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    JTA Breaking News

  • Israel tells Argentina that it is responsible for embassy bombing investigation

    Marcy Oster
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — Israel told Argentina’s president that her country is responsible for investigating a 1992 attack on its embassy in Buenos Aires. The statement from Israel’s embassy in the Argentine capital came in response to an accusation made earlier in the week by Argentina’s President Christina Fernandez de Kirchner, who rebuked Israel for not working to bring the perpetrators of the 1992 bombing of its embassy in Buenos Aires to justice. “Why is Israel not an appellant in the case of the Israeli Embassy bombing attack?” the president asked during a…
  • Former Sen. Danforth decries use of anti-Semitism in Missouri campaign

    Marcy Oster
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:29 am
    (JTA) — Former U.S. Senator John Danforth chastised Missouri state political leaders for using anti-Semitism as campaign tactic, which he said led to the suicide of a gubernatorial candidate. Danforth, a dean of Missouri’s Republican Party, spoke Tuesday at the memorial service in Clayton, Mo., for Tom Schweich, a Republican candidate for governor of Missouri. Schweich, the state auditor, apparently killed himself shortly after telling journalists that a fellow party member was leading a whisper campaign saying he was Jewish. Schweich, who attended an Episcopal church, reportedly…
  • British watchdog bans Israeli tourism ad over Jerusalem photos

    Marcy Oster
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:52 am
    (JTA) — Britain’s advertising watchdog has banned an Israeli government tourism ad for showing the Old City of Jerusalem. The ad inserted in British newspapers showed a view of the Old City of Jerusalem’s walls with the words “Israel has it all” on it. The Advertising Standards Authority on Wednesday ruled that the ad is misleading since it implies that the Old City of Jerusalem is part of Israel, the French news agency AFP reported. The authority was responding to an official complaint. The international community does not recognize Israel’s claim over…
  • Judge rules Kansas City JCC shooter to be tried for capital murder

    Marcy Oster
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:52 am
    (JTA) — Frazier Glenn Miller, the man charged with murdering three people outside two Kansas City-area Jewish institutions, will go on trial for capital murder, a judge ruled. Johnson County District Court Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan on Tuesday ruled that there is enough evidence to try Miller, who also goes by the name Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., for the April 13, 2014 murders of three people — William Corporon and his 14-year-old grandson Reat Underwood in the parking lot of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park, Kan., and Terri LaManno in the parking lot at…
  • Overseas diplomats set to cast first ballots in national election

    Marcy Oster
    4 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The first ballots of Israel’s upcoming national election were set to be cast two days before the election date. Israeli representatives stationed in 98 diplomatic missions throughout the world were due to begin voting Wednesday evening Israel time in elections for the 20th Knesset, according to a statement issued by the Knesset. Some 6,250 representatives abroad are eligible to vote in the elections. Other Israelis working or living abroad cannot cast absentee ballots. Israeli citizens must be in the country on the day of the election in order to vote. The first…
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    Israel News

  • Alabama probate judges ordered to halt gay wedding licenses

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:12 am
    Th... . FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2015, file photo, Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore poses in front the the American flag in Montgomery, Ala.
  • Ex-CIA chief may avoid prison for leaking military secrets

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:12 am
    David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, before the Senate Intelligence Committee during a hearing on his nomination.
  • Tug of war: Obama, Congress at odds over who's in control

    4 Mar 2015 | 1:07 am
    " Since Republicans took control of Congress two months ago, an elaborate tug of war has broken out between Republican lawmakers and President Barack Obama over who calls the shots on major issues for the next two years. On some fronts, Obama has held his ground, watching near-gleefully as Republicans bungled early attempts to legislate and put their own internal disputes on vivid display.
  • After speech, White House could determine Netanyahu's fate

    4 Mar 2015 | 12:03 am
    " With Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu facing a tough re-election fight in two weeks, the U.S. Congress has handed him an unprecedented boost with its effusive welcome to a message that resonates at home: Iran cannot be trusted as a threshold nuclear state. Which way it goes for Netanyahu may hinge on whether Israel is in some perceptible way punished by the White House for its leader's extraordinary offensive against a U.S. president.
  • UN Envoy Urges Israel to Investigate Gaza Deaths

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:57 pm
    A United Nations envoy on Tuesday called on Israel to investigate the deaths of more than 1,500 civilians during the 2014 Gaza war and to make the findings public, Reuters reported. Makarim Wibisono, a former Indonesian ambassador, issued his first report to the UN Human Rights Council since becoming its special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian Authority-controlled territories last June.
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    ynet - Opinion

  • Netanyahu talks the talk, but that's it

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:19 am
    Op-ed: The prime minister didn't want Israel to become an apartheid state, but on his watch it is becoming entrenched as such; he didn't want a nuclear Iran, but on his watch it is becoming just that.
  • Netanyahu was preaching to the choir

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Op-ed: Despite his attempts to butter up the American public with Biblical references and home-grown phrases, Netanyahu failed to find new buyers for his aging snake oil; if not for disingenuous GOP applause, his speech would have fallen on deaf ears.
  • Two Likud seats and an ego boost

    3 Mar 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Analysis: Netanyahu's speech to Congress will not achieve any of the goals he sought, but salvation for Netanyahu may come in the form of Iranian Ayatollah Khamenei.
  • Why is Netanyahu treating Obama so badly?

    3 Mar 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Op-ed: While US president hasn't expressed his love for Israel publicly, his military-security and diplomatic aid to Israel has been impeccable; yet for six years, Israel's prime minister has failed to develop a relationship of trust with him.
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  • BBC Bowen Is Playing The Jew Hatred Card

    Brian of London
    4 Mar 2015 | 6:14 am
    Dave posted a solid round up of reactions to Netanyahu’s speech yesterday focusing on US politicians. But of course, we have to note that the BBC’s Jeremy Bowen also had his say. Taking one look at Elie Wiesel, who upon hearing Netanyahu would be speaking immediately took out a full page ad declaring he would be there, Bowen tweeted the following: #NetanyahuSpeech He acknowledges Elie Wiesel in audience. Once again Netanyahu plays the holocaust card. don't repeat mistakes of the past — Jeremy Bowen (@BowenBBC) March 3, 2015 And here is exactly what Netanyahu said about the…
  • The Oppression Olympics

    Ryan Bellerose
    4 Mar 2015 | 4:26 am
    When I was a kid, a couple of the key values that were literally drummed into me were stoicism and toughness. There are not many things that Metis people respect more than toughness, and stoicism just comes with the territory when your people are a tiny minority who stood up to the government. People often comment on my personal toughness. I often play football with injuries that would make other people take a game or three off, heck I even played through kidney issues that would have sidelined almost anyone. I have straightened my own finger out after a dislocation and break, and I have…
  • Israeli Parking Masterclass: The Snuggler

    4 Mar 2015 | 2:59 am
    Note the ample amount of space on either side of both cars.
  • Who Was Filming This Turkish Airlines Crash In Nepal

