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  • Lady Gaga accepts ADL award on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation

    JTA Breaking News
    Gabe Friedman
    22 May 2015 | 12:47 pm
    (JTA) — Pop star Lady Gaga accepted an award from the Anti-Defamation League on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation. On Thursday, the ADL announced that Gaga had received its Making a Difference award for “work championing positive social change.” “The Foundation shares ADL’s mission of combating bullying among young people,” an ADL press release said. “This is such an incredible honor,” Gaga said in a videotaped acceptance speech. “The No Place For Hate Making A Difference Award is a huge deal for both of us, especially because of all of the hard work ADL has been…
  • Obama Stresses Support for Israel, but Refuses to ‘Paper Over’ Discord

    NYT > Israel
    22 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    President Obama used a speech to knock down perceptions, fueled in part by recent tussles over Iran, that he lacks a commitment to Israelis and Jewish concerns.
  • Car accident puts inventor on his life's path

    Israel News
    22 May 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Josh Shachar's resume is impressive: more than 160 patents on innovations he has helped develop, founder of more than 10 high-tech companies and author of countless research papers. A typical day for him could mean working on multimillion-dollar aircraft and missiles for the Department of Defense or the next generation of smart medical device technologies.
  • Czech reality show lets family experience Nazi occupation

    ynet - Updates for RSS
    23 May 2015 | 1:07 am
  • Labor shouldn’t bet on Herzog again

    ynet - Opinion
    22 May 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Op-ed: The Labor Party needs a leader like Amir Peretz, Shaul Mofaz or Ron Huldai – someone who is capable of marketing leadership and security, rather than baby food.
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    JTA Breaking News

  • Lady Gaga accepts ADL award on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation

    Gabe Friedman
    22 May 2015 | 12:47 pm
    (JTA) — Pop star Lady Gaga accepted an award from the Anti-Defamation League on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation. On Thursday, the ADL announced that Gaga had received its Making a Difference award for “work championing positive social change.” “The Foundation shares ADL’s mission of combating bullying among young people,” an ADL press release said. “This is such an incredible honor,” Gaga said in a videotaped acceptance speech. “The No Place For Hate Making A Difference Award is a huge deal for both of us, especially because of all of the hard work ADL has been…
  • World Bank: Gaza economy on ‘verge of collapse’

    Gabe Friedman
    22 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    (JTA) — Gaza’s economy, stifled by the highest unemployment rate in the world, blockades, poor governance and a series of military conflicts, is headed towards a “collapse,” a new report by the World Bank says. “The report estimates that Gaza’s GDP would have been about four times higher than it currently is if it weren’t for the conflicts and the multiple restrictions,” said a World Bank news release published Thursday. The report says that the blockade imposed on Gaza by Israel and Egypt in 2007 after the militant group Hamas took over has halved the region’s GDP.
  • Obama: I criticize Israel because I care about Israel

    Ron Kampeas
    22 May 2015 | 9:43 am
    Adas Israel Congregation’s Rabbi Gil Steinlauf greets President Obama on Friday, May 22. (Ron Sachs) WASHINGTON (JTA) — Defending Jews from anti-Semitism and defending Palestinian rights stem from the same value system, President Barack Obama told a Jewish audience. “The rights I insist upon and fight for for all people in the United States compels me to look out for the rights of the Jewish people, and the rights of the Jewish people lead me to think about the child in Ramallah who feels trapped,” Obama said Friday, addressing the Adas Israel congregation in Washington.
  • Dutch restaurant says it erased Israel from map for culinary reasons

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    22 May 2015 | 8:25 am
    AMSTERDAM (JTA) – Dutch restaurant owners cited their gastronomical focus in explaining why they had replaced Israel with Palestine in a map of the Middle East they had printed. The owners of Le Souq, a restaurant based in Rotterdam that specializes in food from the Middle East, offered the explanation after a local politician criticized their removal of Israel and replacement with Palestine in the restaurant’s signature placemat, which features a map of the Middle East. “A new country in the Middle East? In Rotterdam’s market hall they are straightforward about Israel’s position.
  • Switzerland defends funding for Israeli leftist group

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    22 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    ZURICH, Switzerland (JTA) — Swiss government officials defended their decision to fund an exhibition by Breaking the Silence, an Israeli group that purports to expose alleged Israeli war crimes. Breaking the Silence is scheduled to put on the exhibition next month at Zurich’s Kulturhaus Helferei with funding from the Swiss federal government and the municipality, Swiss officials confirmed this week to the news site, citing Switzerland’s “commitment to  increasing dialogue about human rights.” Founded in Israel in 2004, Breaking the Silence uses testimonies, mostly…
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  • Car accident puts inventor on his life's path

    22 May 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Josh Shachar's resume is impressive: more than 160 patents on innovations he has helped develop, founder of more than 10 high-tech companies and author of countless research papers. A typical day for him could mean working on multimillion-dollar aircraft and missiles for the Department of Defense or the next generation of smart medical device technologies.
  • Task force arrests 2 men, 1 at LA airport, in probe involving aid to ISIS terror group

    22 May 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Two California men arrested by the FBI wanted to join the Islamic State group and bought a plane ticket for one of them to travel to Turkey with the hope of becoming a martyr, U.S. prosecutors said Friday. The U.S. attorney's office charged 24-year-olds Nader Elhuzayel and Muhanad Badawi with conspiring to provide material support to a terrorism group.
  • Clinton testifies on Benghazi attack

    22 May 2015 | 12:36 pm
    The State Department released its first round of emails from Hillary Clinton's time as Secretary of State on Friday, offering a new look at her handling of the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. The roughly 300 emails, about 850 pages, are part of the 30,000 that she turned over to State from her private email server, which she used almost exclusively to conduct both private and public business during her time at State.
  • Obama takes step to mend relations with speech at Adas Israel synagogue

    22 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    For weeks, President Obama has wrestled with his frayed relationship with key members of the American Jewish community. On Friday he will make his most public effort yet to repair the breach by doing something only three presidents have ever done: He will speak before an audience at a U.S. synagogue.
  • Abbas: Israeli settlement expansion blocks any peace deal

    22 May 2015 | 5:27 am
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Israel stands in the way of any peace deal because it is perpetuating its military occupation and keeps expanding settlements. The Palestinian leader says he remains committed to setting up a Palestinian state alongside Israel, in the lands Israel captured in 1967.
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    ynet - Opinion

  • Labor shouldn’t bet on Herzog again

    22 May 2015 | 11:22 pm
    Op-ed: The Labor Party needs a leader like Amir Peretz, Shaul Mofaz or Ron Huldai – someone who is capable of marketing leadership and security, rather than baby food.
  • How Israel created deterrence in the Second Lebanon War

