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    JTA Breaking News

  • Sarkozy calls for no vote on Palestine motion

    Marcy Oster
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    (JTA) — Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy called on his party to vote against a motion in the French Parliament to recognize a Palestinian state. “I will fight for the Palestinians to have their state. But unilateral recognition a few days after a deadly attack and when there is no peace process? No!” Sarkozy said Tuesday at a UMP party rally. He was referring to the attack last week at a Jerusalem synagogue by two Palestinian cousins from eastern Jerusalem that left four Jewish worshippers and one policeman dead. Sarkozy called ensuring the security of Israel…
  • Rabbis condemn N.J. rabbi Steven Pruzansky’s anti-Arab rhetoric

    Uriel Heilman
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:57 am
    NEW YORK (JTA) – A growing chorus of Orthodox leaders are speaking out against the anti-Arab rhetoric of a prominent New Jersey rabbi, Steven Pruzansky of Teaneck. Following last week’s terrorist attack at a Jerusalem synagogue, Pruzansky, the spiritual leader of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun, wrote a blog post titled “Dealing with Savages” that said Arabs in the Land of Israel are the enemy and advocated their emigration or deportation. He also suggested moving the mosque atop the Temple Mount to Saudi Arabia. “There is a war for the land of Israel that is being waged, and the Arabs…
  • Swedish lawmakers nix bill requiring parents to pay for circumcision

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    (JTA) — Swedish lawmakers voted down a bill that would require parents to pay for non-medical circumcision of boys. The right-wing Sweden Democrats party brought the bill to a vote Tuesday at the regional council of Blekinge County in the country’s south, Sveriges Radio reported. The party claimed that the practice should not be covered by the healthcare system because it is barbaric and compared it to female genital mutilation, according to Swedish media. But the argument encountered passionate objections during the debate that preceded the voting, including by Anna Ekstrom of…
  • Israel revokes residency permit of Jerusalem synagogue attacker’s wife

    Marcy Oster
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Interior Ministry revoked the residency permit of the widow of one of the terrorists who attacked a Jerusalem synagogue last week. Interior Minister Gilad Erdan announced Wednesday that Nadia Abu Jamal will be required to leave Israeli territory and will be stripped of any financial benefits she receives from the state. “All those weighing whether to engage in terror, all those thinking about harming innocent citizens, all those involved in terror, need to take into account that there will likely be repercussions, not only personally, but for his…
  • Polish town reconsidering plan to turn Jewish cemetery into apartment complex

    Marcy Oster
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:43 am
    WARSAW, Poland (JTA) — A town in central Poland is reconsidering a development plan that would turn a Jewish cemetery into a residential complex with underground parking. The Jewish community of Warsaw and local activist Robert Augustyniak, who is not Jewish, had protested the plan. The City Council in Grodzisk Mazowiecki held a public discussion of the plan on Monday. Following the meeting, Mayor Grzegorz Benedykcinski suspended action on the plan pending clarification of the cemetery’s boundaries. The Jewish cemetery in Grodzisk was divided after World War II with a small…
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    Israel News

  • Egypt Opens Crossing to Gaza for 1st Time in Month

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:47 am
    Egyptian authorities have temporarily re-opened a border crossing with the Gaza Strip to allow Palestinians stranded outside the territory to return home. The crossing has been closed since Oct. 24, when 31 Egyptian soldiers were killed in a militant ambush near the border town of Rafah.
  • Israeli bus runs over two Palestinians in Jenin, 1 dead

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:18 pm
    An Israeli bus driver ran over two Palestinian at al-Jalama checkpoint in Jenin, killing one person and injuring another, Palestinian security sources said Tuesday. Palestinian security sources told Ma'an that Noor Hassan Naim Salim, 22, and Alaa Kayid Salim, 20, from Nablus were injured after being ran over by an Israeli bus.
  • Israeli police chief criticizes Jewish activists

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    Jewish activists bent on gaining greater access to a sensitive Jerusalem holy site should not visit there, Israel's police chief said Tuesday. The sacred shrine known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary has been the focal point of deadly violence between Jews and Arabs in recent weeks.
  • Israeli police say Arab stabs Jew in Jerusalem

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:12 am
    A 12-year-old boy has been fatally shot by Cleveland police after brandishing what turned out to be a replica gun, prompting a legislator to call for such fakes to be brightly colored. Cleveland police say an officer was less than 10 feet away when he fatally shot a 12-year-old boy who had what turned out to be a replica gun.
  • Sen. Warren meets leaders on Middle East trip

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has met with Israeli and Palestinian leaders during a tour of the Middle East, her first official congressional trip overseas. Warren's office confirmed the Massachusetts Democrat met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel on Monday.
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    ynet - Opinion

  • Israel will still have a friend in the Pentagon

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:35 am
    Analysis: No matter who replaces Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense, the policy dictated by Obama – that the US is committed to Israel's security – will remain unchanged.
  • Al-Sisi's peace plan

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Analysis: The general-turned-president would like to send Egyptian forces into the West Bank and Gaza, as a temporary measure until Israel and the Palestinians strike a peace deal; as tempting as it sounds, Israel would do well to be cautious for now.
  • Despite nuclear talks' extension, Iran is still on the verge of a bomb

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Analysis: Decision to extend Geneva interim agreement holds several advantages and potential risks. It will be Western intelligence organizations' job to minimize risks and prevent Iran from using next seven months to advance its nuclear ambitions.
  • Evil spirit taking over Middle Eastern studies

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:32 am
    Op-ed: The source of hostility toward Israel can be found in the American academia. If this is the education young students get, what will the lecturers of the next decade teach?
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    ynet - News

  • Netanyahu: I oppose a bi-national state

    26 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    Prime minister forced to attend parliamentary session under '40 signature' rule, as MKs attack government policy on contentious 'Jewish nationhood' bill.
  • Abbas slams Jewish nationhood bill as 'obstacle to peace'

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    Visiting South Africa, Palestinian President Abbas says he supports Knesset members who oppose plan to cement Israel's status as official nation-state of Jewish people.
  • Egypt opens Rafah crossing Wednesday, Thursday

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:23 am
    Crossing to allow thousands of stranded Palestinians to return to Gaza Strip after month-long closure following deadly terror attack that killed 31 Egyptian soldiers.
  • Abbas' book reveals: The 'Nazi-Zionist plot' of the Holocaust

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:35 pm
    In 1982 doctorate, Palestinian president not only doubts existence of gas chambers, number of Jews perished, he also accuses Zionist movement of secretly colluding with the Nazis and supporting the genocide of the Jews of Europe.
  • The first line of defense

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:51 am
    Har Nof's neighborhood watch was set up by local residents after a spate of burglaries; it's members say that despite the terrible events of last week, there will be no hatred and no calls for revenge from the tolerant neighborhood.
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  • Video: Vile Anti-Israel Palestinian Propaganda Movie Co-Opts Anne Frank

    Aussie Dave
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:45 am
    We are already used to the Israel haters co-opting Anne Frank for their propaganda, but seeing this still shocked me. To make matters worse, when I initially saw the footage, I thought the part with Branko Lustig had been inserted from another documentary without his permission. Seems I was wrong. From Deadline: Here’s an exclusive first-look at Anne Frank: Then And Now, which explores the lives of Anne Frank and the eight Palestinian girls cast to play her in a retelling of Frank’s famous diary. Part drama and part documentary, it was shot in Arabic with English subtitles. The film was…
  • Anti-Israel Celebrity of The Day: Reggie Bush

