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    JTA Breaking News

  • Ex-Met Council chief William Rapfogel pleads guilty; will get at least 3 years in prison, plus pay $3 million restitution.

    Julie Wiener
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    William Rapfogel, then the head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, at the social service agency’s annual legislative breakfast, June 2008. (Metropolitan Council)  NEW YORK (JTA) — William Rapfogel, the ousted leader of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty in New York, pleaded guilty to first-degree larceny Wednesday for his role in a scheme to steal more than $7 million from the social service agency. Rapfogel, who had served as CEO and president of the Met Council from 1992 until he was fired last August, entered a guilty plea in New York state Supreme Court in…
  • Police investigating Israeli organ-trafficking ring

    Marcy Oster
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli man believed to be behind an organ-trafficking ring has evaded capture, according to a monthlong police investigation. The main suspect is from Beersheva and is in his 40s, police in southern Israel said. A gag order on the organ-trafficking case was lifted on Tuesday. Young women reportedly were convinced to travel to Turkey to provide organs for transplant into older, wealthier women. They were promised thousands of dollars for the service. Turkish police also are investigating the case, according to Haaretz. Police were made aware of the scheme last…
  • U.S. calls for Hungarian dialogue over Holocaust memorial

    Marcy Oster
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    (JTA) — The U.S. Embassy in Budapest called on the Hungarian government to resume dialogue with Jewish, national and international groups over plans for its Holocaust memorial year. In a statement issued Tuesday directed at the newly re-elected government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the embassy wrote, “As a fellow democracy, we continue to urge the government to seek an honest, open, and factual assessment of the Holocaust in Hungary.  This includes soliciting and considering the opinions of all segments of Hungarian society, and especially those who are rightly most…
  • 3 teen girls arrested for vandalizing Muslim gravestones

    Marcy Oster
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:53 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel Police arrested three teenage Jewish girls for vandalizing a Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem. On Tuesday night, the girls etched the words “Price Tag” on gravestones at the cemetery located just outside the walls of the Old City, according to news reports. They also spelled out the words on gravestones with rocks and sand, and spray-painted the epithet in the cemetery. The girls refused to cooperate with police during the investigation and were set to appear in court on Wednesday. “Price tag” refers to the strategy adopted by extremist Jewish…
  • Fatah and Hamas sign unity accord

    Marcy Oster
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:36 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party and Hamas have signed a unity accord. Under the agreement signed Wednesday, the factions are to form a unity government in five weeks, according to reports citing Palestinian officials. Fatah and Hamas representatives met from Tuesday to early Wednesday morning in Gaza. Amid reports of the accord, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Abbas must choose between peace with Israel or Hamas, the Islamist organization that runs the Gaza Strip. Hamas is classified as a terrorist organization by…
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    ynet - Opinion

  • World powers must reject Iranian offer

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:58 am
    Analysis: Headlines about compromises and concessions offered by Tehran are simply part of its negotiation strategy.
  • Hezbollah's unsuccessful revenge

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Analysis: Most of Lebanese terror organization's attempts to avenge its commander's assassination have failed thanks to improvement in Israel's intelligence collection abilities.
  • It's Israel's turn to stretch out its arm

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
    Op-ed: Sometimes in order to reach the prize of peace, you have to imagine what it looks like, British ambassador to Israel writes.
  • US mediation running out of fuel

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:28 am
    Op-ed: Just one more day, just one more week, and Kerry will throw in the towel on Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.
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    Intellect or Insanity, Jonathan Klinger's Blog

  • Israeli Waze hit with GPL class action lawsuit: plaintiff requests source code.

    27 Mar 2014 | 5:47 am
    An interesting class action lawsuit has been brought in Israel against Waze, the Israeli navigation company who were acquired by Google last year. The class action raises an interesting question: according to the class action plaintiff, Mr. Roey Gorodish, Waze was first released as GPLv2 licensed software (which require to provide end-users with the original source code), and the data which Waze uses is based on a warranty to the Waze community to maintain it free. Such warranty was provided via freemap’s data (which Waze used), who selected to license it under the GPL, as well as under…
  • PRISM? Come to Israel to study our surveillance state.

    10 Jun 2013 | 3:51 am
    It seems that those who were astonished, abhorred, enraged or outraged from finding out that the National Security Agency (NSA) tracked millions of united states citizens and did so with the cooperation of numerous internet service providers, telecommunication companies and web-based hosting services had not even bothered to read the news in the last decade and to see reports on unauthorized searches in computers and about the way that the law authorities act. We, as Israelies, can only be jealous of the public outrage from such authoritarian conduct, because, well, in Israel, the situation…
  • Israeli Bill to Block Access to Gambling & Child Porn Websites

    22 Dec 2012 | 2:42 am
    0. Israel is to attempt, again, to pass a bill that authorizes police officers to issue warrants to Internet service providers to block or restrict access to specific websites involved either in gambling, child pornography or copyright infringement. The bill itself proposes that such administrative procedures shall be clandestine and that court decisions shall be made ex-parte, where some of the court’s ruling will not be even disclosed to the owner of the website, and the court may hear and use inadmissible evidence. In my opinion, one of the saddest things in a democracy is that…
  • Putin’s Pussy Scandal may Be Inspiration for Israel

    19 Aug 2012 | 10:46 pm
    0. A few months ago, Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, arrived to Israeli for a brief visit. The President, who receives embarrassing support from Israel’s minister of foreign affair, Avigdor Liberman and almost magical admiration from Knesset member Anastasia Michaeli, also received a warm warm hug from the Israeli government’s leaders, and first and foremost, Benyamin Netanyahu. Actually, there’s no place for doubt that there is a strong link between the two states. However, another embarrassing affair that Putin had to face recently may show that Putin is the one…
  • Legislating Surveillance: Was the biometric act needed?

    4 Dec 2011 | 2:53 am
    0. Abstract. [This Wednesday I shall lecture at the LiSS working group conference, here is a draft of my lecture] From 2003, and until today, the Israeli Government has been working diligently in order to legislate the biometric database act and the orders and ordinances according to it. However, This biometric database is not the only biometric database in Israel and is not the only database where government authorities have access to. In my brief lecture, I shall present a different approach, asking whether this database act was actually required and what are the reasons for choosing a…
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  • Jordan Performing Unnatural Selektion On Israeli Tourists

    Jono Rose
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:27 am
    New Sign Installed At Jordan – Israel Border Although Israel has technically been at “peace” with Jordan for 20 years, its not like they actually like us. A couple of years ago 6 Israeli tourists were attacked in a market simply because they were wearing skullcaps. That prompted Jordanian authorities to warn Israeli tourists to not look so Jewy if they plan to visit the Hasemite Kingdom. Now according to TOI it seems that some Jewish Israeli tourists are simply being turned away at the border. Avinoam Edry, a 25-year-old student at Shalem College in Jerusalem, arrived on…
  • The Exploding Demographic Bomb: It’s The Jews

    Varda Epstein
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:41 am
    Those in favor of the two-state solution (TSS) have long cited demographics as the one argument that the anti-TSS people cannot refute. TSS proponents claim that there will soon be an overwhelming majority of Arabs in Judea and Samaria, making it a gross faux pas to continue to insist this territory remain part of a “Jewish” state. But demographics are statistics and statistics are funny things. They are facts and yet they can be skewed to offer a false picture through the manipulation of context. Those of us who bother to look beyond the statistics presented for public consumption have…
  • Yes. Israel Has The Higher Moral Ground. Get Over It.

