This is a beautiful holiday whose agricultural dimension was revived during Zionist settlement of the Land of Israel. Traditions that began in those days, as well as traditions that began much earlier, thrive today in the annual Shavuot celebratins in Israel (marked on Tuesday night and Wednesday this week), as I discuss on PJ Lifestyle with a few representative videos.
And as long as Israelis aren't allegedly involved in offenses against Palestinians, by and large you can't get enlightened people to give a hoot about what's now going on. What does that say about their supposed concern when Israel is supposedly a culprit? I discuss today on Frontpage.
Mideast Outpost, monthly mag of Americans for
a Safe Israel, came out yesterday with its May 2013 issue. It's a special
issue dedicated to Israel's 65th birthday, with a series of great
pieces on the subject. I'm honored to be one of the contributors with
this short piece.
Having known the left both in the U.S. and Israel (in the latter they've become, blessedly, smaller), I've long regarded them as a frightening and fundamentally incomprehensible phenomenon. Why do they make excuses for vicious enemies, like jihadist terrorists, while relating to the conservative elements of their own societies as avatars of pure evil? I think this great piece by Bruce Bawer has some real answers.