the values of freedom and …

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I am a Zionist.

 I am a Zionist. If I announced that, on walking into a party in New Zealand, I would quite likely get a worse reaction than if I declared that I am a P-addicted, ISIS sympathising prostitute. It’s not the kind of thing that one can state in polite company, at …

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Oz Torah: Bread & war – Ask the Rabbi.

BREAD & WAR. Q. How can the Hebrew for bread (“lechem”) be connected to the word for war (“milchamah”)? A. Wars are often fought over economic issues. Not just conventional wars, but political tussles and elections. It is also said that securing one’s bread, the staff of life, is the …

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