    Brian of London
    3 Mar 2015 | 11:57 pm
    And, of course, Israelis were on the plane and filming. You can tell from the repeated prayers in Hebrew! All passengers safe but some were given medical attention after evacuation #TK726 — The Kathmandu Post (@kathmandupost) March 4, 2015 No serious injuries. Published on Mar 3, 2015 Turkish Airlines Crash at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu, Nepal. The front landing gear of the airbus collapsed upon landing. The Video was provided by: a foreign passenger
  • Netanyahu, Obama And The Demise Of The Marketplace Of Ideas

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:42 pm
    President Obama’s supporters in the US love to brag that he used to be a Constitutional law professor. As such, Obama is certainly familiar with one of the most famous opinions that has come from our Supreme Court, Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes’s now legendary dissent in Abrams v United States: When men have realized that time has upset many fighting faiths, they may come to believe even more than they believe the very foundations of their own conduct that the ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas — that the best test of truth is the power of the thought…
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  • Seven years of Tigger

    Meryl Yourish
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:12 am
    While writing a check yesterday, the date struck me as familiar. Turns out it was Tig 3.0’s seventh birthday. I picked him up on April 18, 2008, and he was about two months old. A belated happy birthday to my third Tigger, who is currently sitting on the sofa downstairs, looking out the window at the birds. Here’s my boy watching the snow come down on Monday. May we have many more years together. 
  • All the news except what they see fit to print

    Meryl Yourish
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:53 am
    What’s missing from this New York Times article on yesterday’s strike on Hebollah and Iranians in the Golan Heights?Context. BIG context. The New York Times elides a threat by Hezbollah to invade Israel in the next conflict.Nasrallah said in the interview that Hezbollah was ready to fight a new war against Israel in Lebanon and renewed a threat to invade the Galilee region of northern Israel. Hezbollah fighters “must be prepared”, he said.“When the resistance (Hezbollah) leadership… asks you (fighters)… to enter into Galilee, that means the resistance…
  • Spinning Jew hatred

    Meryl Yourish
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:20 am
    YouGov took a poll of British attitudes towards Jews, which found that 45% of Brits hold anti-Semitic attitudes towards Jews. They also surveyed British Jews about how safe they feel in Britain. The following are the resulting headlines of those polls (see end of post).Take a good, long look at the weasel-wording of most of the headlines. The poll “suggests” Brits are anti-Semitic. The poll that gets the headline is the one in which the majority of British Jews feel they have no future in Europe–not that 45% of Brits hold anti-Semitic attitudes. They reverse the cause and…
  • Happy New Year, everyone!

    Meryl Yourish
    1 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    2014 ended nicely for me. My free promotion of Darkness Rising on Amazon got over 2,000 downloads. Readers are already adding their reviews and buying book two. It’s a lovely way to end one year and begin another.An emailing service called BookSCREAM (@BookSCREAM) picked up the promotion, and I’m guessing about three quarters of my downloads were due to that. So thanks, BookSCREAM, and my fellow authors, keep an eye out for them. They’re an up-and-comer worth watching.
  • Book One is free through the end of the year

    Meryl Yourish
    29 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Darkness Rising: Book One of The Catmage Chronicles is free on Amazon through the end of the year (Dec. 29-31). Don’t have a Kindle? Doesn’t matter. There’s a free Kindle app for your phone, tablet, and even desktop.
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    Benji Lovitt

  • 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…
  • How to Appreciate Chanukah Like a Jedi

    12 Dec 2014 | 3:07 am
    Just after Thanksgiving, the most anticipated movie trailer of the decade was released, starting the countdown to the release of the new “Star Wars” movie. Around the same time, Jews around the world began to count down the nights until Chanukah.  After I stumbled upon this list of the top 100 movie lines in history with a certain Jedi mantra at #8, I started thinking….8th most famous movie quote….8 nights of Chanukah….surely the similarities didn’t stop there. Could “Star Wars” be the ultimate Chanukah movie? Without further ado, here’s a quick comparison of the…
  • Can We Please Not Call This an Intifada Just Yet?

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

  • 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…
  • Smoking at an Israeli Wedding

    9 Feb 2015 | 10:16 am
    Is this a thing: smoking on the dance floor at a wedding? My wife and I attended the nuptials of a friend’s son a few weeks ago. It was a lavish affair with an endless appetizer bar and a DJ crew that could compete with the best Tel Aviv clubs. But as the hundreds of young people grooved to a beat that was just a bit more melodically challenged than my hip but middle aged sensitivities could relate to, I was overwhelmed by the cigarettes. It wasn’t everyone but it was a lot. At times it seemed every third dancer was waving around a lit stick of tobacco. Maybe I just don’t hang out in…
  • Roman vs. Jewish Law: What Happened to Patrilineal Descent?

    28 Jan 2015 | 2:35 am
    My January 9, 2015 column in The Jerusalem Post generated a higher than usual number of comments, many of which were not particularly complimentary. In the piece, which addressed the United Synagogue Youth (USY) teen leadership’s decision on relaxing the group’s policy on “interdating,” I posited that since assimilation is natural – indeed inevitable – in the Diaspora, the Jewish people would be better served by lowering obstacles for those who wish to join the Jewish people. There are many ways to do that within halacha (Jewish Law), but I’d like to propose another…
  • USY language change on interdating not a yiddishkeitastrophe

    9 Jan 2015 | 6:39 am
    The headlines screaming across Jewish newspapers worldwide were an Orthodox kiruv professional’s wet dream. For a Jew whose job it is to bring other Jews closer to Orthodox observance, the dopamine rush of delight must have been overwhelming. Because if it’s your business to convince wandering Jews to become frum (religious) and one of the key tools in your arsenal is denigrating anything other than Orthodox practice as leading to demographic yiddishkeitasprophe, what could be better than a headline like “USY drops ban on interdating,” as Uri Heilman’s piece in JTA read. Or as The…
  • Crowdsourcing the Real Israel

    28 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    If you were just to read the international press these days, you might think Israel was on the verge of catastrophe, with sanctions from Europe just around the corner, boycotts being adopted from academia and beyond, terrorism back in vogue on the streets of Jerusalem and tourism in a tailspin. You wouldn’t be faulted for assuming that businesses around the world would certainly soon be pulling out of the Startup Nation – after all, who wants to fly into a war zone or consort with an international pariah.That assumption would be very wrong, judging from the turn out at the first…
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    Daniel Pipes :: Writings

  • What Antidote to Radical Islam?

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:16 pm
    "Radical Islam is the problem, moderate Islam is the solution" has been my watchword since 2002, meaning that Islam's many problems will only be solved when Muslims leave Islamism, an attempt to regress to a medieval model, and favor a modern, moderate,
  • Syria's Civil War Could Stabilize Its Region

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:56 am
    Population shifts resulting from Syria's four-year long civil war have profoundly changed Syria and its three Arabic-speaking neighbors: Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. (Turkey and Israel have changed too, but less so.) Ironically, amid tragedy and horror, as
  • Remembering Malcolm X Fifty Years Later

    21 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am
    ​On this date fifty years ago, the man best known as Malcolm X was killed by a Nation of Islam (NoI) hit squad while speaking just north of Harlem, New York.Born Malcolm Little in Omaha on May 19, 1925, to a Baptist minister father and West Indian
  • What Actually Causes American Fear of Islam and Muslims?

