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  • Auschwitz bookkeeper goes on trial in Germany

    ynet - Jewish Scene
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:55 am
    Attorney for 93-year-old Oskar Groening says his client's actions didn't go far enough to make him an accessory to murder.
  • Jewish man attacked in northern Paris after leaving synagogue

    JTA Breaking News
    Cnaan Liphshiz
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:10 am
    (JTA) — A French Jew from the northern Paris area told police he was assaulted by younger Arabs outside his synagogue. The complainant, identified only as 53-year-old Salomon Z. in a report about the incident by the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, was assaulted on Saturday after attending Shabbat morning services at the synagogue of the municipality of Saint-Quen, the Bureau reported. A man with an Arab appearance, whom the victim estimated is 25 years old, followed him into an alley, yelled “dirty Jew” at him and hit him in the face, according to an incident…
  • Today in Politics: Rand Paul Goes to New York to Coax a Wary Bloc

    NYT > Israel
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:05 am
    Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky continues to seek to ease some conservatives’ concerns over his positions on Israel.
  • Firebrand, Survivor Face off in UK's Wildest Election Race

    Israel News
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:43 am
    Naz Shah is running for Parliament, but she is hardly a typical British politician. She grew up in poverty in a Pakistani-immigrant family, fled a teenage forced marriage and campaigned to free her mother, imprisoned for murder after poisoning an abusive partner.
  • AG: Nepalese surrogate mothers for Israelis can enter the country

    ynet - Updates for RSS
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:30 am
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    JTA Breaking News

  • Jewish man attacked in northern Paris after leaving synagogue

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:10 am
    (JTA) — A French Jew from the northern Paris area told police he was assaulted by younger Arabs outside his synagogue. The complainant, identified only as 53-year-old Salomon Z. in a report about the incident by the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, was assaulted on Saturday after attending Shabbat morning services at the synagogue of the municipality of Saint-Quen, the Bureau reported. A man with an Arab appearance, whom the victim estimated is 25 years old, followed him into an alley, yelled “dirty Jew” at him and hit him in the face, according to an incident…
  • Moscow has world’s second-largest Limmud

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:59 am
    MOSCOW (JTA) — The Russian capital’s Limmud Jewish learning conference attracted nearly 1,500 participants, making it the second-largest event of its kind worldwide. The three-day event, which closed Sunday at a resort just outside Moscow, was the largest Limmud event ever held outside Britain, Limmud International confirmed. The Limmud model began in Britain in 1976 for and by Jewish educators and has since been adapted by Jewish communities from Australia to California. Limmud UK remains the largest, with 3,600 participants this year. Limmud France, held for Europe’s…
  • New attack on Syria blamed on Israel

    Marcy Oster
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:58 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An attack on the Syrian-Lebanese border blamed on Israel was the work of Syrian rebels, Israeli media reported citing unnamed Israeli defense sources. The early Monday attack, which mimicked a Saturday night attack alleged to have been carried out by Israel, was blamed on Israel in Arab media reports on Monday morning, including by Al-Jazeera. The second attack came several hours after four terrorists placing a bomb on Israel’s border with Syria in the Golan Heights were killed in an Israel Air Force strike. Arab media had reported over the weekend that Israel…
  • Kiev Jewish community gets $100,000 from EJC for security infrastructure

    Marcy Oster
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:36 am
    (JTA) — The European Jewish Congress has given $100,000 to the Jewish community of Kiev in order to strengthen security. The money will allow for around-the clock security at Jewish institutions and sites in the Ukrainian capital, Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, a Ukraine chief rabbi, said, according to the Jerusalem Post. “As an integral part of the European Jewish Congress’ policy to always assist Jewish communities – most particularly those that are not so well resourced – in meeting their security needs, the EJC donated $100,000 to the Jewish community in Ukraine at the…
  • Nepal death toll rises above 3,300 as rescue efforts hampered

    Marcy Oster
    27 Apr 2015 | 3:15 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The death toll from the earthquake in Nepal rose to more than 3,300 two days after it struck, as planes carrying rescue workers and aid were delayed due to natural conditions. Two Jewish-American men who are long time friends, who were planning to hike part of Mount Everest, have not been heard from since the 7.8 magnitude temblor, the New York Daily News reported. Danny Cole, 39, a father of four from Crown Heights, New York, and Mendy Losh, 38, originally from Crown Heights and now living in Los Angeles, likely were on a trail that leads to the Everest base camp when…
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    Israel News

  • Firebrand, Survivor Face off in UK's Wildest Election Race

    27 Apr 2015 | 4:43 am
    Naz Shah is running for Parliament, but she is hardly a typical British politician. She grew up in poverty in a Pakistani-immigrant family, fled a teenage forced marriage and campaigned to free her mother, imprisoned for murder after poisoning an abusive partner.
  • Airstrike on Syria border launched after seeing bomb: Israel

    27 Apr 2015 | 1:33 am
    JERUSALEM: Israel's military said Sunday it launched an airstrike on its border with Syria after spotting militants carrying a bomb in the Israeli-held Golan Heights. The military said it carried out the strike after troops saw "a group of armed terrorists" approach the border with an explosive intended to target Israeli troops.
  • Israel claims airstrike killed militants on Syrian border

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Israel's military says militants tried placing explosives on a Golan Heights border fence, an incident that's almost identical to one last year. Video provided by Newsy Israel claims airstrike killed militants on Syrian border Israel's military says militants tried placing explosives on a Golan Heights border fence, an incident that's almost identical to one last year.
  • Israeli soldiers indicted for looting during Gaza war

    26 Apr 2015 | 5:14 pm
    A Palestinian woman reacts at seeing destroyed homes in the northern district of Beit Hanun in the Gaza Strip during an humanitarian truce on July 26, 2014. The IDF's Military Prosecution filed an indictment with a military court last week against three soldiers suspected of looting from the homes of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip during the summer's 50-day war between Israel and Hamas; it was cleared for publication Sunday.
  • Official: Palestinian operatives helped free Syria hostages

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:59 pm
    A protest over the death of Freddie Gray, who was critically injured in police custody, started peacefully with thousands marching through downtown streets before the demonstration turned violent and volatile... A night of violence gave way to a day of mourning Sunday for a man who died after sustaining serious injuries while in the custody of Baltimore police. The Coast Guard says five people are missing several sailboats participating in a regatta capsized during a storm in Mobile Bay.
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    ynet - Opinion

  • With a score to settle, Hezbollah will not give up

    27 Apr 2015 | 5:14 am
    An attempt to plant explosives on Israeli side of Syria border fence shows an attempt to carry out an attack that leaves no Syrian fingerprints.
  • How to prevent the next fallen soldier

    26 Apr 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Op-ed: Rocket fired at southern Israel on Independence Day served as a reminder that if Israeli leadership continues to avoid pursuing a deal with Palestinians, circle of bereavement will grow.
  • Israel's secret cooperation with Hamas

    26 Apr 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Analysis: For several weeks now, official representatives of the Israeli government and defense establishment have been holding a real dialogue with the Islamic terrorist group in a bid to reach a long-term calm on the Gaza border.
  • A ticking bomb awaits Israel on its northern border

    26 Apr 2015 | 3:25 am
    Analysis: Even if the alleged Israeli strike in Syria destroyed a missile shipment to Hezbollah, it's still a drop in the ocean; the Shiite organization's monstrous weapons arsenal will not be eliminated by occasional surgical strikes.
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  • Reader Post: A Shocking Headline – Israel Denies Entry To An Antisemite!

