And the War Continues

And the War Continues Jackie Santoro

Day 163 of the War. Anti-semitism is increasing dramatically and the world is seeing Israel as the cruel oppressor. Several countries are threatening sanctions against weapons sales to Israel if they go into Rafah, the last Hamas stronghold in Gaza and where the IDF believes the hostages are being held. The international community doesn’t want…
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And the War Continues Jackie Santoro

Day 112 of the war and the dark cloud of mourning and grieving over this nation grows ever larger. One of the more tragic events took place a few days ago as 21 young reservist soldiers were killed when the building they were preparing for detonation was fired upon by terrorists, causing an explosion and…
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Israel under Siege Jackie Santoro

The war has been very hard. Every day there are casualties, every day there are too many vibrant, brave, wonderful young men whose lives have been ended too soon. We see their pictures, we hear their stories and feel the immense, deep and profound grief that the families must endure. Yesterday, a courageous young, believing…
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Israel at War Jackie Santoro

Day 46 of the War… and it’s been a very stormy and rainy few days. Usually, rain is a welcome event and marks the end of the long, hot, dry summer season. When rain is expected the next morning, the weather forecaster says that “winter is coming tomorrow”. And everyone is happy. Yet today, it…
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The War Continues … Jackie Santoro

Day 20 of the War. The situation is very complicated, fragile, volatile and very tense. The ground troops have been amassed for three weeks on the Gaza Border awaiting orders to begin the invasion. The United States is exerting pressure to delay the entry citing that a ground invasion hinders the release of the captives.…
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Israel at War Jackie Santoro

Israel is now at war. The nation is in shock, anger, mourning and, most of all, total unbelief. How could Hamas pull off a highly organized terror attack in Southern Israel and succeed beyond their wildest fantasies against one of the most powerful armies in the world? How could they break through the border fence…
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Happy New Year 5784! Jackie Santoro

Honey and pomegranates, dried fruit and all kinds of presents for the kitchen are flooding the stores as Israel enters into the Feasts of Tishri which began two Friday nights ago with Rosh Hashanah. Traditionally, the nation celebrates this day as the start of the New Year, 5784. It is a very happy few days…
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Days of Distress Jackie Santoro

It was Shabbat here yesterday and there was a lovely quiet in the air. The nation honors the Shabbat and even the most secular people take a break from the frenzy of the week. As soon as the sun goes down though, the intensity of these days will return in full power. The current political…
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Shavuot: A New Season Jackie Santoro

There is no doubt that the heavens are astir. We can feel the changes in the air but we still see as through a glass darkly. The seasons come and go and superficially, it seems as if it’s business as usual but there is an increasing measure of the intensity of the warfare in the…
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Difficult Times Jackie Santoro

These last few months have been more difficult than most people can remember. The radical right wing religious government led by PM Netanyahu proposed legislation that would change the judicial system, especially affecting Supreme Court decisions and the appointment of judges. Almost immediately, the opposition to this legislation exploded on the streets. People began to…
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