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Another poster by @posters4israel Yes. #Israel has the higher moral ground. Let's start with that as a foundation. — Posters4Israel (@Posters4Israel) April 22, 2014
  • “Female In Gaza” According To The New York Times

    Aussie Dave
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:55 am
    On Sunday, the New York Times ran a photo essay entitled Female in Gaza. It portrays Gaza women in a positive light, including women medical students, a girl riding a horse, and a woman recording a song. While I am glad there are women prospering in Gaza, what struck me was what was not shown. There are no photos of female terrorists or girls attending Hamas rallies. Nor of honor killing victims, or women arrested by the Hamas modesty police. In fact, Hamas is mentioned only twice, and not in at all a bad light: One photo caption includes “Hamas prides itself on its female police…
  • Terrorists Caught Faking It

    Aussie Dave
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Pro-terrorist Facebook page Rasid News Network today posted the following, supposed showing a missile fired by the Gaza “resistance”: Post by ‎شبكة الراصـد الاخبارية‎.   And what a glorious projectile it is. In fact, it’s the Soviet/Russian space station Mir as she reentered the Earth’s atmosphere and broke up over Fiji in 2001. Mir Re-entry photo Mir Re-entry photo rotated 90 degrees I guess the terrorists either take us all for dumbasses or don’t consider their actual missiles and rockets photogenic enough (hat tip: Dan).
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    Chayyei Sarah

  • Moscow (Part XVIII - Prayers)

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    Click here for Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII,VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI and XVII.The Marina Roscha Jewish Center is simply huge. The building in which the synagogue is located contains not only the tremendous, grand sanctuary but also a library, classrooms, and a Judaica store. The Center also includes multiple other buildings, including a Chessed (Jewish Welfare) building, an elementary school, and girls’ and boys’ high schools. And there are other synagogues around the city! Wow.The…
  • Moscow (Part XVII - On the Way to Marina Roscha)

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Click here for Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII,VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV and XVI.As I neared the Jewish Center, I must have turned left a little too early, and got a little lost. Where the Center was supposed to be was an entrance to a place that looked like it might be what I wanted: there was a guard outside (common to Jewish institutions in places with lots of anti-Semitism), and I saw a man in a black hat walk inside. But when I asked for "Marina Roscha" and "Rabbi Friedman," the guard didn't seem to…
  • Moscow (Part XVI - Chicken)

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    Click here for Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII,VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV and XV. Back in my hotel room, I seriously contemplated skipping the Friday night experience at Chabad. Frankly, the process of showering early enough so that my hair would dry on time, but then not being able to nap because my hair would dry all flat from the pillow, seemed overwhelming when I was so tired and just wanted to sleep. I'd heard that Russian women dress really nicely and always wear makeup (which was true, from what I‘d seen so…
  • Moscow (Part XV: The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center)

    29 Mar 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Click here for Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII,VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, and XIV.At the Jewish Museum, I went to the ticket counter and proudly held out 400 rubles.The museum is located in what clearly used to be a sprawling warehouse, and it has a cool “New York loft apartment” feel to it, with exposed brick walls and all the displays under one vast, airy  roof. It is quite large, with lots to see and read; I spent two hour there and by far did not see everything (in particular, I did not see their youth center, nor the…
  • Moscow (Part XIV - "How was the weather?")

    27 Mar 2014 | 9:09 am
    Click here for Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII,VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, and XIII.Everyone warned me that the weather in Moscow would be terrible. That’s why the plane ticket is so cheap, everyone pointed out; who else is crazy enough to go to Russia at the end of February? “We hope you have a good coat,” they said.Well, I do have a good wool jacket, in fact, and I wore many, many layers, and gloves, and earmuffs. And between the coat and all the layers and the gloves and the earmuffs, I was perfectly comfortable.Most of my trip, the…
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  • More threats, less peace

    Meryl Yourish
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Mahmoud Abbas doesn’t want peace. All he wants is to give Israel preconditions and ultimatums.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for the first time spoke about the Palestinian demands for extending peace talks: A three months freeze in settlement construction during which time talks would focus on delineating the border of the future Palestinian state.“If Israel believes in the two state solution… let us define the borders – where Israel will be and where Palestine will be,” he said in a special press conference to Israel journalists covering peace talks Tuesday.And…
  • The Russian bear awakens

    Meryl Yourish
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    Snoopy the Goon has long been on my reading list. He is a former Soviet Jew and knows Russia better than anyone I can think of. This post is a translation of an article by a Belarusian writer.“There is a feeling that the country is at war – continues the writer – People are wishing each other more victories: ‘And what about Alaska?’ It is scary to switch on the TV. The TV threatens to transform America into a nuclear dust, discusses occupation of the whole of Europe … The media is being “cleaned up” according to the laws of war. Any alternative…
  • Easter Sunday briefs

    Meryl Yourish
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:57 am
    Happy Easter, my Christian friends and readers!CNN now publishes Iranian propaganda: Apparently, CNN wants to be just like the New York Times. It’s publishing an op-ed favorable to Iran by members of NIAC. NIAC is an arm of the Iranian government, though its members like to pretend it isn’t. So of course they would think that the Iranians are negotiating in good faith and it’s those evil, warmongering Israelis that are messing things up.It’s a chess move: Mahmoud Abbas is threatening to dismantle the Palestinian Authority and let Israel run all of the West Bank by…
  • Caturday

    Meryl Yourish
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Meimei, this morning: “Are you getting out of bed anytime soon?”And Tigger, who likes to use the molding for a pillow. Yes, really.
  • Happy Tiggerversary!

    Meryl Yourish
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Six years ago today, I drove north to Wendy’s Feline Friends and picked up my orange boy.Yesterday, my friend Sarah took this amazing picture.I think I have a can of tuna in the closet. So it will be a very happy Tiggerversary for Tig and Meimei.
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    This Normal Life

  • Who Needs Peace Talks? Musical Coexistence in Jerusalem

    9 Apr 2014 | 4:41 am
    As the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians were breaking down last week, the Old City of Jerusalem was an unlikely spot of musical coexistence. And nowhere was that more pronounced than in a hard-to-find back alley called Muristan Square where two performances demonstrated that the situation doesn’t have to be as bleak as one reads in the news. The “Sounds of the Old City” celebration was the impetus for weeklong series of breathtaking outdoor concerts. Now in its fourth year, Sounds of the Old City is another in Jerusalem’s successful deployment of free cultural events,…
  • Will the World’s Largest Seder be Canceled this Year?

    25 Mar 2014 | 9:02 am
    The sanctions and now full strike at Israel’s Foreign Ministry have already wreaked havoc with the country’s diplomacy. First, a planned trip by the Pope to the Holy Land appears to be on the verge of cancellation. Next, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s historic visit to Latin America also looks likely to fall to the editing room floor. There are even more serious problems waiting at the United Nations Human Rights Council, which is set to vote on five anti-Israel resolutions this week, which will apparently go unchallenged by an Israeli diplomatic corps or total lockdown. Despite…
  • The power of singing on Friday night

    18 Mar 2014 | 9:14 am
    The next time you go to synagogue on a Friday night, take a moment to consider how many people are there for the davening (the prayer itself) and how many for the communal singing? If queried, most congregants will probably respond with some combination of commandedness and connection to God. But from a sociological perspective, there’s a strong chance that participating in a religiously framed version of the good old fashioned Israeli shira b’tzibur – singing together in public – is playing a major role, not only on an interpersonal social level but going deep into the very…
  • Haredi Nation vs. Startup Nation: JNext and the Irony of Sunday’s Protest

