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Bring Back Our Boys

On Tuesday, June 17th, I was supposed to have a dialogue about the current landscape of Israeli politics with Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett. Regrettably, due to the current situation, that program has been cancelled.

If you are in the Baltimore area, please join us at Beth Tfiloh Congregation on Tuesday evening for the recitation of special prayers for the safe return of the three Israeli young men at Mincha/Maariv services, beginning at 6:40 pm in the Epstein Chapel.

What else can you do?

Petition the White House to help secure the safe release of these young men:
Use all means necessary to facilitate the safe return of the 3 abducted teens in Israel, including one American citizen.
Demand the release of 16 year-old American student Naftali Frenkel kidnappers by Palestinian Terrorists.

For more information on the current situation, see the following:
https://twitter.com/hashtag/BringBackOurBoys
https://twitter.com/hashtag/EyalGiladNaftali
https://twitter.com/BringBackIL

I saw this article last week, 88 Senators Sign Letter Calling Hamas-Abas Gov’t a “Setback to Peace”, describing the bipartisan letter sent to President Obama which was led by Senator Ben Cardin. It’s even more true —  and more important for you to read — today.

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SERMON: You Wouldn’t Believe the Things They’re Saying About the Jews!

It was the Gentile prophet Bilaam who proclaimed those immortal and, unfortunately, true words regarding the Jews: “Hein am levaded yishkon – behold they are a nation destined to dwell alone.” In many ways the state of Israel is the most isolated one on earth. It is surrounded by neighbors, many of whom do not recognize its right to exist, and who have no economic or diplomatic relations with it. And even with the two neighbors with which Israel does have a peace treaty, very few of their people visit Israel. On the international scene there is a movement to boycott Israel. Well known entertainers like Dustin Hoffman, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, Elvis Costello, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana and, of course, Jane Fonda refuse to step foot in Israel. No member of Britain’s royal family has ever paid a state visit to Israel. So when popular international icons do visit, that is big news in Israel! In recent weeks, Israel has had three such visitors … there was Justin Timberlake, who immediately won over the hearts of all Israel when he paid a moving visit to the Western Wall and began his jam-packed Tel Aviv concert with the words, “Yalla balagan” – slang words known to all Israelis as meaning, “Let’s go for it … let’s get the show on the road!” And you don’t get much bigger than the Rolling Stones, and they won over the hearts of all Israelis when they delayed the start of their show, which took place on the first night of Shavuot … they delayed it so that their Orthodox fans would have time to drive to the concert when Yom Tov was over, and they introduced themselves by saying: “Anachanu ha-avanim hamitgalgalot – we are the Rolling Stones!” READ MORE

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