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From Israel: Eyes Ahead and Moving Past It!

I am, clearly, not happy about the Democratic win in the House. But I do not see this as indicative of a “blue wave” that signals a crisis for the Republicans now or for Trump in 2020. Traditionally, the party that does not control the White House gains seats in …

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From Israel: Stand Against Hysteria!

I was not going to post again before the midterm election tomorrow, but I must. For today I was directly exposed to some of the virulent, irrational fury sometimes directed at supporters of Trump by people on the left. It is very nasty. Not only have I been exposed to …

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Democrats and Jews (Part 2)

In my recent piece, Democrats and Jews, I asked the following question at Israel Thrives: Why is it that of all the minority constituencies of the Democratic Party only the Jewish minority is thought to be morally obligated to sacrifice the well-being of their own children in deference to that …

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The Jerusalem of Ukraine.

Journal of a special trip by Chief Rabbi Jacobs in Ukraine – Around midnight we arrive at our first destination in Ukraine, after a journey of more than five hours in a kind of driving washing machine, along roads full of deep potholes, in a van without normal suspension, but …

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From Israel: Appalled and Grieving!

On Shabbat, in the city of Pittsburgh, as surely all of my readers know, eleven Jews – eight men and three women, but, thank Heavens, no children – were killed in what is being described as the worst antisemitic attack to ever take place in the US. The identities of …

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The Democratic Party and Jews.

The Democratic Party is sabotaging its Jewish constituency and, thereby, in some measure, punching itself in the face. It has put American Jews — who are traditionally among the most loyal Democrats  — into the position of having to choose between a political party and our own families… our own …

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Jewish Kids Need Krav Maga.

When I was a tiny, little Zionist growing up in New York and Connecticut in the 1970s and 1980s, Jewish youngsters did not learn Krav Maga. I doubt any of my friends, Jewish or otherwise, ever even heard of this martial art. We punched a nose when we had to, …

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An Irish Teacher’s Harsh Unreality.

Republished with permission of HonestReporting According to her Twitter profile, Daire Louise O’Dowd is a geography and English teacher.  Sadly, judging by her inaccurate and ill-informed mess of an article on IrishCentral, a US-based news site catering for the global Irish diaspora community, she should certainly not be educating anyone about the …

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The Labour Betrayal .

Britain’s main opposition Labour Party on Tuesday passed a motion strongly criticizing Israel and pledging to halt all UK weapon sales to the Jewish state if it rises to power, as a senior lawmaker warned the party must root out antisemitism amid persistent scandals dogging the party.   Delegates at …

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Young Goodman Lumish.

Young Goodman Lumish came forth at sunset… One of the paradigmatic early American short stories is Nathanial Hawthorne’s Young Goodman Brown (1835).  The link above goes to the 1846 edition of the story as published in his collection, Mosses from an Old Manse.  What fascinates me, oddly enough, is its potential resonance …

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Julia Salazar and the Jews.

New York State Senate candidate Julia Salazar has the pro-Jewish / pro-Israel world vaguely annoyed… while we are having a sandwich for lunch. Others in recent weeks have occasionally noted her existence with a raised eyebrow over their Wheat Chex. There have been a few notes concerning this person including, for example, …

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