    4 Mar 2014 | 11:40 am
    The irony was almost too delicious – and at the same time dreadfully serious – to avoid. The hundreds of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews who rallied on Sunday essentially against integrating into Israeli society nearly sabotaged an event across town meant to position Jerusalem as the “capital” of the Startup Nation with all the jobs that go with that…jobs in which the haredim, if their two hours of prayer were to be understood correctly, would most certainly not be participating. Sunday’s massive ultra-Orthodox protest against “sharing the burden” and ultimately exiting…
  • Eddie and the White Smoke

    18 Feb 2014 | 6:58 am
    We love our 1995 Toyota Corolla. It’s in fantastic shape and is our only car for driving out of Jerusalem. (Our other car is a Better Place electric vehicle which is now essentially a very expensive “city car” – but that’s another story.) So, when a car repairperson rolled down the window in his vehicle and called over to my son while he was stopped at a red light near work and informed him that white smoke was coming out of the tailpipe, we were all understandably concerned. The repairman in the next car handed over his card between the windows – he specialized “in just this…
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    Daniel Pipes :: Writings

  • "Antisemite Max Blumenthal Incites Murder of Three in Kansas"

    14 Apr 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Max Blumenthal, like others on the far-Left, jumped on the July 2011 Norwegian massacre of 77 dead and 319 injured to impugn the counter-jihadi right. His screed, "Anders Behring Breivik, a perfect product of the Axis of Islamophobia" included this
  • No Longer Banned in the British Library!

    9 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The British Library, I documented yesterday, had blocked my website and those of the Middle East Forum while letting through some of the most foul antisemitic and Islamist sites. The article ended with mention of my writing to the library, a government
  • Banned in the British Library

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    Prominent counter-jihadis like Geert Wilders, Michael Savage, and Robert Spencer have the distinction of being banned from entry into the United Kingdom – and, now, Her Majesty's Government, in its wisdom, has also banned two websites connected to me.
  • Chris Christie and the "Occupied Territories" Incident

    4 Apr 2014 | 5:36 am
    A small but significant event took place on March 29 at the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas. Hosted by Sheldon Adelson, the mega-donor to Republican presidential campaigns, the event drew four leading potential candidates for president in 2016,
  • Conservatives Rally on the Streets of Paris

    2 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    On a recent Sunday in Paris, I had the opportunity to witness an anti-immigration street protest. The approximately 600 participants followed started next to the catacombs in Place Denfert-Rochereau, walked a 1.9 km route in about 1½ hours along two
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    Good News from Israel

  • Hebrew Passover Songs with Audio/Video, Hebrew text (with Nikud - vowels) and English translations

    13 Apr 2014 | 3:55 am
    Hi Everyone!I added 5 Hebrew Passover songs to my Hebrew Language site song has a Hebrew video/audio, Hebrew lyrics (withNikud - vowels) and an English translation. The direct links are:Order of the Passover Seder (Kadesh Urchatz) has changed? (Mah Nishtana?) Israel came forth out of Egypt (Betzeit Yisrael Mimitzrayim) Would Have Been Enough for Us!
  • New Israeli Educational Stamps including Israeli Sign Language

    9 Apr 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Hi Everyone! I scanned and posted on my website the new Israeli stamps that were issued in April 2014.I included the stamp itself, the first day cover, and an English and a Hebrew flyer about the stamp. Israeli Sign Language- Thanks- Kiss- Friendship- Love- Goodbye- Mazal Tov for Marriage- Regional Council Mateh Yehuda - 50 Years- Violins that Survived the Holocaust- Memorial Day 2014- Non-Olympic SportsThe new stamp images are located at: also uploaded the images to a Facebook album.The address is:…
  • New features added to my free site: Learn Hebrew Phrases with Audio

    7 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Hi Everyone!I added several new features to my free educational website:Learn Hebrew Phrases with The site is now accessible on smart phones as well as personal computers- I added a button on each phrase page to switch from "Hebrew only" to "Hebrew with English transliteration and translation" and reverse.- Each of the 1,215 phrases now has its own web address- Simpler navigation (created a new site layout when I switched from Flash to HTML 5)- Direct access to individual videosThe Passover video address is:…
  • Photos of the Olim Arts and Food Festival in Ma'ale Adumim

    3 Apr 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Hi Everyone!Today, I went to the Olim Arts and Food Festival in Ma'ale Adumim.It was very nice! Kol Hakavod to the organizers and everyone that participated.I posted photos the photos and please share with friends.Shabbat Shalom,Jacob
  • Passover Educational Resources and 292 Passover Videos

    25 Mar 2014 | 6:44 am
    Hi Everyone! Passover is a Jewish holiday, of Biblical origin, marking the birth of the Jews as a people and their emergence as a unique nation in history, devoted to G-d's will. It celebrates the liberation of the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt over 3000 years ago, under the leadership of Moses. This year Passover begins on Monday night, April 14, 2014. The Jewish Trivia Quiz Passover Trivia In what Hebrew month is Passover celebrated ? Why do we eat matzah during Passover ? How old was Moshe's mother when she gave birth to Moshe ? How long did the Jews' exile…
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    Hershell Ezrin: Consider This

  • The Canadian Journalism Foundation announces Excellence in Journalism Award finalists
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:37 pm
    TORONTO, April 8, 2014 /CNW/ -The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF) is proud to announce the Excellence in Journalism Award finalists in the large/national media and local/regional media categories. Unlike other awards honouring specific journalistic achievements, the CJF celebrates news organizations that embrace ideals of journalistic excellence – accuracy, independence, accountability to the audience, courage and originality – with its annual Excellence in Journalism Awards. The shortlist contains news outlets that embody exemplary journalistic standards and practices with a…
  • Rob Anders’ defeat shows how Rob Ford can be beaten
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Veteran Calgary MP Rob Anders’ narrow defeat in a federal Conservative nomination race proves that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is not invincible. By: Hershell Ezrin Published in The Toronto Star on Tue Apr 15 2014 Torontonians, take heart. Veteran Calgary MP Rob Anders’ narrow defeat in a federal Conservative nomination race proves that Mayor Rob Ford is not invincible. Celebrity outspokenness notwithstanding, a “take no prisoners” brand appeal and bombastic style can be defeated. But as Anders’ late campaign surge showed, Ford will not go easily or quietly. There are several striking…
  • Wynne’s Libel suit: ON Liberals and PC at loggerheads
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    April 10 2014: ONW Insiders: Premier Wynne is pressing ahead with a libel suit against PC leader Tim Hudak, something he calls attempted “libel chill.” Ezrin, Bangs and Ferreira on a divided and rancorous Legislature.
  • ONW Insiders: Budget leaks and erased hard drives: is a spring election coming?
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:38 am
    ONW Insiders Panel April 3 2014: Do a criminal investigation in the Premier’s Office and a leaked budget PR plan make a spring election is more or less likely? Ezrin, Bangs and Ferreira weigh in.
  • QC Elections: What effects for Canada, and should ON be speaking up?
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:52 am
    ONW Insiders March 27 Panel: The Liberals head for a majority while PQ leader Pauline Marois backs down on sovereignty. Hershell Ezrin, Jeff Bangs and Paul Ferreira on how it affects Ontario.
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    Green Prophet

  • Pistachios could power an entire new “eco-city” in Turkey

    Tafline Laylin
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:53 am
    Turkey is floating plans to build a new “eco-city” in the southeastern corner of the country, near the border of Syria, and green building experts from Gaziantep want to use energy from burning pistachio shells to keep it running. The new 3,200 hectare city for roughly 200,000 residents would be located roughly six miles outside of Gaziantep in the province of the same name. This is a historic city, one of the oldest continuously habited communities in the country, that is world renowned for its pistachio production. In fact the word pistachio means “Antep nut,”…
  • IDE Technologies aims for a fleet of floating water desalination plants in three years

