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  • Kippah-wearing Swedish reporter assaulted in Malmo

    JTA Breaking News
    Cnaan Liphshiz
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    (JTA) — A Swedish reporter who walked around Malmo while wearing a kippah to test attitudes toward Jews was hit once and cursed at by passersby before he fled for fear of serious violence. Sveriges Television on Wednesday aired secretly recorded footage from Petter Ljunggren’s walk through Malmo, which documented some of the incidents that occurred within the space a few hours. In one scene, Ljunggren — who, in addition to wearing a kippah was also wearing Star of David pendant — was filmed sitting at a café in central Malmo reading a newspaper, as several passersby hurled…
  • ‘Ben-Gurion: Father of Modern Israel,’ by Anita Shapira

    NYT > Israel
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The life of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister.
  • Thousands of Palestinians Protest Charlie Hebdo Mohammad Cartoon

    Israel News
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:13 am
    Thousands of Palestinians rallied in the occupied West Bank on Saturday to protest against the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad in French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Simultaneous demonstrations were held in the cities of Ramallah and Hebron less than three weeks after Islamist gunmen shot dead 12 people in the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, which has repeatedly featured cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.
  • Obama offers condolence to Abe over slain hostage

    ynet - Updates for RSS
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
  • There is no diplomatic solution

    ynet - Opinion
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Op-ed: The time has come for Israel to throw off the constraints of adhering to politically correct policies that are clearly detrimental to its continued existence and start fighting for its survival.
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    JTA Breaking News

  • Kippah-wearing Swedish reporter assaulted in Malmo

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    (JTA) — A Swedish reporter who walked around Malmo while wearing a kippah to test attitudes toward Jews was hit once and cursed at by passersby before he fled for fear of serious violence. Sveriges Television on Wednesday aired secretly recorded footage from Petter Ljunggren’s walk through Malmo, which documented some of the incidents that occurred within the space a few hours. In one scene, Ljunggren — who, in addition to wearing a kippah was also wearing Star of David pendant — was filmed sitting at a café in central Malmo reading a newspaper, as several passersby hurled…
  • Argentine Jewish groups to boycott government Holocaust ceremony

    Julie Wiener
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:28 am
    BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — Argentina’s major Jewish institutions will boycott the country’s official Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony this year in order to protest the death of AMIA prosecutor Alberto Nisman. Leaders of AMIA, DAIA, the Holocaust Museum of Buenos Aires, the Argentine Zionist Organization and the Simon Wiesenthal Center said that they will not participate in the government-organized event Jan. 27. Several officials who asked not to be identified cited prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s suspicious death on Jan. 18 and the information in his 300-page criminal complaint as…
  • French soldier accidentally fires weapon outside Jewish center

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:58 am
    (JTA) — A French soldier guarding a Jewish community center in Nice accidentally dicharged his weapon outside the building. The soldier fired three shots from his firearm on Thursday outside the city’s Chabad center, according to Le Parisien. The incident ended without injury or damage to property. The weapon was pointing downward and the volley hit the ground, according to the Nice edition of the France 3 television channel. The southern city is among dozens of locales in France where troops were deployed outside Jewish institutions following the slaying of four Jews in a kosher…
  • Russia slams Polish FM for saying Ukrainians liberated Auschwitz

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:36 am
    (JTA) — Moscow condemned as “sacrilegious” the Polish foreign minister’s suggestion that Ukrainians, not Russians, liberated Auschwitz. Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna in an interview Wednesday with Polskie Radio, addressed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s absence from a ceremony scheduled to take place at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum on Jan. 27, the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the death camp by Red Army troops. “Maybe it’s better to say … that the First Ukrainian Front and Ukrainians liberated [Auschwitz], because Ukrainian…
  • Attacks on Jews doubled in London area

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:21 am
    (JTA) — Hate crimes against Jews in London more than doubled last year, according to the Scotland Yard. The police headquarters for metropolitan London reported 299 hate crimes against Jewish people between the start of April and the end of December of 2014. This represented a rise of 128 percent over the corresponding period in 2013, when there were 131 hate crimes, The Jewish Chronicle of London reported Wednesday. Britain’s 300,000 Jews account for 0.4 percent of the total population. Anti-Semitic attacks recorded in Britain during the 2014 period accounted for 3.28 percent…
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  • Thousands of Palestinians Protest Charlie Hebdo Mohammad Cartoon

    24 Jan 2015 | 11:13 am
    Thousands of Palestinians rallied in the occupied West Bank on Saturday to protest against the publication of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammad in French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. Simultaneous demonstrations were held in the cities of Ramallah and Hebron less than three weeks after Islamist gunmen shot dead 12 people in the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, which has repeatedly featured cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.
  • What does the International Criminal Court action mean for Israel?

    24 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced a preliminary examination concerning the "situation in Palestine." Photo credit, Andreas Rentz/Getty Images Here is a review of what that means based on interviews with experts on international law and statements by the ICC and Israeli and U.S. officials.
  • UN accuses Israel of razing homes of 77 Palestinians

    24 Jan 2015 | 5:03 am
    The United Nations has accused Israel of illegally demolishing the homes of 77 Palestinians, mostly children, this week in annexed east Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank. "In the past three days, 77 Palestinians, over half of them children, have been made homeless," the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement issued Friday evening.
  • Invitation to Netanyahu to address U.S. Congress: When bipartisan means partisan

    24 Jan 2015 | 12:54 am
    When U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, jolted Washington this week by inviting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress, his office said it had been done "on behalf of the bipartisan leadership." In reality, it was among the most partisan moves so far by America's newly Republican-controlled Congress.
  • Vindication: PA Armed Hamas with Israeli Weapons

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:39 pm
    This week, the respected Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, the JCPA, issued a policy paper which documented how the PSF, the Palestinian Security Forces, which reports to the Palestinian Authority, has been consistently arming the Hamas and other terror groups for the past 15 years, despite public statements of the Israeli military establishment, which has consistently reported for all of these years that the PA was fighting Hamas and other terror groups Except that our agency broke this story, almost 20 years ago, and we paid quite a price for it, with the credibility and integrity of our…
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    ynet - Opinion

  • There is no diplomatic solution

    24 Jan 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Op-ed: The time has come for Israel to throw off the constraints of adhering to politically correct policies that are clearly detrimental to its continued existence and start fighting for its survival.
  • Lebanese, Iranian and Israeli sitting around one table

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:57 pm
    Analysis: Istanbul conference creates interesting dialogue on motives and ramifications of alleged Israeli strike on Syrian side of Golan Heights.
  • Netanyahu's dangerous deal with the Republicans

