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On the Scales

As we approach the Jewish New Year, traditionally a time for reflection on our deeds, what we mean by the Jewish nature of the state of Israel is on the scales. Last night I attended a “Tag Meir”(“Spreading the Light”) event at the Benedictine Monastery in Latrun, a solidarity visit in response to the despicable … Continue reading

One in a Million

So September has arrived and with it so many blogging possibilities that I don’t know where to start. The school system, beginning another school year dedicated to Zionism and Jewish Culture. The month when the Palestinians will demand recognition in the UN. And the moment of truth for Israel’s social protest movement. As I read the … Continue reading

What do we want? Something! When do we want it? Now!

Netanyahu is clearly panicked by Israel’s tent protest. He’s also confused, and who can blame him. A couple of months ago, his popularity was through the roof and his agenda of fear ruled the country. Fear of imminent nuclear attack from Iran, fear of Palestinian insurgency in September, fear of invading hordes. Suddenly, with no … Continue reading

Narratives of the anti-Boycott Law

Reading the different opinion pieces about the latest Anti-Boycott Law, it strikes me that here we have a living example of the way narratives and facts interplay. Fact: the Knesset passed a law banning attempts to boycott either the State or any part thereof. But this fact is interpreted in radically different ways, each side … Continue reading

Jewish and Democratic

For a few days now I have been struggling to work out what I really want to say about the commotion surrounding the interrogation of the supporters of the supposedly Halachic work, ‘Torat HaMelech’ (‘Laws of Sovereignty’). One of the excerpts I have heard quoted (though I have not and do not intend to read the … Continue reading