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Groundhog Day or The Core of Islamic Theology

April 10, 2014
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arab-spring

I’ve lived with Arab Muslims in Hebron and worked with them shoulder-to-shoulder in factories in the Galilee.  Although not Muslims, I’ve spent days in deep convoluted discussions with the Muslim’s “next door neighbours”, the Arab Christians and the Druze, so I have my own first hand insights into the “mind” of  the “average Muslim”.  In light of my personal experience, the insights of the writer of this article ring so true.

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The Jewish State of Israel

April 2, 2014
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The View from my Window

I personally find it amusing that the Islamic Republic of Iran or the Islamic Republic of Pakistan or the  Arab Republic of Egypt take exception to the State of Israel’s insistence that it be recognized as the “Jewish State of Israel”.  It says something either about the sincerity of their objections, or the cultural reality where only Islam has any validity

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A Brief Overview of the Situation

September 17, 2013
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Misrepresented Commedians

A Brief Overview of the Situation is attributed to the wrong person. As funny and to-the-point as the remarks are, it is better to attribute them correctly or not at all. Check it out!

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The Cholent Pot

September 3, 2013
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Bringing Cholent From Communal Oven (Circa 1800's)

A dear friend passed away this week, and I’m trying to come to terms with the hole that has opened up in the fabric of my world. One way of trying to cope is the cherish the memories. Here is one. YBA My connection with Mrs Block, as I unwaveringly called her these past forty years, began months before we ever met. On a cold blustery winter day in London of 1972, her husband recruited…

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Chicken Little and the Problem of the End of the World

September 3, 2013
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Chicken Little and the Problem of the End of the World

The world is coming to an end! It’s inevitable. True, it won’t happen for another trillion or so years. Our sun, that star that supplies us with heat and light, will slowly and surely burn itself out, gradually starving our planet of one of the essential ingredients of life. Does this worry me? Do I stay awake at night frightened by the future my offspring will have to face? In a sense I do. I…

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Choose life … Peace illusions shattered

May 10, 2013
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Cultural Divide

The following is a short excerpt from a much longer article originally in Hebrew.  It is a first hand report of a disillusioned Israeli Leftist Peace whose illusions of coming to some understanding with our Palestinian neighbours were shattered when she finally had an open heart-to-heart exchange with a group of them.

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The Secret Life of Yoel Ben-Avraham

December 11, 2012
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Some thoughts before I drop off to sleep . . .

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written something for my blog or just for my personal pleasure (read ‘prose’ or ‘fiction’). One would think that the well of decades has dried up! In fact, my life is filled with an endless stream of words. Mornings and afternoons I learn Jewish Jurisprudence, philosophy and scripture. During this endeavor I and my learning partners pour over generation after generation of Jewish scholars, attempt to the best…

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Last Chance to Join the Revolution!

September 5, 2012
By
orbach

I did not join my sons when they joined Likud to support Faiglin.  Unfortunately I was correct.  The “system” was not going to let something as stupid as aspirations of democratic process unseat the powers that be. But this time it is different – not because Mafdal is purer or aspires to the realization of democratic process more than the other pretenders to political power – but because of the tens of thousands of young…

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The Global Shetel or The World from my Computer Screen

May 17, 2012
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The Global Shetel or The World from my Computer Screen

When my wife and I were engaged to be married, I was serving my Regular Army service in the IDF.  Except for a very rare telephone call (we lived on a kibbutz where the only phones were public or in the office) we communicated by postcards.  Postcards that often arrived after I did due to the diligence of the military censors. Years later, although we were distances apart when I served in reserves, there was always cellphones. If I traveled abroad,…

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Who is Humiliating Whom Bob?

April 29, 2012
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Who is Humiliating Whom Bob?

In January 25, 2009 Bob Simons had this to say: “Palestinians … when they want to travel from one town to another, they have to submit to humiliating delays at checkpoints and roadblocks. There are more than 600 of them on the West Bank.” In April 22, 2012 he had this to say: “For all Palestinians, just leaving Bethlehem is a struggle. Getting to Jerusalem, only seven miles away, whether it’s to pray, go to…

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