    13 Feb 2015 | 11:16 am
    An ambitious 81-page document, Fear, Inc. 2.0: The Islamophobia Network's Efforts to Manufacture Hate in America, just appeared from the Center for American Progress, a liberal Democratic organization. Unlike its first iteration, in which a group with a
  • Why the (toothless) Iran sanctions bill matters

    12 Feb 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Nearly all the 54 Republican U.S. senators will vote in favor of the Kirk-Menendez bill requiring sanctions on Iran if the P5+1 negotiations fail. President Obama has promised to veto it. Now, the senate is gearing up for a high-drama vote; will
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    Good News from Israel

  • Educational and Fun Resources for Purim

    1 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Hi Everyone!Purim, the fun-filled Jewish holiday, falls on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar. This year Purimbegins Wednesday night March 4, 2015. (In Jerusalem it starts Thursday night March 5)The following resources will help you appreciate and enjoy the holiday.English Hebrew Purim vocabulary study sheets. Jewish Trivia Quizhttp://www.jewish-trivia.comPurim TriviaWhy do people eat poppy seeds on Purim ? From what tribe was Mordecai ? Why was Haman angry at Mordechai ? Who was queen of Persia before Esther ? Esther had another name, what…
  • Computer Jobs in Israel (CJI) Salary Survey Results

    24 Feb 2015 | 8:54 am
    Hi Everyone!I posted on the Computer Jobs in Israel (CJI) website the results of the annual salary survey.355 readers took part in the salary survey this year. Each person answered 24 questions about their salary andtheir work benefits.Thanks!! to everyone that participated.The results are posted (in English and Hebrew) on the CJI resource page week is Purim and I updated:The Purim Purim!Chag Sameach!Happy Purim!Jacob…
  • The J Site - Jewish Education & Entertainment

    17 Feb 2015 | 7:27 pm
    Hi Everyone!I made a new layout for my educational site:The J Site - Jewish Education & Entertainment is welcome!Please share it with your friends.Thanks!Have a good night,Jacob
  • New Israeli Educational Stamps

    12 Feb 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Hi Everyone! I scanned and posted on my website the new Israeli stamps that were issued in February 2015.I included the stamp itself, the first day cover, and an English and a Hebrew flyer about the stamp. - The Philippine Rescue of Jews from the HolocaustIsrael-Philippines Joint Issue- Ariel Sharon- The International Year of Light 2015Nobel Prize 2013 - Computational Chemistry, Rhodospin- ChessWinter Flowers- Coast False-Chamomile (Anthemis leucanthemifolia) - Crown Anemone (Anemone coronaria)- Dyer's Alkanet (Alkanna tinctoria) The new stamp images are located at:…
  • The Shabbat Page

    5 Feb 2015 | 3:51 pm
    Hi Everyone!I updated The Shabbat Page page includes Lessons, Parsha pages, Videos, English Hebrew Vocabulary Lists, Recipes, Games and Clipart about Shabbat.Enjoy!Shabbat Shalom,Jacob
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    The Muqata

  • A Personal Reflection on MK Uri Orbach z’l

    16 Feb 2015 | 5:23 am
    A Personal Reflection on MK Uri Orbach z’lBy Jameel @ The MuqataDespite the title above, I never met Uri Orbach personally. I read his many books, read his children books to my children and laughed with my kids at his clever poems, rhymes, stories and wit, while we smiled at the outstanding illustrations from Shay Charka (who partnered with Orbach on many books). His books and newspaper articles for adults were witty, funny, introspective and always brought out a smile.So how did I know him so well – in addition to his books and articles, he co-hosted “The Last Word” daily radio show…
  • Herzl's Switzerland Plan

    20 Jan 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Theodore Herzl founded the Zionist political movement in the late 19th century, aimed at creating a safe haven for the Jewish people.  Besides Israel, he considered various options to serve as the Jewish national homeland: First Argentina, and then later on, Uganda.Herzl thought that the situation was so dire, that (even temporarily) Jews would be willing to forego Israel as their homeland.  In doing so, however, he showed ignorance of the eternal and ongoing bond of Jews to the  Land of Israel.  Israel was not just a dream, it was and is the core and essence of…
  • What Convinced Ben-Yehuda That Hebrew Could Be Revived?

    8 Jan 2015 | 3:04 am
    During the past millennium and a half, Hebrew was used by Jews mainly as a literary language (and, in fact, as the sole literary language).  However, Jews did use Hebrew in speech as well, when it was necessary to communicate with other Jews.Linguist Chaim Rabin points out that since every Jewish man had to know Hebrew on some level, Hebrew was the natural candidate for the inter-Jewish 'lingua franca' - the common language.As we'll see, Israel was the one place where Hebrew was consistently in use. Both because Israel is the birthplace of Hebrew and traditions remained for generations,…
  • Hebrew Firsts

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:11 am
    A few 'firsts' in Hebrew. All stories mentioned here took place between the 3rd and 20th century, when Hebrew was (supposedly) 'dead'.If you know of earlier examples, I’d be glad to know.First medical treatiseThe first medical book in Hebrew is Sefer Harefuot (ספר הרפואות) - the Book of Medicines, written by Assaf ben Berechiah.  He was also known as Assaf Harofe (Doctor Assaf), and is commemorated by the Israeli hospital of that name.He lived in Israel around the 3rd-7th century, as can be seen (among other things) by the purity of his Hebrew and by the fact that he was…
  • Wanted: Dead, Alive or Hebrew

    14 Dec 2014 | 1:56 am
    As is commonly known, Hebrew was a dead language for close to 2000 years. As Israeli linguist Chaim Rabin explains:The speaking of Hebrew ceased about 200 CE (...) Since 1881 Hebrew again became a language spoken by the people.Note the exact date when Hebrew became a spoken language again.  1881.  Unsurprisingly, this is the same year when the first Zionist aliyah began and when Eliezer Ben Yehuda came to Israel.So what happened between 200 and 1881?  Hebrew was dead and Jews had no common language, right?As the Guardian puts it, in their review of Shlomo Sand's book:In 2009,…
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    Six Kids and a Full Time Job

  • 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…
  • Bibi Must Block Lapid’s Budget

    MIchael Eisenberg
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:20 pm
    It is now after the Holidays in Israel which means it is time for the annual budget haggling and faux coalition crises that always accompany this annual ritual in Israel. The Budget that Yair Lapid has presented, especially his 0% VAT on housing, is a bad joke. Every economist knows this. Lapid, who has been an economist now for 18 months and been working on his 0% VAT proposal for 4 months is certain he is correct. Economists with hundreds of years of combined experience know he is wrong. Frankly, anyone with common sense knows Lapid is borrowing from our future to keep his Knesset…
  • 8 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am

    MIchael Eisenberg
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    As we get ready for the holiday of Sukkot, I was thinking about the changing dynamics of Israel's Economy over the last 3+ millennia. On Sukkot, we take the 4 species: the Lulav, Etrog, Hadas and Arava. They are, of course, symbolic of the sources of water that powered the agrarian economy of Israel and the world for over 3000 years. The Lulav grows near underground water reserves. The Etrog must we watered by man. The Hadas grows from the rain and the Arava grows along the river banks. Water of all types was lifeblood of the Israeli economy. Without it, there was starvation and poverty. On…
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    Jewlicious THE Jewish Blog

  • Israeli Flag Dress: Black & Gold or Blue & White?

