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  • The dangerous, unpredictable anomaly of East Jerusalem

    Defense and Diplomacy RSS
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    Why has East Jerusalem become a source of ‘lone terrorists’ while the West Bank remains relatively calm? Experts point to a peculiar paradox and a lack of local leadership among Arab Jerusalemites.
  • Czechs honor 'Britian's Schindler'

    ynet - Jewish Scene
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:29 pm
    Czech President Zeman awards Sir Nicholoas Winton with highest state honor for helping to save children from Nazi death camps.
  • Our view on Amos Biderman's cartoon headlines RSS
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    Haaretz editor-in-chief Aluf Benn on the controversy surrounding a recent editorial cartoon.
  • Netanyahus’ ex-housekeeper spills more beans on life with Bibi and Sara in new affidavit

    National RSS
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    In million-shekel lawsuit, Meni Naftali claims some employees were forced to change clothes three times per shift, and that Sara Netanyahu blasted staff for not packing eggs in separate bags.
  • King Bibi the Chickenshit

    Opinion RSS
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    An unnamed Obama administration official has resurrected a fine tradition of kingly nicknames. But even the ‘chickenshit’ moniker doesn’t do our pigheaded, Holocaust-obsessed Netanyahu justice.
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  • King Bibi the Chickenshit

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    An unnamed Obama administration official has resurrected a fine tradition of kingly nicknames. But even the ‘chickenshit’ moniker doesn’t do our pigheaded, Holocaust-obsessed Netanyahu justice.
  • The education minister who thought the Kafr Qasem massacre should be taught

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Once upon a time, there was an Israeli education minister who just didn't get it. He wanted the country to teach its students about the Kafr Qasem massacre. Really.
  • Israel, a state of all its Jews

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Before rushing to embrace the conversion law, we must ask ourselves: What does the state have to do with the reformation of Jewish religion?
  • The Temple Mount is a powder keg

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Israel's public officials must show responsibility and stop setting the ground of Jerusalem alight.
  • The Jerusalem paradox in the heart of Israel

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Jerusalem is not only Israel’s vibrant capital, it’s also the precise hub of the internal contradiction and self-deception of the political formulas pushing Israel firmly toward strategic non-existence.
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  • Eight Palestinians reported injured in Jerusalem-area clashes

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    (JTA) — At least eight Palestinians were reportedly wounded in clashes with Israeli police that occurred shortly after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged all parties to practice restraint in Jerusalem. The clashes included the firing of flare guns by Palestinian men at police guarding the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem on Friday, the news site reported on Friday. Police responded by firing crown dispersal means at the Palestinians, who fled the scene. In another incident, eight Palestinians were injured during clashes following Friday prayers near the…
  • British Jewish school flunks tolerance test

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:26 am
    (JTA) — A British Jewish school failed government inspections for lacking “tolerance.” The Beis Yaakov secondary school for girls in Salford near Manchester received an “inadequate” in snap inspections conducted by educational officials from the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills, according to the a report Wednesday in The Guardian, which said the school had enjoyed a “good” ranking before the inspection. Two additional Jewish schools had their rating lowered following inspections conducted last month in the wake of what British…
  • Jewish school enrollment up 12 percent, fueled by haredi Orthodox growth

    Uriel Heilman
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
    NEW YORK (JTA) – Jewish day school enrollment in the United States is up 12 percent from five years ago, primarily due to growth in haredi Orthodox schools. Nearly 255,000 students are enrolled in 861 Jewish day schools from the pre-K level through 12th grade, according to a new census of the schools conducted by the Avi Chai Foundation. The day school survey, which has been conducted every five years since 1998-’99, found 59 more schools and 26,437 more students since the last study, in 2008-’09. Previous surveys found enrollment growth rates of about 11 percent in each five-year…
  • Pro-BDS Jewish group boycotts Brussels Jewish film festival

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:53 am
    (JTA) — A small, left-leaning Jewish organization pulled out of the 16th annual Brussels Jewish Film Festival, objecting to the involvement in the event of the embassies of Israel and the United States. The Union of Progressive Jews of Belgium, or UPJB, announced its decision to pull out of the event, which it had agreed to sponsor, in a statement dated Oct. 24 that appeared on the organization’s website on Tuesday, the opening day of the six-day event. The festival, with the theme “Under the Same Sun,” features films about relations between Israelis and Palestinians. The UPJB…
  • Vietnam’s first Israeli film festival to celebrate 20 years of diplomatic relations