    Tafline Laylin
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:46 pm
    Barge-mounted desalination plants aren’t unique – the Saudis first deployed them in 2008 – but Israel’s IDE Technologies Ltd. and Japanese shipbuilders have a plan to take offshore floating desalination to a whole new level. Fresh water is an unbelievably rare resource across the globe – one in six people lack access to clean water and more than 3.4 million people die each year because of its scarcity. Even in places where water is plentiful, it may be contaminated, or the existing infrastructure may be ill-equipped to deliver sufficient resources to swelling…
  • Qatar axes four of 12 solar-powered World Cup 2022 stadiums

    Tafline Laylin
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Qatar plans to spend roughly $200 billion to prepare for the hundreds of thousands of fans who are expected to show up for the 2022 World Cup – a sum that appears to be four stadiums more than the Emirate can afford. In its original FIFA bid, Qatar pledged to build nine new stadiums and refurbish an additional three to ensure adequate space for one of the world’s most popular sporting events. The stadiums, it was said, would be constructed with state-of-the art technology that would incorporate solar power to cool interiors since temperatures are particularly high in the summer.
  • The 200 fruitarians who find this country to be their Garden of Eden

    Karin Kloosterman
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    Vegetarians criticise meat eaters for giving the world cow farts (greenhouse gases) and for making animals endure unspeakable suffering. Vegawarians criticize both for not seeing the middle ground. Vegans take on all three groups saying that no animal products should be consumed by us humans, but there is another level of food piety: fruitarian. When you think “Middle East” grilled lamb kebabs might come to mind. Other strange delights dangle on the Middle Eastern menu including sheep testicles. But in Israel, the land of milk and honey and meat, about 2.5 percent of the…
  • “Driverless” Tesla electric car will test run on Israel’s Better Place grid

    Maurice Picow
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    In the aftermath of the demise of Shai Agassi’s Better Place electric car network company,  EV car purchasers in Israel feared they might become stranded due to not being able to recharge or exchange their car’s lithium batteries. Will Tesla, who said they wouldn’t, swoop in? Rumors have circulated that Tesla Motors, manufacturers of high priced electric sports cars, might soon be introducing their cars into Israel to take advantage of the electric car infrastructure already set up by Better Place. This rumor became ever stronger due to a partnership between California…
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    Internet Marketing and SEO Israel Blog on Optimization Strategy

  • B2B Marketing Conference

    AIMS Internet Marketing
    30 Mar 2014 | 2:45 am
    I recently attended the MC Forum B2B Conference in Tel Aviv, Israel. It was held at East which was really great, since it was a beautiful day. I also met a couple of clients there which was nice.  The best speaker was Udi from who spoke about email marketing. B2B Conference had many interesting speakers One speaker spoke about improving conversion rates. This can be problematical for B2B companies. As a general metric, conversion rates can be misleading and lead to taking the wrong actions.  Many B2B companies compete on keywords that end consumers search on. Therefore the company…
  • Google is Improving Ad Revenue in South Korea

    AIMS Internet Marketing
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:37 am
    Google’s display ad revenues have increased significantly in Korea as reported by the beSUCCESS website. However their share of the search market remains small. It is easy to add Korean ads through Google as the interface is in English and everything is familiar. However to reach a large Korean audience Naver is still the portal to use.  
  • Coupon Code Naming Tip for Internet Marketing

    AIMS Internet Marketing
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:25 pm
    There are many factors that influence how you should choose your coupon code. If you want people to remember it, then it is important to use a name that is easy to remember. Choose carefully your coupon code name But if you plan to test using it in search engine ads such as Adwords, it helps to make it short. Otherwise it will be hard to fit it in to the limited space available in the ads.
  • Using Google’s URL Builder to Track Data from Multiple Advertising Platforms

    Laya Bejell
    17 Mar 2014 | 2:34 am
    Tracking the success of PPC campaigns is a critical step in evaluating a company’s ROI for its advertising spend. Those in the marketing world know that Google Analytics is usually the “go-to” site for tracking where visitors come from and whether they are quality visitors. But, every so often you encounter analytics from a different source that need to be taken in to account. If you are lucky, the analytics in your new source will jive with match the data in Google Analytics, but more often than not it won’t. Let’s say you have PPC campaigns running on AdWords, Facebook and…
  • Mobile Internet use in Japan: iPhone vs Galaxy

    AIMS Internet Marketing
    6 Mar 2014 | 4:31 am
    When optimising mobile websites for the Japanese market–iPhone is where you need to start.  Kantar, the consumer insights company, reports: In Japan, consumers’ desire for all things Apple continued into the final quarter of 2013, with iOS taking 68.7% share of smartphone sales. iPhone sales rankings in Japan as reported by the website. Apple took the first 6 places in March, 2014   I checked some of my clients’s websites and found that about 60% of mobile visitors had an iPhone. Contrast this to Samsung’s 5%. There are many reasons for this–some…
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  • At Last: Free Revealing Love Advice!

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:16 pm
    You’ve always wondered, and now finally you can discover: has anyone in the history of the universe had the insane dating experiences you have had? The answer is yes. You’re intelligent enough to know that your date shouldn’t talk about his dad’s gun collection (you #obvi read my blog entries). And of course you’ve heard that you shouldn’t […]
  • The LA Sephardic Music Festival Recap/Teaser (Video)

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:40 am
    After nine years in New York, Shemspeed and Bancs Media brought their Sephardic Music Festival (SMF) to Los Angeles, California between March 2 — 11, 2014. The Sephardic Music Festival is the first music festival to focus exclusively on the less familiar but captivating culture of the Jews who lived for centuries among the vibrant […]
  • Jesus as Holocaust Victim? No, Jews for Jesus. No!

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Just in time for Passover, Jews for Jesus, an organization dedicated to the notion that one can believe in Jesus and still be Jewish, saw fit to release a really offensive video. In the Schindler’s List ripoff, Jesus carrying a cross is portrayed as a Holocaust victim at the gates of Auschwitz. The video ends […]
  • Richard Silverstein Knows Nothing About Judaism

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:08 am
    How many things can one person get wrong in one post? When you’re Richard Silvertsein, Jack-Off all trades, master of none, nothing surprises me anymore. A recent post of his likened the arm motions made by Kohanim during Birkat HaKohanim to a Nazi salute! Just a little background here before we continue. Richard Silverstein is […]
  • Love is a Choice

    12 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Saying “You can’t help who you fall in love with” is silly. Love is a choice. The concept of not choosing who you fall for may apply to certain cases, but when used as an excuse, it’s ridiculous.   When you first meet someone, get down and dirty with #realtalk, and discover if you’re compatible […]
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  • Are Salary Surveys Actually Useful? [PODCAST]

    Jacob Share
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:47 am
    The numbers are there, but do they really mean anything? After I recently published Over 100 Salary Surveys, Guides and Calculators For 2014, Mark Anthony Dyson, creator of blog, reached out to interview me for Episode 34 of his ongoing podcast series. The podcast is split into two parts. In Part 1, spanning the first 23 minutes of the podcast, Mark and I discussed: Why I spent so much effort to create the compilation The differences between salary surveys, guides and calculators Important: a typical mistake job seekers make with salary resources How these various…
  • 10 More Reasons You Should Exercise Regularly

