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Rabbi Dow Marmur


Rabbi Marmur is spiritual leader emeritus of Holy Blossom Temple in Toronto. Now a resident of Israel, he may be contacted via [email protected]

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Gantz benefits from excesses of Netanyahu

Benny Gantz, the leader of Israel’s Blue and White party, may have a distinguished record as the former IDF chief of staff (as have two other leaders, Ashkenazi and Ya’alon) and an attractive manner,...

The calm in Israel – genuine or false?

Formally, Iran isn’t at war with Israel. But what about informally? The random reflections below are variations on this question. Hamas and the splinter groups in Gaza, inspired and supported by Iran, are attacking Israel....
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House on March 5, 2018. Credit: Haim Zach/GPO.

Worry over U.S. – Israel relations after Bibi, after Trump

Is it possible that the U.S. president, considered by many to be more supportive of Israel than any of his predecessors, uses the terminology of anti-Semites? Have his Jewish daughter and her family not...
Photo: Israeli 2013 election ballots (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Reasons for skepticism in Israeli election

In this last month before the elections in Israel I find it very difficult to believe anything the political parties are telling us about themselves. (This includes Benny Gantz, the leader of Blue and White, who often says...
Former Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman Credit: Edward Kaprov/Wikipedia Commons.

Likud members swear fealty to Bibi

Avigdor Lieberman has stated publicly that because of his endeavor to promote a national unity government (consisting – of course- of himself, Likud, and Blue and White), Likud may have to choose another leader. He mentioned Yuli Edelstein, the...
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak at a press conference in Tel Aviv announcing the establishment of his new political party on June 26, 2019. Photo by Flash90.

Egos, maneuvers, muddy Israel’s coalition building

The promise implied in the return to politics of Ehud Barak – former chief of staff, prime minister and minister of defense – isn’t likely to materialize. The disclosure about his association with American...
U.S. Army photo (Photo Credit: Courtesy photo)

Israel on limb whoever wins U.S. election

The more I read about Trump and Israel the more it seems clear that he wants to please not the Jews but Christian evangelicals of whom there’re many more than Jewish voters in the...
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak at the Saint Petersburg Economic Forum in 2015. Credit: Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of the Russian Federation.

Ehud Barak re-enters Israel’s political fray

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s reported attempt to cancel the general election he called for next September is viewed as evidence that he knows that he’s likely to lose this time. His allegedly faithful ally Knesset...
PM Netanyahu Addresses the AIPAC 2019 Policy Conference

‘Left’ a nasty word for Netanyahu

Dictionaries offer many meanings of the word “sinister.” They include: threatening, ominous, bad, evil, base and disastrous. Also: of or on the left side, left, which is the original meaning of the term. When...
Photo: Israeli 2013 election ballots (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Oy vey! Israel to go through another election

Negotiations to form the next government of Israel became a game that nobody was going to win. There’re only losers in Netanyahu’s attempt to form again a right-wing government after the April 9 elections....

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