    Justin Amler
    26 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    I always find it amusing at the kind of people that criticize Israel.  I truly do.  I mean, to be honest, as a child of the Star Wars generation, I’ve always dreamed of travelling to distant galaxies.  But these people who criticize Israel – are actually living in those distant galaxies already! The other day, Israel denied an entry visa to a South African Higher Education government minister, Blade Nzmande – a member of the South African Communist party, to visit PA controlled territories. Now Comrade Blade is a fierce critic of Israel and a big supporter of the BDS movement,…
  • Israel’s Women Of The Wall Should Accept Success And Move On

    26 Apr 2015 | 6:08 am
    Israel’s Women of the Wall, a group that supports egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, has made headlines twice in the past few months. In December, it was because they attracted the star power of Sarah Silverman, and this past week, it was because they attracted retribution from violent opponents. One fact that hasn’t made many headlines, however, is that they have accomplished their goal, and their continued agitation seems to be without just cause. To be clear, I fully support the idea of egalitarian prayer at Judaism’s second holiest site. Such prayer, however, is…
  • The Good Stuff From Yom Hazikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut

    Brian of London
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Every year on Yom Hazikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) when we remember all those who’ve fallen in wars and acts of terror, we stand, silent and still twice. Once at 8pm and again at 11am the next day. In Israel we have a siren (the same one that warns us of incoming rockets) that sounds for the whole time. Everyone freezes. Well even if you can’t hear the siren, people freeze. This picture was taken on a flight from Ben Gurion to Madrid. Quite a few of the passengers noted the hour and stood up for a minute at the appropriate time. The next is a typical picture of a street scene in an…
  • 4 Types of Zionists on Yom Ha’atzmaut

    Alexandra Markus
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:21 pm
    It’s a few days after Yom Ha’atzmaut. The flags have been waved, the Hebrew National hot dogs have been eaten, the sno-cones and cotton candy consumed, and the beer has been drunk, and the Israeli rap has been listened to. It was interesting to see the turnout yesterday at the city-wide Yom Ha’atzmaut party in Montreal. Thousands of Zionists, mostly Jews but also some Christians, Hindus, atheists, and even a few Muslims of all colors and all walks of life gathered in the Quartier des Spectacles, waving thousands of Québec, Canada, and Israel flags (the organizers were…
  • MUST WATCH: Even UN Television Cannot Deny The Truth About Israel’s Humanity!

    Aussie Dave
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:04 am
    This next report was created by the UN – so at times a bit of the anti Israel bias peeks out – but there are certain stories where no matter hard you try, Israel’s humanity shines through. It’s enough to make a grown man Israel hater cry.
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  • 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.
  • A Passover video for you

    Meryl Yourish
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    I particularly love the ending.
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    Benji Lovitt

  • STILL GOING STRONG: 67 MORE Things I Love About Israel

    22 Apr 2015 | 10:34 am
    Every year I say this but this year, I really can’t believe I was able to write another list. How do I know I say it every year? Because that sentence was copied and pasted from last year. This year was by far the toughest yet but I think you’ll approve. I hope so because this tradition won’t last forever (unless I start liking a LOT more things). But first….I’m about to fly to the US for some shows. If you live in Boston, come out this Sunday! Details here. Without further ado, here is this year’s list:  67 MORE things I love about Israel! Chag…
  • The Day After: Election Thoughts

    18 Mar 2015 | 12:15 am
    My latest on the Times of Israel. If you’re looking for laughs, you won’t find them here. So it seems likely that Bibi will remain Prime Minister. He may be among the most surprised. In recent days, he seemed to be panicking. He reminded me of a sports team who will do whatever it takes to win even if they have to play dirty, complain to the refs, etc.. Typically the next time the teams play, there is payback (meaning, consequences). He pulled out all the stops: fear, negativity, alienating a fifth of his own country, fighting the Central Elections Committee by claiming that he…
  • Top 10 Reasons Bibi Should Not Cancel Speech

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:34 am
    The day has arrived. After all the controversy surrounding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress, we’re just hours away. Just in case it’s not too late for him to change his mind, here are the top 10 reasons that PM Netanyahu should not cancel his speech: 10. Sara Netanyahu needs another two nights to clear out all the towels and coat hangers from her suite at the Ritz-Carlton. 9. Because there’s nothing funnier than the possibility of Awkward Jacket Toss, Round 2. Remember this? (Photo credit: by Avi Ohayon/GPO / FLASH90) 8. UFC has…
  • Top 10 Random Moments in History

    15 Feb 2015 | 1:14 am
    My latest from the Times of Israel…. Yesterday, a man opened fire outside a synagogue in Copenhagen, the latest event in a wave of anti-Semitic violence in Europe. After the recent attack at a kosher market in Paris, President Barack Obama did not appear to connect the act to the Jewish nature of the customers, calling it a “bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.” Without further ado, here are the top 10 random moments in history: 10. Abraham Lincoln randomly releases from slavery a bunch of Southerners. 9.
  • Top 10 Developments from Miss Universe Pageant

    19 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    My latest on the Times of Israel…. Yesterday, Beirut was up in arms at an Instagram photo of Miss Israel and Miss Lebanon appearing together at the Miss Universe pageant. Without further ado, here are the top 10 other developments from the pageant: 10. Miss Lebanon feigned ignorance when asked if Miss Syria had installed parental controls on all her internet accounts. 9. After the photobombing incident, the UN Security Council condemned Miss Israel for not dropping photoleaflets beforehand. 8. After Miss America pushed her into the mud, Miss Iraq retaliated by tossing spitballs at…
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    This Normal Life

  • Silence, Mindfulness and Recovering from Election Obsession

    20 Apr 2015 | 2:29 am
    After months of election obsession, rapaciously reading everything I could, poring over polls and talking with anyone and everyone I could for the better part of the winter, I did the only thing left to do. I shut up. Literally. Just a few days after the votes were tallied, my wife and drove up to Kibbutz Ein Dor for a silent Jewish meditation retreat organized by Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels of Or HaLev – the Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation in Israel, and Rabbi James Roth, head of the U.S.-based Awakened Heart Project for Contemplative Judaism. For six days, from 5:30 am…
  • How to Make This Year’s Seder Not Like Any Other Night

    7 Apr 2015 | 12:27 am
    The run up to tonight’s Seder included a remarkable – and decidedly disturbing – discovery in the Blum house: no one in our family really likes Pesach. Actually, it was worse. Some of us really hate Pesach. The preparation, the cleaning, even the Seder itself doesn’t rank highly on our list of peak Jewish experiences. How could this be? Everyone likes Passover, right? After all, it’s the holiday that nearly every Jew observes, in one way or another. In Israel, 82 percent of Jews who self-identify as secular still attend a Seder. And, of course, 100 percent of self-identified…
  • Who Took My Bar Munchies?

    22 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Who ever heard of a bar without bar munchies? But that’s exactly what happened to us recently when my wife and I mustered up the courage to head out with friends on a cold Jerusalem night to check out Gatsby’s, a much talked about new cocktail lounge in downtown Jerusalem. The first thing to know about me is that I’m not much of a barfly. I can count on one hand the times I’ve gotten rip-roaringly drunk, and most of those were over the last few years at the Jerusalem Wine Festival, held at the Israel Museum every summer. I was a resolute teetotaler in high school; when drinking was de…
  • Israel’s Electoral System: the Best for Us?

