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Author: Benzion Sanders

Lessons from the Gaza Disengagement ?>

Lessons from the Gaza Disengagement

The most commonly heard argument against the two state solution in the current political discourse is based on the failure of the Disengagement from the Gaza Strip to attain peace or even improve Israel’s situation vis-à-vis Gaza. Israeli politicians and political commentators across the right wing political spectrum constantly invoke the failure of the 2005 Disengagement as incontrovertible proof that territorial concessions to the Palestinians will inevitably lead to further death and suffering and may even endanger the existence of…

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Two Deaths in Gaza ?>

Two Deaths in Gaza

In the summer of 2014, I had the misfortune of spending about two weeks in the Gaza Strip fighting what seems in retrospect to have been a meaningless war.  For better or for worse the experiences I had during that time were intense and traumatic and are deeply etched in my memory.   I’ve been interested in Israeli history and politics since I first came to Israel in 2009, but since my experiences in the military, I’ve spent a lot more…

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A General’s Lesson from the Holocaust ?>

A General’s Lesson from the Holocaust

Sometimes you experience something so traumatic and horrible that you trivialize any subsequent suffering that you experience or see others going through.  I see this behavior often in myself and in friends of mine who served in combat.  Upon returning to civilian life and seeing people get upset or depressed about school, work or relationships it’s often difficult to relate, because to someone who’s gone through so much, these things seem like trivial matters.  Is there really anything worth getting…

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Mordechai Elon, we will not be silent ?>

Mordechai Elon, we will not be silent

This past Shabbat, Shabbat Zachor, I had one of the most meaningful and memorable Seudat Shlishit that I have had in a long time.  After Mincha I went with a group of close friends and stood outside the Heichal Rachamim Shul in Givat Shmuel where dozens of other Gabash residents had already gathered. Men, women and children of all ages had all come to spend their Seudat Shlishit here in protest of the appearance at a communal event of Mordechai…

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The Shiur That Broke My Heart ?>

The Shiur That Broke My Heart

Dear Rabbi Moshe Taragin, I was at the lecture entitled “The Battle Between Judaism and Islam for Jerusalem” that you gave this past Sunday night at Bar Ilan. I heard about the lecture at the last minute and came specifically because you were giving it. These past few weeks have been particularly tense and tragic for all of us and I was hoping that you, a student of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l and Rav Yehuda Amital zt”l, two Torah giants…

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