    22 May 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Op-ed: Two significant moves – impairing Hezbollah's rocket launching ability and destroying its headquarters in Beirut's Dahiya Quarter – were essential components in the restoration and intensification of the Israeli deterrence in 2006; attacking state infrastructures would have strengthened this deterrence even more.
  • The communicating vessels of terror

    21 May 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Analysis: The more Israel succeeds in damaging the infrastructures of institutionalized terror organizations in the West Bank, the higher the number of terror attacks committed by unorganized 'lone wolves.'
  • Bus segregation decision isn't racist

    21 May 2015 | 2:26 pm
    Op-ed: The reality in which Samaria residents prefer to hitchhike instead of getting on buses filled with Palestinian laborers is intolerable; Jews are also entitled to return home safely without feeling threatened.
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  • Israel’s Nadav Guedj Steps Through To Eurovision Final

    Aussie Dave
    22 May 2015 | 2:18 am
    In case you missed it: Israel’s Eurovision entrant Nadav Guedj made it through to the final of Eurovision, with this performance last night. I must admit I find it a catchy song, albeit “boy-bandy.” And the beginning seems a little Bohemian (rhapsody) to me. Other than that, my main reaction was “what is with those hideous shoes?” Here are some of my real-time tweets during the performance. One would be pleased with the Israeli singer's performance. If you are into boy band impersonators wearing bird shoes #Eurovision2015 — Aussie Dave (@Israellycool)…
  • Photo Of The Day: Israel Hater In Process Of Blogging Anti-Israel Smears

    Aussie Dave
    22 May 2015 | 1:51 am
    Reaching for content. Sorry, I could not resist. Real story here. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2015Original content here is published under these license terms: X License Type:6License Summary:
  • Latest Blood Libel: The Case Of Yahiya Sami al-Amudi

    Aussie Dave
    22 May 2015 | 1:08 am
    Ma’an News reports on the supposed Israeli targeting of an innocent palestinian boy. A Palestinian child was critically injured after Israeli forces shot him with a rubber-coated steel bullet near the Shufat refugee camp on Thursday, witnesses said. Yahiya Sami al-Amudi, 10, was walking near a checkpoint by the East Jerusalem refugee camp when he was shot by the bullet. He was taken to the Hadassa hospital in Ein Karem with a fractured skull, jaw, and left ear and had surgery to remove his left eye. Medics said he is in a critical condition. Press TV are even less subtle, reporting…
  • Loving Israel To Death?

    21 May 2015 | 9:58 pm
    Jeffrey Goldberg and US President Barack Obama are at it again. Reading Goldberg’s latest Obama PR piece feels like watching a conversation between someone on a good acid trip and someone else on a bad acid trip. (Goldberg, full of angst and worry but still detached from reality, is the one on the bad trip.) Indeed, it is hard to imagine any other explanation for Goldberg’s comparison of Obama to any one of 50 rabbis that Goldberg claims to have spoken to recently. In the current installment — and I assume there are still more to come before 2017 — we get some insight…
  • Israel Government New Official Kosher Photo

    Real Jstreets
    21 May 2015 | 5:53 am
    First, was the hot news story of the new Israeli Government Official Photo on an ultra-Orthodox media site, (how do you have such a site if the internet is not to be used by ultra-Orthodox?) distorting the faces of the three new female ministers. Then, a version of the photo with Muppets was spread on Twitter. Bets are this photo controversy buzz could last longer than this 4th Netanyahu coalition government. So here is the inside scoop on the official posed photo of new ministers with PM Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin. Gil Hoffman jokes that Israelis are not so good at…
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    Liza Rosenberg

  • התוכנית האלוהית שלי

    Liza Rosenberg
    17 May 2015 | 12:38 am
    דרכינו להביא את הבן שלנו לעולם הייתה ארוכה וכואבת. היו כמה הריוניות שנתגלו בהם מומים, ואחד שהסתיים עם לידת הבן הראשון שלנו בשבוע 26, תינוק שנולד קטן מאוד עם מומים, שבכל זאת הצליח לחיות קצת יותר מחצי שנה. בתשעה שנים האלו של הריונות נכשלים, בדיקות אינסופיות, תקווה וייאוש, ניסיתי להבין מאיפה זה נחת עלינו. הרופאים לא ידעו להסביר לנו,…
  • מה נשתנה בטור הזה מכל הטורים

    Liza Rosenberg
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:22 am
    בימים אחרים, הייתי כותבת את הטור שלי באנגלית ומעבירה אותו לתרגום. את הטור הזה, כתבתי ישר בעברית. התבקשתי על ידי העורכים שלי ב”אדם עולם“, המגזין של הקהילה האנתרופוסופית בישראל, להתייחס לנושא של הכשרות שקשורות לאנתרופוסופיה: הכשרות חינוך, רופאים, מחנכים וכדומה. פשוט, נכון? זהו, שלא כל כך. ועוד החלטתי שהפעם, אני מתכוונת לכתוב את…
  • For Dave, wherever you may be

    Liza Rosenberg
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    Woven through the stories and the summers of our youth Your laughter threaded through the soundtrack of our days And nights spent in the camp that hugged the Delaware Where slivers of our hearts will always stay They say time flies too fast, my friend, and I believe it’s true For it seems like only yesterday I first laid eyes on you Or maybe just this morning, not so very long ago So tell me how the hell are we supposed to let you go I’ll remember you with laughter and I’ll think of you with joy Of long-forgotten moments when you were just a boy While sifting through the memories that…
  • The Artist-in-Residence

    Liza Rosenberg
    29 Apr 2014 | 2:35 am
    During a work outing several years ago, my colleagues and I were given an opportunity to make ocarinas out of clay.  While the others created instruments that looked like delightful sea creatures, dragons and other fictitious members of the animal kingdom, I suspiciously stared down at my lump of clay without coming up with a single idea. In the end, I created a simple, goofy smiley face on one side, and on the other, I wrote “My talents lie elsewhere”, since when it comes to envisioning and creating my own piece of artwork, I’m utterly and unapologetically hopeless. That’s not to…
  • Never ever laughed so much

    Liza Rosenberg
    22 Mar 2014 | 7:56 am
    You don’t talk Or catch my eye Glance away As I walk by Cross the street Change your path I don’t exist Erase the past Sever ties One by one Destroy them all Until it’s done Forget that we Were ever friends I don’t exist It’s all pretend Lives and souls That never touched Never ever Laughed so much Love and trust Ripped apart I don’t exist It breaks my heart Picture created by Talya Shachar-Albocher
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  • 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.
  • Happy Passover!

