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The 12-year-old girl who discovered her murdered family in Itamar speaks out

Tamar Fogel speaks about the brutal Itamar murder of her family members, including both of her parents and siblings, and the state of Israel. I was shocked to see this young woman speak so coherently, so passionately, so intelligently about what will probably be one of the defining moments of her life. She is only… Continue reading The 12-year-old girl who discovered her murdered family in Itamar speaks out

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Itamar Massacre

I never thought Glenn Beck and I would agree on anything. That is, until I saw this. Beck says: “God will judge us for what we do and what we won’t do. If not God, it will be historians.”

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African-American Converts Beaten by Israeli Police

Please read: “Interior Ministry’s Oz police unit accused of beating U.S. immigrants” (The Jerusalem Post) By the way, I thought that last quote says it all. “We have so much love for Israel. But it seems like Israel does not love us back.”I have long ago lost patience with the Jews, white or of color,… Continue reading African-American Converts Beaten by Israeli Police

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My Big Fat Chinese Jewish Wedding, Jerusalem-Style

http://www.metacafe.com/fplayer/1072809/a_chinese_jewish_wedding_in_jerusalem.swf A Chinese Jewish Wedding In Jerusalem – Click here for more home videos Wait, what, what does he mean he always wanted “one of those”? Oy vey. Mazel tov and…good luck!

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Imagining the day they come to take your Judaism away

Not a big fan of Shalom Auslander but I couldn’t put down his latest piece in Tablet Magazine, “Up in Smoke: Imagining the day they come to take your Judaism away”. It was like a train wreck I couldn’t look away from. I’m still processing what I read. Whenever I talk to people about what… Continue reading Imagining the day they come to take your Judaism away

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The Beauty Queen Conversion

“The Shavuot story of Ruth might retell the journey of the most famous convert to Judaism, but South African-born Ilana Skolnik, who became a Jew more than 20 years ago and has lived in Israel ever since, has no less of an amazing story. Born Ellen Peters, Skolnik, who was raised as a Protestant in… Continue reading The Beauty Queen Conversion

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You said it, buddy!

“This is a battle for the soul of Judaism,” writes David Harris about the Knesset bill “that attempts to bar any non-Jew who ever visited Israel from claiming Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return, if they convert to Judaism subsequent to their visit.” To read more: click here: “A Welcome or a Wall?”