    Aussie Dave
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:51 am
    Yesterday, I posted about the exploitation by anti-Israel activists of unrest arising from the grand jury decision to not indict the Ferguson officers. It now seems they have a celebrity ally: Reggie Bush of the Detroit Lions, who posted the following to his almost half a million followers on Instagram: No matter who you are, what color skin you have, where you live, we are all in this together! This isn’t a Ferguson problem it’s a Global Problem! We need change NOW! What happened to humanity? #JusticeForMikeBrown This spread around the media like wildfire, which I’m sure…
  • Anjem Choudary Knows How To Fix The Problems in Ferguson

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    Hamas-supporter and 9/11 jokester Imam Anjem Choudary has helpfully proposed the answer to the problems in Ferguson. It’s so simple, it fits in a single tweet! The solution to the racism which is still alive in #Ferguson USA is Islam which unites human beings & transcends race, colour & nationality — Anjem Choudary (@anjemchoudary) November 25, 2014 Why didn’t I think of that? He explains further: #Ferguson for US Barack Obama is not black enough for rednecks & a 'coconut' for black activists. Islam eradicated racism over 1400 yrs ago! — Anjem…
  • Media Bias of The Day: The Times They Are A-Changin’ Edition

    Aussie Dave
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:18 am
    Today’s edition of The Times reported on developments regarding a proposed, controversial “nation state law” (which should be the subject of a post in itself). This is how they did so. Spot the particularly disconcerting part? If you said “What on earth does a photo of destruction in Gaza have to do with this proposed law?”, you would be correct. The two are about as related as, say, Ferguson and Israel. Then again, when you are trying to portray Israel as a villain, relevance is not such an issue. Update: Success! My friend Melvyn Mildiner, who spotted this…
  • Israel Haters Exploiting Ferguson Unrest

    Aussie Dave
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:16 am
    The grand jury decision not to indict the Ferguson police in the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown has been met with chaos. Interestingly enough – but probably not surprisingly – there is an Israel connection: some of the protesters are anti-Israel activists trying to exploit the heated passions by connecting what happened in Ferguson to the palestinian anti-Israel cause. For instance, this was spotted in Seattle: And have a look at this protester who grabbed and broke a Fox News camera live on air. Notice how he is wearing a keffiyeh. Not only that, but the mask is…
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    Chayyei Sarah

  • Moscow (Part XXIV - The Matrushka Doll Museum)

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    (Click here for Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII,VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX, XX, XXI, XXII, and XXIII)The next day, Monday, was my LAST DAY in Moscow, and I still had not gone to the Kremlin OR the Matrushka Doll Museum, but meanwhile I was scheduled to be back at The Jewish Agency in the afternoon for some meetings. I needed to make the morning COUNT.I looked at a map and decided to take a taxi to the Doll Museum first, since it was way out of the way, to…
  • Moscow (Part XXIII - Sunday at The Jewish Agency)

    12 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    (Click here for Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII,VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX, XX, XXI and XXII.)Most people don’t realize that The Jewish Agency is involved in a lot more than “just” immigration to Israel. Among lots of other things, the Sochnut, as it’s known in Hebrew, has a hand in an incredible variety and scope of Jewish education programs around the world, especially in the former Soviet Union and South America. There are children in the former…
  • Moscow (Part XXII - The Kremlin)

    12 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    (Click here for Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII,VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX, XX, and XXI.)Sunday morning shone bright and cold, and I was ready to see the Kremlin! My feet still hurt real bad in those boots, and because of the toe I’d squashed at the Jewish Museum, but I hardly felt sick anymore at all, I had money in my wallet, and I was on my way!I looked carefully at the maps and saw that if I got off the subway at the “Biblioteka” stop, I could then walk…
  • Moscow (Part XXI - Money and a Plan!)

    6 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    (Click here for Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII,VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX and XX.)Shabbat ended, and it was time to get money! I was so scared something would go wrong – the PIN wouldn't work, or something else –  that I delayed finding out by first going back to the supermarket to finally get the banana that I hadn't been able to purchase the first time. If I was going to be in deep trouble, alone in Russia with no money, at least I should have a…
  • Moscow (Part XX - Shabbat Day)

    6 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    (Click here for Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII,VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII and XIX.)In typical Chabad style, the prayer services on Saturday morning started at 10 am(very late by most standards). I showed up at noon, and they were still at Torah reading (that is, about halfway through the service). I was glad I'd slept in! There was a bar mitzvah that morning, and at the end of Torah reading the women in the balcony threw down candies at the bar mitzvah boy. I felt happy and…
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  • “Apartheid” Israelis call for honoring Druze officer

    Meryl Yourish
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:34 am
    The Druze police officer who was murdered Muslim by terrorists yesterday while helping defend Israeli Jews is being laid to rest, and religious Jews are calling for Israelis to go to his funeral and show their respect for his sacrifice.The Druze police officer who lost his life in Tuesday’s terror attack is being honored by the ultra-Orthodox community, which was hit the hardest in the deadly terror attack on a synagogue, and the community is urging Haredi youths to attend the young officer’s funeral service.The ultra–Orthodox community determined Wednesday that Master-Sergeant…
  • This is what incitement causes

    Meryl Yourish
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    The Palestinians lying about Israel attacking the al-Aqsa mosque, and their leaders inciting the religious hatred, have gotten what they want: Four rabbis are dead and eight Jews were wounded in a terror attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem. They entered an Orthodox synagogue in west Jerusalem–on the Israeli side of the Green Line–and murdered four with a gun, an axe, and knives. They invaded a Yeshiva and murdered Jews while praying during morning services.Four people were killed Tuesday morning when two terrorists brutally attacked worshippers in a synagogue and yeshiva in the Har…
  • Kitty pictures required

    Meryl Yourish
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:46 pm
    So here’s Meimei.
  • Reversing cause and effect

    Meryl Yourish
    11 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    The world media is reporting on Mahmoud Abbas’ fiery speech on the tenth anniversary of mass murderer Yasser Arafat’s death. They breathlessly report his accusations that Israel is “provoking” a “religious war”. And this is why, according to the Guardian. Note not only the reversal of importance–the Muslim claim is always put first–but the minimization of the importance of the site in Judaism.The clashes of the past three weeks – which have included four deadly attacks and an attempted assassination – have been exacerbated by tension over…
  • The murderous Iranian regime

    Meryl Yourish
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    On the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the Iranian Supreme Leader released a nine-step plan to eliminate Israel. The world media mostly yawned. The AP can barely manage to eke out one final-paragraph mention of it in its story about the Iranian nuclear agreement today.Kerry spoke early Tuesday with Netanyahu, but the State Department officials refused to discuss why the Israeli prime minister believed a deal was imminent. The officials said Kerry also condemned comments posted this weekend on the managed Twitter account of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that called for…
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    Benji Lovitt

  • Can We Please Not Call This an Intifada Just Yet?