    22 Jan 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Op-ed: The American Republican Party is intervening in our elections, and in return an Israeli party is intervening in their politics. They are helping our prime minister beat his rivals here, and he is helping them humiliate their president there.
  • An attack against coexistence

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:17 am
    Op-ed: Tel Aviv terrorist targeted bus No. 40 precisely because it represents the normalcy in which Arabs and Jews can live together despite everything.
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  • Donald Trump Begs For End To Cycle Of Violence

    Aussie Dave
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Donald Trump has finally weighed in on the Miss Universe selfie feud, in which Miss Lebanon snubbed Miss Israel, posting this video to his Instagram account: Miss Israel and Miss Lebanon- “no more fighting!” #TrumpVlog #MissUniverse A video posted by Donald J. Trump (@realdonaldtrump) on Jan 21, 2015 at 8:53am PST While I have appreciated Trump’s support of Israel in the past, his response here is disappointing, and reminds me of the “cycle of violence” statements we have been used to hearing from the State Department. I fail to see how Miss Lebanon’s…
  • Dear President Obama, Please Grow Up

    24 Jan 2015 | 3:18 pm
    Once again a petty dispute between Bibi Netanyahu and Barack Obama is generating headlines. This time Obama’s feelings have been hurt because the popular kids decided to have a party without inviting him. To recap, both Democrats and Republicans in Congress are unhappy with the President and Secretary of State’s inept approach to negotiations with Iran, with Democratic Senator Robert Menendez saying that Obama’s talking points are “straight out of Tehran.” The Speaker of the House of Representatives John Boehner invited Netanyahu to address Congress on one of the…
  • Video: Americans Trying Israeli Snacks

    Aussie Dave
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Emmy has already done something similar, but it is always interesting to get some second opinions.
  • Israeli Song Artists Do Awesome Acapella Version Of Bob Marley

    Aussie Dave
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
    A number of Israeli artists have created this Acapella Version of Bob Marley’s Could You Be Loved ahead of what would have been the great one’s 70th birthday on February 6th.
  • Pro-Israel Celebrity Of The Day: Rob Lowe

    Aussie Dave
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:13 pm
    This happened: Hold up. Is it true that a woman who eats cereal out of a bathtub gets to meet with the President and the Prime Minister of Isreal does not? — Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) January 23, 2015 He’s referring to this: For those who aren't up to speed, here is the woman who had an official meeting with POTUS yesterday. — Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) January 23, 2015 And yes, he knows he spelled it wrong the first time. Israel. — Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) January 23, 2015 FYI, Rob is married to a Jewish lady and is raising his kids in the Jewish faith.
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  • 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.
  • Eighth Light

    Meryl Yourish
    23 Dec 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Oh, sure, Verizon. THIS you upload instantly, but I have to wait twice while downloading episodes of Parks and Rec via my Roku.
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    Benji Lovitt

  • 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”…
  • Top 11 AP headlines in history

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

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

  • 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…
  • The Evolutionary Inevitability of the Jewish State Bill

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:25 am
    It’s already hard to remember, with election fever raging all around us, what triggered this expensive, unnecessary mess we’re now in. I’m talking about the “Jewish State” bill, of course. It wasn’t the only culprit, but it was a big one. What’s most interesting about the Jewish State law is not whether it was a deliberate provocation intended to force a change in government or whether it will return after the next Knesset is formed. Rather it’s that, from an evolutionary point of view, how unsurprising and in some ways even inevitable this bill is. My thinking comes from…
  • Resilience in the Face of Uncertainty

    30 Nov 2014 | 12:21 pm
    When we made aliyah 20 years ago, did we come expecting that there would be war in our future? On a certain level, I suppose we knew that we were moving to a dangerous neighborhood and that conflict was probable. But we repressed that kind of thinking. You had to – why would we willingly uproot our family to put them in harm’s way? So we told ourselves stories: Peace is just around the corner. Wars are yesterday’s news. Soon we’ll be able to drive to Damascus for an exotic weekend and authentic baklava. So when the inevitable fighting came – and in my years here, I’ve lived…
  • Hillel vs. Shamai or When is it OK to Tell Your Wife’s Friend She Looks Fabulous?

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

  • Does Europe Have No-go Zones?

    20 Jan 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Comments by Steven Emerson on Fox News have prompted a heated debate over whether predominantly Muslim "no-go" zones exist in Europe. On Jan. 11, Emerson said they "exist throughout Europe … they're places where the governments like France, Britain,
  • Is Sisi Islam's Long-Awaited Reformer?

    20 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    In a widely praised January 1 speech at Cairo's Al-Azhar University, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi addressed the country's religious leadership, saying the time had come to reform Islam. He's won Western plaudits for this, including a nomination
  • In Defense of Europe's So-called Far Right

    19 Jan 2015 | 7:38 am
    Sunday a week ago, the French government sponsored a solidarity rally featuring an array of foreign leaders and all domestic political parties joining together in a "sacred union" (a term recalling World War I) against the massacres at Charlie Hebdo
  • Images, not Words, Most Disturb Islamists

    15 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    Inspire, the glossy, English-language internet magazine published by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), published a "Wanted dead or alive for crimes against Islam" poster in its March 2013 issue. No one paid much attention to it, not until the
  • How Terrorism Harms Radical Islam

    9 Jan 2015 | 12:23 pm
    An epidemic of recent high-profile attacks by Muslims in the name of Islam – in Canada, Israel, Nigeria, Australia, Pakistan, and France – raises an obvious question: How do the Islamist perpetrators figure that murdering an honor guard, driving cars
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    Good News from Israel

  • Educational Resources for International Holocaust Remembrance Day (Jan. 27)

    22 Jan 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Shalom.International Holocaust Remembrance Day is Tuesday, January 27, 2015I posted on my website 170 links to learn about the Holocaust.Site languages include English, Hebrew, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.All 170 links have been reviewed / checked this forward this message. Thank you.We must not forget. Jacob
  • 70 multiple choice questions about Shabbat

    20 Jan 2015 | 12:38 pm
    Hi Everyone!I added 70 multiple choice questions about Shabbat to the Jewish Trivia Quiz. Take a 10 or 25 question quiz at:www.jewish-trivia.comFeedback is welcome!Enjoy!Chodesh Tov!Jacob
  • 157th Anniversary of Eliezer Ben Yehuda (Tevet 21)

    12 Jan 2015 | 5:50 am
    Hi Everyone!Today is the 157th Anniversary of Eliezer Ben Yehuda - Father of Modern HebrewI posted videos and biographies share. Thanks!Have a good day,Jacob
  • New features and questions added to the Diabetes Quiz

