Monthly Archives: April 2011

An Unproven Assumption

One of the assumed benefits of the proposed two-state solution is that the creation of a Palestinian state will finally make the Palestinians fully accountable for their actions. Thus, any acts of aggression from the new entity against Israel will … Continue reading

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Letter 5

Dear Art, After one week of not eating any chametz, yesterday I sunk my teeth into an incredibly delicious felafel.  Maoz, a great little felafel joint in the middle of Jerusalem on King George Street, was the scene of my dining pleasure.

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Letter 4

Dear Art, Walking up Jerusalem’s Shmuel HaNagid Street, something I frequently do after work, I noticed something new yesterday.  In addition to the palace-like Christian Monastery and the equally impressive (architecturally) Artist’s House, I noticed a small sign on a building.

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Returning to the “Avraham Stage”

On the verse “And all the wells which the servants of his father had dug in the days of Avraham his father, the Philistines had closed them up and filled them with earth”(Bereishit 26:15), Rabbi Shimshon Rafael Hirsch explains that this negative … Continue reading

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Letter 3

Dear Art, This letter is coming to you from atop Gesher Ha-Meitarim (The Chord Bridge), situated at the main entrance to Jerusalem.  This is where Highway 1 from Tel Aviv enters into Jerusalem. The bridge is shaped (sort of) like … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Education

One day as I watched my children complaining about school, I realized that most kids simply don’t like school.  It’s as true today as it was when I was a child many years ago.  Thus, although on the one hand … Continue reading

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May Our Eyes See Your Return to Zion in Compassion

Something strange just struck me about this verse, quoted three times daily as part of the shemoneh esrei prayer.  If the meaning is that we merit to witness the return of God’s Presence to Zion (Jerusalem), then the word for “see” … Continue reading

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Israel’s Next War

5 April 2011 In all likelihood, the Palestinians are going to unilaterally declare a state in Judea and Samaria within the coming year. This is not a ploy or a desperate attempt on their part but rather a clear, rational … Continue reading

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Letter 2

Dear Art, As you know, there was a terrorist attack in Jerusalem a few weeks ago (on March 23). I’d like to share with you a few recollections of things I saw on that day.

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Our Claim to the Land

27 March 2011 What is the basis for our claim that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people? This is not simply a rhetorical question but rather an existential one since the Arabs claim that the same land … Continue reading

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