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After the cease-fire...the wounded

IT could have been a college dorm. After all, all the young guys and girls were around age 19-22. The doors and hallways were decked mostly, but not only, in yellow flags with symbols. Some swaths of fabric hanging on the doors or in the rooms were green, with a different symbol. Clearly certain “teams” were proudly being cheered for.

The only thing is, this wasn’t a college dorm, and the teams were military units. It was a floor at Tel Hashomer hospital with some of the wounded from Israel’s recent war against Hamas, Tsuk Eitan, “Protective Edge.”

Organized by Rabbi Daniel (Mush) Meyer of the International Young Israel, I was visiting wounded IDF heroes with Rabbis Emanuel Feldman, Reuven Tradbruks, Steven Pruzansky and, together with his wife Adina, David Mescheloff.

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A circle has closed

This past week a circle has closed. It began seven weeks ago with the kidnapping and murder of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali. A war ensued. And right at the gates of Tisha b’Av, it drew to a close. Soldiers, their military boots removed, sat on the ground, in lamentations. Never before have the words of the Tisha b’Av mincha prayer resonated as they did this year. “Libi libi al chalaleihem, my heart cries out for the dead soldiers.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 August 2014 03:34 )

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Our own stories of destruction

This year, in this season of national mourning culminating in Tisha b’Av, we have our own aggadot churban or stories of destruction. It is not only past history we will be grieving when we read the melancholy Book of Lamentations (Eicha), but current events. We will be grieving our brave and holy Israeli soldiers, who died protecting our people and out land. It is to so painful, one by one, to hear of their loss. I look at their photos, read a little about each one, read their heart wrenching...
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Never more proud to be Jewish

When there is a crisis in our homeland of Israel, our collective Jewish spirit is revealed for the strong and beautiful spirit that it is. As much as we all identify with Israel, there is that understandable gulf between world Jewry and Israel. Come a war, and in seconds the gulf is stripped completely. The indelible photos flowing in of soldiers, of Israelis helping soldiers, of the strengthened praying and singing, truly penetrate the soul and make us feel like we are one. Because we are one...

Last Updated ( Friday, 25 July 2014 04:59 )

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Tale of two mothers

In any conflict, the loss of the innocent civilians, especially children, is truly unbearable. We mourn for the loss of innocent human life. I wish Israel’s war could be fought with no casualties. War is war. Which is why Israel avoids it at all costs, until it no longer can be avoided. But some of the media coverage of the conflict in Israel comes off almost as ludicrous. The immoral score card ethics about the death count on each side is simply appalling. First of all, it seems almost lik...
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