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    Have you seen the Israeli flag that is black and gold? Some people see it as blue and white, and I and some others see it as black and yellow/gold. It is believed that the reason some readers see this dress as gold and black is because the brain “removes” some colors. It is more […]
  • Shmuley Found A Way to Unite People (Against Him)

    2 Mar 2015 | 4:04 pm
    On Saturday, Febrary 28, 2015, the twitter-sphere was aflame with people denouncing Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. Some posts got downright personal and called him nasty names, including a “self-promoter.” His alleged “crime?” An organization led by Rabbi Boteach placed of a full page advertisement in The New York Times that criticized U.S. National Security Council Advisor […]
  • Banksy Expands into Anti Israel Films

    28 Feb 2015 | 7:02 pm
    Banksy, the nom de guerre for a UK based satirical graffiti artist, is famous for his postings and stencils on walls and buildings. Most of them are quickly stolen and sold for tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars. This week he posted a film about Gaza on which garnered over 1 million views […]
  • Brisket Bootcamp, Brooklyn Bris’s, Jewish LEGOs, a possible GOP Jewish Suicide, and Other Newsbits

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:34 pm
    The Washington Post’s Smoke Signals column shared the story of Brisket Bootcamp at Texas A&M in College Station. The third annual event which SOLD OUT in five minutes featured Jeff Savell, a distinguished professor of animal science at Texas A&M. Camp Brisket is an intensive two-day class on how to prepare brisket. The topic is […]
  • ShivaWatch: Leonard Nimoy – Jewish Actor, Artist, Creator

    27 Feb 2015 | 10:36 am
    Leonard (Leyb) Simon Nimoy – a beloved actor who hailed from a Yiddish speaking household in Boston – succumbed to heart, pulmonary and lung illnesses in Los Angeles at the age of 83 today. He gained fame internationally playing an extremely logical, half-Vulcan-half-human science and first officer on the Star Trek television series and its […]
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  • Which iPhone Apps Do Job Seekers Need?

    Jacob Share
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    This just might be all the apps for finding a job with your iPhone. (Have an Android phone? Check out my 300+ Android Job Search Apps instead.) Photo credit: Tanja Cappell Do you need 200 iPhone apps for job searching? Of course not. But this list aims to be the one stop shop where you can pick and choose the ones you do need. The apps are categorized for easy browsing and each app includes its official description. For starters, read through the list and try an app from each category, except perhaps the Internships or Employers categories unless they’re relevant. All the apps are free…
  • Top Email Subject Lines Job Seekers Are Using

    Jacob Share
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    How job seekers get recruiters to open their mail. Photo credit: Jeric Santiago One of the most common job seeker frustrations is getting a response from recruiters. But for recruiters to respond in a meaningful way, they first need to read your messages. With that in mind, what can you do to improve your email’s chances of getting read? I contacted recruiters following me on Twitter to ask: “Of all email you’ve ever had from job seekers, which had the best title?” They came through in a big way, sharing dozens of memorable, occasionally funny, subject lines that got…
  • How To: The Job Seeker’s Attention-Getting Email Signature

    Jacob Share
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Get the most of that often-seen personal branding space: your email signature. Photo credit: Camilo Rueda López Create a memorable email signature according to this formula. Required elements are bolded, the rest are recommended where relevant: Salutation, Name Tagline Title(s), Organization Association Membership Phone numbers (mobile/land/fax) Website/Social media profiles Image Where: Salutation – using your email signoff to only say goodbye is a wasted opportunity. Either use an expression that’s relevant to your personal brand or wish the person something positive. The best…
  • Why Paper Resumes Aren’t Going Away Anytime Soon

    Jacob Share
    11 Feb 2015 | 11:21 am
    For years, people have been saying that paper resumes are dead. Really? Image credit: fsse8info The hype My thoughts on hiring/telling your story – The Paper Resume is Dead thanks to @TanyaAvrith #edleadership #edchat — Keith Peters (@principalkp) July 3, 2014 Things your kids may not experience in the future 1 walk into a bank 2 buy a postage stamp 3 use a paper resume 4 carry books in a book-bag — Vala Afshar (@ValaAfshar) August 17, 2014 Search Twitter for “paper resume” and many of the results are articles…
  • 40 Tips for Older Job Seekers That Actually Get Results

    Jacob Share
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Overqualified?” These tips are for you. Photo Credit: Pascal / Flickr I just turned 39 a few months ago. If I was job searching today, some places wouldn’t think twice about rejecting me for being too old. And you know what? I don’t mind. Every company, every team, is entitled to hire whoever they think will be the best fit. As a job seeker, it’s up to you to research companies and teams upfront, before you apply, so you can estimate if you’ll be a good fit. As an older job seeker – 35+, 45+ or even 65+ – it’s up to you to research…
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  • ביטוח ריאלי

    15 Feb 2015 | 4:17 pm
    העולם המוצג היום הוא עולם מלא של העליות והמורדות שבה יום אחד תוכלו ליהנות כל הנוחיות, לחיות ללא כל בעיה, בלי זה להציג כל סוג של אי נוחות, אבל בחיים שום דבר לא בטוח, משהו בלתי צפוי קורה בצורה של רגע אחד למשנהו, ללא כל הוראה, אשר שניהם לא היה בתוכניות שלה, אשר יכולה להיות השפעה גדולה על המורשת של העם, ולכן, כמו כסף גרידא מונעת יצירת האלה…
  • עיצוב שיער איפור

    11 Feb 2015 | 3:03 am
    מאפרים ליישם איפור ואת סגנון השיער אמנים המציגים. הם יכולים לעבוד בתוך סרט, טלוויזיה, תיאטרון, פרסומות, מבצעים פופ, חברות הפקות, אופנת ולחיות הופעות ותצלומים. סוג האיפור היה תלוי הייצור. זה עשוי לנוע בין מראה עכשווי טבעי "הטלוויזיה המגיש., סגנונות של המונח דרמות היסטוריות, איפור"מרושע"(דם וחבורות) או היישום של תותבת קטנה…
  • ההתקדמות של רעב

    8 Feb 2015 | 3:38 pm
    כן שלנו אבי האומה Gral. דון José de San Martín לא העצום של הרי האנדים, עצר אותו אם על נפלאותיו של שלנו קשה וקשה היסטוריה היתה יציאת מצרים חוחוי, עונה העם נגד הצבא הספרדי, עוזב הכל; הם חייבים לעמוד להגיע מחווה ל Don Miguel Martín de Güemes; כאשר מנואל בלגראנו העביר השרביט אל La Virgen de La Merced היה הנצחונות של סלטה, טוקומן. Don Juan מנואל דה רוסאס הכין אותנו אהבה של…
  • הדרך אל המטרה.

