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Diary from former shaliach, Shaul Amir

Diary from former shaliach, Shaul Amir

‘The fighting could have been over by now if we would use the same tactics our enemies use’

July 18. Just came out of the secure room. The longest siren since the beginning. Three interceptions of the Iron Dome above us. Thinking of the absurdity of this round of violence. We started the ground offensive for humanitarian reasons. Yes, it sounds crazy but hear me out.

We have the ability to flatten the Gaza Strip from the air (remember what happened to Dresden in the Second World War?), but we do not do it because it is morally wrong. Thousand of uninvolved civilians can get killed, after all they are serving against their will as human shields. Since we cannot and will not do it from the air, we are now putting the lives of our soldiers on the line in order to save the lives of uninvolved Palestinians by searching for the tunnels on the ground and engaging the Az A din El Kassam terrorists on the ground, while they keep on targeting our cities with their missiles.

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The two sides of the (retired) Alan Dershowitz

The two sides of the (retired) Alan DershowitzCHILMARK, Mass. — Alan Dershowitz’s house is a bit of a mess. Most of the rooms in his Martha’s Vineyard home are cluttered with half-unpacked boxes filled with items from his Cambridge house, which he and his wife emptied recently and sold after he retired from his Harvard Law School professorship in June. Dershowitz himself wears a few days growth of gray beard with his black track pants and a faded blue T-shirt that says “Martha’s Vineyard” in English and in Hebrew letters, look...
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Reform rabbis back in St. Augustine

Reform rabbis back in St. AugustineST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — For Rabbi Richard Levy, it was an emotional return to this historic northeastern Florida city. The first time Levy came to St. Augustine 50 years ago, he and 15 other rabbis and a Reform Jewish leader endured taunts from segregationists armed with broken bottles and bricks. They were jailed along with other civil rights activists after taking part in protests at a segregated motel. “As I came here and saw the sign that said St. Augustine, I was stunned,” the Los Ang...
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Behind Cracow’s Jewish community divisions

Behind Cracow’s Jewish community divisionsKRAKOW — On the way to his first appearance as Krakow’s new chief rabbi, Eliezer Gurary passed a group of young demonstrators holding signs with messages of affection for Jews. “I [heart] Jews,” one sign read. “Yes to tolerance,” read another. But the demonstration last week outside Krakow’s Old Synagogue was no support rally. Organized by non-Jewish university students on the day of Gurary’s installation, the protest was sparked by the rabbi’s recent assertion in an interv...

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Ayelet Nation’s baby brother

Ayelet Nation’s baby brotherNEW YORK — Even before their daughter, Ayelet Galena, was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow disease called dyskeratosis congenita around her first birthday, parents Hindy Poupko and Seth Galena knew they wanted to have more children. But once the diagnosis arrived, the couple had a dilemma: There was a fair chance their next child would have the life-threatening genetic disease, too. Over the course of the next year or so, Galena and Poupko didn’t have much time to think about other kids. ...

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Moroccan jailed for killing Jewish physician in Ukraine

Cnaan Liphshiz A Moroccan man who killed a Jewish physician in Ukraine was sentenced to 15 years in jail after a court of appeals reversed his acquittal. ... [Link]

Simon Cowell gets blowback for IDF donation

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Americans blame Hamas more than Israel for Gaza strife

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