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In the series “Postcards from Israel,” Ari Bussel and Norma Zager invite readers throughout the world to join them as they present reports from Israel as seen by two sets of eyes: Bussel’s on the ground, Zager’s counter-point from home. Israel and the United States are inter-related – the two countries we hold dearest to our hearts – and so is this “point – counter-point” presentation that has, since 2008, become part of our lives.

Haifa, Israel. Image by Svetlana Klaise from Pixabay

Anticipating a Baby

A woman in labor is on a hospital bed, surrounded by teams of doctors and nurses. Outside, the hospital is overtaken by family members and pre-screened well-wishers.
Israelis at the wailing wall. Image by Aleks Megen from Pixabay

Jews Seem to Be Involved in Intergalactic Interventions That Alter Human...

Checking out the worldly issues confronting us as we move ahead into the New Year seems rather mundane and repetitive. What must one do to inspire readers to stand and take note?

Dreaming Israel in America

Two Israeli Vice Prime Ministers visited Los Angeles recently. Two very high-ranking Israeli officials, one was here to give a talk, the other as a guest of honor in an annual fundraising event.

100 Year Old Baal Torah Attends Synagogue Religiously

He started his life in America as an expert tailor. He raised a family and became a Baal Torah, an expert in the Jewish Books of Wisdom. He taught many boys for their Bar Mitzvah.
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‘Delegitimization’ Denies The Right of Israel to Exist as a Jewish...

In Israel 'Delegitimization' became a magic word. It seems all the ills of the world are directed at 'delegitimizing Israel.' Her enemies though do not use the word. They act and undermine the very existence of the Jewish nation.
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ACLU Loses Sight to Protect The Freedom of Speech for All...

Where was the ACLU who loudly defended the Nazis, the rights of a child in Maryland to refuse to stand and salute the American flag or to recite the pledge of allegiance? Silence.

Four Members of The House Urge for Clemency and Say ‘Let...

Something about Jonathan Pollard and Israel made many angry in Washington. So angry in fact that the mere idea of a gesture of good will is taboo. It is disallowed even to be raised in discussion in the appropriate circles. This environment has not
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Israel Lack Media Coverage as It Calls for Help

I am always astounded by the lack of value placed on a Jewish life. The fires raging in Israel are once again a reminder of the wholesale insignificance of Jewish blood in the global economy.
Israelis at the wailing wall. Image by Aleks Megen from Pixabay

Israel Defense Forces Continues Its Rescue and Security Efforts in Carmel

Firefighter delegations from Bulgaria and Greece teamed up with the Israeli emergency forces operating in the disaster area. The IDF Home Front Command coordinated the integration of the various teams and took care of the foreign firefighters' hous
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Israel Tries to Enlist Hollywood in Its Propaganda War

The truth is finally revealed for the world to hear and see. Israel's Government is engaged in propaganda of the most rudimentary form.

Elected Officials are Not Exempted From The Reality Card of Pat-Downs

It is time to subject our elected officials and the Administration to the very same treatment we receive. Electing them was not an exemption-from-reality card. Maybe then those at the helm will understand how futile their efforts are. In the meantim

Thanksgiving Makes Me Ponder of The Things that Make Our Life...

On Thanksgiving Day 2010, I received many cards. People thanking family and friends, a few going as far as recognizing the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

Gone in a Snap – Will Israel be Saved?

We are told to trust God, that everything will be OK. We will do what we want, behave any way we see fit, expect no consequence for our actions and everything will be forgiven, forgotten, passed over and ignored.

Israel’s Audacity of Being

To watch Israel, though, is a terrifying experience. Our body aches and yet we cannot make her understand her ways are at fault. It is like watching an anorexic son or daughter struggling to stay afloat.

A Call to Secretary Clinton: ‘The Elusive Peace’

A funny thing happened to me this morning as I was walking past Fairfax High School in Los Angeles. I noticed the US Flag waving on a 60' tall pole with the State of California Flag above.
Israelis at the wailing wall. Image by Aleks Megen from Pixabay

For True Peace, ALL Parties Must Want It

Liberman holds such sufficient pressure on the Prime Minister, due to the number of mandates he controls, that one must hope he is currently practicing his 'Arabic.'
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The Wednesday Ritual

May the four slain innocent souls so abruptly departed from among us now guide our steps as we battle to save the Jewish State along with the Western World and the rest of humanity as well.
Haifa, Israel. Image by Svetlana Klaise from Pixabay

The World is Rosy, Label Your Objectors ‘Right Wing Extremists’

Iran activates a nuclear reactor with Russia's help. The USA is engaging in a new silent diplomacy to appease those who are worried: 'We still have another year.'
Haifa, Israel. Image by Svetlana Klaise from Pixabay

Ramadan: A Month of ‘Blessings’

Redheaded Eisav (Esau), the elder, and Jacob who was born holding the heel of Eisav, were born when Isaac was 60. Jacob was his mother's favorite while Eisav, the man of hunting and the outdoors, was his father's.

The Blame Game

The Commission headed by Israeli Judge Tirkel consists of seven members, of whom two are foreign observers with full access to all (including classified) materials.