It is looking like the aspirations of the Kurds are about to be dashed once more. The United States has ended its alliance with the Syrian Kurds, and the Turkish bombings have been swift to come. As the number of casualties and refugees grow, two issues arise for Israel…
Rather than exploring possible coalitions, we might want to pay attention to Sivan Rahav-Meir. On the night of the election results, she raised a deeper question about Israeli society. She suggests the sharply divided election results that Israelis provided are a sad yet precise mirror of Israeli society itself.
Let’s start with the words of Israel’s Prime Minister on Twitter and Facebook: “The propaganda Channel 12 Keshet has produced an antisemitic series called Our Boys.” We’ll try to work through the various accusations for what they reveal about Our Boys, their resonance in Israeli society, and their motivation.
“Clever is the person who can extricate themself from a situation the Wise person would have avoided getting into in the first place.” This last
This year Eid el Adha and Tisha B’Av fell on the same day. In any other place in the world, this need not be relevant. But Israel makes the spiritual, material. Our return to the Land of Israel has reasserted the place of Place in our worship. How can we better negotiate time and space, memories and place, people and land?
The Mekudeshet Festival of Jerusalem has collaborated on a magical installation of light and loss – a perfect tribute to the genius of the revolutionary photographer, Yoram Amir z”l.
How are we to prevent further genocides without making comparisons from history? Does “Never Again” mean nothing? And here, it seems, lies the rub. “Never Again” means different things to different people. Meir Kahane, widely credited with popularizing the phrase, meant Never Again to Jews – not Never Again to All.
Bearing in mind progressives cannot have both, would it be right for them to support a secular non-orthodox government in Israel that is right-wing? Or would it be right to oppose it?
Israel has gone the way of Esau. Every news item must be fresh, every piece of information must be distributed immediately, both Peace and Messiah must arrive NOW. Dan Ben David calls for Israel to look beyond Esau’s short-termism, and think more like Jacob about the deeper issues waiting beyond the corner.