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  • Video of Assault in Tel Aviv Shocks Israelis

    Israel News
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:27 pm
    A truly disturbing security camera video that documents a sexual assault by an African work immigrant against a 37-year-old Israeli woman in Tel Aviv has sent shock waves through Israel, and is prompting many to ask why "human rights" groups and "women's rights" groups have remained silent about the incident, which took place in the early hours of the morning on March 19. The video, can be seen on Facebook at this link , shows the man accosting the woman, grabbing her hair, pulling her down and attempting to force himself upon her. At a certain point, another woman approaches him and tries to…
  • Golan Heights resident indicted for spying for Syria

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    Cnaan Liphshiz
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    (JTA) — A resident of the Golan Heights was indicted for spying on Israel for Syria. Suleiman Sidqi from the predominantly Druze town of Majdl Shams is accused of spying for the Syrian government, aiding an enemy entity, having contact with a foreign agent and supporting a terrorist organization, Army Radio on Friday reported based on the indictment against Sidqi. Prosecutors submitted the document Friday to the Nazareth District Court. The indictment says Sidqi collected sensitive material on military activity near the border between Israel and Syria and on senior Israel Defense…
  • Israel Releasing Impounded Palestinian Tax Revenue

    NYT > Israel
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The move by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was seen as an indication of his desire to ease tensions with the Palestinians and Washington.
  • Palestinian gets two life terms for Israeli settler murder

    Israel News
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    An Israeli flag is seen in front of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maaleh Adumim on the outskirts of Jerusalem. OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: An Israeli military court has handed down two terms of life imprisonment to a Palestinian who stabbed to death a Jewish woman settler, the Jerusalem Post newspaper reported Friday.
  • Power returns to Amsterdam after outage hits a million homes

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    27 Mar 2015 | 9:37 am
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  • Golan Heights resident indicted for spying for Syria

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    (JTA) — A resident of the Golan Heights was indicted for spying on Israel for Syria. Suleiman Sidqi from the predominantly Druze town of Majdl Shams is accused of spying for the Syrian government, aiding an enemy entity, having contact with a foreign agent and supporting a terrorist organization, Army Radio on Friday reported based on the indictment against Sidqi. Prosecutors submitted the document Friday to the Nazareth District Court. The indictment says Sidqi collected sensitive material on military activity near the border between Israel and Syria and on senior Israel Defense…
  • Islamic Movement of Israel leader gets 11-month sentence for incitement

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:25 am
    (JTA) — An Israeli court sentenced a prominent Islamist leader to 11 months in prison for incitement to violence and racism. Thursday’s ruling by the Jerusalem Magistrate’s court comes after Sheikh Ra’ad Saleh, the leader of the northern wing of the Islamic Movement in Israel, appealed an eight-month sentence he received last year. The prosecution charged Saleh in connection with a sermon he delivered in 2007 in Jerusalem, Army Radio reported. “May the streets of Jerusalem be purified with the blood of the innocent, who shed it in order to separate from their souls…
  • Ukrainian Jewish surgeon claims attackers shouted anti-Semitic epithets

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:10 am
    (JTA) — A Jewish physician from Ukraine was severely beaten in what he said was an anti-Semitic assault. Oleksanr Dukhovskoi, a chief pediatric neurosurgeon in the east Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, told the television station 9 TV that he believed the assault Sunday was ordered by competitors. He did not name a suspect. “I was beaten up by three men on the street who shouted at me: ‘Jew face, get out of town and out of the country’,” Dukhovskoi said. “This is blatant anti-Semitism. I told this to local journalists, but nobody wanted mention this aspect of the…
  • Israeli crash victim’s family blames airline for letting allegedly suicidal co-pilot fly

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:58 am
    (JTA) — The family of the Israeli feared killed in the crash of Germanwings flight 4U 9525 accused the airline of failing to monitor its staff. French and German officials are investigating why co-pilot Andreas Lubitz apparently crashed the Airbus 320 into the French Alps deliberately on Tuesday, killing all 150 people on board. The family of Eyal Baum, who is believed to have died in the crash, leveled the accusation in interviews on Thursday to Israeli media, including the news site ynet.co.il. “We want to know how come the airline failed to screen and check the co-pilot,” Ronny…
  • Holocaust survivors to restore Polish Torah scroll

    Cnaan Liphshiz
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:51 am
    (JTA) — Holocaust commemoration activists invited survivors in Britain to help restore a Holocaust Torah scroll. The Torah scroll project will be launched in London on March 29 at a ceremony hosted by Britain’s Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles, the From the Depths commemoration group said in a statement Thursday. The scroll was found last year by volunteers in a rural area in northern Poland, 72 years after a rabbi from the town of Filipow gave it to a neighbor for safekeeping. The rabbi and his community were transported to death camps. The family…
 
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  • Palestinian gets two life terms for Israeli settler murder

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:03 am
    An Israeli flag is seen in front of the West Bank Jewish settlement of Maaleh Adumim on the outskirts of Jerusalem. OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: An Israeli military court has handed down two terms of life imprisonment to a Palestinian who stabbed to death a Jewish woman settler, the Jerusalem Post newspaper reported Friday.
  • Hamas guilty of war crimes in Gaza clash, Amnesty Internat'l charges

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:38 pm
    A horrific missile attack that killed 11 children in Gaza during last summer's war between Israel and Hamas, for which Israel was broadly condemned at the time, was actually caused by a Palestinian missile misfiring and killing its own people, Amnesty International charged in a report released Thursday. "In the deadliest incident believed to have been caused by a Palestinian armed group during the conflict, 13 Palestinian civilians - 11 of them children - were killed when a projectile exploded next to a supermarket in the crowded al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza on 28 July 2014, the first day of…
  • Video of Assault in Tel Aviv Shocks Israelis

    26 Mar 2015 | 6:27 pm
    A truly disturbing security camera video that documents a sexual assault by an African work immigrant against a 37-year-old Israeli woman in Tel Aviv has sent shock waves through Israel, and is prompting many to ask why "human rights" groups and "women's rights" groups have remained silent about the incident, which took place in the early hours of the morning on March 19. The video, can be seen on Facebook at this link , shows the man accosting the woman, grabbing her hair, pulling her down and attempting to force himself upon her. At a certain point, another woman approaches him and tries to…
  • Israeli settlements may have already killed two-state bid - UN