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:47 am
    (JTA) — A film festival in Vietnam will mark 20 years of diplomatic relations with Israel. The five-day festival organized by Israel’s embassy opens Saturday at the National Cinema Centre in Hanoi, moving on Nov. 6 to the BHD Star Cineplex ICON68 in Ho Chi Minh City, the embassy announced on its Facebook page earlier this week. According to Israeli ambassador Meirav Eilon-Shahar, the festival will introduce to Vietnamese audiences the films “Foreign Letters,” “Broken Wings,” “The Matchmaker,” “Someone to Run With” and “Something…
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    Israel News

  • Israel accused of 'act of war' after closing Aqsa Mosque compound

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:51 am
    A Palestinian youth throws a rock during clashes with Israeli security forces in occupied East Jerusalem on Thursday. Photo: AFP Jerusalem: Palestinian leaders accused Israel of "an act of war" in closing the site of the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque on Thursday after a dramatic rooftop ambush of an Arab accused of trying to kill a far-right Jewish activist provoked rioting.
  • Labor senator blasts colleague over Israel

    30 Oct 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Labor senator Glenn Sterle has attacked his own colleague Melissa Parke for supporting a controversial movement that seeks to pressure Israel through boycotts and sanctions. Senator Sterle on Friday used a Senate speech to "condemn" public statements made by the West Australian Labor MP backing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement.
  • Global Agenda, 9:50 PMPeru Foils Hezbollah Terror Attack on Israelis

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Over the past several days a Hezbollah terrorist attempted to murder Israelis in Peru only to have his plots foiled by local authorities, revealed Channel 2 on Thursday. The terrorist, a member of Hezbollah's international arm, was apparently planning to carry out a terror attack on Israeli or Jewish targets in the South American nation, particularly locations where Israeli tourists gather.
  • Obama's Love-Hate Relationship With Israel Explodes

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:43 am
    When it comes to Israel, President Obama has been Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. There is campaign Obama, who assures the Israelis he doesn't bluff when it comes to stopping Iran's nuclear program, lavishes the Jewish state with even more military assistance than his predecessor, and goes out of his way to let bygones be bygones.
  • Sweden recognizes Palestinian state; Israel upset

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    Sweden's new left-leaning government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state - a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel's plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem. Sweden's Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom talks during a news conference Thursday Oct. 30, 2014, at the government building Rosenbad, in Stockholm, after Sweden's new government officially recognized a Palestinian state.
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  • The western media's double-standard on Israeli 'racism'

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:23 am
    So-called prestigious newspapers the Guardian and New York Times give a platform to every nonsensical item about Israel while conveniently ignoring the reality in other countries.
  • How to prevent a religious war in the Middle East

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Analysis: In wake of attempted assassination of Yehuda Glick, Palestinians are closer than ever to a direct confrontation – and it may be worse than a third Intifada. There are steps that need to be taken to keep tensions from boiling over any further.
  • US has turned Netanyahu into its punching bag

    30 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Op-ed: Instead of engaging in self-examination over its failures in Muslim world, Obama administration is personally attacking Israel's prime minister.
  • A fiery devotee on the Temple Mount

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:40 am
    Op-ed: Yehudah Glick's life mission was to break the status quo at the most sensitive and dangerous place in Jerusalem; others had the same goal, but none shared his level of addiction.
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  • Ashton Kutcher Reveals Jewish Origin Of Daughter’s Middle Name

    Aussie Dave
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    He almost pronounced it correctly. Of course, the first name Wyatt is not Jewish. But there is a Jewish connection.
  • Making Noise For Israel

    Varda Epstein
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:22 am
    Terror doesn’t scare me. Rather, it makes me rage at my impotence. I can write blogs. I can live here no matter what. But it never feels like enough. So I was glad when Ricky messaged me that she would be going to the Im Tirtzu protest. Besides Ricky is someone I’ve always wanted to know better. Without thinking of the lost hours at work and in my week in general, I took a plunge and asked, “Could I go with you?” This was only my second protest ever. I tell people I had a deprived childhood. But in my heart I strive to be a rebel, to retain some of the youthful defiance that had me…
  • Chickensh*t-Gate: No Apology For You!

    Aussie Dave
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:53 pm
    State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki confirms the US administration will not apologize for chickenshit-gate. There’s only one word that comes to mind when hearing this, and seeing her avoid answering the question.
  • Reader Post: Halloween + Shabbat = Fun For Someone

    Ellen Levitt
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Picture credit: This year, Halloween comes on a Friday. Shabbat starts on Friday evening. This is an overlap that is sure to irk some, amuse others, and cause confusion in some parts of the world. In areas where there are few or no Jews, hey, it’s no problem. In areas where everyone is an observant Jews (such as Mea Shearim), it’s also no problem. In places where there are no Jews AND no one celebrating Halloween (i.e., Afghanistan) there is no certainly no problem. But everywhere else, where there is an overlap of Jews observing the holy Sabbath (or at least trying…
  • 1.21 Gigawatts Of Chickensh*t

