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    JTA Breaking News

  • Eric Cantor joins Wall Street investment bank

    Marcy Oster
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:19 am
    (JTA) — Former U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is joining a Wall Street investment bank as vice-chairman and managing director. Cantor, 51, who served as the Republican congressman for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, also will be elected to the board of directors of the global investment bank, Moelis & Company, the bank announced Tuesday. Cantor will be based in the bank’s New York office and is scheduled to open an office in Washington. “Eric has proven himself to be a pro-business advocate and one who will enhance our boardroom discussions with CEOs and…
  • Police ends search for terrorist infiltrator in central Israel

    Marcy Oster
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:16 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Police set up roadblocks in central Israel following intelligence information that a Palestinian terrorist may have infiltrated Israel near Netanya. At least one man from  the Israeli-Arab community of Tayibe, located in central Israel near Kfar Saba, was arrested during the late Tuesday morning search. The search was called off after their arrest, Ynet reported. Cars were searched at the roadblocks , causing massive traffic congestion. Israel’s military and search helicopters were involved in locating the possible terrorist infiltrator, according to…
  • Report: SodaStream mulling departure from West Bank plant

    Marcy Oster
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    SodaStream may be shutting down its West Bank factory in Maale Adumim. (Yossi Zamir/Flash90) JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli firm SodaStream, which has been a target of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, is considering closing its West Bank factory. CEO Daniel Birnbaum told the Israeli economic publication The Marker that the company, which makes home soft drink machines, will make a decision in the next two months. Birnbaum said the decision would be based solely on economics. “The considerations will be purely financial, and do not include the European boycott on…
  • Canadian Nazi Party founder running for Ontario township post

    Marcy Oster
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    (JTA) — The founder of the Canadian Nazi Party, John Beattie, is running for deputy head of the town council in an Ontario community. Beattie, who led violent Nazi rallies in Toronto 50 years ago and painted swastikas on the lawns of its prominent Jewish residents, is a candidate in the Township of Minden Hills, which has a population of 5,600, the Toronto Sun reported. Beattie told the newspaper that he was manipulated by the Canadian Jewish Congress into founding the Canadian Nazi Party in order to get hate-speech laws passed. Bernie Farber, a former CEO of the Congress, denied the…
  • Foreign Affairs Committee’s Royce and Engel to visit Israel

    Marcy Oster
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:41 am
    (JTA) — Reps. Ed Royce and Eliot Engel of the House Foreign Affairs Committee will visit Israel this week. Royce (R-Calif.), the committee’s chairman, and Engel (D-N.Y.), its ranking member, are scheduled to meet with Israeli officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, as well as Palestinian Authority officials. They also will tour an Iron Dome battery, according to a statement from the House committee. In a statement, Royce said the lawmakers “are traveling to Israel to show bipartisan support…
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    ynet - Opinion

  • Debunking claims of failure in Gaza

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Analysis: The recent Gaza conflict has already been called World War III: an asymmetric battle between western democracies and guerrilla warfare and terrorism. They can always claim to have won. But we can beat them, and we're on the right track - it just takes time.
  • An investment in school books, not schools

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:25 am
    Why, when everyone believes education is a priority, is Israel making its parents shell out more and more for superfluous textbooks?
  • 'To my dear grandson, on your first day of school'

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:34 am
    In a personal letter, President Rivlin tells grandson Shai and the children of Israel on the first day of school to remember to open their hearts to new friends, and always be thirsty for more knowledge.
  • The stagnant and the whiny

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    Netanyahu and Ya'alon didn't want to lie, so they carefully formulated their speeches to accurately reflect the true outcome of the war: They didn't win.
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  • BBC’s Jon Donnison Takes Time Out From Australia To Slam Israel

    Brian of London
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:19 am
    Guess who’s back, back again, Donny’s back…. tell a friend. Our old friend Jon Donnison, despite not actually having anything to do with Gaza for the BBC right now, takes time out from his busy schedule of making stuff up to tweet the following video about Gaza. In fact even Donnison’s Twitter bio lists him as being “BBC Sydney Correspondent covering Australia & region” so, just as we know from Matti Friedman, he can’t leave the Israel/Gaza story alone. MUST WATCH VIDEO: Incredible drone footage of destruction in Gaza.…
  • HuffPo Continues Reporting On “The Most Important Story On Earth”

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:45 pm
    It’s barely been a week since Matti Friedman’s expose on the media treatment of “the most important story on Earth,” and Huffington Post is already doing its gosh-darned best to prove him right.  Here was HuffPo’s homepage yesterday morning. The huge font and placement on the homepage indicates the importance that HuffPo attaches to this action (let’s not even get into the half-smiling picture of Netanyahu, the choice of which is telling in itself as he did not personally announce this).  And HuffPo’s language, “mass land grab,” passes…
  • Pro-Israel Celebrity Of The Day: Stacey Dash

    Aussie Dave
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    Before becoming a conservative commentator, actress Stacey Dash was perhaps best known for her role in the movie (and subsequent television series) Clueless. Which is ironic, given she is anything but. I stand with #Israel because cc @GalGadot — Stacey Dash (@REALStaceyDash) July 18, 2014 Yes, I realize the tweet is 6 weeks old, but I only saw it now. Besides, who cares? Update: I missed this: .@CCFPeace you can add me to your list of endorsers. — Stacey Dash (@REALStaceyDash) August 24, 2014
  • To E Or Not To E, That Is The Question

    Aussie Dave
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    I am toying with an idea, but like all the cool kids these days, wanted to first crowd-source before investing too much of my time on it. The idea is to publish a Best Of Israellycool E-Book (and depending on how that goes, additional volumes). It would consist of some of my best posts, handpicked by me, going back to 2003 (rhyme unintentional). The E-Book would be in PDF format, and thus readable on your device (computer, iPad) and printable (so good as a coffee table book or to be read in the bathroom, which some people would argue is more appropriate) Which begs the question.. Note:…
  • Joe’s World: The New Nazis?

