• Dutch Media,  Israel,  Judaism,  Opinion

    Gevaarlijke steun aan de BDS-beweging vanuit de Nederlandse Universiteiten

    De afgelopen weken kan je er niet omheen: de volledige escalatie van het langdurig aanhoudende conflict tussen Israël en de Palestijnse gebieden. Zowel aan pro-Israël als aan Pro-Palestina kant wordt al lang niet meer alleen oorlog gevoerd met raketten: inmiddels is ook een ware mediaoorlog ontstaan en wordt in een overweldigend aantal steden in landen over de wereld, waaronder ook in Nederland, hevig gedemonstreerd door Pro-Palestina aanhangers. Waar sommige hun steun betuigen door auto’s in vlaggen te wikkelen, leuzen door de straten te schallen, of toespraken te organiseren, zijn er ook mensen die oproepen tot medewerking aan de BDS-beweging. Hieronder vallen sinds deze week ook honderden Nederlandse academici: via internet…

  • Judaism,  Mental Health,  Opinion,  Psychiatry,  Times of Israel

    Sarah Halimi’s murder and the moral challenges of Forensic Psychiatry

    [Repost from the Times of Israel] Yesterday, on the 25th of April 2021, approximately 25.000 people gathered in Paris to demonstrate against the Supreme Court of Cassation’s decision to declare the killer of Sarah Halimi z”l as not criminally responsible for the gruesome and tragic murder, that took place just over four years ago. Not only in Paris, but also in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, London and other cities around the world, Jews and others gathered to demand justice for Halimi. Dr. Sarah Attal-Halimi z”l was a beloved Orthodox-Jewish mother and grandmother, who dedicated her life to caring for others as a family physician. On the night of the 4th of…

  • Blog,  Judaism,  Literature

    How to Reflect on Yom HaShoah: Some Thoughts and Recommendations

    Tonight marks the start of Yom HaShoah: Holocaust Remembrance Day (יום הזיכרון לשואה). During this day, the world stands still to remember and reflect on the tragedies and horrors that were performed by the Nazi regime during the Holocaust. We will light candles, delve into testimonies of survivors, and honour the memories of the 6 million Jews, who were systematically hunted, brought to the depths of evil, and then murdered. Here in Israel, tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock, the whole country will stand still in a two-minute silence of solemn reflection. As the sirens will roar through the streets, and the whole country will pause all activities, our hearts will…

  • Judaism,  Opinion,  Times of Israel

    Together as One Nation: Am Yisrael Chai

    [Repost from the Times of Israel] A response to ‘Israeli society needs to disengage from ultra-Orthodox’ by Dr. Ram Fruman, head of the Secular Forum, as published on Ynetnews.  בס”ד        There are often headlines in the news, especially of opinion pieces, that right away grab the attention. Sometimes in a good way, sometimes.. a bit less positive. The above mentioned article, published yesterday on Israeli new platform Ynetnews, is an example of one that grabbed my attention right away: just one day after having binge watched the Israeli TV-series ”Autonomies” (אוטונומיות), by Yehonatan Indursky, maker of the more well-known ”Shtisel”.        ”Autonomies” shows a complete dystopian…