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  • Animal rights group sues NYC over Yom Kippur ritual

    JTA Breaking News
    Marcy Oster
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    (JTA) — An animal rights group is suing several rabbis, synagogues and New York City to halt a Yom Kippur ritual in which chickens are slaughtered. The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporas filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court against the kapparot ritual, which is practiced by haredi Orthodox Jews in the city, New York media reported Monday. Kapparot involves swinging a live chicken over one’s head three times and reciting a prayer to cast sins to the bird. The chicken is then slaughtered and donated to the poor. In recent years, money has replaced the chicken in the rite for many…
  • Lee Zeldin, House Freshman, Is Foreign-Affairs Firebrand

    NYT > Israel
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Mr. Zeldin, Capitol Hill’s only Jewish Republican, is an outspoken critic of President Obama’s Israel policy, but his Long Island district is not a safe one for conservatives.
  • Israeli officer who killed stone throwing teen felt in 'mortal' danger

    Israel News
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:38 pm
    OCCUPIED RAMALLAH, West Bank:The Israeli military says a senior West Bank commander who killed a Palestinian stone-thrower last week opened fire because he felt "mortal" danger after stones hit his jeep's windshield. The military said Monday that Col.
  • Bomb blamed on Boko Haram kills 20 in northern Nigeria

    ynet - Updates for RSS
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:18 am
  • Conversion reform should never have been born

    ynet - Opinion
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Op-ed: Former Soviet immigrants realized that the conversion offered by the previous Netanyahu government is not an entrance ticket to the Jewish people, but an entrance ticket to Orthodoxy; the alternative, they discovered, is not that bad.
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    JTA Breaking News

  • Animal rights group sues NYC over Yom Kippur ritual

    Marcy Oster
    7 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    (JTA) — An animal rights group is suing several rabbis, synagogues and New York City to halt a Yom Kippur ritual in which chickens are slaughtered. The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporas filed a lawsuit in Manhattan Supreme Court against the kapparot ritual, which is practiced by haredi Orthodox Jews in the city, New York media reported Monday. Kapparot involves swinging a live chicken over one’s head three times and reciting a prayer to cast sins to the bird. The chicken is then slaughtered and donated to the poor. In recent years, money has replaced the chicken in the rite for many…
  • 3 more women file sexual assault complaints against Safed rabbi

    Marcy Oster
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Three more Israeli women have filed complaints of sexual assault against a Safed rabbi. The new complaints filed Monday night bring the total to eight against the rabbi, who was arrested Thursday night at Ben Gurion Airport on his way to Brazil. The arrest was based on an accusation by a woman who claimed that she was raped by the rabbi several years ago. A gag order was placed on the case, including the name of the rabbi, identified as a yeshiva head from the Safed area who belongs to modern Orthodox Zionist circles. His name will be released on Wednesday, a Nazareth…
  • Iran nuclear talks extended again

    Marcy Oster
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:19 am
    (JTA) — The Iran nuclear talks have been extended again to allow negotiators time to reach a final deal. The talks between Iran and six world powers will be extended through Friday, Marie Harf, a State Department strategic expert attending the talks in Vienna, announced Tuesday. The deadline originally had been extended to Tuesday from June 30. “We are taking these negotiations day to day,” Harf said. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will remain in the Austrian capital to continue the negotiations, she said. “This work is highly technical and high stakes for all of…
  • Temple Mount closed to Jews through end of Ramadan

    Marcy Oster
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:44 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Temple Mount has been closed to Jewish visitors until the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Israel Police posted the announcement in Hebrew at the site on Tuesday. Ramadan ends on July 17 with the Eid al-Fitr celebration. The site is closed every year at the end of Ramadan, Israel Police told the Times of Israel. Palestinians had been granted more access to the Temple Mount for Ramadan, but many of the visits were canceled following rocket attacks from Gaza on southern Israel.
  • Israel’s religious services minister: ‘Reform Jews cannot be considered Jews’

    Marcy Oster
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:52 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s religious services minister said in a radio interview that Reform Jews cannot be considered Jews. “A Reform Jew, from the moment he stops following Jewish law, I cannot allow myself to say that he is a Jew,” David Azoulay, of the Sephardic Orthodox Shas party, said Tuesday morning on Army Radio. “These are Jews that have lost their way, and we must ensure that every Jew returns to the fold of Judaism, and accept everyone with love and joy.” Azoulay spoke with Army Radio two days after Israel’s Cabinet reversed regulations…
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  • Israeli officer who killed stone throwing teen felt in 'mortal' danger

    6 Jul 2015 | 7:38 pm
    OCCUPIED RAMALLAH, West Bank:The Israeli military says a senior West Bank commander who killed a Palestinian stone-thrower last week opened fire because he felt "mortal" danger after stones hit his jeep's windshield. The military said Monday that Col.
  • Clinton says she opposes boycott effort against Israel

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Hillary Rodham Clinton says in a letter to American Jewish organizations that she opposes a grassroots protest movement promoting boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel over policies involving the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories. Clinton said in the letter released Monday that she agreed on the need to make countering the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction movement, or BDS movement, a priority.
  • Four teachers among six Israeli-Arabs charged for promoting Islamic State

    6 Jul 2015 | 1:24 pm
    JERUSALEM: Israel's Shin Bet undercover internal security agency and police said on Monday they had arrested and charged six Arab citizens, including four school teachers, with supporting and spreading the ideology of Islamic State. The six, residents of the Bedouin Negev desert town of Hura in southern Israel, were charged with various offences and three were alleged to have planned joining Islamic State militants in Syria, a statement from Shin Bet said.
  • Released for publicationIsraeli Arab Teachers Arrested for Joining ISIS

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:19 am
    In a joint operation with local police, the Israel Security Agency arrested six Arab residents of the town of Hura in the Negev who formed a cell of the Islamic State terrorist group, authorities released for publication Monday. An initial investigation revealed that the cell members conducted secret meetings in which they learned and discussed ISIS's radical Islamist ideology, while some of them actively worked to recruit friends and family members and encouraged them to travel to join ISIS in Syria.
  • Google to Pilot Carpooling Service for Commuters in Israel

    6 Jul 2015 | 5:14 am
    Google Inc. will throw its hat into the hotly contested ride-sharing ring this week when it pilots a carpooling service for commuters in Tel Aviv, Israel. The service will be offered through the navigation app Waze, which Google bought in 2013 for about $1 billion, and through another app called RideWith - a new app offered to passengers who are not Waze users.
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    ynet - Opinion

  • Conversion reform should never have been born

    6 Jul 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Op-ed: Former Soviet immigrants realized that the conversion offered by the previous Netanyahu government is not an entrance ticket to the Jewish people, but an entrance ticket to Orthodoxy; the alternative, they discovered, is not that bad.
  • Why is Israel's government acting against Israel?