    Meryl Yourish
    3 Apr 2015 | 5:29 am
    Chag Pesach sameach to my Jewish friends, family, and readers.
  • A Passover video for you

    Meryl Yourish
    1 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    I particularly love the ending.
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    This Normal Life

  • Ch’aliyah: immigrating because the bread is better

    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…
  • Dog saves family from flood: a true story

    8 May 2015 | 4:48 am
    When we were considering buying a dog for our family four years ago, I had three conditions: that it not shed (because I’m allergic to dog fur), that it not poop (because no way was I going to be picking up warm dog droppings daily) and that it not bark (as a chronic insomniac, I’d be quickly enraged if what little sleep I do get was interrupted). Well, one of three aint to bad: our little white Maltese has hair, not fur, so I don’t sneeze, but he does need to relieve himself (and as a good citizen I clean up nice). And of course he’s a dog so he barks. The latter probably saved our…
  • Silence, Mindfulness and Recovering from Election Obsession

    20 Apr 2015 | 2:29 am
    After months of election obsession, rapaciously reading everything I could, poring over polls and talking with anyone and everyone I could for the better part of the winter, I did the only thing left to do. I shut up. Literally. Just a few days after the votes were tallied, my wife and drove up to Kibbutz Ein Dor for a silent Jewish meditation retreat organized by Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels of Or HaLev – the Center for Jewish Spirituality and Meditation in Israel, and Rabbi James Roth, head of the U.S.-based Awakened Heart Project for Contemplative Judaism. For six days, from 5:30 am…
  • How to Make This Year’s Seder Not Like Any Other Night

    7 Apr 2015 | 12:27 am
    The run up to tonight’s Seder included a remarkable – and decidedly disturbing – discovery in the Blum house: no one in our family really likes Pesach. Actually, it was worse. Some of us really hate Pesach. The preparation, the cleaning, even the Seder itself doesn’t rank highly on our list of peak Jewish experiences. How could this be? Everyone likes Passover, right? After all, it’s the holiday that nearly every Jew observes, in one way or another. In Israel, 82 percent of Jews who self-identify as secular still attend a Seder. And, of course, 100 percent of self-identified…
  • Who Took My Bar Munchies?

    22 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    Who ever heard of a bar without bar munchies? But that’s exactly what happened to us recently when my wife and I mustered up the courage to head out with friends on a cold Jerusalem night to check out Gatsby’s, a much talked about new cocktail lounge in downtown Jerusalem. The first thing to know about me is that I’m not much of a barfly. I can count on one hand the times I’ve gotten rip-roaringly drunk, and most of those were over the last few years at the Jerusalem Wine Festival, held at the Israel Museum every summer. I was a resolute teetotaler in high school; when drinking was de…
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    Daniel Pipes :: Writings

  • ISIS Attacks on the West

    22 May 2015 | 7:16 am
    The May 3 assault on a Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, prompted much discussion about the assailants' connections to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, ISIL, and Daesh. Did ISIS run them as agents? Are they part of a new network of terror
  • What Syrian Chemical Weapons Reveal about Obama

    19 May 2015 | 2:16 pm
    The famed "red line" warning that Barack Obama issued in August 2012 to Bashar al-Assad of Syria was arguably the defining foreign policy moment of his presidency: an unequivocal warning to a rogue leader to desist from war crimes or pay the price. When
  • The Middle East Runs out of Water

    8 May 2015 | 2:06 pm
    A ranking Iranian political figure, Issa Kalantari, recently warned that past mistakes leave Iran with water supplies so insufficient that up to 70 percent, or 55 million out of 78 million Iranians, would be forced to abandon their native country for
  • Today's Iran Debate Misses the Point

    7 Apr 2015 | 9:30 pm
    While hugely important in terms of Iranian relations with the outside world, U.S.-Israel relations, and Barack Obama's relations with Congress, the labored, contradictory, and unspecific Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action has little bearing on whether
  • Decoding the Obama Doctrine

    6 Apr 2015 | 6:37 pm
    James Jeffrey, Barack Obama's former ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to Iraq, has this to say about the administration's current record in the Middle East: "We're in a goddamn free fall." Count the mistakes: Helping overthrow Muammar Qaddafi
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    Good News from Israel

  • Photos of Yom Yerushalayim in the Old City

    17 May 2015 | 5:42 pm
    Hi Everyone!Today, 28th of Iyar, I went to the Old City of Jerusalem to take photos in honor of Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day).Due to the hot weather, I decided not to do the flag march.I arrived in the Old City about 7pm - about an hour before the flag marchers started to flow in. Within 2 hours, the Kotel plaza went from half empty to a full house.I posted photos also created a short address for sharing on social media: the photos!Please share. Thank you!Shavua Tov,Jacob
  • Educational Resources for Shavuot

    13 May 2015 | 4:42 pm
    Hi Everyone!Shavuot is the Jewish holiday that celebrates the giving of the Torah, the first harvest, and the ripening of the first fruits. The two day festival (1 day in Israel) begins on Saturday night, May 23, 2015.The Jewish Trivia Quizwww.jewish-trivia.comhas a selection of multiple choice questions about Shavuot.What are the five names of Shavuot ?On what mountain did Moses receive the Ten Commandments ?How many letters are there in the Torah ?In the days of the Temple what did people do on Shavuot ?Who married Ruth ?Who was Ruth the great-grandmother of ?What is the connection between…
  • Educational Resources for Jerusalem Day - May 17, 2015

    10 May 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Hi Everyone!Jerusalem Day is celebrated on the 28th of the Hebrew month of Iyar. This year (5775 / 2015) the day falls on Sunday, May 17. The Jewish Trivia has over 100 multiple choice questions about Jerusalem.Who built the first temple ? How many people were involved in constructing the first temple ? What are the colors of the Jerusalem Beitar soccer team ? Which animal is on the emblem of the Municipality of Jerusalem ? What three Jewish holidays is Jerusalem the focal point ? How long ago was Jerusalem established ? On what mountain was King David buried ? How…
  • Educational Resources for Lag Ba'Omer

    3 May 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Hi Everyone!The Jewish festival "Lag Ba'Omer" is Thursday, May 7, 2015. If you are flying over Israel on Wednesday night (May 6) and you look down out of your plane, you will see thousands of bonfires dotting the landscape as far as the eye can see. There are various customs and explanations for these celebrations.I posted on my website 43 links to learn about "Lag Ba'Omer".The address also created English Hebrew vocabulary sheets the bonfires!Shavua Tov,Jacob
  • New: English - Hebrew Employment Vocabulary

    29 Apr 2015 | 4:08 pm
    Hi Everyone!Before you start looking for a new job, prepare yourself with the new employment vocabulary section of My English Hebrew Dictionary.There are 25 study sheets with 150 words and terms related to share. Thank you!Have a good night,Jacob
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    Green Prophet

  • How do your chips stack onto the carbon footprint of gambling?

