Author Archives: Rabbi Michael (Micky) Boyden

IfNotNow – Who and What are You?

IfNotNow is an enigma. Who leads them? Who provides the funding for their orientation training sessions across North America? Their website does not provide any answers to these questions. They claim to be idealists and I don’t question their fervor. … Continue reading

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A Message to the IfNotNow Folk

Hi there. I understand that you distributed granola to Birthright participants at JFK airport last week and then presented them with material criticizing Israel’s military occupation of the West Bank. The purpose of Birthright is to encourage young people to … Continue reading

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The Bloodbath in Gaza

The London Daily Mail carried the headline BLOODBATH in referring to the orchestrated Hamas attack this week on Israel’s security fence with Gaza. Later in the story it reported that the “demonstrations … called for the right of return for … Continue reading

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Telling The Whole Truth

Peter Beinart’s opinion piece in the Forward entitled “American Jews Have Abandoned Gaza — And The Truth” is what lawyers call “disingenuous” because, contrary to what is required of witnesses in a court of law, it does not tell “the … Continue reading

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Religious Leaders barred from Israel

Five U.S. Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders were barred from going to Israel under a new law that prohibits entry to the Jewish state by foreign activists who advocate a boycott of the country. One of them was the deputy … Continue reading

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The Jubilee Haggadah – A Travesty of Truth

An organization calling itself SISO (Save Israel Stop the Occupation) claims on its website to be “a new initiative of prominent Israeli individuals and organizations who have joined with Jewish leaders from around the world in a sense of urgency … Continue reading

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UN Security Council Resolution 2334

Many view the decision of the United States not to exercise its veto against UN Security Council Resolution 2334 as the last attempt by President Obama in the death throes of his presidency to score a point against Bibi. White … Continue reading

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Should Netanyahu address Congress?

The broohaha surrounding Prime Minister Netanyahu’s impending address to Congress has manufactured a rift between two allies where none does, or should, exist and has reduced a substantive conversation to a simplistic ad-hominem attack. I write this as someone who … Continue reading

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Wiping Israel off the Map

There is something pathetic about the fact that Collins Bartholomew should have chosen to publish an atlas in 2014 in which the State of Israel does not exist. A spokesman for the company is reported as having excused the fact … Continue reading

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No Cause for Celebration

This morning’s Ynet carried an AFP banner photograph of a Palestinian child brandishing a semi-automatic weapon as Gaza celebrated its “victory” over Israel in the recent war of attrition.  In its never ending campaign of deception, Hamas seeks to persuade war weary Gazans … Continue reading

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