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    Note: You may reprint this cartoon provided you link back to this source.
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    Liza Rosenberg

  • 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
  • I’m working on it…

    Liza Rosenberg
    13 Feb 2014 | 11:41 pm
    I know for a fact that there are Israelis who think I’m crazy for choosing to leave the United States to live in Israel – I know it because they tell me. Repeatedly. It’s not all Israelis or even most, but those who do have a tendency to question my sanity for reaching such a decision. They aren’t interested in hearing about my former identity as a Diaspora Zionist or my pro-Israel campus activism. They’re not impressed that I fell in love with the country when I was just fifteen years old, vowing on that first trip that I would someday move here (much to the chagrin of my parents…
  • ומעכשיו – גם בעברית

    Liza Rosenberg
    15 Dec 2013 | 8:45 am
    עכשיו אני הולכת לספר לכם שני דברים על עצמי. אחד הוא שבכל פעם ששואלים אותי מה התפקיד חלומותי, אני תמיד אומרת שאני הייתי רוצה לכתוב טור קבוע בעיתון ה”New York Times“. הדבר השני הוא שקשה לי להפנים את זה שאני אף פעם לא אצליח להתבטא בעברית כמו שהייתי רוצה – דבר שגורם אצלי תסכול נוראי. וזה לא עוזר במיוחד שאני פרפקציוניסטית בכתיבה שלי,…
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  • The AP Jerusalem editor exposes AP’s anti-Israel bias

    Meryl Yourish
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    This is an extraordinary article by former AP Jerusalem reporter and editor Matti Friedman. Read it all, and weep.He explains what we’ve been telling you for years: There is a narrative that the news media follows on Israel. Anti-Israel stories are pushed. Most articles that show the Palestinians in a bad light are suppressed.A reporter working in the international press corps here understands quickly that what is important in the Israel-Palestinian story is Israel. If you follow mainstream coverage, you will find nearly no real analysis of Palestinian society or ideologies, profiles of…
  • Israeli children murdered, media covers for Hamas

    Meryl Yourish
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:30 pm
    It never ceases to amaze me. You’d think I’d be used to this by now, and yet, no.The McClatchy article is particularly heinous. Gee, the poor Palestinian terrorists. They go and kidnap three teenagers, and they might have to suffer for it.The bodies of three Israeli teenagers missing for more than two weeks in the West Bank were found Monday, setting off a massive manhunt for the kidnappers.The discovery raised immediate fears of retaliation by Jewish settlers and a tough response by the Israeli military. The Israeli security cabinet was called into urgent session to discuss…
  • Darkness Ascendant on sale now

    Meryl Yourish
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:38 am
    Book two is available in Kindle edition and paperback at my CreateSpace store. There’s no Prime shipping from my e-store. The Amazon trade paperback takes a while longer to get on sale. Here’s where you can buy book two for now. I’ll update when the paperback is available on Amazon.The Amazon paperback version: Darkness Ascendant: Book Two of The Catmage Chronicles (Volume 2)Darkness Ascendant – trade paperback at CreateSpace storeDarkness Ascendant on KindleDarkness Ascendant – Nook version
  • Putting the heat on Hamas

    Meryl Yourish
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:15 am
    Israel is ratcheting up the pressure on Hamas to release the three kidnapped teenagers. It’s definitely getting to Mahmoud Abbas, who lashed out at Hamas.Meantime, Israel is clamping down on Hamas prisoners’ amenties. Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch said that Hamas must understand that kidnapping doesn’t pay. 51 Hamas prisoners released in the Gilad Shalit deal were re-arrested and will be imprisoned.Reuters is noticing the clampdown, but of course, it must insert weasel words questioning anything the IDF does.Israel showed photographs of what it said were hundreds…
  • Rounding up Hamas

    Meryl Yourish
    16 Jun 2014 | 5:59 am
    The IDF has arrested nearly every Hamas leader in the West Bank. The Palestinian Authority, besides mocking Israel by saying that Israel alone is responsible for security in the area where the teens were kidnapped, changed their World Cup logo to one celebrating the kidnapping. And Palestinians, of course, gave out sweets and urged Hamas to kidnap more Israelis.Israel is targeting terrorists in Gaza because they’re using the current crisis to lob more rockets at southern Israel.Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Mahmoud Abbas, telling him he expects his help in bringing back the kidnapped…
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    Benji Lovitt

  • Eight Years in Israel: Time to Get Serious

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

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

    2 Jul 2014 | 1:15 am
    This is about as political as I’m ever going to express myself publicly but I feel like I have to say a few things.  I often try to not take a stand as to not turn someone off from everything I do comedically but my conscience is clear here.  I believe there is nothing right-wing or left-wing about trying to hold ourselves to a high moral standard.  If I strive to be a mensch and be the best human being I can be, I only wish the same for my fellow countrymen and my country itself.  If someone disagrees, well, I guess I can live with it. This morning, I saw the following Tweet from…
  • The Joy and Pain of Loving Israel

    16 Jun 2014 | 2:23 am
    My latest from the Times in Israel…. Thursday evening, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped. You’ve heard the details by now. You know the days when you don’t want to go to work? In a cubicle, at least you can fake it for 8 hours. Last night, I took the stage at the Off the Wall Comedy Basement in Jerusalem and was in no mood to try to make people laugh. What to do? Since I first fell for Israel sometime in high school, this torrid love affair has been an emotional roller-coaster with more highs and lows than any human relationship should ever experience. Here are just a few…
  • Here Come the Stones!

    3 Jun 2014 | 2:30 am
    More than 50 years into their historic career, the Rolling Stones are in Israel and preparing for their concert tomorrow night in Tel Aviv’s Park Hayarkon! Without further ado… latest piece in the Times of Israel…. In a much anticipated move designed to curry favor with the Israeli middle class, Finance Minister Yair Lapid announced on Tuesday sweeping economic reforms that will allow citizens to afford Rolling Stones tickets. Lapid said, “I was elected on the platform of “Yesh Atid”, that there is a future, and I still believe that this is true. Except for Keith…
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    This Normal Life

  • Fire from Below

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

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

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    An article a few weeks ago in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz questioned why someone would ever want to make aliyah from a comfortable country like the U.S. Especially these days – with the murders of the Naftali Frenkel, Gil-ad Shear and Eyal Shach still on our minds, the revenge killing of Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khaider stinging at our collective conscious, followed by hundreds of Hamas missiles from Gaza and the thunderous response of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza – why, asked writer Vered Kellner, would a family pick up and leave friends and family, “a renovated…
  • A Prayer Skeptic Confronts Facebook

    11 Jul 2014 | 12:21 am
    A rabbi friend of mine had major surgery last month. Thankfully, he made it through OK and has now begun a long recovery process. Before, during and after the surgery, my Facebook Wall was flooded with posts asking me to pray for my friend. Impromptu minyans were formed online as well as at his congregation in St. Louis. Individual prayer was requested…the tone was concerned yet strident. The message seemed to be: if enough of us pray long and hard enough, my friend would be assured a successful return. The same approach was prevalent throughout the tragic ordeal Israel has just gone…
  • Embracing the Third Culture

    13 Jun 2014 | 4:05 am
    Ever since we moved to Israel 20 years ago, I’ve always felt like I don’t quite fit in anywhere. I’ll never be truly Israeli, since I didn’t grow up with all the pop culture references someone born in the country knows intuitively. And I’m not fully American anymore either, since I haven’t resided in the U.S. for more than a month at a time for nearly two decades. Now, it turns out, there’s a term to describe me: I’m what’s known as a TCI – a “third culture individual.” The expression isn’t new. It was first coined by researchers in the 1950s to describe the children…
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    Daniel Pipes :: Writings

  • Basting Turkey's New Prime Minister

    27 Aug 2014 | 2:34 pm
    As Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ascends today to the presidency of Turkey, his hand-picked successor, Ahmet Davutoğlu, simultaneously assumes Erdoğan's old job of prime minister. What do these changes portend for Turkey and its foreign policy? In two words:
  • Middle East Extremists Attack Their Supporters

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    This weblog entry complements one dating from 2011, "Palestinians Attack Their Supporters." What had been a specifically abhorrent Palestinian specialty seems to be spreading, revealing yet another dimension of a sick region. (August 23, 2014)Malcolm
  • The Caliphate Brings Trauma

    24 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    Without warning, the ancient and long powerless institution of the caliphate returned to life on June 29, 2014. What does this event augur? The classic concept of the caliphate – of a single successor to Muhammad ruling a unified Muslim state – lasted
  • The Muslim Brotherhood's Place in Islamist Politics

    23 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    For some observers, ​the Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood (Jama'a al-Ikhwan al-Muslimin), founded by Hasan al-Banna in Port Said, Egypt, in 1928, has become nearly equivalent with Islamism, the radical utopian ideology that seeks to make Muslims
  • Is CAIR Lying about a Rally for Hamas?