    30 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    This post is for the Back to the Future fans out there. Aussie Dave gets the idea credit!
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  • Writing in the age of Zero Tolerance

    Meryl Yourish
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:35 am
    You’ll want to read this post over on my writing blog, I think.The first line is “I’m pretty sure the first story I ever wrote would have gotten me arrested today.”
  • Your Wednesday news briefs

    Meryl Yourish
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:55 am
    No wonder she was in Hufflepuff: A stupid actress is calling Israel stupid and saying that Israel causes anti-Semitism. But it’s okay, she can do that because she’s Jewish, you see. And listen to her brilliant explanation:“I’m lucky they like me, and one always needs a Jewish accountant,” said Margolyes, who grew up in a Jewish home in Oxford, England, adding that “anti-Semitism is horrible and can’t be defended, but Israel is stupid for allowing people to vent it.”Moron. You’re “lucky” that people like you in spite of being Jewish? Screw you,…
  • Around the news

    Meryl Yourish
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:51 am
    Deborah Lipstadt on past and current anti-Semitism: Best quote from the lecture? “Anti-Semitism is a vile form of hatred. It starts with the Jews, but it never stops there.”The political echo chamber: A Pew study shows that liberals are more likely to block you over your political views than conservatives. I can attest to that.But they know all the Kardashians: Two-thirds of Americans can’t name a single Supreme Court Justice.Another victim of terrorism dies: A second victim of last week’s terror attack died of her injuries today. She was 22. Reminder: The State…
  • The year went by so quickly

    Meryl Yourish
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:15 pm
    One year ago, I brought home a little Siamese-tabby mix that was being called Lily. Her name quickly changed to Meimei, and I discovered that she was a month older than they guessed she was when she went into heat at what we thought was only four months (nope, it was five or more).She’s been a delight both to me and Tig. They play together pretty much every day, and she’s slowly but surely sneaking closer and closer to him as he sleeps. More often than not, I wake up with two cats in my bed. And if Meimei was bored, there are also two or three cat toys as well.Here’s a…
  • 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…
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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

  • Tragedy in Nepal Brings Back Trekking Memories

    31 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    The tragedy in Nepal two weeks ago, where 40 trekkers, including four Israelis, lost their lives in a sudden freak snowstorm along the well-traveled Annapurna route brought back a flood of memories from my own trip to the Nepalese Himalayas. In 2011, my family and I went hiking in the same Annapurna region, and, although we didn’t navigate across the 5,400-meter high Thorong La Pass – which saw the brunt of the storm and most of the casualties when near zero visibility and sub zero temperatures shocked travelers who set out on what seemed an ordinary, October clear sky day – we trekked…
  • 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.
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  • Terrorism Defies Definition

    26 Oct 2014 | 1:47 am
    Defining terrorism has practical implications because formally certifying an act of violence as terrorist has important consequences in U.S. law. Terrorism suspects can be held longer than criminal suspects after arrest without an indictment They can be
  • 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
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    Good News from Israel

  • My English Hebrew Dictionary - Winter Vocabulary

    27 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Hi Everyone!I created a set of English Hebrew winter vocabulary study sheets with 84 winter related words.The address forward this message to anyone that may be interested in learning Hebrew. Thanks!Have a good day,Jacob
  • 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
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    Internet Marketing and SEO Israel Blog on Optimization Strategy

  • Remarketing Campaigns are Not Always What they Seem

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

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

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

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

    AIMS Internet Marketing
    21 May 2014 | 12:03 am
    Israel is turning East to Korea, Japan, China and India. Our central location, multi-lingual, multi-cultural DNA combined with our creativity has enabled this fast turnaround (pun intended). Many Israeli hi tech companies have already successfully penetrated these markets. In fact I sat next to someone who was selling well in Korea as well as other Asian countries. Many of these companies are using the tradition distributor channel. Korean Business Conference in Tel Aviv Israeli companies that want to leverage Internet marketing in Korea need to use the Korean search engine Naver. I met the…
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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…
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    MIchael Eisenberg
    8 Oct 2014 | 5:04 am
    As we get ready for the holiday of Sukkot, I was thinking about the changing dynamics of Israel's Economy over the last 3+ millennia. On Sukkot, we take the 4 species: the Lulav, Etrog, Hadas and Arava. They are, of course, symbolic of the sources of water that powered the agrarian economy of Israel and the world for over 3000 years. The Lulav grows near underground water reserves. The Etrog must we watered by man. The Hadas grows from the rain and the Arava grows along the river banks. Water of all types was lifeblood of the Israeli economy. Without it, there was starvation and poverty. On…
  • סדר העדיפויות של שר האוצר תמוהה

