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  • U.S. makes some light rail stations off limits to gov’t staffers in Israel

    Marcy Oster
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:29 pm
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — U.S. government personnel have been restricted from using Jerusalem Light Rail stations in parts of eastern Jerusalem for a month. The U.S. State Department announced the ban Thursday in a security message emailed to Americans in Israel the day after a terrorist attack on a light rail station left an infant dead and seven people injured. The restriction is for the area where Wednesday’s attack occurred and further into eastern Jerusalem. The restriction will be reviewed after 30 days. Also in the security message, U.S. citizens were warned against entering…
  • Moscow JCC renamed for JDC’s Ralph Goldman

    Marcy Oster
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    (JTA) — One of Moscow’s largest Jewish community centers, the Nikitskaya, was renamed in honor of the late Jewish leader Ralph Goldman. The institution, which opened in 2001 with support from the JDC, was rededicated as the Ralph I. Goldman Nikitskaya Jewish Cultural Center in a ceremony Wednesday. Goldman, a former head of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, died Oct. 7 in Jerusalem at the age of 100. “Renaming this institution in his honor is a fitting tribute to a man whose story was so inextricably bound with that of his people and who was one of the…
  • Israel slams Latvian show celebrating Nazi’s life

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    (JTA) — Israel’s Foreign Ministry slammed the production in Latvia of a show celebrating the life of alleged Nazi war criminal Herbert Cukurs. Titled “Cukurs, Herbert Cukurs,” the musical premiered earlier this month. The play is based on the life of the deputy commander of the Arajs Kommando force that participated in the near annihilation of Latvian Jewry after the Nazis invaded Latvia. Israel’s Mossad spy agency reportedly killed Cukurs in South America. The Latvian government has criticized but not banned the privately produced work. “Israel strongly condemns the…
  • Canadian Jewish institutions ramping up security following jihadist incidents

    Julie Wiener
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:12 am
    MONTREAL (JTA) — Canadian Jewish institutions are stepping up security after the murder of two Canadian soldiers by homegrown pro-jihadist terrorists. While it is not clear whether the two attacks, which included a shooting Wednesday at the Parliament in the nation’s capital, were related, they have shaken a country that has experienced few acts of terrorism and has often felt immune from attack. While no direct threats were reported against Jewish institutions, they reportedly are heightening security measures in response. “The Jewish community takes these incidents very seriously,”…
  • Netanyahu vows to secure Jerusalem against terror, international ‘weakness’

    Marcy Oster
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Attempts to attack Jerusalem residents “will be met with a sharp reaction,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Netanyahu held a security consultation Thursday afternoon at Israel Police headquarters in Jerusalem a day after a terror attack on the city’s light rail killed a 3-month-old girl and injured seven. “United Jerusalem was — and will remain — Israel’s eternal capital. All attempts to attack its residents will be met with a very sharp reaction; we will restore quiet and security to Jerusalem,” Netanyahu…
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  • Inside Israel, 6:26 PMRemarkable Video: Faith and Resistance at the Site of Terror

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    After the tragic murder of three-month-old Chaya Zisel Braun in last night's terrorist attack in Jerusalem , many Israelis - and Jews worldwide - are still trying to come to terms with such an act of cruelty. Indeed, how does one respond to the murder of a tiny child, whose parents waited eight long years to conceive only to have their daughter stolen from them after just three months by an adherent of a genocidal ideology, whose leaders wasted little time in gleefully celebrating the slaughter? An answer, perhaps, can be found in an astonishing video shot at the scene of the attack not long…
  • Push for Israelis to move to Berlin causes an uproar

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    Naor Narkis says he was just trying to help fellow Israelis decide about moving when he posted a store receipt from Germany on Facebook. The receipt shows a popular chocolate pudding costs only 23 cents in Berlin, while it sells for 80 cents in Tel Aviv.
  • Rajnath Singh set to visit Israel next month

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:43 am
    Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is set to visit Israel next month, amid a flurry of bilateral engagements signalling deepening of ties. Singh is expected to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on November 6 while other relevant meetings were being worked out for the high-level four-day trip, senior diplomatic sources here told PTI.
  • Arab Idol winner wants to give back to Gaza

    23 Oct 2014 | 1:44 am
    Last year's feel-good winner of the TV singing contest Arab Idol said Wednesday he wants to give back to Gaza, where he grew up, by setting up an arts center nurturing young musicians, writers and actors. The center would be funded by Palestinian Americans who have pledged support, Mohammed Assaf, 24, said in an interview in the Gaza City office of The Associated Press.
  • Missile, fire from Egypt wounds 2 Israeli troops

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Israeli soldiers carry a comrade who was wounded in an attack on the border with Egypt to a hospital in Beersheba, Israel, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. Attackers from the Egyptian side of the border fired an anti-tank missile and gunshots at an Israeli military vehicle on Wednesday, wounding two soldiers in a rare cross-border incident, the Israeli military said.
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    Arutz Sheva Op-Eds

  • What Would Toscanini Do?

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Maestro Arturo Toscanini refused to perform for Mussolini or to conduct the Italian national anthem. We have allowed the ideas of terrorist groups to permeate our culture at every level and in every way.
  • Anna Baltzer Must Not Be Allowed Into Israel

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:57 am
    If she enters, it will be a case of snatching defeat from the hands of victory. And the writer is trying his best to keep her out.
  • PA Gets More Per Capita Aid than Poorer African States

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:37 am
    The disproportionate dispensation of international aid to the Palestinians is discriminatory and biased. The Palestinian Arabs receive considerably more aid per capita than the economic aid offered to African states.
  • Historic Justice: A Kurdish State Now

    22 Oct 2014 | 3:54 pm
    The Kurds have a right to independence. Their lack of it until now is an unjust and tragic accident of history.
  • Listen to Hamas

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    They are telling us their goals. Just listen.
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  • Reader Post: “Settlements” – An Easy Scapegoat

    TJ Caplan
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Oh no – they’re at it again. Those uniquely Israeli creatures, the ‘settlers’, are causing trouble. This time they’ve had the chutzpah to – brace yourselves – buy homes in East Jerusalem. And everyone from the US State Department, to smug British backbenchers, to some diaspora Jews, loathes them for it. Because you see, it’s the ‘settlers’ who are the real obstacle to peace. It must be true. Everyone says so. Well, I pity the next person who says it to me. And if it comes from the lips of a fellow Jew, then woe betide them.
  • Douch’l And Greta

    Aussie Dave
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    Anti-Israel DouchebloggerTM Richard Silverstein has posted about last night’s terror attack in Jerusalem in typical fashion. Blaming Israel. In today’s heinous terror attack, a Palestinian from Silwan drove his car into the light rail tracks at Ammunition Hillstation, killing a Jewish baby.  The loss of such a tender young life is senseless.  The mourning of the mother who was pushing her child’s baby carriage rends the heart. But let us also remember the 500 dead Gazan children and…
  • Chaya Zissel Braun And The End of Worlds

