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Reflections on Family Vacation

  I’m not complaining.  I’m happy that my children are busy with day camps, National service, schoolwork and part time jobs, but I’m frustrated.  I have not found one day this summer that everyone is available for a family vacation.  My husband Kuti and I finally decided this past Thursday that everyone will make themselves […]

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Confusing Democratic Process for Democratic Values – July 9, 2013

For the past week, Israel’s news broadcasts have focused on the situation in Egypt.  Just over a week ago, millions of Egyptian citizens took the streets in Cairo and all over the country, calling for the resignation of President Mohamed Morsi.  Morsi is the head of the Muslim Brotherhood and in the aftermath of the […]

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Only God Can Make a Tree

Spring 2013 Some of the most heartbreaking photographs of the Expulsion from Gaza, were of the families of Gush Katif kneeling in their gardens, crying, gently pulling saplings from the earth, carrying them lovingly in their hands as the soldiers led them away. These trees were replanted outside their new homes, the dirt that clung […]

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Lies and Propaganda versus Truth – June 11, 2013

I remember as a young child, when the Six Day War occurred, we heard Arab reports on the television and radio that were diametrically opposed to the reports coming out of Israel.  The Arabs boasted ongoing victory while the Jews reported ongoing defeat of their Arab enemy.  At the end of the war it became […]

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Biblical Israel Or West Bank? by Margy Pezdirtz

Recently I heard a well informed pastor tell of the many biblical events that happened in Judea and Samaria – that part of Israel that the modern world has come to call the West Bank. Although I’ve studied these events many times and am very familiar with them, I don’t believe I had ever lined […]

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Calling Evil Good – May 14, 2013

I was in the US a few weeks ago, arriving in Boston just a few days after the terrorist attack on the Boston Marathon and just hours after one of the terrorists had been captured.  Following the chain of events on television before leaving Israel, I was reminded of the many similar terrorist attacks that […]

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Remembering the Holocaust – April 9, 2013

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day in Israel.  It is a difficult day for all of us, as we remember the horrors that took place in Europe just 70 years ago.  Every Jew in Israel, and indeed all over the world, is connected to the Holocaust.  Every Ashkenazic (European origin Jewish) family lost relatives or themselves […]

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Support from Our Political Leaders – March 2013

A few days ago, the morning news began with two key items.  The first item was that progress had been made in negotiations to form a government and it looked as if both Yesh Atid headed by Yair Lapid and Bayit Yehudi lead by Naftali Bennett would be main coalition partners. The second item was […]

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Sharing In The Joy at an Israeli Wedding

A major high-light of my recent trip to Israel was being a guest at the wedding of Sondra Baras’ youngest son. As anyone who has talked to Sondra in the past year knows, this was the event of the decade for the Baras family! Let me explain. When I first met Sondra in 1998, her oldest […]

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Good Overcomes Evil – December 18, 2012

It is just mind-boggling.  There is no other way to describe the horrific massacre of 6 year old children and their teachers that took place in the United States this past Friday.  I can only imagine how this has ripped apart Americans and especially the residents of that quiet Connecticut town.  Here in Israel, we […]

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