    MIchael Eisenberg
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:43 am
    כשעה קלה קיבלתי טלפון ממשרד הממונה על התקציבים באוצר לזמן אותי לדיון ״מאד מאד חשוב״ על המדען הראשי. לתומי שאלתי ״מתי הדיון?״ ענתה המזכירה ״מחר ב3!״ שאלתי עם הנושא הפתיע את האוצר? ״אתה צודק,״ היא אמרה, זה נקבע מהרגע להרגע.״הבנתם? מנוע הגידול של התעשייה והתעסוקה של מדינת ישראל, החדשנות, מקבלת יחס של הרגע האחרון לפני הדיון על…
  • 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

  • JewliciousEats: Pollans and Portlandia

    30 Oct 2014 | 3:06 pm
    This was an incredible few weeks for cookbook readers. This was originally titled “Pollans, Portlandias, PseudoThugs & Plenty More,” but I will post it separately so that this is just Pollans & Portlandia The Pollan Family Table The Best Recipes and Kitchen Wisdom for Delicious, Healthy Family Meals by Tracy Pollan, Corky Pollan (the mom) […]
  • White House: Is Chicken Worse than Horse?

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    Earlier this week, Jeffery Goldberg wrote in THE ATLANTIC that a senior White House official said that Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is a “chickenshit.” The thing about Bibi is, he’s a chickenshit,” this official said, referring to the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, by his nickname. This time, it wasn’t David Stockman who squealed […]
  • Will Rabbis Sue The Simpsons?

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Word reached us this week that character actor Frank Sivero is suing Fox Television Studios and the creators of “The Simpsons,” saying that the character of Louie – a mobster – is based on his likeness. Sivero played a befuddled gangster in “Goodfellas” and “The Godfather Part II”. In “Goodfellas” he played Frankie Carbone. The […]
  • 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 […]
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  • All The Internships You Need In Israel For 2015

    Jacob Share
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Which internship or fellowship is best for you this year? Winter, summer, year-round, paid, free, it’s all here. And if you know of something that isn’t, tell us in the comments, ok? Winter 2015 internships Europ Network – sales and marketing internship (minimum 2 months) and an e-business internship (minimum 3 months). Israel-Asia Center Job Openings – The Israel-Asia Center is currently seeking intern candidates for a number of positions. Although the dates listed begin in 2014, they’ve confirmed that there are still openings and will be more moving forward.
  • 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…
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  • Why I Am Stepping Down From a GPS Beis Din

    Guest Contributor
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:19 pm
    By Steven Pruzansky After seven years as head of the Bet Din L’Giyur (the conversion court) in Bergen County, under the auspices of the Beth Din of America and the Gerus Protocol and Standards (GPS) adopted by the RCA in 2007, I have decided to resign from the Bet Din. I sent this missive to my supervisors: “After much deliberation, I have decided to resign as Rosh Bet Din of the RCBC and step down from the Bet Din itself, effective immediately. It has been spiritually rewarding to serve in this capacity for the last seven years. I am extremely proud of the professionalism, sensitivity,…
  • Looting the Kodesh

    Guest Contributor
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:08 pm
    by Avrohom Gordimer Looters have invaded sacred space; the plane in crisis has been hijacked. Obviously, the Orthodox community must act with extreme care, meticulousness and scrutiny pursuant to the recent startling allegations of highly immoral crimes involving mikveh and conversion on the part of a well-known Modern Orthodox rabbi. The Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) took immediate action, and so have mikveh associations and synagogues. Undoubtedly, the entire scope of necessary responsive actions that may be needed remains to be seen and would have to be implemented comprehensively…
  • The Big Bang Contradicts Physics, not Religion

    Yaakov Menken
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Pope Francis is in the news today, for having “sided with science” and against creationists — by endorsing the Big Bang Theory. According to these articles, his statement was “revolutionary” and “embraces modern science.” As far as saying that the universe is billions of years old, or that creatures evolved, this could be true — though even there, he said that it could not have happened without Divine Intervention. When it comes to the Big Bang, however, these articles neatly turn the truth on its head. Put simply, the Big Bang Theory violates…
  • Elon Musk Can Sleep Easier

    Yaakov Menken
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, was quoted yesterday comparing artificial intelligence (AI) to “summoning the demon.” “I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I would guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that… With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon. You know all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water and… he’s sure he can control the demon? Didn’t work out.” This is not a new sentiment for Musk, who called AI “more dangerous than…
  • Kiruv Goes On: the Models Change

