Arab Spring: Coming to Free Jerusalem

By Ari Bussel

Tahrir Square, Egypt. The message this week: Coming to free Jerusalem from the Jews.

Finally, not only a free and independent Palestine is awaiting us in September, but also millions are promising to walk onto the tiny Jewish state, from Egypt in the South, Syria in the North East to possibly Lebanon in the North. For the moment, Jordan’s majority of Palestinians is quiet, but that can change without notice.

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ZOA and J Street Joining Forces

By Ari Bussel

When it was announced an Israeli brigadier general would be speaking in Los Angeles for J Street, I was intrigued. A few months ago, several Israeli Members of the Knesset accepted an invitation to speak at the annual J Street conference causing uproar in Israel. I was very much against the idea then since it gave credence to J Street, even though the speakers did not see it that way.

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Al Qaeda is to the USA what the PA is to Israel

By Ari Bussel

As we get close to the tenth anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the United States, imagine a movement here in the USA, with strong and insistent global backing, demanding the United States apologize to all Muslims. That we also sacrifice four million of our own people, as Al Qaeda’s goal is to avenge the death of four million Muslims it claims the United States has murdered, and pay restitution to the Muslims as the Germans did for Holocaust survivors.

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Passionate about Israel

By Ari Bussel

The lady Rabbi said that American Jews tend to distance themselves from Israel and Israel becomes less important to them with time. Thus she concluded her welcoming remarks at an event hosting an Israeli general on a speaking tour in the USA of behalf of J Street: “It is wonderful that so many are so passionate about Israel.”

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Israel Walking to the Gallows

By Ari Bussel

We sit at a Jewish or Arab film festival, or at a “pro-Israel, pro-peace” or “free Palestine, end the Occupation” event and watch a full feature film about the Occupation Army, the 21st Century manifestation of Nazis (i.e. Israelis). They are building a wall around Palestinians towns, uprooting their olive tree groves, purposely detaining them and denying them movement, treating them as sub-humans while catching their young males to harvest their organs.

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Generalizations, Right and Wrong

By Ari Bussel

If I were to dismiss a truth only because a Reform Rabbi told it, many in the Reform community would be up and arms against what I said. In fact, my own mind, conscience and very being will object to my doing so. I thus try to address the substance, not the speaker.

Rabbi Laura Geller (a woman, thus necessarily part of Reform Judaism) tells us about a congregant who forwarded an email. She does not dismiss the member of her congregation, whom she describes as “a thoughtful person, engaged and passionate about Israel, a person [she] admire[s].”

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Jewish Alzheimer’s and 2012

By Norma Zager

“The sons of Judah have to choose that God may again choose them. The divine principle of our race is action, choice, resolved memory.” George Eliot

My fellow Jews never cease to amaze me. Their serious lack of memory is historic and, of course, chronicled numerous times in the Bible.

I don’t believe I have to point out that whole Golden Calf fiasco do I? Good, it’s best left unmentioned. Or not?

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From the Despair of the Present, a Great Society will Arise

By Ari Bussel

I often recount the story of where I used to bank. At one point they considered us the fastest growing company in their portfolio, and we were treated like royalty. All the fake elements were there, including fascination, envy, need to extol and become close. None real or long lasting, they would all change in a heartbeat.

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The Ark Restored Unto Israel

By Norma Zager

“And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the priests, sons of Levi, carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and unto all the elders of Israel.” Deuteronomy 31:9

I’m going out on a limb here. There is a great deal of chatter about giving Jerusalem to the Palestinians to appease the world. Everyone has an opinion, one way or another, and most are political, some ideological, many religious.

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