Yearly Archives: 2017

From Israel: Season of Our Rejoicing.

Last Wednesday night began the week-long holiday of Sukkot, which is referred to as Z’man Simchatenu – the season of our rejoicing. It is a holiday of many delights, rich in mystic symbolism. A couple of days earlier, I had begun work on a pre-Sukkot posting focused on the joys …

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Stay with me, just one more day.

The feelings God has for His people are the same feelings we have for those we love who are ill, whose death is in sight, whose time is short and precious; a daughter for a mother, a husband for a wife, a parent for a child. “Please, just stay with …

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Reem Assil’s Racist Restaurant in Oakland .

Reem Assil has placed a giant floor-to-ceiling mural of recently deported genocidal Jew murderer Rasmea Odeh in her bakery/cafe next to the Fruitvale BART Station in Oakland, California. For Jewish people, it might as well be a giant Nazi Swastika. As one of those who objected to this public veneration of an …

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The Imam Tawhidi foundation.

Imam Tawhidi is good man, suffering at the hands of fellow Muslims because he speaks of..                         Gender Equality and Women’s Rights No to Extremism No Killing of Apostates Establishing of the Caliphate Politics and Religion Patriot Imams Giving Back to the Country Joining the Australian Army He has been blocked …

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Oz Torah: Insights on Succot.

THE TRUE JOY OF SUCCOT. Succot is called in Hebrew “z’man simchatenu”, “Our Time of Joy”. The Torah is the source of this description. Twice it uses the verb “samach”, to rejoice, in relation to Succot. It says “vesamachta b’chaggecha”, “You shall rejoice in your festival” (Deut. 16:14), and “vehayita …

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Social Media Notes # 2: The Alienation of Diaspora Jewry.

In a Facebook post, our friend Susan George references a Ha’aretz article by Yehuda Bauer, professor emeritus at the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at Hebrew University, entitled, The Danger of Alienating Diaspora Jews. As a non-Jewish supporter of both Israel and the Jewish people, George is curious about pro-Israel …

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From Israel: Deplorable!

Solomon Gavriyah, of Be’er Yaacov, was a Staff Sergeant with the Border Police. Last year, he was wounded in a knife attack but insisted that he wanted to return to duty. Now he is dead, shot Tuesday morning by a terrorist. He was 20 years old. At his funeral, Police …

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From Israel: Auspicious.

On the second day of Rosh Hashana, the Haftora (prophetic reading following the Torah reading) is from Jeremiah 31. So said Hashem…’I have loved you with an eternal love, therefore have I extended kindness to you. I shall yet rebuild you and you will be rebuilt…You will yet plant vineyards …

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Stealing Jewish Souls.

She wants to comfort the people of Israel: ” Comfort ye, comfort ye my people.” She wants to bring comfort through the love of Yeshua to people; like Holocaust survivors in Israel. I just read Rabbi Sack’s discussion on parsha Ki Teitse. He explains the difference between rational (not necessarily justified …

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From Exodus to Munich: A Response to Forest Rain.

Forest Rain has written a smart piece published in Israellycool  and Inspiration from Zion entitled, From Exodus to Munich: How Did We Get Here? This is an interesting bit of cultural inquiry that wonders how the Jewish people in Israel went – in the popular Western imagination – from plucky and outnumbered …

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On sliding doors.

I remember the day when, as a child, I walked into an elevator with my sister and parents, and as the doors were closing, my sister decided to test out whether the doors would open up if she stuck her arm through them.  They didn’t.  There was a moment of panic …

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Rasmea Odeh and Fake Academics

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Rasmea Odeh is unfairly maligned, according to a paper showcased on Reed College’s online journal. Fake academia at its best! This critique was prepared in honour of Odeh’s deportation from the USA scheduled for today (19 September 2017).   @TimesofIsrael What makes terrorist murderer Rasmea Odeh an ‘ex-terrorist’? Repentance? #Terrorist …

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From Israel: Horizon Shrouded.

The Hebrew year 5778 is almost upon us now. It’s natural, I think, to want to know what lies ahead. But our tradition tells us that this knowledge lies in Heaven. We pray that that the Almighty will keep us. We pray for strength, and for the wisdom to hold …

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The Moral Panic of 2017.

This is a moment of “moral panic” in the United States. All this yelling and screaming and crying and whining about Nazis and Klansmen and White Supremacists is like nothing so much as the Red Scare of the 1950s. As you will remember from either personal experience or from the …

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From Israel: Holy Days.

It is not a certainty that I will post again before Rosh Hashana, which begins on the eve of next Wednesday, September 20th. And so today I want to send out my wishes to all for a year of blessings – blessings of health, and parnassa, personal fulfillment and love. …

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