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:38 pm
    בהודעת דואר אלקטרוני שהתקבלה השבוע מישהו סיפר לי כי לפני כמה חודשים שהוא ניסה להתחיל להסתכל על אפשרויות אינטרנט ועסקים שלא מצאו שום דבר כדי לשכנע אותו בכלל, ולכן זה היה הסיכום בשלב החקירה שלה והעדיפה , מעתה ואילך, לנסות קצת מנותק העסקי המסורתי. תפסו את תשומת הלב, עד כדי כך גדול מאוד לשלוח מייל דוחקים אותו לסקור את גישתה ולא לוותר…
  • רווח שוליים

    29 Jan 2015 | 11:23 am
    שוליים. מה זה? ראשית ברצוננו לתת לכם את ההגדרה מהמילון של שוליים כלכליים – מונח המשמש בבנקאות, בבורסה, מסחר בפועל ביטוח לציין את ההבדל בין הריבית מחירי ניירות ערך, מחירי הסחורות ואינדיקטורים אחרים, ההבדל בין vkami מאה על שאול והלוואות, בין שיעורי הריבית על הלוואות הניתנות קטגוריות שונות של לווים, סכום של הרווחה לפיו האשראי…
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  • Lichovod Purim

    Avi Shafran
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:29 am
    An article I wrote about how Purim is a celebration of how Divine irony vanquishes mortal iron, appears in the Forward today. You can read it here.
  • Learning from our Past, Building our Future (Part 2):

    Guest Contributor
    3 Mar 2015 | 7:41 pm
    How Jewish History teaches us to create a positive community for tomorrow by Leslie Ginsparg Klein Generations of Jews have grappled with the same issues that face our Jewish community today. Their experiences provide us with suggestions as to how we can create a positive Jewish community today and ensure the commitment of our children. Colonials Jews provided us with two suggestions: education and infrastructure. Two important innovators from the early twentieth century, Sarah Schenirer and Rabbi Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz, give us two more answers. EDUCATION In late 19th and early 20th…
  • Friends, Foes, and Charvona

    Yitzchok Adlerstein
    3 Mar 2015 | 4:19 pm
    When the afterglow fades, we will still be left with plenty to daven for on Purim. Why, then, do we act so stupidly when help is proffered? Many of us, this writer included, thought that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s address to Congress was moving, inspiring, and effectively spoke to American hearts as much as to Jewish ones. (Apparently some Arab and Iranian ones as well.) We hope that, BEH, he may have had some impact, although the initial reactions lined up according to predictable political and ideological positions. However optimistic we may be, at the end of the day we are still somewhat…
  • Purim – When Caution Is Everything

    Avrohom Gordimer
    3 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    …Please help me keep our precious children safe. This is unchartered territory for them! Don’t let them convince you that they have everything under control. Be intrusive! Insist on clarity! Again, I will reiterate that I must be informed of all plans… Let us help the boys have a Purim as close to the ruchniyusdik simcha it was meant to be. Thank you for your cooperation!! Although my son’s yeshiva high school is comprised of clean-cut, peaceful boys, whom I could never imagine getting into trouble or going where they should not be, I was thrilled to receive a long letter from my…
  • Dear Alyssa

    Avi Shafran
    3 Mar 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Dear Alyssa, Congratulations on winning the Oratory Contest of the Jewish youth movement BBYO. The topic was: “If you could modify any of the Ten Commandments, which would you choose and what would your modification be?” You chose the fourth, the Sabbath, since “as a Reform Jew” you “do not observe the Sabbath in a traditional way.” Your suggested replacement, in consonance with your belief that “Judaism means something different to everyone,” is: “Be the Jew You Want to Be.” You explained how “No one likes to be commanded to do anything, and especially not teens,” and…
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  • Israeli series mocking the Torah upsets Muslims more than Jews

    Elder of Ziyon
    4 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    An Israeli TV series, "The Jews Are Coming," makes fun of various stories in Jewish history. For example:Now, Muslims are upset at how an Israeli TV series is depicting Jewish prophets. While they admit that the series is meant to be funny, they claim that the details come from the Talmud, and distort the true version of how the prophets lived as written in the Quran. (Actually, the Talmud and commentaries would answer all of the seeming inconsistencies that the series seems to delight in, which reminds me of the flight recorder joke anecdote mentioned by Douglas Adams.)From what I can tell,…
  • The UNHRC releases another anti-Israel report - but not AS biased as Richard Falk's were

    Elder of Ziyon
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Yesterday, the UN released its latest Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, by Makarim Wibisono (Richard Falks' replacement.)Wibisono is known to have made anti-Israel statements in the past.The report is not nearly as over the top as Falk's reports had been, to be sure. It is pretty much a repeat of things said at the UN and by the OCHA-OPT, relying on Palestinian Arab NGOs for some information. Twice the report quotes the UN's OCHA-OPT as saying that "The information recorded and provided by the Office of the…
  • The NYT's self-delusional attack on Netanyahu

    Elder of Ziyon
    4 Mar 2015 | 2:24 am
    The New York Times, predictably, has attacked Netanyahu's speech to Congress with some fairly unoriginal and false talking points:Mr. Netanyahu’s speech offered nothing of substance that was new, making it clear that this performance was all about proving his toughness on security issues ahead of the parliamentary election he faces on March 17. He offered no new insight on Iran and no new reasons to reject the agreement being negotiated with Iran by the United States and five other major powers to constrain Iran’s nuclear program.There was nothing new - except it was perhaps the first…
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  • לא פראיירית: גנבה לשודד את האופנוע

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:52 am
    שודד שאיים בנשק על אישה לא חשב שהוא יהפוך להיות נשדד לאחר שהיא נעלמה יחד עם האופנוע שלו
  • הרצוג בסורוקה: "מערכת הבריאות קורסת"

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:41 am
    ראשי "המחנה הציוני" סיירו בחדר המיון בבאר-שבע ותקפו את נתניהו. הרצוג: "הבריאות לא נכללת בסדרי העדיפויות של ראש הממשלה". לבני: "בשונה מנתניהו, אנחנו מסתכלים בעייני החולים"
  • הגיע הזמן ליזום: מדיניות פסיבית לא תעבוד

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
    מנהיגים מערביים לא הצליחו להביא את ישראל והפלסטינים להסכם. הפתרון האמתי שיביא שלום הוא תיווך של מדינות ערביות אחרות, על בסיס היוזמה הסעודית
  • הקאמבק של סימנטק?