    Varda Epstein
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:33 am
    You won’t see it in the Daily News, and it didn’t show up in my Google News feed. But a baby died yesterday. Except that’s not what happened. A baby was killed yesterday. Except she wasn’t killed. Chaya Zissel Braun, whose names mean “life” and “little sweetie,” was murdered. For most people, this crosses a line: the murder of an infant. But not for Adbel-Rahman Shaloudi, may his name and memory be erased, for whom a Jew is like a mosquito, to be squashed unthinkingly dead with a single swat. “May his name and memory be erased.”  It’s something we say. In Hebrew, the…
  • Sunday Times Springs Into Action

    Brian of London
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:15 am
    And eventually, after four days, The Sunday Times has silently removed the flying Jew in a plastic bag photo that they’d managed to illustrate an ebola story with which I pointed out. CiF Watch (who clearly have enough money to afford a subscription to the paid for web site) noticed today: The photo, Israellycool explained, was taken several years ago and depicted a religious Jew who briefly wrapped himself in plastic due to halakhic (Jewish law) concerns about Kohanim (descendents of the Biblical Aaron) flying over cemeteries. The photo obviously has absolutely no relevance whatsoever…
  • Joe’s World: Freedom vs Justice

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:19 pm
    Based on this cartoon. First three cartoons in the series here, here and here. Note: You may reprint this cartoon provided you link back to this source.  
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  • The AP: Don’t worry terrorists, we got your back

    Meryl Yourish
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:58 am
    A few people caught this despicable headline from the AP yesterday (shamelessly stolen from TOI):That’s their take on a terror attack that resulted in the death of a three-month-old child.A three-month-old girl, identified by her grandfather as Chaya Zissel, was killed and several US citizens and Israelis were wounded Wednesday evening when a convicted Palestinian terrorist from the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan rammed his vehicle into a crowd of people in the capital.The attack, which was captured by a security camera, took place at the Ammunition Hill light-rail stop a few…
  • Pat Condell, still going strong

    Meryl Yourish
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    I could spend hours on his YouTube channel. Pat Condell is a British atheist who regularly makes videos in support of Israel and Jews. He also goes to town on Islamists, though he doesn’t use that term. If you’ve never seen any of his videos before, here’s a good place to start.
  • It’s been too long

    Meryl Yourish
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    I haven’t put a recent Meimei picture up here in a while. There are some over on my writing blog. But here, let’s have some Meimei pics.Sleeping with big brother Tig Sleeping in Gracie’s old bed (it’s Meimei’s now) Taking a bath Meimei is pretty much all grown up. She will have been here a year next week, which makes her about 15 months old. It’s been a delightful year.
  • The AP is now completely covering for Palestinian rejectionism

    Meryl Yourish
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    Can the AP whitewash utterly reprehensible Palestinian statements any more than this?Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas suggested on Friday that Jews should be banned from a Jerusalem holy site revered by both Jews and Muslims.“Suggested”? Really?In a speech quoted by the official Palestinian news agency Wafa, Abbas said Jewish “settlers” should be prevented from entering the site “by any means.”“This is our Noble Sanctuary … they have no right to enter and desecrate it,” Abbas added.That is outright religious hatred. He’s not…
  • Oops. Comments are now on

    Meryl Yourish
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    I hadn’t realized I’d defaulted them to the off position.Go ahead, talk amongst yourselves.
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    Benji Lovitt

  • 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…
  • El Al Service Policy Revealed

    2 Oct 2014 | 7:09 am
    My latest on the Times of Israel. El Al made the news recently after the disruption of one of their flights by some Haredi passengers who caused flight delays during the seating process. The Times of Israel has managed to obtain a copy of El Al’s most recent customer service policy. El Al is committed to ensuring that your air travel experience will be the most Israeli experience possible. Our commitment and responsibilities are as follows: Affordability El Al will continue to provide the highest fare possible to our customers. If a higher fare is found with another airline, we will match…
  • Eight Years in Israel: Time to Get Serious

    9 Aug 2014 | 11:57 pm
    “A tradition unlike any other” The Masters Tournament…and my aliyah anniversary blog post. While this one sneaks up on me every year, this is in some ways a bigger deal to me than my Yom Haatzmaut list. One, because I am more likely to be writing it in 20 years, two, because it doesn’t cause me to wake up in a cold sweat a week beforehand. “I already used that one in last year’s list?!?!  AAAAAAUGH!!!!!” A few years ago, I was more likely to list my accomplishments (like no longer crying in the fetal position when I got disconnected from Orange). Now?  Just feels…
  • Crazy Two Weeks

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:07 am
    Well, we’re at war. As has been the case over the last few years, this blog hasn’t been my primary place to post. Times are tough in Israel with at least twenty-nine Israeli soldiers having lost their lives over the last few days in Operation Protective Edge. While to most of my loved ones abroad, I am “on the front lines here”, I feel a world away from what’s happening in the Western Negev and in Gaza. Life in Tel Aviv continues fairly normally (thank G-d for the Iron Dome and for the IDF for allowing us to live our lives). I am lucky that I can continue to go…
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    This Normal Life

  • Members of the Tribe

    17 Oct 2014 | 4:18 am
    Birds do the nuttiest things. In a flock, some of the birds will voluntarily serve as sentries, scanning the horizon for predators and calling out warnings. Having a sentry is good for the group but bad for the sentry, which has less time to search for food and, by issuing a warning call, is more likely to be spotted by the predator. Why do they do it then? And how, if Darwin’s theory of natural selection holds, does a sentry gene get passed on if in fact many of the sentries wind up sacrificing their lives for the greater good of the group? This was one of the questions raised in an…
  • Ireland, Identity and Avoiding Anti-Semitism

    24 Sep 2014 | 3:10 am
    “If anyone asks where we’re from, say America, not Israel.” Those were the instructions I gave to my wife and children for how to minimize friction while traveling outside of Israel after a summer where protests bordering on (and sometimes overtly embracing) anti-Semitism raged across Europe. Our vacation – ten days in Ireland, hiking, drinking and enjoying Irish music in the country’s ubiquitous pubs – was planned long before Operation Protective Edge and its international impact began, and we flew out of Israel scarcely a week after the last missile was downed by the Iron Dome.
  • Wartime Unity at Hutzot HaYotzer

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    In a summer where nearly every large-scale outdoor event was canceled on instruction by Israel’s Home Front Command, the annual Hutzot HaYotzer International Arts and Crafts Festival in Jerusalem represented a desperately needed welcome breather. Now in its 39th year, Hutzot HaYotzer is the country’s preeminent place to meet talented local artists – nearly 200 in total – who park their wares in a picturesque valley watched over by the walls of the Old City and who put on a smile for 12 days, as they pitch their hand crafted earrings, sparkly necklaces, ceramic hamsa’s and natural…
  • Fire from Below