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Op-ed: Cancellation of previous government's reforms will drive former Soviet immigrants and Diaspora Jewry away, hurt Jewish and democratic Israel and bring us closer to a haredi-theocratic state.
  • Israeli-Egyptian coordination is working, but it's not enough

    5 Jul 2015 | 2:57 pm
    Analysis: Officials in Cairo and in Jerusalem voiced the same mantra over the weekend: It's not ISIS, it's Hamas which is insisting on rocking Egypt. But for how long can Israel rely solely on Egypt to keep the triangle of terror off its fence?
  • Kashrut should be based on trust, not money

    5 Jul 2015 | 10:29 am
    Op-ed: There is a prevalent feeling of revulsion towards Israel's kashrut industry, even among the religious society. Regardless of what the amendment to the law says, it will be bypassed, and the Rabbinate will become irrelevant again.
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    ynet - Jewish Scene

  • Surge in French aliyah spurred by start-up nation

    7 Jul 2015 | 1:51 am
    Unprecedented rise in immigration from France is not only due to security problem; young Jews overwhelmingly feel Israel is more attractive economically than France.
  • European center for Judaism to be built in Paris

    6 Jul 2015 | 3:37 pm
    New institution, which is expected to open in French capital's 17th district in 2017, will serve both as an academic center and cultural institution and will include a synagogue, conference halls, exposition space and offices.
  • Girl's picture omitted from Jerusalem hospital ads

    5 Jul 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Picture of four-year-old girl removed from publication promoting event for children at Shaare Zedek Medical Center among ultra-Orthodox public.
  • Bnei Menashe visit Menashe's tomb

    4 Jul 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Some 2,700 years after their forefathers were exiled from Land of Israel, members of lost biblical tribe sing and dance near their forefather Joseph's grave and his son Menashe's tombstone in Nablus.
  • Summer of French aliyah begins

    3 Jul 2015 | 3:20 am
    Some 400 French Jews arrive at Ben-Gurion Airport this week; more than 3,000 expected to arrive throughout the summer. Additionally, 80 French Jews on tourist visas become Israeli citizens.
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  • Saudi Arabia to invest a peak $10 bn in Russian projects

    7 Jul 2015 | 9:40 am
    July 7, 2015, 7:40 PM (IDT) In another sign of warming ties between Moscow and Riyadh, the Saudi Public Investment Fund agreed Tuesday to invest a record $10 billion in Russian projects over the next four years, the largest foreign investment in the country. It comes after Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman visited St. Petersburg last month. He held long talks with President Vladimir Putin, after which the two governments signed an accord for Russia to build 16 nuclear reactors and a nuclear research program in the oil kingdom.  
  • One minute’s silence in Britain on tenth anniversary of 7/7 terror

    7 Jul 2015 | 6:28 am
    July 7, 2015, 4:28 PM (IDT) Britons observed one minute’s silence Tuesday in memory of the 52 victims of the July 7, 2005 Muslim terror attacks on London transport, among them one Israeli woman. Wreaths were laid at the scenes of the attack, and ceremonies held at the Hyde Park memorial and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. Some British media noted that the failure of the British authorities to uncover the link represented by Mohammed Sidique Khan, who led the suicide squad in the London attacks, and his visit to Israel as a British tourist a few days earlier, when he met the…
  • Iran nuclear talks miss another deadline with no deal

    7 Jul 2015 | 6:13 am
    July 7, 2015, 4:13 PM (IDT) Tuesday, the second deadline in eight days for a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran, went by with no new date set for finalization. Some of the diplomats representing the six powers left Vienna. Russia’s Sergey Lavrov said he would return if necessary. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iran’s Mohammed Javad Zarif planned to stay in Vienna and keeping negotiating, along with the EU foreign executive Federica Mogherini. DEBKAfile: The sticking points remaining are the types of centrifuges Iran may develop after the expiration of the 10-year…
  • Israel merges IDF elite units to form the new Commando Brigade tailored to combat ISIS

    7 Jul 2015 | 12:26 am
    July 7, 2015, 10:26 AM (IDT) Monday, July 6, IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkott unveiled Israel’s answer to the rising ISIS threat nearing its gates: the new Commando Brigade. An amalgam of four elite units, it is designed for quiet, bold, covert and effective action against terrorist groups posing a threat in the Sinai Desert to Egyptian sovereignty and Israel’s southern border. Such action would be coordinated closely between Israeli and Egyptian military and intelligence arms. There would be similar operations if necessary from Israel’s northern border…
  • State ceremony marks first anniversary of last Gaza war

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:52 pm
    July 7, 2015, 7:52 AM (IDT) Israel’s leaders warned that future acts of terrorism will draw a harsh response at a ceremony marking the first anniversary of the last Gaza war in which 67 soldiers and five civilians died in the fighting. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned: “I say to all enemies of Israel — Hamas, Hizballah, Iran and the Islamic State, too — whoever tries to harm us, their blood is on their heads.”  
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  • For The Love Of Zion, Stop Calling Yourselves European

    Binyamin Arazi
    7 Jul 2015 | 8:28 am
    As I was doing my usual rounds on Facebook, I came across an article that looked as though it would be right up my alley. It was called “Forget Europe; India With Israel” and published in Commentary Magazine. The title alone was powerful enough and delivered a vital message. Antisemitism in Europe is thousands of years old, and while you will always have allies in the Old World, it won’t be enough to offset this new tidal wave of politically correct Jew-hate. The beast went to sleep for a few decades, but it never actually died, as we are now learning the hard way.
  • WATCH: Mocking The Flotilla-holes: Robert ‘Bob’ Lovelace

    Aussie Dave
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:35 am
    The third video in my series mocking the flotilla-holes’ “martyr” videos. Once again, thanks to Joe for the video editing work. Previously on Israellycool: Mocking The Flotilla-holes: Dror Feiler Mocking The Flotilla-holes: Herman Reksten
  • WATCH: Parody ‘Breaking The Silence’ Video Testimonies

    Aussie Dave
    6 Jul 2015 | 10:20 pm
    If you are not already aware, Breaking the Silence is an organization of ex IDF soldiers and veterans who claim to “confidentially describe their experience in the Israeli-occupied territories” in order to bash Israel. The group receives funding from anti Israel groups and even foreign governments. This next video mocks the group and their so-called testimonies. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2015Original content here is published under these license terms: X License Type:6License Summary:
  • The Biggest Mistakes Pro-Israel Advocates Make #12: How to Deal With That “Hot Mess” of a Best Friend