    Jonathan Rosenblum
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler in his justly famous essay on Sukkos (“Bitul HaYesh”) brings a Midrash that compares our entry into the sukkah to a mini-galus. The Midrash explains why the mitzvah of sukkah follows Yom Kippur: Perhaps the Jewish people have been decreed for galus, exile, (or an extension of the current galus). And if so, perhaps HaKadosh Baruch Hu will accept our leaving our fixed abode to live in the sukkah for seven days in lieu of a full-scale exile. Thus sukkah is, at some level, an antidote for exile. Rabbi Dessler explains how. Our current galus came about for…
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  • Saudi cleric says Jews are cowards

    Elder of Ziyon
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    Prominent Saudi scholar Abdul Aziz al-Tarifi tweeted this yesterday:The Umma (the Islamic nation) will not be victorious as long as it is afraid of the Jews, because Allah described them (i.e. the Jews) as cowards, and whoever is afraid of them (of the Jews) is even more afraid of others. [As the Quran says]: "They will not fight you all except within fortified cities or from behind walls."Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think he is talking about "Zionists."So the entire Muslim world is preparing for a religious war against Jews. Sounds like a useful thing to know.(h/t Ibn Botrous)
  • Here's the difference between "moderate Arabs" and "radical right wing Zionists"

    Elder of Ziyon
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    The supposedly moderate Fatah party headed by that man of peace Mahmoud Abbas called for a "day of rage" on Friday. It appears that this specific one mostly fizzled out, probably because of rain, but here is what Abbas was inciting his people to do:Saturday night a rally is being called by those "right wing Jewish extremists" in Jerusalem calling for prayers for the recovery of Rabbi Yehufda Glick:No rock throwing, no Molotov cocktails, no burning tires, no calls for Jews to riot in Arab neighborhoods, no attempts at forcibly entering the Temple Mount.Maybe those radical Jews should become…
  • 10/31 Links Pt1: The redhead who wouldn't give up; Hezbollah targeted Jews, Israelis in Peru

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    From Ian:Caroline Glick: Being safe while isolated Before formulating a strategy for dealing with Obama over the next two years, Israelis need to first take a deep breath and recognize that as bad as things are going to get, nothing that Obama will do to us over the next two years is as dangerous as what he has already done. No anti-Israel Security Council resolution, no Obama map of Israel’s borders will endanger Israel as much as his facilitation of Iran’s nuclear program.As unpleasant as anti-Israel Security Council resolutions will be, and as unpleasant as an Obama framework for…
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  • עלות של 2.3 מיליארד ש"ח: בגין אי-שמירת מרחק

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:19 am
    גורם מוות מפתיע בדרכים: עליה של 74% במספר ההרוגים בגין אי שמירת מרחק. "אור ירוק": "יש פתרונות טכנולוגיים, אבל מחירם גבוה מדי. תקציב המדינה חייב לוותר על הכנסות מאביזרי בטיחות בכדי לסייע לנהגים לרכוש אותם"
  • אופטימיות זהירה: מצבו של גליק ממשיך להשתפר

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:14 am
    ביה"ח שערי צדק הודיע כי פעיל העלייה להר הבית עבר ניתוח נוסף ומסתמן שיפור נוסף במצבו, מה שמעורר אופטימיות בקרב צוות הרופאים המטפל בו. משפחתו קוראת לציבור להמשיך ולהתפלל לרפואתו
  • הולך ברגל: יש אנשים שמסרבים להוציא רישיון

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    לא מעט אנשים מסרבים בעקשנות להוציא רישיון ולעלות על הכביש. יש להם הרבה תירוצים ולא מעט קשיים יומיומיים כמו תמרונים בהשגת טרמפים ושיחות עם נהגי מוניות, ובכל זאת לא תשכנעו אותם שהחיים קלים יותר עם מכונית
  • החורף כאן: גשם יורד בכל רחבי הארץ

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:17 am
    היום החורפי ביותר הגיע ואיתו גשמים באזורים נרחבים וטמפרטורות נמוכות. הגשמים יחלשו הערב אך צפויים לחזור ביום ראשון בלילה
  • נמשכת המתקפה על אובמה בשל הזלזול בנתניהו

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:13 am
    במאמר מערכת תחת הכותרת "אובמה מזלזל בישראל", תוקף הוול סטריט ג'ורנל את ממשל אובמה על היחס השלילי לישראל ולנתניהו
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  • חוסר עניין לציבור: מי רוצה לגעת בהפועל ת"א?