    22 Nov 2014 | 11:37 pm
    My latest on the Times of Israel. Nothing funny here… For years after Michael Jordan became the greatest basketball player in the world, the media sought to anoint the heir to this throne. “Is this the next Jordan? Is that the next Jordan?” Sometimes before the prospect had even played a game in the NBA. Eventually the alternate opinions spoke up, saying: “Enough. Let the next legendary player evolve naturally and *become* great; he can’t be crowned before he’s done a thing.” People’s impatience, tendency to rush to judgment, and desire to “be first to report”…
  • Top 11 AP headlines in history

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:41 am
    Yesterday, a Palestinian terrorist drove his car into a crowd of people waiting for a train. A three-month old baby was killed. A police officer shot the fleeing murderer. The Associated Press (AP) found it appropriate to report the story with the following headline. If that’s not the most ridiculous journalistic account of an event, I don’t know what is. Well done, AP. The headline has since been changed. Too little, too late. On that note, let’s take a look back at the top 11 AP headlines throughout history. 11. Titanic Assaults Iceberg 10. Princess Di Terrorizes Streets of Paris 9.
  • My American Month

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:29 pm
    Boker tov from autumnal Tel Aviv-it’s officially acharei hachagim (after the holidays) which means you have to start doing all those things you put off. It’s been busy here in Beit Lovitt. Like a lot of people here, I kept working during the chagim (not ON the chagim but all the off-days) preparing for my next trip to the States. So far in 2014, I’ve been to the US for a quick trip for Limmud NY, then over Purim for shows, then again for Yom Haatzmaut, and then for a family simcha. Add that to my annual fall tour and I’ll have been to the US five times by the time 2014 comes to a…
  • El Al Service Policy Revealed

    2 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    My latest on the Times of Israel. El Al made the news recently after the disruption of one of their flights by some Haredi passengers who caused flight delays during the seating process. The Times of Israel has managed to obtain a copy of El Al’s most recent customer service policy. El Al is committed to ensuring that your air travel experience will be the most Israeli experience possible. Our commitment and responsibilities are as follows: Affordability El Al will continue to provide the highest fare possible to our customers. If a higher fare is found with another airline, we will match…
  • Eight Years in Israel: Time to Get Serious

    9 Aug 2014 | 11:57 pm
    “A tradition unlike any other” The Masters Tournament…and my aliyah anniversary blog post. While this one sneaks up on me every year, this is in some ways a bigger deal to me than my Yom Haatzmaut list. One, because I am more likely to be writing it in 20 years, two, because it doesn’t cause me to wake up in a cold sweat a week beforehand. “I already used that one in last year’s list?!?!  AAAAAAUGH!!!!!” A few years ago, I was more likely to list my accomplishments (like no longer crying in the fetal position when I got disconnected from Orange). Now?  Just feels…
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    This Normal Life

  • Hillel vs. Shamai or When is it OK to Tell Your Wife’s Friend She Looks Fabulous?

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    The sign on my front door read, “Men, please announce yourself.” It was a Friday around 1:00 PM and my arms were filled with pre-Shabbat shopping: challah from Pe’er, still moist chocolate rugalach from Marzipan, eggplant dip in Thailandi sauce from Tzidkiyahu. The Jerusalem Post, of course. I walked right in.“Don’t come up!” my wife Jody called down immediately from the living room, up a half flight of stairs, as she detected my familiar shuffle. “There are women changing up here! And you’re the only man in the house.”Not exactly a “house” anymore. Our Jerusalem…
  • Tragedy in Nepal Brings Back Trekking Memories

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    The tragedy in Nepal two weeks ago, where 40 trekkers, including four Israelis, lost their lives in a sudden freak snowstorm along the well-traveled Annapurna route brought back a flood of memories from my own trip to the Nepalese Himalayas. In 2011, my family and I went hiking in the same Annapurna region, and, although we didn’t navigate across the 5,400-meter high Thorong La Pass – which saw the brunt of the storm and most of the casualties when near zero visibility and sub zero temperatures shocked travelers who set out on what seemed an ordinary, October clear sky day – we trekked…
  • Members of the Tribe

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:18 am
    Birds do the nuttiest things. In a flock, some of the birds will voluntarily serve as sentries, scanning the horizon for predators and calling out warnings. Having a sentry is good for the group but bad for the sentry, which has less time to search for food and, by issuing a warning call, is more likely to be spotted by the predator. Why do they do it then? And how, if Darwin’s theory of natural selection holds, does a sentry gene get passed on if in fact many of the sentries wind up sacrificing their lives for the greater good of the group? This was one of the questions raised in an…
  • Ireland, Identity and Avoiding Anti-Semitism

    24 Sep 2014 | 3:10 am
    “If anyone asks where we’re from, say America, not Israel.” Those were the instructions I gave to my wife and children for how to minimize friction while traveling outside of Israel after a summer where protests bordering on (and sometimes overtly embracing) anti-Semitism raged across Europe. Our vacation – ten days in Ireland, hiking, drinking and enjoying Irish music in the country’s ubiquitous pubs – was planned long before Operation Protective Edge and its international impact began, and we flew out of Israel scarcely a week after the last missile was downed by the Iron Dome.
  • Wartime Unity at Hutzot HaYotzer

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    In a summer where nearly every large-scale outdoor event was canceled on instruction by Israel’s Home Front Command, the annual Hutzot HaYotzer International Arts and Crafts Festival in Jerusalem represented a desperately needed welcome breather. Now in its 39th year, Hutzot HaYotzer is the country’s preeminent place to meet talented local artists – nearly 200 in total – who park their wares in a picturesque valley watched over by the walls of the Old City and who put on a smile for 12 days, as they pitch their hand crafted earrings, sparkly necklaces, ceramic hamsa’s and natural…
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    Daniel Pipes :: Writings

  • A Quiet Clash at the Swedish Foreign Ministry

    14 Nov 2014 | 4:29 am
    Sweden is arguably the most "European" of European countries by virtue of its historically cohesive nationhood ("one big family"), militaristic and socialist legacies, untrammeled immigration, unmatched political correctness, and a supercilious claim to
  • Terrorism Defies Definition

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    Defining terrorism has practical implications because formally certifying an act of violence as terrorist has important consequences in U.S. law. Terrorism suspects can be held longer than criminal suspects after arrest without an indictment They can be
  • ISIS Justifies Its Yazidi Slaves

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:22 pm
    That the Islamic State (ISIS) has enslaved Yazidi women and children it captured is an established fact; for example, a United Nations report found that "300 [Yazidi] women had been forced into slavery." Now, in its slick multi-language journal, ISIS
  • Congress: Stop Subsidizing Biased Middle East Studies

    10 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    In return for receiving taxpayer funds for foreign regional studies, universities must agree, according to Title VI of the Higher Education Act (HAE), to conduct "public outreach" programs aimed at K-12 teachers and the general public. Problem is, as
  • André Carson, Islamist Choice for the House of Representatives

    7 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    In politics, the adage goes, follow the money. And so, data abound for contributions from trial lawyers, insurance brokers, and even optometrists. But what about Islamists, those Muslims who seek to replace the Constitution with the Koran and apply
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    Good News from Israel

  • The Chanukah Page and over 500 Chanukah Videos

    20 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    Hi Everyone!Chanukah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, is observed for eight days, beginning on the evening of the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev. This year Chanukah starts Tuesday night, December 16, 2014.Chanukah is a wonderful holiday of renewed dedication, faith, hope and spiritual light. It's a holiday that says: "Never lose hope." Chanukah commemorates the victory of a small band of Maccabees over the pagan Syrian-Greeks who ruled over Israel. The Chanukah Page includes lesson sites in several languages, videos, songs, English Hebrew vocabulary lists, recipes, games, humor,…
  • The Train Ride that I will Never Forget

    6 Nov 2014 | 5:48 am
    Hi Everyone!I had the privilege to see something totally amazing.Please read it and a good day,Jacob
  • Computer Jobs in Israel (CJI) is Back!