    22 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    A "Stop the Bloodshed in Gaza" rally in downtown Miami on July 20 featured aggressive Islamist chants typical of anti-Israel events. In English, the demonstrators yelled "We are Hamas!" and "We are Jihad!" (as can be seen and heard here). In Hebrew, a
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    Good News from Israel

  • My Aliyah 30th Anniversary Video

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Hi Everyone!On August 30, 1984 I made aliyah from Brooklyn to Israel.It was the best decision of my life.30 years later, I highly recommend it!My Aliyah 30th Anniversary the aliyah from all over the world grow and bring more Jews back to their homeland, Eretz Yisrael.Shabbat Shalom!Jacob
  • New: English - Hebrew "School" Vocabulary Study Sheets

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Hi Everyone!I created a set of English - Hebrew "School" vocabulary study sheets. The address an index of all 318 English Hebrew study sheets forward this message to anyone that may be interestedin learning Hebrew. Thank you!Chodesh Tov! Have a Good Month!Jacob
  • 3 year Jewish Holiday Calendar (5775-5777, 2014-2017)

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Hi Everyone!I created a new, three year, Jewish holiday calendar card whichI posted on my website for you to view, download or print.The address are two image sizes and an Acrobat PDF file.For best printed results use the Acrobat PDF file.When printing the PDF file use the print option "fit to print margins".Please share this message. Thank you.Have a good day,Jacob----------------------------Jacob
  • Welcome Home to the New Olim and I posted 351 photos

    12 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    Hi Everyone!Congratulations and welcome home to the 338 new olim that made aliyah to Israel from North America. The NBN aliyah charter flight arrived in Israel this morning (Tuesday, August 12).I took 351 photos of this historic and exciting event and I posted them online also uploaded the 351 photos on Facebook for name tagging.The Facebook album address is: you have a Facebook acccount and you are in the photos or see someone you know, please feel free to name tag the photos.May the aliyah from…
  • Hotsites, Google Doodles and Videos for Tu B'Av

    10 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Hi Everyone!Here are the hotsites, Google Doodles and Videos for Tu B'!Happy Tu B'Av,Jacob
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    The Muqata

  • IDF Operation Protective Edge - August 26, 2014

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

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

    24 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Newest updates will be at the top. To refresh [F5 key]11:51pm rocket alert Kerem Shalom11:30-31 pm Rocket barrage Ashkelon, Hof Ashkelon 10:55 pm rocket alert Ashdod, Nitzanim, Ashkelon 10:31 pm Rocket alert Shaar HaNegev 9:06 pm more rocket alerts Beit Shemesh area 9:05 pm Beit Shemesh and surrounding areas 8:19 pm Multiple rocket alerts Sha'ar HaNegev 8:04 pm Rocket alert Eshkol Region 7:48 pm Rocket alert Sha'ar HaNegev 7:36 pm Multiple rocket alerts Eshkol Region 7:29 pm ongoing barrage to Ashkelon and Ashdod 7:20 pm Rocket alert Sha'ar HaNegev 7:08 pm Rocket Alert Eshkol and Negev…
  • IDF Operation Protective Edge - August 23, 2014

    23 Aug 2014 | 6:14 pm
    Shavua tov, everyone. Here's the news from Israel, starting from the end of Shabbat. As always, the most recent updates are at the top.11:54pm IDF Spox reports the following numbers...from the beginning of Protective Edge, Gazan terror organizations (Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah, etc.) have fired the following: 260 rockets fired from schools 130 fired from cemeteries 160 from religious places of worship 50 from hospitals   11:50pm IDF confirms that that the rocket fired at Northern Israel an hour ago ... was fired from Lebanon.  11:47pm Hamas terrorists stationed near a school…
  • IDF Operation Protective Edge - August 22 2014

    22 Aug 2014 | 1:45 am
    Newest updates will be at the top. To refresh [F5 key]6:34pm Multiple rocket alert Beeri6:20pm Shaar Hanegev6:09pm Major barrage or rockets at Central Israel at 6pm. 3 intercepts over Tel Aviv.5:47pm Rocket Alert Shaar HaNegev5:36 pm Kerem Shalom5:26 pm Kerem Shalom5:22pm Nachal Oz5:13pm Erez, Miflasim5:13pm Gaza perimeter/Sderot, Erez, Miflasim5:13pm Gaza perimeter/Sderot5:02pm Erez, Miflasim5:02pm Gaza perimeter/Sderot, Erez, Miflasim5:02pm Gaza perimeter/Sderot4:04pm Rocket Alert Sha'ar HaNegev3:26pm Rocket Alert Ashdod3:26pm Rocket Alert Zikim, Karmia, Ashkelon industrial area3:10pm…
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    Green Prophet

  • Earliest known sketch of Abu Dhabi uncovered in archives

    Karin Kloosterman
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    A new sketch of Abu Dhabi was just uncovered, showing a rare glimpse into the desert port before it became a super city. The sketch which reveals its most humble beginnings as a desert outpost, with tower to guard the island’s water resources is a sharp reminder of how quickly cities and empires can be built out of nothing. I see this sketch also as forewarning – a sign showing us that we need to think more in terms of lasting outcomes and sustainability before towering super cities take over our horizons. The sketch was found last year when Liza Rogers working at the archives of…
  • Iran dominates drug headlines in the Middle East

    Karin Kloosterman
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:12 am
    There is a growing concern that the free trade agreement between Iran and Turkey has encouraged an increase in the production and transit of drugs in the Middle East. Following the 2009 agreement to enhance co-operation efforts of land, air, and sea transportation, politicians and economic analysts have grown ever more concerned about the rising threat of drugs amid a free trade environment. Iranians a Force in Turkish Drug Industry Experts would appear to have every right to feel concerned, with statistics showing that heroin seizures increased from 2,025kg to 3,044kg between 2009 and 2010,…
  • Peak passenger pigeon – looking at “Martha” after a century extinct