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    מדהים איך מקבלי ההחלטות במתחם חודורוב הפכו מועדון גדול לקבוצה עם מנטליות שמזכירה את רמה"ש. תשאלו את רמון, שרוקד בכל המסיבות, אבל ממשיך להיות נתון לחסדים של פילנתרופים. וגם: מי חלם שמשחק העונה של מכבי חיפה יהיה בכלל במושבה
  • הראשון לציון: שון דאוסן עוד יגיע רחוק

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:31 am
    שון דאוסן מוכיח למי שזלזל בו עד כמה הוא מוכשר, לא ממהר לעבור למכבי ת"א ומתכוון להגשים חלום בקיץ הבא. ראיון מיוחד
  • מכבי חיפה: בניון חוזר לסגל, עמאשה וכליבאת בחוץ

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:40 am
    אחרי ההיעדרות עקב פציעה, הסמל הירוק יהיה בסגל למשחק בשבת (17:00) מול מכבי פ"ת. סטנוייביץ' החליט להסתדר ללא החלוץ, אלון תורג'מן ושמעון אבוחצירא חוזרים
  • בראיין כוכב עליון: רנדל הוא הנכס של מכבי ת"א

    31 Oct 2014 | 3:22 am
    אמרו שהפורוורד של הצהובים לא קולע מבחוץ אז אמש בגרמניה הוא סיים עם שלוש שלשות. בברלין לא רצו שיוכל מילקי בשקל. אם רנדל ימשיך כך הוא יוכל להמשיך לאכול את המילקי שלנו. וגם: איך עובד השילוב בין הניסיון של גרשון לאיפוק של גודס
  • מחכים לו שיבוא: געגועים עזים לספריי הנעלם

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:13 am
    השימוש ב'ספריי הנעלם' במשחקי המונדיאל בברזיל, תרם לצמצום בזבוזי הזמן ולהפיכת הבעיטות החופשיות למסוכנות יותר. אז מדוע הוא עדיין לא חלק מהכדורגל הישראלי?
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  • "אפס": כל מה שרע בישראלים בדרך לקולנוע

    31 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    "רוב האנשים שהדמות הזו מבוססת עליהם, לא מבינים שאנחנו צוחקים עליהם", מסבירים אור פז ותום טרגר, יוצרי להיט הרשת "אפס", ומי שגם הביאו לכם את "אחמד וסלים". בלי להתכוון, הדמות המקללת והמגעילה הצליחה כל כך, שבקרוב אף תככב בסרט משלה
  • אנחנו על הַמַפִית: טל ברודי קולע לסיר

    31 Oct 2014 | 1:49 am
    שנים של פחד ממחבתות הגיעו לסיומן כשטל "אנחנו על המפה" ברודי, החליט להתגבר ולהיכנס למטבח במסגרת "הצילו, אני לא יודע לבשל". התוצאה: פסטה לא רעה והמון מילים חדשות בעברית שהוא ישמח להמציא עבורכם, אם רק תראו לו היכן נמצא המזווה
  • לא רק קוני למל: תיאטרון נגד התבוללות

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    אין לו שום דבר נגד ערבים, אך הוא מתנגד לנישואיהם לנשים יהודיות, הוא דן על הבמה בבעיות בחיי נישואים, אך באמצעות צוות שחקנים גברי בלבד: מייסד התיאטרון היהודי שואף לקרב לעולם התוכן היהודי קהל שלדעתו סובל מבורות חסרת תקדים
  • "משפחה שולטת": המלך הוא עירום?

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    אל הקומדיה החדשה של ערוץ הילדים יחזרו הזאטוטים שלכם לא בגלל השחקנים המצוינים ולא בגלל הערך המוסף, אלא פשוט בגלל שהיא מבדרת, וזה בסדר גמור. סאטירה לילדים? יש דבר כזה
  • מגיע לה הספד ראוי: העולם ללא קריסטל קאסלס

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    בכמה ציוצים קברה אליס גלאס, סולנית 'קריסטל קאסלס', את להקת האלקטרו פאנק הקנדית. על אף שעוד נזכה לשמוע יצירות סולו של חברי ההרכב, יש מקום לפרידה ראויה מההרכב שהנפיק כמה מהרגעים היפים במוזיקה של העשור האחרון
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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
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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

  • External Pressure Unites Israelis

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Israel Hayom) Dan Margalit - The low language used by U.S. government officials about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in comments made to Atlantic columnist Jeffrey Goldberg was not appropriate, given the fact that Israel is an American ally. The unusual language used by the officials was a manifestation of the U.S. government's realization that it has failed in the Middle East in general, and in the Israeli-Palestinian sphere in particular. America's adoption of a gloves-off approach with Israel will not achieve the goal that the initiators of the confrontation hoped for. The average…
  • Hizbullah under Strain as It Battles on Several Fronts

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Washington Post) Hugh Naylor - Hizbullah, Lebanon's most powerful military organization, is losing its aura of invincibility as militants from Islamic State and the al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra have carved out footholds in Lebanon along the porous Syria border. "Hizbullah is spread thin. They are waging so many battles and are positioned on so many fronts," said Imad Salamey, associate professor of political science at the Beirut-based Lebanese American University. As many as 5,000 of its soldiers are thought to be in Syria, where hundreds of its fighters have been reported killed.
  • Could an Israeli Innovation End World Hunger?

