Monthly Archives: May 2018

From Israel: Necessary Confrontation.

We are on a roll!  Today Guatemala officially opened its embassy in Jerusalem. Right after the dedication, the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus held an event in the Knesset celebrating the two embassies newly dedicated in Jerusalem. The Caucus – which has 19 members from diverse parties in the Knesset – seeks …

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From Israel: Bravo!

Today the new US Embassy in Jerusalem was dedicated and what a glorious day it has been. I knew I would watch the entire proceedings, which were very ably presided over by Ambassador David Friedman. What I did not know was how beautiful it would be or how deeply moved …

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From Israel: Center of the World.

Today is Yom Yerushalayim.  We celebrate the unification of our holy city.   Fifty one years ago, during the Six Day War, we liberated eastern Jerusalem from the Jordanian occupation that had existed since the War of Independence. That 19-year period of occupation was the only time the city was …

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From Israel: WOW and WOW AGAIN!

The head spins: things are happening so quickly. But it’s a good spin. A great spin. ~~~~~~~~~~ Let me back-track just a bit. Two days ago, when last I wrote, intelligence indicated the likelihood that there would soon be an attack by Iran launched from Syria; it was expected that …

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Action: Stand with Chile’s Jewish Community.

Written by Dina Siegel Vann. Director, AJC Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs. I am writing to ask you to stand with the Jews of Chile, who are feeling increasingly unsafe. While Jews are being directly targeted, Chile’s entire democratic tradition is also coming under threat. Chile is home …

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From Israel: To Never be Afraid.

There is a song in Hebrew, which many of you may know: “Gesher Tzar Meod.” All the world is a narrow bridge, and the main thing, the main thing is to never be afraid. I will provide a link to this song below. I thought about it as I started …

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From Israel: Triumphant Take!

The YouTube link I provided in my last posting for the incredible Pierre Rehov video on the violence at the Gaza fence,  was not working – you may have discovered the same thing. Pierre confirms that YouTube took it down. He has put it up again with YouTube using a …

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New Zealanders Show Support for Israel.

Late in 2016 many New Zealanders were appalled at the stance taken by our government in co-sponsoring UN Resolution 2334, which was seen as a biased, counter-productive and unbalanced censuring of Israel. A large number of Israel supporters responded with actions such as letter writing, a march on Parliament and …

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From Israel: Facing Down the Obscenities.

I have selected the term “obscenities” mindfully: in the sense of demonstrating a “crass disregard of moral or ethical principles.” It is important to deal with them, so that we can move on to a better place. We begin with what is going on at the Gaza fence. It seems …

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The Progressive attack on Israel.

Progressivism gave us hate speech, safe spaces, white privilege and Intersectionality. The scourge of Progressivism is sweeping through the United States, bringing with it a form of authoritarianism that is threatening the social fabric of the nation. Progressivism is a mutation from Liberalism, which it actually does not resemble at …

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Oz Torah: Insights on Torah reading Emor.

JEWISH ANTISEMITES. What people think of Jews is motivated partly by observation and partly by prejudice. Observation leads decent outsiders to praise our sense of community and how we keep our standards even in unfriendly times. Prejudice picks up anti-Jewish slogans and beats us around the head with them. Prejudice …

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