    6 Jan 2015 | 3:34 pm
    Hi Everyone!The Diabetes a free educational website to help you learn about diabetes. There are 400 multiple choice questions about diabetes basics, diet and nutrition, fitness and exercise, stress and relaxation, and statistics.All questions include the source of the question and answer. You can share the entire site or individual questions via the social media buttons on each page.For teachers, there is a print function to create and print offline quizzes.Feedback is welcome!Please share this educational resource.If you have a website with educational links, please…
  • New features added to the Bible Quiz site (with 4,327 questions)

    30 Dec 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Hi Everyone!This week, I launched an upgraded version of my educational website:The Bible quiz has 4,327 multiple choice questions about the 5 books of Moses and the Prophets. Both kids and adults will find the quiz educational and entertaining.All questions include the source of the question and answer. You can share the site or individual questions via social media buttons on each page.The site works on popular computer platforms including smart phones.For teachers, there is a print function to create and print weekly offline parsha quizes. I also added the new…
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    The Muqata

  • 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,…
  • The Rabbi Who Got Us To Sing

    5 Dec 2014 | 2:31 am
    393 years ago, at the beginning of Kislev (November 1621), Rabbi Isaiah Horovitz entered the gates of Jerusalem.  He commemorated this uplifting event by naming the prayerbook he wrote "The Gate of Heaven".The Parsha, the portion of the Torah read that week, was Vayetze, which tells us of Jacob's dream.  When Jacob wakes up, he looks around and says 'How full of awe is this place! this is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven' (Genesis 28, 17).The gate of heaven is Jerusalem.Rabbi Isaiah Horovitz is more well-known as the Shelah Hakodosh (The Holy Shelah).
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    Internet Marketing and SEO Israel Blog on Optimization Strategy

  • How Often 404 Error Pages Appear on Your Website

    AIMS Internet Marketing
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:25 pm
    One of the first things we do when starting to work with a new client is to check how many people end up on their 404 page.  By reducing the traffic to your error page you can increase your conversion rate. We were recently surprised to find that one new client did not have a unique title for their error page. This makes it very difficult to track visits to the page. In order to find out if you have a big problem first find the title tag of your 404 page. You can easily do that by writing in a search engine address bar a URL that you know does not exist. Here is an example:…
  • Remarketing Campaigns are Not Always What they Seem

    AIMS Internet Marketing
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:33 am
    We have a client who hired us to increase his conversions. He has great traffic and a few AB tests later his revenues are way up. Eventually he asked us to take over his Google Adwords campaign from another company.  A quick review showed that the ROI was very low. Even for his remarketing campaign. We took a closer look and guess what? The campaign that was named remarketing was not set up for remarketing. Don’t believe everything your read. In effect, it was a display campaign which was wasting a lot of money. The take away is: if your remarketing campaign is not doing…
  • Internet Marketing Success Doubles Hotel Rooms

    AIMS Internet Marketing
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    It is very gratifying when our success goes beyond even what we expect. One of our clients has a boutique hotel in Europe. Our job was to fill up the rooms through Adwords, search engine optimization, OTAs (Online Travel Agents) and social media channels. One day I received a phone call from the hotel owner, “we are adding rooms on to the hotel”. Turns out they more than doubled the amount of rooms in the hotel. For job satisfaction, that is hard to beat.
  • Why our Internet Marketing Clients Leave Us

    AIMS Internet Marketing
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:02 am
    Many of our Internet marketing clients have been with us  for many  years. We are very happy about that. It shows that we are continually improving and increasing their sales and leads.  We know  that everyone has choices and they would leave us if they weren’t convinced that we are doing the best job possible. What is particularly gratifying is  that in the last few months,  4 former clients returned to work with us. Some decided to do their Internet marketing in-house and found that it is more effective to work with us. Others tried different vendors. But they all came back to work…
  • Asia Conference and Internet Marketing

    AIMS Internet Marketing
    27 May 2014 | 8:06 am
    When marketing to the Far East the language barrier is important to overcome however their knowing the culture is essential to moving to the next level. This is especially important when devising link bait and engaging in social media. The University of Haifa’s Asia conference gave us a lot of new link bait ideas. The lectures I attended on Korea and Japan were especially interesting. Watching a Japanese Anime Movie at the University of Haifa Asia Conference Attending conferences which focus on different cultures are good for generating out of the box Internet marketing strategies.
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    VC Cafe

  • 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…
  • Snapchat – The Next Great Advertising Platform (guest post)

    Levi Shapiro
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:49 am
    How valuable is ten seconds of Millenial mindshare? Brands like McDonalds, Taco Bell, Audi and the NBA are ramping up their advertising efforts with Snapchat, the photo and video app that disappears in 10 seconds. Although there are many skeptics, I am not one of them. Snapchat is poised to become the next great advertising platform. Brands crave scale, demographics and engagement. Snapchat can check all three of those boxes. Scale: Every day, 700 million snaps and 1 billion stories (a thread that can be viewed for 24 hours) are viewed. There are more than 30 million Monthly Active Users and…
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  • 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…
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    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…
  • סדר העדיפויות של שר האוצר תמוהה

    MIchael Eisenberg
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:43 am
    כשעה קלה קיבלתי טלפון ממשרד הממונה על התקציבים באוצר לזמן אותי לדיון ״מאד מאד חשוב״ על המדען הראשי. לתומי שאלתי ״מתי הדיון?״ ענתה המזכירה ״מחר ב3!״ שאלתי עם הנושא הפתיע את האוצר? ״אתה צודק,״ היא אמרה, זה נקבע מהרגע להרגע.״הבנתם? מנוע הגידול של התעשייה והתעסוקה של מדינת ישראל, החדשנות, מקבלת יחס של הרגע האחרון לפני הדיון על…
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  • Sheldon Silver, Say It Isn’t So.

    23 Jan 2015 | 11:36 am
    The State of New York is aghast and perplexed. The second or third most powerful political leader in the State has been accused of corruption and accepting kickbacks valued at perhaps $4 million. Can this be accurate? There Sheldon Silver was on Thursday, the speaker of the New York State Assembly, being driven away by […]
  • Bonhom’s ‘Sex War’ Hits Stores!