    Jacob Share
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:34 pm
    You know you should do it, and your job search is a great time to do it. Here’s my original list of 10 Mighty Reasons to Work Out During Your Job Search. With those first reasons in mind- Regular exercise will also… 11. Settle at least part of your job search into a routine. Too much of a routine is boring and can lead to job search-prolonging inertia, but some routine is good so you don’t feel like your search is ever spinning out of control. 12. One nice element of routines is that progress is easier to track. Even simple tracking of your exercise will build the habit of…
  • The Biggest Job Search Problem With LinkedIn

    Jacob Share
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:10 pm
    LinkedIn might be great for job seekers, but it has one big flaw. Why LinkedIn is great for your job search No employer likes to think their employees are actively looking for a job outside the company, and that’s regardless of whether you’re doing it on company time or not. Pretty much every employee understands and knows this. It used to be that if you posted your resume online as part of your job search and your employer found out about it, you could be: invited to an uncomfortable, trust-straining meeting to explain the discovery quietly put on an internal HR list of people to…
  • Over 100 Salary Surveys, Guides and Calculators For 2014

    Jacob Share
    27 Mar 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Know the market rate for a job before recruiters ask what the rate is for you. Salary surveys help you: Understand your current market value, locally or abroad Learn about options for relocation, where your market value is that much higher Learn about other career options where you could earn enough, or even more And that’s why I compile these lists for you. How to use this list As much as possible, I try to only list sites that are credible and have compiled their own numbers from their own sources. For best results, compare multiple surveys to reinforce your impressions, especially…
  • It’s JobMob’s 7th Birthday!

    Jacob Share
    20 Mar 2014 | 12:43 pm
    7 years and counting from the official press release back on March 21st, 2007. It’s been a strange year. A few people have even asked whether I’ve lost interest in blogging, or they’ve just come out and said that I seem to be putting in less effort than usual. The latter is actually true. I did put in less effort this past year than usual. And you can tell: JobMob readership continues to grow, albeit more slowly than in recent times, while traffic has dropped significantly both from search engines and social media. People are still sharing JobMob articles at a high rate but…
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    יינות ישראל

  • החשיבות ביכולות

    20 Apr 2014 | 4:15 am
    במקרה הספציפי אשר נוגע לנו חברות, הם צריכים שחקנים עם תחרויות אמין המערבות אותם כדי לפעול, לייצר ביעילות, ומבטיח לא רק הישרדות אבל הפיתוח, כיבוש ואת קביעות של השווקים. באמת מה הם ביכולות? מה הם כרוכים? מדוע חשיבותו, היקף, להשפיע? הוא תקף מאוד אשר קובע כי חברה אשר בוחר לקבל ביכולות עבודה, צריך לעבוד באופן שיטתי כדי לקבוע אילו יכולות…
  • לקנות את בית החלומות שלך

    14 Apr 2014 | 3:17 am
  • האקדמיה הדור האחרון

    7 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    האקדמיה הדור האחרון מחיר התהילה… מאת: חוויאר סנטה־מריה מאז השקתו ב-30 ביוני של שנת 2002, ריאליטי מוזיקלי המיוצר על ידי טלוויזיה AZTECA שלב להפוך לאחד הנצפים ביותר באמריקה הלטינית כל בחמישה דורות כי חשפה לעולם כשרונו המוסיקלי של הנוער פורה עם אילו מקסיקו כעת יש. הקירות של הבית של האקדמיה כבר testigas של הרצונות, התסכולים, צחוק דמעות,…
  • מולטימדיה

    1 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    מולטימדיה משפר את המקצועיות של אתר האינטרנט שלך ואת טכנולוגיית האינטרנט משנה את האופן שבו אנו יוצרים מוצרים דיגיטליים. קצב העברת נתונים מוקדמים באינטרנט היה מספיק רק במקום להציג טקסט ותמונות באתר זה. היו ימים שבהם הם השתמשו מודמים במהירות של 56 קילובייט כדי לקבל גישה לאינטרנט, ועל כל עמוד היה פתוח כמעט חצי דקה. שימוש פעיל תוכן…
  • ידע ולמידה

    31 Mar 2014 | 11:45 pm
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  • Call For Material to Honor R Hershel Schachter

    Guest Contributor
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    [Editor's Note: Given the large place that Rav Schachter's thought has contributed to the discussions on the blog, the request to post the request that follows seems eminently reasonable.] In honor of Rav Schachter’s continued and unflagging ahavah and mesiras nefesh for Torah, Am Yisrael and his talmidim in particular, we are soliciting your personal thoughts, remembrances and anecdotes of Rav Schachter that will be assembled and presented in book form to Rav Schachter personally this Pesach. Your submission can be in long or short form, in any language, and on any topic, but should…
  • So They Don’t Really Want To Stamp Out Torah, After All

    Yitzchok Adlerstein
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:39 am
    You are going to have to read this excerpt from an article by Dov Lipman, even if he is unpopular with much of our readership, especially since he is only quoting Mishpacha. It appears in today’s Times of Israel. Don’t hug the messenger if you don’t want, but don’t shoot him either. The Haredi newspaper, Mishpacha, sponsored a poll to determine the attitudes of secular Israelis towards Haredim. They hired one of Israel’s top pollsters, Mina Tzemach, to do the research. Here are some of the results: 1) 72% of secular Israelis believe that the Haredim do not contribute…
  • The Second Son

    Avi Shafran
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    A Pesach-themed piece I penned for the Forward appears here Chag kasher visame’ach to all Cross-Currents readers, and all of Klal Yisrael! AS
  • The Tikvah Yeshiva Fellowships – Exciting New Program

    Yitzchok Adlerstein
    13 Apr 2014 | 1:50 am
    Friday saw the launch of a program that will be exciting to yeshiva men with unfulfilled intellectual leanings, to Klal Yisrael, and to this author, who will be given an opportunity to pay back a debt many decades old. The Tikvah Fund (TF) announced that it is now accepting candidate applications for the Tikvah Yeshiva Fellowship Program, to be held August 10-17 at the Glen Cove Mansion on Long Island. The program is designed for talmidei yeshivos between the ages of 20-30 who are possessed of enough intellectual curiosity to want to spend a week with some stellar presenters from both the…
  • More on the Charedi Draft

    Yaakov Menken
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:26 pm
    I had this as a comment to Rabbi Landesman’s post, but Rabbi Adlerstein encouraged me to elevate it to a post unto itself. He did say that Rabbi Landesman may go “a second round” as well — so let me say now that much as I might wish to continue, it is already known in the Menken house that my study, which is the one room that is my sole responsibility to clean, is also the last to be ready for bedikas chametz. Should Rabbi Landesman wish to have it, I’ll have to surrender the last word. Nonetheless, what Rabbi Landesman appears to have overlooked is that the…
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    Elder Of Ziyon - Israel News

  • "Growing numbers of Jewish tourists provokes Jordanians' anger"

    Elder of Ziyon
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Jordan's Erem News reports that Jordanians in the southern part of the country are increasingly upset that Jews are visiting the country, claiming that they are planting fake archaeological treasures to be dug up to help Israel claim that Jordan is really part of Israel.Jordanian citizens in the city of Tafilah noticed "alarming movements" by eight Jewish tourists camping for a few days, they claim, in order to carry out digs. This provoked "anger and resentment" from them. Abu Ali Al-Majali shot a few shots in the air, (he claims that he didn't know that the Jewish tourists were there,…
  • Archaeologist claims to have found chisel that helped build the Kotel

