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Baruch Gordon founded the Arutz Sheva-IsraelNationalNews.com website in 1995 and directed its English Media Department for 14 years. Baruch studied and taught at the Bet El Yeshiva Center, later serving as Dean of its Program for Overseas Students and Program for IDF Veterans.
Baruch is certified by Israel's Chief Rabbinate to counsel married couples and prepare hatanim for marriage.
Adar 10, 5773, 2/20/2013
The years passed and Yisca was unsuccessful in finding her match. Propositions continued to flow in from various directions, but she felt she was growing sick and tired of the dating scene. She meets a new guy with high hopes, but after a rendez-vous or two, the energy dissipates: either she or he is not interested, or both.
One Shabbat morning, Yisca felt that she had reached the end. She was broken. "How much more can I suffer? What can I do to convince Hashem (G-d) that I have no strength left for another date," she thought to herself.
The answer suddenly came to her: "I will....
Adar 8, 5773, 2/18/2013
I enjoy reading your blog positioned right next to mine on Arutz Sheva. After reading your piece on how you hosted the BBC [a must read before continuing with this post], I received a phone call from the network asking to write the script for a special on the West Bank. [I do this to make some side money.] Turns out, it was your piece. I wrote the script that will be aired.
Just a note. You did a great job explaining Israel’s case. I plan to use some of your lines in my own Israel advocacy work. But I really need these extra bucks, so I had to give your clips the “proper” BBC spin. Here it is:
This is BBC Foreign Hour.
A BBC crew in Palestine visited with an Israeli settler to hear her perspective on the Israeli occupation. Paula Stern lives in the illegal settlement of Maaleh Adumim and established a technical writing company in occupied East Jerusalem.
The militant mother takes pride in her son who is an IDF soldier. Of all names to choose for her blog, she selected: A Soldier’s Mother. Stern explained that she chose to live in a settlement not for economic reasons. She is driven by biblical craze and passion. She quotes verses from the bible, utterly disconnected from today’s realities. She admitted that she is driven by ideology, calling the illegal occupation of Palestine "quality of life" and "proper."
When asked pointblank if she is a settler, Stern gave a cold, heartless reply. Ignoring the suffering of the indigenous, Arab population, she said as though telling a joke: "Yes, I am settler just like all Americans and Brits are settlers. We settle in our homes and live there." Only one mile from her home, we passed through an Israeli military roadblock where Palestinian cars were halted for lengthy inspections and abuse, as Israelis pass through freely with a wave and smile for the soldiers.
Stern tried to distort reality claiming that settlers don't fire or carry guns or have beards. Here is recent footage that a BBC crew caught of bearded, gun-toting settlers: [Insert footage of whacky bearded weirdo settler saying, "Yup, I am trained on this gun and will not hesitate to use it if given the opportunity."
[Insert Stern quote] "You see these barren mountains. That's what Maaleh Adumim was before we came - a completely barren hill.
[insert Bedouin] This is Achmud who lives in a squalid shack several miles down the road from Stern's settlement. "Yes, it's true, the top of the mountain was barren. But my great great great great great great grandfather used to graze sheep there where the settlers are now. We had our home in the valley below it. But, when the settlers came and began to build, we all had to flee. It is hard being far away and deeper in the desert. I yearn for my father's land back. No one will hear us."
It never occurred to Stern that maybe she should pay reparations to Achmud, or plant flowers, palm trees to make his dismal conditions a bit nicer. [Insert Stern] We are proud of the flowers and palm trees that we planted here. We made the desert bloom. Our town looks beautiful.
Stern returns from her hi-tech, high-paying job in occupied Jerusalem to go shopping in a settlement supermarket where she fills her cart with amenities from America such as Skippy peanut butter.
[Cut to Bedouin boy insert] "My cousin in Ramallah told me that his aunt's 15th cousin tasted Skippy peanut butter and said it was heavenly. But we can't afford it. For dinner, we gather camel droppings in the desert, and pick out the undigested kernels of grain and grind them to make flour."
Stern showed us the lavish stores in the settlement's mall and the bowling alley where she and her colleagues play. Back at the supermarket, the menial laborers are Palestinians trying to etch out a living under the impossible conditions of occupation. They are not allowed to enter Jerusalem or to seek better work and a better life like Stern. They have never been to the bowling alley.
Completely oblivious to the plight of the Bedouins who once lived next to the settlement, Stern couldn't stop praising her town stating how good and beautiful life is there. It was harsh to see how these extremist, fanatic, strange beings called settlers turn a cold shoulder to their former Arab neighbors and live in complete denial of the suffering they have inflicted on the native Bedouins who once called this place home.
I am Fitzgerald Rutherford Adams [close up of tear running down cheek] reporting from Occupied Palestine.
Adar 7, 5773, 2/17/2013
What Jewish town had the highest voter turnout in Israel's January 2013 elections? Or asked differently, what town's population gives a damn about what happens in the State of Israel more than any other, and was most motivated to influence the national course of events by bothering to vote?
Tags: Elections 2013
Shevat 11, 5773, 1/22/2013
When Israel's two religious-Zionist parties united in November 2012, they comprised 5 Knesset seats (two others formed a break-away party). Recent polls predict some 15 seats for the combined Jewish Home – National Union faction.
How did the religious-Zionist public triple their representation?
Meet Naftali Bennett.
Shevat 5, 5773, 1/16/2013
At a recent family celebration in Memphis, my Virginian cousin Maurice, a young engineer in his late 20’s, ritually washed his hands before partaking of bread, as per Jewish practice. But in an innovative move not passed down for generations, he wiped his hands dry on his pants.
“Maurice,” I said pointing, “the paper towels are right over there.”
“I don’t use paper towels in order to save trees,” he replied firmly.
I smiled back, but thought to myself, “Huh? Are you nuts? Dry your hands and let someone else worry about the trees, dude.”
But Maurice’s response left a mark on me. It was so pure and ideologically-driven, I felt...