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:52 am
    Fresh for 2015, Bonhom made up of James Coleman and Diwon release their much anticipated dreamy-pop record, “Sex War” today. Seven of the tracks have already been played and premiered on shows such as Vanderpump Rules and Witches of Eastend and their second single “NYE” is currently being remixed by 35 countries as part of […]
  • Mazal Follows Michael Douglas. Wins $1MM Genesis Prize

    16 Jan 2015 | 2:34 pm
    What fortune Michael Douglas has! You know the story of the two diamond merchants who spend their life selling the same diamond between themselves, back and forth, raising the margin up a little at a time. That is how I feel about the $1 Million Genesis Prize, awarded to a person who helps Jewish life […]
  • Ellen Luvs Them Bar Mitzvah Boys

    15 Jan 2015 | 4:12 pm
    You remember how Ellen Degeneres has invited 13 year olds (or Madonna lovers) with unique Bar Mitzvah videos onto her nationally televised talkshow? This week, she hosted 13 year old Jesse Kaufman of the Pittsburgh area, who had something much better than a video; he had a Bar Mitzvah Mitzvah project in which he donated […]
  • JewliciousReads: The Reckoning

    14 Jan 2015 | 12:31 pm
    I told someone that I was reading The Reckoning, about self-righteous and ruthless people. “Isn’t that Mike Huckabee’s new polemic,” they asked. “No,” I replied, “that one is titled God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy. I am reading a little of that, but after every few pages, I feel like vomiting up grits and using a […]
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  • 25 Ways to Breathe Life into a Painfully Long Job Search

    Jacob Share
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    How to shake yourself from the daze of a long job search and start getting conclusive results. Although most of these tips are useful for any job seeker, all of them are intended for people who’ve been job searching for much longer than they expected, possibly even a year or more. This article is brought to you by Zazzle, where I’m ordering my next batch of business cards, featuring the new JobMob logo that will be unveiled soon. Zazzle is having their semi-annual sale where everything is 33% off, and the sale ends on Thursday, January 22nd, so you’ll need to move quick. If…
  • COMMENT #CONTEST: Win 1 of 5 Copies of Startupland

    Jacob Share
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Thinking of doing a startup or going out on your own? Get inspired. I’ve tried and failed twice, but they were both terrific learning experiences. Update January 19th: the contest is now over! Check for the winners in the comments. How to Enter Simple – at the bottom of this article, leave a comment about startups. Some suggestions of what to comment on are: Tell a crazy story from a startup you were in, or just heard Which recent startup (or founder of) impressed/depressed you? What’s your favorite job-related startup? Tell us of who you’d like to offer the book as a…
  • 50 Jobs You Can Easily Do While You Travel

    Jacob Share
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Use your laptop to pay for travel, while you travel. You might just discover a new career while you’re at it. Background In a recent posting to the Digital Eve Israel Yahoo Group, a group member asked the following question: “Any leads on how to find a job that can be done on my laptop, here and there, so that I can still pay my bills while traveling?” This reminded me of the time when I was still a programmer at back in 2000. Living in Paris but working daily over the Internet with people in Seattle, I wanted to visit my family in Montreal without taking a lot of…
  • How To Use Blogging To Attract Job Offers

    Jacob Share
    29 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Have I ever told you that I get job offers every year? Wouldn’t you love to have companies bring you job offers instead of having to go searching for them? You can get the same results with your own blog. 5 reasons to start a blog now 1) Let your blog be your resume A good resume is a short sales pitch meant to entice the recruiter to call you with an interview invite. For that to work, the resume has to be found by that interested reader. With a blog showing off your expertise, such recruiting readers will discover you first and be more interested from the start because they…
  • 20 Funniest Job Search and Work FAILs

    Jacob Share
    25 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    The best of the worst, you might say. Thanks to and Flickr for these. If this gallery makes you laugh – and it should! – please cheer up your friends by sharing it with them on Twitter and/or Facebook. Thanks! Want Ad Fail Employment Office Fail Application Fail Career Fail Equal Opportunity Fail or Job Win? Full English essential Hiring Fail Rejection Fail If you liked that, don’t miss The Funniest Rejection Letter Ever (will open in a new window). Job Application in Kansas Lazy Worker Fail Lessons or Lesions Fail Employment Fail Bad News Extra Job Application…
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  • Horse Riding

    23 Jan 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Equestrian and horse riding firmly taken their place in the list of favorite hobbies. And the cavalry, as we know, are people too, they are birthdays, they want to give gifts on New Year's and a bunch of other festivals. Of course, I want to present to the person that has something to do with his hobby to a gift brought joy. במקרה הזה אני חושב ש שרי אריסון צודק במה בהוא אומר. But what if you do – not horseman, and horses have only seen the picture? Konikov can be divided into two broad groups: those who have their own horse and those who drive…
  • חשבונות בנק

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    חשבונות בנק מקומי הן אלה מעורבים חוזה בין המלווה לבין הלקוח להיכנס לתוך מערכת יחסים של מסחר משותף, שבו שני הצדדים מסכימים להבהיר התנועות עסקאות שנעשו בין שתי ליישב עסקאות על תאריך מסוים. מחזיקי להיכנס קרנות מסוימות על חשבונות הבנק זרמים הבנק בניהול יכול לסגת בכל עת ללא מתן הודעה מוקדמת לישות לעסקה. בפעולות אלה, הבנק עשוי גם לקדם…
  • What Is A Referral Link ?

    23 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    The word refer to the translation from English – to send, send. Links to successfully perform this function. But what then is different from a simple referral link? Referral link sends information about who left it. במקרה הזה אני חושב ש שרי אריסון צודק במה בהוא אומר. Typically, this most information can be found at the end of reference (Postfix). Referral link might look like this:. From vyshenapisannogo be a fair question – and why they need it. The answer is obvious in many partnerships prorammah a referral system. לחץ כאן…
  • צימצום זמני ההשבתה

    23 Jan 2015 | 4:01 am
    מנהלים ומנהלי משאבי אנוש לשקול את ההשפעות של הכיסא המשרדי טוב בחזרה התמיכה ואת זמן ההשבתה של עובדיה. עובדי כואבת פחות מוטיבציה לעבוד טוב יותר ומהר יותר, ולאחר היעדרות עקב מחלה הוא ממוזער. כי זה יום אחד בגיל שלוש הוא סבל מכאבי גב בעבודה, את עלות הכיסא לאחור ידידותית משרד חזרה ידידותית הם הזנחה של הכלל ברכישת יקר יותר. את אותה איכות…
  • קרח סינתטי ומלאכותי

    22 Jan 2015 | 7:46 pm
    ספורט שוב ​​באופנה. מגמה זו היא חדשות טובות. יושבים מול הטלוויזיה או המחשב להחליף אותו רכיבה על אופניים, גלגיליות, כיף חורף: סקי הליכה, קרבות כדורי שלג, החלקה על הקרח, סקי, סנובורד. חנויות מוצרי מזמן יצא מן המשבר. בעוד כמה מרכזי קניות גדולים ליד חנות הספורט לעתים קרובות להגדיר את התיבה זירות קרח. מסכים נחמד לנסות להחליק הרכישה, רק…
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  • We’re Not Kidnappers