    6 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    Hi Everyone!It has been eight months since the last CJI report.I decided to restart the CJI reports and plan to send out the next report during the second week of November.I am restarting the CJI list on a new mail sever (Mad Mimi). There are currently thousands of subscribers on the old PHP List server. There are probably many expired email addresses on the old list.To avoid problems on the new server, I am not transferring the old emails to the new system. All subscribers (yes, including those subscribed over 18 years ago) need to subscribe again you add your…
  • My English Hebrew Dictionary - Winter Vocabulary

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Hi Everyone!I created a set of English Hebrew winter vocabulary study sheets with 84 winter related words.The address forward this message to anyone that may be interested in learning Hebrew. Thanks!Have a good day,Jacob
  • New: The Shabbat Page, Updated: The Noach Page

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Hi Everyone!I created The Shabbat Page on my website page includes Lessons, Parsha pages, Videos, English Hebrew Vocabulary Lists, Recipes, Games and Clipart about Shabbat.The address also updated the Noach Page which has links to children parsha pages, commentary pages, songs, humor items (including the Bill Cosby Noach skit), and a section on Noach stamps, graphics and clipart.The address both pages.Feedback is welcome.Please share the pages with friends. Thank you.Have a good week,Shavua Tov,Jacob
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    The Muqata

  • Israeli History: UN, 9th century CE

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Every Sabbath, Jews read a portion of the Torah (the parsha).  Today we read through the whole Torah in one year, but the ancient Israeli custom was to finish the Torah twice in a 7-year cycle.   The Midrash are compilations of ancient synagogue Sabbath sermons, originating from the period knows as the Dark Ages (3rd-13th centuries) and mostly written in Israel.  They generally follow the Israeli custom.   Most Midrash focus on the first verse or two of the Israeli 'seder', the 'portion of the week'.Midrash Tanhuma was written in Israel around the 9th century. Here is my…
  • The Holiest Sports Arena on Earth

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    FirstEnergy Stadium, Madison Square Garden, Yankee Stadium?Rome's Coliseum?The Holiest Sports Arena on Earth is right here in Jerusalem...on the Temple Mount! Or as the rest of the world likes to refer to it, Haram al-Sharif.This holy place which "offends" Muslim leaders when Jews silently and peacefully walk through the area, is also the place where holy Muslim children play holy sports games, such as soccer (European football), volleyball and others.Yet it's a terrible provocation for Jews to walk there....let alone move their lips in silent prayer in the holiest sports arena on the…
  • PM Netanyahu's Speech at UN Sept. 29 2014

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Thank you, Mr. President, Distinguished delegates,I come here from Jerusalem to speak on behalf of my people, the people of Israel. I’ve come here to speak about the dangers we face and about the opportunities we see. I’ve come here to expose the brazen lies spoken from this very podium against my country and against the brave soldiers who defend it. Ladies and Gentlemen, The people of Israel pray for peace. But our hopes and the world’s hope for peace are in danger. Because everywhere we look, militant Islam is on the march. It’s not militants. It’s not Islam. It’s militant…
  • Where in the World is Mohammed Zoabi?

    28 Sep 2014 | 2:57 am
    Where is the Muqata's friend -- Israeli-Arab Zionist Teenager, Mohammed Zoabi?Many of you who have been following the Muqata FB page know about the Israeli-Arab Zionist teenager, Mohammed Zoabi - who proudly expressed his support for Israel, and not only condemned the abduction of the 3 Jewish teens this summer (as opposed to his infamous cousin, MK Hanin Zoabi -- the Hamas cheerleader in the Knesset), yet young Mohammed also threatened the terrorists that they should return the abducted teens safe and sound if they knew what was good for them.Mohammed was ultimately correct, and while the 3…
  • IDF Operation Protective Edge - August 26, 2014

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Newest updates will be at the top. To refresh [F5 key]8:00pm Hamas Victory in Gaza includes: No Water, No Electricity, 350,000 refugees. All they get is the opening of the humanitarian conveys via the border crossings with israel (which Israel keeps open anyway).There will be discussions about an air/sea port for Gaza, but nothing is promised.Israel will discuss the demilitarization of Gaza, but nothing is promised.The cease fire has no stated end point.8pm Antisemitism in New York Jewish couple…
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    Green Prophet

  • How your DNA has evolved with parasites

    Green Prophet
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:57 pm
    Parasites need to adapt to continue living off their hosts. Almost every type of organism on earth faces parasitism, including us humans. Ecologists have assumed that the parasite has influenced the...
  • Hat’s off to Israel’s LifeBeam for wearable tech

    Laurie Balbo
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Research and development focused on the aerospace industry has spawned dozens of designs useful in everyday life. Now LifeBeam, an Israeli company that designs high-end gadgets worn by jet pilots and...
  • Israeli water technologies migrate to China’s new water city

    Karin Kloosterman
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Israeli Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett (above right) launched the flagship “Water City” project in China this week, announcing that the city of Shouguang in the Shandong province...
  • NASA visualizes unfortunate truths about our atmosphere

    Brian Nitz
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:10 pm
    NASA’s newly released video of the earth has a strange hypnotic beauty that resembles the shifting sands of the desert or the psychedelic swirling colors of soap bubbles. But this video reveals...
  • Ritz-Carlton green campaign takes root in Riyadh 

    Laurie Balbo
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    A hundred employees from The Ritz-Carlton in Riyadh planted over 300 trees in the hotel’s surroundings as part of a new environmental campaign called Green Earth, Clean Earth. The project is...
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    Jewlicious THE Jewish Blog

  • Voices Against Violence: A Jerusalem Gathering

    Guest Post
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:52 pm
    Guest post by Amy Oppenheimer Jerusalem. The city of gold. The city of peace. And sometimes the city of violence. But not the type of violence that you might expect. Today marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and just last night 40 women and men gathered in a local Jerusalem […]
  • Who is 2014’s Sexiest Rabbi?

    23 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Jewrotica has announced the opening of nominations for this year’s sexiest Rabbis. I guess I should say “sexiest” because, despite the site’s nomenclature, this isn’t a contest about sexiness as it is commonly understood. Last year’s search highlighted a number of rabbis across the denominational spectrum, who were nominated by the public at large. Some […]
  • JewliciousEats: Jewish Soul Food for Shabbat Toldot and Thanksgiving

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Jewish Soul Food: From Minsk to Marrakesh, More Than 100 Unforgettable Dishes Updated for Today’s Kitchen by Janna Gur Pub Date: October 28, 2014 Schocken Press Shabbat Toldot and the week prior to Thanksgiving in the United States. In Toldot (generations) we learn about a lentil stew between brothers, and we study about a few […]
  • Dumb&Dumber: UCLA Council Votes for BDS

    19 Nov 2014 | 4:35 pm
    As the world mourned for those in a Jerusalem synagogue who were butchered and murdered without mercy, UCLA’s undergraduate elected student government voted 8-2-2 to pass a resolution that calls for the University of California to divest from any U.S. public company that is involved in the West Bank or Gaza. As you may recall, […]
  • JewliciousReels: Notes from the Jewish Film Fest Circuit

    18 Nov 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Unfortunately due to poor planning, I did not make it to the Boston Jewish Film Festival this year (its 26th edition), but I did score some tickets to the NYC DOC fest and Manhattan’s OTHER ISRAEL festival of films and panels. Some of the highlights from Boston were (39 films from 14 counties): Ester Amrami’s […]
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  • Do You Also Have a Fear of Success?