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:46 pm
    Everyone has that friend. You know what I’m talking about? The one whose life is a bit of a trainwreck, to put it mildly? The one you have to carry into the cab passed out drunk and stay with until he gets home, just to make sure he doesn’t stop breathing? The one who keeps failing her classes because she spends more time studying her boyfriend’s reproductive system than the one in the textbook? Or maybe the friend who keeps getting busted for selling pot, has a gambling problem, has commitment issues, can be a bit of a jackass, or is a revolving door in and out of rehab?
  • White House Plans To Pressure Democratic Lawmakers To Support Iran Deal (Updated)

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:50 pm
    Today we know that the Obama administration lied to and deceived the American public in order to pass his “signature” domestic policy, the Affordable Care Act. In November I noted that US Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes had made clear that striking a nuclear deal with Iran is just as important to the President as was passing the healthcare law, and I speculated that Obama and his staff would use any means necessary to sell the Iranian deal to the public, just as they did with the ACA. Today the Washington Free Beacon reports that Arak nuclear facility in Iran…
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    Liza Rosenberg

  • My Divine Plan

    Liza Rosenberg
    20 Jun 2015 | 12:20 am
    The road we traveled to bring our son into the world was long and painful. There were several pregnancies during which fetal anomalies were discovered, and one that ended with the birth of our first son in the 26th week of pregnancy – a preemie born very small with birth defects who managed to survive for just over six months. During those nine years of failed pregnancies, endless tests, hope and despair, I tried to understand how all of this happened to us. The doctors didn’t know what to tell us, and the geneticist that joined my circle still hasn’t managed to connect all of the…
  • התוכנית האלוהית שלי

    Liza Rosenberg
    17 May 2015 | 12:38 am
    דרכינו להביא את הבן שלנו לעולם הייתה ארוכה וכואבת. היו כמה הריוניות שנתגלו בהם מומים, ואחד שהסתיים עם לידת הבן הראשון שלנו בשבוע 26, תינוק שנולד קטן מאוד עם מומים, שבכל זאת הצליח לחיות קצת יותר מחצי שנה. בתשעה שנים האלו של הריונות נכשלים, בדיקות אינסופיות, תקווה וייאוש, ניסיתי להבין מאיפה זה נחת עלינו. הרופאים לא ידעו להסביר לנו,…
  • מה נשתנה בטור הזה מכל הטורים

    Liza Rosenberg
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    בימים אחרים, הייתי כותבת את הטור שלי באנגלית ומעבירה אותו לתרגום. את הטור הזה, כתבתי ישר בעברית. התבקשתי על ידי העורכים שלי ב”אדם עולם“, המגזין של הקהילה האנתרופוסופית בישראל, להתייחס לנושא של הכשרות שקשורות לאנתרופוסופיה: הכשרות חינוך, רופאים, מחנכים וכדומה. פשוט, נכון? זהו, שלא כל כך. ועוד החלטתי שהפעם, אני מתכוונת לכתוב את…
  • For Dave, wherever you may be

    Liza Rosenberg
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    Woven through the stories and the summers of our youth Your laughter threaded through the soundtrack of our days And nights spent in the camp that hugged the Delaware Where slivers of our hearts will always stay They say time flies too fast, my friend, and I believe it’s true For it seems like only yesterday I first laid eyes on you Or maybe just this morning, not so very long ago So tell me how the hell are we supposed to let you go I’ll remember you with laughter and I’ll think of you with joy Of long-forgotten moments when you were just a boy While sifting through the memories that…
  • The Artist-in-Residence

    Liza Rosenberg
    29 Apr 2014 | 2:35 am
    During a work outing several years ago, my colleagues and I were given an opportunity to make ocarinas out of clay.  While the others created instruments that looked like delightful sea creatures, dragons and other fictitious members of the animal kingdom, I suspiciously stared down at my lump of clay without coming up with a single idea. In the end, I created a simple, goofy smiley face on one side, and on the other, I wrote “My talents lie elsewhere”, since when it comes to envisioning and creating my own piece of artwork, I’m utterly and unapologetically hopeless. That’s not to…
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  • Haters gonna be stupid

    Meryl Yourish
    20 Jun 2015 | 2:10 pm
    A neo-Nazi group in the U.K. will be marching in a Jewish neighborhood, spouting anti-Jewish slogans, and probably burning or destroying Jewish items. They’re threatening to burn the Talmud and stomp on the Israeli flag. Neo-nazis in the United Kingdom announced plans to burn the Talmud and shred Israeli flags at an upcoming early July march in London’s Golders Green Jewish community, The Jewish Chronicle reported Tuesday.Joshua Bonehill-Paine, a white supremacist activist, urged followers to participate in a private ceremony at Golders Green that would burn the Talmud “in…
  • Hello bias my old friend

    Meryl Yourish
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    I’ve come to talk about you again.Because a news piece softly creeping left its bias while I was sleepingIsraeli Police Officers Kill Two Palestinian MenWait, what? Why on earth did Israeli police officers kill two innocent Palestinian men?JENIN, West Bank — Two Palestinian men were fatally shot by the Israeli police after attacking officers with knives, one at a contested shrine in the West Bank and the other at a checkpoint near East Jerusalem, a police spokeswoman said Saturday.Ohhhhhhh…. they attacked the officers and tried to kill them. So they were shot. And died. I guess…
  • Introducing the Hulk News Briefs

    Meryl Yourish
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:46 pm
    There are so many news stories pissing me off that I think I’ve gone past the “I can’t even” portion of my brain and into the naked fury bit, also known as my inner Hulk. So let’s begin with effing Russia, the country my grandparents and great-grandparents were smart enough to emigrate from (thanks, smart family!)Oh, fuck you, Russia: Russia sells S-300 missiles to Iran. The only reason Iran wants them is to stop Israel or the U.S. from being able to take out Iranian nuclear weapons plants. Russia shrugs and says that there’s nothing to worry about. The…
  • Happy 7th Tiggerversary!

    Meryl Yourish
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Seven years ago today, I picked up my big dumb fluffball from Wendy’s Feline Friends (head over there and kick in a few bucks if you’ve got ’em).That was then.This is now.
  • Happy Passover!

    Meryl Yourish
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:29 am
    Chag Pesach sameach to my Jewish friends, family, and readers.
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    This Normal Life

  • Mystery Maladies and Quality of Life: Is 75 Enough?