    Avi Shafran
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:17 am
    A piece I wrote for a Forward blog, in reaction to a mother’s lament over her newly-Orthodox daughter’s described rejection of her parents can be read here.
  • R Dovid Winiarz z’l

    Guest Contributor
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:39 pm
    by Meir Goldberg After the holocaust, the broken survivors of the Nazi concentration camps were gathered and provided for in DP (Displaced Persons) camps. The Klausenberger Rebbe Zt’l acted as both a father and a Rebbe to many of the Jews there, constantly providing them with material and spiritual chizuk. There was a young man in the DP Camps, who grew up in a religious home who now refused to have anything to do with the Yeshiva that was set up or anyone in the frum community. In spite of all of the pleading and cajoling of his friends, the young man would not respond to them at all.
  • Growing Older, in Verse

    Guest Contributor
    18 Jan 2015 | 12:31 am
    By Yossi Huttler [Editor’s Note: By now, Rabbi Yossi Huttler has become the resident poet of Cross-Currents. Readers under 40 may not know what a poem is; those over 40 may find that it resonates.] Graying It only seems silent and painless how it happened one overnight like it did to Rabbi Elazar ben Azaraya but many hurts unseen or unheard have shaded me silvery and gray hues lunar scars just how dark depending on the night and its mishmarot
  • Cross-Currents Enters World Politics

    Yitzchok Adlerstein
    17 Jan 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Which is the last thing I wanted or expected. I have avoided commenting on purely political issues, whether domestic or global. I’ve tried to be true to Cross-Current’s original self-imposed mandate of focusing on such issues only insofar as they illuminate Torah life, or where Torah thought can illuminate them. I do plenty of the pure politics and advocacy at my day job, and I try not to mix office and home. So when I wrote a short while ago about Egyptian President Al-Sisi’s extraordinary remarks at Al-Azhar, my intention was only to draw a parallel between his concern for…
  • Exodus Exegesis

    Avi Shafran
    17 Jan 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Some interesting thoughts about Yetzias Mitzrayim that have been bouncing around in my head for a number of years can be read here.
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  • Miracle Allah Ear, 2015 edition

    Elder of Ziyon
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:37 pm
    We saw it in 2007 with a baby born in Ramallah.We saw it again  in 2010.Now, a baby in Bethlehem is the latest one with a malformed ear which resembles the Arabic word "Allah."This is considered a miracle, unlike when Allah's name manifests itself on ice-cream cone logos (2005):Or on athletic shoes (1997):Even some Muslims make fun of CAIR for freaking out over Nike's logo which barely resembles the word Allah.
  • 01/24 Links: Dershowitz: The Case Against the International Criminal Court Investigating Israel

    24 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    From Ian:Alan Dershowitz: The Case Against the International Criminal Court Investigating IsraelIt is telling that Hamas has expressed satisfaction with the decision of the ICC to open an investigation of Israel’s military action during the recent war in Gaza. The hypocrisy of a terrorist group that boasts of its multiple war crimes expressing satisfaction that the victims of these war crimes are being investigated for trying to stop rocket and tunnel attacks, should be evident to any reasonable person.More significant is the response of the US, which issued the following statement: “We…
  • 01/23 Links Pt2: Europe Offers Israel the Peace of the Dead; BHL & Prosor at UN antisemitism conf.

    23 Jan 2015 | 1:00 pm
    From Ian: Sarah Honig: Zionism and etrogism The name switches of what until recently marketed itself as the Israel Labor Party offer fascinating insight into how Zionism has steadily lost its allure on the Israeli Left.What began life as Poalei Zion – the Workers of Zion – in time it morphed into MAPAI, Hebrew acronym for the Party of the Workers of Eretz Yisrael. The next stage was adopting the generic name of Labor – doubtless borrowed from the British context. So far the trend is clear and straightforward.But now comes the spin – under its latest leading light, Isaac (not Yitzhak)…
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  • שחקן בהפועל ת"א: "יותר גרוע מעכשיו כבר לא יכול להיות"

    24 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    מאמן הפועל ת"א החדש, אלי כהן, יגיע הבוקר למתחם חודורוב. שחקן: "מקווה שלא יהיו אצלו פרות קדושות". לירוי צעירי ואזובויקה אגווקווה צפויים להצטרף לאדומים השבוע
  • אוסטרליה: נדאל ושראפובה המשיכו לטייל

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:50 pm
    הספרדי גבר גם על קווין אנדרסון 5:7, 1:6, 4:6 ויפגוש ברבע הגמר את ברדיך. יוני ארליך ושותפו הודחו בשמינית הגמר. נשים: הרוסייה גברה 6, 0:6 על פנג שואי הסינית
  • אולדרידג' התעקש, פורטלנד ניצחה את וושינגטון

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:25 pm
    הכוכב של הבלייזרס (26 נקודות ו-9 ריב') הדהים, כשהחליט לדחות את הניתוח באגודל וחזר לשחק עם חבישה מיוחדת. 16 נקודות לג'ו אינגלס ב-73:108 של יוטה על ברוקלין
  • ספרד: ברצלונה הביסה, ריאל הזיעה, גם אתלטיקו ניצחה

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    בארסה נתנה הצגה בדרך ל-0:6 מול אלצ'ה, הבלאנקוס ניצחו את קורדובה 1:2 מפנדל בדקה ה-89. רונאלדו פגע ביריב ללא כדור והורחק. הקבוצה של דייגו סימאונה גברה 1:3 על ראיו וייקאנו, צמד לגריזמן. ויאריאל גברה 0:1 על לבאנטה
  • מכבי חיפה: קשיים בצירופו של איתי שכטר

    24 Jan 2015 | 1:56 pm
    פערים בין הירוקים לנאנט בנוגע להעברתו של החלוץ. גבאי יישאר עד סוף העונה. יוסי בניון על הניצחון מול הפועל ב"ש: "ראו כמה איכויות יש לאלירן עטר בכל נגיעה. הלוואי שגם איתי שכטר יגיע אלינו ועם השחקנים שכבר הגיעו נהיה קבוצה טובה"
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  • "הגולדברגים": שנות השמונים עדיין לא מתו

    24 Jan 2015 | 10:37 pm
    היא לא פורצת דרך ולא טרנדית במיוחד, אבל מספיק מוצלחת בשביל להתחדש בעונה שנייה ומספיק מצחיקה בשביל להעביר 20 דקות בנעימים. בשביל סיטקום שמתרחש בשנות השמונים הנוראיות, "הגולדברגים" עולה על כל הציפיות
  • שלום עושים באהבה: ז'אק כהן פותח שולחן

    23 Jan 2015 | 1:41 am
    השחקן ז'אק כהן, לנצח אבו־ראמי מ"המסעדה הגדולה", מאמין שסדרות כמו הקאלט ההוא יכולות להביא שלום – אם לא בין ישראל לשכנותיה, לפחות בין אזרחים יהודים וערבים. באפשרות של שלום בינו ובין החרדים שהבריחו אותו מירושלים הוא כבר לא תולה ציפיות
  • הזירה הלשונית: שלוש הסגולות של אפרים קישון

    23 Jan 2015 | 1:32 am
    חשמלטור, אמשים, פרטצ'יה וזבנג וגמרנו: הזירה הלשונית מצדיעה לאפרים קישון לרגל עשור למותו של הקומיקאי הלשוני הגדול של כל הזמנים וגם: תלונה ליוצרי "ארץ נהדרת" ותשובה לשאלה הבוערת - מי כיבס את ההפרטה?
  • הוא בטח בהנגאובר: מה עובר על ג'וני דפ?

