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Lighting a menorah in the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Hazadik
 

Posted on: October 15th, 2012

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What sets us apart from most people can be summed up so easily. Did you know that Sunday was the anniversary of the death of Shimon HaTzadik? He died about 2,300 years ago, give or take, and we know who he was, who his father was, what he did in his life, and where he is buried. And yesterday hundreds of Israelis likely visited his grave.

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Posted on: October 11th, 2012

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As the men danced around below us, I had a lot of time to notice the people who were there - many are friends and neighbors of mine; children and grandchildren of people I know. The rabbi that is so loved in this community; a woman who regularly collects food for needy people. This one has a child who is ill; a boy with Down Syndrome who is so loved and cherished. This family has more boys than I can count; this one just had a daughter who got married. She's a grandmother now. Her son just got engaged. That one there is married to her over there. And on and on - a community of people.

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Posted on: October 9th, 2012

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On Simchat Torah we celebrate having successfully read the entire Torah over the space of a year.

child wiping blood
 

Posted on: September 27th, 2012

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Once again, the nonsense that a child is wiping up blood in Gaza as a picture is used again. This time, it is claimed by Syrian rebels to be a child there. In defending the Syrian rebels, Linda Juniper attempts to set the story straight...and misses completely.

Paula R. Stern
 

Posted on: September 20th, 2012

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Whatever is meant to happen, will happen. The best thing we can do is simply have faith.

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Israeli soldiers boarding a helicopter during the Second Lebanon War. August 12, 2006.
 

Posted on: September 12th, 2012

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One inevitable fact I have learned after almost 20 years here is that tomorrow will come, as planned, as designed, no matter what I do.

U.S. Army pallbearers prepare to carry the transfer case of a deceased U.S. soldier into an aircraft during a departure ceremony on the flight line.
 

Posted on: September 2nd, 2012

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I clicked on the link and came to a YouTube video called "Dignified Transfer." I watched every second of it. Tears began to fall just as the plane came into view the first time.

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A large banner depicting UN secretary General Ban Ki Moon hangs outside the UNRWA school in Gaza, welcoming the secretary general on February 02, 2012.
 

Posted on: August 30th, 2012

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Honestly, that message could have been delivered from New York.

 

Posted on: August 26th, 2012

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The Egyptians have never proven themselves to be particularly open or honest in their dealings with Israel. At least four wars have been fought between our countries. Peace is a fragile thing that must be nurtured. It must be built on honest dealings and trust. Moving tanks and anti-aircraft missiles violates not only the agreement, but the trust as well.

A Soldier's Mother
 

Posted on: August 22nd, 2012

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We would have three minutes if an attack came from Lebanon. Three minutes to get to shelter - and worry about where everyone else is and if they got to shelter in time. That's if the missiles come from Lebanon. I don't know how much time we'd have if the attack came from Syria or Iran...more, less, who knows.

Gasmask
 

Posted on: August 20th, 2012

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Can you understand the concept that a young mother was happy that her son now had a gas mask? When you can, you'll understand what it is to be Israeli - at least in part.

Olympics and rockets
 

Posted on: August 12th, 2012

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I wonder if anyone in the Olympics has thought of the reality that people in Israel's south live with every day.

 

Posted on: August 9th, 2012

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There is one great truth that all Israelis know; that all Jews have accepted. Today's modern Jew, at least in Israel, is different than the Jew of yesteryear.

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A Soldier's Mother
 

Posted on: August 8th, 2012

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I read an article today. My emotions went up and down as I read it, ending with the thought that the man in the story was about to embark on a journey of a thousand steps and that somewhere along that journey, his grandparents would smile.

IAF targeting terrorists
 

Posted on: August 7th, 2012

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Yesterday, Gaza supporters began tweeting that Israeli helicopters were randomly firing... I saw the video. It does not look random to me.

 

Posted on: August 6th, 2012

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According to the Israeli government, the quick actions last night of Israel's soldiers prevented a greater tragedy from happening. According to those who support the Palestinians cause...well, they're stuck. They have to lie because they can't possibly work with the truth. So, here's how it goes, according to the twisted logic of the other side.

 

Posted on: August 5th, 2012

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Last night, an Israeli bus was pelted by stones thrown by Arabs as Jews traveled to the Western Wall. No, the Temple Mount itself is not enough for the Arabs and so they attack Jews who are even close by.

Olympics flag
 

Posted on: July 31st, 2012

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I am disgusted that after ordering all flags to fly at half-mast in 1972, the Olympics Committee rushed to raise the flags of 10 Arab nations who protested mourning the massacre of Jews/Israelis. And today, I am beyond sickened by the thought that complicity has turned to action; that the Lebanese could demand a wall be built - and the Olympics Committee complied.

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Posted on: July 30th, 2012

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According to a report on Voice of Israel radio, the Italian Olympic team has paid their respects to the Munich 11 - again, more than the International Olympic Committee has managed to do.

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Posted on: July 29th, 2012

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It happened at the Olympics on London, despite all claims that it would not. Oh wait, it wasn't for the Munich 11. It was for the British victims of 7/7 and a tribute to British soldiers. Nothing for the Munich 11 - nothing.

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