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  • NYC education officials urged to investigate quality of yeshivas

    JTA Breaking News
    Julie Wiener
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:13 pm
    (JTA) — Fifty-two people — former yeshiva students, parents of current yeshiva students and former teachers from schools — reportedly signed a letter sent to New York City education officials expressing “deep concern” about “the poor quality and scant amount of secular education” at the 39 schools with which they say they are affiliated. The letter, sent to seven district superintendents in Queens and Brooklyn and New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina, allege that the yeshivas are failing to meet New York state law requiring all nonpublic schools to provide an…
  • Farming Had an Earlier Start, a Study Says

    NYT > Israel
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Farming may have originated 23,000 years ago, thousands of years earlier than previously thought, according to seeds researchers found at an ancient site.
  • Former ambassadors to Israel back Iran nuclear deal

    Israel News
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:38 am
    Seven former U.S. diplomats and State Department officials sent a letter Monday to leaders in Congress urging them to support the nuclear deal with Iran. Those for and against the international agreement with Iran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief are engaged in a verbal battle to lobby lawmakers.
  • Former settlers, officials return to Sa-Nur settlement without security approval

    ynet - Updates for RSS
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
  • Israel's Arabs don't have to be Zionists to be loyal

    ynet - Opinion
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Op-ed: State of Israel's anthem is a reflection of Jewish yearning for a national home; Arab citizens cannot and should not be part of that yearning, but it should not stop them from being loyal citizens.
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    JTA Breaking News

  • NYC education officials urged to investigate quality of yeshivas

    Julie Wiener
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:13 pm
    (JTA) — Fifty-two people — former yeshiva students, parents of current yeshiva students and former teachers from schools — reportedly signed a letter sent to New York City education officials expressing “deep concern” about “the poor quality and scant amount of secular education” at the 39 schools with which they say they are affiliated. The letter, sent to seven district superintendents in Queens and Brooklyn and New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina, allege that the yeshivas are failing to meet New York state law requiring all nonpublic schools to provide an…
  • Microsoft buys haredi-founded tech firm

    Julie Wiener
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:19 pm
    NEW YORK (JTA) — Microsoft has purchased a software company created and run by a Hasidic Jewish man from the Satmar village of Kiryas Joel in New York. The purchase price of FieldOne, a New Jersey-based company’s whose software helps companies manage employees when they are out on assignment, has not been disclosed. However, Geektime, a site that covers tech and start-up news, described the deal as “one of the largest exits for a Hassidic, or Haredi, company.” Shloma Baum, the company’s founder, president and chief technology officer, is a Satmar Hasid who taught himself several…
  • Arab-Israeli lawmaker: Jews have no religious ties to Temple Mount

    Julie Wiener
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:08 pm
    (JTA) — An Arab Knesset member claimed that Jews have no religious ties to Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. On Monday, Masud Ganaim of the Joint Arab List told Israel Radio that “historically, religiously, it is a Muslim site, period,” the Religion News Service reported. The remarks came a day after Tisha b’Av, when Jews mourn the destruction of the first and second Temples on the Temple Mount, the scene of Palestinians rioting on Sunday. Four Israeli police officers were lightly injured and three Palestinians were arrested in the clashes. A similar riot occurred there last year on Tisha…
  • 5 ex-U.S. ambassadors to Israel back Iran deal

    Julie Wiener
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:01 pm
    (JTA) — Five former U.S. ambassadors to Israel sent a letter to Congress in favor of the Iran nuclear deal. James Cunningham, William Harrop, Daniel Kurtzer, Thomas Pickering and Edward Walker Jr. signed the letter, along with R. Nicholas Burns, former undersecretary of state for political affairs and ambassador to NATO, and Frank Wisner, former undersecretary of state for international security affairs and undersecretary of defense for policy, the Times of Israel reported. “No agreement between multiple parties can be perfect or without risks,” the letter states. “We believe that…
  • London faith schools meeting scheduled for Rosh Hashanah

    Marcy Oster
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:38 pm
    (JTA) — Britain’s Office for Standards in Education scheduled a meeting of London’s faith schools on Rosh Hashanah. The government office, known as Ofsted, offered to find alternative dates for the Jewish schools after the Orthodox community reacted angrily, the Jewish News website reported last week. Rosh Hashanah this year starts at sundown Sept. 13. A similar meeting scheduled for Salford, near Manchester, is scheduled to be held on an intermediate day of Sukkot, which goes from Sept. 27 to Oct. 4. “Orthodox Jewish schools are a valued section of the independent…
 
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  • Former ambassadors to Israel back Iran nuclear deal

    27 Jul 2015 | 10:38 am
    Seven former U.S. diplomats and State Department officials sent a letter Monday to leaders in Congress urging them to support the nuclear deal with Iran. Those for and against the international agreement with Iran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief are engaged in a verbal battle to lobby lawmakers.
  • Israeli Rabbi Charged With Abusing 13 Women

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:39 am
    A Safed rabbi was indicted on 13 counts of grave sexual crimes against women who had turned to him with religious questions. Rabbi Ezra Sheinberg, 46, was charged Monday in the Nazareth District Court, Israel Radio reported.
  • Mossad: 3 Iranian Jews missing since 1990s killed en route to Israel

    27 Jul 2015 | 5:32 am
    Pictures and details said to be those of missing Iranian Jews, published four months ago on the website ketab.com Two decades of mystery shrouding the fate of three Iranian Jews who disappeared in 1997 have come to a close, after the Mossad confirmed that they were killed by Iranian authorities while attempting to emigrate to Israel. Nourollah Rabi-Zade, from Shiraz, and brothers Syrous and Ibrahim Ghahremani, from Kermanshah, were instructed by Israeli agents to approach the Iran-Pakistan border to meet a smuggler who would sneak them out of the country.
  • Palestinian suspect killed during Israeli arrest raid

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:23 am
    Israeli police say a Palestinian suspected of plotting an attack in Israel was killed during an arrest raid in the Qalandia refugee camp in the Jerusalem area. He is the third Palestinian to be killed over the past week during a confrontation with Israeli forces.
  • Palestinian suspect killed during Israeli arrest raid

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:23 am
    Transit Authority police say an officer used pepper spray on a crowd trying to prevent them from taking an intoxicated teenager to police headquarters. Transit Authority police say an officer used pepper spray on a crowd trying to prevent them from taking an intoxicated teenager to police headquarters.
 
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  • Israel's Arabs don't have to be Zionists to be loyal

    27 Jul 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Op-ed: State of Israel's anthem is a reflection of Jewish yearning for a national home; Arab citizens cannot and should not be part of that yearning, but it should not stop them from being loyal citizens.
  • The US-Israeli 'plot' to destroy Iran

    26 Jul 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Analysis: The ayatollahs and Revolutionary Guards believe Obama and the Mossad have concocted a scheme to expose the dark Islamic Republic to the economic wonders of the big world, in order to encourage young Iranians to lead a revolution.
  • World powers' moral failure

    26 Jul 2015 | 11:48 am
    Op-ed: The Western states which signed the nuclear agreement with Iran signed it on Israel's behalf as well, although they were not authorized to do so. World powers often decide what is good for small nations, but they usually make the wrong decision.
  • Palestinians are not exempt from blame over failure of peace talks

    26 Jul 2015 | 12:26 am
    Op-ed: Woe on us if we are doomed with a binational state. The need to separate from the Palestinians remains, and while the disengagement from Gaza was the right idea, it was horribly executed. We need to give the PA more authorities, but keep security control over Judea and Samaria.
 