    7 Jul 2015 | 1:05 am
    It’s common to divide people into two opposing types. There are optimists and pessimists, extroverts and introverts, people who love cilantro and those who think it tastes like dirty dishwater. Add to this, people who run to the doctor at the first sign of something wrong and others who wait, trusting that the body will normally sort things out on its own. I’ve been thinking about this last binary distinction over the past few months as I’ve been hit by a mysterious virus, one that remains undiagnosed; not especially debilitating, certainly not fatal, but nonetheless symptomatic enough…
  • Pick and Choose-daism

    21 Jun 2015 | 5:49 am
    Jacob’s Ladder is my favorite weekend of the year. The spring version of the semi-annual music festival, which was held last month, presents an eclectic mix of country, folk, bluegrass and, lately, local indie rock bands over three days at Kibbutz Nof Ginosar north of Tiberius. Over the past several years, I’ve noticed an increasing number of kippa-wearers and others who, at least in outward dress, identify as religious at Jacob’s Ladder. That used to be me too. When I’d ask myself back then how I could justify attending a music festival that takes place over Shabbat and is filled…
  • In praise of datlashim

    7 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    Datlashim are some of my favorite people. I admit I’m partial. All three of my kids are datlashim. That said, datlashim may represent the very future of Judaism or, stated with less hyperbole, may help an increasingly fractured Jewish community find common ground between religious and secular. Datlash is an acronym that stands for dati l’she’avar – a formerly religious person. (Dati is Hebrew for “religious.” She’avar means “in the past.”) Datlashim in Israel grow up in a religious environment; they go to religious schools and attend Orthodox synagogues, but at some point…
  • Ch’aliyah: immigrating because the bread is better

    21 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Ever since making aliyah, we’ve joked that we could never leave Israel, and certainly never move out of Jerusalem…because of the challah. All that changed two weeks ago when the bakery that has been the source of perhaps the best kosher sweet whole wheat challah in the world closed down. After 43 years in business, the main branch of Pe’er Bakery in Jerusalem’s German Colony shut its doors. The reason, explains owner Shoshana Sharabi, who has been at the cash register while her husband Moshe has tended to the ovens all these years is simple enough: “Di!” she exclaims, using the…
  • Dog saves family from flood: a true story

    8 May 2015 | 4:48 am
    When we were considering buying a dog for our family four years ago, I had three conditions: that it not shed (because I’m allergic to dog fur), that it not poop (because no way was I going to be picking up warm dog droppings daily) and that it not bark (as a chronic insomniac, I’d be quickly enraged if what little sleep I do get was interrupted). Well, one of three aint to bad: our little white Maltese has hair, not fur, so I don’t sneeze, but he does need to relieve himself (and as a good citizen I clean up nice). And of course he’s a dog so he barks. The latter probably saved our…
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    Good News from Israel

  • New Israeli Educational Stamps including Jewelry from Jewish Communities

    17 Jun 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Hi Everyone! I scanned and posted on my website the new Israeli stamps that were issued in June 2015.I included the stamp itself, the first day cover, and an English and a Hebrew flyer about the stamp. Jewelry from Jewish Communities- Bridal Head Ornament - Bukhara, late 19th century - Wedding Ring - Italy, 17th century - Bridal Jewelry - Yemen, 1930s - World War One in Ezretz Israel CentenaryThe Military Railway (1915) - Bell AH-1 Cobra - Israel Air Force- 50 Years of Diplomatic RelationsTel Aviv - The White CityIsrael-Germany Joing Issue Vegetables- Tomato - Onion - Lettuce - Purple Cabbage…
  • Photos and Videos of the Jerusalem Festival of Light

    3 Jun 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Hi Everyone!Last night, June 3, I went to the opening night of the Jerusalem Festival of Light in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel. It was really nice!I was there for 2 hours and I did not cover all the routes. It is open every night (except Friday) for the next 8 days.Admission is free.I took photos of the festival and posted them online also created two videos. The first video (about 11 minutes) highlights various performances and exhibits.The second video (8.5 minutes) is a performance by the group "Marsh Dondurma".This is the…
  • New: English Hebrew Vocabulary - 103 Places

    28 May 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Hi Everyone!This week, I created a new section called "Places" for my English Hebrew Dictionary.The 13 new study sheets include a wide range of places. You may be familiar with the Hebrew words for airport, bakery, beach and bookstore but do you know the Hebrew words for: boardwalk, farm, garage and greenhouse?Each word is show in Hebrew with nikud (vowels) and there is an English translation and transliteration.Start learning new words you are at the site, you can refresh your summer vocabulary…
  • Photos of Yom Yerushalayim in the Old City

    17 May 2015 | 5:42 pm
    Hi Everyone!Today, 28th of Iyar, I went to the Old City of Jerusalem to take photos in honor of Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day).Due to the hot weather, I decided not to do the flag march.I arrived in the Old City about 7pm - about an hour before the flag marchers started to flow in. Within 2 hours, the Kotel plaza went from half empty to a full house.I posted photos also created a short address for sharing on social media: the photos!Please share. Thank you!Shavua Tov,Jacob
  • Educational Resources for Shavuot

    13 May 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Hi Everyone!Shavuot is the Jewish holiday that celebrates the giving of the Torah, the first harvest, and the ripening of the first fruits. The two day festival (1 day in Israel) begins on Saturday night, May 23, 2015.The Jewish Trivia Quizwww.jewish-trivia.comhas a selection of multiple choice questions about Shavuot.What are the five names of Shavuot ?On what mountain did Moses receive the Ten Commandments ?How many letters are there in the Torah ?In the days of the Temple what did people do on Shavuot ?Who married Ruth ?Who was Ruth the great-grandmother of ?What is the connection between…
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    Green Prophet

  • Myswapp is like Tinder for old stuff – check out pics and trade up!

    Karin Kloosterman
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    There are loads of ways to unload your junk. You can haul it away to the landfill, leave it at the end of your driveway or lawn for others to pick up – or have a garage sale. When you go online you...
  • Elon Musk’s hyperloop one step closer to reality

    Green Prophet
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:18 am
    You have all surely heard of Elon Musk, the billionaire innovator of space travel and the electric vehicles industry. He was the man who made the electric car cool with the launch of the Tesla...
  • Dispatch from inside Masdar

    Green Prophet Guest
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:05 pm
    As an intern at Masdar Institute, I’ve witnessed firsthand how real and possible a drastically improved world is. Masdar serves as a real-life experiment of how our sustainable future might look...
  • UN: Innovation needed to feed people of the future

    Green Prophet
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:15 am
    Strong crop yields, higher productivity and slower growth in global demand should contribute to a gradual decline in real prices for agricultural products over the coming decade, but nonetheless,...
  • Khalifa hydroponic farm’s paying off

    Brian Nitz
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:37 pm
    As spring turns into summer, the Khalifa fund’s investment in Abu Dhabi hydroponic agriculture is beginning to pay off. The Khalifa fund for enterprise development was Launched in 2007 to help...
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    Jewlicious THE Jewish Blog

  • Jewish Olympic Champion Aly Raisman Poses Naked for ESPN

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:56 am
    Ally Raisman shot a nude but very tasteful video for ESPN’s famous Body Issue. Debuting in 2009, the Body issue features interviews and world class nude photography. Previous issues have featured swimming champions Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps as well as tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams. Raisman exposed more than just her skin in […]
  • 4 Ways to Advertise to Jewish Millennials

    wendy in furs
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:18 pm
    Mark Duffy is a freelance copywriter with over 20 years of experience. He has also blogged about advertising for over 10-years on his Copyranter blog, and had the distinction of being BuzzFeed’s oldest employee when he worked for them for 18 months last year. He’s garrulous and cantankerous but he’s one of those guys everyone […]
  • Seattle Girl Scouts: A Mitzvah Tastier Than a Cookie Pays Off

    2 Jul 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Earlier this year, a donor offered $100,000 to the Girl Scouts of Western Washington (aka Seattle-Tacoma). This single gift was about 5% of the regional group’s annual contributions and one third of the amount it needed for a year of planned scholarships. The amount could cover the development expenses for 500 girls and young women […]
  • Peacamole? Can Pea-mmus Bring PEAce To The Mideast?

