Down with Deri

Down with Deri

May 7, 2021

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The Meron misfortune reflects a larger problem that Israel has with haredi politics, in which Aryeh Deri is a key culprit. The Shas leader should be shamed out of Knesset.

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John Kerry’s treachery

John Kerry’s treachery

April 30, 2021

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Reportedly, former US Secretary of State John Kerry shared intelligence about Israel’s anti-Iran covert operations with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. How much further will US officials today go to undercut Israel’s military campaign against Iran?

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Can J Street stoop any lower?

Apr 23, 2021

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Can J Street stoop any lower?

The organization has become an anti-Israel mutant, lobbying to restrict US military aid to Israel and moving towards a “confederated state” to replace Israel.

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Whole Hog for Iran

Apr 16, 2021

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Whole Hog for Iran

The hard ideological Left in the US and Israel is revving-up its engines in support of a soft nuclear deal with Iran, mainly by attacking Netanyahu.

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Temporal yardsticks of measurement do not apply to Israel

Apr 14, 2021

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Temporal yardsticks of measurement do not apply to Israel

Those who consider history only in terms of national politics and international relations underestimate or misjudge Israel. They fail to appreciate the power of Jewish history animated by ancient faith.

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Biden “outs” Bibi

Apr 9, 2021

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Biden “outs” Bibi

Obama’s echo chamber is coming back in the service of Biden to put Israel on the defensive and validate another awful nuclear deal with Iran.

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Sourpuss about peace, while pursuing Iran

Apr 2, 2021

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Sourpuss about peace, while pursuing Iran

How can the Abraham Accords thrive when Washington seems to be running helter-skelter into another deal with the Ayatollahs of Iran?

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Let the lion lie with the lamb

Mar 26, 2021

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Let the lion lie with the lamb

Minimal Israeli national unity, or simple political sanity, must override a pull toward the extremes. Unless the Islamists of Raam can lie with the “Hardal-ists” of Religious Zionism, Binyamin Netanyahu has no government. Unless the left wingers of Meretz and Labor can lie with the right wingers of Yamina, the anybody-but-Bibi camp has no government…

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Wines to Drink at the Pesach Seder this Year, and Why

Mar 22, 2021

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Wines to Drink at the Pesach Seder this Year, and Why

A trilogy of articles about the meaning of wine in Jewish tradition, and about quality kosher wines for Passover. Meir Soloveichik provides the Torah; Josh London recommends wines from the US and Europe, and I suggest Israeli wines for the five seder cups.

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Israeli elections elegy

Mar 19, 2021

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Israeli elections elegy

A “sticker song” which rolls campaign clichés and slogans into a dirge on Israel’s political jam. Here is the refrain: How much bile can one swallow? Only Bibi. Anybody but Bibi. I vote, therefore I am. Father, have mercy, Father, have mercy. We all scream for ice cream. Gevalt.

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Cancel Culture: Is Banning the Bible Next?

Mar 12, 2021

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Cancel Culture: Is Banning the Bible Next?

The terror of “woke” cancel culture knows no bounds. First, they came for Babar the Elephant; then for Curious George; then for Disney children’s movies; then Mr. Potato Head; and then Dr. Seuss. Undoubtedly next on the guillotine will be the Berenstein Bears. Soon enough, they will come after the Bible for its “racist” and “gender-backwards” content.

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God’s baleful blank ballot

Mar 5, 2021

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God’s baleful blank ballot

Israel’s repeat, repulsive election campaigns have God at the end of His wits. Might the People of Israel awaken, their purported leaders repent, and a respectable campaign that emphasizes policy and values yet be run? Or may God throw in the towel and cast a blank ballot of non-confidence?

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Wine: A drink for all occasions (Purim)

Feb 26, 2021

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Wine: A drink for all occasions (Purim)

My semi-annual guide to superb Israeli wines – for effacing enemies on Purim and celebrating freedom on Pesach. With wines from Bin-Nun, Castel, Drimia, Flam, Hayotzer, Lueria, Mayacamas, Netofa, Oryah, Shiloh, Teperberg, Yatir – and Mayacamas.

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Homage to Moshko

Feb 19, 2021

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Homage to Moshko

In memorium: Over 96 years, Moshe “Moshko” Moskowitz lived to see many of his far-reaching plans for the building of Gush Etzion fulfilled, and more.

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The return of “progressive” American Mideast diplomacy

Feb 12, 2021

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The return of “progressive” American Mideast diplomacy

A wholesale changeover in Washington’s foreign policy elites is underway; a substitution of mindsets that worries Israel. Here is a survey of recent deep-think journal articles that map the shift.

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Haredim: Do your civic duty

Feb 5, 2021

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Haredim: Do your civic duty

When there is a desecration of G-d’s name and danger to public health, one does not shy away from criticism of haredi leaders.

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The unbearable lightness of being Yanki

Jan 29, 2021

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The unbearable lightness of being Yanki

Haredi leadership seems to prize communal autonomy above all, even at the expense of exposure to deadly illness. Yanki Kanievsky is a metaphor for such “unbearable lightness,” the preposterous and perilously cavalier haredi assertion of freedom.

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