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  • 250 repopulate evacuated West Bank settlement Sa-Nur

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:55 pm
    Over 200 youths battle security forces for control of Draynoff buildings in Beit El near Ramallah as officials join families in defiantly repopulating Sa-Nur.
  • Senior Hamas official: No more military assistance from Iran

    27 Jul 2015 | 3:31 pm
    As the group's political wing moves closer to the Saudis, Abu Marzouk admits Iran has withdrawn support; military wing reportedly attempting to mend relations with Islamic Republic.
  • 17 minutes in Beit Hanoun: Battalion 931's bloody battle in Gaza

    27 Jul 2015 | 3:17 pm
    One year ago during Protective Edge, a force from the Nahal Brigade came under heavy Hamas fire; it was outnumbered and lost two fighters, with many others wounded, but the troops came out on top, killing 15 terrorists.
  • Kerry to visit region to discuss Iran deal, but skip Israel

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:37 pm
    US secretary of state to travel to Egypt and Qatar and meet with allies in attempt to alleviate concerns over nuclear agreement signed with Tehran; State Dept. says Kerry has been in constant contact with Netanyahu over deal.
  • The promised landfill: 106 years of garbage in Tel Aviv

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:53 am
    As the Tel Aviv Municipality introduces new recycling bins, we go back to the days when sanitation workers used to collect wastewater from outhouses, when dust covered the city's streets, when the first garbage trucks arrived and when trash piled up on the streets during the Sanitation Department's strikes.
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    ynet - Jewish Scene

  • A rabbi's mission: Saving Damascus' Jewish culture

    26 Jul 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Rabbi Moshe Chadid is doing the work of an academic department with his two hands: Carefully preserving the Damascus Jewry' heritage and preventing a glorious culture from sinking into oblivion, while attracting a young generation eager to learn about its forefathers.
  • Netanyahu shown 2,000-year-old Book of Lamentations scroll

    26 Jul 2015 | 12:50 pm
    'There is a lot of significance to the fact that on Tisha B'Av, this scroll is being brought to the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, our united capital,' the prime minister says.
  • Religious leaders gather at president's home for unity summit

    26 Jul 2015 | 3:58 am
    Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox rabbis discuss the importance of cooperation following recent tensions; Rivlin: A society without solidarity is destined for destruction.
  • Lithuanian artists grapple with compatriots' dark role in Holocaust

    25 Jul 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Leading novelist Sigitas Parulskis's 'Darkness and Partners' and film director Audrius Juzenas' 'Ghetto' deal with Lithuanian role in the Holocaust: 'You need to face the truth to find out what you want to tell your children and what you want from your future.'
  • 4 twins and 2 babies

    24 Jul 2015 | 10:47 am
    Identical twins married another pair of twins just four days apart, then gave birth to baby girls - just 20 minutes apart from one another.
 
 
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    DEBKAFile

  • Turkey calls emergency NATO meeting on terror attacks

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:40 pm
    July 28, 2015, 9:40 AM (IDT) NATO’s decision-making body, the North Atlantic Council, meets later Tuesday after Ankara invoked the alliance's Article 4, applicable when member states feel their territorial integrity or security is under threat, after an IS suicide bombing near Turkey's border with Syria that left 32 people dead. Ambassadors of all 28 member countries to attend the Brussels meeting will be asked to approve Turkey’s campaign against the Islamic State and “Kurdish militants.”
  • Settlers evicted from Beit El structures after clashing with police

    27 Jul 2015 | 11:33 pm
    July 28, 2015, 9:33 AM (IDT) Clashes erupted before dawn Tuesday between dozens of youths and police who came to evacuate two apartment buildings under construction in the West Bank settlement of Beit El which the High Court ordered demolished by Friday, July 31. A Border Police unit has moved into the buildings pending their demolition. Dozens of youths were detained for unruly conduct. The settlers have meanwhile obtained a building permit from the Judea and Samaria Civil administration and will petition the High Court to reverse its ruling. . Pro-settlement groups, including…
  • Al Shabaab car bomber kills 15, hits embassies at Mogadishu hotel

    27 Jul 2015 | 6:44 am
    July 27, 2015, 4:44 PM (IDT) A Somali Islamist al Shabaab suicide bomber drove a car packed with explosives through the Jazeera hotel gate in Mogadishu Sunday, killing at least 15 people, including an armed police officer of the Chinese embassy. The hotel houses the embassies of Egypt, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and the Chinese embassy on the top two floors. All their offices were badly damaged by the  exceptionally powerful blast.  
  • Turkey accused of shelling Kurdish villages in N. Syria

    27 Jul 2015 | 6:27 am
    July 27, 2015, 4:27 PM (IDT) A Kurdish Syrian official Idres Nassan Hasan Monday accused Turkey of shelling Kurdish-held villages in northern Syria in Sunday overnight air strikes, although Kurdish fighters are a key US partner in fighting the Islamic State. Ankara denied the charge. “Instead of targeting Islamic State terrorists’ occupied positions, Turkish forces attack our defenders’ positions,” the People’s Defense Units, or YPG, said in a statement. DEBKAfile: Turkey has been using its new campaign against ISIS for strikes against Kurdish groups.  
  • A Palestinian terrorist suspect jumps to his death

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:08 am
    July 27, 2015, 12:08 PM (IDT) When Israeli security forces arrived at the Kalandia camp north of Jerusalem Monday to detain two Palestinians suspected of plotting terrorist attacks, one of them, Muhammad Abu Latifa, 18, was shot in the leg while attempting to escape. He then tried jumping from roof to roof and fell to his death.  
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  • Latest Blood Libel: The Case Of Mohammed Abu Latifa (Updated)

    Aussie Dave
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:15 am
    A palestinian suspected of planning a terror attack has reportedly fallen to his death from a roof, at least according to the Israeli police. A police spokeswoman said the man, identified by Qalandiya residents as 19-year-old Mohammed Abu Latifa, ignored paramilitary police officers’ orders to halt and climbed onto a rooftop where police shot him in the lower body to stop him. “Nonetheless, the wanted man continued fleeing, and when he tried to move to another roof, he tripped and fell, and was fatally injured as a result,” she said. Naturally, the palestinians dispute this,…
  • What Happens When A Gazan Visits The Western Wall

    Aussie Dave
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:14 am
    Yesterday, I posted about the rioting on the Temple Mount, which spoke volumes about the rioters and how sacred they truly view this place. As a point of contrast, here is what I posted earlier this year regarding what happened when a Gazan visited the Western Wall. No skullcap. No incident. Meanwhile, Yehudah Glick has posted this video on his Facebook page: Yes you can be a muslim and respect human rights you can support prayer for all on temple mount!! Posted by Yehudah Glick on Sunday, July 26, 2015 More like her speaking out please.
  • The More We Know About Iran Deal, The Worse It Gets

    Mirabelle
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:56 am
    Before the July 14 announcement that negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran were completed, President Obama and his supporters tried to silence critics by urging them to wait to see what was in the deal. The more we learn now about what is in it, however, the worse it looks. Two particularly egregious points that came to light last week are: one, that the planned agreement would obligate the US to provide training and workshops to help Iran to protect its nuclear program; and two, the side deal, intended to remain secret, that will allow Iran to collect its own samples to provide to the IAEA.
  • Muslim Rioters Disgrace Themselves on Temple Mount

    Aussie Dave
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:56 am
    Even though Israel is a Jewish state, Jews are restricted from visiting the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism. This restriction is supposedly for political and security reasons – in other words, the Muslims here find the idea of Jews on the Temple Mount highly objectionable, and their feelings on the matter invariably manifest themselves in violence. Case in point: today, Tisha B’v, in which Jews commemorating historical tragedies including the destruction of the First and Second Temples, made a pilgrimage to this holiest of places. . #شاهد رشق مستوطن…
  • Photo of the Day: Tisha B’Av Night