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:42 pm
    On Wednesday, July 1, The New York Times reported on a pea-filled version of guacamole recipe. The internet caught fire over this pea-infusion. U.S. President Barack Obama tweeted that he was against peacamole. respect the nyt, but not buying peas in guac. onions, garlic, hot peppers. classic. — President Obama (@POTUS) July 1, 2015 […]
  • Rabbis Help Rebuild Tabgah Church

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    30 Jun 2015 | 2:29 am
    Last week, fire gutted part of the Church of Loaves and Fishes on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel in what investigators suspect is an arson attack by Jewish extremists. The church, also known as the Taghbah Church, is where Christians believe that Jesus performed the Miracle of the Multiplication of […]
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  • 40 Smart Ideas About Using Your Smartphone to Find Jobs

    Jacob Share
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Always being on you is just one reason why a smartphone is a great job search manager. Photo Credit:  Tuncay Smartphone job search basics 86 percent of active candidates use their smartphone to begin a job search: #FACT via @CBforEmployers — Profiles (@CareerProfiles) June 18, 2015 1) Only get one if you must – yes, there are still people who don’t have smartphones. I held out as long as I could before finally getting my first phone, which was a smartphone, in July 2007. How was I able to wait so long? Whether at work or at home, I always had a land line…
  • 444 Most Popular Job Interviewer Questions To Prepare Yourself With

    Jacob Share
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    These sample job interview questions have all been asked many times and will be again. Photo credit: Pedro Ribeiro Simões Some of these questions are what you’d expect. Some of these questions frankly don’t make much sense. And some of these questions are shocking and possibly offensive. But as the questions most likely to be asked, you need to be ready. The Most Commonly Asked Interview Questions This article was the inspiration for the book Winning Answers to 500 Interview Questions by Lavie Margolin, where you can get all the popular interview questions and recommended answers in a…
  • Presenting the Beautiful, New, Crowdsourced JobMob

    Jacob Share
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    How you helped me redesign the site. Photo credit: Will Scullin The backstory For a long time, I was happy with the old JobMob look, or JobMob v1. My friend Fitore had helped me with the original design, and I thought she did a great job, as I mentioned on the Credits page. I liked the soft gradient of the logo – trendy back then in 2007 – and the color highlights against a minimalist white & blue layout. And I received mostly compliments during the first few years (if you’re a designer, you’re probably snickering by now) as the site grew and became popular. In…
  • How To Massively Crowdsource Your Job Search

    Jacob Share
    6 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    You’d be surprised how much help you can get if you just ask. Photo credit: John Ashley Did you know that online community crowdsourcing can help you on your job search? I mean, why not? People like to help people. That was one of the reasons I started JobMob back in 2006, that’s one of the reasons you find it hard to ignore questions when asked, and that’s why so many people volunteer. Let’s see how crowdsourcing can work for your job search. How to get job search help from the online masses 1) Get job search feedback There are many places you can go to ask job search…
  • Where To Quickly Find Student Summer Jobs

    Jacob Share
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Summer job search for people who don’t want to. Photo credit: Sunny_mjx Nobody wants to spend a lot of time looking for a summer job, or any job for that matter. These are the first steps a summer job seeker should try for fastest results, and I used most of them to find my 10 wacky (& not so wacky) summer jobs. in dire need of a job bc so many plans this summer and so many non-existent dollars in my wallet — Felix Barrera (@pikafelix) April 21, 2015 9 ways to find student summer jobs fast Starting with the most effective: 1) Ask for your old summer job back…
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  • A Magical Encounter

    Avi Shafran
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:34 am
    Walking home from Shacharis one morning last week, I had an interesting interaction with a little non-Jewish boy. Turning a corner, I found myself facing a middle-aged woman, clearly from the Indian subcontinent, wrapped in a traditional Pakistani shawl, accompanied by a little boy of perhaps 8, walking toward me. It is my practice to offer all people I meet, even in passing, a smile and greeting. “Good morning,” I said, and both mother and son responded in kind. As I walked on, though, I heard the boy call something from behind. I turned around, smiled at the boy, now across the street,…
  • Gay Marriage Decision Interview

    Avi Shafran
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:39 pm
    I was interviewed by phone on a Jewish cable television program last week about the recent US Supreme Court gay marriage decision. The interview, along with one of a Conservative movement representative, can be heard here.
  • Sorry. More on Obama and Oren

    Avi Shafran
    5 Jul 2015 | 8:18 pm
    I find it an odd enterprise to defend a book’s claims by recourse to… the book’s claims (and the congratulatory words of the author’s friend). So I will limit myself to facts, not Mr. Oren’s assertions or impressions. Strongly felt though those impressions may be, the factual record must trump them. I also wish to state (as I have in my writings on the topic for years) that I don’t deny the president’s antipathy for Prime Minister Netanyahu (which feeling is clearly mutual). It is the president’s concern for Israel qua Israel, not its current leader, that I maintain is…
  • Tikvah Fund Institute for Women

    Yitzchok Adlerstein
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:54 pm
    It is a woman’s prerogative, they say, to change her mind. The same ought to hold for a women’s program. Happily, the Tikvah Fund, the group that is responsible for the most intellectually stimulating week of the year for me, is exercising that option. After first deciding to defer the special summer program for frum women this year, Tikvah changed its mind. There will indeed be a female counterpart to the now highly competitive men’s program this August, and registration is now open.. “Women, Men and the Future of Marriage in America” would be a great topic to…
  • Reaching for the Truth

    Yaakov Menken
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:34 pm
    All of us can, at most, “Strive for Truth” [It’s a borrowed title], and so I appreciate Rabbi Shafran’s clarification of his position. And to the best of my recollection, there hasn’t been a back & forth discussion/argument of this nature on Cross-Currents in over a decade, much as different authors often disagree. The more one reads Cross-Currents, the more the reader recognizes that the Orthodox are hardly the monolith they are often portrayed to be; a debate of this nature just makes this as explicit as possible, and thus where Rabbi Shafran and I…
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  • 07/07 Links Pt1: The Iran Delusion - A Primer for the Perplexed; Obama has become Iran’s Lawyer

    7 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    From Ian:Michael Totten: The Iran Delusion: A Primer for the PerplexedThe chattering class has spent months bickering about whether or not the United States should sign on to a nuclear deal with Iran, and everyone from the French and the Israelis to the Saudis has weighed in with “no” votes. Hardly anyone aside from the Saudis, however, seems to recognize that the Iranian government’s ultimate goal is regional hegemony and that its nuclear weapons program is simply a means to that end. The Middle East has five hot spots—or “shatter zones,” as Robert D. Kaplan called them in his…
  • Egypt dictates that reporters don't use word "Islamic" when describing ISIS. David Cameron agrees.