    Green Prophet
    22 May 2015 | 8:24 am
    Are we really having this conversation? Yup, because everything we do has an environmental cost and gambling is something that millions of people do. While Vegas US regulation severely limits the...
  • 5 ways to stop animal trafficking

    Karin Kloosterman
    19 May 2015 | 11:34 am
    Wild animals shouldn’t live in palaces, connected to leashes and paraded around streets in the Gulf Region like they are trophies. Dolphins shouldn’t be captured to live in cramped,...
  • Shocking new way to preserve dairy, without a fridge

    Green Prophet
    19 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    Most people in the developing world need to produce their own food, and most of these people do it inefficiently, making food security far out of reach. People buy a cow, or camels for milk, goats or...
  • Floating farms may soon feed the world!

    Laurie Balbo
    19 May 2015 | 2:36 am
    World population will balloon from 7 billion today to more than 9 billion in 2050, with associated food demand predicted to increase by 70% in that same time-frame. How will the agricultural sector...
  • Hookah steam stones loaded with carcinogens

    Green Prophet
    18 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    Hookah, shisha, or smoking the nargila is a staple of any Middle Eastern experience. But more and more research suggests that this form of smoking is more damaging than regular cigarette smoking....
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    Six Kids and a Full Time Job

  • 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…
  • The One Question You Will Not Hear In the Israeli Government Coalition Negotiations

    MIchael Eisenberg
    3 May 2015 | 1:18 pm
    When I invest in a start up, one of the key missions we undertake is to help the founders build a management team. The most critical factor for the success of a start up is the founding team and the management you build around them.  The Board of Directors and management teams spend endless hours carefully defining the roles that they are hiring for and specifying/interviewing the types of people and personalities that they want to target and recruit to fill those roles.You would think that if it is important to define roles and the capabilities of those needed to fill the management…
  • Rav Aharon Lichtenstein (מורי ורבי), Yehi Zichro Baruch

    MIchael Eisenberg
    20 Apr 2015 | 1:59 am
    At the evening in honor of Rav Lichtenstein Receiving the Israel PrizeMuch will be written in the coming days, month and years about Rav Aharon Lichtenstein's encyclopaedic Torah knowledge and grasp of general culture, knowledge and matters of the day. More will, and should, be said about Rav Lichtenstein's impeccable ethics, morality and caring.  Rav Lichtenstein's humility made him literally loved by all who came in contact with him. The hespedim will start tomorrow and go on for months and years. I have never quite seen that level of love and adoration for an educator, rabbi and head…
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    Jewlicious THE Jewish Blog

  • CzechTV: Smarter Than a 5th Grader, But Are You Tougher Than Your Sudetenland Grandparents

    22 May 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Producers at Ostrava Czech Television saw docu-reality shows like the one where a family lived like they were in post-colonial period Maine in 1852, or Schwarzwaldhaus 1902 Wartime Farm, and came upon an idea. Let’s take a family and give them a vacation cabin, and then have them wake up under Nazi occupation. As Czech […]
  • JewliciousReels: Son of Saul Crowned King at Cannes

    21 May 2015 | 3:56 pm
    The buzz at Cannes this week is about SON OF SAUL, a dark Hungarian film set at Auschwitz-Birkenau, that critics say is unlike any other Holocaust themed film in its approach to the subject. It has been called a masterpiece that changes the genre of Holocaust films. It has a quasi-documentary feel that takes the […]
  • I dairy you!

    21 May 2015 | 12:14 pm
    CK laughed about that one, so… There’s been some fuss on the internets about two-ingredient ice cream that doesn’t require an ice cream maker. The concept sounded too good to be true and too easy to be good, but I gave it a try anyway. Ten minutes of work and four hours of freezing later, […]
  • Jewish Stud Gets Millions

    21 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Justin Zayat, the Racing & Stallion Manager at Zayat Stables said this week that his family’s thoroughbred racing operation would be accepting an offer from Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Versailles, Kentucky, for American Pharoah, their Triple Crown hopeful. Justin Zayat is a graduate of the Frisch School, a Modern Orthodox oriented school in Paramus, NJ, […]
  • Goodbye David Letterman: We Love You and We Will Miss You

    20 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    This story first appeared in Jewish Business news. Re-posted with permission. – – Goodbye David Letterman. We love you and we will miss you. The brilliant, original, hysterical and greatest talk show host in history makes his farewell tonight on CBS after more than 33 years on the air. No David Letterman is not Jewish. […]
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  • The new JobMob is coming…

    Jacob Share
    14 May 2015 | 4:34 am
    Time for growth.   Last October, you voted for your favorite new JobMob logo once and then again a few weeks later. But that wasn’t only about a fresh logo; it was about being time for JobMob to evolve and take a big step forward. That time is almost here. More to come soon. You'll Enjoy These Articles Too Coming Next Week: JobMob Audio Podcasts Coming Soon: JobMob Reader Appreciation Week The Orthodox Union’s 2008 Israel Job Fair for English Speakers Coming in November Jerusalem Job Fair for New Olim Coming May 5th, 2009 [SNEAK PEAK] Big News Coming Next Week
  • How To Massively Crowdsource Your Job Search

    Jacob Share
    6 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    You’d be surprised how much help you can get if you just ask. Photo credit: John Ashley Did you know that online community crowdsourcing can help you on your job search? I mean, why not? People like to help people. That was one of the reasons I started JobMob back in 2006, that’s one of the reasons you find it hard to ignore questions when asked, and that’s why so many people volunteer. Let’s see how crowdsourcing can work for your job search. How to get job search help from the online masses 1) Get job search feedback There are many places you can go to ask job search…
  • Where To Quickly Find Student Summer Jobs

    Jacob Share
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    Summer job search for people who don’t want to. Photo credit: Sunny_mjx Nobody wants to spend a lot of time looking for a summer job, or any job for that matter. These are the first steps a summer job seeker should try for fastest results, and I used most of them to find my 10 wacky (& not so wacky) summer jobs. in dire need of a job bc so many plans this summer and so many non-existent dollars in my wallet — Felix Barrera (@pikafelix) April 21, 2015 9 ways to find student summer jobs fast Starting with the most effective: 1) Ask for your old summer job back My bosses response…
  • 9 Real Reasons Overqualified Job Seekers are Rejected