    9 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    As elections draw close, friends and family back in the old country often ask me how someone who grew up in the U.S. with a relatively simple and seemingly stable two-party system makes sense of Israel’s very different approach, with up to a dozen parties who have to be coaxed, coerced and wheedled together into tenuous coalitions that rarely last their full term and are defined more by their level of fractiousness than good governance. Israel would be so much better off adopting the U.S. model, my overseas armchair pundits say, with just two big parties (and the occasional surprise…
  • The Case for Boredom

    23 Feb 2015 | 8:57 am
    When was the last time you were bored? Think about it…what do you do if you have nothing of great importance to do – say, you’re standing in a line at the pharmacy and there are three people ahead of you, or you’re waiting for a bus that Moovit says is still 7 minutes away, or you’ve just put the kids to bed but they’re not asleep yet, so it’s too soon to move on to the living room to blast the TV? What do you do? If you’re like me, you pull out your smart phone. You check your email, Facebook, Twitter, the news, or you play a game. But do nothing and run the risk of getting…
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    Daniel Pipes :: Writings

  • Today's Iran Debate Misses the Point

    7 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    While hugely important in terms of Iranian relations with the outside world, U.S.-Israel relations, and Barack Obama's relations with Congress, the labored, contradictory, and unspecific Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action has little bearing on whether
  • Decoding the Obama Doctrine

    6 Apr 2015 | 6:37 pm
    James Jeffrey, Barack Obama's former ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Iraq, has this to say about the administration's current record in the Middle East: "We're in a goddamn free fall." Count the mistakes: Helping overthrow Muammar Qaddafi
  • How Much Can Air Power Achieve?

    6 Apr 2015 | 10:32 am
    Suddenly, wherever you look in the greater Middle East, you find air forces bombing guerrillas: Syria: The government air force attacks the rebels, mostly Sunni, with notorious use of barrel-bombs. The U.S. air force attacks ISIS, minus the barrel-bombs.
  • Why Yemen Matters

    28 Mar 2015 | 2:43 pm
    The Middle East witnessed something radically new two days ago, when the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia responded to a plea by Yemen's president and led a 10-country coalition to intervene in the air and on the ground in the country. "Operation Decisive Storm"
  • Islam Bulldozes the Past

    20 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    The recent bulldozing by the Islamic State (ISIS) of the ancient cities of Nimrud, Hatra, and Korsabad, three of the world's greatest archaeological and cultural sites, is just this group latest round of assaults across the large area under its control.
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    Good News from Israel

  • Google Doodle - Israel Independence Day 2015

    22 Apr 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Hi Everyone!Google posted its Google Doodle for Israel Independence Day 2015.You can view other cool Google Doodles also added many new videos to the Israel video list!Happy Israel Independence Day!Yom Ha'atzmaut Sameach!Jacob
  • Educational Resources and Cool Videos for Israel Independence Day

    19 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Hi Everyone!Israel Independence Day is celebrated this year on Thursday, April 23, 2015.The Jewish Trivia Quiz - topic: Israelwww.jewish-trivia.comWhat is the national emblem of Israel ?"Pehsek Zeman" and "Egozi" are what type of Israeli foods ? Who was the first president of Israel ? What was the 1917 British Balfour Declaration ? What is Israel's Internet country code ? What was "Operation Babylon" ? Who were the first two countries to recognize Israel ? What are Amos and Offeq ? How many lanuages are engraved on Israeli coins used today ? The above questions are examples from over 200…
  • English - Hebrew "Israel" Vocabulary

    14 Apr 2015 | 4:26 pm
    Hi Everyone!Yom Ha'atzmaut is next week and it is time to brush up on your "Israel" Hebrew vocabulary. The 9 study sheets contain 54 Israel related words / also updated the educational resources for Israel Independence Day share the pages with friends. Thank you!Have a good day,Jacob
  • Educational Resources about the Holocaust

    13 Apr 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Shalom.Holocaust Remembrance Day is Thursday, April 16, 2015. I posted on my website 176 links to learn about the Holocaust. Site languages include English, Hebrew, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. The website address forward this message. Thank you.We must not forget. Jacob
  • New Israeli Educational Stamps including the Israel Museum 50th Anniversary

    8 Apr 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Hi Everyone! I scanned and posted on my website the new Israeli stamps that were issued in April 2015.I included the stamp itself, the first day cover, and an English and a Hebrew flyer about the stamp. - The Cyrus DeclarationThe Israel Museum, Jerusalem - 50th Anniversary- Shrine of the Book- Synagogue Hanukkah Lamp, Eastern Europe, 18th Century- Turning the World Upside Down, Jerusalem, Anish Kapoor- Memorial Day- Zion Mule Corps - 100th Anniversary- Ashdod Port - 50th Anniversary- Fields of Tomorrow - Expo 2015, Milano The new stamp images are located at:…
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    Green Prophet

  • Visit Israel’s Agritech and meet flux – for feeding the world on drought

    Karin Kloosterman
    26 Apr 2015 | 12:38 am
    flux creates an operating system to power vertical, smart farms everywhere. Meet this startup at Israel’s agricultural world expo of the year April 28 to 30. The United Nations is screaming it...
  • The state of solar power in the Middle East

    Green Prophet
    25 Apr 2015 | 6:46 pm
    The unveiling of Dubai’s rooftop solar project during March 2015 is one of many steps the emirate is taking in order to grow a domestic market regarding solar technology and usage. It is clear from...
  • Students make AMENDS for a better Middle East

    Laurie Balbo
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:39 am
    The American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at California’s Stanford University (AMENDS) is a student-led initiative that enables young change agents from across the Middle East, North...
  • Is Egypt in denial about Nile phosphate pollution?

    Laurie Balbo
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    A barge carrying 500 tons of phosphate capsized in Upper Egypt last week after a run-in with a bridge foundation.  According to Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram, the ship flipped after colliding with the...
  • 10 Inventions to Save Earth’s Water

    Maurice Picow
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:04 pm
    With drought looming in California, but in many regions of the world include Yemen, Green Prophet honors this year’s Earth Day by digging into the archives so you can share 10 ways to collect...
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    VC Cafe

  • The End of Wearables

    Levi Shapiro
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:01 am
    2015 has been the year of wearables HYPE. Want proof? The number of Google search links for “wearables” (25 million) exceeds the number of units sold last year (19 million, according to Juniper Research). On April 24th, the first wearables PLATFORM, Apple Watch, will redefine the role of wearables. Consumers are loyal to platforms, not gadgets. The largest wearables category, activity trackers, has disloyal customers. More than 40 percent of activity tracker owners quit using their devices within the first six months. By next year, demand will plateau at 32 million units…
  • VC Cafe Turns 9

    Eze Vidra
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    Image credit: generation pool Last week LinkedIn reminded me that it’s been 9 years since I started VC Cafe (Dec 2005). Several people sent their congratulations (thank you btw), and it dawned on me that it’s been a while since I blogged regularly. I prefer springing into action rather than being sentimental, but I thought a little summary and a selection of highlights may inspire someone who is thinking about blogging to share their thoughts through this medium. So, here it goes, 10 highlights from my *humble* blogging experience in the past 9 years: Always be learning – One of my…
  • Israeli tech exits hit $6.94 Billion in 2014

    Eze Vidra
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:39 am
    A new report by IVC Research Center and law firm Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal found that 99 Israeli high tech exits reached $6.94 billion in 2014 up 5 percent from $6.59 billion of 2013 (90 exits).  The IPO activity in 2014 reached a 10 year peak, to $2.1 billion. 18 companies sold in the range of $100 million to $500 million, compared to 12 in 2013 and the M&A equity ratio is up sharply. In April 2008, I wrote a series of posts about the Golden Age of Israeli startups in the areas of funding, product innovation, mergers and acquisitions and  smart money, but then Lehman…
  • Techbikers 2014—Mission Accomplished!

