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On “Meriting Our Birthright”

Beth Tfiloh’s own Rabbi Ross Singer responds to Shira Lipkin’s article, Israel is Not My Birthright, in Meriting Our Birthright.

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SERMON: Critics of Israel at Home and Abroad

I really don’t like to speak during the summer, but what can I do when everyone seems to be speaking about the matzav – the situation in Israel.  I cannot wait for the war to be over so that Israel can clean out the tunnels … and I can clean out the inbox on my computer!  I have been inundated with people sending me articles about the matzav.   Most all of the articles focus on how the world has been reacting to the war; the on-going criticism of everything Israel does.  The world’s reaction is disgraceful … from John Kerry’s sarcastic “open microphone” comment regarding Israel: “Some pinpoint operation … some pinpoint operation …” Last year a group examined six drone attacks the U.S. conducted in Yemen.  It discovered that at least 57 out of 82 people killed were innocent civilians! “Some pinpoint operation” … and the 133,000 civilian casualties in Iraq, also “some pinpoint operation.  And then there is the United Nations Relief Works Agency, UNRWA, being shocked to discover that rockets were found in two of its schools and then turning the rockets over to their rightful owners – Hamas!  Remember who this Hamas is – as one writer, Chemi Shalev, described them: “Hamas is a cruel, fanatic, fundamentalist, reactionary, totalitarian, misogynistic, Holocaust-denying, human rights abusing, anti-democratic, anti-American, anti-Western, anti-Christian, anti-Zionist, and anti-Semitic movement that embraces terror, sanctifies martyrdom, glorifies death and condemned the killing of Osama bin Laden.”  That is the people that people in the West cry for, protest on behalf of, and condemn Israel for trying to protect itself from.  And the crazy part is, even the Arabs themselves seem to have come to grips with what Hamas is.  You don’t see many rallies on Hamas’ behalf on the streets of Arab countries; most all the pro-Hamas rallies come on the streets of the Western countries – the so-called “civilized world.” READ MORE

What it’s like living on the Gaza border

Tomorrow, I’ll discuss “Critics of Israel at Home and Abroad” in my Shabbat sermon. But before then…

Want to know what it’s like living on the Gaza border right now? Dana Bar-On tells you:

SERMON: The Situation …

There is one word – a Hebrew word – which over the years has taken on a specific meaning. The word used to be considered neutral but now it’s considered a negative. The word is “matzav” – literal translation: “situation.” The word used to be used quite innocently. One person would say to another, “Mah hamatzav – what’s up?” It’s a question that didn’t even need an answer! Or, one Israeli would say to the other: “Yesh matzav” which can mean, “Something’s going on.” If an Israeli Prime Minister were to deliver a State of the Union address, it would be called “Matzav ha-umi – the nation’s situation.” But today, the word “matzav” refers to only one situation … and that is Israel’s conflict with the Palestinians. According to Ruvik Rosenthal, a language columnist for one of Israel’s newspapers, “The word “matzav” is a word with a negative connotation … according to the dictionary definition it is a neutral word, but in daily usage it has a connotation of tension, sadness, problems.” READ MORE

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