    Jacob Share
    22 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    If you’ve ever been told you’re overqualified, this is for you. Have you been told that you’re overqualified? I’m thinking of creating a paid, online job search success course specifically for older job seekers. This would be a high-value course aimed at helping you find a better job, faster. There would be videos to follow, effective resources and direct access to me for your questions and answers. However, this would be a big project that I would only commit to if there are enough people interested. If you are interested in such a course, join my early interest…
  • 21 Evil Things To Do On Your Last Day On The Job

    Jacob Share
    1 Apr 2015 | 7:05 am
    You’ve been laid off, fired or quit. How should you handle your last moments in the office? Photo credit: Matt Reinbold 21. Have a nice onion-filled breakfast before heading in to work for the last time 20. Film your final day with a GoPro’ed helmet so you can later post “highlights” to YouTube 19. Post-It notes are your friend. Hide random notes around the office in places where they’ll only be found weeks or even months later. Write things like ‘I know what you just did’ or ‘It wasn’t like this when [your name] was here’ 18. Make…
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  • Ism Schism

    Avi Shafran
    22 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    Liberal-minded American Jews rightly regard Pamela Geller, who organized the Garland, Texas cartoon-of Islam’s-founder contest earlier this month, as an irresponsible provocateur. What’s odd is that many of those very same liberal-minded American Jews enthusiastically champion (and generously support) another irresponsible provocateur. That would be the “Women of the Wall” – the attention-addicted feminist group bent on holding vocal women’s services at the Kosel Maaravi that offend the sensibilities of the traditional Orthodox women and men who most frequent the site and have…
  • Tziddukim would be happy this year

    Avi Shafran
    22 May 2015 | 6:07 am
    If there were any Tziddukim left, they’d be happy this year. You can read why in a Shavuos piece I wrote for the Forward, here.
  • A Little More about Snakes

    Yaakov Menken
    20 May 2015 | 3:41 pm
    I’m going to add a tidbit of my own to R’ Avi Shafran’s post below. I remember Prof. Robert Liebman’s class, Sociology 241, “The Social Basis of Individual Behavior.” He pointed out during a lecture that each language and culture has different words with different levels of complexity. What regular people call “snow” is subdivided by skiers into six words — and by Inuits into twenty-two different types. Some things, however, are universal across cultures. The word that drew the most consistent, positive reactions across all cultures, he…
  • Yale Scientists’ Interesting Conclusion

    Avi Shafran
    20 May 2015 | 8:16 am
    Interesting news reported this morning about a team of Yale paleontologists who applied a set of algorithms to genetic and morphological data and concluded that the ancestor of living snakes had hind legs, complete with toes and ankles. See here to read about a related observation.
  • Rav Aharon Lichtenstein & the Haredim

    Shira Schmidt
    20 May 2015 | 12:13 am
    “I am very partial to Rav Lichtenstein’s approach,” said the Lelov hassid to me at the funeral of Rav Aharon Lichtenstein z”l a month ago. “Rav Lichtenstein deals with abstractions, in addition to focusing on the text,” he further elucidated. There were quite a few hassidim (to judge by their sartorial taste) at the funeral. In addition, someone whose garb bespoke a haredi Litvishe affiliation responded, when I asked what his connection was with Rav Lichtenstein, “What we appreciate in his shiurim is that rather than trying to be ‘sparkling’ with fireworks, there is yashrus,…
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  • 05/22 Links Pt2: Robert Wistrich: Defender of the Jewish People; ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ Was a Zionist

    22 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    From Ian:Robert Wistrich: Defender of the Jewish People Many scholars look away from the widespread anti-Semitism emanating from Muslim states and from parts of the Muslim population in Western countries. Despite the backlash, Robert remained outspoken when his post-9/11 essay on Muslim anti-Semitism, originally published in English, was updated and republished in German in 2011. Therein, Robert claimed that the hardcore anti-Semitism in the Arab and Muslim world is comparable only to that of Nazi Germany. Expressing such an opinion was far more than an academic judgment. It was an act of…
  • Chag sameach!

    Elder of Ziyon
    22 May 2015 | 1:00 pm
    I will not be blogging until Monday night (or Tuesday morning) because of the upcoming holiday of Shavuot, the least well known of the major Jewish holidays.Have a great holiday!
  • A visit to a southern Israeli kibbutz (Ido Daniel on Twitter)

    Elder of Ziyon
    22 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    Sometimes, you can find real journalism on Twitter. From Ido Daniel:In Sderot today. Already met with mayor Alon Davidi, now heading to Kibbutz Nahal Oz— Ido Daniel (@IdoDaniel) May 22, 2015With Beni Sela, head of civil security of Nahal Oz, in a lookout to shuja'iyya, Gaza— Ido Daniel (@IdoDaniel) May 22, 2015Beni: after Protective Edge, #Hamas constructed a "Quarry". Its main target: making noise to cover the sound of tunnel digging toward Israel— Ido Daniel (@IdoDaniel) May 22, 2015shuja'iyya in #Gaza as seen from kibbutz Nahal Oz. The so called quarry is…
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  • משטרת ישראל 2.0

    22 May 2015 | 7:16 am
    המכללה הלאומית לשוטרים מהווה נקודת מפנה בביטחון האישי של אזרחי ישראל. במקום הכשרה מבוזרת ולא רציפה, כל ההכשרות יתקיימו במקום אחד. ביקור מיוחד
  • רמאדי: ארה"ב מהססת ואיראן מתבססת בשטח

    22 May 2015 | 6:17 am
    בקרבות האחרונים מול דאעש בעיראק יש מנצחת אחת – איראן, שהחיילים שהיא מממנת מגיעים לשטח שבו לא הייתה להם קודם דריסת רגל. והכול בברכת וושינגטון
  • מורשתו של אורי אורבך מקווה לזכות לאריכות ימים

    22 May 2015 | 5:04 am
    אורי אורבך ז"ל העלה את קרנו של המשרד לאזרחים ותיקים ופרויקט 'שלישי בשלייקס' זכה להצלחה חסרת תקדים. בטקס חילופי השרים העבירה אלמנתו מיכל את השרביט לשרה הנכנסת גילה גמליאל. "אני מקווה שהיא תמשיך בדרכו", היא אומרת
  • אלופה: השיעור בצניעות שלמדו שני מומחי קיקבוקסינג

    22 May 2015 | 4:42 am
    לג'רמיין יאפ, מלזית בת 30, יש מראה תמים של נערה חביבה ולא מזיקה, אך לאחר שפיתתה שני מאמני קיקבוקסינג להיכנס איתה לזירה, היא הראתה להם את היכולת האמיתיות שלה
  • מה קורה כשמחפשים שמות בגוגל מפות?

