Friday, May 7, 2021

Lighting Candles for the Meron 45

Perhaps inspired by the day of mourning and candle lighting in Israel, an idea popped into my head: Why not invite 45 people to each light a candle in honor of one of the victims?

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Pomona College Student Gov’t Removes Club Divestment from BDS Resolution

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The Guardian Lists Support for Balfour Declaration As One of Their “Worst Errors of Judgment”

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Mount Meron and Metaphysics

By offering a metaphysical “explanation” to the tragedy, the two Rabbis Kanievsky deflected blame from where it should be placed.

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KKL-JNF Releases Never-before-seen Photos of Jerusalem

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European Council Advises Relaxing Coronavirus Travel Restrictions for Israeli Tourists

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Israel’s Military Veterans Demand Reform and Rehabilitation

Disabled former soldiers protest the government’s failure to allocate funds to help those wounded in combat or suffering from PTSD


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The anti-Bibi block is so fervent it’s willing to overlook deeply entrenched ideological differences.

Satirical Semite: Shopping for the Apocalypse

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The Meron Tragedy: When Tradition Meets a Changing Reality

The custom remains the same custom. Disaster is only a matter of time.

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