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The Importance of Today – November 6, 2012

Today is a very exciting day for many people in both Israel and the US.  In the US, Americans are going to the polls to elect the next president of their country and at the time of this writing the race is too close to call.  Israelis are following that race as the President of […]

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The Elections – October 9, 2012

Elections are the main topic of conversation on the news these past few days – elections in Israel and elections in the US.   Just a few hours ago, Prime Minister Netanyahu announced that he was calling for early elections, to take place just after the first of the year.  Talk of elections in Israel had […]

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We Must Rely on G-d Alone – September 2012

  The news is filled with one major issue these days — Iran!  The centrifuges continue to spin as Iran gets closer to full nuclear capability.  The US and Europe have tried sanctions with only limited success as China and Russia continue to refuse to join in the sanctions.  Ahmedinejad continues to make bold and […]

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G-d is Involved in Our Land – August 7, 2012

  In the early hours of Monday morning, Jihadist terrorists attacked an Egyptian army base in the Sinai Desert, killed some of the soldiers and made off with two armored vehicles.  They then made their way to the Israeli border.  As they attempted to cross and carry out a major terrorist attack, the IDF responded […]

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Let’s Make a Difference – July 10, 2012

Yesterday was a fast day, the 17th of the Hebrew month of Tammuz, which ushers in a 3-week mourning period for the first and second temples, thousands of years ago.  Our sages have long laid the blame for the destruction of the Second Temple and the subsequent exile from the land, in the first and […]

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Justice For Israel – June 5, 2012

The major story in Israel today is one that affects the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria directly.  It is the story of the Ulpana neighborhood in Bet El, a relatively large community in the Benjamin region of Samaria.  Many years ago, the community of Bet El purchased land adjacent to the community from a […]

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Politics in Israel – May 8, 2012

  What a topsy-turvy week this has been for Israeli politics.  Just a few days ago, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made it clear that he was moving towards early elections, and initiated legislation in the Knesset to send Israel to the polls the first week of September.  Then just this morning, Netanyahu announced a new unity […]

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Blessed is He Who Keeps His Promise – April 15, 2012

Today is the day after Passover and everything goes back to normal.  Last night we were up late washing and drying dishes, putting away the Passover dishes and taking out the regular dishes, stripping the beds from the company that stayed with us for the holiday, and starting on the mounds of laundry that always […]

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Israel and Iran ~ March 7, 2012

Prime Minister Netanyahu just completed a very important visit to the US.  He addressed AIPAC, the important pro-Israel lobby organization, and met with President Obama.  Commentators have seen Obama’s speech at AIPAC as very pro-Israel, although some have questioned whether that was a function of pre-election strategy.  But the overriding issue of this visit was […]

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UNESCO, Gilad Shalit, Iran – November 8, 2011

These past few weeks have included a number of significant events, seemingly unrelated, and yet all bear watching for their inevitable affect on current affairs in Israel. In early September, Mahmoud Abbas began the process of obtaining UN recognition for a Palestinian State. Just a few days ago, UNESCO voted to accept “Palestine” as a […]

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