    22 May 2015 | 4:32 am
    גולשים שניסו לחפש את שמם ושמות של חבריהם בשירות המפות של ענקית החיפוש, נבהלו לגלות את כמויות המידע שיש בידי גוגל בנוגע אליהם. נסו בעצמכם ותופתעו
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  • הזמן הוורוד: תיקון שבועות מתחיל במגדר

    22 May 2015 | 4:48 am
    ביתה של אביה שאקי זוהר הוצף בורוד עם לידת בתה הבכורה. בדיקה שערכה האם הטרייה גילתה שגם בשנות האלפיים, המסר לבנות ברור ומוחלט: תהיי יפה, נקייה ומטופחת, וכדאי שגם תדעי לבשל
  • הזמן הורוד: תיקון שבועות מתחיל במגדר

    22 May 2015 | 4:47 am
    ביתה של אביה שאקי זוהר הוצף בורוד עם לידת בתה הבכורה. בדיקה שערכה האם הטרייה גילתה שגם בשנות האלפיים, המסר לבנות ברור ומוחלט: תהיי יפה, נקייה ומטופחת, וכדאי שגם תדעי לבשל
  • המטרה הבאה של ג'ורג' קלוני: הבית הלבן?

    22 May 2015 | 1:17 am
    "שכבתי עם יותר מדי נשים, עשיתי יותר מדי סמים והייתי ביותר מדי מסיבות", עונה ג'ורג' קלוני לשאלה האם ייכנס לפוליטיקה. עם אישה חדשה וסרט עתידני חדש לכל המשפחה, "בחזרה למחר", הרווק הפרוע לשעבר כבר נראה ונשמע כמו פוליטיקאי משופשף
  • הזירה הלשונית: שטינקרים וחידון הגבינות הגדול

    22 May 2015 | 12:19 am
    עד מדינה תורם למדינה או מגן על עצמו? מה תקליטן עושה בבית הכלא? ומה תרמה היידיש לשפת הפשע? הזירה הלשונית מטשטשת פנים ומזמרת על המשותף לברי, גורגונזולה ופרמזן
  • האמא הגדולה: '6 אמהות' עושה כבוד לערוץ 2

    21 May 2015 | 3:32 pm
    ב"האח הגדול" שוב רבים על התקציב השבועי? באסה. הצטרפו ל"6 אמהות" ותיתקלו בדילמות מהחיים האמיתיים ובדוקו מעורר מחשבה. כי אין בעולם אשמה כמו אשמה עצמית של אמא
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  • נירו לוי מסתבך עם הקהילה הגאה

    20 May 2015 | 11:39 pm
    מתמודד האח הגדול VIP אמר כמה דברים שלאסי עזר לא נעים לשמוע, מדונה הפכה שני ישראלים למפורסמים בעזרת תגובה קטנה, פיליפ וזאנה חוזר למסך ועומר דרור כבר לא רווק
  • טירוף: בכמה נמכרה הגיטרה של ג'ורג' האריסון?

    18 May 2015 | 1:33 am
    בית המכירות הפומביות Julien's Auctions בניו יורק הציע למשך יומיים מספר פריטים ששייכים היו פעם לכמה מכוכבי הפופ הגדולים בעולם. בין הפריטים המבוקשים: וסט של ג'ימי הנדריקס וגופיה של מדונה, שנמכרו בעשרות אלפי דולרים
  • הבקסטריט בויז מאוהבים בתל אביב

    18 May 2015 | 1:19 am
    כמה שעות לאחר שנחתו כבר מצאו את עצמם חברי הלהקה בדיזנגוף סנטר. סדר היום הראשון של הלהקה כלל גם ביקור ביפו, טבילה בים התיכון וארוחת גורמה בהרצליה
  • ישראל גודוביץ' מקבל תמיכה מעופפת

    16 May 2015 | 11:13 pm
    למה שלחו תושבי חדרה מסוק תמיכה לדייר בבית "האח הגדול"? מי הגיע לאחל מזל טוב למיכל אמדורסקי וג'פרי ישי? ואיך קרה שרוני דלומי תחליף את מיכל ינאי?
  • Alright! הבקסטריט בויז נחתו בישראל

    16 May 2015 | 11:03 pm
    סוף סוף זה קורה: בריאן, ניק, איי.ג'.,קווין והאווי נחתו בישראל לקראת שלוש הופעות מצופות באמפי פארק רעננה. להקת הבנים מתכננת ביקור במספר אתרים היסטוריים בארץ
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    Daily News Alert from Israel - COP/JCPA

  • Campuses Are Flooded with Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)

    21 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Jerusalem Post) Natan Sharansky - Today, nearly every American campus is awash in double standards, efforts to delegitimize the Jewish state and rhetoric demonizing Israel. Campuses are flooded with Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) resolutions, which this year increased in both reach and intensity. Considering the absence of comparable calls to boycott the world's most egregious human rights violators, there is clearly a double standard at work in such campaigns. The danger of movements like BDS is not in the economic damage they could do to Israel; rather, it is in their ability to…
  • Video Shows Syrian Airmen Dropping Barrel Bombs

    21 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Telegraph-UK) David Blair - New video footage has emerged showing Syrian aircrew using barrel bombs. An airman inside a Syrian military helicopter is seen as he lights the fuse of a barrel bomb, then casually pushes it out of the aircraft and sends it hurtling towards the ground. Amnesty International says that barrel bombs have been used to lay waste to civilian areas, claiming at least 11,000 lives since 2012. Last month alone, at least 85 were dropped on the city of Aleppo. British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said the latest footage exposed Syrian President Assad's "lies." "It shows…
  • Bedouin Camels Wear Glowing Bands to Cut Down on Crashes

    21 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (NBC News) Paul Goldman - The more than 6,000 camels at large in southern Israel have proved a deadly foe for nighttime drivers. Father-of-three David Cohen hit one while driving home on Dec. 14 and later died from his injuries, sparking an outcry. Nave Midbar regional council veterinarian Sliman El Sana has been meeting with Bedouins to test a plan: outfitting camels with three glowing bands each - one on the neck and one on each front leg. The solution has been embraced by the Bedouins. "My camels roam freely at night and it is very hard to see them," said Yusuf Ben Hamid. "The glowing…
  • Iran Says Can't Afford Ahmadinejad Cash Handouts

    21 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (AFP) Iran can no longer sustain the cash handouts enacted by former president Ahmadinejad, Ali Rabii, Iran's minister of labor and social welfare, said Tuesday, signaling plans to halt them. The handouts were a partial replacement after subsidies on staples such as electricity, gas, water and bread were cut. All Iranians receive about $15 monthly, whether rich or poor. Despite repeated calls from the government for affluent families to refuse the allowance, only 2.4 million of Iran's 80 million population have opted out. Rabii also said money spent on handouts was harming domestic production…
  • Video: California Looks to Israel on Drought Crisis

    21 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (CBS News-Los Angeles) As California's drought crisis continues to get worse, civil engineers have looked to other nations for possible solutions. New desalination technology transformed Israel, allowing one of the driest countries in the world to cultivate a water surplus. See if it could work here.
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  • A real taste of the Middle East: the annual Terraolivo Extra Virgin Olive Oil Competition!