    23 Aug 2014 | 11:06 am
    With our nerves already on edge from the air raid sirens and the heartbreaking mounting death toll as Operation Protective Edge raged on last month, the thick black smoke billowing out of our parking garage did not bode well. I was about to jump in the shower when my son burst in and told me to get dressed and shut the window in my bedroom…now! We live in an apartment complex in Jerusalem that is built around a central courtyard. At even intervals along the length of that common area are mock “wells,” intended to remind passersby of, say, the architecture of the Old City or Nachlaot.
  • July 22, 2014 – The Day Everything Changed

    10 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    July 22, 2014. Remember that date. It will be recalled in history books yet to be written as the day the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians changed completely. That’s because it’s the day that the war in Gaza transformed from just another in a series of “operations” to an existential threat to the Jewish State. As a result, any future negotiations towards a two state solution will look very different. What’s so important about July 22? That’s when the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) put in place a temporary ban on air travel between the U.S. and…
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    Daniel Pipes :: Writings

  • ISIS Justifies Its Yazidi Slaves

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:22 pm
    That the Islamic State (ISIS) has enslaved Yazidi women and children it captured is an established fact; for example, a United Nations report found that "300 [Yazidi] women had been forced into slavery." Now, in its slick multi-language journal, ISIS
  • Congress: Stop Subsidizing Biased Middle East Studies

    10 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    In return for receiving taxpayer funds for foreign regional studies, universities must agree, according to Title VI of the Higher Education Act (HAE), to conduct "public outreach" programs aimed at K-12 teachers and the general public. Problem is, as
  • André Carson, Islamist Choice for the House of Representatives

    7 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    In politics, the adage goes, follow the money. And so, data abound for contributions from trial lawyers, insurance brokers, and even optometrists. But what about Islamists, those Muslims who seek to replace the Constitution with the Koran and apply
  • Bibliography – My Writings on Historic Western Relations with Muslims

    6 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    This collection reviews many centuries of fraught relations between Christians and Muslims, West and East, post- and pre-Enlightenment societies. My goal is not to present a systematic account but to highlight some of the more interesting features of
  • Hunger Growls in Egypt

    5 Oct 2014 | 5:26 am
    Egypt, famed for millennia as the "breadbasket of the Mediterranean," now faces alarming food shortages. A startlingly candid report in Cairo's Al-Ahram newspaper by Gihan Shahine, entitled "Food for Stability" makes clear the extent of the crisis. To
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    Good News from Israel

  • New: The Shabbat Page, Updated: The Noach Page

    19 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Hi Everyone!I created The Shabbat Page on my website page includes Lessons, Parsha pages, Videos, English Hebrew Vocabulary Lists, Recipes, Games and Clipart about Shabbat.The address also updated the Noach Page which has links to children parsha pages, commentary pages, songs, humor items (including the Bill Cosby Noach skit), and a section on Noach stamps, graphics and clipart.The address both pages.Feedback is welcome.Please share the pages with friends. Thank you.Have a good week,Shavua Tov,Jacob
  • Photos of Sukkot in Jerusalem

    14 Oct 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Hi Everyone!Tonight, Tuesday night Chol Hamoed Sukkot, I took a walk in Jerusalem and took photos of Sukkot including the Jerusalem Light Rail, Kikar Safra (city hall) and restaurants in the center of town.I posted the photos also copied them to a Facebook album at: the photos and please share with friends.Moadim L'simcha!Jacob
  • Educational Resources and Cool Videos about Sukkot

    6 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    Hi Everyone!Sukkot is the Jewish holiday that commemorates how protective "Clouds of Glory" surrounded the Jewish people after leaving Egypt during the forty years of wandering in the desert. It also commemorates how the Jews lived in temporary dwellings during that same time. Sukkot begins Wednesday night, October 8, 2014.All the links and resources below are posted on the Sukkot resources page English Hebrew Dictionary - Sukkot Vocabulary Study 23 Hebrew Sukkot Phrases with Audio…
  • Educational Resources about Yom Kippur and G'mar Hatima Tova

    2 Oct 2014 | 2:58 am
    Hi Everyone!I updated the educational resources about Yom Kippur updated the educational resources about Sukkot I wrote, said, or did anything that offended or hurt anyone, I apologize.May everyone have a meaningful fast.G'mar Hatimah Tova,Jacob
  • New Features on the Free Website: Learn English with Audio and Transliterations

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Hi Everyone!Learn English with Audio and Transliterations a free website to learn over 1,500 English words and phrases. The site includes 77 printable study sheetsand 15 learning videos.As of today, the site works on home computersand smart phones (tested on Android and iOS).The site is multilingual. There are menus, translations and transliterations in French, Hebrew, Russian, Spanish and Chinese.Each language interface has its own navigation buttons and search functions. There is an English Only menu, for those that prefernot to use language translations and…
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    The Muqata

  • PM Netanyahu's Speech at UN Sept. 29 2014

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Thank you, Mr. President, Distinguished delegates,I come here from Jerusalem to speak on behalf of my people, the people of Israel. I’ve come here to speak about the dangers we face and about the opportunities we see. I’ve come here to expose the brazen lies spoken from this very podium against my country and against the brave soldiers who defend it. Ladies and Gentlemen, The people of Israel pray for peace. But our hopes and the world’s hope for peace are in danger. Because everywhere we look, militant Islam is on the march. It’s not militants. It’s not Islam. It’s militant…
  • Where in the World is Mohammed Zoabi?

    28 Sep 2014 | 2:57 am
    Where is the Muqata's friend -- Israeli-Arab Zionist Teenager, Mohammed Zoabi?Many of you who have been following the Muqata FB page know about the Israeli-Arab Zionist teenager, Mohammed Zoabi - who proudly expressed his support for Israel, and not only condemned the abduction of the 3 Jewish teens this summer (as opposed to his infamous cousin, MK Hanin Zoabi -- the Hamas cheerleader in the Knesset), yet young Mohammed also threatened the terrorists that they should return the abducted teens safe and sound if they knew what was good for them.Mohammed was ultimately correct, and while the 3…
  • IDF Operation Protective Edge - August 26, 2014

    25 Aug 2014 | 10:40 pm
    Newest updates will be at the top. To refresh [F5 key]8:00pm Hamas Victory in Gaza includes: No Water, No Electricity, 350,000 refugees. All they get is the opening of the humanitarian conveys via the border crossings with israel (which Israel keeps open anyway).There will be discussions about an air/sea port for Gaza, but nothing is promised.Israel will discuss the demilitarization of Gaza, but nothing is promised.The cease fire has no stated end point.8pm Antisemitism in New York Jewish couple…
  • IDF Operation Protective Edge - August 25, 2014

    24 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Newest updates will be at the top. To refresh [F5 key]11:26pm The IDF has not given any directives regarding the security situation in Northern Israel. The Kiryat Shmonah municipality has taken the initiative and requested that all residents stay in protected areas, and that all public bomb shelters be opened.11:20pm Update: 2 confirmed Katyusha rockets were fired earlier from Lebanon. IDF originally thought only 1 was fired. This may be the source of the reports that the siren didn't go off for second rocket.11:09pm IDF retaliates with heavy artillery fire, following rockets fried…
  • IDF Operation Protective Edge - August 24, 2014