    Elder of Ziyon
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:10 am
    CBS News reporter Alex Ortiz reveals on Twitter that Egypt's Foreign Ministry is imposing its nomenclature on reporters:Egypt's Foreign Ministry issues foreign press corps a style guide for how we should describe terrorist groups.— Alex Ortiz (@azortiz) July 4, 2015Ironically, Ortiz himself uses the word "terrorist groups" instead of the usual "militants" to describe ISIS, indicating that he is acquiescing to Egypt's demands to some extent.Last week's attacks on the Egyptian army in the Sinai was generally described as being done by "militants" in the world media,…
  • Bashing Israel? Amnesty has an app for that (update)

    Elder of Ziyon
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:05 am
    Tomorrow, Amnesty plans to officially release a graphical tool that has no purpose except to bash Israel.From the leaked press release:An investigative online tool mapping Israeli attacks in Gaza during the conflict of July and August 2014 has been unveiled by Amnesty International and Forensic Architecture today. Its purpose is to help push for accountability for war crimes and other violations of international humanitarian law.The Gaza Platform enables the user to explore and analyse data about Israel’s 2014 military operation in Gaza. The preliminary data currently plotted on the…
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  • בקרוב: יישוב דתי המשלב תושבים בעלי צרכים מיוחדים

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
    המועצה הארצית לתכנון ולבניה אישרה את הקמת היישוב שיבולת בצפון הארץ, שכ-20% מתושביו יהיו אוטיסטים ובעלי מוגבלות שכלית. שר הפנים: "חוזק האומה לא נמדד בנשק אלא ביכולת לסייע לחלשים"
  • הפלסטינים מאשרים: היוזמה הצרפתית ירדה מהפרק

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    שר החוץ הפלסטיני סיפר בראיון ל"רדיו פלסטין" כי פריז לא תגיש למועצת הביטחון של האו"ם את הצעת ההחלטה לפתרון הסוגיה הישראלית-פלסטינית, בעקבות לחץ שהופעל עליה מצדן של וושינגטון וירושלים
  • החרדים מעריכים: אם יהיה צורך ליצמן יהפוך לשר

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:40 am
    האמירה של בג"ץ על כך שראש הממשלה לא יוכל להמשיך ולשמש בתפקיד שר, יכולה להוביל להחלטה על מינוי רשמי של ליצמן לתפקיד שר. כאשר מאז ממשלת בן-גוריון הראשונה לא כיהן שר מטעם אגודת ישראל. "רק אם בג"ץ יחליט בשבילו הוא יוכל לבקש היתר"
  • מזעזע: תערוכת "תופסת בתאי הגזים" חוזרת

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:38 am
    סרטון המציג גברים ונשים משחקים "תופסת" בתא גזים הוסר לאור מחאת הקהילה היהודית בגרמניה. כעת מתברר שהמוזיאון חזר להציג את הסרטון. צייד הנאצים אפרים זורוף: "פורנוגרפיה של השואה"
  • לראשונה בישראל: אוטובוס ממונע בגז טבעי

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:06 am
    בעיר חיפה החל לפעול אוטובוס ניסויי הממונע בגז דחוס. השר להגנת הסביבה שערך בו נסיעת מבחן: "יציל חיי אדם"
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  • קליפ חדש בדרך לעצמו: השמעת בכורה לעידן יניב

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    לאחר שכבש את תחנות הרדיו עם הלהיט "הכל מהכל" ורגע לפני שחרור האלבום החדש "בדרך לעצמי", מוציא עידן יניב את הסינגל השלישי ושיר הנושא מתוך האלבום, מלווה בקליפ דוקומנטרי המלווה את האמן. צפו והאזינו בבכורה
  • פורפליי אולטימטיבי: אסוציאציות עם ירמי קפלן

    7 Jul 2015 | 6:54 am
    הקיץ בעייתי לג'ינג'ים, פאר טסי זמר פצצה ו"משחקי הכס" זה תענוג מסוג שונה לגמרי: לרגל חגיגות 20 שנה לאלבום "בוקר טוב" והסינגל החדש שלו עם ספנסרוסו, ישבנו עם ירמי קפלן למשחק אסוציאציות משגע ואפילו מיסטר קשטן קפץ לביקור
  • תעני אסתר: כל האלבום החדש בהשמעת בכורה

    7 Jul 2015 | 6:48 am
    שנים לאחר שהוכרה כדבר הבא ברוק הפסיכדלי המודרני בישראל, משחררת סוף סוף 'תעני אסתר' את אלבומה השני "מסקנות מכדור הארץ", עליו עבדו חבריה למעלה משלוש שנים עם המפיק ברוך בן-יצחק (רוקפור). האזינו לכל האלבום בבכורה
  • מנהל אל מידאן החדש: נרצה לקבל התמיכה שוב

    7 Jul 2015 | 1:41 am
    "צריך ללמוד מהמקרה ולהמשיך הלאה, אנחנו אנשי חוק", אומר מנהל אל מידאן החדש עו"ד גסאן אבו ורדה, מוכן להכיר בטעויות התיאטרון ולהפגש עם משפחת תמם, אך מסייג: "אבל צריך לדעת לשים את הגבולות, מה מותר ומה אסור, עם כל ההתחשבות ברגשות המשפחה"
  • נגד הרוח: תכירו את זמר המחאה הדתי הראשון

    7 Jul 2015 | 12:23 am
    גיור ללא אורח חיים דתי ואטימות הרבנות הראשית, מציצנות בחברה הדתית מול הקושי להתמודד עם מיניות: בין רוק לקדושה, בין השכלה קלאסית למחאה, השילובים הבלתי צפויים במוזיקה של אביאור ביירון מוכיחים שהכל אפשרי. האזינו בבכורה לאלבום של זמר המחאה הדתי הראשון שמודה: "מירי רגב לא הייתה מממנת אלבום כזה"
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  • השראה לגורד שחקים חדש: הקימורים של ביונסה

