Arlene Kushner

Arlene from Israel: Outrage

Outrage – I’m talking about steam-coming-out-of-my-ears outrage. The subject is the allegedly ancient Arab village of Susiya.  The issue is Israel’s rights as a sovereign state operating under rules of law. ~~~~~~~~~~ The background, briefly: In the Hebron Hills of Judea there are the remains of an ancient Jewish city …

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Arlene from Israel: Making Our Way.

I hope and trust that my readers will understand: my postings are less frequent and possibly shorter because I am giving priority to my work on the Legal Grounds Campaign.  Once again, I invite anyone who would like to know more to contact me. ~~~~~~~~~~ There is no way I …

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Arlene from Israel: Seek the Light.

The light is there, my friends, although sometimes it’s more obvious than at others. These are tough times, on several fronts.  But don’t stop looking. Haven’t started a posting with a good news item in a while now.  But today I will – we need it.  Actually, there are several …

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Arlene from Israel: Looking Up.

When Hillary Clinton announced her running mate – Virginia Senator Tim Kaine – on Saturday, she declared that he “is everything Donald Trump and Mike Pence are not.” http://www.marketwatch.com/story/hillary-clinton-describes-tim-kaine-as-everything-donald-trump-and-mike-pence-are-not-2016-07-23 Well.  It’s very rarely indeed that I agree with Hillary.  But here I do, saying Baruch Hashem (Thank Heaven) for the …

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Arlene from Israel: Where to Turn?

As you have undoubtedly observed, the state of the world is terrible and growing worse.  Social unrest, violence, threats of violence and more are all about us: From yet another – particularly horrendous – terror attack, this one in Nice; to an illegal immigrant problem in Europe that is out …

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Arlene from Israel: Stepping Forward.

Our steps here in Israel are not always as smooth as we might like.  But more often than not, when we stumble, we right ourselves (pun unintended) and keep going. A vote that passed in the Knesset Monday night represents a significant step for Israel.  It has been a long …

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Arlene from Israel: Looking Up.

I promised good news in this posting, and you will have it.  We should always be looking up, but sometimes it is easier than at other times. In my last posting, I mentioned talk about annexing Ma’aleh Adumim. This was proposed last Sunday, by the heads of the Knesset Land …

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Arlene from Israel: Cutting Through the Pain.

Here I am, again, skipping over the good news.  My apologies for this, as I know my readers enjoy those good reports (as do I).  But once again, I feel compelled to focus on the not-good news: Some painful circumstances – disease, for example – may be unavoidable.  Others should …

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Arlene from Israel: Keeping Our Balance.

 Not an easy thing to do – to maintain balance.  We might know where we want to go, yet find the way there exceedingly slippery.  This is what we are dealing with now: the rapids and the uneven stepping stones. ~~~~~~~~~~ I like to sustain my practice of starting with …

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Arlene from Israel: Holding Our Heads High

“Holding Our Heads High” I actually mean this in two senses.  The first is the traditional sense of being proud, and I will share an example of this in a moment. But then, there is the more metaphorical sense of not drowning in the sea of malice and stupidity that …

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Arlene from Israel: And the Good Too.

After my last post (which now requires follow-up), I promised I would return to my regular format, which includes good news.  Would that the good predominated. It does not, of course. But it is real – as you will see in the course of this posting.  And so offers promise …

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Arlene from Israel: Facing Down Reality.

I decided to table this posting for a couple of days because of the horrendous terror attack in Florida. For all those who lost dear ones in that obscene assault, or who were wounded, I extend deepest compassion.  May they know healing. What is painfully ironic is that what I …

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Arlene from Israel: Recurring Evil.

 Last time I posted, it was with a spirit uplifted because of Yom Yerushalayim.  I had not intended to post again until next week.  For Shabbat is coming, and immediately after, Shavuot, the harvest festival that celebrates our receiving of the Torah and is marked by study into/or through the …

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Arlene from Israel: Spirits Lifted.

There is nothing like being there: Hearing the music.  Watching the young people dancing with enormous sprit. And seeing the flags – oh so many flags! – waving in the air.  This picture was taken in the late afternoon on Sunday, on King George Street in front of the Great …

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Arlene from Israel: Situation Unfolding

There is certainly nothing static about the current political situation, and an update seems in order. Actually, some of what is happening is good – better than might be expected. For those feeling unease that we might give away our country because of what Netanyahu and Lieberman said the other …

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Arlene from Israel: Choppy Waters.

There is much to report at this time of political and diplomatic turmoil, but I will follow what has become my custom and start with some brief good news items. ~~~~~~~~~~ Midway between the Dead Sea and Eilat, in a place called Sapir, in the harsh Arava desert, we find …

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Arlene in Israel: Sof Sof!

“Sof Sof!” means Finally! When last I wrote two days ago, I expected Lieberman to close on a coalition agreement with Likud within hours.  Instead it has taken days.  But as of this morning at 11 AM, the agreement was signed and it was a done deal. The holdup was …

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