Arlene Kushner

From Israel: “And So I Wept!!”

Many of us here in Israel had not yet moved past the deep sadness we were carrying with regard to the terror attack in Ariel, in which a beautiful, caring young man had saved his fiancée’s life by throwing himself in front of her, right in the line of gunfire …

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From Israel: Ay! That Was Fast!!

Yom Ha’atzmaut, with its euphoria, was just coming to an end. (Please see my posting reflecting that euphoria if you have not done so yet!) We seemed to be back to normal. But it’s tough, because “normal” has just become obscene. ~~~ I was going to write about the Temple …

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From Israel: Miracles and Standing Strong!!

Last Friday night, Jews across the world were participating in the Pesach Seder. And so I begin by extending wishes for a Pesach Kasher v’Sameach to all who are observing. Every year I share a link to a video of Vehi shamda, which is found in the Haggadah: That which …

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From Israel: An Affliction in the Land!!

There is no question about the fact that we will prevail over the current scourge of terrorism.  We are here to stay.  Our country Israel, will remain, and remain proudly and resolutely Jewish. Credit: My Jewish Learning But scourge is a good word for what we are dealing with.  And …

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From Israel: “No Respite from the Horror!!”

The horror is, of course, a terror attack: This one was of particularly serious dimensions (not to imply that there are terror attacks not of serious dimensions).  This report is not as complete as I would have hoped, as information is still lacking and much confusion remains.  Yet I want …

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From Israel: The Chutzpah and the Stupidity!!

The chutzpah (gall, insolence) belongs to many of the Arabs inside of Israel and beyond.  The stupidity can be attributed to those of our purported leaders who condone or tolerate that chutzpah. What prompts this description (in this instance) is what happened in recent days with regard to the Damascus …

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From Israel: Listen Up: No Quick Fix!!

Friday was April Fools’ Day. Two days later, I think it is still appropriate to ask who is being fooled. I would say anyone who believes that a quick fix is possible for overcoming the Muslim Arab terrorist violence in Israel. Please! Read this to the end and share as …

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From Israel: Obscenities!!

We here in Israel have been dealing with a number of obscenities of late – including, from my perspective, the deceitful, destructive stance of the US right now. But much of this will wait for my next posting. What I have in mind at present is the abomination of taking …

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From Israel: Frenetic and Fragile!!

The international scene is unstable: changes – many vastly unsettling –- are taking place with lightning speed.  And a good number of those world events have significant import for Israel. The debate as to whether Israel can afford (from a security perspective) to provide additional assistance to Ukraine, via defensive …

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From Israel: Sad, Scary, and Spurious!!

First matters first.  And so I begin with news of a major terror attack that took place in Be’ersheva, in the Negev, yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon.  It is the worst attack that Israel has endured in some time.  Four people, two women and two men, are dead. Two women were wounded; …

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From Israel: Enraged Once, and Enraged Again!!

There are times when information that reaches us is unsettling, disturbing. But then, there are other times when the information becomes so incredible, so ghastly wrong, that we find ourselves headed towards a state of apoplexy. That is where I am now, my friends: and for multiple reasons. It is …

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From Israel: The Painful Work of Sorting It Out!!

Rarely are crisis situations on the international scene simple to grasp. There are always different versions, different perspectives. Not to mention unsubstantiated rumors and propaganda. That said, I am finding the crisis situation in Ukraine more difficult to deal with than most others.  I take seriously the need to get …

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