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Archive for February, 2007

Apartheid looks like this???

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Although it is not a new phenomena, I am getting more annoyed of late at the one-sided portrayal of events in Israel designed to cast Israeli as the evil, apartheid, hate-driven society that seeks to oppress the peace-loving Muslims who “just want to get along”. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Yaakov

February 26th, 2007 at 7:13 pm

Posted in Israel,Op-Ed,Political

Just in time for Spring Training

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February 22nd, 2007 at 10:37 pm

Posted in Misc

Misinformation and Twisting of Facts in Israel-Related Journalism

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I happened across an article titled Jerusalem: whose very own and golden city? (which seems to be a plagiarized copy of the same article by Philippe Rekacewicz and Dominique Vidal in Le Monde diplomatique). Although the agenda of the article is clear, I would like to examine a small section of it, drawing on my own personal observations to correct some incorrect statements. I believe that this example is representative of a lot of misinformation that is often quoted regarding Israel.

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February 21st, 2007 at 1:10 pm

No Sundays? Who Cares!

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One of the common pre-aliyah worries I have heard (and something that we definitely thought about before coming over) was the loss of Sundays. In the United States, custom is (despite all claims of separation between church and state) for Sunday to be a “day off” from whatever it is that you may be doing – being a student, or working, even though you may not be going to church, Sunday is a day of rest with no religious obligations.

I remember back in college, Sunday’s would normally be a day when I would tell myself that I was going to study, and then basically waste alot of time, maybe do some learning, watch some football. You know, have a day off. After college, once I got married and started working, Sunday was still a day when you really didn’t have so many obligations, and could very easily spend a whole day accomplishing next to nothing (and somehow, still get tired doing it).

Things don’t work that way in the Holy Land. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Yaakov

February 19th, 2007 at 11:56 am

Posted in Aliyah

It’s Adar, and you know what that means…

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No, I am not talking about my impending birthday, Purim, fasting, and God-willing an addition to the family.

I am talking about annoying pre-teens scampering around and setting off firecrackers. All over the place. It has begun.

I do think that my threshold is higher than it was last year. If I see a group of kids crowded around in some yard down the street, I probably wont go and confront the whole group of them, telling them how it is dangerous and annoying. They wont listed to me anyways, and I have better things to do with my time. I will draw the line if they set them off on our porch (which they did a couple of times last year) or if they do it after dark underneath Moshe’s window and wake him up (please don’t). If that happens, I will just go to their parents (since on my street there are a limited number of suspects).

Written by Yaakov

February 18th, 2007 at 3:01 pm

Posted in Observations

The almonds are blooming…yet again…

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One year ago I was able to make a similar post, showing our neighbors Almond trees that are budding and blossoming within 1 week of Tu b’Shvat. Although temperature-wise, it is definitely more moderate here than in the States, we still feel the difference when Winter comes around. The new almond trees are the first sign of the impending spring, and are a welcome respite from the cold and rain (not that we don’t like the rain, of course). This photo was taken from my porch an hour ago:

Almond Blossoms

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February 8th, 2007 at 6:32 pm

Posted in Observations

Aliyah & Life in Israel Blogs

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Welcome to all who may be arriving here via the Aliyah Revolution radio show (I am making a guest appearance tonight to talk about the subject of Aliyah Blogs). As promised, here is a list of Aliyah and Life-In-Israel blogs (along with their tag-lines, where available) for your perusal. The links in italics are either written by recent olim or are more geared towards aliyah-themes than the other Life-in-Israel blogs. Let me know if I missed you and I will gladly add you to the list.

  • A Mother in Israel – The cutting edge (!) of homemaking and parenting in Israel and the observant Jewish community. By a mother of many, born in the US and now living in Israel. (MiI also just put up a list of her best aliyah-related posts)
  • Aliyah! Step-by-Step: Making a Life in Israel – Aliyah on 17, August, 2005. Roadmap: What do you mean there’s no roadmap?! Hang on, we’re in for a bumpy ride! Ole!
  • Almost Aliyah – Sharing our journey as we get closer to the big move…. (by David)
  • Baka Diary
  • Chayyei Sarah – An Orthodox Jewish thirty-something is living,playing, writing, and dating in Jerusalem.
  • House of Joy – A nice Jewish girl from Long Island married to a Jewish doctor from Long Island…. Oh yeah, we are both “born again” religious fanatics living in Yesha also known as “The West Bank”.
  • Israel Perspectives – Perspectives on the challenges confronting the Jewish People and State through the eyes of one who finds himself taking an active role in the compelling drama that is the life of the Jewish People in the Land of Israel
  • JoeSettler – “A Blog about the Jewish State”
  • Kumah – “The Neo-Zionist Uberblog”
  • Life in Israel – A regular Joe with a Yeshiva background living in RBS
  • lost in bec’s world – “i miss eretz israel. not a day goes by that i am not reminded–either by the way the light shines in that early morning where everything seems pink or in the afternoon where everything is bathed in an orange glow, or right before a storm when the sky turns dark, the world brightens, the colours are heightened and i know that i am almost there, and i hear the wisps and sighs of jerusalem calling, calling, and i can almost touch her”
  • phishaliyah – If Phish got back together, would I still make aliyah?
  • Planet Israel -To seek out a new life and civilization. To boldly go to…Planet Israel (from Evan)
  • The Muqata – Wherever I am, I blog towards Eretz Yisrael
  • Treppenwitz – The “wisdom of the stairs” by David Bogner. Some of what you’ll find here deals with the ‘specialness’ and reality of everyday life here. Other stuff dances around the periphery of subjects like fatherhood, husbandry (hmmm…maybe that’s the wrong word), commuting, home improvement, and pet ownership.
  • West Bank Mama – Here I try to share my views on Israel and life in general, from the perspective of a mother living in a very controversial part of the world. Orthodox Jews call it by its Biblical name, the Shomron (Samaria). Others call it the “west bank” referring to the west bank of the Jordon river. (Old archives here)

Written by Yaakov

February 8th, 2007 at 6:23 pm

Posted in Misc