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:20 am
    החברה שהייתה חלוצה בתחום אבטחת מידע עם אנטי וירוס על שמה, נכנסה בשנים האחרונות לתקופה מעוננת. כחלק מתהליך ההבראה, סימנטק תתפצל לשתי חברות באפריל הקרוב - אחת לאבטחת מידע ושניה לניהול מידע. המטרה של הפיצול לפי דארן תומסון, הCTO של חברת אבטחת המידע החדשה, היא להחזיר לחברה את רוח היצירתיות ולתעל את הפוטנציאל ההנדסי בחברה לשירותים…
  • בכיר במחנה הציוני: לבני מורידה לנו 4 מנדטים

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    לפי גורמים במטה ההסברה, הסכם הרוטציה עם לבני עולה למפלגה בקולות רבים. לעומת זאת, גורמים רשמיים הכחישו את הדברים: "בכל קבוצות המיקוד עולה שהקשר בין השניים מתקבל מצוין". במפלגה חוששים גם מכוחו העולה של לפיד
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  • צפו: שחקני הוקי בני 8 בקטטה המונית

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:26 am
    משחק בטורניר ילדים בקאזאן שברוסיה הסתיים בקטטת ענק בין השחקנים הצעירים. צפו
  • אוסקר פיסטוריוס: "מנסים להרעיל אותי בכלא"

    4 Mar 2015 | 4:13 am
    האצן קטוע הרגליים המרצה עונש מאסר לאחר שהורשע בהריגת חברתו משוכנע כי אסירים אחרים מנסים לרצוח אותו
  • סל: הפועל ת"א נענשה ברדיוס עם קהל

    4 Mar 2015 | 3:38 am
    בית הדין פסק נגד הקבוצה בעקבות הקריאות נגד שמעון מזרחי. העונש ירוצה במחזור הראשון של הסיבוב השלישי
  • הערב: צ'לסי רוצה להמשיך במומנטום

    4 Mar 2015 | 3:26 am
    מחזור אמצע השבוע באנגליה: אחרי שזכו בגביע הליגה, הבלוז יארחו יתארחו בדרבי אצל בווסטהאם (21:45). עוד הערב: מנצ'סטר סיטי - לסטר (21:45), מנצ'סטר יונייטד - ניוקאסל (21:45, ספורט 2), ליברפול - ברנלי (22:00)
  • ברק מחפש רעם: רגע האמת של ברק לוי

    4 Mar 2015 | 3:11 am
    ברק לוי כבר נגע בחלום והתרחק ממנו. אחרי כמה הופעות טובות בשער של מכבי ת"א הגיעה הירידה ביכולת ואחריה סימני השאלה על עתידו במועדון. הערב הוא עשוי לפתוח בהרכב בגומלין רבע גמר גביע המדינה מול עירוני ק"ש (1:1 בראשון). הכל בידיים שלו
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  • אינדי ג'אז אקלקטי: הצלחה ישראלית בדרך לארץ

    4 Mar 2015 | 5:15 am
    היכרות של גיטריסט ישראלי עם זמרת הולנדית הוביל לאלבום הבכורה של EvenSanne שעשה הדים מעבר לים. בדרך להופעה ראשונה בישראל מספרת סאנה הייברכט על הזמרת הישראלית שהיא הכי אוהבת ועל התמודדות מוזיקלית עם הפוליטיקה הישראלית
  • כרטיסים במתנה: 100 שנה ל"נסיכת הצ'רדש"

    4 Mar 2015 | 3:19 am
    האופרטה המפורסמת "נסיכת הצ'רדש" חוגגת 100 שנה ותועלה בביצוע התיאטרון ההונגרי DAMA DIVA OPERETTA COMPANY בכל רחבי הארץ. קוראי nrg תרבות מוזמנים לענות על שאלה ולנסות לזכות בכרטיסים למופע
  • ליצן עצוב: ישראל גוריון תוהה מה קרה לנו

    4 Mar 2015 | 3:10 am
    בגיל 79 הוא מעלה הצגות ילדים כדי לשמר את הילד הפנימי שבו, ובמקביל עושה סאטירה למבוגרים כדי לפרוק את התסכול שלו ולצחוק על המצב. ישראל גוריון מצר על השחיתות הגואה ועל תרבות הסלפי והסלבס הריקנית, אבל מוצא נחמה גדולה בעשייה
  • הצצה ראשונה: מונטי פייתון מאחורי הקלעים

    4 Mar 2015 | 3:08 am
    לקראת סוף-שבוע מונטי פייתון ב-yes, קבלו הצצה ראשונה לסרט "מונטי פייתון: טעם החיים (על הבמה)" שתיעד את חמישיית הקומיקאים מאחורי הקלעים של מופע האיחוד ההיסטורי. צפו
  • מתי הפך מוסד הנישואים להתגלמות השטן?

    4 Mar 2015 | 1:16 am
    הפרק הראשון של הדרמה "נשואים" מתחיל בסצנה גסה אך שנונה והופך חיש מהר לתאונה חזיתית. מה שנדמה היה כמתפתח לסיפור מעניין התברר כמערכת יחסים מדכאת ומעיקה לצפייה, רוויית צחנה של בדיחות שוביניסטיות על חשבון התפתחות עלילתית אמינה
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  • בר רפאלי וג'ניפר לופז: למי הפוצ'י יותר מחמיא?

    2 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    חצי שנה אחרי שבר רפאלי הצטלמה בשמלת המעצבים הטיזרית, העלתה ג'ניפר לופז תמונה לאינסטגרם עם אותה השמלה. וגם: מדונה מבריזה והסלבס שהגיעו לסנטר בפורים
  • גל חדש: אוריאל עם קותי סבג, קיציס עם יונית לוי

    1 Mar 2015 | 7:28 am
    לשדר בשניים זה נחמד כפליים: איל קיציס ויונית לוי יגישו יחדיו מהדורת בחירות מיוחדת, אוריאל מ"המירוץ למיליון" וקותי מ"האח הגדול" מנסים את מזלם ברדיו. וגם: מי הסלבס שכיכבו במרתון?
  • סבתא של בר רפאלי על הבמה של "אקס פקטור"

    25 Feb 2015 | 12:59 am
    בר רפאלי נדהמה לראות שמי שמפזזת על הבמה באודישנים לתחרות המוזיקלית היא לא אחרת מסבתה. וגם: עיכובים בבחירת השיר לאירוויזיון ושיתוף פעולה מוסיקלי מפתיע במיוחד
  • הגברים של גולסטאר 3 המריאו לארגנטינה

    15 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    גיא זוארץ, גל אוחובסקי, דורון מירן, זוהר ליבה, יון תומרקין, הדר גולדמן, לירן שטראובר, ג'ובאני רוסו והמאמן שייע פייגנבוים המריאו לצילומי העונה השלישית של גולסטאר. קבלו את הצילומים האחרונים שלהם בארץ, רגע לפני שיתחילו לרוץ
  • דריסת הרגל של מיילי סיירוס בתעשיית הפורנו

    10 Feb 2015 | 8:04 am
    הזמרת הפרובוקטיבית שלא נואשת משערוריות, החליטה כעת להגיש סרט קצר בכיכובה לפסטיבל סרטי הפורנו של ניו יורק. מייסד הפסטיבל: "מדובר בגרסת פופ לסאדו מאזו ותיעוד התפתחותה של סיירוס לעבר אמן עכשווי"
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    Daily News Alert from Israel - COP/JCPA

