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Obama interferes in Israeli elections. Does he also use taxpayer money to pay for it? Obama interferes in Israeli elections. Does he also use taxpayer money to pay for it?

The Most Important Victory Since 1967

54 years ago today as I write this, the Six Day War between Israel and her Arab neighbors was underway. In one of the most stunning military campaigns of the post-WW2 era, Israel confounded her adversaries and changed the course of history in the Middle East, establishing herself as a regional power to be reckoned with. While Israel has fought many engagements since that time, none have had the singular impact of that conflict…perhaps until now.

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Tomb of the Rambam (Maimonides) Tomb of the Rambam (Maimonides)

Rambam and Aliyah to the Temple Mount

Earlier in the week, the 20th of Tevet, marked the Yom Hillula (day of festivity) or Yahrtzeit, of the Rambam (Maimonides). He died in 1204. So, I thought it would be interesting to look at a major event in his life, that might have been missed by some, back at the end of October.

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God of Israel, god of war. (And a need for context.) A memorial to the last time Israel was ever on any real offensive: the Six-day War Memorial. (A Jewish Jedi warrior would be quite at home at such a time.) Calling something a Nakba doesn't make it tragic. God of Israel, god of war. (And a need for context.) A memorial to the last time Israel was ever on any real offensive: the Six-day War Memorial. (A Jewish Jedi warrior would be quite at home at such a time.) Calling something a Nakba doesn't make it tragic.

A text without context

In her book, The Shepherd’s Granddaughter, Anne Laurel Carter drops her young readers into the middle of a land without its history, a situation without context, and a story without perspective. But she intends her message to influence innocent students. It is a tutorial in subterfuge, a tale woven on an invisible loom, where the circumstances are unseen, the actions undefined, and the slander insidious. This is my seventh children’s book review and it has left me reeling.

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For Shoftim - picture of a Roman infantryman passing the Sanhedrin building For Shoftim - picture of a Roman infantryman passing the Sanhedrin building

Shoftim: Tzedek, Chasidut and the Tzadik State of Israel

This week’s Torah reading, Parshat Shoftim, teaches “Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdof…Justice and Righteousness shall you pursue, so that you may live and possess the land HaShem (the God of Israel) your God is giving you,” (Deuteronomy 16:20).

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