    Eze Vidra
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:54 am
    “Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that but the really great make you feel that you too can become great.” —Mark Twain We had three goals in mind this year When we set off on organizing Techbikers 2014, for the third year, defined success as meeting these three goals: Get everyone IN and BACK safe?—?we recruited the riders, aligned the sponsors, and took care of the logistics. I’ll take the opportunity to give a huge shout out to Marie Stainhaler, James Mayes, Michael Willmott, Andrew McDonough, Barry Furby, Francesca Dean and Mark…
  • Hospitals- The Key to Healthcare Reform [Guest Post]

    Levi Shapiro
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Interview with Chip Kahn, CEO of Federation of American Hospitals US elections are six weeks away and “Obamacare” is the wedge issue of the 2014 campaign. The Republican controlled majority in the House has voted 55 times in four years to repeal the Affordable Care Act. However, the $3 trillion (and growing) American healthcare system absorbs nearly 1/5 of total GDP, triple the allocation of some other OECD countries.Hospitals represent the largest component (32%) of this spending. Chip Kahn, CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals (, the industry association representing…
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    Six Kids and a Full Time Job

  • Rav Aharon Lichtenstein (מורי ורבי), Yehi Zichro Baruch

    MIchael Eisenberg
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:59 am
    At the evening in honor of Rav Lichtenstein Receiving the Israel PrizeMuch will be written in the coming days, month and years about Rav Aharon Lichtenstein's encyclopaedic Torah knowledge and grasp of general culture, knowledge and matters of the day. More will, and should, be said about Rav Lichtenstein's impeccable ethics, morality and caring.  Rav Lichtenstein's humility made him literally loved by all who came in contact with him. The hespedim will start tomorrow and go on for months and years. I have never quite seen that level of love and adoration for an educator, rabbi and head…
  • A Picture Tells A Story. The Story Tells What is Missing from This Picture

    MIchael Eisenberg
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:55 am
    Look carefully at this picture. It was taken this morning. It is a scene that has repeated itself among the Jewish people for thousands of years. On the left side of the picture is my son Yehuda, set to have his Bar Mitzva in one month. This morning he put on his tefillin and tallit for the first time.  That story is told in the picture.Standing to his left, hunched over, is his great grandfather Abram Kurcfeld. He was called up to the torah first today in honor of his great-grandson putting on Tefillin for the first time. When Abram was 12 & 13 years old, he was not putting on…
  • Shabbat in the 21st Century

    MIchael Eisenberg
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    A couple weeks ago, I met a guy in his 30s who told me that he thinks that we need to relax the prohibition on using smartphones on Shabbat. After all, he said, it is not really prohibited under any halacha (Jewish law). A few days later, my partner Eden told me that they experimented on Friday night and turned off all mobile devices. He said, the effect was pretty interesting and he hopes they will continue.   The 30 year old grew up in an Orthodox home and is still orthodox. Eden says about himself that he does not believe in God. For the last 3-4 years I have been telling any…
  • Rabbis and Politics Are A Toxic Mix

    MIchael Eisenberg
    30 Dec 2014 | 3:47 am
    Today, the family of Rav Ovadia Yosef went to his grave to ask forgiveness. They should have asked forgiveness from God and all Israeli Citizens. Yesterday, Rav Shlomo Aviner, publicly (again) attacked both Rav Haim Druckman and Naftali Bennet for breaking the “status quo” that he says contributes both to the Jewish Character of the State and peace(!) among its different citizens. At least Aviner’s language was somewhat more respectful than the “Rabbis” in Shas.In the name of God’s honor, it is time to say enough! In the name of the people of Israel who are trying to broaden…
  • לא רוצים לממן את המלפגות לבחירות? תצטרפו לעצומה!

    MIchael Eisenberg
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:11 am
    ״  והערתי ״מספיק לעשוק את משלם המיסים בקמפיינים מיותרים.״אז אם בית המשפט לא יעזור, אני פונה לציבור להתחיל בלמחות.  הרי אין שום הבדל בין מה שהפוליטיקאים סיפרו לנו לפני שנתיים ומה שיספרו לנו עכשיו. אין צורך לממן בשני מיליארד שקל טלנובלה שחוזרת על עצמה מילה במילה.  בנוסף, לכל חבר-כנסת ולכל מפלגה יש פייסבוק וטוויטר.  אם יש…
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  • Dateline Capetown: Hope for Botched Circumcisions

    19 Apr 2015 | 9:10 am
    There may be hope for victims of circumcisions that do not end as expected. In March, Stellenbosch University reported on a successful penile transplant. Dr. Andre van der Merwe, head of urology at Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape, and a team of surgeons spent nine hours and months of planning to perform a transplant […]
  • ShivaWatch: A dimmer, a developer, a delight

    19 Apr 2015 | 8:17 am
    Joel S. Spira, a prodigious innovator and physicist brought illumination to the world, or at least allowed people a choice to dim or to brighten their lives, passed away in Eastern Pennsylvania at the age of 88. Spira, a native of Brooklyn, founded and built Lutron Electronics Co., Inc., which created and sold lighting control […]
  • Newsbits: Jewish Air Passengers, Sabado Gigante, and More

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:22 pm
    What a week for newsbits. Last Friday, as Passover was concluding, The New York Times published a front page.. FRONT PAGE… story on some male, Orthodox Jewish air passengers who ask for seat changes so as not to have to sit next to a female passenger. The story generated nearly 3,000 comments in a few […]
  • Dating in Los Angeles vs. Tel Aviv

    17 Apr 2015 | 7:59 am
    PRE-DATE Los Angeles Guys: Hi there! Tel Aviv Guys: Az ma cacha v’zeh?     Los Angeles Guys: Why don’t we talk this week and see what your schedule is like. Tel Aviv Guys: Here’s my phone, put in your number.   Los Angeles Guys: I’d love to take you out on a date. Tel […]
  • Remember My Name at AACI

    15 Apr 2015 | 6:59 pm
    The AACI is of course the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel. Among the many services they provide to English speaking new immigrants to Israel, is one whereby they host the J-Town Theater Project – one of the very few English speaking community theaters in Jerusalem. Now, this isn’t hosted in some posh locale. […]
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  • 9 Real Reasons Overqualified Job Seekers are Rejected

    Jacob Share
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    If you’ve ever been told you’re overqualified, this is for you. Have you been told that you’re overqualified? I’m thinking of creating a paid, online job search success course specifically for older job seekers. This would be a high-value course aimed at helping you find a better job, faster. There would be videos to follow, effective resources and direct access to me for your questions and answers. However, this would be a big project that I would only commit to if there are enough people interested. If you are interested in such a course, join my early interest…
  • 21 Evil Things To Do On Your Last Day On The Job

    Jacob Share
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    You’ve been laid off, fired or quit. How should you handle your last moments in the office? Photo credit: Matt Reinbold 21. Have a nice onion-filled breakfast before heading in to work for the last time 20. Film your final day with a GoPro’ed helmet so you can later post “highlights” to YouTube 19. Post-It notes are your friend. Hide random notes around the office in places where they’ll only be found weeks or even months later. Write things like ‘I know what you just did’ or ‘It wasn’t like this when [your name] was here’ 18. Make…
  • Stop Falling into Resume Gaps

    Jacob Share
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    How to stop resume gaps from becoming a problem on your job search. Photo credit: Pawel Loj Need a better way to explain what you did between jobs? Trying to re-enter the job market after a long time? Here’s how to explain your resume gaps. But how are you going to explain the gap in your résumé? @mattthomas — Starving Scientist (@starvingphd) March 26, 2015 How I explained my gaping resume gap Not all resume gaps are signs of poor job searching, sometimes there were legitimate reasons for the break between jobs. During my job search in 2006, the question was often phrased like…
  • 37 Ways to Meet People Who Can Refer You to Jobs

    Jacob Share
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    How to start growing your job search network today. Photo credit: Pascal Networking is usually the best way to find a job. But growing a network takes time so you want to build it before you need it. Employed or not, spend at least 30 minutes per day actively reinforcing your brand and growing your network through the activities listed below. Ways to grow your network online and off The key question to ask is not “what can you do for me?” but rather “what can I do for you?” The more you give to your network, the more you can get from it. 1. Get an email address…
  • [POLL] Have You Felt Age Discrimination on the Job Search?

