7 Iyar 5772
Passover/Pesakh had already been an emotional experience that remains with me until today. During the times when we focus on personal thoughts at the seder, I kept thinking "This an apropos time for Israelis to dismiss the appeasement fantasies of the kneset, the UN's opinion on anything (care to repair life in the Sudan or UAE, hmmm?), and the USA's messed-up take on Middle East life - let alone MSM's."
We'd spent the seder night recalling how only HaShem (GOD for non-Hebrew speakers) saves us time and again, and that politicians plus other meddlers are part of our problems. I'd like every Israeli to end their subscriptions to depressing, con job newspapers, pray harder, do more mitzvot, convince chutznikim to make aliya already (empty promises belie inactions) and to watch H's promises come true (Mashiakh must arrive on the scene when all the world's Jews are in Israel as Commanded).
Marriage is a mighty controversial word in the Orthodox Jewish world. Well, "marriage crisis" or "singles' crisis" might be better phrases for capturing the scope of the problem. A BIG argument about that debate broke out in The Jewish Press; click this Tyranny of Beauty link to learn about that (it became a BIGGER mess at this link) and on Gila Manolson's wonderful response link.
Here's is Yiddishe Cup's critical contribution to the HH blog carnival today: 1. Shidduch Myth #1 Just because a man doesn't want to go out with you, doesn't mean he's gay. and 2. What Shidduch Crisis? Ladies, we're on to you!
While we're on the topic of truth in advertising, check out Ruth Palatnik's plea to end fraudulent advertising: No Shortcuts
You can read Dr. Yoel Finkelman's review/critique of a recently published book. It's topic: Masculinity in the Orthodox Jewish milieu. Dr. Finkelman is the author of Strictly Kosher Reading: Popular Literature and the Condition of Contemporary Orthodoxy. See his blog http://strictlykosherreading.
Leah Zakh Aharoni brings meaningful perspective to America's increasingly common victim mentality: The Ethos of Childhood Trauma.
Ever-interesting commentator Nissan Ratzlav-Katz links to Israel is a Refuge Under Siege. Here are responses about the brouhaha at The Blogs & Boards R Hopping!
The Shomron Liason and my friend Buddy Macy seek your signature on this Petition to SAVE MIGRON!
Read up on Batya Medad's always on-target thoughts at Faux Fatwa Did You Say? and then get a reality check with We All Stand in Silence.
Yoel Meltzer's incisive analysis, "The Lessons of the Eisner Affair," is food for intelligent thought.
Rivka Lambert-Adler aka Bat Aliya writes a heartfelt blog. She and it always have thoughtful ideas to share. Read about The Balancing Act and share your thoughts with her.
Here's a link important to Israel's political, security and spiritual future: A Petition to Reinstate Lt. Col. Eisner!
Ya'aqov Ben-Yehuda, genius behind the HH Blog Carnival program, provides us with The TOP 10 BEST Reasons to Join the IDF (there's always Sar-L for the rest of us).
For those of us who take Torah and mitzvot seriously, including parshat Kedoshim (in which GOD rules out homosexual activity), let's up our spiritual ante. Am Yisrael is in DEEP doo-doo !
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