    23 Jan 2015 | 12:53 am
    אז מה באמת עומד מאחורי הפדיחות שג'וני דפ עושה בהוליווד - התמכרות לאלכוהול ולתשומת לב, או ניסיון מודע ומתוחכם למשוך את תשומת לב העולם? כתבנו נסע לדבר איתו לרגל צאת סרטו החדש "צ'ארלי מורדכי" וגילה, איך לומר בעדינות, כוכב קצת הזוי
  • "הגננת": שירה קולנועית צרופה

    22 Jan 2015 | 10:42 pm
    פריחת הקולנוע הישראלי לא מסתכמת ב"את לי לילה". "הגננת" של נדב לפיד מטלטל ומביא לקדמת הבמה כוח נשי שלא מקבל את הזרקור לעתים תכופות, לעומת עוצמתו של הסרט שעומדת בשורה אחת עם הצלחות הענק של היצירה הישראלית בתקופה הנוכחית
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  • אמדורסקי, אוחובסקי ומודן מצאו מקום בצמרת

    19 Jan 2015 | 3:58 am
    כל התעשייה וענת קם זרמו לסינמה סיטי, לצפות בהקרנה חגיגית של "מקום בצמרת", הסדרה על תולדות הפופ הישראלי שתעלה בערוץ 1. גם אנחנו היינו שם, פחות כדי להתרשם מהתוכנית, יותר בשביל לתפוס פרצופים מצחיקים של אסף אמדורסקי וניסים גרמה
  • אטיאס אימפריה: מי בא לחגוג עם ישראל אטיאס?

    13 Jan 2015 | 11:03 pm
    קשה להאמין ששובר הלבבות והשחקן הנחשק כבר בן 28. דני רופ, נטלי דדון, נווה צור, רותם כהן והחברים מהאימפריה הגיעו לחגוג עמו במסעדת מסה של השף אביב משה באווירה טעימה ואקסקלוסיבית, אבל תפסנו את כולם בכניסה
  • תחת מטרייה אחת: דיקפריו וריהאנה מתקרבים

    13 Jan 2015 | 12:48 am
    לעובדה שהופיעו יחד במספר אירועים מצטרפות שמועות עקשניות בנוגע לטיב היחסים ההולך ומתהדק של השחקן והזמרת. שבוע שעבר נצפו השניים קרובים מתמיד במסיבה באחוזת פלייבוי
  • איזה מאמי: נינט טייב ילדה בת

    11 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    בתום חודשים של ציפייה לאומית, המאמי של המדינה בדימוס ילדה בת בבית החולים איכילוב. בעלה יוסי מזרחי נכח בלידה
  • כפיים! דודו אהרון חגג 30 וכולם הגיעו לחפלה

    27 Dec 2014 | 10:18 pm
    משפחה, חברים, שדרנים, שחקני כדורגל, זמרים וכמובן בת הזוג החדשה שיר רוזנבלום, כולם הגיעו להופעה החגיגית בהאנגר 11 לחגוג לזמיר יום הולדת. מזל טוב!
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    Niv Calderon

  • How OnBeep’s Star Trek Communicator Can Instil Fear in Companies Like Motorola

    Niv Calderon
    9 Jan 2015 | 4:28 am
    It’s a known fact that mobile phones and tablets of today were invented in Star Trek. We all saw Starfleet personnel wearing a wearable communicator badge on their chest since the years of The Next Generation and all of us Trekkies were thinking of the day this would become a reality. Now a company called […]
  • טכנולוגיה לבישה ואני: אחרי הרצאה כפולה מול כתות ח׳

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

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

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

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

  • The Unsettling ICC Gambit

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Jerusalem Post) Melanie Phillips - It is intolerable that the ICC has first of all accepted that "Palestine" is a state, and second that it may put Israelis in the dock while they are the victims of true war criminals, the Palestinians. Whether the ICC will actually proceed with a prosecution, however, remains very much to be seen. The Palestinians think that, since the world is on their side, the ICC will be too. This, though, is far from clear, particularly since the ICC knows if it doesn't display judicial integrity it is finished. Originally, Israel strongly supported the formation of…
  • UN Hosts First Ever Meeting Dedicated to Combating Anti-Semitism

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (TIME) The UN General Assembly gathered Thursday for its first ever meeting dedicated to global action against anti-Semitism. The informal meeting, attended by about half the 193 member states, was organized by mainly Western nations in order to address an "alarming outbreak of anti-Semitism worldwide." Planning began last October in response to the murder of three people outside the Jewish Museum in Brussels, Belgium, and the killing of a rabbi and three children in Toulouse, France.
  • Samsung Invests in Israel

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Times of Israel) David Shamah - Korean tech giant Samsung will invest $10 million in Israel patient monitoring firm EarlySense. EarlySense developed a system that uses sensors embedded into a mattress or chair cushion to monitor heartbeat, respiration rate, and movement. It operates on the theory that the more a patient moves around in bed, the healthier they are, in general. The data is transferred to a monitoring station, with the system setting off alarms in the event that something appears amiss. Samsung also invested in Rounds, which lets users set up chat groups with friends, allowing…
  • Egypt's Sisi Urges New Muslim Religious Discourse to Fight "Terrorism"

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (AFP-Al Arabiya) Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi told the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi on Monday that the fight against "terrorism" needs a new Muslim religious discourse in addition to security and military measures. "The fight...should include a reformed religious discourse from which false ideologies that could lure some into adopting violence to impose their ideas have been removed."
  • Tel Aviv Engineering Students Bring Clean Water Solution to Tanzania

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (No Camels) With a lead donation from Arison Group's Shikun u'Binui construction company, five engineering students from Tel Aviv University went to Tanzania to build a system that would provide hundreds of students at a local high school with clean drinking water. Engineers Without Borders (EWB) initiated and supervised the project, which installed a 48,000-liter rainwater harvesting and advanced filtration system. They also trained school officials and volunteers on how to operate and maintain the system. The team created the system with the help of Israeli rainwater harvesting expert Amir…
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    The ESSENTIAL guide to Israel |

  • Start practicing your Ni Hao Ma’s – the Chinese are coming to Israel BIG time!

