Israel

From Israel: Curse Them!

Just days ago, in the spirit of Rosh Hashana, I wrote an upbeat posting. But that upbeat mood did not last. Could not, perhaps. Just as there is joy at holiday time, we here in Israel contend with the increased desire of our enemies to do us harm as we …

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Rosh Hashanah, in two different worlds.

In Israel, one can move between worlds. It is a bizarre and enlightening experience. This New Year I moved between two different worlds, neither of them my “real life.” The first is the online world of Facebook, Twitter, emails, and WhatsApp.  As a writer and Content and Marketing Specialist I …

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From Israel: Days of Awe.

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, we ushered in the Jewish New Year, 5779, with prayer, meditation and the sounding of the shofar. It is a serious time, the beginning of the ten Days of Awe that culminate with Yom Kippur. But it is also a joyous time. We …

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These are the ‘good old days’.

Israel is an extraordinarily diverse country composed of Jews from every corner of the Earth, and non-Jews that cover much of the spectrum of the 70 nations of the world. One of the central tenets of how we as Jews are supposed to encounter life is captured in the concept …

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From Israel: Spinning Wheels.

In the political world, wheel-spinning is frequently the norm. Lots of talk, which – to continue the metaphor – lends the impression that there is engagement, movement forward on one issue or another. But in the end the talk often turns out to be blather that takes us nowhere. We …

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From Israel: Don’t Blink.

Yes, my friends, I am here. Working hard on another writing project, and laboring mightily to make sense of the news. Did you ever stand on the side of a highway, with the cars whizzing past? Hard to not feel a bit dazed. In recent days, I have been watching …

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From Israel: Way Beyond Stupid!

There is no “ceasefire” agreement as I write.  And I pray it does not come to be.  Consider: At the end of prayers today for the beginning of the Eid al-Adha holiday, Ismail Haniyeh, chair of the politburo of Hamas, delivered an address to the people of Gaza (all emphasis …

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What’s Really Behind Israel’s Nation State Law?

Israel’s new Nation State Law has provoked controversy both inside and outside Israel.  Both critics and supporters have misinterpreted the text and its implications.  They have also missed what may be the most important motive for the legislation – fear of the demographic threat to Israel’s future. First, we can …

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Into The Fray: Gaza – Déjà vu…again?

From recent reports on planned Israeli responses to events in Gaza, one might be excused for thinking that the late Shimon Peres had returned from the hereafter, reincarnated in the form of the allegedly hawkish Avigdor Liberman. An overwhelming majority [of the Palestinian public] demands the immediate halt to all …

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From Israel: Throwing Up My Hands!

I would like to provide my readers with clear information on what’s happening in this part of the world. I would like a bit of certainty as we move forward. I would like to be able to report on an Israeli government stance that is reassuring. I would like a …

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Life in Israel Under Fire.

After a night of missiles on the south of Israel (last Wednesday), I got up to a new day, full of missiles. My nerves were frazzled.  But why?  Nothing happened to me.  At night I had reset the RED ALERT app so that it wouldn’t alert me of all the …

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From Israel: An Unholy and Ugly Mess.

The status quo with Hamas is intolerable and dangerous.  That is the given. But we continue to operate on the cusp of war without reaching that war. Solutions are not simple and clear-cut (even as some assume they are): The way is strewn with complexities.   What is required of …

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