  • Iranian Nukes: The Problem from Hell

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Washington Times) Michael Hayden - The U.S. is fast closing in on a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seeing the handwriting on the wall, has hurried to Washington to make an eleventh-hour appeal to Congress. Netanyahu's haste is understandable. The draft agreement represents what has fairly been described as massive and irreversible concessions to Iran. This agreement will legitimate Iran as a nuclear state. The agreement's impact on future counterproliferation efforts will be profound as a struggling, isolated regional power has just…
  • In Congress, Netanyahu Faults "Bad Deal" on Iran Nuclear Program

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (New York Times) Peter Baker - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel took the rostrum in the House of Representatives on Tuesday to tell a joint meeting of Congress that instead of stopping Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, the "bad deal" being negotiated with Iran "would all but guarantee" that it does, in turn setting off a regional arms race. "This deal won't be a farewell to arms," Netanyahu told the lawmakers, who responded with a succession of standing ovations. "It would be a farewell to arms control."
  • Netanyahu Speech Raises Burden for Obama on Iran Nuclear Talks

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (New York Times) Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear - President Obama's task of selling a potential nuclear agreement with Iran to a skeptical Congress became far harder on Tuesday after an impassioned speech by Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel to lawmakers already nervous about the deal. "The president has a very heavy burden of persuasion here," said former Rep. Lee H. Hamilton, a Democrat and onetime chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee who now directs Indiana University's Center on Congress. "That task is made much more difficult when a powerful case is stated…
  • The Coming Deal between the U.S. and Iran Deserves Close Scrutiny

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Huffington Post) Amitai Etzioni - Any deal that is negotiated between a party that is known for its intransigence and adamant beliefs, and an administration that is known for its tendency to yield ground and is desperately keen to avoid another war in the Middle East, deserves close scrutiny. One should recall that the Obama administration has already ignored several developments in which Iran ran through red lines set by the U.S. without facing the threatened consequences. The deal assumes that U.S. intelligence services (and the international inspectors) will be able to determine whether…
  • Iran Rejects Obama's Demand for 10-Year Nuclear Work Halt

    3 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Reuters) Arshad Mohammed - Iran on Tuesday rejected as "unacceptable" a demand by President Obama that Tehran freeze its sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years, the Fars news agency reported. "Iran will not accept excessive and illogical demands," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said. "Obama's expressed in unacceptable and threatening phrases."
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  • Fitzroy, Tel Aviv: a Chef Restaurant you might want to add to that foodie checklist!

    3 Mar 2015 | 3:05 am
    Having walked past it maybe a million times, I was excited to try out the tantalizing new menu at Fitzroy, Chef Restaurant on the end of Gordon Street. The twinkling lights always looked so welcoming and the team were no different. With a young charismatic chef at the helm, Roy Gantchoula, the nautical themed beachside restaurant has a new French, European carte du jour, incorporating Chef Roy’s cultivated skills and imagination. The menu showcases new cooking techniques fusing Israeli flavors with modern European flare. An emphasis is placed on high quality raw materials, fish and meat,…
  • Open Restaurants Tel Aviv: a Tel Aviv foodie’s heaven!

    22 Feb 2015 | 3:42 am
    Returning for the second time after a very successful event in 2014, Open Restaurants is back to seduce Tel Aviv foodies! Of course, it’s not just for the foodie freaks, as this is a great chance for the general public to get out there and sample some of their favorite Tel Aviv eateries. Spread over FOUR days from March 11-14, thousands of hungry locals are expected to take part in the event, and with some great additional events to savor, this is truly a foodie’s heaven! You’ll be able to enjoy sneak peeks behind the scenes at some of Tel Aviv’s finest restaurants…
  • The Jerusalem Opera Festival launches in June 2015 with performances of L’Elisir d’Amore

    14 Feb 2015 | 2:38 pm
    For the opera buffs of you out there that can’t make it to the stunning shows at Masada this summer, head to Jerusalem for some amazing opera by the Israeli Opera in June! Scheduled to take place over June 24-27 just outside the Old City walls, the Israeli Opera will be launching the first ever Jerusalem Opera Festival by performing the 19th century Italian composer Donizetti’s popular operatic comedy, L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love) at The Sultan’s Pool. And not to be outdone by the TWO shows lined up in Masada, there will also be a variety of concerts that will…
  • Taylor Swift: Fearless and ready to rock Tel Aviv in June!

    9 Feb 2015 | 6:10 am
    This summer looks like being a cracker in Israel – and with the hugely talented and immensely popular Taylor Swift now lining up a June concert in Tel Aviv, the summer is looking like one heck of a hot and steamy one! According to local press, the award-winning American singer is expected to perform in Tel Aviv in June 2015 as part of her ongoing world tour. The venue and ticket prices are still unconfirmed, but as this could be THE concert of 2015, expect it to take place in HaYarkon Park and pay around 350 shekels a ticket. As soon as we have more details, we’ll publish them…
  • Tosca at Masada! The Masada Opera Season returns in June 2015 with TWO classics by Puccini and Orff!

    2 Feb 2015 | 3:57 am
    One of the must-see events of recent years in Israel has been the magnificent opera productions held at Masada each summer. Typically held over a handful of nights, they are packed to the rafters with opera fans from across the world and are definitely a highlight for many tourists over the summer. This year, there are not one but TWO productions to enjoy – Tosca by Puccini and Carmina Burana by Orff! Tosca at Masada Puccini’s Tosca will perform on 4, 6, 11, 13 June 2015 and will be conducted by seasoned maestro Daniel Oren. Tosca is the story of the ultimate Diva in a new…
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    4 Mar 2015 | 2:57 am
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    Yoel Meltzer | Towards A New Jewish Mindset

  • It’s the Same Battle

    Yoel Meltzer
    21 Feb 2015 | 8:56 am
    For anyone familiar with Tom Friedman’s worldview, his recent article “Say It Like It Is” was rather eye-opening. On the prestigious pages of the New York Times, Friedman voiced criticism of the Obama administration for its unwillingness to state the obvious connection between the increasing acts of terror throughout the world and Islam. In reference to some rather astonishing quotes on the subject by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, Friedman had this to say; “President Obama knows better. I am all for restraint on the issue, and would never hold every Muslim…
  • There is no Diplomatic Solution

    Yoel Meltzer
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:17 pm
    With Israeli elections quickly approaching, it’s a near certainty based upon historical precedents that we’ll soon be hearing assorted domestic and international voices emphasizing the need to restart negotiations with the Arabs as soon as the next government is formed. Still further and based upon a twenty-year old broken record that never seems to stop, we’ll once again be told that in the face of the growing uncertainty in the region a breakthrough in the talks with the Arabs is vital for the continued existence of the Jewish state. Therefore, in order to prevent needless resources…
  • Book Review for “The Victory of Zionism”

    Yoel Meltzer
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:52 pm
    The Victory of Zionism by Emmanuel Navon is a collection of articles written by Navon over the course of fours years from 2010 to 2014. Navon, the Director of the Political Science and Communications Department at the Jerusalem Orthodox College as well as an International Relations lecturer at Tel Aviv University and at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC), analyzes a myriad of issues confronting Israel on the domestic, regional and international level. In a concise and lucid manner, each article either reveals a tidbit of new information, or debunks a spurious claim, or simply exposes…
  • The Real Extremists