    Jacob Share
    12 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    How common is it really? Photo credit: Neal Fowler One of the most common job seeker complaints According to the AARP, in 2013 alone there were 21,396 claims of age discrimination filed in the US. Most people won’t even bother to file, so you have to think the actual number of incidents is much, much higher. Those claims were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, based on the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which “protects workers 40 and older from personnel decisions based solely on age in hiring, firing, layoffs, promotions or demotions.” One…
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  • חסרונות המערכת המשפטית

    19 Apr 2015 | 4:25 am
    כולנו יודעים כי המערכת המשפטית שום דבר לא עובד גם בספרד. הוא איטי, יש הרבה חסרונות, כידוע. אל דאגה חברת טבע הוא האיש הנכון . והוא היה כל כך ברור, ברור אחרי האירוע עצוב של הנערה לוז מארי, נרצחו על ידי pederast כי הייתה צריכה להיות בכלא כאשר זה קרה, כי אפילו השופטים באותו ופוליטיקאים נאלצו להודות, כולל שר המשפטים. כולנו יודעים זאת, אבל למרות…
  • ריהוט זכוכית

    18 Apr 2015 | 10:58 pm
    בקיצור, יותר סגנון ועיצוב של רהיטים מסחריים, במיוחד לאור את הטוב ביותר לפני הסחורות, ולכן נמכר טוב יותר. בטיחות תכשיטים אמינות מיוצג על המדפים, צריכים להיות מופרדים מן הדלפק הלקוח. מונה במקרה זה, את המחסומים לגישה מדפי בחוץ. לחץ כאן מאיר יעקבסון ומצא עוד . , המוכר ללקוחות עסוק אחרים את השירות, לא יכול להיות כל הזמן תחת ביקורת ומה…
  • ימי חופש

    18 Apr 2015 | 7:28 pm
    זה הופך להיות קשה לעקוב אחר חלוף הזמן, ובמיוחד היום בעוד כמה ימי חופש עכשיו אתה די מיושן. ללא קשר השדה שבו אתה לבצע את המשימות שלך. אנו נתמקד חיי היומיום ואת השגרה של הספרדים שלושים או ארבעים השנים האחרונות. שלושים מספיקה. השינויים שהיו שאנו "סבלו" הם מתוארים בצורה מושלמת בסדרה "ספרי לי Cómo pasó…" אשר בשידורי טלוויזיה…
  • דרכים למעלה כדי להגדיל את הכישרון שלך לעבודה

    18 Apr 2015 | 5:21 pm
    היא שלמקסם את העוצמות שלך ואת כישוריהם בעבודה? אם יש לך יכולת ניתוח חריפה, הוא ניסה ליישם את הידע הזה לעבודה הנוכחי שלך? אני יודע שזה נשמע מטורף לבקש עבודה רבה יותר כאשר הם כבר עמוסה, אך עזר שיכול לספק האולטימטיבי, עכשיו לעזור לך לקדם את המיקום הנוכחי שלך או בעתיד. יש לך כישרונות להציע לעולם ומתנות. במקרה הזה אני חושב ש אפריקה ישראל…
  • להרוויח כסף על ידי השקעה בעצמך

    18 Apr 2015 | 4:13 am
    פעם עבדתי עבור מיליונר על ידי פיתוח אחד עסקיה בחו"ל. אז שנה אחת הרווחתי מותג חדש לקסוס, נאמן לאשתו, בית ספרד – טוב, ואת עצמך פרס ארוחת ערב הגונה באחת המסעדות היקרות ביותר בקייב. אז הבנתי את המהות וביטוי – מי שאין לו את חלומו לעבוד עם אלה שיש להם את זה. אבל אני אסיר תודה על היום ששינה את החשיבה שלי על כסף ועסקים. הצלחתי לשאול את…
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  • From the Mother of the Meah Shearim Attack Victim

    Yitzchok Adlerstein
    26 Apr 2015 | 1:17 pm
    [Sometimes it is good to hear what it feels like from the people closest to the event. Thanks to Dr Moshe Shoshan for the translation.] It has been a stormy Shabbat for us as we have gone back and forth between a desire to crush and destroy the rioters and the understanding that they represent only a crazy minority in the chareidi community. They tried to lynch my little boy, who happens to be 21 and an officer in the Givati infantry brigade. What tears my heart out is the fact that no one came to his defense. Twelve noon, Meah Shearim, a place bustling with life. But no one remembered the…
  • I, You, and He/She: A Conjugation Lesson

    Emanuel Feldman
    26 Apr 2015 | 10:55 am
    The real losers in the recent Israeli election — in addition to anti-Netanyahu Obama and Herzog— were the Israeli pollsters. The pre-election polls several days before the election (Israeli law wisely does not permit public polling within three days of an election) were far off the mark, showing Herzog/Livni to be at least four seats ahead. To top this off, the exit polls initially declared that the election was too close to call, when in fact it was an overwhelming Netanyahu victory, akin to a landslide. The pollsters have spent the post–election weeks crying into their matzo-ball…
  • Tikvah Institute For Yeshiva Men – Second Season

    Yitzchok Adlerstein
    25 Apr 2015 | 11:43 pm
    We are excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for this summer’s Tikvah Institute for Yeshiva Men. Buoyed by a dream last year, we launched a program aimed at some of the best and brightest of the yeshiva world. We were not sure at first whether we would find enough applicants to make the Tikvah Institute worth running. Our optimism paid off, BH. We were swamped with applicants, and acceptance became quite competitive. It was a diverse bunch when measured by age, geography, learning background, and prior exposure to secular disciplines. What participants shared proved…
  • Shooting From The Heart

    Avi Shafran
    25 Apr 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Although blacks constitute approximately 13% of the American population, the FBI reported in 2013 that 38.5% of people arrested for violent crimes were African-Americans. Statistics like that one, coupled with a largely unsavory urban black culture (not to mention what passes in some circles for black leadership), predisposes many of us to assume the worst about all blacks – or, at very least, to be sympathetic to law enforcement officers in their dealings with black suspects. And, as a result, many white Americans tend to be wary of claims that black Americans are unfairly singled out by…
  • Reflections of a Non-Talmid

