Arlene Kushner

From Israel – Live: An American Tragedy

Perhaps I should title this “An UnAmerican Tragedy,” for this is what it really is. Had someone described to me, just months ago, what is going on now in the US, I would have scoffed and said it was unreal, impossible.  But it is possible: we are seeing it unfold …

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From Israel: Can America Be Saved??!!

It is no less than a tragedy: We are watching a once great nation unravel. ~~~ But this unraveling didn’t start last week or last month. And it would be altogether too facile to account for this it by focusing solely on what transpired last Wednesday, with the horrendous breaching …

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From Israel: “Can It Really Be??!”

Yup, it can. This is the first posting of the year 2021, and it will focus on good news. There hasn’t been much of late.  But I rejoice that there actually seem to be a number of upbeat items worthy of attention.  Let’s set a positive tone while that is …

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From Israel: Buckle Your Seatbelts, Israel!!

So we’re into election campaign mode. This does not, by any stretch of the imagination, mean that matters will now go smoothly: We’ve got a long and winding road ahead of us before election day. One factor seems reasonably certain: this election will play out for the most part on …

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From Israel: Damn, and Damn Again!!

There is no room for niceties.  We must tell it as it is. It has been a while since I have had to write about a terrorist murder, but this fact makes it no easier. Esther Horgan, 52, was a mother of six and a grandmother; her youngest child had …

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From Israel: “How Do We Not Grieve??”

What causes us to grieve is the horrendous state of affairs in America. Should Biden end up becoming president (something that I absolutely do not consider a “done deal” at this point), there would be no reason to be reassured as to the direction he would take.  The more we …

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From Israel: “Lunacy and Other Aberrations!!”

The situation has been rather crazy here in Israel, with a government that doesn’t function like one. I need to look at this shortly.  However, when I consider what’s going on here, my response (which will not surprise regular readers) is that it is “small potatoes” compared to what’s happening …

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From Israel: Heaven Help Us!!

The US, first. Then Israel and a good part of the world — not just the West, but also Sunni Arab. What I am referring to are the policies and practices that would emanate from a Biden administration, should he ‒ and this is where we cry “Heaven help us” …

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From Israel: The Time for Truth is Past!!

Editor’s note.  Please share this important article. “Justice, justice shall you pursue!” (tzedek, tzedek tirdof) the Torah tells us in the book of Deuteronomy (Devarim) 16:20. But justice is in painfully short supply in the US these days. For anyone who cares about justice, this is cause for immeasurable sadness. …

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From Israel: The Soul of America!!

Writing after the US election, I believe it’s necessary to look backward in order to understand what is going on now. Many of us – who care deeply about the soul of America – have been watching and grieving over the weakening of the fabric of America for some time …

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From Israel: “The Shift is Radical!!”

The US election is less than a week away, and, as I track the news, I have a growing conviction that Donald Trump will be in the White House for four more years.  As Caroline Glick tweeted: “Spit three times, then say, ‘No evil eye, things look hopeful, things look …

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From Israel: Hanging by our Fingernails??!

In spite of the title of this posting being potentially ominous in tone, I begin with a brief good news item: It rained on Tuesday here in Jerusalem, and only in Jerusalem. The rainfall ‒ accompanied by thunder and exceedingly heavy for a brief time ‒ was a real surprise. …

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From Israel: “A Real Mess, and Yet…”

It was a mess. It was terrible. That is, the presidential debate between President Trump and former Vice President Biden, which took place in Cleveland on September 29. I am not here to argue that it was anything but. ~~ HOWEVER, this does not give anyone the right to distort …

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