Monthly Archives: January 2011

The New Middle East

No one knows yet how the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, and governmental change in Lebanon will affect the Middle East, the US, Europe, Israel. Its possible that the uprisings will result in sober, healthy Arab world with prosperity for … Continue reading

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Intentionally or Opportunistically Misinterpreting Opinions and History

Even when we try to observe, read, watch, listen clearly and without bias, we inevitably see what we want to see to some extent. On the issues of Israel and Palestine, its especially difficult. The terror/war/conflict/invasion/massacre in Gaza in 2008, … Continue reading

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Yes, There is Still Hope for Peace

http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/peace-now-at-tel-aviv-rally-lieberman-threat-greater-than-iran-1.337188 There is some collective Israeli will for actual peace, and although I don’t have much direct contact with Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, I hope that there is some collective Palestinian will for peace. I find that … Continue reading

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Tikkun Olam – The Native Instinct

Tikkun Olam is the native urge to make coherent what is disparate. It takes MANY forms. It is inherent in all Jewish prayer. Blessed are you, who heals the sick. Blessed are you who restores the bowed. Blessed are you … Continue reading

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Who is a Jew? Who is not a Jew?

According to the Israeli chief rabbinate, a Jew is a person known to be a Jew. They apply the reasoning that errs on the side of “putting a fence around Torah”, meaning to not risk any assimilation of foreign thought, … Continue reading

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