    Real Jstreets
    26 Jul 2015 | 6:43 am
    Tens of thousands of people came and went, and spent the night at the Kotel, Western Wall on Tisha B’Av night. Mourning and remembering the destruction of Jewish Temples and bad things in history, still praying for good. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2015Original content here is published under these license terms: X License Type:6License Summary:
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    Yourish.com

  • The Iran Lobby in FP magazine

    Meryl Yourish
    12 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    You’ve heard of Foreign Policy magazine, right? Respectable publication, lots of experts write for it, heads nod at what the experts say, impeccable sources, etc., etc. Take this article about how we shouldn’t be worried about Iran’s military. Because it’s a myth that the Iranian military is dangerous and that Iran has plans for hegemony over the Middle East.Far from being a hegemonic power, able to domineer and subdue its regional rivals with impunity, Iran has a regional position that remains untenable, all while its regional rivals procure weapons systems that make…
  • Haters gonna be stupid

    Meryl Yourish
    20 Jun 2015 | 2:10 pm
    A neo-Nazi group in the U.K. will be marching in a Jewish neighborhood, spouting anti-Jewish slogans, and probably burning or destroying Jewish items. They’re threatening to burn the Talmud and stomp on the Israeli flag. Neo-nazis in the United Kingdom announced plans to burn the Talmud and shred Israeli flags at an upcoming early July march in London’s Golders Green Jewish community, The Jewish Chronicle reported Tuesday.Joshua Bonehill-Paine, a white supremacist activist, urged followers to participate in a private ceremony at Golders Green that would burn the Talmud “in…
  • Hello bias my old friend

    Meryl Yourish
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    I’ve come to talk about you again.Because a news piece softly creeping left its bias while I was sleepingIsraeli Police Officers Kill Two Palestinian MenWait, what? Why on earth did Israeli police officers kill two innocent Palestinian men?JENIN, West Bank — Two Palestinian men were fatally shot by the Israeli police after attacking officers with knives, one at a contested shrine in the West Bank and the other at a checkpoint near East Jerusalem, a police spokeswoman said Saturday.Ohhhhhhh…. they attacked the officers and tried to kill them. So they were shot. And died. I guess…
  • Introducing the Hulk News Briefs

    Meryl Yourish
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:46 pm
    There are so many news stories pissing me off that I think I’ve gone past the “I can’t even” portion of my brain and into the naked fury bit, also known as my inner Hulk. So let’s begin with effing Russia, the country my grandparents and great-grandparents were smart enough to emigrate from (thanks, smart family!)Oh, fuck you, Russia: Russia sells S-300 missiles to Iran. The only reason Iran wants them is to stop Israel or the U.S. from being able to take out Iranian nuclear weapons plants. Russia shrugs and says that there’s nothing to worry about. The…
  • Happy 7th Tiggerversary!

    Meryl Yourish
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Seven years ago today, I picked up my big dumb fluffball from Wendy’s Feline Friends (head over there and kick in a few bucks if you’ve got ’em).That was then.This is now.
 
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    This Normal Life

  • Standing up to the online bullies

    Brian
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:41 am
    When I was growing up, I was frequently bullied. I had all the stereotypical markers for bullies to pick on: I was overweight, socially awkward, a klutz in sports and inevitably last to be picked, bespectacled and brainy. It didn’t help that my first name could be twisted to spell out the very insult that my peers from four decades ago refused to release. Even when I eventually thinned out in high school, my tormentors clung to that image of the stocky nerd, and I did little to disabuse them of their cruel notions. There was name calling, books and body parts kicked when I was least…
  • Mystery Maladies and Quality of Life: Is 75 Enough?

    Brian
    7 Jul 2015 | 1:05 am
    It’s common to divide people into two opposing types. There are optimists and pessimists, extroverts and introverts, people who love cilantro and those who think it tastes like dirty dishwater. Add to this, people who run to the doctor at the first sign of something wrong and others who wait, trusting that the body will normally sort things out on its own. I’ve been thinking about this last binary distinction over the past few months as I’ve been hit by a mysterious virus, one that remains undiagnosed; not especially debilitating, certainly not fatal, but nonetheless symptomatic enough…
  • Pick and Choose-daism

    Brian
    21 Jun 2015 | 5:49 am
    Jacob’s Ladder is my favorite weekend of the year. The spring version of the semi-annual music festival, which was held last month, presents an eclectic mix of country, folk, bluegrass and, lately, local indie rock bands over three days at Kibbutz Nof Ginosar north of Tiberius. Over the past several years, I’ve noticed an increasing number of kippa-wearers and others who, at least in outward dress, identify as religious at Jacob’s Ladder. That used to be me too. When I’d ask myself back then how I could justify attending a music festival that takes place over Shabbat and is filled…
  • In praise of datlashim

    Brian
    7 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    Datlashim are some of my favorite people. I admit I’m partial. All three of my kids are datlashim. That said, datlashim may represent the very future of Judaism or, stated with less hyperbole, may help an increasingly fractured Jewish community find common ground between religious and secular. Datlash is an acronym that stands for dati l’she’avar – a formerly religious person. (Dati is Hebrew for “religious.” She’avar means “in the past.”) Datlashim in Israel grow up in a religious environment; they go to religious schools and attend Orthodox synagogues, but at some point…
  • Ch’aliyah: immigrating because the bread is better

    Brian
    21 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Ever since making aliyah, we’ve joked that we could never leave Israel, and certainly never move out of Jerusalem…because of the challah. All that changed two weeks ago when the bakery that has been the source of perhaps the best kosher sweet whole wheat challah in the world closed down. After 43 years in business, the main branch of Pe’er Bakery in Jerusalem’s German Colony shut its doors. The reason, explains owner Shoshana Sharabi, who has been at the cash register while her husband Moshe has tended to the ovens all these years is simple enough: “Di!” she exclaims, using the…
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    Daniel Pipes :: Writings

  • Dante, Chaucer, Shakespeare – and Me

    21 Jul 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Two associate professors of political science at San Diego State University, Emanuele Saccarelli and Latha Varadarajan, argue in their new book, Imperialism Past and Present (Oxford University Press), that "western [sic] imperialism did not end with the
  • How Israel Might Destroy Iran's Nuclear Program

    15 Jul 2015 | 8:40 pm
    The Vienna deal has been signed and likely will soon be ratified, which raises the question: Will any government intervene militarily to stop the nearly inevitable Iranian nuclear buildup? Obviously it will not be the American or Russian governments or
  • Obama's Iran Deal Has the Makings of a Catastrophe

    14 Jul 2015 | 7:57 am
    Barack Obama has repeatedly signaled during the past six and a half years that that his No. 1 priority in foreign affairs is not China, not Russia, not Mexico, but Iran. He wants to bring Iran in from the cold, to transform the Islamic Republic into just
  • Turkey's Unimportant Election

    4 Jun 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Almost every assessment of the national parliamentary election to take place in Turkey on June 7 rates it among the most important in the republic's nearly century old history. The New York Times deems it "crucial" and the London Daily Telegraph "pivotal
  • I Give Up: There Is No Terrorism, There Are No Terrorists

    2 Jun 2015 | 1:57 pm
    When the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), the world's largest news operation, decided in January not to call the Charlie Hebdo attackers terrorists, this made an impression on me. The head of the BBC Arabic service, Tarik Kafala, explained its
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    Good News from Israel

  • Educational Resources about Tisha B'Av

    23 Jul 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Shalom.Tisha B'Av is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar because of the incredible series of tragedies which occurred on that date throughout Jewish History.Tisha B'Av means "the ninth (day) of the Hebrew month of Av." Tisha B'Av primarily commemorates the destruction of the first and second Temples, both of which were destroyed on the ninth of Av (the first by the Babylonians in 586 B.C.E.; the second by the Romans in 70 C.E.). Although this day is primarily meant to commemorate the destruction of the Temple, it is appropriate to consider on this day the many other tragedies of the Jewish…
  • Welcome Home to the New Olim and photos at the airport

