Saturday Jul 19, 2014
If Hamas is indiscriminately firing rockets at Israeli civilian centers, is it disproportionate for Israel to indiscriminately drop bombs on Gaza?
And if not, why?
And since Israel does not do that, what are the implications as regards morality in war?
IDF Spokesperson Announcement - Summary of Activities for Saturday, July 19
July 20, 2014, Location : Tel Aviv
Thursday Jul 17, 2014
A very deep thought with deeper implications for our society, just heard on Channel One's Politika program this evening:
"Over the years, the homefront has expanded while the military theaters have narrowed, with the responsibility assigned of the homefront being to uphold morale and more, to protect the IDF which is the opposite it should be. The question now is why is it that the citizens defend the soldiers by being...
Tuesday Jul 15, 2014
According to the Mishnah (Taanit 4:6), five calamities befell the Jewish people on this day:
Moses broke the two tablets of stone on Mount Sinai;
The daily tamid offering ceased to be brought;
The walls of Jerusalem were breached (proceeding to the destruction of the Temple);
Prior to Bar Kokhba's revolt, Roman military leader Apostomus burned a Torah scroll;
An idol was erected in the Temple.
And we redact that text:...
Friday Jul 11, 2014
“We're doing this, mostly for ourselves”.
Those words were spoken, Rabbi Daniel Gordis informs us, by another Rabbi, David Bigman, after paying a condolence visit at the mourning tent of the family of the murdered teenager Muhammad Abu-Khdeir, where they all heard this:
"We thank you for your feelings for the martyr of dawn," the speaker said. A couple of sentences later, the...
Tuesday Jul 08, 2014
I attended the HaAretz-sponsored peace conference today. Many thought that with the outbreak of Hamas rocket-firing that it should have been postponed. Many who attended admitted the situation was surrealistic.
I think they should have continued with their plans --- it makes them appear more detached-from-reality than I could describe them.
My impressions in jottings, short and concise:
1. The food...