    12 Jan 2015 | 2:32 am
    With 2014 proving to be a very decent year for tourism (down just 1% on 2013, even with a nasty little war right in the middle of the year, which undoubtedly had a knock-on effect), the appeal of Israel is still reaching new heights! This week Chinese airline Hainan Airlines, the largest privately-owned Chinese airline, has proposed THREE direct weekly flights to Israel, beginning September 2015. The flights will run from Beijing to Ben Gurion, and are expected to run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. This could well and truly open the doors to huge numbers of Chinese tourists in Israel,…
  • GoT (Game of Thrones): The Exhibition coming to conquer and pillage Tel Aviv in April!

    10 Jan 2015 | 2:13 am
    We know there’s probably more than a few of you interested in this – yes indeed, the Game of Thrones Exhibition world tour will be coming to Israel in April over the Pessach holiday! The Game of Thrones is probably the most popular TV series in the world, and definitely one of the most talked about. And in anticipation of the much awaited fifth series, the guys behind the series are going all out to get you watching the next round of fantasy and dynasty struggles, set to premier worldwide on April 12. Th Game of Thrones: The Exhibition, visits Tel Aviv from April 5-9, and is one…
  • US popsters OneRepublic line up a May 2015 Tel Aviv concert!

    7 Jan 2015 | 1:37 am
    US popsters OneRepublic (yes, that’s one word) have confirmed a May concert in Tel Aviv! The band, formed in 2002, reached superstar status in 2013 with their monster hit Counting Stars (and yes, we boogied to that one on at least a couple of occasions), taken from their successful 2013 album Native. The concert will be their first ever show in Israel (apparently lead singer Ryan Tedder has been dreaming about performing in Israel for some time), and will take place at HaYarkon Park on May 28, 2015. The concert will be part of the band’s ongoing Native tour. Tickets are apparently…
  • Love Shaksuka? The Shakshuka Fest is your destination!

    25 Dec 2014 | 4:16 pm
    If you love shakshuka, you’re gonna love this little festival – the Shakshuka Festival! The rather scrumptious dish of tomatoes, eggs, and a blend of delish Middle Eastern spices is, of course, a much loved meal by tourists and locals alike. Seriously,  don’t be surprised by the love felt for this popular dish, as it is definitely one of the top 5 must tries in Israel. In our opinion, you can never have enough shakshuka in your life… This mini festival, hosted by local dairy Gad, will feature some of the best cafes and restaurants in Israel dishing out the good stuff.
  • FREE shuttle transportation between Jerusalem and Bethlehem on Christmas Eve!

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    As in previous years, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism  is making it easier for tourists to get to and from Bethlehem for the Christmas festivities! With some 70,000 tourists expected in Israel primarily for the Christmas celebrations, the Ministry has set up some awesome free transportation for 24 hours! From noon on Christmas Eve through to noon on Christmas Day, the free shuttle service should prove a great help for those of you trying to get to Bethlehem (the ultimate pit-stop on Christmas Eve, surely?). Buses will leave every hour on the hour from the bus stop near the Carta Parking…
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    Life in Israel

  • Bennet: the media is always surprised when the people "steal" the elections (video)

    Rafi G.
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:40 am
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  • Which side are you on? (video)

    Rafi G.
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:33 pm
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  • Ptach Libcha: new song in memory of Eyal, Gilad, and Naftali (video)

    Rafi G.
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:12 pm
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  • State will allow gender change without operation

    Rafi G.
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    The State today told the High Court that it will no longer require an actual sex change operation in order to be allowed to change one's official gender status in the population registry, but it would allow people to choose as they wish whatever gender they want to be listed as.source: INNSeems ridiculous to me.Makes me wonder though what the best uses of this new rule would be: * women could change their status when they want to sit in the front section of the bus * women could change their status and then demand a higher salary, similar to the male salary instead of the normally…
  • a report that hides more than it reveals

    Rafi G.
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:13 am
    Details of budgets are not interesting to me, along with often not being understood by me, and therefore not all that newsworthy or comment-worthy.When I first saw a news item about the passing of the budget for 2015 of Iryat Bet Shemesh yesterday, I was not all that interested, and I was not going to even comment on it.I just saw another article, on a different news media, about the same city council meeting passing the budget and now I have found something newsworthy about it.The truth is that my comment is not about the budgetary items or any other details about it. My comment is about the…
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    Yoel Meltzer | Towards A New Jewish Mindset

  • 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…
  • The Status Quo Myth

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

  • 25-Jan-15: Summing up the life of an absolute monarch in the mainstream media

    This Ongoing War
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Union Jack at half mast over Westminster Abbeyexpresses British mourning at passing ofSaudi 'reformer' [Image Source]This is not a blog post about Saudi Arabia or about its recently deceased absolute ruler. It's about how the people who own, operate and manage the news media sometimes deal with uncomfortable realities.First, let's set the tone with some comments from VOX ['The obscenity of calling Saudi King Abdullah a “reformer”' | Zack Beauchamp | January 23, 2015]Saudi Arabia's deceased King Abdullah, according to just about every obituary in major Western publications, was a…
  • 23-Jan-15: What's said in London stays in London: Jordan's now-you-see-it-now-you-don't war on terror

    This Ongoing War
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    Jordan's foreign minister [Image Source]How firmly does the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordon oppose terrorism? Very, according to its foreign minister. At least, it does when he's speaking in foreign places to foreign audiences.From the Jordan Times today:Kingdom renews anti-terror stand in London meeting | Jan 22, 2015 | LONDON — Jordan on Thursday reiterated its position on the war against terrorist organisations as a defence of its own security and religious beliefs. In remarks at a London-hosted meeting of partners in the international coalition fighting terrorists in Iraq and Syria, Foreign…
  • 22-Jan-15: Sleeping lions, hidden vipers: Jewish anxieties are rising in London

    This Ongoing War
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:21 am
    Stamford Hill, London: Haredi men walk home from prayerservices last Shabbat [Image Source] Jewish life in Europe is going through its most testing phase since the end of the Nazi Holocaust in the Eastern and Central parts of the continent. As happens when people pass through periods of great historic significance, the implications are unclear and confusing now. Time will provide the perspective and context that are eluding people for now. But the signs are there if we only give them our attention.Several immediate instances to share, all relating to the UK. The first is from a…
  • 22-Jan-15: "I Am Knife"

