YES, IT IS A BIG DEAL

star-Peace-FlagsNot shooting is not the same as peace

The Internet is full of comments claiming Israeli agreements between Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Sudan mean nothing because they were already at peace. Is there any explanation other than Trump Derangement Syndrome to explain the blindness?

Had former POTUS Barak Obama succeeded in brokering even one of these agreement, not to mention Serbia–Kosovo because that is outside the scope of this blog, his supporters would be demanding a second Nobel Prize.

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Carry On Cleopatra

What’s all the fuss about Gal Gadot?

Dozens of beautiful women have played the role of Cleopatra VII Philopator, the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt on film, television and virtually every other media. As a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, she was a descendant of its founder Ptolemy I Soter, a Macedonian Greek general and companion of Alexander the Great.

Yes, Cleo was a Greek; not an Arab and not even an Egyptian. Hardly surprising given that she died in 30 BCE, almost 700 years before the Arabs conquered the Roman colony and imposed their language and religion. Continue reading

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Rosh Hashana 5781

Five Minutes for Israel wishes all Israel a sweet, peaceful and, above all, healthy New Year

Reflections on a very unusual Rosh Hashana

When creating a Rosh Hashana card one has to decide whether to go generic – apples, pomegranates, shofars, etc. or current/Israel affairs, all keeping some form of artistic creativity.

It occurred to me that while the Jews have undoubtedly celebrated the High Holidays under trying circumstances including some of the worst epidemics in human history (Spanish flu, Black Plague, etc.) this is the first time I have.

Hopefully this will be a one time event!

This week Israel signed treaties with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. This is current affairs, also but I didn’t figure out how to combine that into a card.

So a sweet and happy and above all healthy New Year to all who celebrate it.
And to those who don’t celebrate it KEEP HEALTHY ANYWAY!

About the 5-in-a-star

Those following the rules of the various groups associated with Progressive Judaism can pray by Zoom. Orthodox Jews don’t have that luxury.

It occurred to me, and others, that in addition to the dangers of attending synagogue on the High Holidays, hopefully controlled by masks, limiting numbers, hand washing and maintaining a two metre gap there are other dangers. I hope the rabbis have thought about this and come up with a Halachic work-around.

Torah reading

Torah reading can get crowded

Will Jews given the honour of reading from the Torah wear rubber gloves? Will there be hand sanitiser on the bimah? How will the two metre rule be enforced?

Still, these are everyday issues. Can anyone imagine a more effective way to spread a virus than blasting them into the air, one hundred times,  through a hollowed out horn? I hope a mask on the horn will be effective and acceptable.

Extra credit


Photo credit: A Jewish man reads from a Torah scroll as he prays at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray in Jerusalem’s old city, Friday, April 10, 2020.
(AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

Photo credit: Torah reading from the collection of B’nai Jacob Synagogue, West Virginia on Pinterest.

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Letter Campaign to Twitter

TwitterAction Item

Twitter Must Cancel “Hateful Imagery” Classification of Star of David

Please send a letter to Twitter management demanding they reverse their decision and stop classifying the Star of David as “Hateful Imagery”.

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Maybe the police learnt from the Palestinians?

Palestinians with their knee on neck

For at least five years , the Palestinian media have used this photo as a generic image to illustrate the story of a person arrested by the Palestinian police.

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George Floyd – an apt metaphor for the Palestinian cause

So much for Palestinians to identify with

Floyd was a career violent crim with convictions from armed robbery to drug possession ( a home invasion that involved pointing a gun at a pregnant woman which resulted in five-year prison sentence).  Not too smart, he was identified for the robbery because the gang used one of their own cars and the police tracked his license plate. Continue reading

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Falafel Wars

The Palestinians are upset about snack food

Perhaps Israel should just take their Nobel Prizes and go home to cry because we didn’t invent falafel?

We just mechanised production first; were the first to market it to Europe and America and adapted it for local conditions as street food.

The Palestinians certainly didn’t invent it either. Continue reading

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Where’s Wally?

Fixed ~ ain’t memes grand?

Iranian Poster meme

If you have other memes please forward them to me in the comments and 5MFI will upload them.

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ICC Blues responses

Legal issues

The response to this post has been far more immediate than usual ~ something I am profoundly grateful for.

So what do they say? Continue reading

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ICC blues

Legal issuesSue the Palestinian Authority for Hamas war crimes

When life gives you lemonsmake lemonade.

It seems very likely that the International Criminal Court (ICC) will decide to try Israel for alleged war crimes. They have already recognised the ‘State’ of Palestine, a victory for Palestinian weaponising of the ICC, even if the case never goes to trial.

Although I appreciate the reasons Israel (and America) have refused to sign on to the court I am worried that she will make the same mistake she made with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) of surrendering the field of battle to the enemy. I am concerned the court will rule against us in our absence.

Instead of taking the advantage, outclassing and outmaneuvering her opponents in court Israel is constantly ‘on the back foot’. Defensive rather than attacking.

We shouldn’t be. One thing Israel is not short of, is lawyers.

Let’s make some lemonade. 

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