    Yitzchok Adlerstein
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:14 am
    It was not the small number of personal interactions with Rav Aharon Lichtenstein zt”l that made the greatest impression upon me. To be sure, I could detect greatness, humility, lomdus. But I wasn’t around them long enough for them to change who I was. It was not even some of his remarkable writing – although I certainly gained from it. His piece arguing for the existence of a morality dwelling outside of Torah texts continues to be the platform of discussion of the subject, which ever side you are on. His long monograph comparing and contrasting arguments for and against secular study…
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  • Palestinians claim Jews stole shakshuka from them

    Elder of Ziyon
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Last week, Israeli UN ambassador Ron Prosor treated UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to shakshuka, from an Israeli Manhattan food truck called Shuka Truck.Naturally, this upset the perennially upset Palestinian Arabs.Palestine Today writes that the dish "originated in occupied Palestine since ancient times; and spread to become one of the main dishes known in the Arab world."The Palestinian Arab kitchen is a target of Israeli theft. Israel claims for itself much Palestinian Arab cuisine, such as hummus and falafel.It should be noted that the occupation also claimed that Palestinian costume…
  • Israeli NGO calls for FIFA to suspend Jibril Rajoub as head of Pal team

    Elder of Ziyon
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    From Inside World Football:A rightwing Israeli non-governmental organisation has stepped up the propaganda war of words over the treatment of Palestinian footballers in the West Bank and Gaza by blaming Palestinian football leader Jibril Rajoub for deliberately stirring up trouble. Mattot Arim has responded to Rajoub's call for Israel to be suspended by FIFA by urging world football's governing body to expel Rajoub instead because, it claims, he is a front for promoting terrorism.Responding to the demand for Israel to be thrown out of FIFA unless restrictions on Palestinian footballers…
  • Hezbollah media says Israelis going to Nepal only to save Israelis (UPDATE)

    Elder of Ziyon
    26 Apr 2015 | 3:00 pm
    From Hezbollah's Al Manar:A 6.7-magnitude aftershock struck earthquake-devastated Nepal on Sunday, the USGS said, with climbers reporting the tremor triggered more avalanches on Mount Everest as the overall death toll from a massive earthquake which devastated large parts of the country has passed 2,000.The latest quake struck northeast of Kathmandu near the border with China at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), the US Geological Survey said.A number of Israelis were wounded in Nepal, according to Zionist media outlets.Ynet mentioned that the Zionist entity sent a number of doctors and…
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  • מחיר הסלחנות: סופו וכפפות המשי הצהובות

    27 Apr 2015 | 4:41 am
    כשמכבי ת"א מגיבה ברכות, מה הפלא שסופוקליס שחורצאניטיס ממשיך לככב השנה בכל מקום חוץ מעל הפרקט. גורם עבר במועדון: "הוא כפוי טובה, ברגע שישלחו אותו הביתה הוא גמר את הקריירה". מהחיבור המיוחד בין הקבוצה לסנטר בעונה שעברה ועד לפרידה הצפויה בתום העונה
  • בגרמניה מתנצלים: "אסור היה להוריד את דגל ישראל"

    27 Apr 2015 | 4:18 am
    תקרית הסרת הדגל באיצטדיון בברלין מסעירה את התקשורת המקומית. אלמוג כהן שחקן אינגלושטאט: "שאלתי את המאבטח אם אסור לשים דגלים של כל המדינות. הוא ענה לי: 'לא, רק את הדגל היהודי'". המשטרה: "מדובר בטעות בשיקול הדעת"
  • בהפועל ת"א הודיעו רשמית: אלי כהן לא ימשיך

    27 Apr 2015 | 4:01 am
    השריף, שהגיע כמחליפו של אסי דומב לא הצליח להביא את האדומים לפלייאוף העליון. בקבוצה ייפרדו מהמאמן במשחק מול אשדוד
  • מכבי וסופו: זה לא אנחנו, זה פשוט אתם

    27 Apr 2015 | 3:15 am
    הגיע הזמן שאנשי מכבי ישכילו להסתכל פנימה במקום להסביר למה העולם עקום. שמחה לאיד בכישלון של קבוצה יריבה אינה "מחלה בראש", אלא תופעה מבורכת שנקראת "תרבות ספורט". עכשיו, כשהמתאגרף סופו צפו לעמוד לדין ולספוג הרחקה, עו"ד שמעון מזרחי שוב יוצא לחזית
  • גיא לוי: "צריך לבנות את הקבוצה למקומות 1-2"

    27 Apr 2015 | 3:11 am
    מאמן בית"ר ירושלים מרוצה מאוד מהיכולת מול הפועל ב"ש: "שיחקנו מדהים". עם זאת, במועדון השיגו רק 2 נק' מ-12, מה שעלול לעלות להם בכרטיס לאירופה
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  • דקה לפני כותרת בעיתון: ריקי גל מתנסה בכתיבה

    27 Apr 2015 | 2:28 am
    בפעם הראשונה בקריירה הענפה שלה, הזמרת ריקי גל מתנסה גם בכתיבת שירים ולא רק בביצוע. "דקה לפני כותרת בעיתון" אותו כתבה יחד עם מאיר גולדברג, הוא הסינגל השני מתוך אלבומה החדש, אותו הלחין והפיק יהודה פוליקר. האזינו
  • "הנעדר": בשביל כזו איכות המציאו את הבינג'

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:37 am
    אחרי שהתרגלנו להמתין בציפייה דרוכה לסדרות ועונות חדשות מבתי היוצר האמריקאיים נטפליקס ו-HBO, באה רשת ה-BBC עם "הנעדר" להזכיר לנו שדברים טובים באמת מגיעים באריזות קטנות מבריטניה
  • בכורה: סינגל חדש לעידן עמדי

    26 Apr 2015 | 10:48 pm
    "מכתב מהודו" הוא שם הסינגל החדש מתוך אלבומו השלישי של הזמר והיוצר עידן עמדי שיראה אור ב-17.5. לאחר ששר בערבית בסינגל "מנסים" ושר לסבו בשיר "קול זיכרון ישן", כעת מפלרטט עמדי עם טקסט ידוע של מאיר אריאל. האזינו בבכורה
  • הצגה על רוצח בתמיכת משרד התרבות והעירייה

    26 Apr 2015 | 12:24 pm
    הצגה המבוססת על מכתביו של וליד דקא, אסיר עולם ששותף לרצח החייל משה תמם, עלתה בתיאטרון אל מדיאן החיפאי לרגל יום האסיר הפלסטיני. שחקנית בתיאטרון: זו אמנות. אחייניתו של הנרצח: אם הגיבורים שלכם רוצחים, מה זה אומר עליכם? כל התגובות
  • דלי קרח? 3 יוצרות מדברות על האתגר האמתי

    26 Apr 2015 | 9:55 am
    שרה פון שוורצה, רננה רז ומאיה בלזיצמן יעלו מופע העוסק בעוצמתה של הנפש, בשאיפה למצות את החיים ובחשיבותה של עשייה חברתית ואמנותית. את ההשראה שקיבלו מדב לאוטמן, הן מקוות להעביר הלאה, בערב שהכנסותיו מוקדשות למחקר מחלת ה-ALS
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  • חומוס וחלב סויה: הדרישות של לוריין היל

    27 Apr 2015 | 3:16 am
    לעומת כוכבים אחרים, מתברר שרשימת הדרישות של לוריין היל צנועה ביותר. וגם: עפר שכטר מתחדש באופנוע ושירי מימון היא הקורבן הראשון של מופעי יום העצמאות
  • הבימה מול בית ליסין: למי פרגנו הפוליטיקאים?