    Jacob Share
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    I had a revelation recently. New years The end of the Annual JobMob Guest Blogging Contest always coincides with the beginning of the fall and Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year. Growing up in Canada, my dad the businessman would also talk about the beginning of the fiscal year. Any way you put it, it’s a good time to take a look back at what you’ve accomplished in 12 months and what you can accomplish in the next 12. The recent look back was troubling for me, to say the least. The just-completed guest blogging contest was a resounding success and helped revitalize JobMob, but…
  • Please Take The 2014 JobMob Census (You’ll Be Glad You Did)

    Jacob Share
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you’re a regular JobMob reader or subscriber, this is for you. Why do a census? To make JobMob better for you and for me. If I know who you are and what you want, it’ll be a lot easier for me to help you. If I know that’s helping you, I’m more likely to help others like you. The results of last year’s census directly influenced some of the articles I’ve posted here since, and showed me how important the upcoming JobMob evolution will be moving forward. It only takes a few minutes. I specifically set things up to be as easy and as quick as possible. There…
  • Ask The Readers: How Should JobMob Evolve?

    Jacob Share
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    After a new logo, now it’s time to discuss a new blog design. After Round 1 Voting for a new JobMob logo and then the followup Round 2 Voting, the final logo is being tweaked by my designers from With a new logo and brand on the way, a fresh new look for JobMob is next on the todo list. More than a new look, a redesign is a great opportunity to re-imagine what JobMob can be and how the site can help more job seekers than ever. For almost 8 years, you’ve been looking at this: Could use a new coat of paint, no? With that in mind, here are some things to think about: What…
  • All The Internships You Need In Israel For 2015

    Jacob Share
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Which internship or fellowship is best for you this year? Winter, summer, year-round, paid, free, it’s all here. And if you know of something that isn’t, tell us in the comments, ok? Winter 2015 internships Europ Network – sales and marketing internship (minimum 2 months) and an e-business internship (minimum 3 months). Israel-Asia Center Job Openings – The Israel-Asia Center is currently seeking intern candidates for a number of positions. Although the dates listed begin in 2014, they’ve confirmed that there are still openings and will be more moving forward.
  • From Your Comments: Round 2 Voting For The New JobMob Logo

    Jacob Share
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Now which is your favorite? In Round 1 of the voting, Concept 1 came out strongly with the win, gaining 66% of the vote. That was actually its lowest showing, after initially trending over 80%. With your many email and blog comments in hand, the guys over at Emske have returned with some followup variations. Below are 3 new takes in addition to the Round 1 Winner. Browse them all and then vote in the poll at the bottom, just like last time. And also just like last time – send in your helpful suggestions and detailed feedback, or just a quick reaction. You can see we’re listening…
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  • Peres’s Folly

    Jonathan Rosenblum
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    Uri Savir, co-founder of the Peres Center for Peace and the closest confidant of Shimon Peres, related the following incident in a recent encomium to the former president of Israel. “I once asked [Peres] if after thousands of hours of negotiations with the Palestinian leadership, he understood Palestinians better. He replied, ‘No, I understand human beings better.'” For Savir, of course, that quote represents further proof of Peres’s deep insight. In fact, it is a classic example of one of the most pernicious fallacies of our times: The belief that culture and religion…
  • When I Drifted Off the Path

    Avi Shafran
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:37 pm
    A piece I wrote for the Forward about my short-lived disillusionment with Judaism when I was 12 years old can be read here.
  • Strong and Subtle Slanders

    Avi Shafran
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    The New York Jewish Week was understandably unhappy at the comparison that a respected Modern Orthodox rabbi seemed to make between the paper and the rabid Nazi tabloid Der Stürmer, which, from1923 until 1945, incited Germans with lurid fictions about Jews. Rabbi Steven Pruzansky, spiritual leader of Congregation B’nai Yeshurun, the largest Orthodox synagogue in Teaneck, NJ, recently stepped down from the Beit Din of Bergen County he led for seven years, mainly, he wrote, because of “the negativity associated today with conversion, and the cynicism and distrust fostered by so…
  • Pair of Pieces in Haaretz

    Avi Shafran
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Reform Rabbi Eric Yoffie responded to a piece of mine that appeared recently in Haaretz. The piece I had written is at and his response at I hope to offer a counter-response in coming days.
  • Message From the Har Nof Widows

    Yitzchok Adlerstein
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    [loose translation:] We turn to acheinu Bnei Yisrael wherever they may be. Let us all come together to increase the rachamei Shomayim shown to us! Let us all accept upon ourselves that we will increase love and brotherhood – between each person and his fellow, between community and community, between major group and major group. Our request is that every individual should see to it to accept upon himself on Erev Shabbos Parshas Toldos, to sanctify this coming Shabbos as a day of ahavas chinam. It should be a day that we refrain from all kinds of divisive conversation, lashon hora, and…
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    Elder Of Ziyon - Israel News

  • Daily Beast and IBTimes lie in report about abuse of Palestinian child prisoners

    Elder of Ziyon
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    From The Daily Beast, in an article written by Creede Newton:Israeli jails are known to be brutal and the Palestinian Prisoner’s Club, a group that campaigns for Palestinians arrested inside Israel, recently released a report saying that 40 percent of Palestinian children detained in Jerusalem have been sexually abused.His link for the report goes to an article in International Business Times by Tabatha Kinder:A justice group for Palestinians arrested in Israel has released an explosive report claiming that 40% of children detained by Israeli authorities in Jerusalem have been subjected to…
  • UNRWA teacher accidentally advocates the murder of an anti-Zionist Jew

    Elder of Ziyon
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Mohammed Abu Shehda is a teacher at a UNRWA school in Gaza.He likes violence. A lot.He wrote as a caption to this photo, "What is taken by force can only be restored by force." I don't think he is interested in a negotiated two-state solution.When three teenage Israeli boys were kidnapped, he wrote a congratulatory message along with this poster.Shehda is also a Jew-hater, as he posted this cartoon during the current rash of terror attacks that illustrated the hadith that says that stones and trees will call out to Muslims where the Jews are hiding so they can be properly murdered. This tree…
  • Israel demands NATO act against Turkey for hosting Hamas terror leaders

    Elder of Ziyon
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:39 am
    Israel Hayom (Hebrew) reports that Israel has filed official complaints with NATO about Turkey's ties to Hamas terror.It is unacceptable for a NATO country to maintain ties with a terrorist organization, according to the messages sent to NATO.According to senior political sources in Jerusalem, Hamas runs the political and military headquarters from Istanbul from Damascus following the fighting in Syria. One person working from this office is arch-terrorist Salah al-Arouri. Israel listed a long series of attacks for which Arouri is responsible, including an attempt to stage a coup against the…
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    תרבות -

  • HBO נגד הסיינטולוגים: "נשכור 160 עורכי דין"

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    סרט תיעודי חדש של הרשת המצליחה יעסוק בשמועות על התעללות פיזית בקרב חברי הקהילה הסיינטולוגית בהוליווד. HBO נערכת למאבק המשפטי לאחר שבעבר נמנעה הפצתו של הספר עליו מבוסס הסרט החדש. מפיקי הסרט מבטיחים: "הפעם נבוא מוכנים"
  • האמת על קורט קוביין: תיעוד נדיר של סולן נירוונה

    26 Nov 2014 | 4:33 am
    סרט תיעודי חדש שהופק בסיוע בני משפחתו ושותפיו ללהקה של קוביין, יחשוף חומרים חדשים מארכיון הזמר, וינסה "לקרוא תיגר על המיתולוגיה שנוצרה סביב קורט, ולהציג דיוקן אנושי של אחד היוצרים הגדולים של דורנו". הסרט לא יעסוק בהתאבדותו של קוביין
  • צפו: טיזר חדש לעונה החמישית של משחקי הכס

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    רשת HBO העלתה לחשבון הטוויטר של הסדרה טיזר קצר לקראת העונה החמישית של "משחקי הכס", שתעלה לשידור באביב 2015
  • אריק איינשטיין ועמיר בניון: אלוף לבן ואלוף שחור

    26 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    הסמיכות בין יום השנה לפטירתו של אריק איינשטיין ז"ל לפרשת השיר "אחמד אוהב ישראל" של עמיר בניון, אינה מקרית. הקריירות של שני האמנים שהגיעו מקצוות שונים של החברה הישראלית דומות. השניים ביצעו את השיר "יש בי אהבה", שנותר רלוונטי כתמיד
  • פיבי עושה "קאמבק": הסדרה שצוחקת על עצמה

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:36 am
    כוכבת "חברים" חוזרת לעונה נוספת של הסאטירה ההוליוודית המטרידה. ליסה קודרו: "אני לא סתם אדם אמיתי. אני שחקנית"
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    רכילות -

  • האם ציון ברוך הוא היועץ החדש של השר כץ?

