If I want what’s yours and can’t have it, can I burn it down?

If you held a place dear in your heart and someone else was currently in possession of that place (e.g., let’s say there’s a house that was owned by your grandparents and now someone else lives there), would you burn it down? Do you believe that is acceptable, normal behavior in such a situation?

2016-nov-fires-judea Photo by DMY
Fires in Jerusalem Hills. Photo by DMY

The followers of Islam have set more than 100 fires in Israel during the past week and before Israel even tried to prove that fact, Muslims published  TV ads and many posts on social media networks rejoicing over their destruction of people, neighborhoods, businesses and forests such as this one below. Continue reading If I want what’s yours and can’t have it, can I burn it down?


Is Journalism Dead?

Journalism: “writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation
Miriam Webster Dictionary
“Journalism is the activity of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information. It is also the product of these activities.”
American Press Institute

Every time I see an American or British “news” post about Israel online, I brace myself for an adventure in separating fact from fiction. Continue reading Is Journalism Dead?


Israel Independence Day – How Independent Do YOU Feel?

takebackamericaIgnorance is DANGEROUS.

Yesterday I noticed this image in my Facebook stream – a friend had “Liked” it. I agree with the concept so I clicked through to the group that had posted it; a group named We, the People, will be heard.

Scrolling down their page I saw a lot of American Patriotic conversations and felt good until I came upon this one that infuriated me.

wtp-magen-david wtp-israel

Continue reading Israel Independence Day – How Independent Do YOU Feel?


Pray for our Soldiers

As the IDF launches “Amud Anan” (Pillar of Defense), please pray for our soldiers.

Praying and learning Torah in the merit of a soldier’s service for Am Israel was instituted by King David.  For anyone not sure what prayers to recite, Tehillim (Psalm) 23 has been suggested.  A list of soldier’s names Continue reading Pray for our Soldiers


What is Wrong with this Country?!

Israeli news during the past week has been upsetting (at least to me). Wimpy officials gave in to the terrorists’ hunger strikecivilians attacked at Rachel’s Tomb, and more rocket and  rock-throwing attacks as Arabs “celebrate” their Nakba day.

What other country in the world would continue to allow their citizens to be subjected to terrorism at all? What is wrong with this country?  I’ll tell you… Continue reading What is Wrong with this Country?!


New American Consulate in Jerusalem

For those of you who have been concerned (upset) about the US Consulate in East Jerusalem catering to the Arab population, I have good news from the CHAI (Cleveland  Hometown Association in Israel) January Newsletter:

American citizens can now get all our consular services—visa, passports, social security changes, etc– in West Jerusalem—Arnona to be exact– in a great new facility. You no longer have to pay exhorbitant private parking rates in a rutted lot. Now there is a brand new parking facility under the building with a few steps up to the entrance, a security area, a large open patio area and finally a spacious hall. Yes, there may still be lines, but the day I went there was no waiting. Telephone numbers are on the website  Continue reading New American Consulate in Jerusalem


Yay – We Got Rained Out!

I never thought I’d be as happy to see rain as I was this morning!  We were scheduled to go on a Nefesh B’Nefesh tiyul (trip) to Neot Kedumim and the event was rained out – but the announcement came after we were already en route to Jerusalem to catch the bus. 

Rained out of Chanukah trip

Our friend Judy suggested that she drop us off at the Israel Museum so that the trip wouldn’t be a complete wash out, but when we arrived we learned that they don’t open until 10:00 and it was 8:30. Around the corner the Bible Lands Museum sign indicated that they open at 9:30.  We had an hour to invest somewhere so Judy dropped us off to enjoy a morning stroll around the Rose Gardens.  Within minutes of arrival, before we topped the first set of stairs, the drizzle turned into rain and – despite the fact that we saw a rainbow over Jerusalem and it was drizzling in Ma’ale Adumim when we were getting ready to leave, and I strongly suggested that Michael bring a jacket and at least wear a hat to keep the sun out of his eyes – not all of us had come prepared for rain!  I, of course, was already wearing my raincoat and quickly pulled Yisrael’s out of my pocket and slipped it on him while his friend Eliad donned a jacket without a hood or hat. Continue reading Yay – We Got Rained Out!


A Letter to the World from Jerusalem, 1969

Forty-plus years later, this letter still stands relevant in today’s political climate (full text is below the video).

A Letter to the World from Jerusalem, 1969

by Eliezer ben Yisrael (Stanley Goldfoot)

I am not a creature from another planet, as you seem to believe. Continue reading A Letter to the World from Jerusalem, 1969


What are They THINKING?!

There are lots of wonderful and inspiring blogs filling the blogosphere these days. So many that I often have difficulty finding time to read the ones I have subscribed to. After putting in an intense day of work yesterday I’m indulging this morning by catching up on some of my favorite reading and wow! some great articles have been posted during the past week. Since I couldn’t have said these things better myself, I decided to share these gems with you.

First up is No Need To Make Aliyah by Rivkah over at the Bat Aliyah blog. It breaks my heart that so many American Jews just don’t get it! Rivkah, I wish you an easy klita – may you arrive sooner than later! Continue reading What are They THINKING?!