    16 May 2015 | 2:01 am
    If you’re in Israel during June, head to Jerusalem for a humdinger of a taste of the Middle East – the “Terraolivo” International Competition of Extra Virgin Olive Oil  (otherwise known as the more tongue-twisty Mediterranean International E.V.Olive Oil Competition)! The competition will take place in the Olive Tree Hotel, Jerusalem, from June 7-14, 2015. This annual competition is seen as the third most important in the world for ranking and discovering the very best extra virgin olive oils in the world. The rankings are determined by the EVOO World Ranking System,…
  • Bon Jovi line up a late summer concert in Israel!

    5 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    The big news today has the rumors of Bon Jovi lining up a concert in Tel Aviv later this year! There were original plans to perform here back in 2011, but that never happened. But according to local press, it looks like a new gig is being planned for late summer 2015, probably September-time. If it happens, it will be their first ever concert in Israel, and rest assured, they have plenty of fans who will sellout this concert in no time! The show will probably happen in Tel Aviv’s HaYarkon Park, and expect to pay a minimum of 300-350 shekels. As soon as we get confirmation, we’ll…
  • TLV Balloon: hover above Tel Aviv in a giant balloon!

    28 Apr 2015 | 10:57 pm
    If you’ve seen and done the usual tourist sites in Tel Aviv, then how about hovering above The City That Never Sleeps in a helium-filled balloon?!? The newest attraction in town looks like being a bit of a hit with tourists and locals alike, with rides high into the air above Tel Aviv! Spectacular views are guaranteed both day and night, so obviously, don’t forget the camera! And – hint hint – this could become THE place for that special moment, birthday party, work get-together, heck, even a marriage proposal! The flights (yes, the balloon is registered in Israel as…
  • Awesome rockers Eagles of Death Metal to rock Tel Aviv in July 2015!

    28 Apr 2015 | 3:16 am
    Awesome US rockers Eagles of Death Metal will be performing in Tel Aviv this July! The band, who are most certainly not death metal, will be here for one concert only as part of their world tour for their new album which is set for release this summer. Expect a humdinger of a live show as they are renowned for their live gigs, with plenty of rock and roll and showmanship to enjoy! Founding member Josh Homme won’t be there, as he has other commitments to attend to (he’s also part of Queens of the Stone Age), but the finely mustached Jesse Hughes will be! The concert will take place…
  • The legendary Art Garfunkel confirms a June concert in Israel!

    21 Apr 2015 | 11:14 pm
    Art Garfunkel, he of course of the legendary duo Simon and Garfunkel, has confirmed a June concert in Israel! The concert will take place at the Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv on June 10, 2015. Garfunkel was last here in 1998, and also performed TWICE with Paul Simon way back in 1983. Paul Simon performed solo here in 2011 as some of you may remember. The Grammy Award-winning American singer and Golden Globe-nominated actor has also written some great poetry through the years, including on times when he goes on great treks (like a walk across the whole of Japan). His last album was released…
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  • Litvishe are ok leaving out women, while the sefardim are problematic

    Rafi G.
    22 May 2015 | 12:41 am
    this morning I heard the weekly program of Benny Rabinovitch and Moshe Osditcher on Radio Kol Hai, reviewing the weeks events.They made an interesting distinction, when discussing the haredi papers form of publication of the picture of the new government with female ministers this past week.They said that Yated and Hamodia are fine - they simply chose not to print the picture. They did not want to print the picture of the women, so they left it out entirely. Shas, on the other hand, in its paper, they said, photoshopped the picture. Shas had the women taken out of the picture, moved people…
  • more Jewish or less Jewish?

    Rafi G.
    21 May 2015 | 11:34 pm
    I had a thought when reading Jeffrey Goldberg's write-up of his interview with President Barak Obama.In the interview, Obama explained that he loves Israel and he criticizes it so much because he holds it to a higher standard than he does other countries. He will criticize Israel when it does not live up to her standards that she was founded upon, and when she does not live up to the values and teachings of Judaism.SUddenly the thought struck me. Whenever Israel has tried to pass or discuss a law promoting Judaism at a higher level of standing in the country than it currently has - giving it…
  • Erdan exempts sukkot from exemptions

    Rafi G.
    21 May 2015 | 6:40 am
    The ministers of the new government each held a ceremony a couple of days ago, each in his or her respective office. the ceremony was a transfer of the baton from the previous minister to the new minister.Right before the transfer of authority, Gilad Erdan, formerly the Minister of Interior, signed a directive that would ease the construction of the sukka, without requiring a permit.Some recent directives require the request for an exemption from requesting a permit for building certain temporary structures. Sukka is not in the list, but it is in the descriptive imagery of the directive. A…
  • Quote of the Day

    Rafi G.
    21 May 2015 | 5:23 am
    I was never in Norway. I have already said: I do not recognize the Norwegian law, I am not going to resign for the benefit of Yaakov Asher.  -- Deputy Health Minister Yaakov LitzmanI like how they keep bickering and trying to find a way to get Yaakov Asher back into the Knesset.I don't even think Litzman could help out, even if he wanted to. As far as I know, the Norwegian law only applies to ministers and not to deputy ministers. If it applied to deputy ministers as well, they should ask Porush who is also a deputy minister. And if not, then maybe Moshe Gafni should have also taken a…
  • News go for the boring pictures of blurred faces

    Rafi G.
    21 May 2015 | 4:40 am
    All the news sites have been making a big deal about how the Haredi papers have not included pictures of Ayelet Shaked , Miri Regev and Gila Gamliel (and Tzippi Hotoveli when relevant) in its review of the new government, either as individual pictures, or in the group picture with their faces fuzzed out.I am impressed that they are all surprised by this. It is nothing new (at least in the perspective of recent history). Erasing women from pictures or blurring their faces is done on a daily basis. The most famous was probably removing Hillary Clinton from a picture of Barak Obama and his staff…
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    Yoel Meltzer | Towards A New Jewish Mindset