    Brian Nitz
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:02 am
    One hundred years ago on the first of September 1914, a bird named Martha died at the Cincinnati Zoo. She was the last of what had once been the most numerous bird in the world – the passenger pigeon. How did this happen? Read more as we attempt to solve this extinction mystery. A favorite animal Each night after her bedtime story my daughter would quiz me. “What is your favorite animal?” She would ask, hoping that I would agree that we absolutely must adopt a dog, a cat or a pony. “Dolphin.” I would answer. The next night I would choose a different animal. It…
  • Ebola out of control makes chocolate more expensive

    Green Prophet
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:42 am
    Disruptions in food trade and marketing in the three West African countries most affected by the Ebola virus out of control have made food increasingly expensive and hard to come by, while labor shortages are putting the upcoming harvest season at serious risk, the United Nations FAO warned today. In Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, quarantine zones and restrictions on people’s movement aimed at combating the spread of the virus, although necessary, have seriously curtailed the movement and marketing of food. This has lead to panic buying, food shortages and significant food price…
  • Feed-in tariffs – save, export, earn money

    Green Prophet
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:31 am
    If you have been looking for ways to cut down on your energy spending while contributing to salvaging the environment, the government has offered you an opportunity with its Feed-In tariffs (FIT) scheme. Subscribers of this scheme can be paid for the electricity they generate and the surplus that gets exported back to the National Grid. The Feed-In Tariffs scheme is administered in countries like the UK by Ofgem as a means of speeding up investments in renewable energy across the UK. FITs payments however are made by your electricity supplier.  Before we see the benefits of the FITs scheme,…
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    VC Cafe

  • Snapchat – The Next Great Advertising Platform (guest post)

    Levi Shapiro
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:49 am
    How valuable is ten seconds of Millenial mindshare? Brands like McDonalds, Taco Bell, Audi and the NBA are ramping up their advertising efforts with Snapchat, the photo and video app that disappears in 10 seconds. Although there are many skeptics, I am not one of them. Snapchat is poised to become the next great advertising platform. Brands crave scale, demographics and engagement. Snapchat can check all three of those boxes. Scale: Every day, 700 million snaps and 1 billion stories (a thread that can be viewed for 24 hours) are viewed. There are more than 30 million Monthly Active Users and…
  • The Story of Techbikers (You can Play a role too)

    Eze Vidra
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    A month from now, 70 people in the London tech industry will be (hopefully) on the last leg of a 320km (200 miles) cycle ride from Paris to London. What made these ‘geeks’ get off their laptop and get on their bikes? A combination of wanting to do good and yearning to be part of a strong startup community in London. Since we started Techbikers in 2012, 120 techies cycled from Paris to London and we’ve raised over 100,000 pounds for Room to Read, creating 3 schools, 4 libraries and 3,000 scholarships for girls in India and Nepal. “Life is a journey of realization, which often ends in…
  • Biz Dev Tips for Startups – The ‘First Meeting’

    David Truong
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    Most times when I finish a meeting, I think to myself “that was such a great meeting. I’m so excited for what happens next”. If your meetings aren’t ending like this, then you’ve just wasted everyone’s time. Here are a few lessons I learnt from having hundreds of business meetings in Australia, Chile, and the USA. Don’t pitch, listen Much like my previous post in this series, don’t launch into your product pitch or try to sell something immediately. Listen to what they have to say. I usually start meetings with a simple, ‘how has your day…
  • 10 Tools for Understanding and Dissecting an Industry

    Eze Vidra
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    I remember the first time I met Mark Gerson, the founder of expert network company Gerson Lehrman Group (where I previously worked), as he described how Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) first started. Investors (mainly hedge funds at the time), needed a way to quickly understand an industry they were going to invest in. One day could be pharma and the next, commercial real estate. Resources abound online, but the noise-to-signal ratio is high, and the content needs to be verified and curated. So he teamed up with a few PhDs and set off to write a book about each major vertical – Healthcare,…
  • Israeli Consumers Prefer ONLINE Media

    Levi Shapiro
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Israelis Value Online Media 1.5x More Than Offline Media- Highest in Global Survey Digital media is a recent phenomenon in Israel. The first television broadcast, a military parade, did not occur until 1968. In the mobile era, the iPhone arrived in 2009 (two years after the US), followed by the iPad in 2011 and the iTunes store in 2012. Today, 60 percent of Israeli adults carry a Smartphone, spurring 2x growth in mobile media consumption just in the last two years, to 93 minutes per day (Shiluv Millward Brown). In a survey released this week by Google and BCG, among the 11 countries…
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  • Again, "Follow the Money." Is Obama Following it to Qatar?

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

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

    MIchael Eisenberg
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:28 am
    Dear Members of Knesset, Ministers and Heads of Political Parties,I am sure you noticed that over the last 6 weeks we have experienced something incredibly rare in the State of Israel, a wonderful sense of unity, unity of purpose and moral clarity. The unfortunate part about that unity is that it happened during a kidnapping of 3 innocent boys and a war.  However, I think I speak for the silent 80% majority of Israelis when I say that we would all like to continue this experience going forward. What puts our unity at risk is not the silent 80% of the population but rather the…
  • שני פרספקטיבות צודקות על תשעה באב תשע״ד

    MIchael Eisenberg
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:36 am
    היום אנו מציינים את תשעה באב, היום העצוב ביותר בלוח השנה היהיודית. מזה אלפי שנים, יהודים ברחבי העולם, אבלו את חורבנן של בית המקדש הראשון והשני. לאורך אלפי שנות ההיסטוריה היהודית, תשעה באב הפכה ליום הזיכרון ויום האבל הלאומי, בו מזכירים ומקוננים על האסונות שפקדו את העם היהודי לדורותיו. צרות אלה החלו בדור המדבר והמרגלים שהוציאו דיבה…
  • Two Correct Perspectives on Tisha B’av 5774

    MIchael Eisenberg
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Tonight we began commemorating, the 9th of the Month of Av, commonly referred to as Tisha B’av, the saddest day in the Jewish Calendar. On this day, for thousands of years, Jews have mourned the destruction of both the first and second temples in Jerusalem. Over the centuries, it became the Jewish national day of mourning, where we recount and mourn calamities such as the 10 spies who prevented the Israelites from entering the Promised land, the destruction of Medieval Jewish communities such as Worms, Speyer and Meinz, the burning of the Talmud in France and the Holocaust as…
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  • Zara Holocaust Shirt and Sweatshops

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    Spanish fashion retailer Zara earned the ire and incredulity of people worldwide after tweets aimed at the company lambasted it for producing a child’s sheriff star shirt that resembled the uniform worn by Jews in concentration camps during the Holocaust. The company of course apologized and the shirt (pictured above) was immediately pulled from its […]
  • The Hounourable Woman: Part II

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you haven’t read my first post about The Hounourable Woman, then you should do so before reading this. First I must say how surprised I was with all of the comments that my review of the first half of the miniseries received. I’ll talk about that later, but first I would like to point […]
  • Friday Night Dinner Comes to America on CBS