    Yoel Meltzer
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    Already for weeks as the breakup of the coalition appeared imminent, the word “extremist” began appearing in the Israeli media at a somewhat bewildering pace. Knesset members from Yesh Atid, Hatnua and other left-wing parties began driving home the message that Israel is being run by a bunch of right-wing, nationalist, anti-democratic extremists. Similarly, Israeli columnists and other well-known public figures started churning out opinion pieces littered with basically the same accusations. The goal of such a comprehensive and in all likelihood coordinated attack, one that has only…
  • Book Review for “Al-Dura: Long Range Ballistic Myth”

    Yoel Meltzer
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    On September 20, 2000, a day after Yasser Arafat launched his war of terror, euphemized as the al-Aqsa intifada, state-owned France 2 Television broadcast a news report, filmed by a Palestinian cameraman, of the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old Palestinian identified as Muhammad al-Dura. The dramatic voiceover commentary by the station’s longtime Jerusalem correspondent, Charles Enderlin, described how the boy and his father Jamal were pinned down by Israeli gunfire at Netzarim Junction in the Gaza Strip. The father pleaded frantically with the soldiers to stop shooting, to no avail. “A…
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    This Ongoing War: A Blog

  • 03-Mar-15: Which way? A time to choose

    This Ongoing War
    3 Mar 2015 | 9:11 am
    No one knows yet just where the speech (text here) delivered with passion by Israel's prime minister to a joint session of the US Congress in the past hour and urging American negotiators and decision-makers to maintain restrictions on Iran until Iran's aggression is brought to an end, is going to take us. We're at the intersection pictured below. It's time to choose which way to go.And yes, it's a real place, if you're wondering, in Sydney, Australia (here). Thanks to our friend David S. for snapping the photo.
  • 01-Mar-15: Facts, dam facts, and non-factual inventions aimed at the gullible

    This Ongoing War
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Friday's revised AFP report on that Gaza flooding[Screen capture from this source]A number of news channels reported this past Monday ["23-Feb-15: Dam!"] about a malicious Israeli "attack dam" strategy. With Hamas regime spokespeople in Gaza as their sole source, they dutifully parroted serious charges about Israel deliberately opening the gates of dams in southern Israel so that floodwaters would pour into the teeming communities of the wretched Hamas-dominated Gaza Strip. Not a single reporter saw anything to confirm the claims. The dams were never named or located or…
  • 28-Feb-15: That was shocking and dangerous, whine the sadistic, murdering thugs

    This Ongoing War
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Shocked: Inner circle of Hamas child abusers, with Haniyeh and Meshaaal in thecentral roles [Image Source]The terror-addicted Hamas Islamists who boast of kidnapping and murdering teenagers, of executing a massacre outside a night spot frequented by youngsters, of bombing a pizzeria filled with children are outraged. Yes, outraged.From Reuters today:Hamas says Egypt listing it as terrorist organization is 'shocking and dangerous' | GAZA Sat Feb 28, 2015 7:45am EST | (Reuters) - An Egyptian court decision to list Hamas as a terrorist organization is "shocking and…
  • 27-Feb-15: Being a Jew on Europe's streets

    This Ongoing War
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:03 am
    Belgium, 2015 [Image Source: The Guardian]Sirens are sounding throughout Europe. Increasingly, the warnings they express are encountering willful deafness.The analysis below from Jonathan Tobin in Commentary Magazine ought to be read far and wide - if not by Europeans of every kind then at least by Europe's Jews and those who care for their well-being.Contentions | If European Jews Must Live in Fear, Why Was Netanyahu Wrong?Jonathan S. Tobin | Commentary Magazine, February 26, 2015Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu took a pasting from pundits and even some Jewish leaders when he…
  • 27-Feb-15: CVE revisited

    This Ongoing War
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:14 am
    Who was not at the "Countering Violent Extremism" conferenceis almost as interesting as who was [Image Source]Some non-mainstream analysis here ["Islamists Featured at Countering Violent Extremism Summit", Ryan Mauro of Clarion Project, February 24, 2015] on how last week's Obama White House summit "featured Islamists known for preaching those same themes that the White House cited as the cause of terrorism".Bearing in mind the media gave (and got) very little information about who participated (and who didn't), the article offers up some startling profiles, leading to this…
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    Dead Sea Fun

  • Israel, Jordan Sign Historic Plan to Save Dead Sea

    Sue Schoenfeld
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Bringing an historic deal to fruition, Israeli and Jordanian government officials on Thursday signed a bilateral agreement to exchange water and jointly funnel Red Sea brine to the shrinking Dead Sea. The agreement, worth some $800 million, is the result of a memorandum of understanding signed among Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian officials on December 9, 2013, in Washington. According to Thursday's agreement, Jordan and Israel will share the potable water produced by a future desalination plant in Aqaba, while a pipeline will supply saltwater to the Dead Sea.   Read the full article…
  • Dead Sea Works Employees Call Strike

    Sue Schoenfeld
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Workers at Israel Chemicals unit Dead Sea Works embarked on an allout strike Thursday after management did not respond to demands by the Histadrut labor federation and workers committee to remove the threat of layoffs for hundreds of employees. The strike is also in solidarity with 140 planned layoffs at sister ICL company Bromine Compounds, where strikes have been ongoing. Previously, Israel Chemicals (ICL) announced plans to close its magnesium factory in 2017 – which employs 550 people, about 10% of the company's total work force – and explore plans to downsize its bromide…
  • Los Angeles Hosts Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition - March 7, 2015

    Sue Schoenfeld
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:26 am
    Beginning March 7, 2015, The California Science Center in cooperation with the Israel Antiquities Authority is proud to present the largest Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition ever mounted outside of Israel, featuring over 600 ancient artifacts on display. This special exhibition explores the science and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls, manuscripts written and hidden in caves 2000 years ago and not discovered until 1947. The exhibition also features sections from 10 selections of the Dead Sea Scrolls, more than half never seen before in the U.S., including parts of the oldest known copies of the…
  • Ride ATV Desert Buggies in the Negev

    Sue Schoenfeld
    17 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Tour Israel's Negev Desert on an ATV desert buggy. Suitable for all ages, these two seat all-terrain buggies are a great way to explore the Negev's desert landscape and wildlife. Let the fun begin!   Read the full article at
  • Explore Mitzpeh Ramon

    Sue Schoenfeld
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Between the geology and beauty of the Ramon Crater, the historical significance of the ancient trade route and the proximity to the Red Sea resort town of Eilat, Mitzpeh Ramon appears to have a lot of unfulfilled tourism potential, an impression confirmed by several tourism experts.   Read the full article at   Start at the Mitzpe Ramon Visitor Center. Check out the Adama Dance Company. Enjoy the Hadasaar Deli-Cafe. If you dare… Abseiling (Rappelling) at Mitzpe Ramon, cliff of the Ramon Crater. Get a dose of "cute" at the alpaca farm. Visit the Ilan…
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