    14 Jul 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Hi Everyone!Congratulations and welcome home to the 221 new olim that made aliyah to Israel from North America. The NBN aliyah charter flight arrived in Israel this morning (Tuesday, July 14).I took 311 photos of this historic and exciting event and I posted them online at:www.history-of-israel.co.il/aliyah/2015/a855.htmI also uploaded the photos to Facebook for name tagging.The Facebook album address is:http://bit.ly/olim-july14-2015-facebookIf you have a Facebook account and you are in the photos or see someone you know, please feel free to name tag the photos.Please share the photos with…
  • New: English - Hebrew "Renting an Apartment" Vocabulary

    9 Jul 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Hi Everyone!Before you plan your next move, prepare yourself with the new "Renting an Apartment" vocabulary section of My English Hebrew Dictionary.There are 23 new study sheets with 150 words and terms related to finding and renting an apartment.Each word is show in Hebrew with nikud (vowels) and there is an English translation and transliteration.Do you know the Hebrew words for: bedrooms, gas meter, guarantors, rental agreement, repairs, wall closet, water pressure ?Start learning new words at:www.english-hebrew-dictionary.com/renting-1.htmFeedback is welcome!Please share this free…
  • New Israeli Educational Stamps including Jewelry from Jewish Communities

    17 Jun 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Hi Everyone! I scanned and posted on my website the new Israeli stamps that were issued in June 2015.I included the stamp itself, the first day cover, and an English and a Hebrew flyer about the stamp. Jewelry from Jewish Communities- Bridal Head Ornament - Bukhara, late 19th century - Wedding Ring - Italy, 17th century - Bridal Jewelry - Yemen, 1930s - World War One in Ezretz Israel CentenaryThe Military Railway (1915) - Bell AH-1 Cobra - Israel Air Force- 50 Years of Diplomatic RelationsTel Aviv - The White CityIsrael-Germany Joing Issue Vegetables- Tomato - Onion - Lettuce - Purple Cabbage…
  • Photos and Videos of the Jerusalem Festival of Light

    3 Jun 2015 | 10:29 pm
    Hi Everyone!Last night, June 3, I went to the opening night of the Jerusalem Festival of Light in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel. It was really nice!I was there for 2 hours and I did not cover all the routes. It is open every night (except Friday) for the next 8 days.Admission is free.I took photos of the festival and posted them online at:www.history-of-israel.co.il/jerusalem/2015/jer475.htmI also created two videos. The first video (about 11 minutes) highlights various performances and exhibits.The second video (8.5 minutes) is a performance by the group "Marsh Dondurma".This is the…
 
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    The Muqata

  • Muqata Update - Summer 2015

    15 Jul 2015 | 1:50 am
    Hi Muqata Readers.It's been over 10 years since we started the Muqata Blog.  We've informed, conserved and entertained tens of thousands of readers over the past decade via millions of page views.  Over the past 3 years, we've gradually moved our current event live-news reporting to our Facebook and Twitter feeds. Currently, we are excited to report that we are beta testing a Muqata Android smartphone application which will receive (user-configurable) push notifications of breaking news, news, opinion, life in Israel, and Color Red rocket alerts in real time.  Also in…
  • A Personal Reflection on MK Uri Orbach z’l

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

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

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

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

  • Small scale farming twice as old as we thought

    Karin Kloosterman
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:15 am
    Until now, researchers believed farming was “invented” some 12,000 years ago in the Cradle of Civilization — Iraq, the Levant, parts of Turkey and Iran — an area that was home to some of...
  • Artist Ilan Ashkenazi gives spirituality shape

    Laurie Balbo
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:41 am
    Israeli rabbi and kabbalah teacher Ilan Ashkenazi can intellectually explain the workings of faith and religious practice, but it is in his role as artist and sculptor that he unravels spiritual...
  • Cairo subway shut down indefinitely for security reasons

    Green Prophet
    18 Jul 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Due to political unrest, Cairo’s subway had been closed for two years. Now it will be closed for an indefinite amount of time. Tahrir Square’s Sadat metro station was closed this month after...
  • Dulse: a seaweed superfood that tastes like bacon!

    Laurie Balbo
    18 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    Researchers from Oregon State University’s (OSU) Hatfield Marine Science Center have created a new strain of seaweed with potential to grab the title for World’s Top Superfood. The newly...
  • Somewhere in Jaffa, life goes on.

    Green Prophet Guest
    18 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    Photographer Nathan Miller shows another side of Arab/Jew relations in “Somewhere in Jaffa”, a striking book of black and white images taken in this ancient Mediterranean city.  His...
 
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  • Israel and American Jews Should Not Lobby Congress Against The Iran Deal. It's Time for a Different Strategy.

    MIchael Eisenberg
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:28 am
    I am in NYC this week and there is a "Stop Iran" rally here in Times Square to urge congress to block the Iran deal. I am not going. Israel is gearing up to push congress to block the deal. I am not supportive of that approach. I think even a winning vote in Congress would be a pyrrhic victory.President Obama may be a lot of things but he is definitely not stupid. He has staked his presidency on this Iran deal. He has thought the approval process through to the end. While everyone thought that Obama needed to be done with this deal early in July to get speedy approval by Congress before the…
  • מס "חוסר אמון"

    MIchael Eisenberg
    25 May 2015 | 8:01 am
    כמוני, אני משער שכולכם נגעלתם מהדרך שבה הוקמה הממשלה הנוכחית. מינוי השרים בדקה ה90 ללא התחשבות ביכולות שלהם או בהצבעת הבוחרים נעשה ב"מסחרה" מהסוג הנמוך ביותר. המשא ומתן הקואלציוני יצר ערבוביה של הבטחות קבלת-פנים והתחייבויות ונעשה באופן מבחיל. בסוף היום, אני מתבונן על הממשלה הזו ושואל את עצמי - איך אנשים עם רמה כה גבוהה של חוסר אמון…
  • 25% המס של כחלון לא יוריד את מחירי הדיור. היצע ואמון יעשו זאת.

    MIchael Eisenberg
    18 May 2015 | 10:07 am
    שר האוצר הנכנס, משה כחלון כבר הציג את הרעיון הראשון שלו להורדת מחירי הדיור: מס רכישה של 25% בקניית בתים לצורכי השקעה. הוא מתכנן ליישם אותו באופן מיידי. נתעלם לרגע מהקושי לקבוע מה נחשבת השקעה ומה נחשב בית, ונתעלם מהעובדה שהציבור פשוט ריכוש בתים על שמות ילדיהם על מנת להימנע מאותם מיסים, השר כחלון תוקף את הבעיה הלא נכונה והמיסוי שמציע…
  • The "Lack of Trust" Tax

    MIchael Eisenberg
    18 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    Like me, I assume all of you were disgusted by the way this government came together. The last minute appointment of ministers with little regard for their capabilities or electoral results was the worst kind of horse trading. The coalition negotiating madness that created a welter of glad-handing promises and commitments was nauseating. At the end, I look at this government and ask myself how people with such a high level of distrust can even work together to run our country?Israel has a problem. The government is a symptom. When you are running a business, an economy or a government the…
  • Kahlon's 25% Tax Will Not Lower Housing Prices. Supply and Trust Will.