    26 Mar 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Israeli settlements on occupied land wanted by the Palestinians may have already killed a possible two-state solution, said the United Nations Middle East envoy on Thursday as he suggested the U.N. Security Council should take action on the peace process. UNITED NATIONS: Israeli settlements on occupied land wanted by the Palestinians may have already killed a possible two-state solution, said the United Nations Middle East envoy on Thursday as he suggested the U.N. Security Council should take action on the peace process.
  • UPDATE 1-Bank of Israel studying expansionary steps, governor tells magazine

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:56 am
    The Bank of Israel is studying expansionary steps taken by other central banks such as quantitative easing and will implement similar measures if needed, its governor said in an interview with the magazine of Israel's banking association. In the interview, an advance copy of which was emailed to Reuters on Thursday, Karnit Flug also put forward recommendations for the country's new government, such as increasing tax collection in 2016 and forming a committee to ensure financial stability.
 
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  • Gulf Sunnis opposing Iranian hegemony in Yemen war

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:57 am
    Analysis: The war for Yemen outlines regional interests with unusual clarity as Sunni and Shiite nations clash.
  • The people were wrong

    27 Mar 2015 | 1:02 am
    Op-ed: Israelis went to the polls with their eyes wide shut, thinking the status quo is sustainable. It isn’t. Israel is on its way to becoming an international pariah, and the people – who once again chose might over right – have only themselves to blame.
  • Israelis haven't lost hope in peace, but are more prudent about process

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:37 pm
    Op-ed: Israeli commitment to a two-state solution predates Netanyahu and represents a consensus that encompasses left to right. Both sides need to make concessions, but Israel’s security and Jewish identity concerns deserve as much attention as Palestinian territorial claims.
  • The Republican road to the White House runs through Israel

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Analysis: GOP candidates need to motivate conservative Christian base, whose attachment to Israel makes it the issue to help win back presidency.
 
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  • Israel to stop withholding Palestinian tax revenues

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:59 am
    Netanyahu says decision to release funds made following recommendation of Israel's security establishment and due to humanitarian considerations.
  • Yemen fighting delays Ethiopia flights to Israel

    27 Mar 2015 | 8:04 am
    Two Ethiopian Airlines flights denied permission to fly to Israel due to regional security tensions; After long delays, 280 Israelis fly back to country.
  • Former security prisoner allegedly spied on IDF in the Golan for Syria

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:52 am
    Siddqui Al Maqt, who served a 27-year sentence in Israeli prison, was caught spying on IDF activity in the Golan Heights and passing information to Syrian intelligence.
  • Hiroshima survivor in Israel visit: Nuclear weapons should not exist

    24 Mar 2015 | 2:17 am
    As negotiations over Iran's nuclear program continue, Michi Hirata remembers the day in 1945 when his city became hell on earth.
  • The ghosts of Saint-Germain forest

    23 Mar 2015 | 12:04 pm
    It is one of the most closely guarded secrets of the Mossad: In the mid-sixties, Israeli intelligence became embroiled in a political assassination in the heart of Paris, in a case that threatened to drag in the head of the Mossad, the prime minister and the entire country, and whose reverberations are felt to this day. Ronen Bergman and Shlomo Nakdimon are the first to open the "Baba Batra" file, and reveal those who buried the body of the exiled Moroccan opposition leader in the woods at night, doused in acid.
 
 
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  • Reader Post: Faces Of Israel

    Tal Charnes
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:56 am
    Many college students have gathered together from all across the United States and Canada to be featured in Tal Charnes’s music video “Faces of Israel.” Find out what Israel means to him and his friends in this video.
  • Special Guest Post (Phil Soussan): How Little We Know You Mr President

    Phil Soussan
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:11 am
    Phil Soussan is a bass guitarist, songwriter and producer who has gained fame as a member of a host of famed rock and roll bands, including some fronted by such vocalists as Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Vince Neil, Johnny Hallyday and John Waite, as well as a membership in Beggars & Thieves. Soussan has also played in bands featuring Jimmy Page, Steve Lukather, Edgar Winter and Richie Kotzen. Check out his Facebook page here. How little we know, Mr President and all of your minions… To understand Israel, you only have to look at the demographics of the voting in the country. The…
  • Younis The Menace Follows In Shirley Temper’s Footsteps

    Aussie Dave
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:21 am
    From the makers of Shirley TemperTM comes the latest in exploited palestinian kids put in potential harm’s way by their parents. Introducing Younis The Menace TM I am not sure who he is, but there is every chance he is related to Shirley, given the photo is from Nabi Saleh and was posted by Tamimi Press, along with another showing her nearby. By the way, I say “potential harm’s way” because the parents know the soldiers will not deliberately harm the children. The potential exists because of the rock throwing and slingshot action going on around them.
  • I Stand With Israel

    Ryan Bellerose
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:22 pm
    I attended the StandWithUs Conference in Los Angeles with mixed feelings but came away extremely glad I went. StandWithUs is the organisation which, if you follow me on social media, you know took me to Israel last year. They are one of the few organisations that fulfill their mandate to defend Israel and they were founded by some people who I respect greatly, including one woman who I consider to be one of my personal heros, Roz Rothstein. My personal opinion is if you are fighting BDS or anti-Israel events on your campus, they are the singular organisation to ask for help, as their research…
  • Karma Can Be A B**** Even In Jerusalem

    Aussie Dave
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Back in 2013, Brian noticed a car illegally occupying two spots in the Mamilla Mall in Jerusalem – two electric car charging spots out of twelve in the mall. So he did what any self-respecting person would do. Blog it. From Car Buzz: Street races take place all over the world. But Jerusalem? Cities don’t get more holy than this, and the man upstairs clearly wasn’t happy about this Ferrari 458 challenging a Range Rover to a night-time duel in his back yard. Thanks to Yossi, we have these images of the aftermath (and a single shot of the supercar prerace) as well as some info as to…
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  • Have a Technion Rube Goldberg Passover

    Meryl Yourish
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    This video is great. These kids are amazing.
  • When “Kill the Jews” is not anti-Semitic

