Thursday, 24 July 2014

J Street Challenge

Kol Tuv,

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

Kol Tuv,

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Nishma-Parshah: Masei

Take a look at what's on
for Parshat Masei

Parshah Mas'ei

Parsha: Matot/Maasei, "How did Hatzi Shevet Menashe Get There?"

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

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 |

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

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,

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
The Egyptians were busy burying their dead...

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,