Dvar Israel: Shabbat, April 20, 2019

Are we living the dream? Is the Israel we are living in now the promised land that we all waited and prayed for thousands of years? Today we celebrate Hag Ha’Pesah, a holiday devoted to recalling our journey from slavery in Egypt across the dessert, receiving the commandments at Har Sinai to finally reaching and entering the promised land, the Land of Israel. I wonder are we living the dream that our ancestors as newly liberated slaves dreamt those many years ago? Are we fulfilling the vision that Herzl had 100 years ago? Are we fulfilling the dreams of those Jews that were murdered in Europe more than 70 years ago? Did we make the Zionist dream come true?

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Dvar Israel: Shabbat, April 13, 2019

The wait is finally over after a very different election day in Israel. This time Netanyahu’s party “Likud” received only one seat more than the opposing party “Kachol Lavan”, led by Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid. “Likud” gained 36 seats and “Kachol Lavan” gained 35 seats in the future Knesset. Even if Gantz gained more seats in these elections, Netanyahu would still be the winner of the 2019 elections. Out of 120 seats, the right-wing parties received 65 seats, while the central-left wing parties received 55 seats. In order to form a coalition, the government needs a majority of 61 seats in the Knesset, leaving Netanyahu in the sole position to do so.

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