    Elder of Ziyon
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    From Haaretz:Archaeologists have found a stonemason's chisel that they believe may have been used by the builders of the Western Wall in Jerusalem.Actually Eli Shukron, an archaeologist working for the Israel Antiquities Authority, found the chisel last summer while digging at the lower base of the Western Wall, south of the Western Wall courtyard. However, the IAA has preferred to remain silent on the discovery, based on the need to study the tool and other evidence further before issuing any statements, it explained.Shukron has been digging in the area of the City of David and the Western…
  • Fatah, Hamas announce "unity" - again (updates)

    Elder of Ziyon
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    I'll believe it when I see it....Rival Palestinian leaders from the West Bank and Gaza Strip have decided to form a government of national unity within the "next five weeks," officials said early on Wednesday.The agreement, between members of the PLO and Hamas, was reached following talks in Gaza City which began on Tuesday evening, a member of the PLO who wished to remain anonymous told AFP."There has also been progress on the holding of future elections and the composition of the PLO," said the Palestinian official without giving further details. Secretary-general of the Palestinian…
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  • Lessons from the latest tragedy

    Vic Rosenthal
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Baruch Mizrachi, z”l and family Funeral of Baruch Mizrachi It is incredible what political simpletons Jews are.  They shut their eyes to one of the most elementary rules of life, that you must not “meet halfway” those who do not want to meet you. — Ze’ev Jabotinsky It is too painful to write these stories, so I will let you read the details here. It still isn’t clear whether Baruch Mizrachi, a man who had devoted his life to protecting the Jewish people in their land, was targeted because of his job, or simply murdered because he was a Jew. It…
  • Actually, Brandeis got it very wrong

    Vic Rosenthal
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Ayaan Hirsi Ali The recent controversy over Brandeis University’s withdrawal of its offer of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali is symptomatic of the disconnect from reality prevalent in academia. Let’s look at Hirsi Ali’s “virulently anti-Muslim public statements” quoted by the Brandeis faculty members who signed a letter to the university president, urging him to rescind the offer: David Cohen quotes Ms. Hirsi Ali as saying: “Violence is inherent in Islam – it’s a destructive, nihilistic cult of death. It legitimates murder. The police may foil…
  • Europe’s chutzpah can’t hide decline

    Vic Rosenthal
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Thanks to the perspicacious David F. for bringing this to my attention: European Union officials alleged on Friday that Israel demolished EU-funded housing shelters outside of Ma’aleh Adumim earlier in the week, AFP reported. Eighteen tin huts built to house Palestinians during the unusually severe winter weather this year were “partially funded by EU member states,” according to the report. EU officials demanded financial compensation from Israel to Brussels in response to the demolition of three of the structures, Belgian news service EurActiv reported. “We should ask…
  • Why EU doesn’t care if its aid helps Palestinians

    Vic Rosenthal
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:57 pm
    If antisemitic aliens from space were to attack Israel, would the EU support them? Michael Theurer is chairman of the European Parliament’s Committee on Budgetary Control. Here is an excerpt from a piece he published in the Wall Street Journal yesterday: In its report, issued in December, the European Court of Auditors revealed major dysfunctions in the management of EU financial support to the Palestinian Authority, and called for a serious overhaul of the funding mechanism. Among other things, the court criticized the absence of any conditions for EU aid to the Palestinian Authority,…
  • Kerry’s ‘poof’ moment

    Vic Rosenthal
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    …poof, that was sort of the moment Today this story appeared in my local newspaper: Israeli settlement plans sank peace talks By Paul Richter Tribune Washington Bureau [The Tribune Company owns The LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, and numerous other newspapers and media properties -- ed.] Washington — Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Tuesday that Israel’s announcement last week of new housing for Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem led to the breakdown of his eight-month effort to reach a peace deal between Israelis and Palestinians. … “Seven…
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  • הנייה הכריז על איחוד; צה"ל תקף ברצועת עזה

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:55 am
    בעוד אלפי פלסטינים חוגגים ברחובות עזה את הסכם הפיוס בין חמאס לפת"ח, תקף כלי טייס ישראלי חולייה שהתכוונה לשגר רקטות לעבר ישראל. בצה"ל הודיעו כי לא זוהתה פגיעה בעוד הפלסטינים דיווחו על שלושה פצועים
  • ככה כן מיירטים מל"טים

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    בחיל-האוויר שואפים להתאים את האיומים לשדה הקרב המתעצם, וכחלק מכך התאמנו הצוותים על מגוון כטב"מים מהסוגים המתקדמים ביותר שנמצאים בשדה הקרב, בינהם גם כטב"ם שצוותי-האוויר לא ראו מעולם
  • סגן השר אלקין: "החמאס והפת"ח רוצים בהשמדת ישראל"

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    בירושלים הגיבו בחריפות להסכם האחדות הפלסטיני: "החיבור של אבו מאזן עם רוצים טבעי". ח"כ גלאון: "הפיוס בין הגדה לעזה חיוני"
  • הנייה: "תם הפילוג בין הגדה המערבית לעזה"

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    הפרסומים על איחוד הצפוי בין החמאס לעזה עולים מדרגה. ראש ממשלת חמאס כינס מסיבת עיתונאים והכריז על איחוד בין הפלגים הפלסטינים: "נחל בהתייעצויות בנוגע לכינונה של הממשלה החדשה. הנשיא הפלסטיני יקבע מועד לבחירות שייערכו כחצי שנה לאחר הרכבת הממשלה"
  • 14 מרכזי ייעוץ לניצולי שואה יפתחו ברחבי הארץ

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    במרכזים יעסקו אנשי מקצוע שיסייעו לניצולי השואה לקבל את זכויותיהם ולשפר את תנאיהם, זאת על רקע הדו"ח שמתפרסם היום על מצבם העגום של הניצולים בארץ
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  • "צא מזה" וכל הג'אז הזה: קליפ בבכורה

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    אבי ליבוביץ' אורקסטרה מארחים את מיקה שדה לביצוע קופצני ומלהיב של "צא מזה" המוכר והאהוב, מתוך אלבום החידושים לשיריו של יענקל'ה רוטבליט. צפו בקליפ החדש בבכורה
  • לכבוד מיליארד גרושים: "עד סוף העולם" עולה על סך חלקיה

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    אף אחד לא ציפה לזה, אבל תוכנית הריאליטי החדשה של ערוץ 10 לא רק מבדרת, אלא גם מצליחה להוציא מהארון פלח אוכלוסיה רחב ולהעלות דילמות מוסריות מעניינות תוך ליהוק מבריק
  • "עד סוף העולם": בין סחיטה רגשית להזדהות

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:13 pm
    הריאליטי החדש של ערוץ 10 אמנם הולך בדרך כל מטחנת רייטינג, אבל בין משימה נדושה לדרמה מיותרת גם מצליח להפתיע לטובה בהצגתו את הזוגות הגרושים בדרך בלתי צפוייה
  • פעמוני רוק: קליפ בבכורה של "הפעמונים"

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    עמרי ויטיס, סולן להקת "הפעמונים", חזר לאחרונה משהות של 16 שנה באנגליה, שם כתב והקליט מספר אלבומים שזכו לתשבוחות במדיה הבריטית. הסינגל Home Tonight זכה לשבחים מיד עם צאתו, כעת קבלו בבכורה את הקליפ שצולם באולפני לונה בתל אביב
  • יהויכין פרידלנדר מביא את עמוס עוז לבמה

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    מככב בהצגה "תמונות מחיי הכפר" על פי ספרו של עמוס עוז, השחקן יהויכין פרידלנדר מתמוגג מהחופש האמנותי שהעניק להם הסופר בעיבוד לבמת התיאטרון ומספר על התאונה ששינתה את חייו
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  • מני פאר: אני נאבק במחלת הסרטן

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:07 am
    העיתונאי והשחקן חשף בעמוד הפייסבוק שלו כי הוא מתמודד עם מחלת הסרטן: ”ממשיכים הכל כרגיל רק עם לוק חדש... הסרטן המר עשה לי ראש מתוק"
  • מיילי סיירוס אושפזה

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    הזמרת הצעירה והפרובוקטיבית נאלצה לבטל את ההופעה המתוכננת בקנזס סיטי בעקבות תגובה אלרגית חמורה לאנטיביוטיקה
  • מה קרה במסיבת הסיום של "היפה והחנון"?