    MIchael Eisenberg
    15 May 2015 | 6:40 am
    Future Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, has already shown his first idea for reducing housing prices: a 25% purchase tax on buying homes for investment purposes. He plans to implement it immediately. Leaving aside the difficulty in determining what is an investment and what is a home and disregarding the fact that Israelis just purchase homes in the names of their children to avoid these taxes, Kahlon is attacking the wrong problem and his tax idea will also have negative secondary consequences. Let me first explain the negative consequences and danger in his short term proposal and thereafter…
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  • JewishJournalPoll: Are American Jews With Phones Supporting Iran Deal?

    larry
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:06 am
    Visiting Israel makes you more likely to support the Iran Deal? 58% of those who never visited Israel support the Iran Deal. 48% of those who visited Israel support the Iran Deal. 44% of those who visited Israel oppose the Iran Deal. Last week, a Pennsylvania based polling firm, commissioned by The Los Angeles Jewish […]
  • Which IranDeal Photo Should They Run

    larry
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:01 pm
    You are a news media site. Which picture do you use for the meeting this week between U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu? There are so many stories you can tell with a single picture. The Wall Street Journal and several Jewish sites led with the photo above by […]
  • Why I Love Israel Better When I’m Not In It

    Esther
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:41 am
    I’m not the only American Jew with a love/hate relationship with Israel, but my reasons are psycho-social, not political. During the past ten (!) years of my life, I’ve lived in Israel three times and visited tens of times. While Israel is absolutely amazing and wonderful, it’s far from perfect, and those imperfections leave me […]
  • JewliciousReels: Minionim and Fests in SF and Jerusalem

    larry
    17 Jul 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Is the Minions film Jewish? I don’t think so. Sure, one of the three leaders says “Mazal Tov” in this prequel to the Despicable Me series, and villain Scarlett Overkill does seem like a Jewish cousin to me, but …. a Jewish film… I will say negatory. But there is a lot more to see […]
  • NewsBits: Letters, Pickles, Atticus & Love

    larry
    17 Jul 2015 | 1:03 pm
    So many tidbits as we enter Shabbat Matot-Massei and the Eid of our neighbors We lead with a story of pickles. In the Summer of 1939, the The Bronx, Selma Nadel, 12, would shoo the boys off her building’s roof. They were loud when they played cards. Bucky, 14 ignored her, until the next Summer […]
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  • How These Smart Job Seekers Used Blogging To Find Jobs

    Jacob Share
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:11 am
    7 case studies of people who blogged their way to a new job. Photo credit: Becky Stern In the past, I’ve told you how I regularly receive job offers because of what I’ve done here with JobMob, and a big part of that success comes from having done the Blog Mastermind course when I started blogging (a phenomenal course which has since been refreshed). While my story is about building my personal brand, showing off my expertise and growing a network, the best fit for you might be different. To inspire you, here are 7 other bloggers’ stories on blogging to job search success. Case study #1:…
  • Secrets to Finding Hidden Jobs Without Using Social Media

    Jacob Share
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    What if your next job was hiding right in front of you? Photo Credit: Hernán Piñera Quick poll: what are hidden jobs? Are they… Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.   Read on to find out… Most jobs are never advertised anywhere. A hiring manager might tell the team that management has okayed a new hire, so “if you guys have any friends that qualify, send me their resumes.” Those are the hidden jobs. Recently, the definition of hidden or “unpublicized jobs” has…
  • 40 Smart Ideas About Using Your Smartphone to Find Jobs

    Jacob Share
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Always being on you is just one reason why a smartphone is a great job search manager. Photo Credit:  Tuncay Smartphone job search basics 86 percent of active candidates use their smartphone to begin a job search: http://t.co/Zcf80ejW5v?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss #FACT via @CBforEmployers — Profiles (@CareerProfiles) June 18, 2015 1) Only get one if you must – yes, there are still people who don’t have smartphones. I held out as long as I could before finally getting my first phone, which was a smartphone, in July 2007. How was I able to wait so long? Whether at work or at home,…
  • 444 Most Popular Job Interviewer Questions To Prepare Yourself With

    Jacob Share
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    These sample job interview questions have all been asked many times and will be again. Photo credit: Pedro Ribeiro Simões Some of these questions are what you’d expect. Some of these questions frankly don’t make much sense. And some of these questions are shocking and possibly offensive. But as the questions most likely to be asked, you need to be ready. The Most Commonly Asked Interview Questions This article was the inspiration for the book Winning Answers to 500 Interview Questions by Lavie Margolin, where you can get all the popular interview questions and recommended answers in a…
  • Presenting the Beautiful, New, Crowdsourced JobMob

    Jacob Share
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    How you helped me redesign the site. Photo credit: Will Scullin The backstory For a long time, I was happy with the old JobMob look, or JobMob v1. My friend Fitore had helped me with the original design, and I thought she did a great job, as I mentioned on the Credits page. I liked the soft gradient of the logo – trendy back then in 2007 – and the color highlights against a minimalist white & blue layout. And I received mostly compliments during the first few years (if you’re a designer, you’re probably snickering by now) as the site grew and became popular. In…
 
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    Cross-Currents

  • Da’as Torah and the Holocaust

    Yaakov Menken
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:26 am
    This is a topic that comes up frequently, and when it appeared on a friend’s Facebook discussion I put these thoughts together. (A) A big part of Judaism is learning to nullify our will to Hashem’s will. The leaders of our nation have always been the people who did this best — who learned Torah and let it guide them, rather than trying to superimpose their own values on the Torah. A person who goes to a Rav with an important matter almost always has an opinion, he (or she) is just asking for guidance from a person who has learned to do this better than he himself has. (B)…
  • A Worthy, Timely Truth

    Avi Shafran
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    It’s intriguing – to be truthful, depressing – that as we prepare to focus on our galus and its causes we in the Orthodox world are witnessing acrimony born of true chinom, nothingness. The sort of sentiments and language that are regularly being employed by opponents of the Iran agreement against anyone who isn’t convinced that it is “evil” or “insane” or “dangerous” is deeply wrong. (Maybe there is corresponding rashness from the deal’s supporters. I just haven’t encountered any.) What seems lost on some is the fact that the issue isn’t “Israel’s security”…
  • Devils and Details

    Avi Shafran
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:22 am
    Mere minutes after last Tuesday’s announcement of the nuclear deal struck with Iran – well before anyone could possibly have read its 159 dense pages of highly technical details – the usual suspects were busy weighing in. Organizations, leaders and politicians with long-standing animus toward President Obama extended their hostility to the deal, which they characterized as a spineless capitulation to a rogue regime. And knee-jerk defenders of Mr. Obama (a group that some imagine includes me, but doesn’t) heralded the agreement as the best thing since bagels. Over ensuing days,…
  • For What Was the Land Lost?

    Jonathan Rosenblum
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:13 am
    “Al ma avdah et ha’aretz – For what was the Land lost?” our Sages asked in the wake of the destruction of the Temple. To that question, Rabbi Shimshon Raphael Hirsch notes, the historians had easy answers. The destructions of both Temples were hardly miraculous. Just the opposite: they followed THE normal rules of history. “How could tiny Judea have avoided falling prey to the rising Assyrian and Babylonian imperial powers! How could the insignificant power of Judea mount resistance to the mighty Roman legions!” And the historians are right, Rabbi Hirsch…
  • The President Is Not Mad

    Yitzchok Adlerstein
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    I thank my friend Rabbi Menken for a vivid demonstration of American democracy at its best. He took Natan Sharansky’s Town Square Test and emerged with his head still perched atop his shoulder blades. We are very fortunate to live in a country that tolerates dissent, even in the extreme. Dissent happens even in the pages of Cross-Currents. I dissent. In the extreme. The President is not mad. He is not an imbecile. He is not evil. I have no doubt that he has the interests of America foremost in mind, as do many others who worked on the accord, and those who continue to defend it. I do…
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  • 07/27 Links Pt2: ICC prosecutor won’t reopen flotilla probe; UK's Irreconcilable Policy on Islam