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Times of Israel) David Shamah - Between a third and a half of all food grown today is lost to spoilage. Thanks to an invention by Israel's Pimi Agro, using hydrogen peroxide "with a few key additions," fruits and vegetables remain fresh and viable for up to 10 weeks, significantly cutting losses due to rot and deterioration during the transportation process, said Nimrod Ben-Yehuda, CTO and co-founder of Pimi. "For places like India, China, and Africa, this is huge, especially because the transportation systems in those areas are slow and refrigeration is hard to come by," he said.
  • Hizbullah Is Bruised

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (NOW-Lebanon) Hussain Abdul-Hussain - Syria's war has taken a toll on Hizbullah. Anecdotal evidence suggests that Lebanon's Shiite population is thinning out as families search for better lives away from the "society of resistance" and its perpetual war. Today, there is hardly a Shiite village that has not lost a dozen or more of its men. Sooner or later, Hizbullah will run out of men to recruit. In Lebanon, Shiites number one million, a quarter of the population. The disparity in numbers that clearly favors the Sunnis in the Levant is beginning to catch up with Hizbullah. The writer is…
  • The Long Road to Choosing Iran's Next Leader

    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Institute for Contemporary Affairs-Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs) Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall - In September, Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (now 75) was hospitalized for prostate surgery, and rumors again circulated that he has prostate cancer. On Oct. 21, Ayatollah Mohammadreza Mahdavi Kani died at the age of 83. He had been chairman of Iran's Assembly of Experts, a body of 86 clerics entrusted with electing Iran's next Leader. Former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani 80, seeks a central role in determining Khamenei's successor. At present the short list of names for the post…
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  • Tel Aviv bar voted the Best Bar in the Middle East & Africa!

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
    We knew there were some cracking bars in Tel Aviv (here are some of our long-standing faves), but earlier this month the legendary Drinks International magazine voted the Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar as the best bar in the Middle East and Africa! OK, it might not be the typical beer-guzzling joint you were expecting, but The Imperial is the very best place to go for specialty cocktails, at least according to some 330 nightlife and alcohol experts who voted for it. Located in the Imperial Hotel on HaYarkon Street, this bar is a must-see just to check out the awesome knowledge of the bartenders,…
  • 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,…
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  • New Shlomo Katz Album 'Likrat Shabbat' Promo (video)

    Rafi G.
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:03 am
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  • Buyer Be(a)ware: Tzabar Shmitta salads

    Rafi G.
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    This is sort of a PSA.I am in favor of people being aware and knowledgeable about their kashrut issues, and that includes proper labeling of kashrut on food items.In this situation, nothing was done wrong, but there is still room for someone to not notice the issue, and therefore I feel it important to point out.Tzabar salads make many different types of salads. Many of their salads have had a Badatz hechsher in the past (and still do). This is one of those situations in which you normally buy a specific product and dont check the hechsher each time - because you know it is acceptable to you.
  • Admor Treatment at airport canceled

    Rafi G.
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:39 am
    If you are looking to get a bracha from a major hassidic rebbe, or a mekubal, you might need some "protexia", you might be able to wait in line for a very long time, or you might not get in at all.That all might change very soon and it might sometimes become easier to get that bracha.Ben Gurion Airport has a little known administrative order known as "Nohal Ha'Admorim" - the Admor rules. These rules are applied to a list of rebbes, hassidic rebbes and mekubalim. When anybody on this list arrives on the airport, he can let the authorities know and he will be given special treatment. The Admor…
  • the terrorist or suspected terrorist who shot Yehuda Glick

    Rafi G.
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    Some of the news websites are saying that Israel security services have found and killed (in a firefight) the suspected terrorist who shot Yehuda Glick last night.I don't understand the headline, and I assume it is the attempt at  politically correctness of the relevant media that caused them to write it like that.If the guy is only a suspected terrorist, he should not have been killed. If he was killed "unintentionally", as a result of resisting arrest and starting a firefight, that should be pointed out. The headlines makes it sound like he was killed because of his involvment, but he…
  • Rabbi Pruzansky stepping down is a loss

    Rafi G.
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:05 am
    In light of the scandal with Rabbi Freundel of the RCA and the changes being implemented by the RCA in response to it, Rabbi Pruzansky has announced that he will be stepping down from his position as head of the RCA's conversion court.Despite the fact that I did not always agree with his opinions, I feel bad he is stepping down and I feel it will be an overall loss for the RCA.It seems to me, and I never heard otherwise, that Rabbi Pruzansky is an honest and hard working rabbi with great integrity. I don't have to agree with everything he says, but it is a shame to lose someone like that from…
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    This Ongoing War: A Blog

