Monthly Archives: June 2019

Good News Weekend – Israel.

Another week has rushed by and it’s time for another Good News Weekend instalment.  This weekend we’re going for an international flavour. My first item simply highlights the incredible distance Israel has travelled in a mere 71 years, and demonstrates the strength of Israel’s diplomatic and military standing. This week …

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From Israel: Surreal!

So much, so much, seems not as it should be – or, at least, as we would, in the normal course of events, expect it to be. We shake our heads in confusion, and frustration, and anger. Consider: On Tuesday, there were something like 20 fires started in Israel as …

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From Israel: “WHAT Are They Thinking??!”

The workshop/conference in Bahrain has not even started yet, and we are being deluged by news reports about the Trump plan.  Quite frankly, it is very wearisome. Today everything is gearing up, with the activity officially beginning tomorrow. I would be pleased to skip it all, but feel there are …

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Good News weekend from Israel.

The lazy summer days have arrived in Israel together with the heat, although we haven’t yet reached the height of the summer yet and it’s bound to get hotter. Nevertheless I’ve been enjoying doing not very much at all, even though this means I have neglected my blog somewhat. So …

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From Israel: Hmm…A Different Take.

Yoni Ben-Menachem, a Middle East analyst with the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, has advanced a highly plausible take on the situation surrounding the Bahrain economic workshop. The current situation, says Ben-Menachem, represents a significant lowering of US expectations. Originally, the plan had been to invite Israeli officials, and, indeed, …

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A chance encounter with an extraordinary man.

It was supposed to be just a quiet getaway. For our anniversary, my wife and I decided to spend Shabbat at the Ein Gedi guesthouse, a place we have visited many times before.  Waiting for Kabbalat Shabbat services to begin, I struck up a conversation with a retired French industrialist …

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Oz Torah: AMEN – Ask the Rabbi

AMEN. Q. Why do we say Amen after certain prayers? A. From one point of view, saying Amen shows that we care. When you hear a statement of fact or opinion and are concerned enough to say Amen, you are not indifferent or apathetic. You know there are some things …

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From Israel: So, Is It Annexation, or What??!

I can tell you, dear readers, that it is not annexation.  Before you panic, allow me to explain. My reasoning is quite positive: Last week, in an interview in the NYTimes, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said: “Under certain circumstances, I think Israel has the right to retain some, …

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The insane lunacy of the anti Zionist Left.

In their zeal to avoid accepting any kind of Zionism ever, anywhere, any time or any place, the anti-Zionists (yeah, lets call them antisemites for short) are turning themselves inside out and devouring their own in their desperate attempt to not only deny any legitimacy to Zionism, but to avoid …

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From Israel: Critical: Rise Up to Meet Them!

Our many challenges, that is.  It is so easy to ignore them, or minimize them.  But we do not have the luxury of doing this.  We must confront our problems head on, to ensure that we come out ahead. Among our serious challenges are the internal ones:  So much energy …

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The Rage Less Traveled: PTSD and rainbows.

This is not so much a review of the book “The Rage Less Traveled: A Memoir of Surviving a Machete Attack,” it’s more a summary of my experience reading it and why I believe this is a must read for everyone, including those not specifically interested in Israel.  Choosing to …

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