    Meryl Yourish
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:22 am
    British Jews are terrified. They are so terrified that they are unwilling to call an anti-Semitic attack by a group of drunks anti-Semitic.The story is this:A group of Jewish teenagers today told how they barricaded themselves inside as a drunken mob stormed their synagogue shouting “Kill the Jews”.Four men and two women were arrested after the brawl in the early hours of Sunday at the Ahavas Torah synagogue in Stamford Hill, north London.Eyewitnesses told how the mob hurled abuse as they smashed windows and punched a security guard in the face.Note that it is now commonplace for Jews to…
  • Seven years of Tigger

    Meryl Yourish
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:12 am
    While writing a check yesterday, the date struck me as familiar. Turns out it was Tig 3.0’s seventh birthday. I picked him up on April 18, 2008, and he was about two months old. A belated happy birthday to my third Tigger, who is currently sitting on the sofa downstairs, looking out the window at the birds. Here’s my boy watching the snow come down on Monday. May we have many more years together. 
  • All the news except what they see fit to print

    Meryl Yourish
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:53 am
    What’s missing from this New York Times article on yesterday’s strike on Hebollah and Iranians in the Golan Heights?Context. BIG context. The New York Times elides a threat by Hezbollah to invade Israel in the next conflict.Nasrallah said in the interview that Hezbollah was ready to fight a new war against Israel in Lebanon and renewed a threat to invade the Galilee region of northern Israel. Hezbollah fighters “must be prepared”, he said.“When the resistance (Hezbollah) leadership… asks you (fighters)… to enter into Galilee, that means the resistance…
  • Spinning Jew hatred

    Meryl Yourish
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:20 am
    YouGov took a poll of British attitudes towards Jews, which found that 45% of Brits hold anti-Semitic attitudes towards Jews. They also surveyed British Jews about how safe they feel in Britain. The following are the resulting headlines of those polls (see end of post).Take a good, long look at the weasel-wording of most of the headlines. The poll “suggests” Brits are anti-Semitic. The poll that gets the headline is the one in which the majority of British Jews feel they have no future in Europe–not that 45% of Brits hold anti-Semitic attitudes. They reverse the cause and…
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  • The Day After: Election Thoughts

    Benji
    18 Mar 2015 | 12:15 am
    My latest on the Times of Israel. If you’re looking for laughs, you won’t find them here. So it seems likely that Bibi will remain Prime Minister. He may be among the most surprised. In recent days, he seemed to be panicking. He reminded me of a sports team who will do whatever it takes to win even if they have to play dirty, complain to the refs, etc.. Typically the next time the teams play, there is payback (meaning, consequences). He pulled out all the stops: fear, negativity, alienating a fifth of his own country, fighting the Central Elections Committee by claiming that he…
  • Top 10 Reasons Bibi Should Not Cancel Speech

    Benji
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:34 am
    The day has arrived. After all the controversy surrounding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress, we’re just hours away. Just in case it’s not too late for him to change his mind, here are the top 10 reasons that PM Netanyahu should not cancel his speech: 10. Sara Netanyahu needs another two nights to clear out all the towels and coat hangers from her suite at the Ritz-Carlton. 9. Because there’s nothing funnier than the possibility of Awkward Jacket Toss, Round 2. Remember this? (Photo credit: by Avi Ohayon/GPO / FLASH90) 8. UFC has…
  • Top 10 Random Moments in History

    Benji
    15 Feb 2015 | 1:14 am
    My latest from the Times of Israel…. Yesterday, a man opened fire outside a synagogue in Copenhagen, the latest event in a wave of anti-Semitic violence in Europe. After the recent attack at a kosher market in Paris, President Barack Obama did not appear to connect the act to the Jewish nature of the customers, calling it a “bunch of violent, vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.” Without further ado, here are the top 10 random moments in history: 10. Abraham Lincoln randomly releases from slavery a bunch of Southerners. 9.
  • Top 10 Developments from Miss Universe Pageant

    Benji
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:35 am
    My latest on the Times of Israel…. Yesterday, Beirut was up in arms at an Instagram photo of Miss Israel and Miss Lebanon appearing together at the Miss Universe pageant. Without further ado, here are the top 10 other developments from the pageant: 10. Miss Lebanon feigned ignorance when asked if Miss Syria had installed parental controls on all her internet accounts. 9. After the photobombing incident, the UN Security Council condemned Miss Israel for not dropping photoleaflets beforehand. 8. After Miss America pushed her into the mud, Miss Iraq retaliated by tossing spitballs at…
  • How to Appreciate Chanukah Like a Jedi

    Benji
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:07 am
    Just after Thanksgiving, the most anticipated movie trailer of the decade was released, starting the countdown to the release of the new “Star Wars” movie. Around the same time, Jews around the world began to count down the nights until Chanukah.  After I stumbled upon this list of the top 100 movie lines in history with a certain Jedi mantra at #8, I started thinking….8th most famous movie quote….8 nights of Chanukah….surely the similarities didn’t stop there. Could “Star Wars” be the ultimate Chanukah movie? Without further ado, here’s a quick comparison of the…
 
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    This Normal Life

  • Who Took My Bar Munchies?

    Brian
    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…
  • Israel’s Electoral System: the Best for Us?

    Brian
    9 Mar 2015 | 10:50 am
    As elections draw close, friends and family back in the old country often ask me how someone who grew up in the U.S. with a relatively simple and seemingly stable two-party system makes sense of Israel’s very different approach, with up to a dozen parties who have to be coaxed, coerced and wheedled together into tenuous coalitions that rarely last their full term and are defined more by their level of fractiousness than good governance. Israel would be so much better off adopting the U.S. model, my overseas armchair pundits say, with just two big parties (and the occasional surprise…
  • The Case for Boredom

    Brian
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:57 am
    When was the last time you were bored? Think about it…what do you do if you have nothing of great importance to do – say, you’re standing in a line at the pharmacy and there are three people ahead of you, or you’re waiting for a bus that Moovit says is still 7 minutes away, or you’ve just put the kids to bed but they’re not asleep yet, so it’s too soon to move on to the living room to blast the TV? What do you do? If you’re like me, you pull out your smart phone. You check your email, Facebook, Twitter, the news, or you play a game. But do nothing and run the risk of getting…
  • Smoking at an Israeli Wedding

    Brian
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:16 am
    Is this a thing: smoking on the dance floor at a wedding? My wife and I attended the nuptials of a friend’s son a few weeks ago. It was a lavish affair with an endless appetizer bar and a DJ crew that could compete with the best Tel Aviv clubs. But as the hundreds of young people grooved to a beat that was just a bit more melodically challenged than my hip but middle aged sensitivities could relate to, I was overwhelmed by the cigarettes. It wasn’t everyone but it was a lot. At times it seemed every third dancer was waving around a lit stick of tobacco. Maybe I just don’t hang out in…
  • Roman vs. Jewish Law: What Happened to Patrilineal Descent?