    This Ongoing War
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:31 am
    Israeli victim of the knife-man's frenzied terror attack yesterdayon a Tel Aviv bus [Image Source] From the Daily Mail UK, January 21, 2015:A hashtag that states 'I am knife' has begun trending on Twitter as hardline users take to social media to heap praise a Palestinian man who stabbed 11 people on a bus in Tel Aviv. The messages are an attempt to reappropriate the hashtag of solidarity - #JeSuisCharlie - which swept the world in the wake of the terrorist massacre at the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices. However, the tweets - often accompanied by illustrations which depict the…
  • 21-Jan-15: Knife-wielding attacker in central Tel Aviv

    This Ongoing War
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:05 pm
    The bus and the emergency servicevehicles are on the right [Image Source: ViaTwitter]Too soon to have all the details, but the reports on Israeli news bulletins during this morning's (Wednesday) rush hour are of a terrorist stabbing attack on a busy city bus traveling Tel Aviv's Route 5 [correction: it was probably Route 40 from Bat Yam to Tel Aviv's northern suburbs] right in the middle of the country's business center.Times of Israel says a man, not yet identified,pulled out a knife and started stabbing passengers... leaving at least 10 injured... Most of the victims were lightly injured,…
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    The Lighthouse

  • Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack and the Lame Response

    Erik Zimerman
    9 Jan 2015 | 9:43 am
    That two armed terrorists slinging Ak-47s can inflict that kind of slaughter on a site that was already under police protection (that satirical paper had received numerous threats), murder 12 people there and then escaped  unscathed… parade around Paris, to resurface later and take more hostages… alive 3 days later is unbelievable. It points to the height of incompetence and Frances’ inability and/or unwillingness to confront the Islamist enemy that has engulfed it. I have spoken about this unwillingness at length elsewhere. Less than two months ago, Jerusalem suffered a…
  • Some more good Calls – Terrorist heart attacks & Sony

    Erik Zimerman
    29 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    In addition to these earlier social media posts, I would like to share the following posts in the Lighthouse. The PA (though Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Brigades) threatened Israeli government ministers after one of their own suffered a fatal heart attack while attending a protest against the IDF. Claiming they would “respond in kind”, after the death of Ziad Abu Ein. Abu Ein was indicted (actually the first person to be extradited from the US, where he had fled, to Israel) for a 1979 terrorist attack in Tiberias where a bomb killed two Isreli youths, 16-year-olds Boaz Lahav and David…
  • End of Year Calls – Some Good Recent Social Media Posts & some Reagan

    Erik Zimerman
    29 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    Some of the more poignant social media posts I made recently below for your enjoyment and commentary: Posted after the Martin Place terrorist hostage crisis (Dec 14 2014): I call on ‪#‎Australia‬ to end the futile cycle of violence… and hand over the Timor Gap, as well as other occupied waters to the Muslim Indonesian government… in exchange for peace, of course. The occupation cannot go on. True, most of Australia’s land was forcibly taken from Aborigines, and not Muslims, but apparently they (Aborigines) do not blow themselves up nor shoot hostages. Therefore, the…
  • Jews and modern Idol Worship – For the “Holiday” Season

    Erik Zimerman
    28 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    (Note: This article may be of interest only to Jewish readership, and is likely not of interest to others. Though all are welcome to read, the message is one Yidishkeit for Jews.) A great deal of the Chumash, deals with the central and revolutionary message of Judaism, that there is but one gd (arguably), and that Jews (more correctly Hebrews or Israelites) must worship him and not idols as was accustomed in Biblical times. Israel’s difficulty with this task is one of the central if not the central theme of many of the writings of the prophets. Reading our ancients texts today, it seems…
  • Gaza – The Big Picture and What Israel Should Do (have done)

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

  • "Tour Adumim" Offers Custom Guided Tours on the Way to the Dead Sea

    Sue Schoenfeld
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    On your way to or from the Dead Sea, we recommend a side trip to the Adumim area – Ma'aleh Adumim, Kfar Adumim, Mitzpe Yericho and surrounds – with Shelley and Tali, the area experts at Tour Adumim. Do not pass us by! Between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea is Maale Adumim. The Adumim area offers a number of “off the beaten path” tourist activities such as breathtaking lookouts over the Judean desert, impressive archaeological remains from the Byzantine period, a modern Israeli art museum, studios of internationally acclaimed artists, jeeping, hiking, biblical reenactment,…
  • Negev's Rare 'Desert Kites' Catch Attention of Archaeologists

    Sue Schoenfeld
    12 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    "Desert Kites" is a nickname to ancient structures first discovered by RAF pilots who flew over the Near East during the 1920's. Over 4,000 kites are currently known between Yemen in the south and Armenia in the north, most of them only through Google Earth images. So far about 1% has been thoroughly surveyed, and less than 30 kites were ever excavated.   Read the full article at
  • Eilat Oil Pipeline Leak - The Environmental Cleanup

    Sue Schoenfeld
    11 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Environmental activists have declared an "environmental disaster" in Israel's Arava desert, after thousands of cubic meters of crude oil spilled out from a leaking pipeline overnight Tuesday. The leak, about 20 kilometers north of Eilat, has spilled oil hundreds of meters from Road 90, where the leak was first detected, into the surrounding desert and forest area. Activists have been working throughout the night to stem the flow of oil and to clean it up. The oil flowed for at least an hour and a half unchecked, before workers managed to shore up the pipeline. Figures on how much…
  • Israel's Largest Solar Plant to be Inaugurated

    Sue Schoenfeld
    2 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Energix Renewable Energies, the Alony Hetz Property and Investments Ltd. group controlled by Nathan Hetz and the Wertheim family, announced that Israel's biggest solar energy project, at Neot Hovav in the Negev, has received a permanent license for producing electricity. The power produced by the plant will be transmitted via a sub-station to Israel Electric Corporation's national grid, and will be sufficient to power about 40,000 homes. Energix plans to set up an educational tourism center on the site on the subject of renewable energy.   Read the full article at
  • Stunning Pictures of Israel from Space Posted by NASA Astronaut

    Sue Schoenfeld
    1 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    The photos, taken by commander of the current Expedition 41 to the ISS, Barry Wilmore, were shot as the ISS passed over Israel from a height of 431 kilometers (268 miles). The second picture, taken directly above the Dead Sea, shows how the world's saltiest body of water is shrinking. The southern part of the Dead Sea – where the Dead Sea Works is located – has already dried up.   Read the full article at
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