    20 Apr 2015 | 2:43 am
    מצד אחד - הפרימיירה החגיגית של "חתולה על גג פח לוהט" בתיאטרון 'בית ליסין' עם מיה דגן, מן העבר השני - חגיגת עליית המחזה "אבא גוריו" ב'הבימה' עם יעקב כהן. לאן בחר להגיע נחמן שי ואיזה תיאטרון העדיף בוז'י הרצוג?
  • האם כלבו של רובי וויליאמס יורשה להכנס לארץ?

    18 Apr 2015 | 11:05 pm
    גיא זו-ארץ מלוהק לסדרת ילדים וליאור אשכנזי ישחק הומלס, רן דנקר ונינט טייב נפגשו במשכן לאמנויות הבמה ועומר אדם ומשה פרץ יפגשו על הבמה הגדולה. כל הליהוקים וחדשות חמות מהביצה
  • עלילות קים וקנייה בעיר הקודש

    13 Apr 2015 | 11:02 pm
    ההטבלה בכנסייה הארמנית, הפגישה עם ראש העיר ניר ברקת, החשבון המנופח במסעדה הירושלמית וההופעה שבוטלה. כל הפרטים על הביקור של קנייה ווסט וקים קרדשיאן בישראל
  • ההפתעה והאכזבה: קנייה ווסט לא יופיע בישראל

    13 Apr 2015 | 11:47 am
    הראפר רצה להופיע, אך בשל קשיים טכנים, החליטה ההפקה בהתייעצות עם הזמר לבטל את ההופעה. ווסט וקרדשיאן נועדו עם ראש העיר ירושלים והטבילו את בתם נורת'
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    Daily News Alert from Israel - COP/JCPA

  • Classic Blood Libel Against Jews Goes Mainstream in Iran

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Washington Institute for Near East Policy) Mehdi Khalaji - On April 18, the prominent Iranian website Alef published an article, "Who Are Human History's Most Bloodthirsty People?" which accuses Jews of killing non-Jews to use their blood for ritual purposes. Alef is owned and supervised by Ahmad Tavakkoli, a member of Iran's parliament who formerly served as a minister and president of the parliamentary research center. The article describes several occasions in which Jews use and drink human blood with religious justification. It also mentions several examples of Jews stealing children,…
  • Russia: Supply of S-300 to Iran Will Not Happen Soon

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Reuters) Supplying Iran with Russian S-300 missile defense systems is not a matter of the nearest future, Russia's TASS news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Thursday. "It is more important that a political and legal decision, which opens up such a possibility, is taken."
  • IDF Honors Female Muslim Soldier

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Ynet News) Roi Yanovsky - Among the 120 soldiers who received a "Medal of Excellence" at the President's Residence on Israel Independence Day on Thursday was a Muslim woman who grew up in an Arab village and is currently a cadet in an IDF officer's training course. At age 19, she took part in the voluntary National Service program. "During my national service I realized that it was not what I wanted to do, because it is not that true connection to Israel. The connection to Israel comes from putting on the army uniform - that is what really connects you to the country." Her family does not…
  • Iran General Killed in Southern Syria

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Daily Star-Lebanon) Marlin Dick - The Iranian news agency ABNA said Iranian General Hadi Kajbaf was killed Sunday in Deraa. It identified him as an adviser with Syrian forces, and acknowledged that his body was being held by the rebels. After Syrian regime forces and paramilitary allies sought on Monday to attack rebel positions in the Lajat region, rebel groups repulsed the attack, destroying half a dozen tanks and capturing a number of prisoners, mainly Afghan nationals. One source said the Afghan fighters are used mainly as cannon fodder, as they are ordered to lead attacks with little in…
  • Expert Views Attempt to Establish Islamic Caliphate

    23 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Jerusalem Post) Ariel Ben Solomon - "The ideology of Islamic State and the caliphate are a watershed event," said Shmuel Bar, a senior research fellow at the Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research at the Technion. "No previous Islamic regime - no matter how radical, dared declare itself a caliphate." "The very paradigm of the caliphate implies that there is only one form of Islam and the caliphate must purge the 'Abode of Islam' from all others - Shi'ites, Alawites - and subjugate all other religious communities - Christians and Jews - or eliminate them. This chaos is now…
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    The ESSENTIAL guide to Israel |

  • The legendary Art Garfunkel confirms a June concert in Israel!

    21 Apr 2015 | 11:14 pm
    Art Garfunkel, he of course of the legendary duo Simon and Garfunkel, has confirmed a June concert in Israel! The concert will take place at the Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv on June 10, 2015. Garfunkel was last here in 1998, and also performed TWICE with Paul Simon way back in 1983. Paul Simon performed solo here in 2011 as some of you may remember. The Grammy Award-winning American singer and Golden Globe-nominated actor has also written some great poetry through the years, including on times when he goes on great treks (like a walk across the whole of Japan). His last album was released…
  • The 2015 beach season is open!

    21 Apr 2015 | 4:12 am
    This week saw the official opening of the beach season in Israel, which basically means lifeguards are on duty through October 12, 2015. You’ll still have access to the beaches after that, of course, and the weather is likely to be great enough to mean a beach visit is on the cards way into winter. Israelis and tourists will be flocking to the white sandy beaches over the coming months, with some 9 million visitors expected to enjoy Tel Aviv’s 13.5 kilometers of beach, offering an urban beach scene that was rated by National Geographic as one of the world’s top 10 beach…
  • Caesarea: where an ancient Roman port takes on the 21st century

    17 Apr 2015 | 12:19 pm
    One of the most fascinating places you can go in Israel, if you’re willing to spread your wings a little further than Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, is Caesarea. The well-worn phrase ancient meets modern might well have been coined for Caesarea, for as well as being the premier spot for luxurious 21st century living (and boy are there some luxurious pads in this neck of the woods – AND the fact that Israel’s only 18 hole golf course is also located here is possibly not a surprise), the Caesarea National Park has to be one of the premier archaeological attractions of the…
  • FINALLY – Duran Duran to perform in Tel Aviv in June!

    31 Mar 2015 | 3:50 am
    Those 80s pop legends Duran Duran will be finally performing in Tel Aviv this summer! The boys from Birmingham were originally lined up for a gig back in 2011 (oh, how time flies!) but eventually bailed on us due to Simon Le Bon falling sick. They did say they would be back and it looks like they’re delivering! The date is scheduled for June 10, 2015 with no tickets or venue yet confirmed, according to local press this morning. They will be here as part of the promotions behind their upcoming studio album, scheduled for release after the summer. Duran Duran were of course, part of the…
  • The Jerusalem Light Festival returns to light up the Holy City in 2015!