    Brian
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:35 am
    My January 9, 2015 column in The Jerusalem Post generated a higher than usual number of comments, many of which were not particularly complimentary. In the piece, which addressed the United Synagogue Youth (USY) teen leadership’s decision on relaxing the group’s policy on “interdating,” I posited that since assimilation is natural – indeed inevitable – in the Diaspora, the Jewish people would be better served by lowering obstacles for those who wish to join the Jewish people. There are many ways to do that within halacha (Jewish Law), but I’d like to propose another…
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  • Islam Bulldozes the Past

    20 Mar 2015 | 12:10 pm
    The recent bulldozing by the Islamic State (ISIS) of the ancient cities of Nimrud, Hatra, and Korsabad, three of the world's greatest archaeological and cultural sites, is just this group latest round of assaults across the large area under its control.
  • Americans Battle the Arab-Israeli Conflict

    11 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    When, in the midst of the 2014 Hamas-Israel war, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration briefly banned American carriers from flying to Israel, Sen. Ted Cruz (Republican of Texas) accused Barack Obama of using a federal regulatory agency "to launch an
  • Why Politicians Pretend Islam Has No Role in Violence

    9 Mar 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Prominent non-Muslim political figures have embarrassed themselves by denying the self-evident connection of Islam to the Islamic State (ISIS) and to Islamist violence in Paris and Copenhagen, even claiming these are contrary to Islam. What do they hope
  • What Antidote to Radical Islam?

    3 Mar 2015 | 7:16 pm
    "Radical Islam is the problem, moderate Islam is the solution" has been my watchword since 2002, meaning that Islam's many problems will only be solved when Muslims leave Islamism, an attempt to regress to a medieval model, and favor a modern, moderate,
  • Syria's Civil War Could Stabilize Its Region

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:56 am
    Population shifts resulting from Syria's four-year long civil war have profoundly changed Syria and its three Arabic-speaking neighbors: Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. (Turkey and Israel have changed too, but less so.) Ironically, amid tragedy and horror, as
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    Good News from Israel

  • Photos of the A.H.A.V.A. Readathon Awards Ceremony in Ma'ale Adumim

    22 Mar 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Hi Everyone!Today, March 22, the A.H.A.V.A. Readathon Awards Ceremony took place at Eshkol Hapayis in Ma'ale Adumim.I posted the photos at:www.jr.co.il/ma/pic/2015/ma1045.htmCongratulations to everyone that participated in the readathon.Shavua Tov,Jacob
  • Passover Educational Resources and 348 Passover Videos

    20 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    Hi Everyone! Passover is a Jewish holiday, of Biblical origin, marking the birth of the Jews as a people and their emergence as a unique nation in history, devoted to G-d's will. It celebrates the liberation of the children of Israel from slavery in Egypt over 3000 years ago, under the leadership of Moses. This year, Passover begins on Friday night, April 3, 2015. The Jewish Trivia Quiz - Passover Trivia www.jewish-trivia.com In what Hebrew month is Passover celebrated ? Why do we eat matzah during Passover ? How old was Moshe's mother when she gave birth to Moshe ? How long did the Jews'…
  • 77 Jewish Proverbs and Sayings

    8 Mar 2015 | 6:51 am
    Hi Everyone!I created a new section on my website with 77 Jewish Proverbs and Sayings from my in-Hebrew site.Each Hebrew Proverb is displayed with nikud (vowels) and has an English transliteration and translation.The address is:www.jr.co.il/hebrew/proverbs.htmPlease share the new section. Thank you!Have a Good Week!Shavua Tov!Jacob Richmanjrichman@jr.co.il
  • Educational and Fun Resources for Purim

    1 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Hi Everyone!Purim, the fun-filled Jewish holiday, falls on the 14th of the Hebrew month of Adar. This year Purimbegins Wednesday night March 4, 2015. (In Jerusalem it starts Thursday night March 5)The following resources will help you appreciate and enjoy the holiday.English Hebrew Purim vocabulary study sheets. www.english-hebrew-dictionary.com/purim-1.htmThe Jewish Trivia Quizhttp://www.jewish-trivia.comPurim TriviaWhy do people eat poppy seeds on Purim ? From what tribe was Mordecai ? Why was Haman angry at Mordechai ? Who was queen of Persia before Esther ? Esther had another name, what…
  • Computer Jobs in Israel (CJI) Salary Survey Results

    24 Feb 2015 | 8:54 am
    Hi Everyone!I posted on the Computer Jobs in Israel (CJI) website the results of the annual salary survey.355 readers took part in the salary survey this year. Each person answered 24 questions about their salary andtheir work benefits.Thanks!! to everyone that participated.The results are posted (in English and Hebrew) on the CJI resource page at:www.cji.co.il/docs.htmNext week is Purim and I updated:The Purim Pagewww.jr.co.il/hotsites/purim.htm2015 Purim Photoswww.jr.co.il/hotsites/purim-photos.htmPurim Videoswww.jr.co.il/videos/purim-videos.htmEnjoy!Chag Sameach!Happy Purim!Jacob…
 
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  • Netanyahu’s PR for Purim

    AIMS Internet Marketing
    10 Mar 2015 | 2:06 am
    Internet marketing many times needs to take advantage of news events. Speeches and events can sometimes trigger massive amounts of searches. This can be taken advantage of to capture quality traffic. If you work fast you can buy traffic with search engine ads at a very low cost. This is because your competition may miss this opportunity. Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke before a joint meeting of Congress in Washington D.C. on March 3, 2015. He mentioned Purim – the holiday that commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination. The spike in Purim…
  • How Often 404 Error Pages Appear on Your Website