    Ian
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    From Ian:ICC prosecutor says she won’t reopen probe into flotilla deathsThe International Criminal Court will not open another investigation into the deaths of 10 Turkish citizens aboard a Gaza blockade-busting ship in 2010, despite a pretrial chamber ordering the prosecutor earlier this month to reconsider her decision to close her initial probe into the case.In response, the Israeli Foreign Ministry released a statement, lauding ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s decision to appeal the order by a three-judge panel to reconsider her closing of the investigation.“The ICC never had any…
  • US caved on requirements for Iranian possible military dimensions reporting

    Elder of Ziyon
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    From the WSJ:An Obama administration assessment of the Iran nuclear deal provided to Congress has led a number of lawmakers to conclude the U.S. and world powers will never get to the bottom of the country's alleged efforts to build an atomic weapon, and that Tehran won't be pressed to fully explain its past.In a report to Capitol Hill last week, the administration said it was unlikely Iran would admit to having pursued a covert nuclear weapons program, and that such an acknowledgment wasn't critical to verifying Iranian commitments in the future.Details of the report, which haven't been…
  • Jim Crow for Jews and the Artificial Construction of Palestinian National Identity (Mike Lumish)

    Elder of Ziyon
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    The western-left today thinks that the Jews are oppressive to Muslims in the Middle East.  They believe that Jewish Israelis are brutalizing and ethnically-cleansing the innocent "indigenous" population.In previous decades the so-called "Palestinian narrative" has taken hold of the western imagination.  Within that narrative, vicious and militaristic Jews marched out of Europe and violently displaced the native population in the early-middle of the twentieth-century.  Jews pushed "Palestinians" out of their native land where, as "Palestinians," they had been living for many…
 
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    חדשות - nrg.co.il

  • יומיים לפני מועד ההריסה: עשרות מעוכבים בעימותים בבית אל

    27 Jul 2015 | 10:51 pm
    מאות שוטרים הגיעו במהלך הלילה והשתלטו על בתי דריינוף המיועדים להריסה בבית אל, לפי צו בג"ץ. במהלך עימותים עם צעירים שהיו במקום, דווח על כ-50 מעוכבים שפונו מהמקום. צעיר שפונה: "השוטרים הפעילו אלימות קיצונית"
  • עשור להתנתקות: 250 איש עלו לשאנור באישון לילה

    27 Jul 2015 | 10:45 pm
    המשפחות, שחלקן פונו מהיישוב לפני עשר שנים, התמקמו במצודה מתוך כוונה להישאר במקום זמן רב. חיילים נשלחו לפנותם. ח"כ לשעבר אלדד: "הגיע הזמן שיהודים יחזרו לגור כאן". ח"כ בצלאל סמוטריץ': "ברור לכל ילד במדינה שההתנתקות הייתה איוולת"
  • שרי הממשלה נגד יעלון: "נגרר למחוזות קיצוניים"

    27 Jul 2015 | 10:42 pm
    בעקבות השתלטות המשטרה על מתחם בתי דריינוף בבית אל, מתחו השרים בנט ואלקין ביקורת חריפה על שר הביטחון. יו"ר ועדת חוקה: "הפינוי בזמן שאנחנו מציינים עשור לגירוש מגוש קטיף – להיטות יתר"
  • שוב דוחים: מתווה הגז לו יועלה השבוע להצבעה בכנסת

    27 Jul 2015 | 4:57 pm
    בתום דיון לילי, החליטו רה"מ ושר האנרגיה כי אין מספיק זמן להביא את המתווה עם השינויים של ועדת השימוע להצבעה במליאה. מנגד, חוק הזנה בכפייה והחוק הנורווגי יועלו כאשר בקואליציה ינסו להבטיח רוב, ובאופוזיציה כבר הכינו את ההסתייגויות
  • "אם משרתי הקבע כמו כולם – אז בואו נשבות"

    27 Jul 2015 | 2:08 pm
    יוסי טחובר קצין מטה שאינו לוחם, יצא נגד התמיכה הציבורית שהעניק השר בנט לדו"ח לוקר, וטען כי הביקורת "חסרת הרסן" נגד אנשי הצבא תוביל להחלשת צה"ל במלחמה הבאה. הוא הוסיף כי אנשי הקבע לא ישבתו, משום שהם מבינים "את המשמעות של פגיעה בצבא הקבע"
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  • הישראלי הראשון שיופיע במדיסון סקוור גארדן

    27 Jul 2015 | 10:28 pm
    מבצע הלהיט "דרך השלום", פאר טסי, הוזמן להופיע במסגרת משחקי קדם העונה של מכבי תל אביב בניו יורק ובשיקגו במסגרת ה'יורו קלאסיק' הראשון על אדמת ארה"ב ויהיה הזמר הישראלי הראשון להופיע באולם המפורסם בעולם
  • שוברי הקופות של השבוע: מי אכזב ומי הפתיע?

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:32 am
    אחרי שגרף למעלה מ-1.5 מיליארד דולר וכבש את המקום השלישי של שוברי הקופות בכל הזמנים, "עולם היורה" בדרך לצאת מהעשירייה הראשונה. "אנטמן" שומר על המקום הראשון גם עם חצי מהרווחים שהציג בשבוע שעבר. ומי התברג במקום החמישי?
  • איה כורם, ערן צור ויהלי סובול חוזרים לביטלס

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:26 am
    להקת הקאברים 'מג'יקל מיסטרי טור', תצא לסיבוב הופעות גדוש אורחים, בהם איה כורם, יהלי סובול, דנה עדיני, דניאל סלומון וערן צור, לציון 15 שנה לקיום להקה. לכבוד החגיגות, משתתפי המסע חשפו את השירים האהובים עליהם של הביטלס, וגם הסבירו למה
  • "סחוטה": סינגל שני לשרון זליקובסקי בבכורה

    27 Jul 2015 | 6:14 am
    לאחר החידוש לשירו של לאונרד כהן "מגדל הפזמון", משחררת השחקנית שרון זליקובסקי את הסינגל השני לקראת יציאת אלבום הבכורה שלה שיצא בקרוב. האזינו בבכורה ל"סחוטה"
  • גילה אלמגור ורן דנקר מדהימים במחזה כושל

    27 Jul 2015 | 4:10 am
    ל"נעצר בחצות" יש את כל השחקנים הנכונים כדי להתרומם: רן דנקר מבטא תהליך מרשים מגבר אמיץ לשבר כלי, גילה אלמגור בתפקיד אופי חזק ומדויק, עידו ברטל משתבח כל הזמן ושמיל בן ארי מחויב ומסעיר. אבל כל השחקנים הנפלאים של הבימה לא יצילו מחזה רעוע
 
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  • צפו בכריס בראון משתולל בחוף הים של תל אביב

    27 Jul 2015 | 4:34 am
    הראפר כריס בראון נחת אמש בישראל וכבר הספיק לבקר בחוף הים של תל אביב ואף לצלם את עצמו ברצף סלטות מרשים על החול. האם זה אומר שגם הוא יגיע עייף להופעה הערב כמו האקסית ריהאנה? נחיה ונראה. צפו בלוליין
  • עוד טרגדיה: בתה של וויטני יוסטון מתה בגיל 22

    27 Jul 2015 | 1:28 am
    שלוש שנים לאחר מותה הטראגי של אמה וחצי שנה לאחר שנמצאה מחוסרת הכרה באמבטיה שבביתה אף היא, מתה בובי קריסטינה בראון בהוספיס בו טופלה בשיקגו
  • שווה זהב: הקמפיין הבינלאומי הבא של בר רפאלי