    19 Mar 2015 | 5:03 am
    One of the most popular events of the year has to be the amazing Jerusalem Light Festival, held every June (or thereabouts). Each year it seems to draw in more and more crowds, and get even more awesome with a different array of light installations and events to light up the magical Old City. This year the Festival will once again wow thousands of visitors (and we mean a quarter of a million!), spread over 9 days - June 3-11. This celebration of light in an urban setting, the initiative of the Jerusalem Development Authority, Ministry of Tourism and the Jerusalem Municipality and produced…
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    Life in Israel

  • Facebook Status of the Day

    Rafi G.
    27 Apr 2015 | 5:15 am
    Israeli Supermodel Bar Refaeli is Trending an Amazing New Hashtag, #לשוןהרעלאמדבראליי, 'Lashon Hora (Evil Tongue), Doesn't Speak To Me''Posted by Humans of Judaism on Sunday, April 26, 2015yes, thaat is Bar Rafaeli, the Israeli supermodel, participating in a campaign against Lashon Ha'Ra------------------------------------------------------Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel------------------------------------------------------
  • Quote of the Day

    Rafi G.
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:03 am
    The Global Happiness Index rated Israel in 11th place.....this result is the direct outcome of a long line of efforts that we led.The reasons for Israeli happiness include a decline in unemployment - 5.6%m among the lowest in the Western world, increasing the minimum wage, high growth of Israel relative to Western countries, continued decline in poverty levels, connecting the periphery towns to the center of the country and many reforms that we have led for the prosperity of Israeli people...I am happy to see that our efforts have borne fruits in the personal feelings of Israeli citizens, who…
  • 3 Israeli teams head out to save lives in Nepal (video)

    Rafi G.
    27 Apr 2015 | 2:55 am
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  • Yerushalmim and Israelis are "asirei Torda" (video)

    Rafi G.
    27 Apr 2015 | 1:47 am
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  • From 0 to 100 years in Hebrew (video)

    Rafi G.
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:40 am
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    This Ongoing War: A Blog

  • 17-Apr-15: In the aftermath of another lethal car-ramming in Jerusalem

    This Ongoing War
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:39 am
    The driver is now arrestedWednesday night's car-ramming of Israeli commuters standing at a French Hill, Jerusalem, bus stop [reported here] has resulted in the arrest of the driver of the ramming vehicle.The Jerusalem Post says Khaled Koutineh, a 37 year-old Palestinian Arab resident of the village of Anata, east of Jerusalem, "was motivated by nationalistic reasons to drive his vehicle" into Shalom Yohai Cherki, 25, and Shira Klein, 20. The two were standing together at the French Hill bus stop on Haim Bar Lev Boulevard in north Jerusalem. Cherki, son of a prominent family, suffered severe…
  • 16-Apr-15: At a bus stop stop in Jerusalem's French Hill on Holocaust Memorial Day, two lives upended

    This Ongoing War
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:48 am
    Around 11 on Wednesday night, we posted this to our Twitter account:French Hill quarter, Jerusalem - sounds of police, ambulance activity; initial reports of suspected terror attack: Holocaust Memorial Day— This Ongoing War (@ThisOngoingWar) April 15, 2015Those first reports were unclear, though the sounds of emergency vehicles - clearly heard in our part of Israel's capital at a late hour - conveyed urgency and danger. There is still no confirmation from the authorities that what happened was a calculated act of terror via lethal vehicle. But the indications that it was are…
  • 14-Apr-15: From Gaza, where seldom is heard an encouraging word, a (very) cautiously optimistic note

    This Ongoing War
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:09 am
    Smoke rises (in this Getty Images photo published in The Guardian) in October 2013 fromthe mouth of a smuggling tunnel dug beneath the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. "Egypt's army has destroyed many of the tunnels on the Egyptian side of Rafah", the caption readsHere's a slightly surprising follow-on to a post we put up yesterday: "13-Apr-15: The carnage resulting from Gaza's Hamas tunnels may now be sharply reduced". Khaled Abu Toameh, one of the most well-informed and worthwhile news sources in the Arab parts of the Middle East, writes on the Gatestone Institute that Egypt's…
  • 14-Apr-15: Women and what the Palestinian Authority sees them as good for

    This Ongoing War
    14 Apr 2015 | 1:48 am
    Um Nasser (also Um Nasr, Um Sharif, Um Muhammad), designatedby the PA as embodying its transcendent values [Image Source]From the official organ of the Mahmoud Abbas-dominated Palestinian Authority, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida (edition of March 11, 2015) as translated by the diligent people of Palestinian Media Watch without whom the PA's propaganda in all its hideosity would go largely unappreciated.It's an article evidently timed to appear during International Women's Day festivities:The Commission of Prisoners' Affairs honored its female employees and several released female prisoners,…
  • 14-Apr-15: Women and what the Islamists see them as good for

    This Ongoing War
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Image SourceThe United States is about to see a woman with a serious chance of succeeding embark on the political process of trying to get elected president. Women in the world of the terrorists play a role of a different sort.A profile article about Gaza on the Foreign Policy website today offers an oddly-disconnected look at how women are used by the Islamist terror groups:Throughout Gaza, armed groups have stepped up their recruitment. Now, each one — including Hamas’s Qassam Brigades and Palestinian Islamic Jihad — has a female contingent. No one knows exactly how many…
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    Dead Sea Fun

  • Exploring the Arava, From the Dead Sea to Eilat

    Sue Schoenfeld
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:45 am
    In Israel, "desert" doesn’t mean "desolate." The sandy Negev expanse that makes up more than half of Israel's land mass encompasses fascinating vistas, history and creativity. Here we will zero in on the attractions of the eastern part of the desert: the narrow Arava Valley, stretching 180 kilometers (112 miles) from the Dead Sea down to Eilat, bordered on the west by the Negev highlands and on the east by the Edom Mountains of Jordan. For tourists, there’s never been more to experience in the Arava: ancient archeology, timeless Bedouin hospitality, funky eco-art,…
  • 15 Tips for the Best Dead Sea Vacation, Ever!

    Sue Schoenfeld
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Salty Tip #1 – Try not to shave…anything…for a day or so before dipping in the Dead Sea. The water is very salty and you WILL feel the burn! Tip #2 – Same goes for skin scrapes and cuts. While the salt water can actually speed up healing, the burning sensation is not a treat. Tip #3 – Don't believe the guidebooks. Fair skinned people CAN and DO get sunburned at the Dead Sea. What the guidebooks should say is that the atmospheric conditions are such that one can be out in the sun longer before getting burned. It's best to come prepared with a brimmed hat and a…
  • Holistic Health Weekend Retreat at the Dead Sea - June 25-28, 2015

    Sue Schoenfeld
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:09 pm
    The publishers of WellnessJerusalem (Mati & Ronni Katz) invite you to a "holistic" health get-away on June 25 - 28, 2015. Learn how to achieve better health, meet like-minded people, be surrounded by gorgeous Dead Sea vistas at a beautiful retreat! Come and meet a team of certified health practitioners. They will give group presentations and be available for "one-on-one" sessions by appointment for no extra charge. Learn many useful ways to relax, reduce stress, grow and renew. There will be live music after Havdalah.   For information Retreat Weekend Info (PDF)…
  • The Tastiest Tourist Attraction in Israel

    Sue Schoenfeld
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:36 am
    Can you name 15 varieties of cherry tomatoes? What about four types of carrots? Have you ever tasted an Uri Kaduri orange? And do you know the difference between the seven varieties of mint leaves? A three-hour visit to the Salad Trail, a unique touch-and-taste farm in the Hevel Habesor region of Israel's northern Negev, will turn you into an expert grower for the day. Pick-your-own produce farms are commonplace. But agronomist Uri Alon has upped the ante with his complete senses-and-learning experience at his farm in the northern Negev.   Read the full article at  …
  • Deep Inside Eilat's Red Canyon, Ancient Wonders Await

    Sue Schoenfeld
    13 Apr 2015 | 2:19 am
    Nothing can describe Eilat's enchanting Red Canyon better than its popular name. Technically part of Israel's upper Nahal Shani and known as Guy Shani in the textbooks, the superb little gorge was forged through a deep, rich red sandstone rock. Its colors are especially exquisite when sunlight hits the canyon walls. Tour guides and guidebooks consider the Red Canyon a "family trip." But the truth is, this hike is a real challenge. (Photo credit Shmuel Bar-Am)   Read the full article at  
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