    24 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Newest updates will be at the top. To refresh [F5 key]11:51pm rocket alert Kerem Shalom11:30-31 pm Rocket barrage Ashkelon, Hof Ashkelon 10:55 pm rocket alert Ashdod, Nitzanim, Ashkelon 10:31 pm Rocket alert Shaar HaNegev 9:06 pm more rocket alerts Beit Shemesh area 9:05 pm Beit Shemesh and surrounding areas 8:19 pm Multiple rocket alerts Sha'ar HaNegev 8:04 pm Rocket alert Eshkol Region 7:48 pm Rocket alert Sha'ar HaNegev 7:36 pm Multiple rocket alerts Eshkol Region 7:29 pm ongoing barrage to Ashkelon and Ashdod 7:20 pm Rocket alert Sha'ar HaNegev 7:08 pm Rocket Alert Eshkol and Negev…
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    Green Prophet

  • Saudi Arabia to become more insulated than ever!

    Laurie Balbo
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:07 pm
    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) will soon require increased insulation in all new buildings across 24 major cities that, in total, account for 80 percent of the country’s population.  The action...
  • Freak algae blooms and how they can “fix” as much carbon as a rainforest

    Karin Kloosterman
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Weird, wonderful and sometimes toxic algae blooms at sea attract attention. But algal blooms, known as harmful algal blooms or HABS, can actually be a living carbon sink, a good thing for the sea and...
  • Abu Dhabi investors looking for water tech innovators!

    Karin Kloosterman
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Want to make a splash with your water tech idea, vie for a chance to get funded and earn customers right away? In an X-factor style, water innovators are being called on to submit their company ideas...
  • Vegan Israeli soldiers have a beef about army grub

    Laurie Balbo
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    A battalion of vegan soldiers dissatisfied with military menus have fired off a complaint to Israel Defense Force (IDF) ombudsman Brigadier General (res.) Yitzhak Brik. The soldiers claim...
  • Stopping energy leaks in the Middle East

    Green Prophet
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:15 am
    Winter has rolled around again in the Middle East. The colder fronts have moved in, the winds are blowing, and the rains have started – again. After 105 degree heat in summer, it’s hard...
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    Six Kids and a Full Time Job

  • 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…
  • 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…
  • Again, "Follow the Money." Is Obama Following it to Qatar?

    MIchael Eisenberg
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Tom Friedman is right. Hillary Clinton's assertion that arming the Syrian rebels would have turned the tide in Syria is naive at best. But Clinton picked up the wrong issue. She could have asked why President Obama uttered red lines about Syria and then allowed them to be crossed in a region where it is very dangerous to do that. More pointedly, she could have asked why Obama coddles and courts Qatar, the funder of ISIS and Hamas, modern nihilistic death cults dedicated to the killing of Christians, Gays and Jews. The Qataris should not be friends of any decent human being, let along…
  • Yair Lapid's 0% VAT Might Destroy Israel’s Economy

    MIchael Eisenberg
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:07 pm
    I can no longer sit back quietly as Yair Lapid’s infantile politics and honor threaten our economy. Numerous journalists have already written about his swiss cheese proposal to reduce VAT on apartment purchases to 0%.  However, what we have not taken into account is that not only does this populist proposal not accomplish the goals it has set out to accomplish but it threatens the economy as a whole. While Lapid is well-intentioned in his quest to reduce housing prices, his proposal will accomplish exactly the opposite. TheMarker correctly reported yesterday what we all knew: The…
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    Jewlicious THE Jewish Blog

  • JewliciousPop: KennyG In China

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Pop musician Kenny G has caused a stir in China this week, raising the ire of Beijing’s Communist Party leaders and the hearts of Occupy Central students and protesters. Mister G is among the most widely known modern pop musicians, having sold over 75 million recordings of saxophone compositions. In China his “Going Home” song […]
  • JewliciousEats: Kaffe mit (in)Sahne

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Ich möchte Kaffee mit Sahne und Zucker – I would like Coffee with cream and sugar. Oops. In one retailer in Switzerland, one could get their creamer with a murderous tyrant: Hitler or Mussolini. For years, Migros has been selling disposable cups of coffee creamer with collectible images on their peel-off tops. They are quite […]
  • DAYO LIVE! Watch us get married…

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    Thanks to TM for announcing my upcoming nuptials. The festivities begin tomorrow morning Israel time and, in true nerd-o fashion, it will be broadcast live. That’s for the sake of grandparents, family and friends who couldn’t make it to Israel. Simply visit starting at 10 am Israel time, 3 am EST, Midnight PST or […]
  • The US State Department and Its Shameful Behavior Toward Israel

    22 Oct 2014 | 11:15 pm
    This is a bit long. If you want to skip the details and get to the point, Click here. The US State Department has a habit of sticking it to Israel. Here is just some of our coverage of their gifts to Israel over the years. Rest assured, these are just the tip of the […]
  • Founder of Jewlicious is Getting Married. Like, This Week!

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    David Abitbol, the indefatigable and fearless founder of Jewlicious is getting married on October 24, 2014, somewhere in the Land of Israel, to the charming and lovely Ayo Oppenheimer. They’re so cute they call themselves Dayo. Heh. Wish I could be there. I’m sure he prefers cash, but the wuss has actually put up a […]
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  • From Your Comments: Round 2 Voting For The New JobMob Logo

    Jacob Share
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    Now which is your favorite? In Round 1 of the voting, Concept 1 came out strongly with the win, gaining 66% of the vote. That was actually its lowest showing, after initially trending over 80%. With your many email and blog comments in hand, the guys over at Emske have returned with some followup variations. Below are 3 new takes in addition to the Round 1 Winner. Browse them all and then vote in the poll at the bottom, just like last time. And also just like last time – send in your helpful suggestions and detailed feedback, or just a quick reaction. You can see we’re listening…
  • 35 Resume Filenames Recruiters Won’t Respond To

    Jacob Share
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    What if you’re accidentally aiming for the resume black hole? This article is brought to you by The Introvert Whisperer: The 5 Common Ways Introverts Commit Career Self-Sabotage and How to Avoid Them: Unique and expert career advice in 5 powerful videos created especially for Ambitious Introverts. As much as you might want to think otherwise, recruiters are people like you and me. They get too much email to read it all, they have anti-spam filters in their inboxes and they misplace downloaded files too. So if your emailed resume or CV has a filename that’s unclear at best or…
  • Top 200 Job Search & Recruitment Facebook Pages of 2014

    Jacob Share
    7 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    The most popular spots for job seekers on Facebook right now. How to use this list Each row shows how many people like that page and mentions languages used there besides English The description was taken directly from the Facebook page itself A country flag shows which country that page is aimed at while the globe icon () is for pages with international scope Share this list on Facebook! (And don’t forget to Like the JobMob Facebook Page). Where most job seekers hang out on Facebook 200. State Farm Careers – 18,232 people like this – Join an industry leader as a State Farm…
  • Vote For The New JobMob Logo & Branding