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

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

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

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

    Jacob Share
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    How to stop resume gaps from becoming a problem on your job search. Photo credit: Pawel Loj Need a better way to explain what you did between jobs? Trying to re-enter the job market after a long time? Here’s how to explain your resume gaps. But how are you going to explain the gap in your résumé? @mattthomas — Starving Scientist (@starvingphd) March 26, 2015 How I explained my gaping resume gap Not all resume gaps are signs of poor job searching, sometimes there were legitimate reasons for the break between jobs. During my job search in 2006, the question was often phrased like…
  • 37 Ways to Meet People Who Can Refer You to Jobs

    Jacob Share
    19 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    How to start growing your job search network today. Photo credit: Pascal Networking is usually the best way to find a job. But growing a network takes time so you want to build it before you need it. Employed or not, spend at least 30 minutes per day actively reinforcing your brand and growing your network through the activities listed below. Ways to grow your network online and off The key question to ask is not “what can you do for me?” but rather “what can I do for you?” The more you give to your network, the more you can get from it. 1. Get an email address…
  • [POLL] Have You Felt Age Discrimination on the Job Search?

    Jacob Share
    12 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    How common is it really? Photo credit: Neal Fowler One of the most common job seeker complaints According to the AARP, in 2013 alone there were 21,396 claims of age discrimination filed in the US. Most people won’t even bother to file, so you have to think the actual number of incidents is much, much higher. Those claims were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, based on the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, which “protects workers 40 and older from personnel decisions based solely on age in hiring, firing, layoffs, promotions or demotions.” One…
  • Which iPhone Apps Do Job Seekers Need?

    Jacob Share
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    This just might be all the apps for finding a job with your iPhone. (Have an Android phone? Check out my 300+ Android Job Search Apps instead.) Photo credit: Tanja Cappell Do you need 200 iPhone apps for job searching? Of course not. But this list aims to be the one stop shop where you can pick and choose the ones you do need. The apps are categorized for easy browsing and each app includes its official description. For starters, read through the list and try an app from each category, except perhaps the Internships or Employers categories unless they’re relevant. All the apps are free…
  • Top Email Subject Lines Job Seekers Are Using

    Jacob Share
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    How job seekers get recruiters to open their mail. Photo credit: Jeric Santiago One of the most common job seeker frustrations is getting a response from recruiters. But for recruiters to respond in a meaningful way, they first need to read your messages. With that in mind, what can you do to improve your email’s chances of getting read? I contacted recruiters following me on Twitter to ask: “Of all email you’ve ever had from job seekers, which had the best title?” They came through in a big way, sharing dozens of memorable, occasionally funny, subject lines that got…
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  • Askanim For Hire?

    Yitzchok Adlerstein
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:08 am
    We need look no further than the parshah we just read to find evidence of the potential for abuse of power. The Netziv takes note of the pasuk (Vayikra 4:22) dealing with the chet of the Nasi. He asks why the word beshgagah / unintentionally is left dangling till the end. Should it not have immediately modified the action of the Nasi? He concludes that the pasuk can/should be read as: When a ruler sins and commits one of the sins that ordinarily we would not expect to be done by anyone even unintentionally…. Such is the power of leadership and authority. Where there is too little, there is…
  • Yosef Huttler, z”l

    Yitzchok Adlerstein
    25 Mar 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Rabbi Yosef Huttler, Cross-Currents’ poet laureate, took his artistry to a more discriminating audience when he entered the Yeshiva Shel Maaloh a few days ago. I knew Yossi over a long period of time, beginning with the time he learned Yoreh Deah in our beis medrash. I saw him develop the different facets of his personality: rov, attorney, husband, father, and, in the last few years, long-suffering patient. I saw and appreciated his keen discernment, his understated genius, and his enormous emunah. I loved his poetry, which would have been sufficient reason to publish it. Yet, there was…
  • Pesach Shiur Now Available

    Yitzchok Adlerstein
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:45 pm
    A bit more somber than usual. We live in somber times. May Hashem soon bring the geulah we so desperately long for. Some thoughts on magid from R. Hutner, RSRH, R. Soloveitchik, and the new Beis Shaar.
  • What We Mean When We Talk About Fire Safety And Jewish Observance

    Avi Shafran
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:33 am
    An article I wrote about the blaming of the recent horrific fire in Brooklyn on Sabbath-observance appears in Haaretz here. You may need to register (free of charge) on the site to access it. May we hear only happy news from all Jewish communities.
  • Annual Pre-Pesach Shiur For Women

    Yitzchok Adlerstein
    22 Mar 2015 | 6:38 pm
    My annual shiur for women on aspects of the treatment of the baalei machshavah of the Haggadah will take place BEH this Wednesday at noon on the third floor of the headquarters of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. For security reasons, potential participants need to pre-register if they are thinking of attending. Email mkochba@aol.com. No charge. As in the past, I hope to post it online later that day.
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  • Yes, @Amnesty, Hamas used human shields by EVERY definition

    Elder of Ziyon
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Amnesty report I mentioned yesterday referenced the IDF document "Violations of the Law of Armed Conflict, War Crimes, andCrimes Against Humanity Committed by Hamas and OtherTerrorist Organisations During Operation Protective Edge" that was released earlier this year.Yet they seem very selective as to what they believe.While the title of one previous Amnesty document slamming Israel, "Nothing is Immune," came from an out-of-context quote of an anonymous Israeli official, the only quotes they believe from Israelis are the ones that confirm their pre-existing biases. Amnesty will also…
  • J-Street speaker calls for destruction of Israel - to applause (update)

    Elder of Ziyon
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:41 am
    Here is Marcia Freedman, in a J-Street panel discussion on Liberal Zionism and sitting next to Peter Beinart, describing how she believes that the Jewish people should not have a state, and that instead they should live as a minority in an Arab Palestine as a "protected minority" - in other words, as dhimmis. I kept all the context (although I accidentally cut out the applause at the end:)The entire session is here; her section begins at 1:02:45.The moderator didn't challenge her, and as far as I could tell neither did any other panelists. Isn't it interesting that at a conference that…
  • Arab allies reportedly killing civilians in Yemen airstrikes

    Elder of Ziyon
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:39 am
    From AFP:At least 39 civilians have been killed in more than 24 hours of Saudi-led air strikes against Shiite rebels in Yemen, health ministry officials said on Friday.Twelve of the victims were killed when a raid against a military base north of Sanaa hit surrounding residential areas, officials from the rebel-controlled ministry told AFP.We can see two layers of hypocrisy, from two different angles,in these two sentences.In the first case, the reporting of civilian casualties is not causing any angst on the part of those who are up in arms over Israeli airstrikes against Islamist terrorists…
 
 
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  • המילה האחרונה היא שלו: ירון דקל הופך את גל"צ

    27 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    מפקד גל"צ ירון דקל מנסה לפתוח את השורות ולאזן את שידורי התחנה. בפועל, טוענים אנשי תקשורת, המגישים שנמצאים בקדמת המיקרופון נמנים על השמאל, ובימין תוקפים את שינוי 'המילה האחרונה' דווקא בימי הבחירות
  • הזירה הלשונית: מאיפה הגיע הבוזגלו?