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:35 am
    המנחה בסלפי ניצחון עם אלעד וקארין, האחיות מלול מגלות מי קיבלה את חלק הארי של המוח אותו הן חולקות לין ליידי גאגא ומיהו "איש האופסי"? כל זאת ועוד ממסיבת הסיום של גמר "היפה והחנון"
  • יהודה לוי: ”אני האיש מאחורי הפיקסלים“

    7 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    השחקן הודה בשימוש בסמים קלים ובמעורבותו בפרשת ”הסמים והמפורסמים“: ”אין לי יותר מדי מה לומר, אני בסדר וזה בעיקר מאחוריי"
  • רוז פוסטאנס צמודה לג'סטין ביבר

    6 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    לאחר שזכתה לתהילה מקומית עם זכייתה בעונה הראשונה של הריאליטי "אקס פקטור ישראל", זכתה רוז פוסטאנס גם לככב לצד ג'סטין ביבר על מדרכת התהילה ה"הוליוודית" בפיליפינים
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    Niv Calderon

  • Why Use Google Plus Over Facebook

    Niv Calderon
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Recent changes to Facebook and recent changes in how I use Google+ made me realize this: 1- The amount of views and interaction on fb pages decreased in a way that you need to post every 3 hours (just look at the Business Insider timings) and become a title/caption whore in order to point to […]
  • My Recent Notes About Glass

    Niv Calderon
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:50 am
    March 21st: 1- The new framed Google Glass. Not mine, but i'll have a pair soon. It's just more natural. 2- It feels like the Israeli wearable developers community just grew bigger. And younger. Young teens (age 13) develop to #googleglass here. Most interesting idea i've seen so far for Glass was pregnancy analytics. — atGoogle Tel-Aviv. March 22nd: […]
  • Why Glass Technology Will Change Everything

    Niv Calderon
    27 Feb 2014 | 11:41 am
    A few days ago I saw a promotional video of a guy, a maker, who wants to raise money for a small project to build 3D stuff to put on the Glass. He said that Google Glass is just like your smartphone, you can text with it, Google with it, phone call with it, take […]
  • Google Glass A-HA Moment & The Law

    Niv Calderon
    17 Jan 2014 | 3:16 am
    As a Glass explorer I take my Glass to many places. Yes, the battery is undeniably weak, the (very few) apps Glass has lack innovation or sophistication and the voice recognition, well, let's say as long as you have a New York accent you're in the safe zone. But. Once you wear Glass for a […]
  • האנדרסטייטמנט הוולקני והטלויזיה הישראלית

    Niv Calderon
    27 Dec 2013 | 3:29 am
    אתמול פירסם יובל דרור טור בהעין השביעית על מות האנדרסטייטמנט בטלויזיה. דרור רפלקטיבי וביקורתי ואחד הטובים בכך. הוא טען שכל אלו שצועקים ומברברים בטלויזיה למעשה מעידים שעורכי התכניות הם אלה שבעצם מבקשים אותם וטען שהם חושבים שהצופים נרתעים ממשהו קצת יותר מעודן, מתוחכם. ״האנדרסטייטמנט כמופע תקשורתי הוא סחורה לא מבוקשת בקרב פרנסי…
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    Daily News Alert from Israel - COP/JCPA

  • Unmasking Modern Anti-Semitism

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (National Post-Canada) Robert Fulford - My own belief is that the BDS people and their fellow travelers are anti-Semites. They do all they can to stigmatize the Jewish state and reduce its ability to defend itself. They know that Israel is surrounded by neighbors who will never recognize its existence, much less sign a treaty developed in a "peace process" quarterbacked by Washington. The Palestinians and the Arab states who claim to support them are not hoping for a more generous Israel or a BDS-approved Israel or an Israel willing to hand over the West Bank. They are working for a day when…
  • Closer, But Still No Deal on Iran

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Washington Post) David Ignatius - A tentative plan was floated this month to reduce the threat posed by Iran's heavy-water reactor under construction at Arak. The Arak compromise formula was outlined recently in the journal Arms Control Today. It proposes feeding the reactor with low-enriched fuel and operating it at lower power. The output would be more of the medical isotopes Iran says it needs and much less of the plutonium that the West fears could fuel a bomb. Iranian and Western negotiators are now beginning to draft proposed language for a final, comprehensive pact, with renewed focus…
  • Egypt Interested in Buying 24 MiG-35s from Russia

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Indian Defence) Russia has acknowledged an Egyptian request to procure a squadron of MiG-35 advanced fighter aircraft, to include up to 24 fighter jets at a cost of $3 billion. Russian Aircraft Corp. is currently awaiting an initial order from the Russian Air Force to kick-start production by 2016. However, Moscow could try to secure an Egyptian order with an earlier model that could utilize the current production line for the new-built MiG-29M/M2. In February the arms package was agreed upon in principle between Egyptian Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Russian President Vladimir…
  • Abbas Cannot Undo the PA

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Israel Hayom) Dan Margalit - Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas' threat to close down shop is largely an empty one. Abbas does not want to step down. And if he gets into a situation in which he has no choice but to carry out the threat that he did not intend to fulfill, none of his younger counterparts in the PA would allow him to do so. Abbas can jump into the abyss, but his political family will not follow him. Abbas does not have the power to dismantle the PA.
  • U.S. to Deliver Apache Helicopters to Egypt

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Reuters) The U.S. has lifted its hold on the delivery of 10 Apache attack helicopters to Egypt imposed last year after the ouster of President Morsi, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the helicopters would support Egypt's counterterrorism operations in Sinai.
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  • Ah Jerusalem! English language theater every Friday afternoon at the Tower of David, Jerusalem!

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:59 pm
    If you’re in Jerusalem on a Friday afternoon, head to the Tower of David Museum for some amazing English theater! “Ah Jerusalem!” will be running every Friday from April 18 through to September 5 in the open outdoor courtyard of the Tower of David. It’s a lively, entertaining and musical production, which supposedly crosses borders, time, and reality. Individual seats and group bookings can be made in advance. Tickets cost 85 shekels but seniors and students pay only 65 shekels. For more details, see the website.
  • Electronic Music Paradise! The Isle of Dreams brings the world’s top DJs to the Sea of Galilee!

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:25 am
    If you’re into your electronic music, don’t miss The Isle of Dreams Festival at the Sea of Galilee in August 2014! In what is undoubtedly the biggest electronic music festival ever held in Israel, some of the biggest DJs in the world will be here spinning their tunes. Oh yes, names like Avicii, Steve Aoki, Nervo, Axwell, and Paul Oakenfold will be headlining, but in total there will be some 24 world-class DJs working those mixing desks over the three day event. And more names are expected to join the roster… The festival is actually part of the global Isle of Dreams…
  • Phaza Morgana 2014: Israeli culture in the desert that will knock your socks off!