    Jacob Share
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    Which is your favorite? Well over 7 years since JobMob was created and it still has the same logo and branding. Time for a refresh! The guys over at Emske have begun working on some new logo ideas and I’d love to hear what you think. Below are the 3 concepts they’ve imagined so far, each one accompanied with a short description. Browse them all and then vote in the poll at the bottom. If you have any suggestions, feedback or would just like to explain your choice to me and Emske’s designers, that would be great! Leave a comment for that. Concept 1 Description In this logo…
  • How Soft Preemption Matters in Job Interviews

    Jacob Share
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you run from the elephants in the room, they might still get you. Are you aware of the difference between an interview with a potential boss and an interview with HR? They each have very different agendas: A boss or supervisor-to-be is interested primarily in your professional competence while human relationship issues are less important to them. All they need in this regard is to feel there is reasonably good chemistry with you, and that neither your personality nor your behavior set off any flashing red lights in their mind. HR, on the other hand, has a totally different perspective. If…
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  • Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg – CNN Hero, and Mine

    Yitzchok Adlerstein
    11 Oct 2014 | 11:28 pm
    In a large mosque in Detroit hangs a plaque honoring Rabbi Elimelech Goldberg. That will give you just an inkling of the Kiddush Hashem that Rabbi G (as he is affectionately called) has created for decades in cities, hospitals, universities, and corporate installations throughout the US and abroad. He has now made the final cut in the annual CNN Heroes competition. Making it to the top ten contenders will itself bolster the image of the frum Jew as people read his amazing accomplishments while viewing his bearded visage crowned with a large black yarmulke. Like Avraham Avinu whom the Torah…
  • “Personal Torah”

    Avi Shafran
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:25 pm
    A recent announcement by a respected Conservative rabbi has been trumpeted widely as evidence of his heroism. My take is somewhat different, and was published, to the periodical’s credit, by the Forward. You can read it here
  • Misplaced Zeal

    Avi Shafran
    11 Oct 2014 | 7:13 pm
    The powerful swell of voices on Broadway, thirteen stories below Agudath Israel’s offices, did more than disturb my concentration. A thousand people were blocking traffic and loudly chanting in unison, the roar less redolent of “Hashem hu ho’Elokim!” at Neila’s end than of what I imagine “Kill the Jews!” must have sounded like during pogroms. Which was ironic, considering that, in light of the cause and location, a large number of the shouters were likely Jewish. The “Flood Wall Street” event was but a weak echo of what had taken place a day earlier, when an estimated…
  • The “Shabbos App” is a Farce

    Yaakov Menken
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:49 pm
    It is true that the “Shabbos App” has attracted a great deal of attention and discussion. Personally, I am waiting for the prankster to come forward and explain that this was all designed to make Orthodox Jews look bad by demonstrating their focus on … what, precisely, I’m not sure. Probably that we care about Shabbos at all, and are distressed by those teens in many communities who are unable to set aside their phones when required by Halacha. But we’ll get to that eventually. The simple fact of the matter is that this whole thing is a farce, and of course we…
  • Why I Love Rav Shmuel – And Will Advocate Vaccination Nonetheless

    Yitzchok Adlerstein
    5 Oct 2014 | 11:56 pm
    There is no contradiction. Anyone who finds one has targeted a straw man. I have had the benefit of association with three generations of Kamenetskys. They have never, ever let me down when I have turned to them for guidance and insight. The short but meaningful times I spent with both Rav Moshe Feinstein zt”l and Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky zt”l provided the bases of a lifetime of confidence in the halachic system, and in the concept of emunas chachamim. Making the transition from a fairly black yeshiva to teaching at a West Coast institution with the name YU just would not have happened…
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    Elder Of Ziyon - Israel News

  • Gideon Levy's fantasy and some video reality

    Elder of Ziyon
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:00 pm
    From insane-leftist Gideon Levy in Haaretz:The uprising is on the way. When the next wave of terror emerges from the alleys of East Jerusalem, Israelis will pretend to be astonished and furious. But the truth must be told: Despite Wednesday's shocking incident, the Palestinians are turning out to be one of the most tolerant nations in history. Mass arrests, violent settlers, deprivation, expulsion, neglect, dispossession — and they remain silent, except for the recent protest of the stones.After I read this I happened to see this video report from Israel's Channel 10 showing dozens of…
  • In Arabic, he's a hero. In English, he's "mentally ill because of Israeli torture." (update)

    Elder of Ziyon
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    From Ma'an:Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi, who died early Thursday after being shot by Israeli police following a suspected attack on civilians in Jerusalem, suffered psychological issues following his release from an Israeli jail, his mother said.His mother was quoted by the Wadi Hilweh Information Center as saying that her son suffered mental health issues after being released from Israeli prison custody in March, where he was allegedly tortured.On the day of the incident in Jerusalem, she had taken al-Shaludi to see a doctor who referred her to a psychiatrist and booked an appointment for Nov.
  • 10/23 Links Pt2: J Street U Slammed for Offensive Post After Babies Murder; Is Beinart Just a Troll?

    23 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    From Ian:J Street U Slammed for Insensitive Post Following Murder of BabyJ Street U, the campus arm of the George Soros-founded organization which claims to be pro-Israel, is garnering negative attention after an insensitive post following the murder of a Jewish baby in Jerusalem on Wednesday.Rather than simply express sympathy with the family of the murdered three-month-old, who was killed in a Hamas-endorsed attack, J Street U felt it was necessary to editorialize. "In Jerusalem, a baby has been killed and 8 wounded by a terrorist from the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan, the same…
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  • מאות מפגינים בערד: "אנחנו דורשים עבודה"

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:58 am
    תושבים הזועמים על גל הפיטורים בעיר עקב סגירת שני מפעלים בעיר חוסמים את שתי הכניסות לעיר הדרומית: "במשך חמש שנים פוטרו בערד 1300 עובדים, אנחנו בבעיה מאד רצינית"
  • מלחמת הכוכבים המחודשת והסיכון שלוקחת דיסני

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:56 am
    חברת הסרטים הוותיקה, שרכשה את הזכויות על הסדרה המיתולוגית, צפויה להשיק בשנה הקרובה טרילוגיה חדשה שלה אך למרות האפשרות העצומה לרווח, ישנם גם סיכונים. "'דיסני' אינה חסינה מנפילות", מסביר מנהל האולפנים של החברה
  • לראשונה בכותל: ספר תורה הוברח לרחבת הנשים

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:54 am
    ארגון נשות הכותל קיים טקס בת מצווה, במהלכו עלתה נערה לתורה וקראה מספר תורה שהוברח למתחם. רב הכותל: "פעלו בעורמה"
  • אוטובוס ועליו ארבעה ישראלים התהפך בנפאל

