Israel for the younger crowd

Israel for the younger crowd

Daniel Levisohn • Assistant Editor, JTNews

Posted: August 3, 2007

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Rabbi Yonah will speak at the Montlake Community Center, 1618 E Calhoun St., Seattle on Mon., Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. No cost. RSVP to Rachel Hynes at rachelh@jewishinseattle.org or 206-774-2216. He will also speak on the People of the Book stage at the Jewish Festival on Sun., Aug. 19, 2:10 p.m

Brian

Judd had many reasons why he converted to Judaism, but one of them was Rabbi Yonah Bookstein.

A year and a half ago, Judd discovered Bookstein’s podcasts, which address Jewish perspectives on topics ranging from sex to plastic surgery, and began downloading them on iTunes. With a conversational teaching style, Judd thought Bookstein wasn’t boring, like some of the other rabbis he’d heard.

Judd so enjoyed Bookstein’s approach to Judaism that he sparked a friendship with the rabbi. When Judd and his partner, Michael, traveled to southern California to visit family, he made a point of meeting Bookstein, who serves as rabbi at California State University–Long Beach Hillel and the Hillel Foundation of Orange County….

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Rabbi Yonah in Seattle Aug. 19-20

Israel: Truth vs. Propoganda 

In the war of words for Israel, we must all learn  how to combat anti-Israel propaganda.

I will be discussing the surge in serious anti-Israel and anti-Semitic incidents, most notably at University of California-Irvine; Jewish communal responses/mistakes, and empowering the Jewish community to effectively advocate for Israel.  I am planning a dynamic evening – dealing a very serious and important issue.  Please join us for this great program.

When: Monday, August 20, 2007;  7 – 9 pm
Where: Montlake Community Center
RSVP: RSVP Required by August 16 to
Rachel (206) 774-2216 or YLD@JewishInSeattle.org
A kosher dinner will be served.

Brits have Left Northern Ireland

ira_1.jpgThe Brits have left Northern Ireland. They did so because the IRA put down their guns and bombs. The IRA quit when they had their backs against the wall. Palestinians could learn a big lesson here.

BELFAST, Northern Ireland (AP) – The British army marked a milestone of peacemaking Tuesday as it formally ended its 38-year mission to bolster security in Northern Ireland.

The military’s longest-running operation officially was ending at midnight. But the symbolic moment came months after the reality – no British troops have been on patrol on Belfast streets for two years.

As of Wednesday, all 5,000 soldiers remaining in this long-disputed corner of the United Kingdom will be committed to training for operations in Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere overseas.

Analysts and ex-soldiers are debating whether British security forces defeated the outlawed Irish Republican Army, which waged a 1970-1997 campaign to overthrow Northern Ireland by force. But all sides agree the IRA’s 2005 decision to renounce violence and disarm has permitted British soldiers to beat their own retreat…..

Intelligence agents eventually built a detailed picture of the IRA, and undercover army squads wiped out several IRA units in ambushes in the 1980s and early 1990s – a brutal strategy that Dewar credits with spurring the IRA’s cease-fire.

The Israeli’s can learn a valuable lesson too. No concessions to terrorism, and ruthless pursuit and disruption of the terror infrastructure.

Of course one can argue that the West bank and Gaza are not Northern Ireland. Its true. But the Palestinians can get what they want when they stop terror.