    9 Apr 2014 | 3:13 am
    Another great looking festival heads your way – Phaza Morgana 2014! In what will be a feast for lovers of Israeli culture, expect to be wowed over THREE nights in September with some classic ballet, some Balkan beats (courtesy of Balkan Beat Box), some classic orchestral work from Goran Bregovic, as well as Israeli legends Yehuda Poliker, Gidi Gov, and Bery Sakharov. This festival (now in it’s eighth year) is a great opportunity to experience some awesome music, dance, and desert landscape, with everything under the desert sky in one of Israel’s most beautiful parks –…
  • Burning Man comes to the Negev Desert, Israel!

    6 Apr 2014 | 1:09 am
    For those of you wondering why there isn’t a Burning Man type event in Israel, what with all that desert to enjoy down south, wonder no more – Burning Man is coming to the Negev Desert in June! The guys behind the Israeli version are the Midburn community, who have tried a couple of events like this in the past. This event, which takes place June 3-7, looks like being more in tandem with the amazing version that takes place annually in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, US (some 70,000 joined the 2013 event!). For FIVE days, they will be setting up a temporary city in the Negev…
  • Eilat Gay Pride 2014 means a visit from Boy George!

    3 Apr 2014 | 12:57 am
    Legendary British singer-songwriter-DJ Boy George will be the star guest at the annual Eilat Gay Pride Festival! Boy George will be opening festivities at the Pride Event, held from May 15-17, 2014. The Eilat event will be kicking off a month of Gay Pride events across the country, cementing Israel’s status as a top destination for the gay community. The now legendary Tel Aviv Gay Pride event takes place at the start of June. Thousands of people are expected to descend on Eilat, Israel’s Red Sea resort, for what will be the 13th Eilat Pride. It’s a chance for the city to…
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  • Unsafe park equipment raises calls about Modiin being anti-haredi

    Rafi G.
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Modiin has had its share of up and downs in its relationship with its haredi neighbors of Modiin Ilit... Famously, Modiin tried to ban non-residents (i.e. haredi residents from nearby Modiin Ilit) from its beautiful park, Park Anabe, though that did not work out too well.Leading up this Pesach, Modiin announced that the park equipment in Anabe would be closed to the public for safety reasons (as per the instructions of the Standards Institute)- some of the equipment had been damaged and was falling apart and had yet to be repaired.Sure enough, some idiot has come up with a theory that…
  • Tzfat residents fight about Shabbos

    Rafi G.
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    I had not realized how bad the situation had gotten in Tzfat, with the secular and Haredi communities opposing each other.. until recently the heated pool was opened on Shabbos. This led to protests by the Haredi community.source: Kikar and KookerWhen that happens, everybody hunkers down in their positions, and the fight escalates. Eventually, a solution and compromise will most likely be found, probably with the pool being closed on Shabbos, but in the meantime it is a fight.The fighting has even gotten bad enough that the police have arrested one of the members of the Committee for…
  • a Soloveitchik visits Har Habayit

    Rafi G.
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:24 am
    Many articles, starting with the Jerusalem Post and followed by Matzav, YWN and VIN, have written about the Har Habayit "riots" over the holiday that caused Jews to be removed from Har Habayit and basically closed the site to Jews.Pointed out was that Rabbi Meir Yaakov Soloveitchik, Rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel, was visiting on Har Habayit with Rabbi Chaim Richman at the time and had to be evacuated after just two minutes.What was not pointed out, and is more interesting to me, is that a Soloveitchik was on Har Habayit!The Soloveitchik family is one that is very careful and connected…
  • ancient chisel discovered near Kotel

    Rafi G.
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:07 am
    It has been reported, first by Haaretz (at least, first from among the articles that I have seen), and now by others including INN, about a newly fascinating archaeological discovery of an ancient chisel that was likely used in the construction of the Kotel, the Western Wall.From INN:An astonishing archaeological discovery has been made at the feet of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The find is an ancient chisel, which apparently was used by the builders of the Western Wall of the Second Temple.Archaeologist Eli Shukrun, who managed the excavations and found the rare tool,…
  • Yisrael Chofshit wants Jewish culture off the air

    Rafi G.
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:54 am
    Israeli TV's Channel 1 news has been running a daily "sefirat ha'omer" clip of about 2-3 minutes with a daily explanation of some aspect or custom of sefirat ha' is a sample video:and another:I think they are nice clips.The "Yisrael Chofshit" organization has protested the airing of these clips, saying it is religious coercion and is insane that State TV is airing this.. as if the ayatollahs have taken over television. The focus was on one clip that discussed the customs of not performing weddings during [some of] the days of the Omer period, while most of the clips are more…
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    This Ongoing War: A Blog

  • 23-Apr-14: Twenty rockets are fired by yet another Gazan faction; ten land in Israel. What the remaining ten teach us.

    This Ongoing War
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    Gaza terrorists: Their neighbors' children serve as human shields and unseen victims [Image Source]A brief report on the Long War Journal website discloses, thanks to their very useful research and media monitoring, that the ten rockets fired on southern Israel this past Monday [see "21-Apr-14: Rocket barrage seeks Israeli victims in Monday morning attack from Gaza"] came from a specific source in the Gazan vipers' nest. Also, that the published numbers conceal - yet again - something that sharp reporters and their editors ought to have focused on long ago, but keep ignoring.Here's part…
  • 22-Apr-14: Not quite your average foreign minister or baby-kissing politician

    This Ongoing War
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:45 am
    The man holding the semi-automatic weapon in his right hand and someone's baby in his left is not your run of the mill sicko.His name is Mahmoud al-Zahar. If the Hamas terrorist group were a legitimate government, his role in it would be foreign minister.His ethical and political stand can be assessed from this widely-publicized 2009 news report: "Hamas terror: every Jewish child now a target" (via The Australian and Wikipedia). A British writer, who pens Intifada-friendly columns, requoted it this week. Hamas and its adherents want us to know how very seriously devoted to their…
  • 22-Apr-14: Attention World Council of Churches: Will you now follow your own advice and speak up for the Arabs tortured and imprisoned by the PA?

    This Ongoing War
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Central committee of WCC meets inCrete during summer 2012 [Image Source]This blog post is about blatant hypocrisy. It takes the form of a constructive and sincere suggestion for the World Council of Churches, and in particular for its chief executive Olav Fykse Tveit. The WCC went public last week with a statement of solidarity with what it calls "some 5000 Palestinian men, women and children, languishing in Israeli jails". We commented on this here ["17-Apr-14: Christian solidarity with unrepentant murderers: where's the outrage?"]. Though many of…
  • 21-Apr-14: Rocket barrage seeks Israeli victims in Monday morning attack from Gaza

    This Ongoing War
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    The seven days of Passover have just ended in the past half-hour with nightfall here in Jerusalem (it's Monday night). Catching up with the news of the past day when we're disconnected from the electronic news media is always accompanied by a degree of apprehension, and tonight it's borne out by the realities of this morning's events about which we are just getting familiar now.From Times of Israel:Ten rockets fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in southern Israel Monday, prompting Israeli retaliatory strikes on the Hamas-controlled territory. Red alert sirens sounded Monday morning in Sderot…
  • 20-Apr-14: World's "biggest victim of terrorism" is deeply concerned that accusing Iran of sponsoring terror threatens US legal system

    This Ongoing War
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:12 am
    BBC gives voice to Iran complaints [Image Source]Iran's English-language propaganda machine is churning away furiously today in the wake of the US move, described here yesterday ["19-Apr-14: One small step for civilized society; one substantial leap in the fight against the terrorists] to confiscate a series of Iranian-owned assets on US soil in order to satisfy legal judgments obtained by victims of Iranian terror. That welcome measure allows victims of several terrorist outrages for which responsibility was determined to be Iranian to recover damages against specific Iranian-regime assets…
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