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Thoughts on the Sh’ma

Twice a day during prayers, once in the morning and once in the evening, a Jew is required to say the Sh’ma. The first six words, loosely translated (in old English) as “Hear O Israel, the Lord is our G-d, … Continue reading

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Arab Claims of Sovereignty over the Land of Israel

While in the Torah we find that G-d promised Abraham/Isaac/Jacob that their offspring would receive the Land of Israel (the Land of Canaan in the Torah), we also find that G-d promised Ishmael, the eldest son of Abraham, that he … Continue reading

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Déjà vu in Israel

Like many people who live in Israel, I have various thoughts concerning the ongoing social protests. While most revolve around the moral and economic aspects (see “Reflections on the Protests”), the one question that remains unanswered is “Who is providing the … Continue reading

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Interview on the Yishai Fleisher radio show

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed on the new Yishai Fleisher radio show. In addition to discussing the motivation behind the recent sovereignty event, the whole issue in general of full Israeli sovereignty west of the Jordan River was … Continue reading

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Book Review on Amazon for “Only Israel West of the River”

“The political debate in Israel, as to whether an independent Palestinian state would be a blessing for Israel or a curse, is more of a self-contained monologue than a dialogue with ideas and adversaries. The paradigm of the two-state solution … 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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Observing a Sign

Publised in Ynet’s travel section On Jerusalem’s Rechov Ussishkin, close to the corner of Rechov Keren Kayemet, hangs a sign on the brick wall adjacent to the sidewalk. The blue sign with white letters, written in both Hebrew and English, … Continue reading

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Remember the kidnapped soldiers?

November 26, 2000 (Something written 10 years ago during the height of all the attacks) A long, long time ago, long before the Hadera terrorist attack, before the Kfar Darom attack on a school bus that left three children of … Continue reading

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Do we have the right to live in Israel?

December 27, 2000 (something interesting from 10 years ago!) As the split within Israel society intensifies over the apparent willingness to the divide the land and appease our Arab neighbors, I would like to proffer the following question to the … Continue reading

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An Ordinary Israeli

A friend of mine who works in Tel Aviv recently related to me this short but incisive story. After a long day of work he entered a small fruit and vegetable store to grab a quick yet healthy snack. While … Continue reading

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