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:15 am
    בפגישה בלשכת שר התחבורה, בחנו השניים רעיון חדשני שימנע מכם ביורוקרטיה ברכישת הרכב הבא. כץ: "אבדוק את זה ברצינות"
  • רק רצה להיות אבא: בן נולד לאייל ורוסלנה

    22 Nov 2014 | 12:39 pm
    לאחר שנה שבה שמו של הזמר עלה לכותרות בנסיבות לא מחמיאות, גולן הפך בפעם השלישית לאב. ליולדת ולילד שלום, שיהיה במזל טוב
  • מי רוצה להציץ לצ'אטים של הסלבס?

    19 Nov 2014 | 2:19 am
    טאלנטים ברחבי העולם יאפשרו למעריצים לצפות בצ'אטים הפרטיים שלהם באמצעות וייבר. גם טל ברמן ואביעד קיסוס הישראלים הצטרפו לחגיגה. בקרוב ייחשפו שמותיהם של טאלנטים נוספים
  • ג'ניס דיקינסון: ביל קוסבי אנס גם אותי

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:12 am
    גם "דוגמנית העל הראשונה" טוענת שהקומיקאי הותיק אנס אותה, והתלונות כלפיו ממשיכות להערם. רשת נטפליקס משכה את שידור תוכנית הספיישל של קוסבי שאמורה הייתה לעלות בסוף החודש
  • למה הסלבס עוטים פתאום שפמים?

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:58 am
    בימים אלה מציינים בעולם ובישראל את חודש מובמבר להעלאת המודעות לסרטן הערמונית ובריאות הגבר. עומר דרור, מאיר אדוני, עידו מוסרי ואפילו בנות המין היפה גילת אנקורי וח"כ תמנו שטה הצטרפו לקמפיין המסורתי
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    Niv Calderon

  • טכנולוגיה לבישה ואני: אחרי הרצאה כפולה מול כתות ח׳

    Niv Calderon
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    היום העברתי שתי הרצאות של 45 דקות, אחת אחרי השניה, על טכנולוגיות לבישות בשכבת ח׳ בבית ספר ברמת גן. זה היה כל כך מגניב! 1- הקירות בבית הספר מלאים בערכים כמו יזמות, מנהיגות, הובלה כשלידם עוד טקסטים המתארים את החשיבות בלדעת להציג פרזנטציה, לקרוא מספרים וטבלאות והחשיבות שבנטוורקינג. זה פנטסטי. 2- ל- 90% מהילדים יש […]
  • מחשוב לביש והחוויה האנושית: מחשבות ותמונות

    Niv Calderon
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:53 pm
    אתמול אחר הצהריים דיברתי מול קהל של מהנדסים בכנס בבית מלון בים המלח. איזה כיף היה! 80 מהנדסים ומהנדסות ישבו על התחת שעה וחצי ונשארו עד הסוף כדי להשתתף ולשאול המון שאלות. ההדגמה של הגלאס על הבמה עברה מעולה, כולם הרימו ידיים להתנדב ולהתנסות! התגובות האותנטיות של שני אנשים על הבמה עשו את זה לגמרי לכל […]
  • כמה מילים על ההרצאה שלי על מחשוב לביש

    Niv Calderon
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:56 pm
    בקבוצת Wearable Valley שנפתחה במאי השנה הגענו ל 807 יוזרים. במגזין המחשוב הלביש בפליפבורד יש כבר 591 מנויים ואתם מוזמנים להצטרף לשם וגם לשם. 2 אירועי קהילה נוצרו תחת השם Wearable Valley והיד נטויה. אני מחפש אנשים מעניינים לדבר איתם על מחשוב לביש, אם אתם כאלה, דברו איתי כי יש לי משהו מעניין בקנה. ההרצאה מחר בים המלח […]
  • Safety & Global Warming : 2 Ways Wearables Will Impact Us

    Niv Calderon
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Making a difference. Period. Recently I’ve been thinking about the role of wearables in our lives. Wearables must differentiate themselves from regular mobile devices or from being a technology driven fashion statement or else they’ll be considered gadgets for people with fetish and other geeks. Wearables have the opportunity to be things that make a difference in […]
  • Why I Started Wearable Valley

    Niv Calderon
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    This is the first newsletter I ever send on behalf of myself. It’s quite exciting I have to say. I’ve embedded the Wearable Valley Newsletter below, but newsletters have a nature of disappearing after a year, here is the PDF version of it. You can subscribe to the Wearable Valley newsletter to get it to your email whenever […]
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    Daily News Alert from Israel - COP/JCPA

  • Iran Reaps Less Ready Cash from Eased Sanctions than Predicted

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Bloomberg) Indira A.R. Lakshmanan - Sanctions relief to Iran is generating billions of dollars less in immediate benefits for Iran than officials anticipated - and billions more than expected in oil revenue accumulating in restricted accounts. According to figures declassified by the Obama administration, Iran's direct benefit in cash and non-oil exports in the first six months of this year was $2 billion less than the administration predicted - $4.6 billion instead of as much as $7 billion. Iran also earned $4.7 billion more from higher combined sales of crude oil than it had in the…
  • Key Provincial Capital in Iraq May Fall to Islamic State

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (McClatchy) Susannah George - Islamic State fighters on Tuesday penetrated to the core of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Iraq's largest province, prompting local security officials to warn that the city was on the verge of falling to the extremists. Such a gain would be the Islamic State's most significant victory in months. Ramadi is one of the last pockets of government control in Anbar, the province that abuts Baghdad. Local security forces and tribesmen initially succeeded in resisting the Islamic State's newest advance, but commanders on the ground say a lack of continuous air support…
  • A Palestinian ICC Gambit Would Reach Far Beyond Parties to the Conflict

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Washington Post) Eugene Kontorovich - If PA leader Mahmoud Abbas accepts the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC), that decision would have far-flung diplomatic and legal implications. One major consequence is that any subsequent investigation would certainly focus on alleged Palestinian crimes at least as surely as Israeli ones. Moreover, a potential ICC investigation could scrutinize the conduct of senior Hamas operatives based in Turkey and Qatar. The decision of the Special Court for Sierra Leone in the case of Charles Taylor, and other decisions by international…
  • Dutch Foreign Minister: Recognizing Palestinian State Won't Promote Peace

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (JTA) Cnaan Liphshiz - Newly appointed Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders said he opposed recognizing Palestinian statehood because it would not contribute to renewed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. "The overwhelming majority, including the Dutch government, believes that it does not contribute to the priority issue of restarting negotiations if we all of a sudden go ahead [and recognize a Palestinian state] because Sweden also did it," Koenders said.
  • This Is Not the Time to Make More Concessions to the Ayatollahs

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Wall Street Journal) Jose Maria Aznar - When Iran's clandestine nuclear efforts and their possible military application were discovered more than a decade ago, the international community called - through several UN resolutions - for a total dismantling of Iran's uranium-enrichment capabilities. In the past year and a half, that goal was abandoned by Western negotiators, and Iran was granted the right to enrich. Iran will be, after any further concessions in this area, a virtual nuclear power. It will be able to produce low-enriched uranium and will have the infrastructure to move to…
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    The ESSENTIAL guide to Israel |

  • Mount Arbel in the Galilee: majestic cliffs, stunning views, and hikes galore!