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:16 am
    מדוע הפך בוזגלו לסמל העימות? היתכן ודווקא בוזגלו הוא בעל השליטה? ומה מבדיל את הבוזגלו הפילוסוף מהפרופסר הגזען? הזירה הלשונית עומדת על מקורות השם ומגלה מסורת מופלאה
  • שחקני "מד מן" נפרדים משנות השישים

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:17 am
    הסיקסטיז מגיעים לסיומם פעם נוספת. הפרסומאים משדרות מדיסון הדליקו סיגר והרימו כוסית לרגל הפרקים האחרונים של "מד מן". עכשיו מספרים השחקנים איך בכו כשנשמע ה"קאט" האחרון, ולמה בזזו את הסט
  • צדי צרפתי מביים נשיקה קטנה בין גברים

    27 Mar 2015 | 12:55 am
    הבמאי של המדינה חוזר לסטודיו למשחק כדי לביים הצגה על רדיפת סלבס והומופוביה ועומד על רלוונטיות המחזה מ-1960 למציאות שלנו היום. הוא חרד לדמוקרטיה בעקבות גל האלימות, אבל שקט דווקא בנוגע לזכויות הקהילה: "אין כבר דרך חזרה, לגייז יש מספיק כח"
  • מיסטר לייק: יובל אברמוביץ' מחפש אהבה

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:17 am
    בספרו החדש 'ליידי לייק', יובל אברמוביץ' מציג מבט מפוכח על הרשתות החברתיות ועל החיפוש אחר אהבה בזירת ההיכרויות הגדולה בעולם. הרומנטיקן חסר התקנה הוא גם רווק טרי שחזר לעולם הדייטים, ולא פוסל היכרות בפייסבוק
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  • "האח הגדול" רוצה עונת VIP, הסלבס - פחות

    27 Mar 2015 | 4:01 am
    מי המפורסמים שמלהקי 'קשת' מנסים לשכנע אותם להכנס לבית "האח הגדול" ללא הצלחה? וגם - הסלבס שסירבו לעונת ה-VIP של הישרדות וכל הצעות הריאליטי שקיבל אמיר חצרוני
  • ריהוט בצבע סגול: הדרישות של רובי וויליאמס

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:42 am
    פלייסטיישן, חדר כושר ורהיטים בצבע סגול, הם רק חלק מדרישות הזמר, עם ביקורו בישראל. הדרישות של ד"ר אלבן שיגיע לארץ השבוע צנועות בהרבה, אבל מוזרות כשלעצמן
  • ניחוח של הצלחה: גל גדות תייצג את גוצ'י

    23 Mar 2015 | 2:10 am
    השחקנית הישראלית נבחרה לייצג את הבושם החדש מבית Gucci ותשלשל לכיסה כמה מאות אלפי דולרים. וגם: הילדים החדשים של הסלבס הוותיקים ובמשלחת הישראלית לאירוויזיון מפיקים לקחים
  • יהודים טובים: למה נהרו הסלבס לאילת?

    22 Mar 2015 | 7:06 am
    מארינה, מוש ומוקי: חלקם באו להופיע בעצמם ב'פתאל רוק פסטיבל' באילת ואחרים באו כדי לתת בראש בהופעה של 'היהודים'. גם אנחנו היינו שם, כדי לבדוק איך הסלבס מסתדרים עם מזג האוויר הדרומי
  • מי לא הגיע לחתונה של גל וליאל?

    16 Mar 2015 | 1:21 am
    בלי המיליון אבל עם המון אהבה, חגג הזוג המודח של המירוץ חתונה לתפארת. וגם: נדב גדג' מתחיל את המסע לאירוויזיון ברגל ימין ונינט מערבבת עסקים ומשפחה
 
 
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    Daily News Alert from Israel - COP/JCPA

  • The Arab/Muslim Side Was Never Serious about a Two-State Solution

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (National Post-Canada) George Jonas - The Palestinians could have had their state all along if their aim had been coexistence with the Jewish state and not its elimination. They could have had a Palestinian state before a Jewish state ever came into being, by accepting the Peel Commission's recommendations for partition in 1936. But Israel's opponents had zero interest in the peace process except as a ruse and a propaganda tool. The Arab and Muslim world is guided by ideas and emotions, religious as well as secular, that never got past the Middle Ages. For Israel to trade land for peace in…
  • U.S. Senate Votes Unanimously to Send Message on Iran

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Reuters) The U.S. Senate voted 100-0 on Thursday for a non-binding amendment to a budget bill intended to make it easier to reimpose sanctions if Iran violates a nuclear deal. The amendment, sponsored by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), would establish a fund to cover the cost of imposing sanctions if Tehran violated terms of an interim nuclear agreement now in effect, or the final agreement negotiators hope to reach before July.
  • Israel's Medical Diplomacy

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Tablet) Jeff Moskowitz - In the past year, Israeli physicians have treated the daughter of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, the President of Zambia Michael Sata, Syrian rebel fighters and civilians, and Kurdish and Jordanian children. Every Tuesday children from Gaza and the West Bank arrive at Wolfson Medical Center in Holon for surgery and check-ups. Dr. Joseph Schenker, a fertility doctor at Hadassah Medical Center, noted: "I have patients from Egypt, Lebanon - all these countries." He said he helped the niece of Ayatollah Khomeini with reproductive issues, and she and her husband even…
  • Egypt Says It May Send Troops to Yemen to Fight Houthis