    7 Jul 2015 | 2:37 am
    בנין זכוכית ראוותני בגובה 68 קומות שיבנה במרכז מלבורן, אוסטרליה, יעוצב על פי קימוריה של כוכבת הפופ כפי שמשתקפים בקליפ לשיר Ghost, עבודתו של הארכיטקט אלנברג פרייז'ר
  • הכל הפיך: אנחל בונני יחליף את דיוויד שווימר

    5 Jul 2015 | 1:16 am
    חגיגות בביצה: איציק זוהר נפרד מהחובות, בנו של עזאם עזאם נשבע אמונים לצה"ל וטל ואביעד חוגגים בר-מצווה. ויש גם אכזבות: רוס מ"חברים" ניפץ את הפנטזיה של יוצרי "בלתי הפיך"
  • צהובים ונהנים: הסלבס ביקרו את המיניונים

    29 Jun 2015 | 2:29 am
    בין ריאליטי לריאליטי נירו לוי לא שוכח לבלות עם הילדים, הבן של איציק כהן לא הסתפק בפופקורן, הילדים של גיא פינס כבר מורגלים לפלאשים ואוהד קנולר מדגמן יופי של דיאטה. מי עוד הגיע עם הזאטוטים לפרימיירה של "המיניונים"?
  • הזוג נתניהו פגשו את הזמרת מריה קארי

    29 Jun 2015 | 1:57 am
    במהלך ביקורה בארץ הקודש, קארי לא פסחה על בית ראש הממשלה, שם קיבלו אותה בזרועות פתוחות. הזמרת החמיאה לשרה נתניהו על עיסוקיה הרבים, ושתיהן התגאו בצילומי הילדים
  • מאוהבים בביצה: לקטיה יש חבר, יהודה בונה קן

    22 Jun 2015 | 11:37 pm
    מיד לאחר שיצאה מבית "האח הגדול" מצאה לה הדוגמנית קטיה גאלי חבר חדש. יהודה לוי עובר דירה ונראה שמדובר במגורים משותפים. וגם: איך הסלבס ירוויחו מההופעה של כריס בראון בישראל?
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  • לכמה פידים אתם מחוברים?

    Niv Calderon
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:08 am
    לכמה פידים אתם מחוברים? בשבועות האחרונים אני מנקה את הפיד שלי. כל אתרי הוידאו זבל, כל אתרי הקלייק בייט שזורעים אוויר במסווה של תוכן מעניין ואנשים שאני לא באמת מכיר, […]
  • How Orion’s Star Trek Communicator Can Instil Fear in Companies Like Motorola

    Niv Calderon
    9 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    It’s a known fact that mobile phones and tablets of today were invented in Star Trek. We all saw Starfleet personnel wearing a wearable communicator badge on their chest since […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
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  • Iran Wants UN Arms Embargo Lifted

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Wall Street Journal) Jay Solomon - Iran is pushing for a UN arms embargo to be completely lifted in the wake of an emerging nuclear agreement, a senior Iranian diplomat said Monday. U.S. officials have said a new UN Security Council resolution must be drafted as part of any final agreement to lift sanctions, but that the resolution must maintain elements of the arms embargo and other restrictions. Current resolutions ban Iran from producing nuclear fuel, mining uranium, and developing ballistic missiles that could be used to carry an atomic bomb. Iran is also under a broader UN arms embargo…
  • How Academic Efforts to Boycott Israel Harm our Students

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Washington Post) Jill S. Schneiderman - In March 2014, I stood with 27 Vassar College students at the Auja Spring in the West Bank together with Palestinian environmental educators. This learning experience almost didn't happen due to opposition from faculty and students at our own academic institution. I am a tenured geology professor who teaches about the connections between land and water resources and social justice. Several months before the trip, my course and the study trip associated with it were subject to a boycott debate on campus. Protesters bearing anti-Israel signs stood…
  • White House Says Iran Will Use Sanctions Relief to Fix Economy, Not Support Terror

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Washington Free Beacon) Adam Kredo - White House officials on Monday held a private conference call with members of foreign policy groups to discuss ways of pressuring Washington lawmakers into supporting a nuclear deal with Iran. Matt Nosanchuk, an official in the White House Office of Public Engagement, told participants: "With respect to criticisms that any agreement that affords sanctions relief will open the floodgates so that Iran receives all this money it can then pour into its nefarious activities in the region, our response to that is they're doing it anyway....Our expectation is…
  • Israeli Arab Teachers Indicted for Backing IS, Pushing Jihad in Class

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Times of Israel) Marissa Newman - Five Arab Israelis from southern Israel, three of whom are teachers in Israeli schools, were indicted for supporting the Islamic State, the Israel Security Agency said Monday. The teachers were accused of promoting jihadist ideology in their classes, "taking advantage of their status to win over people for the sake of Daesh [IS], among students and teachers, within the school walls." Several of the suspects, most of whom hailed from the Bedouin town of Hura, also planned to travel to Syria to join the ranks of IS. The Israel Security Agency "stresses that…
  • Unfrozen Iran Funds Could Have Dramatic Effect on Regional Balance of Power

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Politico) Dennis Ross - Under the proposed deal, Iran would, within six to 12 months, have access to what are now frozen accounts that may total as much as $150 billion. Even if it chose to use 90% of those funds to address real domestic needs, $15 billion could have a dramatic effect on Iran's ability to use Hizbullah and other Shiite militias to pursue its "resistance" agenda in the region and continue to shift the balance of power in its favor. The writer is a former special assistant to President Obama and National Security Council Senior Director.
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  • The world’s largest paint party comes to rock Israel!

    6 Jul 2015 | 1:01 am
    If you’re looking for a humdinger of a way to see out the summer, don’t miss the World’s Largest Paint Party, coming to Israel at the end of August! Expect to get covered in paint while dancing away to some of the biggest dance tunes spun by some of the world’s leading DJs! There are also a ton of performers adding to the festival, making this one spectacularly fun party! The party takes place at the Hadera River Park, about 30-40 minutes drive north from Tel Aviv, on August 27. Tickets start at 169 shekels (if you pay via Paypal), but cost more – especially if…
  • Camel rides in Israel: the ESSENTIAL guide!

    20 Jun 2015 | 3:51 am
    A photo posted by Ashley (@igoogledisrael) on May 10, 2015 at 6:42am PDT Aahhhh, camel riding in Israel! It might be a bit too touristy for some, but when you’re vacationing in this neck of the desert, a camel ride is an absolute must (just like floating in the Dead Sea)! To be honest, just how will you be able to return home and face the masses if you don’t take a ride on a camel??! The first thing you have to realize, is that you can’t ride a camel just anywhere. Contrary to popular opinion, camels don’t roam the streets of Tel Aviv with their Bedouin masters, and…
  • John Bon Jovi says: “It’s My Life – and I WILL come to Israel!”

