The importance of inner strength is one of my major themes: Now, now especially, when the world has gone bonkers and is sliding leftward, we need to know who we are, understand our rights and stand for them. And yet… ~~~ I recently wrote about the issue of the American …Read More »
From Israel: Clueless and Sinking!!
In his book, “Blink,” pages 107 -108, Malcolm Gladwell discusses the modern approach to warfare. After Desert Storm [waged against Iraq in 1990], the Pentagon became convinced that conventional war would soon be an anachronism. “Conflict in the future would be diffuse. It would take place in cities as often …Read More »
From Israel: “A Cause for Celebration!!”
At last, within the American political scene, at least one reason for gladness: The Senate has acquitted President Trump of the charges of “incitement of insurrection” leveled in his second impeachment trial. Not only has a patriotic American who was not remotely guilty of these ludicrous charges been absolved, further …Read More »
From Israel: “Definitely Not a Pretty Picture!!”
But it hardly does justice to the situation to say that what we are facing is not a pretty picture. What I want to touch upon today are some of the situations we are confronting that, if truth be told, tend to generate nightmares. ~~~ Let us begin with a …Read More »
From Israel: “You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide!!“
I am ever mindful of the blessings that are ours, and would never, ever suggest that hope be abandoned. Jews survive on hope, on faith in a better tomorrow. And yet, it is exceedingly important not to be naïve, not to insist on a positive perspective – because that feels …Read More »
From Israel: “Hatred”
The Jewish tradition warns strongly against baseless hatred (sinat chinam) and its dire consequences. Now we are watching it destroy a once great nation. This didn’t happen all at once, of course. When Donald Trump came into the White House there was determination from the get-go to take him down. …Read More »
From Israel: “We Must, Must Get Our Act Together!!”
It is almost upon us now: Joe Biden’s inauguration day. Whatever the grief, the incredible frustration, the conviction that this should not be happening, as far as I can tell, it will be happening. Which means the beginning of the “reset.” There is a great deal that terrifies. Biden will …Read More »
A New Administration and the Prospects of Peace for Israel.
Currently, it looks as though Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States. If Biden comes into office, it will be bad news for Israel. The normalization with Arab and Muslim countries that Trump worked so hard to achieve will dissolve, and the new administration will re-embolden …Read More »
From Israel: The Time for Truth is Past!!
Editor’s note. Please share this important article. “Justice, justice shall you pursue!” (tzedek, tzedek tirdof) the Torah tells us in the book of Deuteronomy (Devarim) 16:20. But justice is in painfully short supply in the US these days. For anyone who cares about justice, this is cause for immeasurable sadness. …Read More »
From Israel: Fraught with Sadness and Anger.
I wish to begin by paying a heartfelt tribute to Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, who died of cancer last Saturday at the age of 72. Former chief rabbi in the U.K., Rabbi Sacks was a brilliant thinker and a moral teacher. During the lonely days of the lockdown, I was …Read More »
From Israel: The Soul of America!!
Writing after the US election, I believe it’s necessary to look backward in order to understand what is going on now. Many of us – who care deeply about the soul of America – have been watching and grieving over the weakening of the fabric of America for some time …Read More »
From Israel: “A Cry from the Heart!!”
I am eager to return to a focus on Israel. In fact, I keep telling myself that that is what I’m going to do. I know there are readers waiting for this. But…while I will do it very soon, I find I cannot do it yet: What is happening in the …Read More »
From Israel: “A Real Mess, and Yet…”
It was a mess. It was terrible. That is, the presidential debate between President Trump and former Vice President Biden, which took place in Cleveland on September 29. I am not here to argue that it was anything but. ~~ HOWEVER, this does not give anyone the right to distort …Read More »
From Israel: ”Urgent – Know who Kamala Harris is!!”
Never has there been such a focus on the selection of a vice presidential candidate as there has been with regard to Biden’s announcement this past Wednesday of Kamala Harris as his running mate in the presidential election. The reason, of course, is one we can all understand: Biden doesn’t …Read More »
Arlene from Israel: Extreme Perversity and Much Worse.
We here in Israel don’t really ever expect things to go smoothly, but there are situations that are simply not smooth and others that are maddeningly perverse or breathtakingly ugly. But before I get to these, I begin with some good news that can provide a perspective. As those of …Read More »