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (New York Times) David D. Kirkpatrick - Egypt said Thursday it was prepared to send troops into Yemen as part of a Saudi-led campaign against the Iranian-backed Houthis, a day after Saudi Arabia and a coalition of nine other states began hammering the Houthis with airstrikes and blockading the Yemeni coast. Saudi news media said Thursday that on the first night of the offensive, dozens of jets from the kingdom and its allies had hit key military bases around the country, fully disabling the Houthi-aligned Yemeni Air Force.
  • In Shocking Breach, U.S. Reveals Some of Israel's Nuclear Capabilities

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Weekly Standard) Tom Gross - On Feb. 12, the Pentagon declassified a top-secret document from 1987 detailing Israel's nuclear program, but kept sections on France, Germany, and Italy classified and blacked out. The declassification is a serious breach of decades' old understandings concerning this issue. Israel has never admitted to having nuclear weapons. Together with leaking incorrect allegations that Israel spies on the U.S., this "is part of a pattern of carefully controlled leaking of information which is very hard to attribute to a specific government agency or individual.
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  • The Jerusalem Light Festival returns to light up the Holy City in 2015!

    Ashley
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:03 am
    One of the most popular events of the year has to be the amazing Jerusalem Light Festival, held every June (or thereabouts). Each year it seems to draw in more and more crowds, and get even more awesome with a different array of light installations and events to light up the magical Old City. This year the Festival will once again wow thousands of visitors (and we mean a quarter of a million!), spread over 9 days - June 3-11. This celebration of light in an urban setting, the initiative of the Jerusalem Development Authority, Ministry of Tourism and the Jerusalem Municipality and produced…
  • Fitzroy, Tel Aviv: a Chef Restaurant you might want to add to that foodie checklist!

    Ruth
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:05 am
    Having walked past it maybe a million times, I was excited to try out the tantalizing new menu at Fitzroy, Chef Restaurant on the end of Gordon Street. The twinkling lights always looked so welcoming and the team were no different. With a young charismatic chef at the helm, Roy Gantchoula, the nautical themed beachside restaurant has a new French, European carte du jour, incorporating Chef Roy’s cultivated skills and imagination. The menu showcases new cooking techniques fusing Israeli flavors with modern European flare. An emphasis is placed on high quality raw materials, fish and meat,…
  • Open Restaurants Tel Aviv: a Tel Aviv foodie’s heaven!

    Ashley
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:42 am
    Returning for the second time after a very successful event in 2014, Open Restaurants is back to seduce Tel Aviv foodies! Of course, it’s not just for the foodie freaks, as this is a great chance for the general public to get out there and sample some of their favorite Tel Aviv eateries. Spread over FOUR days from March 11-14, thousands of hungry locals are expected to take part in the event, and with some great additional events to savor, this is truly a foodie’s heaven! You’ll be able to enjoy sneak peeks behind the scenes at some of Tel Aviv’s finest restaurants…
  • The Jerusalem Opera Festival launches in June 2015 with performances of L’Elisir d’Amore

    Ashley
    14 Feb 2015 | 2:38 pm
    For the opera buffs of you out there that can’t make it to the stunning shows at Masada this summer, head to Jerusalem for some amazing opera by the Israeli Opera in June! Scheduled to take place over June 24-27 just outside the Old City walls, the Israeli Opera will be launching the first ever Jerusalem Opera Festival by performing the 19th century Italian composer Donizetti’s popular operatic comedy, L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love) at The Sultan’s Pool. And not to be outdone by the TWO shows lined up in Masada, there will also be a variety of concerts that will…
  • Taylor Swift: Fearless and ready to rock Tel Aviv in June!

    Ashley
    9 Feb 2015 | 6:10 am
    This summer looks like being a cracker in Israel – and with the hugely talented and immensely popular Taylor Swift now lining up a June concert in Tel Aviv, the summer is looking like one heck of a hot and steamy one! According to local press, the award-winning American singer is expected to perform in Tel Aviv in June 2015 as part of her ongoing world tour. The venue and ticket prices are still unconfirmed, but as this could be THE concert of 2015, expect it to take place in HaYarkon Park and pay around 350 shekels a ticket. As soon as we have more details, we’ll publish them…
 
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    Life in Israel

  • State chametz almost couldn't be sold

    Rafi G.
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    The elections created an unusual problem.I would have expected that all the positions held by the last government continue and remain in place until the new government is formed.It seems though that  all the temporary appointments from prior to the elections (because some of the ministers were fired and needed to be replaced with temporary appointments) have come to an end, as temporary appointments are only good for 3 months. At the time of elections, 3 months had passed and the tmporary appointments came to an end..One of those temporary appointments was Minister of Finance, originally…
  • insulting polling by Hiddush regarding the Finance Committee position

    Rafi G.
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:04 am
    The Hiddush organization is upset with the fact that it looks like Moshe Gafni of UTJ will be appointed to head the Knesset Finance Committee, rather than one of Moshe Kahlon's people.I am not sure why some people get upset with whatever the Haredi parties are offered to join the coalition. No matter what they want it is considered outrageous demands, extortion, knavery... and whatever they are offered is called political bribery and corruption.,The Haredi parties represent a portion of the population. I don't like the system that gives unbalanced power to narrow interest parties, but as long…
  • Statements by President Rivlin and PM Netanyahu (video)

    Rafi G.
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:55 am
    one comment - often, when politicians, including Bibi Netanyahu, say "baruch hashem" or b'ezrat hashem", people brush it off and say he is doing it to pay lip service for his religious party partners but does not really mean it. When he does not say it, they then get upset - what? he couldn't even say baruch hashem? kochi v'otzem yadi!------------------------------------------------------Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel------------------------------------------------------
  • Pesach is Coming - Time for Matzah Baking! (video)

    Rafi G.
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:45 am
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  • No Joke: Comedian Joe Piscopo's Seriously Uplifting Visit to Israel (video)

    Rafi G.
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:40 am
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    This Ongoing War: A Blog

  • 27-Mar-15: What a person can do with water is both less and more than most people think

    This Ongoing War
    27 Mar 2015 | 8:10 am
    They know most people will never bother to check the facts behindthe allegations [Image Source: A March 23, 2015 RT article]We live in a country where water is a key enabler, and limiter, of habitation and success. Israel's approach to storing, treating, transporting, recycling and desalinating water is admired throughout the civilized world. It's a heroic aspect of Israel's unique history, and one of the most significant reasons why resource-poor postage-stamp-sized Israel does so well in so many different ways.A Reuters syndicated report ["Fighters target vital water plants across…
  • 26-Mar-15: Australia's rising pre-occupation with its death-cultists