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:21 pm
    No. It’s not some kiruv / Jewish engagement / Birthright Israel follow up thing. No. Friday Night Dinner is a TV show in the UK on channel 4. Friday Night Dinner, created by Robert Popper, is described as follows: Popper’s original semi-autobiographical series, … centers on the Goodmans, a traditional but not strictly observant Jewish […]
  • The Rambam’s 9th Level of Charity: Ice Bucket Challenges

    25 Aug 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Yes. I am a curmudgeon. You can’t look at Facebook or TV these days without seeing the latest Ice Bucket Challenge™ by a celebrity, friend, politician, marching band, rabbi, cantor, or summer camp (Nice to see the “Challenge” has been trademarked) Last month, few people knew about ALS – even many of those that were […]
  • When Radical Feminists Squirm It Makes Me Smile

    rav shmuel
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:57 pm
    When radical feminists squirm, it makes me smile, and it’s not because I am anti-feminist. It’s because when any radical viewpoint is challenged it brings me pleasure. My definition of radical feminism is those who on a very deep level believe that men and women are the same except for the obvious physical differences. These […]
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  • Top Interviewing Skills to Use In Job Interviews

    Jacob Share
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    8 soft skills you need to have and show for interviewers. This is a guest post by Paula R. Stern. If you’d also like to guest post here on JobMob, follow these guest post guidelines. There are many skills that can help you land a job. Some of them are practical, market-related skills such as knowing a certain tool, language, or industry. And then there are the “soft” skills, related more to personality, performance, and attitude. In honor of the 8th Annual JobMob Guest Blogging Contest, here are the top eight “soft” skills that you not only need to have, but need to…
  • What is Moz and Do You Need it?

    Jacob Share
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Is it possible to provide too much value? Thank you to Moz for sponsoring the 8th Annual JobMob Guest Blogging Contest. Moz’s slogan is “Inbound marketing is complicated. Moz’s software makes it easy.” And it’s true. Here are some of the tools available, and if you have a website, you should be impressed: Open Site Explorer – Research and compare backlinks with competitors for intelligent, targeted link building. Identify top pages, view social activity data, and analyze anchor text. Followerwonk – Take a deep dive into your Twitter analytics. Analyze and…
  • 5 Tips To Use Blogging To Attract Recruiters

    Jacob Share
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    How to brand yourself to your next job. This is a guest post by Ryan Biddulph. If you’d also like to guest post here on JobMob, follow these guest post guidelines. Blogs are one-stop shopping for many interested employers. Running a quick web search can reveal how much you know about your professional niche. From articles, to reviews, to videos and podcasts, you can upload serious amounts of content quickly if you’re on the blogging ball. Standing out in a hyper-competitive job market forces you to brand yourself like a boss. With a little bit of ingenuity, a touch of transparency and a…
  • Do You Have This Moneymaking Personality Trait?

    Jacob Share
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    To plan or not to plan. This is a guest post by Stephan Wiedner. If you’d also like to guest post here on JobMob, follow these guest post guidelines. Two flights, two kids, 16 hours of air travel and a 3-hour drive to our final beach-side destination. We tuck the kids in, flop down on our own bed, and whisper in exhaustion “we made it!” The next morning I roll over with the sound of waves gently hitting the shore and smile at my wife. “Good morning,” she exclaims, “so, what’s the plan?” What’s the plan??? We’re on holidays. The last thing I need is a plan. Despite our…
  • 7 Steps to Convince Your Boss to Promote You

    Jacob Share
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you’re ready, get him ready. This is a guest post by Karin Hurt. If you’d also like to guest post here on JobMob, follow these guest post guidelines. 1) Understand His Perspective Work to truly understand his view. It’s likely that your current performance is a factor. Understand what you’re doing well in your current job from his perspective, as well as where things are breaking down. Resist the urge to talk about “promises” made by other leaders, or your expectations based on those discussions. 2) Be Real Share what you’re feeling and why. Gently share specific examples…
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  • נגן MP3 אורך המשחק

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:27 pm
    העמיתים לעבודה על השולחן ראיתי קטן, נגן mp3 hantlichen, הלא הקטן או זעיר, אבל מתאים ביד. לכן ניצלה את ההזדמנות ואני רק צבטתי אותו על השחקן הזה וביכולות שלה… הוא אמר לי שהוא היה מאוד שמח, במיוחד עם הסיבולת (זובידאת זמן) וכללה. עמיתו יש גם נגן mp3, אך יש לו שעות על כל 8 להחליף את הסוללה. כדאי לך לעיין אצל אפריקה ישראל כדי לקבל עוד מידע. העמית…
  • רדיו נוחות אור, בסלון

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    בעמידה המנורה על או להפוך, מי לא יודע את זה? מן הספה יכול להיות עכשיו כל מכשיר אלקטרוני, בין אם זה עדיין כל כך מסובך, מרחוק שליטה. למה זה לא גם לעבוד עם מנורות? למשל טלוויזיה עם פונקציות יותר מורכבות פעלו כמו מנורת בו רק כדי להדליק, לכבות, הוא עמעום. שרי אריסון has plenty of information regarding this issue. ? האם את החיים שלנו לא קצת יותר יפה כאשר האורות על…
  • הפורום בצ

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    פורום שבו אין ספק נותר ללא מענה. בקהילה זו geklönt על כל דבר, דנו. הוא השיב ויש שהשתדלה להרגיע. לעומת זאת, טבע בהחלט מבין את הסיפור. משתמש בכל קבוצות הגיל משלימים אחד את השני ולהחליף מידע. הוא פורום עם הרבה הומור, הטון אדיב. כל יום רעיונות חדשים כדי דיונים ושיחות. גם בני לאומים אחרים מחפשים דיון בפורום הצ'אט כל סיבוב. פורומים…
  • ניתוח עלות-תועלת

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:12 am
  • Marine Engines

    27 May 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Diesel engines, built by foreign firms, have their own notation. In grades of marine diesel engines, "Burmeister and Vine" letters stand for: M – four-stroke, V – stroke (second at the end of grade V – v-shaped), T-cross-head, F – marine (Reversible and irreversible main series MTBF), B – with turbocharged, H – support. Number of cylinders specified before the letters, the diameter of the cylinder – a number of cylinders, stroke – after the letters. In the cross-head diesel engines with supercharged modification is indicated in the…
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  • A Plaintive Cry (Or Two) For Understanding

    Guest Contributor
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:22 pm
    by Moshe Shoshan Over the past few years I have been conducting an on again, off again conversation with Rabbi Yitzchok Adlerstein via e-mail. My main purpose in conducting this dialog has been to come to a better understanding as to why even in moderate charedi forums such as Cross-Currents, there have been exceedingly few direct, strongly worded condemnations of the extreme, violent behaviour and rhetoric directed against the State of Israel, its government and Army as well as the Religious Zionist population. I refer not only to actions and words emanating from members of the more extreme…
  • The Final Test?

