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VAYISLACH

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Our father, Jacob, escapes from the mouth of the lion only to run into the arms of the bear. He leaves, in fact he flees, from the house of Lavan but is immediately confronted first with the angel of his brother Esau and later by Esau himself and an armed band of 400 men. Eventually Jacob escapes even from this trial by means of bribery, appeasement and the affectation of brotherly love exhibited by Esau. All of this leaves a scar on Jacob's psyche. For his entire life he will be haunted by these confrontations and by the dangers that they represent. Only at the end of days, when the world goes right will he escape from the trauma of being constantly pursued, hated and persecuted. And the...

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The Palestinians’ Worst Enemy

Sunday, November 18, 2018

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal highlighted a fact that is well-known but usually ignored by the media, and in fact, by governments throughout the world. A study by an NGO that is usually notoriously anti-Israel in its conclusions regarding human rights and has in the past called Israel an apartheid state, recently concluded that the Palestinian Authority (PA) on the West Bank and Hamas in Gaza have destroyed the Palestinian community and are the greatest abusers of human rights in the area. Their study of the PA showed that dissent is not allowed, there is no freedom of the press or of expression, that torture is systematic in its penal system, and...

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