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:36 am
    שבוע אחרי האסון באנאפורנה: אוטובוס שהיה בדרכו לקטמנדו סטה מהדרך ונפל מגובה של 100 מטרים. מהמשטרה המקומית נמסר כי עד כה אותרו 8 גופות במקום התאונה ודווח על כ-40 פצועים, אך זהותם עדיין אינה ידועה. מרבית הנוסעים היו בדרכם לפסטיבל טיהר
  • לצבא עיראק ייקח חודשים להתכונן לתקיפת דאעש

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:25 am
    פקידים אמריקאים תדרכו עיתונאיים והודו כי הצבא העיראקי יהיה מוכן לתקיפה קרקעית ממושכת כנגד ארגון הטרור רק בעוד זמן רב. בנתיים גם הניסיונות לבלום את דאעש במערב עיראק נוחלים כישלון
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  • קרלו אנצ'לוטי: "לעולם לא אאמן את ברצלונה"

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:51 am
    מאמן ריאל מדריד נשבע אמונים לקראת הקלאסיקו מול הקטלונים במוצ"ש: "ברור שאם הייתי יכול לקבל את מסי, הייתי מחתים אותו"
  • סטיב נאש גמר את העונה, יודיע על פרישה?

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:08 am
    הרכז בן ה-40 של לוס אנג'לס לייקרס לא מצליח להתאושש מהפציעה בגבו ולא יוכל ליטול חלק בעונה, שהיתה אמורה להיות האחרונה שלו
  • ואז הגיעה צסק"א: ההתפכחות של מכבי ת"א

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    אחרי שבועיים של ארבעה ניצחונות, שיצרו תחושה משק(כ)רת שמכבי שוב בדרך לעונה גדולה, הגיעה נחיתה כואבת במוסקבה. גודס טעה כשפתח עם פארגו בחמישייה כרכז והיינס מאכזב עד עכשיו. זה לא נראה כאילו נקבל שידור חוזר של רייס היקמן
  • מכבי נתניה: "לעודד, בלי קריאות גזעניות"

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:45 pm
    ארגון האוהדים של הקבוצה מנסה להרגיע את הרוחות לקראת משחק התחתית בשבת. קציני משטרה נפגשו עם האולטראס של בני סכנין
  • הפועל ב"ש: מכת פציעות לקראת מכבי פ"ת

    23 Oct 2014 | 11:18 pm
    אליניב ברדה טרם התאושש מפציעתו ושיתופו מוטל בספק. טומיסלב פאיוביץ' ואוביידו חובאן יידרשו לעבור מבחן כשירות. מספר שחקני עבר מקווים לזכות במשרת מנהל האצטדיון החדש "יעקב טרנר"
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  • המירוץ לצמרת של אורי חזקיה

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:42 am
    אורי חזקיה טוען שסטנדאפיסט הוא בעצם "פילוסוף עם כוכבית". אחרי שעשה את הדרך הארוכה מבמות המועדונים אל הפריים־טיים של ערוץ 2, הוא מגיע עכשיו לעונה החדשה של "מועדון לילה"
  • שחיטת עריות: המשורר הטבעוני כועס על אלוהים

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    הטבעונות מגיעה למדור השירה "שיר השירים": חן ישראל קלינמן אינו חוסך מאיתנו תיאורים זוועתיים ואינו מטיל את האשמה אך ורק על בני האדם כיצורים תבוניים. הוא מבקש ללכת רחוק יותר ויש לו דין ודברים עם הבורא על הסדר הלקוי לדידו שבו נברא העולם
  • תרבות הסלפי: לשרבב שפתיים מגיל שנתיים

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    הדוקו "ילדים נוצצים" עוקב אחר אמהות שהופכות את בנותיהן לברביות. לא מבינים מה לא בסדר בקליפ של הפסטיגל? כנסו לעולמן של הילדות שמתאמנות על הסלפי המושלם מגיל אפס ושל האמהות שהופכות אותן לכוכבות הריאלטי הזנותיות של הדור הבא
  • וניה, סוניה, מאשה ושפיץ: מחזה נפלא בלי עלילה

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    המחזה החדש של הקאמרי מייצר דיאלוג תרבותי ואנושי בין המחזאי צ'כוב האמיתי, כרקע וכהשראה, לבין המציאות האקטואלית. התוצאה מוכיחה שהיופי נמצא בפרטים הקטנים
  • לקראת סיום: "הורים במשרה מלאה" מתרחבת

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    לא ממש מעניינת ולא קורה בה הרבה, אבל תמיד כשתחזרו לחיק זרועותיה תרגישו בבית: משפחת ברייברמן כבשה את צופיה תוך עירור הזדהות עמה, וגרמה לנו לשכוח מכל שאר הדרמות המשפחתיות הקלישאתיות בפתח עונתה האחרונה
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  • מדריך לחיילים להיפטרות מפטרת כף הרגל והמפשעה

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:06 am
    הגיוס לצה"ל מביא עמו שינויים בפעילות ובהרגלי החיים אשר עלולים להשפיע על בריאות המתגייסים. אחת הבעיות הנפוצות בקרב חיילים הינה פטרת ד"ר הדס פראג נוה, מסבירה ל-NRG כיצד למנוע ולטפל
  • תסמונת החיך השסוע וההתמודדות עימה

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    אחד מכל 600 ילדים בישראל סובל מאחת התסמונות הידועות בעולם המערבי: תסמונות החיך השסוע. מדובר בפגם שהסיבות לו אינם ברורות עד הסוף והן ככל הנראה נובעות מסיבות גנטיות וסביבתיות
  • כיצד נחייך עם כל השיניים גם בגיל השלישי?

    28 Sep 2014 | 2:07 am
    ביום רביעי, יתקיים יום הקשיש הבינלאומי ולקראת יום זה, חשוב לעלות את המודעות לחשיבות טיפולי השיניים בקרב הגיל השלישי. כיום ישנם פתרונות לשמירת השיניים כך שאיכות החיים תישמר עד זקנה מופלגת
  • עישון משפיע על הילדים - אפילו לפני היריון

    8 Sep 2014 | 9:14 am
    מחקר נורווגי קובע שילדים לאבות מעשנים עלולים ללקות באסתמה אפילו אם האבות הפסיקו לעשן שנים לפני שהאם התעברה
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    Niv Calderon

  • The Connection Between Wearables, Safety and Global Warming

    Niv Calderon
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Making a difference. You got to see this video first. It made me think about what will be the role of wearables in our lives. I think that 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. […]
  • Why I Started Wearable Valley

    Niv Calderon
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    This is the first newsletter I ever send on behalf of myself. It’s quite exciting I have to say. I’ve embedded the Wearable Valley Newsletter below, but newsletters have a nature of disappearing after a year, here is the PDF version of it. You can subscribe to the Wearable Valley newsletter to get it to your email whenever […]
  • Capital invested in wearable startups in August September 2014

