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Tag Archives: israelis
The Non-Jews and the Israeli Jews
A kashurt inspector I know worked at a food establishment owned by non-Jews. They were completely respectful of the laws of kashrut. He worked at a food establishment run by Orthodox Israelis who were constantly trying to do end-runs around … Continue reading
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Are Israelis Wary Of Befriending Americans?
Because Americans making aliyay (moving to Israel) are so likely to return home. That was an insight in Danit Brown’s new novel, "Ask For A Convertible." Danit replies to my inquiry: "I don’t know if it’s true, and even if … Continue reading
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How Should Religious Zionism React To The Conversion Controversy?
Shahar Ilan writes in Haaretz: If anyone thought that religious Zionism should continue having anything to do with the Chief Rabbinate or the rabbinic courts, along came the ousting of Rabbi Haim Druckman from his position as head of the … Continue reading
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San Fernando Valley Shul Reviews
Beis Midrash Toras HaShem (O); 12422 Chandler Blvd, Valley Village, CA 91607; Phone 818-980-6934; http://torashashem.blogspot.com Prayer: B+ Friendliness: C+ Food: B Singles: D Decor: B Average Age of membership: 40. Misc: Good kiddish and decent childcare. The shul is comprised … Continue reading
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Israeli Anger Over American Interference
Israelis seem to get very angry at the influence of American Jews in Israeli politics. I have a few thoughts on this, none of which reflect well on Israelis. One. You don’t get mad at something that is insignificant. If … Continue reading
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