It's an old Jewish joke:The gentile drew a circle on the ground, stood the Jew inside and triumphantly declared, "If you leave the circle, you're a dead man!" He then proceeded to rob the Jew's wife and went on his way.
Approximately 1,000 years after the destruction of the Second Temple and Israel's exile from its homeland - deep in the depths of the harsh exile and 1,000 years before the beginning of the return to Zion - the great Torah commentator Rashi opens his monumental commentary on the Torah with the question of the ownership of the Land of Israel. What with all the hardships and troubles facing European Jewry at the time, with the Land of Israel but a vague and distant memory, the most pressing problem demanding Rashi's attention is what we will answer the non-Jewish world when it will claim that we are robbers in our own land - usurping its ownership from the local Canaanites.
Israeli politics no longer represents ideas – just people and political camps. We are a personal-level democracy, but an ideological dictatorship. We are invited to vote for many people. But we can choose only one idea. In contrast, we offer ZEHUT
Young, secular Israelis connecting to their Jewish identity, searching for a future with meaning
Why should a young Israeli become an observant Jew when Judaism’s official representatives preserve it in its exile version?
Once again, mistakenly, Netanyahu is attempting to maintain his famous “wait it out” policy and has transferred responsibility to the new Trump administration.
The painful history of soldiers who have fallen into the hands of terror organizations did not begin with Gilad Shalit. The list of soldiers kidnapped by terrorists is long and merciless: Ron Arad; Givati fighters Rachamim Alshich and Yosef Fink; the soldiers kidnapped from Har Dov - Omar Suweid, Benny Avraham and Adi Avitan; Nissim Toledano; Ilan Sa'adon; Avi Sassportas; Yaron Chai; Nachshon Wachsman; Aryeh Frankental; Ehud Goldwasser; and Eldad Regev. With the exception of Wachsman, Israel entered into extended negotiations to bring these soldiers home. But not one of them came back alive. Israel is currently employing the same method on behalf of Gilad Shalit.
If the recent pictures of destroyed outposts had been of Bedouin villages or illegal houses in the Galilee, the whole country would have been up in arms.
Many are saying that this year will be momentous. They say that this will be the year when the decision whether to attack Iran will be made, that this will be a decisive year in the political arena, and that this year will be an unforgettable one – engraved in history.
When Gazan Arabs prepare fire-balloons, our hairsplitting legal advisors prohibit the IDF from shooting at them so that no legal rule is undermined, Heaven forbid. But when it comes to the hilltop youth, then “the roof will fall on our heads” (Bennett) if we do not throw all their basic human rights and every possible law to the wind.
Now that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's doctors did not significantly stall the police investigation into his highly suspect activities, we must brace ourselves for the prime minister's next delaying gimmick.
Let’s stop living as guests in someone else’s home. Yes, the hos-America-has been very kind to us, but we have overstayed our welcome. The time has come to thank the host and move out to our own place, with our own culture and traditions.
Here is the simplest way to describe what happened in Israel's election: the Right won and the Likud lost.
The more severe scenario of a nuclear Iran is that the Iranians will not even need to go to war.
Oslo, the "gift" that keeps on taking.
If the protection money paid to Gaza--to the tune of 1billion NIS annually--does not prevent Jewish fatalities – which have increased 5x since the Oslo peace accords broke out and Israel retreated from Gaza – why does Israel continue to pay these huge sums of money to our sworn enemies?
The right to defend oneself is a basic human right. But in Israel, it is not G-d Who gives him this basic human right to defend himself, but the State. And the State really does not want its citizens to bear arms.
Last Rosh Hashanah 5771, I walked with a heavy heart to the small synagogue in the hospital at Tel Hashomer. Two and a half months had passed since my son David’s terrible accident, and he was still unconscious. The doctors remained split. Some tried to explain that this type of injury did not leave room for optimism. The days, weeks and months that passed seemed to wither our hope.
The legal authorities in Israel have all the legal tools necessary to completely reject the petitions against the residents of Amona.
Whenever Hews have the opportunity to return and dwell in the Land of Israel, and do not, catastrophe follows.
Who is to blame for the massacre in France? It is us, the Israelis. You may want to know why...
Israel has stopped representing the Jewish nation, and we didn't even notice. The parliament was transferred from the Knesset to the Herzliya Conference, and we didn't even notice.
Defense systems are important, just as tank shields are vital. But that is true only when we are on the offensive and focused on victory. In defensive-defeatist mode, these systems draw the end near. They are like aspirin for cancer.
Bibi has to go because he turned Israel into a society whose whole is smaller than the sum of its parts.
Regardless that the US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement was best thing that could have happened to Israel, we must stop passing the responsibility for our own defense.