    26 Jul 2015 | 9:16 pm
    פרסומת סופרבול? יש. שער ב'ספורטס אילוסטרייטד'? חדשות ישנות. הגשת תוכנית פריים טיים כבר עונה שנייה? כולנו צופים בזה. היעד הבא של בר רפאלי: הקמפיין הבינלאומי היוקרתי של מותג התכשיטים ה.שטרן. כמה היא תרוויח? מספיק בשביל לגרום לכם לקנא
  • גל גדות נועזת ולירן חולצה אפורה בערוץ הילדים

    23 Jul 2015 | 3:57 am
    וונדר-וומן הישראלית מככבת על שער מגזין יוקרתי לצד גלריית תמונות חשופות, לירן חולצה אפורה לוהק לסיטקום בערוץ הילדים ואייל גולן לא מופיע, אבל לא מהסיבות שאתם חושבים
  • שלוש שנים בזוגיות עם גבר: רן דנקר יוצא מהארון

    22 Jul 2015 | 12:02 am
    קולות שמחה וצהלולים נשמעו בכל רחבי תל אביב עם היוודע דבר יציאתו מהארון של השחקן והזמר רן דנקר שחשף את היותו בזוגיות חד מינית ארוכה לאחר חרושת שמועות של שנים
 
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  • After the Iran Agreement

    26 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Yaakov Lapin interviews Maj.-Gen. (res.) Uzi Dayan - Maj.-Gen. (res.) Uzi Dayan, a former IDF deputy chief of staff, noted that without the U.S.-led diplomatic drive, which included waves of biting sanctions on Iran, Iran could have already gone nuclear. "Iran is still not nuclear, and this is an achievement." However, "the deal is intolerable for Israel....Iran is the leading terrorist state, and received international approval to be a nuclear threshold state, despite the knowledge that Iran seeks to have nuclear weapons later on." The Vienna agreement's level of inspections is far from what…
  • Iran Economic Recovery Will Accelerate Its Missile and Drone Development

    26 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall - Without connection to the nuclear talks, Iran will keep developing its missile program as it has done so far with considerable success, despite the weapons embargo. Iran claims its missiles were not intended to carry nuclear warheads and are, therefore, outside the scope and jurisdiction of the Security Council's resolution. Iran's expected economic recovery, along with its growing confidence after holding its own against the world powers and continuing to build up all the elements of its nuclear and missile programs, will…
  • Steinitz: Israel Gets to Express Its Opinion on Threats to Its National Security

    26 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Jerusalem Post) Herb Keinon - Efforts to muzzle Israeli voices in the U.S. debate over the Iran nuclear accord are unacceptable, illogical and even immoral, National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Minister Yuval Steinitz told Israel Radio on Sunday. "To demand from a country which Iran threatens publicly to destroy, to wipe it off the map, that it not express its opinion on something so relevant for our national security, future and existence, is an illogical and even immoral demand." "This hint that if the agreement will be rejected by Congress, then Israel will turn into a scapegoat, is…
  • Legally, Many Important Iran Sanctions Cannot Be Waived

    26 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Wall Street Journal) David B. Rivkin Jr. and Lee A. Casey - Some of the U.S. statutes on Iran allow the president to lift certain sanctions. But many of the most important sanctions - including sanctions against Iran's central bank - cannot be waived unless the president certifies that Iran has stopped its ballistic-missile program, ceased money-laundering and no longer sponsors international terrorism. He certainly can't do that now. The deal requires the removal of state and local Iran-related sanctions. That would have been all right if Mr. Obama had pursued a treaty with Iran, which…
  • Kerry Has "Intense Exchange" with Jewish Leaders over Iran Deal

    26 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (New York Post) Geoff Earle and Kevin Fasick - Secretary of State John Kerry had an "intense exchange" when he tried to sell the Iran nuclear deal to 120 skeptical Jewish leaders in New York on Friday from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the group's vice chairman, Malcolm Hoenlein, told the Post. The State Department had requested the meeting.
 
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    The ESSENTIAL guide to Israel | igoogledisrael.com

  • Israel – in SIXTY seconds flat!

    Ashley
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:53 am
    This is a great little video, highlighting all those awesome little things about Israel in just one minute! Expect to see glimpses of a fast-paced nation, that also knows how to relax and have fun, with plenty of beautiful landscapes, cutting-edge technologies and exciting people. From parties to prayers, beaches to bicycles, visitors to Israel can look forward to an unforgettable experience… in addition to all that great food!
  • The Jerusalem Woodstock Revival returns to rock the Holy City!

    Ashley
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:05 am
    Jerusalem Woodstock Revival is back for its seventh consecutive summer, with musicians and Woodstock revelers of all ages returning to the Israeli capital for the hippyfest of love and classic music from the Woodstock era. Continuing the Jerusalem Woodstock tradition, the capital’s beloved 60 & 70’s festival sponsored by the Jerusalem municipality, returns on July 30th to Jerusalem’s Kraft Stadium with Israeli artists covering music legends including  Neil Young, The Who, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eric Clapton, Sly & The Family Stone and many more.
  • Diva Mariah Carey lines up an August concert in Israel!

    Ashley
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:57 am
    One of the music world’s biggest names, Mariah Carey, is lining up an August concert in Israel! According to local press, the American singer was recently wowed by the locals when she popped over for a quick visit, and has now added Israel to her current tour list. The concert looks set to take place on August 18, at the Amphi Park in Rishon Letzion (around 30 minutes from Tel Aviv). This will be her first ever concert in Israel! Tickets are yet to be announced, but as soon as they are, we’ll post details here. Throughout her career, Carey has sold more than 200 million records…
  • 10 of the BEST wineries to visit in Israel!

    Ashley
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:45 am
    Israel – the land flowing with milk and honey… and wine! With approximately 300 wineries (in a country about the size of New Jersey, mind you), Israel is beginning to capture the attention of wine connoisseurs worldwide. Considering that 20 years ago there were fewer than 10 wineries in the entire country, it is amazing how quickly the wine scene has boomed. But viticulture is nothing new to the land of Israel. The style and methods may have changed over the years, but the roots of wine making in Israel run deep. Deuteronomy 33:28 describes Israel as “a land of grain and new wine,…
  • The world’s largest paint party comes to rock Israel!

    Ashley
    6 Jul 2015 | 1:01 am
    If you’re looking for a humdinger of a way to see out the summer, don’t miss the World’s Largest Paint Party, coming to Israel at the end of August! Expect to get covered in paint while dancing away to some of the biggest dance tunes spun by some of the world’s leading DJs! There are also a ton of performers adding to the festival, making this one spectacularly fun party! The party takes place at the Hadera River Park, about 30-40 minutes drive north from Tel Aviv, on August 27. Tickets start at 169 shekels (if you pay via Paypal), but cost more – especially if…
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  • 14k Yellow Gold "Tzion" Star of David Pendant with Chain

    21 Jul 2015 | 1:42 am
    This understated and elegant Star of David pendant in 14k yellow gold features the Hebrew word "Tzion" (meaning "Zion") gently carved into its center, creating a daily reminder of faith to anyone who wears it.
  • Armenian Ceramic Seder Plate with Floral Motif

    12 Jul 2015 | 3:38 am
    This white ceramic Seder plate features a hand painted Armenian floral pattern in bright colors with Hebrew and English text of the traditional Passover foods in black, and a blue band on its outer rim.
  • "I am My Beloved's" Wedding Ring in Two-Textured 14k White Gold

    8 Jul 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Simultaneously an expression of your love and your faith, this magnificent 14 karat white gold ring features the Hebrew words "Ani le-dodi ve-dodi li." ("I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine.")
  • Unique Star of David Signet Ring in 14k Yellow Gold

    8 Jul 2015 | 11:33 pm
    A traditional Star of David is set into the textured center of the face this special 14 karat yellow gold signet ring. With a polished border and substantial band, it is a perfect gift for your favorite man.
  • White Tallit with Sky Blue Stripes by Galilee Silks

