To mark IDC Herzliya’s 20th anniversary, we spent a day following Prof. Uriel Reichman, IDC’s founder and president, and Jonathan Davis, VP for External Relations, around its delightful campus.
Tisha B’Av Prayer Rally
There’s much to pray about on Tisha B’Av, Tuesday, August 5: Israel’s safety under Hamas’s rain of rockets and atomic threats by Iran; vicious attacks on synagogues, Jewish schools and individual Jews in Europe; Ukrainian Jews caught between warring groups; the spreading BDS anti-Israel campaign here and abroad.
Jewish Press readers care. Please join us for our annual Tisha B’Av public prayer service for Israel and Jews in danger worldwide at 2 p.m. at the Isaiah Wall opposite the UN, First Avenue and 43rd Street, Manhattan, led by Rabbi Avi Weiss.
This is a traditional Minchah, complete with Torah reading. Please bring your siddur; men bring tallis and tefillin. For more information, leave a message at (212) 663-5784 or e-mail email@example.com.
Amcha-Coalition for Jewish Concerns
Hamas’s demands for stopping what has been a losing war for that terrorist group is representative of the negotiating position of all Palestinian groups, including the Palestinian Authority under Mahmoud Abbas.
Hamas has not negotiated but rather set as its bottom line that in return for a cease-fire Israel must totally lift the blockade of Gaza (so that Hamas’s missile arsenal can be replenished) and release all Hamas prisoners.
In a similar vein, as a price for a temporary peace Mahmoud Abbas has demanded, without any concessions on his part, the right of return of the descendants of Arabs who left during the 1948 war; withdrawal of Israel to the pre-June 1967 indefensible armistice lines; and the expulsion of 650,000 Israeli Jews from Judea and Samaria as well as Jerusalem.
Silver Spring, MD
Hamas’s Campaign Of Lies
The great significance of public opinion was noted by President Abraham Lincoln when he stated “Public sentiment is everything.” It is especially important during a crisis and even more so during a war.
A recent report by the Middle East Media Research Institute noted that the Hamas Interior Ministry has issued guidelines to Gaza social media users. This is for reporting events and discussing them with outsiders. Clearly, telling the truth takes a backseat to presenting the slanted message Hamas wants publicized. This includes the following:
East Windsor, NJ
Liberal Churches And Divestment
Some liberal Christian denominations in the U.S. have recently voted to divest their Israel investments.
These Christian leaders should take a good look at what is happening to Christians right now in Iraq. They should also compare the increase in the amount of Christians in Israel with the substantial decrease of Christians in Muslim countries.
In addition, a comparison of the rights of Christians in Israel and the rights of Christians in Muslim countries is further evidence of the flawed reasoning of these divestiture advocates.
If these Christian leaders examine these facts and still insist upon their penalization of Israel, they are not capable of allowing facts to alter their decisions.
William K. Langfan
Palm Beach, FL
Price Of Peace
July 20 – a tough day here in Israel. Yesterday we heard of the first soldier killed in Gaza, then it was five. Today, another thirteen. We all pray they will be the last, but we fear…
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As Arabs murder and maim Jews, Jordan’s leaders bark the blood libel of “Israeli aggression.”
Perhaps attacking a terrorist’s legacy broadly and publicly would dissuade others from terrorism?
R’ Aryeh yelled “Run, I’ll fight!” Using a chair against terrorists to buy time so others could flee
The “Media” didn’t want us to know what a kind, giving, loving young woman Dalia was.
A “Palestine” could become another Lebanon, with many different factions battling for control.
Maimonides himself walked and prayed in the permissible areas when he visited Eretz Yisrael in 1165
Having a strong community presence at the polls shows our elected officials we care about the issues
Israel’s Temple Mount policy prefers to blames the Jews-not the attackers-for the crisis.
When Islam conquered the Holy Land, it made its capital in Ramle of all places, not in Jerusalem.
I joined the large crowd but this time it was more personal; my cousin Aryeh was one of the victims.
Terrorists aren’t driven by social, economic, or other grievances, rather by a fanatical worldview.
The phrase that the “Arabs are resorting to violence” is disgraceful and blames the victim.
Tuesday, Yom Shlishi, a doubly good day in the Torah, Esav’s hands tried to silence Yaakov’s voice.
Because of the disparate nature of the perpetrators, who are also relatively young, and given the lack of more traditional targets and the reverence Palestinians have for their homes, one now hears talk of Israel returning to a policy of destroying the houses of terrorists’ families.
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