    Jonathan Rosenblum
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Mrs. Esther Wein recently shared with me a dvar Torah that she heard many years ago from her grandfather Rabbi Shimon Schwab, zt”l, which may have application to the rampant anti-Semitism that has exploded around the world in the wake of Operation Protective Edge. Rabbi Schwab asked what average Egyptians did to merit the terrible punishments that befell them in the course of the plagues. And what was the nature of the individual judgment on those Egyptians who drowned at Yam Suf? After all, it was Pharoah who refused to allow the bnei Yisrael to leave Egypt. Was every citizen of Egypt…
  • Kidneys, Cash and Caring

    Avi Shafran
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Over recent years, “Israelis have played a disproportionate role” in organ trafficking, The New York Times reported recently in a lengthy front-page story. Some Israeli entrepreneurs “have pocketed enormous sums for arranging overseas transplants for patients who are paired with foreign donors,” according to court filings and government documents. The organs in question are kidneys. Most of us are born with two, although only one is necessary for living a normal life. Numerous people in renal failure have received kidneys donated by friends or relatives – even altruistic strangers.
  • Much Ado About Something

    Yaakov Menken
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:07 am
    I suppose I should have realized something extraordinary was afoot when a friend messaged me on Facebook to ask if I was “okay.” I wondered what he meant, until he said that he’d heard I was being “picked on.” While it is true that my post reflecting on the entertainment industry, in the wake of Robin Williams’ death, did get a lot of attention — I can’t say I felt I was being “picked on.” The first two responses were from people whose voices I have long respected, and whose comments were very favorable. Admittedly, this did not…
  • Nothing Like a Compliment

    Jonathan Rosenblum
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    As part of my recovery from the removal of a polyp from one of my vocal chords, I’ve been doing a course of voice training to prevent any recurrences. Much of the training in proper speech habits involves reciting a series of nonsense syllables – e.g., boom, bom, bam, bem, beem. In a recent session, after reciting the above series, my therapist expressed his approval of the manner in which I had avoided straining my vocal chords. I found myself smiling in response to the compliment. That smile gave me pause. I’m 63 years old, not an infant forming his first syllables. I’ve…
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  • "Human Rights" activist supports war crimes

    Elder of Ziyon
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    On Sunday I revealed that three people killed in Gaza who were considered ambulance workers by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights were in fact members of the Al Quds Brigades of Islamic Jihad.One response to my tweeting about it is quite instructive:@elderofziyon @ngomonitor May the souls of these courageous members of Palestine Resistance rest in peace. God bless Palestine #FreeGaza— Mary Hughes-Thompson (@Mariapalestina) September 2, 2014Who is Mary Hughes-Thompson who considers terrorists to be "courageous members of Palestine resistance"?She describes herself as a "Human Rights…
  • How liberal! São Paulo Art Biennial dissociates itself from Israel

    Elder of Ziyon
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    A followup to this story from Sunday, from Hypoallergic:After registering objections from 61 participating artists that were supported by the entire curatorial delegation of its 31st São Paulo Biennial, the Fundaçao Bienal São Paulo has agreed to “clearly disassociate” Israeli funding from the general sponsorship of the exhibition. The agreement, announced this morning in a release from the Biennial’s objecting participants, has the Israeli consulate’s logo appended only to the presentations of the Israeli artists who received its direct financial support.The deal was struck in…
  • Saudi op-ed reiterates how evil Jews are

    Elder of Ziyon
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Perhaps stung by the fact that Saudi Arabia and Israel have been on the same side in many regional conflicts, the official Saudi news agency Okaz published an op-ed to ensure that Saudi readers will never think warmly of Jews.Written by Abdullah al-Sultan, the article touches on many of the classic manifestations of Arab and Muslim antisemitism, the bigotry that no "human rights" group wants to admit exists.Some lowlights from the article:After World War II, the Jewish-controlled media started concentrating on making Arabs and Islam look bad."Much of the culture of mutilation practiced by…
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  • דודו ארז מציג: הומור נוירוטי לילדים

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    איך הופכים את המשקפופרים החנונים לחבר'ה המאגניבים של המחר? נותנים לדודו ארז ליצור ולהגיש בנוירוטיות האופיינית לו תוכנית לילדים על מדע. תאמינו או לא, זה עובד מצוין
  • "מסודרים", גרסת המציאות: צפו בפרק האיחוד

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:34 am
    שמונה שנים לאחר שיצר את סדרת הלהיט משיק אסף הראל סטארט-אפ אמיתי משלו. לרגל המאורע גויסו כל החברים לפרק מיוחד של "מסודרים". צפו
  • לראשונה ב-15 שנה: גבע אלון שר בעברית

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:51 pm
    "ים שקט" לקוח מהאלבום הראשון בעברית של הזמר המוערך גבע אלון, לאחר שנים של הצלחה בינלאומית באנגלית. את האלבום החדש "תהיי איתי" שיראה אור בקרוב הפיק עמיר לב. האזינו
  • צפו: מסר מיוחד לישראל מליידי גאגא

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    אשפית התחפושות הביזאריות תגיע להופעה יחידה בפארק הירקון ב-13.9.14. בינתיים היא מזמינה את הקהל הישראלי לבוא למופע הגרנדיוזי ולא שוכחת, כמובן, לברך "שלום" בעברית
  • La Roux : תחייתו של אלבום הפופ

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    חשבנו שבעידן הסטרימינג וההתפתחויות הטכנולוגיות של היום כבר אין צורך בחבילות שירים תקופתיות באריזה יפה, אבל אז חזרה לה רו לחיינו אחרי הפסקה של חמש שנים עם אלבום הפופ הטוב של השנה, והבנו שטעינו
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  • תמונות עירום של ג'ניפר לורנס רצות ברשת

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:59 pm
    הרשת גועשת בעקבות פריצה רחבת היקף וגניבת עשרות תמונות עירום של סלבס, ביניהן גם של השחקנית ג'ניפר לורנס
  • מברוק: תמונה ראשונה מהחינה של נינט

    31 Aug 2014 | 3:26 pm
    כנראה שהפעם זה סופי: לפני כחודשיים התארסה נינט טייב לבן זוגה יוסי מזרחי, כמה ימים לאחר מכן נודע שהיא בהריון, כעת הגיע הזמן לחינה. מתרגשים?
  • סיכום רכילות שבועי: אופס! בריטני שוב לבד

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    הזוג הכי מצולם בעולם מצליח להתחתן בשושו, הפה הכי גדול בהוליווד בתרדמת והאברים שנהוג להסתיר פתאום מקבלים חשיפה. מזל שבריטני ספירס סגרה עוד מערכת יחסים כדי להוכיח לנו שהעולם לא התהפך לגמרי
  • מדונה לליידי גאגא: את תמיד מפגרת מאחורי