    This Ongoing War
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    A widely-publicized image from Sydney's 2012 Hyde Park riots [Image Source]Australia, host to one of the world's most congenial societies, is undergoing wrenching changes that challenge Australians' sense of who they are. Its easy-going, live-and-let-live character has been embraced and increasingly exploited by people with the darkest of motivations and religious passions. In their wake, Australia seems a nation more polarized, more dangerous and more worried than the place we used to call home.First a statistic, via an Associated Press report today, that expresses the scale of the…
  • 24-Mar-15: In Canadian terror prosecution, research scientist and not-quite-stateless thug are convicted

    This Ongoing War
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:18 am
    From a news report highlighting enhanced security measures thatthe foiled plot is provoking in Canada [Image Source]In Canada, two men charged with plotting to derail a passenger train travelling between Canada and the US were convicted on eight terror-related charges on Friday. Their names are Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier, and we wrote about them at the time of their arrests back in April 2013. See "22-Apr-13: Tentacles in Canada, and the Iranians are behind it according to police" and a follow-up, "28-Apr-13: Canadians learn that criminals can be saved from deportation if they persuade…
  • 22-Mar-15: Secretary Kerry, does making nice to the Iranians bring us closer to curbing terror?

    This Ongoing War
    22 Mar 2015 | 9:35 am
    Kerry and Iranian negotiators ("on the sidelines of a larger negotiating session") at the UN, September 2013 [Image Source]Dear Secretary Kerry,This is not the first time we are writing to you. We don't really expect a reply this time either. If we take into account personal letters hand-delivered to your office, emails, Tweets and blog posts, we have gone through quite a number of failed attempts to get your attention on a matter that, at least to us and a handful of our friends, has a distinctly non-trivial nature.This latest try comes after a volley of messages you and your staff initiated…
  • 20-Mar-15: A peek into how Middle East politics work in reality

    This Ongoing War
    20 Mar 2015 | 6:50 am
    Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh in a Saudi news report today: “Whoever questions the legitimacy and independence of the Shariah justice system is either ignorant or biased.”Sweden's current government has a well-deserved reputation for irritating people, especially in our neighbourhood. It has recently given formal recognition to a state called Palestine, the first European country to do so. It has criticized Israel in ways that make people like us think the key members of its leadership are not especially well informed; the impression we have is they follow the…
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    The Lighthouse

  • Israel Choses its Fate Today – 2015

    Erik Zimerman
    17 Mar 2015 | 8:41 am
    (For a review of the parties and chart during the 2013 Election See here) Israel, today we vote… since we give a vote to a people at war with us and bent on our destruction (and in turn are called an apartheid state), the left has about a 22% advantage due the Arab vote. For the “right” to win in Israel, it does not need a majority of Jews to vote for it, it needs an overwhelming majority in order to overcome the near quarter population block that votes along with the Jewish left for the destruction of Israel… With Hamas on one border, ISIS nearing the gates on the…
  • Charlie Hebdo Terrorist Attack and the Lame Response

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

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

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

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

  • What to See in Arad

    Sue Schoenfeld
    26 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    No longer just a city you pass by on the way to Masada or the Dead Sea, Arad has undergone tremendous development in recent years. Here's an overview of new tourist initiatives in Arad: the Artists' Quarter, jeep tours, camels at Bereshit, places to eat and accommodations.   Read the full article at Israel21c.org Be sure to check out the Glass Art Museum Arad. This museum showcases the dynamic and colorful world of glass art through the works of some 20 Israeli glass artists. In addition to the permanent exhibit of the local glass artist Gideon Friedman, the museum's founder, every few…
  • Ramon Airport Under Construction at Timna in the Negev

    Sue Schoenfeld
    10 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    The Israel Airports Authority announced that the winner of the tender to construct the Ramon Airport terminal at Timna in the Negev was Africa-Israel Investments Ltd. unit Danya Cebus Ltd. Danya Cebus will build a 30,000 square meter passenger terminal. The new terminal will serve more than two million passengers annually, and will have spacious arrivals and departures halls for international and domestic flights, and duty free shops. Ramon Airport will replace the Eilat and Ovda airports for domestic and international flights. It is being built at an estimated cost of NIS 1.7 billion.  …
  • Israel's Prime Mimister Working on a Solution for Employees of Bromine Compounds Company

    Sue Schoenfeld
    8 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Workers at Israel Chemicals unit Dead Sea Works embarked on an allout strike Thursday after management did not respond to demands by the Histadrut labor federation and workers committee to remove the threat of layoffs for hundreds of employees. The strike is also in solidarity with 140 planned layoffs at sister ICL company Bromine Compounds, where strikes have been ongoing. Previously, Israel Chemicals (ICL) announced plans to close its magnesium factory in 2017 – which employs 550 people, about 10% of the company's total work force – and explore plans to downsize its bromide…
  • Israel, Jordan Sign Historic Plan to Save Dead Sea

    Sue Schoenfeld
    8 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Bringing an historic deal to fruition, Israeli and Jordanian government officials on Thursday signed a bilateral agreement to exchange water and jointly funnel Red Sea brine to the shrinking Dead Sea. The agreement, worth some $800 million, is the result of a memorandum of understanding signed among Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian officials on December 9, 2013, in Washington. According to Thursday's agreement, Jordan and Israel will share the potable water produced by a future desalination plant in Aqaba, while a pipeline will supply saltwater to the Dead Sea.   Update on March 7,…
  • Los Angeles Hosts Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition - March 7, 2015

    Sue Schoenfeld
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:26 am
    Beginning March 7, 2015, The California Science Center in cooperation with the Israel Antiquities Authority is proud to present the largest Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition ever mounted outside of Israel, featuring over 600 ancient artifacts on display. This special exhibition explores the science and significance of the Dead Sea Scrolls, manuscripts written and hidden in caves 2000 years ago and not discovered until 1947. The exhibition also features sections from 10 selections of the Dead Sea Scrolls, more than half never seen before in the U.S., including parts of the oldest known copies of the…
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