    9 Jun 2015 | 7:05 pm
    At a press conference yesterday at Dan Tel Aviv hotel, music promoter’s Marcel Avram and representatives from Bluestone PR spoke of the months of hard work taken to bring Bon Jovi to Israel – but GUARANTEE it will happen! After a busy month for them with performances of the Backstreet Boys and OneRepublic, the promoters are excited to spread some good news out of Israel and had some fighting words for the BDS brigade quoting the lead singer himself as saying “it was not a decision if we were going to play in Israel, it’s a MUST”. Since the legendary band has not performed in…
  • The Tel Aviv Water War returns to officially launch a sweltering Summer of 2015!

    4 Jun 2015 | 3:22 am
    The Tel Aviv Water War returns for the 11th year, and this year it is once again at Rabin Square (Kikar Rabin)! And this year it looks like the event finally has the official backing of the Tel Aviv Municipality, to ensure the event becomes one of the wettest and wildest ever! This year, the motto for the event is “Breaking Records”, as the event attempts to break into the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest water war in the world…so bring along your friends, your family, and anyone else who fancies getting sprayed in the face with a water gun! The event starts at 2:14…
  • The Tel Aviv Blues Festival: 40 concerts over 4 days!

    2 Jun 2015 | 3:23 am
    If you love your blues, you’re going to love this one – the first ever Tel Aviv Blues Festival! With an ever growing blues scene here in Israel, and an ever expanding roster of legendary blues artists heading to the Holy Land for concerts across the country, a blues festival was inevitable – and here it is! Spread over 4 days and featuring some 40 concerts, this one looks like being something a bit special, the first of its kind in Israel. The concerts take place between the 3-6 July across TWENTY venues. The festival itself might not have a budget and is depending on the…
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  • gingy surprises everyone with black baby

    Rafi G.
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:50 am
    Remember the red heifer discovered on a farm near Lakewood recently? It made a splash int he Jewish world media and rabbis from all over went out to inspect it and declare it a valid heifer for a para aduma candidate.The excitement was palpable - people thought it was a sign the arrival of mashiach was imminent and the Beis Hamikdash would be rebuilt before the end of the year. Herb, the farmer, even reportedly turned down an offer of a million dollars to buy it.It turns out that the red heifer recently became invalidated as a para aduma. She gave birth to a little cute baby (not red but…
  • Kotel is open to women with kippot

    Rafi G.
    7 Jul 2015 | 6:34 am
    I don't know what to do with this. Something about it, about the response - not the original, made me laugh and the entire story makes me cringe.Linda Siegel-Richman , a teacher, was banned from the Kotel when she went, after a day of teaching at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, to the Kotel with a kippa on her head.According to Ynet, Siegel-Richman had gone to the Kotel to daven and to put in notes from her students back home in Denver, Colorado. She says she was by the Kotel and nobody said anything to her or stopped her. She went out to the area of the Cardo to get herself a drink…
  • Hello, Muddah, Hello Faddah - Israeli style

    Rafi G.
    7 Jul 2015 | 5:15 am
    After helping my son (3rd grade) with his homework yesterday, I now understand why Israelis pronounce things like "mudder" and fodder"... it is because they are taught to.Yesterday I helped my son with his homework. Below you will see the page from his English workbook that we worked on yesterday.The book explains that Hebrew does not have an equivalent sound to the sound of 'th'. However, there are two possible sounds that replace it in Hebrew - some words that have a sound like a  'weak tav' (e.g. in Hebrew "ת'ן" and "ת'ק" for the English words thin and thick), and other words that…
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    Rafi G.
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:03 am
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    Rafi G.
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:55 am
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  • 07-Jul-15: A decade after British Islamists murder dozens in London, not much room for optimism

    This Ongoing War
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:40 pm
    Devastated London bus, July 7, ten years ago today [Image Source]As the UK today marks the tenth anniversary of "the terrorist attacks that killed 52 people in London... the worst single terrorist atrocity on British soil", some of the more sober commentary has a pessimistic tone.The key words in that last sentence come from a BBC report today. Given how the BBC has institutionalized a near-allergic avoidance of the word "terror" in its journalism, it's a welcome - though rare - resort to plain speaking.The anniversary, to be marked by a minute's silence at 11:30 this morning, recalls a…
  • 06-Jul-15: The blood-soaked outcomes that British (and other European) taxes have wrought

    This Ongoing War
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:45 am
    Image SourceBrits of every political stripe are asking today how Hani Mohammed Yusuf al-Siba'i, a notorious Islamist rabble-rouser, connected to the terrorists (note: that's plural) who carried out the cowardly religion-inspired massacre of tourists holidaying on a Tunisian beach last week can have been living in the UK for years, collecting munificent social benefits and living in a house worth roughly five times the average price of a UK dwelling.A leader of the terror group behind the Tunisian beach massacre is living off benefits in Britain, the Mail can reveal. Jihadi preacher Hani…
  • 05-Jul-15: A tale of two Gazas: concrete evidence that keeps being buried

    This Ongoing War
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:45 pm
    Above the ground: Gazan misery, unrepaireddestruction. For Hamas, it's win/win [Image Source]The thuggish groups that hold sway over Gaza's miserable population have never hesitated to exploit for political purposes the third-world conditions in which life is lived there.And why should they? Simply put, it's a strategy that works, arousing pity and sympathy for the ordinary people living in filth and destruction, with the military might of heartless Israel to blame. And done the right way, it can just go on and on, cycle after cycle, year after year, giving the inner circle of Hamas…
  • 04-Jul-15: Friday's attack on southern Israel: three rockets and a volley of unchallenged disinformation

    This Ongoing War
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:22 am
    Screen shot from's coverageShavua tov! Following-up Friday's rocket attack on southern Israel:A third rocket that was part of a volley of projectiles fired into southern Israel on Friday by Islamic State-linked terrorists in Sinai was found in the Eshkol Regional Council region on Saturday. Authorities initially found only two of the rockets on Friday. The two exploded in open ground inside Israeli territory near the Gaza Strip, causing little damage and no casualties. Israeli residents in the area said they heard a third rocket land. The IS-affiliated Wilayat Sinai in the Sinai…
  • 03-Jul-15: Inbound rocket warnings heard in southern Israel

    This Ongoing War
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:58 am
    Around 4:20 pm Friday (today), Israel's Color Red rocket warning system began sounding across southern Israel. Details are still sketchy but Times of Israel says an explosion inside Israel was detected. Ynet is reporting a rocket landing inan open area at the Eshkol Regional Council, close to then Israeli-Egyptian border. Because of the proximity to the border, the IDF believes the rocket was possibly fired from the Sinai Peninsula and not from the Gaza Strip.UPDATE Friday 6:30 pm: According to Reuters:Militants [a hopelessly inadequate word that deliberately conceals more than it…
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