Thursday, 24 July 2014

J Street Challenge

http://thejstreetchallenge.com/

Kol Tuv,
RRW

Rav Dov Fischer - How Did We Get into this mess in the first place?

«Among those in Israel's nationalist community, there never was doubt that then-Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to disengage unilaterally from Gaza was a disaster-in-the-making, a disengagement from reality.  Adopted by the Knesset on June 6, 2004 and implemented a year later, in August and September 2005, the plan to withdraw unilaterally from Gaza never fooled the nationalist community.

For Zion's sake, millions in Israel did not hold their peace.  Nationalists identified by wearing orange, the color of the Gaza Regional Council.  On July 25, 2004, tens of thousands of Israelis formed a human chain that stretched 90 kilometers from the Erez crossing in Gaza to the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem, protesting the disastrous plan.  On October 14, more than 100,000 demonstrated in cities throughout Israel against the proposed disengagement.»
Remember How this Mess Began - Op-Eds - Arutz Sheva
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/Articles/Article.aspx/15369#.U874KfRDu50


Kol Tuv,
RRW

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Nishma-Parshah: Masei

Take a look at what's on
for Parshat Masei

Parshah Mas'ei
http://nishma-parshah.blogspot.ca/2014/07/parshah-masei.html

Parsha: Matot/Maasei, "How did Hatzi Shevet Menashe Get There?"
http://nishma-parshah.blogspot.ca/2014/07/parsha-matotmaasei-how-did-hatzi-shevet.html

Israel's Deadly Invasion of Gaza Is Morally Justified

I invite you to view the following argument which deals with an important moral issue that is faced in regard to the war against Hamas. Please see
http://www.newrepublic.com/article/118788/israels-war-gaza-morally-justified

There is always a problem when those who don't uphold a moral principle are able to apply this moral in their defense. The result is often ludicrous and immoral, in a broader sense, in itself. I believe that this article faces this issue.

Rabbi Ben Hecht

P.S. I wish to thank Sharon Lacks for directing me to this article.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A Funny thing Happening when Googling "Israel and Obama"

Here is what I found...

Chris Christie says Obama 'dropped the ball' on Israel-U.S. relations | NJ.com

http://www.nj.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/07/chris_christie_says_obama_dropped_the_ball_on_israel-us_relations.html

Canadian PM Rebukes Obama on His Israel Stance | Yeshiva World News

http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/news/headlines-breaking-stories/248017/canadian-pm-rebukes-obama-on-his-israel-stance.html

Dislcaimer:
I didn't hunt for or cherry pick these links! They were simply #1 and #3 when I Googled "Israel and Obama".

I realize that Google knows I'm from NJ, but I didn't expect them to know I used to go to Yeshiva in Canada 40 years ago.

Kol Tuv,
RRW

Reflections on Parshat Mas'ei and the Matzav in Gaza

במדבר פרק לג

ג... מִמָּחֳרַת הַפֶּסַח,
יָצְאוּ בְנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּיָד רָמָה--לְעֵינֵי, כָּל-מִצְרָיִם

ד וּמִצְרַיִם מְקַבְּרִים,
אֵת אֲשֶׁר הִכָּה ה` בָּהֶם--כָּל-בְּכוֹר;
וּבֵאלֹהֵיהֶם, עָשָׂה ה` שְׁפָטִים


The Israelites left in Triumph
While
The Egyptians were busy burying their dead...

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נה וְאִם-לֹא תוֹרִישׁוּ אֶת-יֹשְׁבֵי הָאָרֶץ, מִפְּנֵיכֶם--וְהָיָה אֲשֶׁר תּוֹתִירוּ מֵהֶם, לְשִׂכִּים בְּעֵינֵיכֶם וְלִצְנִינִם בְּצִדֵּיכֶם; וְצָרְרוּ אֶתְכֶם--עַל-הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר אַתֶּם יֹשְׁבִים בָּהּ.

Admonition: do not to leave the residents behind lest they become a a thorn in the side of the Israelites.

Kol Tuv,
RRW