  • 30-Oct-14: Violence on Jerusalem's streets rises while poll shows support among Pal Arabs for more of it is growing

    This Ongoing War
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:04 am
    Arab 'protestors" on Jerusalem's streets in September [Image Source]A motor-cycling gunman rode up to the political activist, Rabbi Yehuda Glick, on the streets of Jerusalem last night (Wednesday) and shot him in the chest at point-blank range.Glick, 50, was shot in his upper body by a motorcyclist during an annual event organized by the Temple Mount and Eretz Yisrael Faithful Movement. Magen David Adom paramedics evacuated him to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in critical condition with injuries to his chest and abdomen. He was operated on and was in stable condition. Doctors said he will…
  • 29-Oct-14: Could an opinion editor at the NYTimes have blown their cover?

    This Ongoing War
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:28 pm
    NYT resource portal [Image Source]Matt Seaton was a comment editor at The Guardian for seven years before leaving (in a kind of job swap) to do a similar job at the New York Times. In that role, he proudly announced an op ed today with (in our opinion) a bitter and twisted view of the lives lived in Israel by Arabs.Often overlooked, an insight into the life of the one-fifth of Israeli citizens who are Palestinian. By @rulajebreal:— Matt Seaton (@mattseaton) October 27, 2014This caught Tamar Sternthal's attention. She's with CAMERA ("the Committee for Accuracy in…
  • 29-Oct-14: Truths about Jerusalem and its Jews - and the stones that tell them

    This Ongoing War
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    We snapped this on the Mount of OlivesyesterdayWe buried a dear friend yesterday.An outstanding professor of law, a brilliant legal mind, an energetic and effective advocate for human rights, a man of sincere piety, gentle ways, modesty and huge achievements, a child of parents who survived the Holocaust, and a cherished friend for decades, his untimely passing in the United States was a tremendous shock.He was a gentleman who knew better than most how to arrange his affairs, and had purchased (as we learned just two days ago) a burial plot in the ancient cemetery that spills down the…
  • 27-Oct-14: In Gaza, the electricity is flowing again no it's not yes it is

    This Ongoing War
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    A Gulf State newspaper published this picture in March 2014 witha caption saying it show a Gaza City power station shut down "due to a lack of fuel from Israel", without explainingthat "lack of fuel" in Gazan real-politik is almost invariably self-inflicted by the Hamas regime for political advantage [Image Source]Remember how Gaza's only power station was "destroyed" by you-know-who in July 2014? (Here's The Guardian's report from then.)Reuters ["Gaza power plant resumes operations, director says"] this afternoon reports on something that borders on a miracle (but is not):Gaza's only…
  • 27-Oct-14: Palestinian Arab report says the Egyptians plan to keep the Gazans far away for now

    This Ongoing War
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Simpler times: A section of the Egypt/Gazaborder in 2009 [Image Source]Here, unedited, is the full text of a Palestinian Arab news site's report on major changes announced by Egypt to address its perception of lethal challenges facing it from the Gazan side. It comes from Palestinian News Network, and went up in the past hour. There are some obvious problems with the report (like spelling, and the notion of a buffer zone that's nine miles high, which is 14 kilometers) but those are small details. We will add our own commentary later.Egypt to build buffer zone on Gaza bordersPublished on…
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    Dead Sea Fun

  • Food Giant Osem to Build Large Ice Cream Factory in Arad

    Sue Schoenfeld
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Minister of Finance Yair Lapid announced that the "Osem" company would be opening a factory in Arad to take the place of Arad Towels, which closed last week leaving hundreds unemployed. The largest ice cream factory in the Middle East will be built in the city of Arad.   Read the full article at   More
  • Arad Towels Closes in Double Blow for Negev Town

    Sue Schoenfeld
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    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.   Update October 27, 2014 - Liberman in Arad: We…
  • A Drone Flies Over the Dead Dea

    Sue Schoenfeld
    26 Oct 2014 | 9:51 pm
  • Israeli, Jordanian Researchers Team on Leishmaniasis Treatment

    Sue Schoenfeld
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    Researchers from Israel and Jordan are seeking a treatment for cutaneous leishmaniasis in a new project, initiated by Israeli research company Pharmaseed. Four partners have been recruited for the project: the Dead Sea and Arava Science Center, which has identified 70 plant extracts that may be relevant for fighting the parasite; the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Pharmaseed, and Jordan University of Science and Technology.   Read the full article at
  • 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…
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