Tisha B’Av

There goes another Tisha B’Av.

I’m glad it’s over, but I do want to share one piece of learning that came my way this Shabbat.

Because Tisha B’Av (9th day of the month of Av) fell on a Shabbat, the fast was postponed by one day to the Sunday. One of the aims of prayer is to bring about change, and in the Orthodox Jewish tradition that includes the coming of a Messiah, after which there will be no need to mourn; no need for days like Tisha B’Av. And so one commentator pointed out that last Shabbat – the actual day of Tisha B’Av – was a gift. Why? because it allowed us a glimpse into that future, when on Tisha B’Av we will be sitting on normal chairs, eating, and happy and not fasting. Cute. (And it was a nice Shabbat, too.)

Next up, Tu B’Av.

Have a good week one and all.

Light the blue touchpaper, and retire

You could not make it up.

This, from the BBC: Worries over mishandled fireworks in Palestinian territories.

Really? Based on past actions, you would have thought there were ample experts available to help them – sadly – get the correct bang out of their fireworks. Methinks it is a slow news week in that part of the world for the BBC.

Or was it their, er, burning desire to get something out that would avoid the attention of the Protocols of the Elders of the Online Lobby?

Past, present, and future?

“if the leadership of the PA is not willing to disassociate itself from its terrorist past, and is unwilling to see the Munich massacre as a brutal act of terrorism, then in Israeli eyes there will be big questions regarding their true commitment to peace and reconciliation.”

See here.

The sad thing, the really sad thing, is that it’s only in Israeli eyes that there will be a question about the Palestinian leadership’s commitment to peace and reconciliation. Nobody else seems to care. Nobody else seems to notice. But, sure as hell, when they have a certain constituency to appease, they – the world’s political leadership – will be pressurising Israel to make more concessions. More concessions? What, I ask you, is the point? Abbas has shown no interest in making peace, and some say he never will.

Jews as fig leaves

One of the reasons that Divest This! is on my web browser’s favorites, is the high quality of writing. While Jon knows his stuff, especially in the arena of BDS, his knowledge would be sod all use if he were unable to communicate – to get the message across. Fortunately, the position is exactly the opposite: he writes like a dream, and entertains while he educates and informs.

Exhibit 1:

“…in recent years, it’s been the Israel-born, but now UK-dwelling Gilad Atazmon who has probed the historic and theological origins of Jewish depravity based on the vast historic and religious knowledge he has developed as a professional saxophone player.”


Exhibit 2:

Take for example our old friends at Jewish Voice for Peace who were omnipresent at virtually all of the big BDS votes that took place earlier this year.

If you read their writing, you’ll see that these guys are not the sharpest knives in the drawer.  And given that they have spearheaded many of the most embarrassing disasters for the BDS “movement,” their ability as political operators is, at best, questionable.

He tells it like it is. You can read the whole piece here: Jew vs Jew II. And, yes, you should put his site on your list of favorites, too.

Where’s the blue moon?

It’s the only explanation. You see, the Guardian has printed an article about Israel which is…fair, even positive, sort of.

See here: Israel’s kibbutz movement makes a comeback.

I suppose it’s some sort of compensation for the usual standards of Phoebe Greenwood. What do I mean? See here, here, here, and here. (Thank goodness for CiF Watch.)

Frankly, she’s a crap journalist.