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Chad gadya, chad gadya . . .

March 31, 2015
By
Chad Gadya

There is a myth hanging over all discussion of the Palestinian problem: the myth that this land was “Arab” land taken from its native inhabitants by invading Jews. Whatever may be the correct solution to the problems of the Middle East, let’s get a few things straight: As a strictly legal matter, the Jews didn’t take Palestine from the Arabs; they took it from the British, who exercised sovereign authority in Palestine under a League…

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Why Netanyahu’s Speech in Washington is a Moral Obligation

February 13, 2015
By
Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer

The following is a speech by Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer gives all the reasons why Bibi Netanyahu must take the risk of upsetting President Obama by coming to address the US Congress. Ladies and Gentlemen, As purchasers of Israel Bonds, you have been true partners in building Israel. We Should Be Grateful And in the nearly 67 years of Israel’s independence, we should be grateful for many thing. We should be grateful that we have signed peace…

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The Eternal Struggle

June 13, 2014
By
Book Burning

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately.  This afternoon’s news of the probable abduction of three Israeli high school students by an Arab terrorist organization simply bring it to the forefront of my consciousness. Difficult to believe but I’ll be sixty three years old this summer.  I was born in the shadow of the Cold War and still remember the exercises of hiding under our desks with our arms over our heads (as if…

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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
By
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
By
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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