A Grain of Sand

"I will multiply you as the stars in heaven and as the sand upon the shore." - Genesis 22:17

"I can see the master's hand in every leaf that trembles, in every grain of sand." - Dylan, Every Grain of Sand (on Shot of Love)

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Pinko Past and Future? Israel, Socialism, and Zionism

I use the term pinko with affection.

Interesting article here by Shlomo Avineri in Ha'Aretz, who sees the true spirit of Zionism in the social protests happening there now.

A really fascinating question - can one be a Zionist without adhering to the original values of Zionism?

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Netanyahu Hates Israel?

What to make of this piece of news? After Obama spoke about Israel in late May, powerful parts of the American Jewish Community were outraged at the President's supposed recklessness in affirming the Green Line as one of the bases for future for peace negotiations (See my posts on "What's the Deal in Israel?) Netanyahu was outraged as well.

Well, what to make of Netanyahu's endorsement of the same position? A position that, as I mentioned in May/June posts, was essentially the recognized position of Israel and America for years. Those pundits who criticized Obama for being anti-Israel - I'm guessing that they are not going to accuse Netanyahu of being anti-Israel.


No, not the Orson Welles thing.

This morning, Channah and I welcomed a beautiful little boy into the world. Healthy and heavy (9 lbs), he's doing beautifully and Channah is as well.

Baruch Ha-Ba (welcome) little one.

We are both exhausted - Channah much more so - but are feeling very blessed.