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    בשיר שדלף לרשת, ככל הנראה מהאלבום הבא של הזמרת, מתייחסת מלכת הפופ לנסיונות החקיינות של גאגא: "את חקיינית, אך היכן התמלוגים שלי? לגנוב את המתכון שלי זה עניין מכוער"
  • מעיין חודדה נפצעה בדרך לצפות באח הגדול

    30 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    כוכבת הריאלטי שזכתה בכבוד המפוקפק להיות מודחת מבית האח הגדול בשל התבטאויותיה, נפצעה בינוני בתאונת דרכים בחיפה. שתי צעירות נפצעו קשה, צעיר נפצע בינוני ועוד שישה נפגעו באורח קל
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    Niv Calderon

  • Wearable Technology Will Be Like Air

    Niv Calderon
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:54 pm
    The first startup I worked at in 2007 was called "Wiser Codes", we developed a BI artificial intelligence that will help businesses get better results online. I remember I had an idea back then, that I needed one place to read and write from/into all my online presence (read everything, post everywhere, and have a unified social graph). You'll probably think of Hootsuite now (still not it in my opinion), but back then it was a new thing (and Facebook was smaller than Myspace), so from working on a BI startup we pivoted into social networks centered startup. Back then I remember…
  • Hack Valley – האקאתון מחשוב לביש 28-29 באוגוסט במודיעין

    Niv Calderon
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:26 am
    Hack Valley הוא האקאתון טכנולוגיות לבישות שמופק ע"י מתחם היזמות MESH  במודיעין, ארגון MTC לבני נוער, וקהילת Wearable Valley בפייסבוק. ההאקאתון פתוח לכל העוסקים או רוצים להתנסות בפיתוח טכנולוגיות לבישות. בהאקאתון יקחו חלק בני נוער שעוסקים בתכנות, עיצוב ויזמות רגע לפני גיוס ליחידות הטכנולוגיות.  הערבוב של צעירים ומבוגרים נועד להשיג שתי…
  • First Case Study for Google Glass for Advertising That I Know Of

    Niv Calderon
    3 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    A couple of Glassware developers called LiveLens decide to develop an app that records your day, a few seconds each time, a sort of Magisto for Glass. Now, one of the hardest things to do these days within the Glass ecosystem is A- to get into the official Glassware appstore (you can look inside only if you're a Glass Explorer) and B- to get your app known to the public with the independent websites that "host" Glass apps like Glass App Source and Glass Application List. Ok, now think marketing. Here is what appeared on the web: A video that showed a thief making off with…
  • הסיפורים החמים במחשוב הלביש

    Niv Calderon
    27 May 2014 | 1:14 am
    כמעט מידי יום אני נתקל בסיפורים ובסרטים מעניינים שמתקשרים למחשוב לביש אז החלטתי לשתף קצת מכל הטוב הזה. אגב, אם יש לכם טאבלט, אתם יכולים לעשות מנוי לפליפבורד של Wearable Valley כדי לקבל סיפורים על מחשוב לביש ישירות לטאבלט שלכם. ואם עוד לא הצטרפתם לקהילה בפייסבוק- קוראים לנו Wearable Valley וזה המקום שהופך להיות ה- MUST למפתחים וליזמי מחשוב לביש.
  • למה צריך קהילת מחשוב לביש בישראל

    ניב קלדרון
    24 May 2014 | 6:52 am
    כשקוראים לישראל סטארטאפ ניישן, אחד הדברים שמדברים עליו הוא האקו סיסטם שבתוכו צומחים סטארטאפים. בין השאר מדברים על הצבא, על הבגרות של ישראלים צעירים לעומת העולם, מדברים על המדען הראשי, האינקובטורים והאווירה שבתוכה גדלנו (והרשימה נמשכת). מה שלא מדברים עליו כמעט זה הקהילות העצמאיות שמייצרות אירועים, כנסים, מפגשים והזדמנויות ליצור…
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    Daily News Alert from Israel - COP/JCPA

  • Qatar Makes Mischief in Middle East

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Halifax Chronicle Herald-Canada) Henry Srebrnik - Only 278,000 of its 1.5 million residents are Qatari citizens. Thanks to oil and natural gas revenues, Qatar has the highest per capita income in the world. It is using its money shrewdly to buy influence throughout the Middle East, playing host to Khaled Meshaal, the political leader of Hamas, and supporting the Muslim Brotherhood with money and political assistance.
  • Defiant Gaza Militants Vow to Rearm

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (AFP) Adel Zaanoun - Thousands of militants paraded in Gaza on Friday, defiantly saying they would rearm as the prospects of a final deal on a long-term Israel-Hamas truce looked shaky. Thousands of Islamic Jihad fighters paraded through Gaza City in a show of force, marching with light weapons and holding aloft rockets similar to those fired at Israel. The spokesman for the Al-Quds Brigades delivered a speech praising backers Iran and allies Hizbullah and declaring the militants would "redouble efforts" to rearm.
  • Examination of Palestinians Killed in Gaza War - Part Four

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center) ITIC has now examined the names of 667 of the Palestinians killed in the Gaza war. Of the 589 dead who could be identified, 46% were terrorist operatives, while 54% were non-involved civilians.
  • Amid ISIS Violence, Saudi King Warns of Threat to U.S.

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (AP-CBS News) Abdullah al-Shihri and Sameer Yaacoub - The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the U.S. if there is not a strong international response to terrorism. While not mentioning any terrorist groups by name, King Abdullah's statement appeared aimed at drawing Washington and NATO forces into a wider fight against the Islamic State. "I am certain that after a month they will reach Europe and, after another month, America," he said Friday. "You have witnessed them severing heads and giving them to children to walk with in the street," the king said.
  • Abbas Says Hamas Caused Prolonged War

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (AP) Mohammed Daraghmeh and Ian Deitch - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas blamed Hamas on Friday for extending fighting with Israel in Gaza. "It was possible for us to avoid all of that, 2,000 martyrs, 10,000 injured, 50,000 houses [destroyed]," Abbas told Palestine TV. He said Hamas prolonged the violence needlessly. "The Egyptian formula was on the table on July 15th, it was backed by the Arab League, it was accepted by Israel but rejected by Hamas then and now more than a month later has belatedly been accepted by Hamas," Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said. "As the dust clears…
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    The ESSENTIAL guide to Israel |

  • Formula 1 roars back into Jerusalem for 2014!

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:47 am
    After a very successful event last year, which was attended by some 250,000 visitors, the guys behind the magical Formula 1 event are bringing their F1 cars back to the Holy City for 2014! This year, for the first time in the history of world motor sports, TWO top teams will be on display on one show track – Ferrari F1 and Red Bull F1! With two days of racing round the streets of Jerusalem (October 6 and 7), plus an awesome 11 day exhibition of sports cars and collectibles held at the Old Station complex in Jerusalem from October 6 – 17, this one looks like one of the biggest…
  • The Tasting Room: an awesome Tel Aviv wine bar with a unique new concept!