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Mount Arbel is a stunning mountain in the Lower Galilee that overlooks the Sea of Galilee. And oh boy, does it provide some amazing vistas of the area! Its wonderful cliffs are seen for miles around, but actually being at the top of the cliffs is one of those must-do moments – it truly is a magical place to catch some amazing views of the Golan Heights, and even of Mount Hermon. And not only the views are mouth-watering, there are some spectacular hikes in the area, including access to part of the Jesus Trail. The national park that is located here also includes remnants of an ancient…
  • Tel Aviv bar voted the Best Bar in the Middle East & Africa!

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
    We knew there were some cracking bars in Tel Aviv (here are some of our long-standing faves), but earlier this month the legendary Drinks International magazine voted the Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar as the best bar in the Middle East and Africa! OK, it might not be the typical beer-guzzling joint you were expecting, but The Imperial is the very best place to go for specialty cocktails, at least according to some 330 nightlife and alcohol experts who voted for it. Located in the Imperial Hotel on HaYarkon Street, this bar is a must-see just to check out the awesome knowledge of the bartenders,…
  • Driving into Jerusalem to visit the Old City? Things just got a little easier…

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:06 pm
    If you’re looking to drive into Jerusalem to visit the Old City, a new shuttle service has made things so much easier! Even though we’ve been here for years, driving into Jerusalem has always been a bit of a headache, especially when we’re not so familiar with the route, where to park, etc. We’re guessing you’re in a similar boat… Starting in October 2014, the Municipality of Jerusalem has started a new service: you can now park near the old train station, hop on a shuttle to the Old City, tour the holy sites, and shuttle right back to your car – all for…
  • Robbie Williams lines up a summer 2015 concert in Israel!

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:15 am
    Looks like the summer 2015 concerts are already being lined up – Robbie Williams is on his way to Tel Aviv next summer! With the recent troubles seemingly over and peace and goodwill restored to all men (but not terrorists), concert promoters are now working overtime to make summer 2015 a biggie for music fans in Israel! After the confirmation that legendary US rockers KISS will be performing here in 2015, Robbie Williams is the next big name on the list. Williams has never performed in Israel, and with his career not quite in the superstardom ranks it was maybe 5-10 years ago, it seems…
  • AMAZING Yom Kippur photos that show just how unique this holiday is…

    27 Sep 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Yom Kippur is Israel’s unique gift to the world. A 25 hour glimpse of life without the hustle and bustle of traffic, mindless reality TV, and people that generally suck. Because Yom Kippur just makes all that crap vanish for a few hours… If you need more details, click here for more about the ins and outs of this unique Jewish holiday. Here are some of the pictures we’ve come across, or taken ourselves, which in our opinion, sum up Yom Kippur perfectly… Photo by Daniel Bar On Photo by Ofir Cohen – click to BIG! Photo by Itay Levin Photo by Moti Milrod Photo by…
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    Life in Israel

  • Yatzata Tzadik S04E07 (video)

    Rafi G.
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    this is some show in which they create a problem and check the service repairmen to see who is honest, professional, knows what they are doing, etc. the first technician in this episode is a hassidishe fellow (looks Breslav to me, but I don't really know)... how did he come out?of course it can't be just about how he did, if he was honest or not, if he knew what he was doing.. it has to become a discussion about haredim working...(weirdly, you have to click somewhere along the side to get it to play, and not on the arrow itself) …
  • Amb. Prosor addresses UNGA debate on the Question of Palestine (video)

    Rafi G.
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:44 am
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  • Yeshivishe Reid with a Baltimore twist (video)

    Rafi G.
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:40 am
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  • NACHAS - Feel The Music (Official Music Video)

    Rafi G.
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:31 pm
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  • Official - Eli Marcus Debut Album Promo (video)

    Rafi G.
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Eli Marcus has a nice voice,... it runs in the family. Eli is the brother of the Marcus brothers of 8th day, cousin of Benny Friedman and nephew of Avraham Fried... very talented family------------------------------------------------------Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel------------------------------------------------------
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    Yoel Meltzer | Towards A New Jewish Mindset

  • The Status Quo Myth

    Yoel Meltzer
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    With tensions still high in Jerusalem and throughout the rest of Israel, the latest buzzword that is being bounced around in the regional and international media is “status quo”. More specifically, Israel is accused by the Arabs and their supporters of trying to change the status quo on the Temple Mount while senior government officials in Washington praise Israel for easing restrictions to Muslim worshipers on the Temple Mount in order to preserve the status quo. Similarly, within Israel itself various Jewish MKs criticize other Jewish MKs who insist on ascending the Temple Mount…
  • The Battle for Jerusalem

    Yoel Meltzer
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:35 am
    Months of constant Arab rioting on the Temple Mount and throughout the eastern parts of the city, as well as a spate of recent terrorist attacks, all point to the undeniable fact that the battle for Jerusalem has begun. Although it’s true that many Israeli Jews would prefer to continue living in a comfortable state of denial rather than acknowledging this unpleasant fact, events are quickly making this option impossible. For unlike Tel Aviv or Haifa, Jerusalem is not just another Israeli city. Likewise, it is much more than merely the home of Israel’s parliament. Simply stated, Jerusalem…
  • The God Factor

    Yoel Meltzer
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:56 am
    A major difference between the two sides involved in the ongoing conflict in Gaza is that while Hamas is fighting for what they believe to be a sense of justice, Israel is fighting to restore calm (“quiet will be met with quiet”). Moreover, although we can say that Hamas’s justice is warped or based upon lies and evil, it doesn’t matter. They believe in something and they’re ready to die for it while the Jewish leaders of Israel, descendants of spiritual giants who brought faith and monotheism to the world, for the most part don’t believe in anything beyond…
  • Food For Thought: Rockets from Gaza

    Yoel Meltzer
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    If every one of the roughly 3,300 rockets launched from Gaza in the current conflict had killed at least one Israeli, something clearly possible since we’re not talking about firecrackers, would the world still have criticized Israel for responding disproportionately? Think about it.
  • Temple Mount Event in Tel Aviv – Brief Summary

    Yoel Meltzer
    2 Aug 2014 | 9:53 pm
    The following is a brief summary of a recent event on the subject of the Temple Mount that I organized (together with the Tel Aviv International Salon) in Tel Aviv: In answer to several inquiries that I received, the event in Tel Aviv was mixed. On the one hand the place (Brodt Cener) was very nice, clean and intimate (the TA Intl Salon found the place) and there was a nice turnout of roughly 150 people. On the other hand, although Dr. Gabi Barkay and MK Moshe Feiglin came, MK Ruth Calderon cancelled about 30 minutes before the start of the event. Thus the much anticipated discussion/debate…
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    This Ongoing War: A Blog

  • 25-Nov-14: How different from the Nigerian Islamists are the Pal Arab terrorists?

