Arlene Kushner

From Israel: Who Would Have Imagined??

As we struggle with the tough stuff, it’s essential to retain a broad perspective. And so, the first item I want to present today is what we might call somber good news. Whatever we call it, it is reassuring. Below you will find a link to an article about the …

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From Israel: A Special Message to My Readers

Dear Friends, Earlier this week, I did a Zoom presentation sponsored by AFSI (Americans for a Safe Israel).  It was called “Sustaining a Strong Israel in Unsettled Times.” I provided an overview of the current Israeli political situation and then focused on a matter that I believe is exceedingly important: …

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From Israel: “Wham!!”

Sukkot, which ends tomorrow night, has been so lovely.  The sukkah, shared with family and friends, an oasis of peace. The blessing over the lulav, a delight: I grasp the fronds of palm, willow and myrtle, along with the etrog, and shake it in all six directions as reminder that …

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From Israel: What WAS he thinking??

Before I begin to address that question, I want to note that tomorrow night begins Sukkot, sometimes known as Z’man Simchateinu – Season of our Rejoicing. We need to hold on to that joy, if we are to have the strength to wade through the difficult stuff – and we …

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From Israel: Facing Bitter Truth Squarely!!

Along with many of you, I have been watching the unfolding of the situation in Afghanistan with a sense of pain and horror: The shocking, alarming failure of the Biden administration: The abandonment of American citizens and Afghan allies, the emerging terror. But we must not fashion this as an …

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From Israel: “Appalled and Aghast!!”

And with good reason, I add, “alarmed!”  The situation as it is unfolding in Afghanistan is over the top. Here I hope to touch several bases briefly. As Lawrence Kadish, writing in Gatestone, put it: “The horror of President Joseph Biden’s deliberate retreat from Afghanistan is so immense and its …

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From Israel: “A VERY Bad Idea!!”

Prime Minister Bennett is leaving Israel for Washington DC tomorrow (Tuesday) for a snap 48 hour visit. He is scheduled to meet with Biden on Thursday. Credit: Mishpaha Magazine That meeting is the very bad idea that I am referring to here.  (Not that there are not many others.) Rabbi …

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From Israel: “We Are Surrounded!!”

Last I wrote, I titled my posting “Danger: Within and Without.”  I began with dangers that lurk within, which I suggested pose the greatest threat to Israel. Fervently do I wish that the one issue I discussed in that posting – a reluctance of our left-leaning Supreme Court to stand …

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From Israel: Dangers – Within and Without

Before I begin to address those dangers, I want to return to the matter of the extradition from Jordan of Ahlam Ahmad al-Tamimi, mastermind of the horrendous Sbarro terror attack 20 years ago.  You will find my posting that includes this material here (scroll towards bottom): https://arlenefromisrael.info/from-israel-hold-fast-and-dont-let-go/  I had written …

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From Israel: “Twisting, This Way and That!!”

That is Artem Dolgopyat’s fantastic in-the-air manoeuvres, which won him the gold on Sunday in the floor exercise of the artistic gymnastic event. This was the first gold for Israel in the 2020 Olympics, and the second ever. Credit: JPost Scroll down here for a video of his performance. {Editor’s …

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From Israel: “As I Had Promised!!

I had written recently that no matter how much bad news there was to write about, I would make an effort to incorporate some good news: It does help to keep us sane.  And with the state of the world being what it is, we can use all the help …

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From Israel: “Creaming the Antisemites!!

So what do you know?  When the news about Ben & Jerry’s decision to boycott Judaea & Samaria and eastern Jerusalem first broke, I thought at most I would devote a couple of lines to it in my next posting because there are so many more urgent topics to address. …

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From Israel: No Choice: We Must!!

Tisha B’Av – a day of mourning for the destruction of the Temples – has just drawn to a close here in Israel.  Here you see stones from the Second Temple, destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE, in the Jerusalem Archaeological Garden. We mark the calamities that have befallen …

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From Israel: “Heartsick!!”

It is not just me: I doubt that there are very many who are not Islamists or hardcore leftists, or absolutely determined optimists, who smile at the news today. ~~~ Across the ocean, America is crumbling at a rate that had not been anticipated even by most of us who …

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From Israel: “The One Foot Theory!”

I have a good friend who will say to me now and again: “You just put one foot in front of the other and keep going.” Most of the time I’ve responded by sighing, and saying, “Yes, I know…” But in recent days, as I have struggled to wrap my …

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From Israel: “Is There a Chance??”

Before I look at various events concerning Israel, I note the date: the Fourth of July.  From here in Jerusalem, I remember. But, as the title of this posting suggests, I am at a loss as to what will ultimately be for America. I know only that the country in …

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