A Military Coup in Cairo

The Muslim brotherhood is getting its smackdown. The people in Egypt have spoken and they want Morsi out. I’m not sure that the next government will be any better, but now that the public has a taste of what they think is freedom, they don’t want to go back to tyranny.

Noone will say anything publicly here, but most people in Israel want a strong leader in Egypt so that things stay (relatively) calm. If that means the military, so be it. The craziness on our north-eastern border with Syria is enough chaos, thank you very much.

Justice Comes Slowly

A military court has ruled that the those who purchased a house near Maarat HaMachpela (the Cave of the Patriarchs) did so legally. This ruling came a year after the Civil Adminstration forced the people who were living in the house to leave, claiming that the purchase was not legal.

Now they have to wait for the Defense Minister to sign a paper granting them the right to move back in.

It is a very frustrating fight to win the “right” to live in a house you purchased, just because many don’t think it is politically correct. In the end, though, justice prevails, even if it takes a long time.

I think it is ironic that so many left-wing Israelis, many living in parts of Tel Aviv that used to be populated by Arabs but were taken over by the Israeli government after the War of Independene, are outraged at the thought of Jews buying up houses in Hebron and east Jerusalem. In these cases the Jews are purchasing the property outright – but are still criticized.

Faster Please

There will be a new air defense system to compliment the Iron Dome that Israel has deployed against the kassam and Grad rockets fired from Gaza. This system, sometimes called Magic Wand, is supposed to be ready for deployment within two years, and was unveiled at the Paris Air Show rcently.

This system will be very much needed if Hizballah decides to start firing rockets at us from Lebanon. The craziness in Syria has its affect in the other countries surrounding Israel – as this interesting analysis of last night’s rocket fire from Gaza points out.

I’m Not Holding My Breath

The news that “moderate” (who decides who is a moderate, anyway?) cleric Rouhani has won the presidential election in Iran is a good sign, but I am not holding my breath waiting for him to shut down Iran’s nuclear plants. Call me a pessimist, but I think that the real power in that country is held by the Ayatollah, and whatever he decides goes. If he had wanted to stop Iran’s development of a nuclear bomb it would have been stopped already.

I am sure the IDF isn’t putting away their plans just yet either. There have been newspaper reports that Netanyahu is spending the major part of his time dealing with the security threat from Iran and from Syria, and letting others squabble over economic issues in the Knesset (which is as it should be, in my opinion).

Dedicated with Love to All Mothers of Boys

I absolutely loved this video. It sums up what it is like raising boys – just multiply by the number of young men under your care and enjoy!

A Very Thoughtful Analysis of the Conflict at the Western Wall

There is a very thoughtful analysis  by Eitan Levy of the conflict between Women of the Wall (WOW for short – and a very symbolic acronym it is – they really want to Wow everyone) and the majority of women who usually pray there. I highly recommend you read it – since it sheds light on why there is a conflict.

One of the comments, by Rebecca White, also caught my eye and explains what I have been thinking about this issue:

“This is more than being about autonomy. It is about one group imposing an incoherent redefinition of Judaism on everyone else.

Can WoW explain why I need to make masculine soul corrections? Teffilin and Tallit are not spiritual drugs that we women are being denied the privilege of some exclusive “fix” from. These tools are to *fix* men, in fact, they are to raise the feminine within them.

Why do I need to do that? WoW need to explain why a male mitzvah (ie, a male tikkun/repair) is necessary for me and superior to my current way of praying. If you think I am oppressed and need to change and use men’s tools for soul correcting, please explain why!”

I apologize at the start for sounding condescending, but I always think of women wearing tallis and tefillin as silly. To me it is like a man putting a pillow under his shirt and saying he is pregnant. A man will never be pregnant, and as G-d has decided this is so it is obvious that he shouldn’t be. Wearing tallis and tefillin is a way for a man to improve himself spiritually. Women don’t need this mitzvah in order to improve ourselves. We have other ways to do that.

There is another thing missing in this whole conflict, and I don’t really understand where it went. In Hebrew it is called Kedushat Makom – loosely translated as the holiness of place.

I did not grow up in an Orthodox home – we lit candles on Chanukah, had two Pesach seders, and went to synagogue three days a year – two days of Rosh HaShana and one of Yom Kippur. We were somewhere between completely assimilated and a little bit traditional. On the other hand, my parents had a deep respect for Orthodox Jews in general and for the synagogue itself in particular. That is why my mother would stop at the entrance of the (Conservative) synagogue to put one of those cute little doily things on her hair before sitting down (next to my father of course) to pray. She didn’t cover her hair in general- but she respected the fact that this is what women should do in this type of place. She had a respect for what was appropriate, and was willing to change her normal way of dress as a sign of this respect.

What happened to this very simple understanding? Why do the Women of the Wall not understand this concept?

Raising Jewish Boys? Need Some Help?

I received the following email from a fellow blogger about an interesting and informative webinar that will be held the next few Sunday evenings. (I am not sure if the time is Israel or American time) If you are raising teenage boys it may be of interest:

Rabbi Doctor Abraham Twerski, Dr. David Pelcovitz and Rabbi Dr. Benzion Sorotozkin will be featured in an educational webinar series starting this Sunday at 8pm and continuing for 3 consecutive Sundays. Parents and educators can gain keen insights from some of the leading experts in the religious Jewish community.

You can register and watch the webinar series at (kesher Israel dot com)  http://www.kesherisrael.com/webinar. The webinar focuses particular attention on factors that may influence the decision to choose a post high school Yeshiva in Israel.

The first webinar on June 9 examines issues related to teenage boys who are off the derech as well as the far more common situation of being apathetic to Judaism. The second seminar on June 16th deals with behavioral issues and the concluding seminar on June 23rd tackles issues of substance abuse. See the poster at http://kesherisrael.com/email/webinar/index.html

Questions and comments can be emailed to webinar@kehserisrael.com. Kesher promises that someone from its professional staff will respond within 2 working days.

For more information and to sign up visit  http://kesherisrael.com/email/webinar/index.html

Yoni Mozeson

Marketing to the Jewish Community


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