Arlene Kushner

From Israel: We Cannot Continue This Way!!

This posting will be brief. I had hoped to write next when a government had been formed. Sadly this has not happened yet (I will get to this) but there is information that must be shared. Must be shared because people must know what we are dealing with. I suspect …

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From Israel: Cool the Hysteria!!

When the Israeli election results were made public almost two weeks ago, it became apparent that the Religious Zionist party would have a significant role in the new government. Since then, there has been a huge international outcry, including from several liberal-left American Jewish organizations. The main focus of the …

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From Israel: And the winner is Israel!!

Not the right-wing, not Bibi Netanyahu, but the State of Israel. I watched and tracked, as the ballot count was announced, in stages, through the day on Wednesday. I was hopeful, so hopeful, but cautious – to be certain that I did not respond prematurely. I am no longer feeling …

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From Israel: An Imperative of Critical Importance!!

Once again, I begin by reporting a terror attack.  On Shabbat, an ultra-Orthodox man, 20, was stabbed in the back by a Palestinian Arab youth in Jerusalem’s Givat HaMivtar neighborhood, between French Hill and Ramat Eshkol in eastern Jerusalem. The attacker was from the Palestinian Arab village of Anata, outside …

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From Israel: We Can Because We Must!!

We are in the heart of holiday season now.  Sunday night we begin the festival of Sukkot: I wish all who are celebrating a chag sameach.  It is a joyous holiday, referred to as Z’man Simchateinu – the Season of our Rejoicing. Credit: Modern Tribe In between Yom Kippur and …

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From Israel: Say What?!!

A week ago, on September 21, Joe Biden, in his capacity as president of the US, delivered an address to the General Assembly of the UN. In the course of his speech, he referred to a negotiated “peace between the Jewish and democratic state of Israel and the Palestinian people,” …

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From Israel: “An Extraordinary Gift!!”

I take this opportunity to wish all a year of peace, good health, abundant love of family and friends, and spiritual growth. Credit: My Jewish Learning ~~~~~~~~~~ Something disturbing happened in Jerusalem earlier this week, and the story is not yet over: Temple Mount activists Yehuda Glick, former MK and …

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From Israel: Tough Is the Only Way to Go!!

These are vastly unsettled times, presenting huge challenges. What makes matters more difficult is a shifting of dynamics, both domestically and internationally.  There is not a whole lot that is stable. Bottom line: We must rely upon ourselves.  That has always been the case, but right now is a time …

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From Israel: Does It Have to Be THIS Tough??

While here in Israel there is always much to contend with, at the moment, we are confronting a preponderance of problems of considerable proportions.  They require vigilance and determined responses.  It is imperative, however, that we not become discouraged by the scope of our challenges. ~~~~~~~~~~ Many of the problems …

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From Israel: Making Sense of Nonsense!!

I struggle to understand the phenomenon.  But even should the Almighty bless me with 120 years, I do not believe I would get it.  That’s because I’m looking for rational answers, and there aren’t any. What I am referring to is the embrace of the “two-state solution,” which is once …

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From Israel: Fighting the Fight That Must Be Fought!!

In my last posting, I described the hard-nosed position taken by the IDF on the orders of Defense Minister Benny Gantz (head of Blue & White) with regard to the Nachala Movement’s effort to promote the establishment of six new yeshuvim (settlements) in Judaea, Binyamin and Samaria.  The Nachala program …

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From Israel: “Trembling Knees!!”

Some of my readers are undoubtedly familiar with the following story of Menachem Begin, z”l. When a young senator from Delaware, slamming forcefully on the table in the course of a 1982 Senate hearing, told  him that aid to Israel would be cut if Israel persisted in building in Judaea …

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