    Niv Calderon
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:45 am
    Wearable Intelligence, August 2014, $8.5M for wearable technology (basically Glassware) for paramedics and doctors, and developing Glassware for field technicians. OnBeep, August 2014, $6.4M for creating a “Star Trek commbadge” wearable device for field teams. Pristine, September 2014, $5.5M for creating a teleconference Glassware for doctors, and developing Glassware for field technicians. Total: ~$21M
  • Ten Months With Google Glass, I Got So Much To Say

    Niv Calderon
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:04 am
    It started with my first 3 hour session with my new Glass at the beginning of 2014. I sat down, worked on my mac and forgot to look or to touch my phone, you know, to look at the time. It occurred to me that having the time constantly inside my eye, as a layer […]
  • Wearable Technology Will Be Like Air

    Niv Calderon
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:54 pm
    The first startup I worked at in 2007 was called “Wiser Codes”, we developed a BI artificial intelligence that will help businesses get better results online. I remember I had an idea back then, that I needed one place to read and write from/into all my online presence (read everything, post everywhere, and have a unified […]
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    Daily News Alert from Israel - COP/JCPA

  • Terror in Ottawa

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Wall Street Journal) Editorial - In 2006 Canadian security officials arrested 18 Canadian jihadists who had been plotting a terrorist spectacular against multiple targets, including the Toronto Stock Exchange, the Ottawa Parliament and Prime Minister Stephen Harper. In April 2013, Canadian police charged two men with a plot to derail a passenger train. The pair had connections to an al-Qaeda cell based in Iran. In July, two converts to Islam were arrested plotting to bomb the British Columbia provincial legislature in Victoria using pressure-cooker bombs. On Monday, another convert struck…
  • Irish Senate Calls for Recognition of Palestinian State

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (AFP) Ireland's upper house of parliament on Wednesday passed a motion calling on the Dublin government to recognize the state of Palestine, in a symbolic move that is unlikely to change policy. The motion, initiated by an opposition lawmaker in the upper house, which has little real power, passed without a vote.
  • Islamist Gunman Kills Soldier in Ottawa, Opens Fire Inside Canadian Parliament

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Washington Post) Carol Morello and Mark Berman - A gunman killed a Canadian honor guard soldier at a war memorial in Ottawa and then opened fire inside the nearby Parliament building on Wednesday. The gunman was identified as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32, from Montreal, a convert to Islam known as Abdullah Zehaf-Bibeau. He had recently been designated a "high-risk traveler" by the Canadian government and had his passport seized, the Globe and Mail reported. The gunman was killed by the sergeant-at-arms in Parliament, a veteran police officer. On Monday a radicalized Canadian convert to Islam…
  • Palestinians Downbeat on Rebuilding of Gaza

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Reuters) Nidal al-Mughrabi and Noah Browning - The first torrential downpour of an approaching winter has soaked Gaza, compounding the misery of thousands of Palestinians whose homes were wrecked in the summer war with Israel. The flow of building material will largely depend on whether the Palestinian Authority extends its writ to Gaza, now run by Hamas. Local businessmen say a mechanism agreed by the UN, Israel and the Palestinians for construction materials to move into Gaza remains vague and plagued by red tape.
  • The Islamic Republic and Islamic State

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Jerusalem Post) Yariv Levin - Some have considered the idea of creating an alliance with the Islamic Republic of Iran in the fight against the radical extremists of the Islamic State. There has even been talk of loosening the Western world's opposition to Iran's nuclear weapons program in order to encourage cooperation. Such a move would be a mistake of historic proportions. Iran is no different than Islamic State. This is true with respect to Iran's ultimate ambitions as well as with respect to Iran's attitude to human rights. The ambition of both Iran and the IS is wide territorial…
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    The ESSENTIAL guide to Israel |

  • Driving into Jerusalem to visit the Old City? Things just got a little easier…

    7 Oct 2014 | 10:06 pm
    If you’re looking to drive into Jerusalem to visit the Old City, a new shuttle service has made things so much easier! Even though we’ve been here for years, driving into Jerusalem has always been a bit of a headache, especially when we’re not so familiar with the route, where to park, etc. We’re guessing you’re in a similar boat… Starting in October 2014, the Municipality of Jerusalem has started a new service: you can now park near the old train station, hop on a shuttle to the Old City, tour the holy sites, and shuttle right back to your car – all for…
  • Robbie Williams lines up a summer 2015 concert in Israel!

    7 Oct 2014 | 12:15 am
    Looks like the summer rumors are already starting – Robbie Williams is apparently on his way to Tel Aviv next summer! With the recent troubles seemingly over and peace and goodwill restored to all men (but not terrorists), concert promoters are now working overtime to make summer 2015 a biggie for music fans in Israel! After the confirmation that legendary US rockers KISS will be performing here in 2015, Robbie Williams is the next big name on the list. Williams has never performed in Israel, and with his career not quite in the superstardom ranks it was maybe 5-10 years ago, it seems…
  • AMAZING Yom Kippur photos that show just how unique this holiday is…

    27 Sep 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Yom Kippur is Israel’s unique gift to the world. A 25 hour glimpse of life without the hustle and bustle of traffic, mindless reality TV, and people that generally suck. Because Yom Kippur just makes all that crap vanish for a few hours… If you need more details, click here for more about the ins and outs of this unique Jewish holiday. Here are some of the pictures we’ve come across, or taken ourselves, which in our opinion, sum up Yom Kippur perfectly… Photo by Daniel Bar On Photo by Ofir Cohen – click to BIG! Photo by Itay Levin Photo by Moti Milrod Photo by…
  • Just how many people are there living in Israel in 2014?

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:56 am
    With the Jewish New Year upon us, it’s time for some annual Ministry of Interior statistics! Israel is definitely a growing country, so if you were ever wondering just how many people are living here, read on below… In September 2014, the official population of Israel is now 8,904,373 (last year it was 8,730,562)! The most popular name for newborn boys: Yosef (followed by Daniel, Uri, and Itay) The most popular name for newborn girls: Tamar (followed by Noa, Shira, and Adel) Over the Jewish year, from September 2013 to September 2014, there were some 18,638,796 border crossings,…
  • Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett LIVE in Tel Aviv (VIDEO)

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Lady Gaga’s concert in Tel Aviv last night was a big success, at least according to friends and online reports. It might have pulled in a smaller audience (some 20,000) than the biggie concerts earlier this year, including of course Justin Timberlake and the Rolling Stones, but the Lady is a performer, no question about it! And the rumor that she might team up with legendary crooner Tony Bennett, who is also in town for a concert tonight, proved true! The unlikely duo have recently teamed up for a collaboration project called Cheek to Cheek. So, here they are together in Tel Aviv, Lady…
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    Life in Israel

  • Tzaharons opening at beginning of November!