    This Ongoing War
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
    Two of the girls did, in fact, come back today - with bombsinside their clothes [Image Source]The largest city in the Nigerian state of Borno, is Maiduguri, with a population of about 1.2 million, most of them Muslim.In 2006, at the height of the drama over a newspaper in far-off Denmark publishing cartoon images of the central figure in Islam, riots broke out, fifteen people were killed there and twelve Christian houses of worship were destroyed. And then things got devastatingly worse.Nigeria's highest profile terrorist organization, Boko Haram, visited phenomenal violence on the area…
  • 24-Nov-14: What it takes to be a real man in a society of sociopaths

    This Ongoing War
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    Fathi Hamad, once the Hamas minister of the interior and a man who has a way with words - ugly words, conveying violent hatred, often directed at putting the lives of children at risk - got a mention in a post we published here earlier today, and not for the first time: click here for previous Hamad appearances in our blog.Just this afternoon, by coincidence, someone over at the IDF Spokesperson's Office gave Hamad the ultimate accolade: a poster of his own, and a quote that reminds people of what a man's man this man is:Courtesy IDF Blog [here]Ah, but this Hamad is so much more than just a…
  • 24-Nov-14: Destroying their own children's lives is not the worst option for the terrorists. In their eyes, it may even be the best

    This Ongoing War
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:19 am
    Golda Meir visits a Milwaukee elementary school, 1969[Image Source]Khaled Abu Toameh, writing for the Gatestone Institute today, reviews the unsatisfied list of demands the jihadists of Hamas have made in the three months since the latest phase of their ongoing war with Israel segued into a ceasefire, explains why they are not going to get what they want, and predicts a bad outcome:The only option Hamas faces, therefore, is to attack Israel again as a way of ridding itself of the severe crisis in the Gaza Strip and the growing frustration among Palestinians living there. Hamas's biggest…
  • 23-Nov-14: Global terror: just how well did we think the world was doing?

    This Ongoing War
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Image SourceFor only the second time (the first was a year earlier), a systematic ranking of global terrorism by country has just been published. It delivers some startling findings.The 2014 edition of the Global Terrorism Index (GTI), produced by an organization modestly named Institute for Economics & Peace, headquartered in Sydneyis an attempt to systematically rank the nations of the world according to terrorist activity. The index combines a number of factors associated with terrorist attacks to build an explicit picture of the impact of terrorism over a 10-year period, illustrating…
  • 23-Nov-14: Partial reporting from the lethal Gaza border

    This Ongoing War
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:24 am
    The BBC has a major story to tell at this hour: cold-blooded attempt by trigger-happy IDF soldiers to raise the body count? Maybe. But why does the BBC not also report what Israeli news channels have been reporting since early this morning? That two Palestinian Arabs — one armed with a grenade — were detained near the Kerem Shalom crossing (on the Israel/Gaza border) after infiltrating into Israeli territory just a short time before. Times of Israel knows it. The Jerusalem Post knows it. For crying out loud, even the Palestinian Maan News…
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    The Lighthouse

  • Facebook down in parts of the world

    Erik Zimerman
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Updates to follow.    
  • Gaza – The Big Picture and What Israel Should Do (have done)

    Erik Zimerman
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Nearing what could be the end, or hopefully simply a lull, of this round of fighting in Gaza, it is important to take a step back, look at the big picture, and see what Israel if anything has achieved in what it should have achieved. Throughout this latest conflict I have published several articles discussing various aspects like Kerry’s intervention and The Tactics and Strategy and The demonstrations and Media. I have also covered, the Obama administration’s position and attempt to pressure Israel, and Israel’s flawed PR efforts. War Against The Tunnels How it Began The Danger of…
  • Kerry, Scolded, Breaks After Lighthouse Article

    Erik Zimerman
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    After the release of my devastating article, the pushover John Kerry backtracks and scrambles to excuse his attempted bullying of Israel, pretending that he did not attempt to pressure Israel into a surrender,… i mean ceasefire…  The saying it was Netanyahu’s idea. Though this is clearly and a well documented lie, (yes Netanyahu may have raised the idea of a certain type of ceasefire with security guarantees, not the kerry-qatari-turkish Israeli surrender)… it’s now public record…. Bibi the US is NOT pressuring you into a ceasefire……
  • John Kerry – the man trying to save Hamas by bullying Israel (destroyed)

    Erik Zimerman
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Article Sections Obama could have hardly found a more willing partner than John Kerry, to find form to his virulently anti-Israel policies. From the “creative” backdoor sanctions, using the FAA to attempt to close Israel to air traffic (reported earlier in this article), to traditional massive political pressure and the UN security council, Kerry has thrown everything the administration can muster at Israel in order to stop the IDF from achieving its objectives and defeating the terrorist regime next door. Though Israel can handle Hamas, as Danny Dannon recently stated, it needs a…
  • Operation Protective Edge, Tactics and Strategy

    Erik Zimerman
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    As the 17th day of Operation Protective Edge against the Hamas held Gaza Strip nears, there are a few crucial lessons already clear for the IDF to adapt going forward, and more importantly for the political echelon to heed. The ground incursion phase of the operation is far more recent, about 6 days in total, there has been 3 distinct phases that are now apparent. The first two days of the operation were seemingly quite successful for the IDF. By the end of the second night’s operations, the IDF stood within 1 and 2 kilometers from Gaza city, from the north and east respectively. The…
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    Dead Sea Fun

  • Tosca and Carmina Burana at Israeli Opera Festival Masada - June, 2015

    Sue Schoenfeld
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:53 am
    The Israeli Opera Festival Masada will present two operas in June, 2015. Tosca will be staged on June 4, 6, 11, and 13th. Carmina Burana will be on June 5th and 12th. Both operas will be outdoors at the foot of Mount Masada on the way to the Dead Sea.   For information and tickets
  • Dig Quest App - Discover the Dead Sea Scrolls - for Kids

    Sue Schoenfeld
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Kids who want to know more about ancient Israel but can't get out into the field can now dig into a new app put out by the Israel Archaeological Authority. Dig Quest, available for iOS (iPhone and iPad; Android on the way) devices, lets kids assemble puzzles, search for ancient artifacts, and thumb through the Dead Sea Scrolls to discover Israel's hidden treasures. Geared towards English-speaking kids age 7 through 11, the app, according to the Antiquities Authority, gives kids "a feel for what archaeologists do as they experience the excitement of discovery and the creativity and skills…
  • Food Giant Osem to Build Large Ice Cream Factory in Arad

    Sue Schoenfeld
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Minister of Finance Yair Lapid announced that the "Osem" company would be opening a factory in Arad to take the place of Arad Towels, which closed last week leaving hundreds unemployed. The largest ice cream factory in the Middle East will be built in the city of Arad.   Read the full article at   More
  • Halotherapy or Salt Therapy Using Dead Sea Salt

    Sue Schoenfeld
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Salt Therapy, also called halotherapy, is a holistic method that recreates the microclimate of a salt cave. Dry salt aerosol is dispersed into a room where the walls and floor are covered with layers of salt. A negative ion and antibacterial environment is created by the layering of salt on the walls and floor. The dry salt aerosol is a key factor in the relief of symptoms for many health problems including respiratory and skin conditions. The Salt Suite in Florida uses only the finest quality dry salt from the Dead Sea.   Visit the website at
  • Arad Towels Closes in Double Blow for Negev Town

    Sue Schoenfeld
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    After 40 years, the Arad Towels factory, which provided a living for many of the residents of Arad, has closed down. Most of its production will shortly be transferred to the US. Some 200 workers have been laid off. In addition, Flextronics, which provides contract production services to electronics companies, intends to lay off 15 employees at its production site in the city. The employees have been summoned for pre-dismissal hearings in the past few days, because of a drop in the volume of activity, senior managers at the company said.   Update October 27, 2014 - Liberman in Arad: We…
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