    8 Jul 2015 | 11:33 pm
    This white woolen Tallit features blue stripes with silver thread, an embroidered Atarah with a patterned trim border, a kippah and matching Tallit bag.
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    Life in Israel

  • Eli Marcus - Dovid Hamelech [Official Music Video]

    Rafi G.
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:27 pm
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  • "Don't You Worry Child" - Swedish House Mafia - Zev Moore and Eitan Moore cover (video)

    Rafi G.
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:24 pm
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  • thoughts on the possible Pollard release

    Rafi G.
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:27 am
    The news of the possible release of Jonathan pollard was very welcome and music to our ears. With his date for possible parole approaching, it was not really new on its own. The fact that the Defense Ministry is considering not opposing the parole is what is new, I think.After a couple of days of letting it sink in, I have a couple of questions/thoughts.1. obviously, many think, despite official denials, this is part of a package to compensate Israel for the Iran deal. Maybe, maybe not2. is it really going to happen or is it just being dangled in front of us to try to get us on board with…
  • Child Allowances might become Child Savings Plans

    Rafi G.
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    In the standoff between the Ministry of Finance and the haredi parties (specifically UTJ) regarding possible budget cuts despite coalition agreements, a new proposal has been made.The Ministry has proposed, due to Litzman's refusal to budge on accepting cuts to child allowances that he worked so hard to achieve, that instead of giving child allowances, they would put aside money for each child, i.e. a savings plan for each kid, that would only be able to be opened and accessed when the child turns 18.source: CalcalistThe only benefit to the Finance Ministry, it seems, is that there would be…
  • when the "foxes walking on Har Habayit" was deemed a good thing

    Rafi G.
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:41 am
    In an interview with the Yated Neeman in "honor" of Tisha B'Av, Rav Yosef Efrati said something that rubs me the wrong way.Rav Efrati related to Har Habayit and said that from amidst the destruction it is perhaps a chessed, a kindness, that the Muslims retain control over Har Habayit. He explained that if Israel would have control over Har Habayit, we would very likely see all sorts of inappropriate events taking place there. With the Waqf in control they prevent anything inappropriate from happening up there. Rav Efrati referenced the events that recently took place in the vicinity of the…
 
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    This Ongoing War: A Blog

  • 27-Jul-15: Even more peace from Iran's highest-level military force

    This Ongoing War
    26 Jul 2015 | 10:39 pm
    Mr Salami [Image Source]The transaction that we choose to call the Iran Nuclear Enablement Agreement (a less nuanced, and therefore more realistic, title than the official one) is wending its way through Congress, US opinion and the political corridors of countries throughout the West. In those circumstances, and without dwelling on the peculiar manner aspects of this process are being reported in the mainstream news media, there's no reason for apologies about drawing the attention of readers of this blog to how the parallel process is going over on the Iranian side. We offered…
  • 26-Jul-15: What lies behind the newest dose of Palestinian Arab "refugee" fury at UNRWA?

    This Ongoing War
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Protesting outside UNRWA Gaza headquarters April 2013 [Image Source]With all the goodwill that normal people concerned about misery in other people's lives can muster up, there is something more than faintly absurd about pretty much everything in this report.Gazans, Jordanians stage protests against UNRWA decision to cut services to Palestinian population | Jerusalem Post | Khaled Abu Toameh | July 26, 2015Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and Jordan on Sunday staged protests against the decision of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) to cut its…
  • 24-Jul-15: If the Iranians read the Wall Street Journal, we're all in deep trouble

    This Ongoing War
    24 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    Iran nuclear deal acclaimed: last week's newspaper covers in Teheran [Image Source]Barely a year after the successful elimination of Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, it's now being revealed to the shock-horror-astonishment of Western media and observers that... the Syrians failed to surrender the chemical weapons they said they were surrendering. And that they told teensie-weensie lies to get the United States and the other interested Western parties off their backs.As a spine-chilling, lengthy analytical report published yesterday ["Mission to Purge Syria of Chemical Weapons Comes Up…
  • 24-Jul-15: Terror here? 'Ridiculous' say Kenyans, deploying their largest ever security blanket

    This Ongoing War
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:21 am
    CNN as depicted on a Kenyan tweeter's streamAs the Nobel Prize-winning leader of the free world gets started with a visit to East Africa (check out the Twitter hashtag #ObamaHomecoming) today, aspects of the media messaging are getting up some Kenyan noses.Kenyans ridicule CNN for calling the country a “hotbed of terror” |  Quartz Africa | July 23, 2015 | Kenyans are demanding an apology from CNN after the news network described Kenya as “a hotbed of terror” in a report on US president Barack Obama’s visit this week. “If CNN is civilized enough, they should…
  • 22-Jul-15: Now that peace is on the way, what to make of blood-curdling Iranian incitement like this?

    This Ongoing War
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:36 pm
    Click to view the Iranian source pageThe headline above is not meant to be rhetorical.Below is the full text. None of it is bolded or italicized by us or by the Iranian editors. None of it needs to be.As a clarification of how very far away we are from dangers having been controlled or paths to hostility having been blocked, no single line here seems to be less significant than any other. Absolutely nothing, not a word, not a comma, fits with the champagne-popping optimism we are hearing from Washington, London, Vienna or anywhere else. Quite the opposite.And Iran being what it is, the words…
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    Dead Sea Fun

  • Perseids Meteor Shower in the Negev - August 12, 2015

    Sue Schoenfeld
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:58 am
    The Perseids Meteor Shower will occur on the night of August 12 (with the densest time being the early hours of August 13). The Perseids Meteor Shower is one of the worlds most impressive astrological events and every year many people head to Israel’s Negev Desert for a clear view of this unique sight in anarea free of light pollution. It occurs when the earth crosses the path of the Swift–Tuttle comet, and ice and dust traveling at around 130,000 miles per hour and burn up upon entering Earth’s atmosphere, leaving impressive trails and sights in the night sky. Many events will take…
  • Israel Inks Deal for One Billion Dollar Solar Power Plant

    Sue Schoenfeld
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:32 am
    Israel has signed a deal to build a multi-megawatt, thermo-solar power plant in the country’s southern Negev desert as part of a national goal to increase the use of renewable energy sources. The NIS 4 billion ($1.05 billion) deal for the 121-megawatt plant was announced by the Finance Ministry. A consortium of Israel's Shikun & Binui and Spain's Abengoa are to build the plant at Ashalim in the Negev, close to an existing solar plant. They hope to complete the project by 2018.   Read the full article at TimesofIsrael.com
  • Digital Imaging Reveals Oldest Biblical Text Since Dead Sea Scrolls

    Sue Schoenfeld
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:23 am
    Israeli archaeologists said on Monday they had discerned biblical writing on a charred 1,500-year-old parchment with the help of digital imaging and described the text as the oldest found since the Dead Sea Scrolls. US and Israeli researchers made the discovery using advanced medical and digital technology to examine the object, first unearthed 45 years ago when then-standard forensics could not decipher any script on the scroll. The scroll presented was uncovered in 1970 at Ein Gedi, about 40 km (25 miles) south of the caves of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. For more…
  • New Road Opens to Bypass Road 90 Sinkholes Near Ein Gedi

    Sue Schoenfeld
    9 Jul 2015 | 6:02 am
    As Israel's Dead Sea region prepares for an influx of tourists this summer, a new road has opened to bypass sinkholes in the Ein Gedi area. The two kilometer road, which runs parallel to Route 90 from the Ein Gedi youth hostel to the kibbutz's agricultural fields, is the result of a NIS 24 million, two-year project conducted by Netivei Israel-National Transport Infrastructure Company Ltd. The bypass road is open in both directions, with travel limited to 50 kilometers per hour.
  • 15 Tips for the Best Dead Sea Vacation, Ever!

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