  • Obama Is Not The Problem

    Yoel Meltzer
    9 May 2015 | 7:02 pm
    With the destabilizing influence of Iran spreading throughout the region and the meltdown of the post “Arab Spring” Middle East continuing unabated, many in Israel are disappointed with President Obama for backtracking on his former pledge to prevent Iran from going nuclear. Similarly, after more than twenty years of the disastrous Oslo “peace process” and all the carnage and suffering that it brought as well as in the face of a strengthening international campaign to delegitimize the State of Israel, many Israelis are perturbed by Obama’s continued insistence that Israel must work…
  • It’s the Same Battle

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

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

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

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

  • 22-May-15: Yet another Australian "normal guy" joins barbarians as government announces passport-driven counter-strategy

    This Ongoing War
    22 May 2015 | 3:02 am
    The Islamist propaganda video features an Australiandoctor urging Moslem health workers to join him in Syria[Image Source: Screen shot captured from ISIS video]Australia's Border Force Counter-Terrorism Unit says it has stopped nearly 300 people deemed national securit­y risks from leaving via its airports over the past nine months. Those individuals earned the attention of the authorities by being identified as "foreign fighters, jihadi brides and those involved in financing terrorism".Not all were stopped, however. A glitzy 15-minute long recruitment video (featured here), published in…
  • 22-May-15: Tough, crucial questions at Europe's borders

    This Ongoing War
    21 May 2015 | 10:54 pm
    Nice Moroccan boy wanting to spend more time with immigrant motherin Italy? Or murder-minded gunman with no problem shootingdozens of tourists in the back? [Image Source]Go back and take a look at our comments on the most recent random murder attack on people in Tunisia ["19-Mar-15: In Tunisia, terrorists target tourists... again"] and you can see that there were all manner of speculations about what triggered the terror attack on a busload of foreign tourists (from Italy, Japan, France, Spain, Colombia, Australia, Britain, Belgium, Poland and Russia) exiting a bus to visit a museum in…
  • 21-May-15: Why is this man still free? Human rights, the Qataris, dignity and football

    This Ongoing War
    20 May 2015 | 3:36 pm
    2010 announcement by FIFA that Qatar was the successful bidderto host the 20122 Mondial. That's the previous Qatari emir beaming on the left.Something about terrorism - it's clearer to us as the years go by - makes rational, otherwise intelligent people act irresponsibly and strangely. They may have a well-developed sense of right and wrong, of lawful and illicit, of moral and bestial. But once terror is added to the reality with which they cope, odd results follow.And this is as true of governments and major international organizations as it is of prominent people and ordinary folk. And…
  • 20-May-15: Car-ramming attack again in Jerusalem

    This Ongoing War
    20 May 2015 | 12:47 am
    It's a beautiful, sunny morning here in Jerusalem. But there are reports of yet another deliberate car-ramming attack done by a Palestinian Arab for an evidently-terrorist motivation. This time, it has happened at the A-Tur junction on Jerusalem's north side, close to the Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus and the Mount of Olives. So far, we know of two Israelis, uniformed police, who are injured.Times of Israel says the driver was shot by police and in critical condition and that he is being treated for his wounds at the scene. But both Haaretz and Ynet say, in updated…
  • 19-May-15: Days of our lives: As most of the Middle East hurtles into chaos, questions about the driver's seat

    This Ongoing War
    18 May 2015 | 10:42 pm
    President Obama and his deputy national security adviser[Image Source]Without an additional word of commentary, below is Bret Stephens with a dramatic wake-up call for those not yet comprehending how rapidly and completely the Middle East with all its conflicts and dangers is changing shape for the worse in front of our eyes. Everything Is Awesome, Mideast Edition | It takes a special innocence to imagine that the chaos unfolding in the Middle East can be put right | Bret Stephens | Wall Street Journal | May 18, 2015Ben Rhodes, President Obama’s deputy national security…
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    Dead Sea Fun

  • World's Oldest Complete Copy of Ten Commandments on Display

    Sue Schoenfeld
    19 May 2015 | 12:11 pm
    The world's oldest complete copy of the Ten Commandments is on rare display in Jerusalem at the Israel Museum in an exhibit of objects from pivotal moments in civilization. The 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll belongs to a collection of the world's most ancient biblical manuscripts discovered near the Dead Sea. The brittle manuscript has never before been displayed in Israel, and was shown abroad only in brief exhibits. "A Brief History of Humankind" – which runs until 2 January 2016 – marks the museum's 50th anniversary.   For more information Israel Museum
  • What's New in Eilat

    Sue Schoenfeld
    1 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    Connecting Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat by Bike Great news for cyclists: After six years in planning and development, the final segment of the southern section of the Israel Bike Trail is open for your enjoyment. The section stretches over 300 kilometers (186 miles) in length, divided into eight segments for mountain biking, connecting Mitzpe Ramon to Eilat. The length of the final segment 35 kilometers (21 miles) from Khan Be'erot (the Be'erot Overnight Camping Ground) in the heart of the Ramon Crater, to Moa in the Arava.   Read the full article at Eilat Needs a Different Story…
  • Over 100 North American Municipalities to Aid Jordan River Revival Efforts

    Sue Schoenfeld
    1 May 2015 | 6:54 am
    The heads of over a hundred Canadian and American cities pledged support for the internationally-led efforts to rehabilitate the dangerously polluted Jordan River. The EcoPeace Middle East group, an organization active in environmental peacemaking in the region, is behind the initiative which will see 144 municipalities, including such metropolises as Chicago and Montreal, raise funds for the restoration, and share professional expertise. The river – which runs 217 kilometers (135 miles) from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea – and its tributaries are shared by Israel, Jordan, Syria and…
  • Exploring the Arava, From the Dead Sea to Eilat

    Sue Schoenfeld
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:45 am
    In Israel, "desert" doesn’t mean "desolate." The sandy Negev expanse that makes up more than half of Israel's land mass encompasses fascinating vistas, history and creativity. Here we will zero in on the attractions of the eastern part of the desert: the narrow Arava Valley, stretching 180 kilometers (112 miles) from the Dead Sea down to Eilat, bordered on the west by the Negev highlands and on the east by the Edom Mountains of Jordan. For tourists, there’s never been more to experience in the Arava: ancient archeology, timeless Bedouin hospitality, funky eco-art,…
  • 15 Tips for the Best Dead Sea Vacation, Ever!

    Sue Schoenfeld
    21 Apr 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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