Arlene Kushner

From Israel: “Penetrating the Fog!!”

There is fog on two continents, actually. And unless we penetrate it, we are not able to comprehend what is going on. We begin with what is happening in the US. As an American citizen, born and raised in the US, I suffer with my American friends as reports come …

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From Israel: “A Wrenching Struggle”

Anyone who reads my material regularly knows that I see God’s hand in the inception of the modern State of Israel and in her astounding development. It defies rational explanation. I mention this now because ‒ in spite of all our manifold blessings, and fantastic achievements, and the possibility of …

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From Israel: Badly Flawed, a Bit Scary!!

It’s official. Israel’s 35th government was sworn in on Sunday after a full 500 days of angst that included three elections and the problems of an interim government. The Knesset approved the new government by a vote of 73 to 46. People are celebrating the fact that a fourth election …

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From Israel: Can This Mess Be Unscrambled??

The “mess” I am referring to is the electoral situation, and, quite frankly, I do not see the possibility of unscrambling it and making reasonable sense of the situation. This comes as an interim report, setting out the relevant parameters; final resolution is expected by the end of this week. …

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From Israel: “Incredible Irony”

Today we mark a momentous historical event that is not sufficiently recognized: Following WWI, the victorious Allied powers met to determine the allocation of territory that had been captured from a defeated Ottoman Empire. The first meeting, held in London in February 1920, established, among other matters, that Palestine would …

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From Israel: Hither and Thither Are We Called!!

The number of issues calling for our attention has been overwhelming and so little offers clarity. Yesterday was Yom Hashoah Ve’HaGevurah – Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust and the Heroism. This date was picked because it marks the anniversary of the uprising of the Warsaw ghetto, an historic interval …

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From Israel: “Surreal!!”

There is something surreal about the current situation, as if time is standing still. It isn’t, of course.  Someday ‒ let us pray before too very long! ‒ we will look back on this and say, “Remember when…” Here in Israel the gov’t is making noises about slowly reducing restrictions. …

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From Israel: Perversity and Blessing!!

  According to news reports, some time on Sunday negotiations between Netanyahu and Gantz for that unity government should be complete. When that happens, I will write again. This is going out in the wee hours of Sunday morning (Israel time). Perhaps by the time you read this, there will …

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From Israel: “So, Do We Get It All?”

  Most of the readers who wrote after my last posting – in which I celebrated the fact that we would have a unity government – wanted to share their pleasure at the news. But a few wrote with considerably less enthusiasm: Gantz? Bibi is going to work with Gantz? …

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From Israel: Miracles Do Happen!!

Sometimes, when we no longer expect things to get better – when we are already resigned to the fact that they may get worse, the situation shifts. And that is what happened yesterday, when the news broke – in leaks at first – that Gantz was going to join Netanyahu …

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From Israel: Blessings in the Time of Corona.

The eyes of the world are on the coronavirus and its implications for each of us. Here in Israel we are struggling with a heavy situation, rendered all the more difficult by a political situation that is literally unbearable. I remain alone in my apartment: Alone, and determined to come …

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From Israel: “Battling Threats on Two Fronts”

Our first battle is against the coronavirus, which is being fought not just in Israel, but around the world.  It preoccupies everyone, so that political news here is not necessarily even front page any more. I write from my Jerusalem apartment: I am well, thank Heaven, but following the rules …

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From Israel: Beneath Contempt!!

Not our government’s response to the coronavirus danger, certainly: That has been most exemplary. And I want to look at this first, before I describe the contemptible situation we have also been dealing with. Israel, as it turns out, responded more quickly than other countries to the impending threat of …

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From Israel: A Heart That Is Heavy!!

  This past Monday was election day here in Israel, and the people came out in impressive numbers – more than 70% in the end. Exit polls released after 10 PM Monday night indicated a solid win for Likud, which was polling several mandates ahead of Blue and White. The …

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