    Rafi G.
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:42 am
    I was just given permission to post this information. It just became public knowledge. You probably cannot find out this information anywhere else online yet.Good news for working parents (or other parents who want their kids in tzaharon in the afternoon)!Before the Sukkos holiday the government recapitulated on its decision to cancel the subsidies for afternoon day care due to budget cuts. They announced that after Sukkos the tzharons would begin with government subsidies.They have now released the information and sent out the letter with the details. see below. I will summarize the letters…
  • learning Torah takes no vacations

    Rafi G.
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    There are a lot of ways people can get inspired or inspire others. Regarding Torah learning, it usually involves seeing unusual dedication to the cause. Here is a story, firsthand, that just happened, that I think is more inspiring than many of the standard-fare stories of yeshiva guys learning through the night or early mornings or x hours per day...Here goes.background:a bunch of guys work all day long, each in his own job, on his schedule. some longer hours, some shorter hours. Some work in more physical labor type jobs, some sit at a desk and do what they do. Every single day, with no…
  • A Tour of Israel in HD (video)

    Rafi G.
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:56 am
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  • Yishai Fleisher on Al-Jazeera: Why is Al Aqsa Mosque Vital to Muslims (video)

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    23 Oct 2014 | 1:45 am
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    Rafi G.
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:41 am
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    This Ongoing War: A Blog

  • 24-Oct-14: Attacks on security personnel and what we do and don't know

    This Ongoing War
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:16 am
    Canadian parliament building under attack on Wednesday [Image Source]From The Economist ["Terror in Canada", October 25, 2014]It was a sombre Stephen Harper who addressed Canadians on October 22nd. A lone gunman had fatally shot a young soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in the capital, Ottawa, and then entered Canada’s parliament building where he was killed. The prime minister linked the shooting to the murder earlier in the week of another Canadian soldier. Both, he said, were a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the type of terrorist attacks seen around the…
  • 24-Oct-14: When not knowing what to say can be the most powerful message

    This Ongoing War
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:40 pm
    The victim, standing guard, just minutes before he was killed[Image Source]It doesn't take carefully crafted speeches. Expressing sincere remorse for terrorism when the perpetrator is someone from your country, your faith, your community or (as in this case) your family can be an astonishingly effective thing.The mother of the man accused of killing a soldier at Ottawa's war memorial then storming Parliament before being shot dead says she is crying for the victims of the shooting, not her son. In a brief and tear-filled telephone interview on Thursday, Susan Bibeau said she did not know…
  • 24-Oct-14: Imagine if the NYTimes knew how to sincerely apologize

    This Ongoing War
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:04 pm
    The infant Chaya Zissel Braunof blessed memoryJodi RudorenNew York Times Jerusalem BureauJerusalem, IsraelDear Mrs RudorenWe are writing to you for the first time. It's about something quite shocking you published on your Twitter account this morning.You Tweeted about an article penned by one of your Jerusalem NYT colleagues. It relates to a sickening attack - one that epitomizes what most people think about when they call an act 'cowardly' - by a violent Palestinian Arab man, Abdel Rahman Al-Shaludi, with a demonstrated commitment to terror and violence, driving a car. But someone…
  • 22-Oct-14: Headlines often say more about the editors who compose them than about the news they report

    This Ongoing War
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:15 pm
    BBC [Source] earlier this eveningBBC [Source] later this evening. Check out the video of the 'attack' at thefoot of this post and see if you understand why those apostrophes are thereReuters [Source]New York Times (with uncorrected spelling mistake) [Source]. No terror, no Arabs, no Israelis. At the Times, they know how to avoid seeming judgmental.Plain and unadorned at Israel National News [Source]Aljazeera [Source]. Think about what must have gone through their photo editor's mind as she sifted through the dozens of graphic and detailed news-agency photographsof tonight's terror attack…
  • 21-Oct-14: Trivialization pursuits

    This Ongoing War
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:46 am
    Denmark's iconic Little Mermaid statue, draped in a hijab (backgroundis here via Al Arabiya)The New York Metropolitan Opera, in a co-production with the English National Opera, began a run of John Adams' 1991 opera The Death of Klinghoffer last night in Manhattan with a standing ovation and mixed reviews. Death is an artistic interpretation of the actual murder of Leon Klinghoffer, an elderly Jew confined to a wheelchair, who took a cruise with his wife in 1985 on the Achille Lauro in celebration of their wedding anniversary. Armed Palestinian Arab terrorists in the…
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    Dead Sea Fun

  • Israel State Committee Recommends Softer Approach to Natural Resource Surtax

    Sue Schoenfeld
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:09 am
    Arousing the ire of industrialists and environmentalists alike, the Sheshinski 2 Committee published its final recommendations on policies for taxing natural resources, softening its approach from a previous draft. Finance Minister Yair Lapid tasked the committee, headed by economist Eytan Sheshinski, a professor emeritus at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, last year with examining the state’s taxation and royalty policies for the exploitation of natural resources – excluding oil and gas, where the policies were previously determined by another panel Sheshinski headed. The…
  • Arad Towels Closes in Double Blow for Negev Town

    Sue Schoenfeld
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:41 pm
    After 40 years, the Arad Towels factory, which provided a living for many of the residents of Arad, has closed down. Most of its production will shortly be transferred to the US. Some 200 workers have been laid off. In addition, Flextronics, which provides contract production services to electronics companies, intends to lay off 15 employees at its production site in the city. The employees have been summoned for pre-dismissal hearings in the past few days, because of a drop in the volume of activity, senior managers at the company said.   Read the full article at
  • Israelis, Jordanians, Palestinians Advancing on Trilateral Water Swapping Arrangements

    Sue Schoenfeld
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    A major trilateral water understanding signed by Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian parties in December is moving forward slowly but surely – as tender preparations for an Aqaba desalination facility begin to materialize, high level Israeli sources told The Jerusalem Post last week. The project in question involves a memorandum of understanding signed on December 9, 2013, in which senior officials from the three governments met at the World Bank headquarters in Washington to advance cross-border water swaps and an eventual funneling of Red Sea brines to a shrinking Dead Sea. A key…
  • Israel Chemicals to Close Magnesium Factory, Fire 550 Workers in 2017

    Sue Schoenfeld
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Israel Chemicals (ICL) on Thursday 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 plant, which employs another 1,200. The company cited the possibility that "interim recommendations of the Sheshinski Committee will be adopted and enacted into legislation" as reasons for both. Read the full article at   Update on October 8, 2014: No Arbitration on Israel Chemicals Profit Dispute  Update on September 19, 2014: U.S. Listing…
  • Eilat Eilot Off Grid Hub to Open in the Arava

    Sue Schoenfeld
    2 Oct 2014 | 11:29 pm
    A new technology hub focusing on the development of off-grid technologies will soon be opening its doors under the desert sun of the Eilat-Eilot region in Israel. Aiming to develop products that can provide energy and water to populations not connected to their national grids, the Eilat Eilot Off Grid Hub will provide a testbed for both start-ups and established companies in a variety of sectors, according to its leaders. The hub will be administered by the Eilat-Eilot Renewable Energy Initiative, a body responsible for leveraging the southern Arava and Eilat regions by establishing research…
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