Tag Archives: Gush Katif

Good News Friday for erev Tisha B’Av

Today is not a regular Friday. It is Erev Tisha B’Av, and although we do not mourn on Shabbat (thus the fast is put off until Sunday), we are still carrying on in a more minor key than usual. Therefore … Continue reading

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Remembering Gush Katif 10 years after the expulsion

Today (technically the day after Tisha B’Av)  is the 10th anniversary of one of the most traumatic events in modern Israeli history: the expulsion of the Jewish citizens of the settlement bloc of Gush Katif in Gaza – euphemistically called … Continue reading

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Tisha BeAv 5774 – 2014

My apologies for posting so late. Yesterday we had no electricity, no internet (not related problems!) and a close member of the family rushed to hospital all more or less simultaneously. (And it was our wedding anniversary according to the … Continue reading

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Baruch Dayan Emet. Ariel Sharon, 1928-2014

Ariel Sharon was not a man about whom you could be neutral. You either loved him or hated him; idolised him or demonised him. When he did good, he was excellent. When he did bad, he was beyond contempt. I … Continue reading

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Tisha Be’Av 5773 – 2013

The fast of Tisha Be’Av, the 9th day of the month of Av, the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, has begun this evening.  As I wrote in a previous Tisha Be’Av post: The fast commemorates the destruction of both … Continue reading

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Post-Operation Pillar of Cloud final roundup and analyses

When considering Operation Pillar of Cloud, and the Israel-Gaza crisis in general, it is helpful to consider “how did we get from there to here?”. To me it seems obvious that the “original sin” was the withdrawal (aka “Disengagement” or … Continue reading

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