Arlene Kushner

Arlene from Israel – Struggle All the Way

Let me begin with a video of something I described last night from the Shloshim ceremonies at the Great Synagogue.  This is Lt. Col. Shai Abramson, Chief Cantor of the IDF, singing with choir in prayer for the soldiers of the IDF: For strength.  (And with thanks to Linda O.) …

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Arlene in Israel – Shloshim

Shloshim means 30 in Hebrew, and and it is now a significant 30 days since the funerals of the three students who had been kidnapped and murdered by terrorists because they were Jews. ~~~~~~~~~~~ Tonight there was a major ceremony at the Great Synagogue in Jerusalem to mark this day …

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Arlene in Israel – How It Is.

  I begin by sharing this picture, drawn by an artist intent on paying tribute to our soldiers. Soldier as superman: His cape is his tallit. The artist is my granddaughter.         A true story told last week by Col. Richard Kemp: He was given the opportunity to …

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Arlene in Israel – A Bit Better

July 24, 2014 Kerry has left Israel, for consultations in Cairo.  He’ll be back, undoubtedly.  But it’s nice to know he’s not here. ~~~~~~~~~~ The FAA ban on US airlines flying in and out of Ben Gurion has been lifted.  They say it’s because they have been “working with its …

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Arlene in Israel – Hold On, Hold On!

We buried another lone soldier today.  Max Steinberg, 24, a Golani soldier who came from Los Angeles just a couple of years ago.  Again, a call went out for people to come to the funeral, held at the national cemetery on Har Herzl, Jerusalem. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said: “Over …

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‘Arlene in Israel’ – War Update.

  Today was a day on which I had planned to skip posting.  A busy day, starting with an event in the Knesset this morning (about which more in time). But I know I must write to update my readers, even if very briefly. After I had written yesterday, news …

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‘Arlene in Israel’ – Who Is Like Our Nation?

 Who Is Like Our Nation? The question is rhetorical. For there is no nation like Israel. Said Prime Minister Netanyahu on Friday (emphasis added): “I have met with the commanders who are leading the IDF operation, uncommonly brave, determined and motivated commanders, with strong values. I am impressed by the motivation …

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‘Arlene in Israel’ – Ground Invasion into Gaza Begun.

It is very very necessary, this invasion – which has been ordered by Prime Minister Netanyahu. So let’s stop here for a prayer for the thousands of Israel’s soldiers who are now inside Gaza. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/15289#.U8g8IZvlrIW ~~~~~~~~~~~ I just heard an interview with Col. Richard Kemp, former commander of British forces …

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Arlene from Israel – PHEW!

  What a roller coaster ride the last 24 hours has been with regard to our war with Hamas. Yesterday Egypt announced a proposal for a ceasefire: Both sides would stop firing, and then in 48 hours parties would convene in Cairo and – via an intermediary – discuss terms …

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Arlene from Israel – Faith and Struggle.

I’ve written about the Iron Dome, which helps protect our citizens from rocket attacks, and about the shelters that are provided, as well as about the government guidelines that are released to keep people safe. But there is a another significant factor – from my perspective and the perspective of …

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Arlene from Israel – Those Human Shields.

Yet another factor in the current conflict is the willingness – indeed the eagerness – of Hamas to promote a PR advantage by putting its civilians in harm’s way. This is not a new tactic.  Israel goes to the extraordinary lengths of warning Gaza residents of a house that an …

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Arlene from Israel – *WAR*

It took a long time in coming, but it’s very serious now.  The military action, called Operation Protective Edge, was announced in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. As I write, well over 140 sites in Gaza have been hit by the Israeli Air Force and some 14 people have …

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Arlene from Israel – Answering to Ourselves.

Motzei Shabbat (After Shabbat) Shabbat has now ended, but I carry with me the messages of an incredible Shabbat afternoon, during which Rabbi Seth and Sherri Mandell spoke on “Faith in the Face of Tragedy.”   The Mandells lost their son Koby to terrorists 13 years ago, and devote themselves to …

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Arlene from Israel – Obscene Rush to Judgment

On Tuesday night, according to eye witnesses, a black car stopped near Mohammad Abu Khdeir, 16, from the upscale Beit Hanina neighborhood of Jerusalem and then took off with the boy inside.  Some time later, the family reported him missing. By early Wednesday morning, his burnt body had been found …

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