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    If you’re looking for an awesome little wine bar in Tel Aviv, add The Tasting Room in the new Sarona complex to your must-try list. In what we reckon is the perfect location, The Tasting Room is a cozy little wine bar with a unique and very cool concept (the first of its kind in Israel): from among 40-odd international and Israeli wines you can pour yourself a sample,a half-glass, or full-glass using a unique credit-card type of card. At the end of the evening you pay for all the drinks your card recorded (you’re going to be tempted to try a few, believe us!). A sample will…
  • Sarona Tel Aviv: a new cultural hotspot in the heart of Tel Aviv!

    31 Aug 2014 | 4:10 am
    One of the newest, freshest, and most happening places in Tel Aviv right now is the new Sarona complex, right in the heart of the city! Located just off one of Tel Aviv’s busiest roads, Sarona is a mix of unique Tel Aviv architectural history (the original 37 Templar buildings that were part of the Templar settlement at the same location have been restored), and a unique urban experience that combines culture, entertainment, and leisure. And believe it or not, amid the superbly restored buildings that now house cute cafes, restaurants, and art galleries, as well as a number of boutique…
  • The legendary musical Cats heads to meowww Tel Aviv!

    23 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    One of the world’s truly great musicals, Cats, will be performing in Israel this November! The musical based on the book by TS Eliot, and composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber was first performed in the New London Theater back in 1981, but has since gone on to perform over 9000 times in 26 countries around the world – and now comes to Israel for the very first time! The story of a tribe of cats known as the Jellicles, who meet annually to decide who will ascend to the Heaviside Layer and come back to a new life, has charmed some 50 million people in those 9000 shows, and looks set to do…
  • Did you hear that – was that the siren???

    8 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    We mentioned previously that life in Israel hasn’t stopped during the current crisis down south and that people are still living their lives – but that doesn’t mean those eerie sirens aren’t scaring the bejesus out of a few poor souls… This is a great little video showing just how jittery some Israelis are when hearing sounds that are familiar to the opening wail of the siren…well, if you can’t laugh… It’s all in Hebrew, but I think you’ll get the idea regardless of your Hebrew skills or lack of them… Click here to view the…
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    Life in Israel

  • Rav Chaim Kanievsky on the hetter mechira

    Rafi G.
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:18 am
    Rav Chaim Kanievsky is being quoted as having said that the hetter mechira is worthless according to all opinions. It cannot be relied upon.sources: Bechadrei and KikarI am familiar with the Ashkenazi Haredi opinion on the hetter mechira, and I know they consider it unacceptable. Rav Elyashiv used to say one must kasher pots before using them if they were previously used for cooking hetter mechira produce. They reject it completely.That is fine. They have the right to a halachic opinion.I just wish that when rabbis make such a definitive statement they would also explain their words a bit.
  • School Takeover in RBS comments (video)

    Rafi G.
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:55 am
    Cameraman Yaakov Lederman gets a few words from all sides of the "school takeover" incident, with some footage of some nasty behavior by Richard Peres and him being detained because of it...------------------------------------------------------Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel------------------------------------------------------
  • Life's a beach in Jerusalem (video)

    Rafi G.
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:44 am
    The holy city may be landlocked, but that doesn’t mean it has to be fun-blocked. A man-made beach opened this summer.Sand, chairs and tropical vibes were installed in the summer of 2014 to create Jerusalem’s first and only beach, at the hip new First Station complex ------------------------------------------------------Reach thousands of readers with your ad by advertising on Life in Israel------------------------------------------------------
  • Palestinians: What do you know about the Holocaust? (video)

    Rafi G.
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:42 am
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  • Nigun hastureh (video)

    Rafi G.
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:27 pm
    Benny Friedman, with the Yedidim choir, put out this really nice version of the "Nigun Hastureh"...  I dont think I have ever heard this song before, and I really could not make out many of the words, but it was really nice. When I heard it, i had this feeling that as nice as it was, it was probably so because Benny Friedman did an amazing job singing it, and normally it is probably not anything special...then Yerachmiel put out this "ukelele reggae" version.. it is still not bad, and he has his unique touch on it, but it isn't anything as nice as the Benny Friedman…
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    Yoel Meltzer | Towards A New Jewish Mindset

  • The God Factor

    Yoel Meltzer
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:56 am
    A major difference between the two sides involved in the ongoing conflict in Gaza is that while Hamas is fighting for what they believe to be a sense of justice, Israel is fighting to restore calm (“quiet will be met with quiet”). Moreover, although we can say that Hamas’s justice is warped or based upon lies and evil, it doesn’t matter. They believe in something and they’re ready to die for it while the Jewish leaders of Israel, descendants of spiritual giants who brought faith and monotheism to the world, for the most part don’t believe in anything beyond…
  • Food For Thought: Rockets from Gaza

    Yoel Meltzer
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    If every one of the roughly 3,300 rockets launched from Gaza in the current conflict had killed at least one Israeli, something clearly possible since we’re not talking about firecrackers, would the world still have criticized Israel for responding disproportionately? Think about it.
  • Temple Mount Event in Tel Aviv – Brief Summary

    Yoel Meltzer
    2 Aug 2014 | 9:53 pm
    The following is a brief summary of a recent event on the subject of the Temple Mount that I organized (together with the Tel Aviv International Salon) in Tel Aviv: In answer to several inquiries that I received, the event in Tel Aviv was mixed. On the one hand the place (Brodt Cener) was very nice, clean and intimate (the TA Intl Salon found the place) and there was a nice turnout of roughly 150 people. On the other hand, although Dr. Gabi Barkay and MK Moshe Feiglin came, MK Ruth Calderon cancelled about 30 minutes before the start of the event. Thus the much anticipated discussion/debate…
  • The Show Must Go On

    Yoel Meltzer
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    Ever since the tragic kidnapping and murder of the three boys, the majority of the Israeli political establishment has been united in calling for the destruction of Hamas. Although certainly a good thing for the State of Israel, the problem is that this is not the whole story. For in addition to the obvious objective of such an undertaking, the broader intention of the Israeli leadership, and this is clear to anyone who is carefully listening, is to destroy Hamas in order to strengthen Abu Mazen. Whether it was the excessive praise of Abu Mazen for belatedly condemning the kidnapping, or the…
  • A Visit to the Temple Mount

    Yoel Meltzer
    17 May 2014 | 12:29 pm
    This past week within a 24-hour period I visited two of the most distinctly opposite places in Jerusalem that one can imagine: The Temple Mount and Yad Vashem. While within one is located, according to Judaism, the holiest spot in the world, the literal meeting place between heaven and earth, the other is a museum dedicated to the six million victims of the Nazi beast. Moreover, while from the former we hope that one day God’s light and wisdom will go forth to heal a fractured and troubled humanity, from the latter we merely hope to prevent future holocausts. Finally, while millions of…
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    This Ongoing War: A Blog

  • 02-Sep-14: Wonder how living with terror-minded neighbors works? We offer some tips

    This Ongoing War
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:56 am
    PA insider Jibril Rajoub, seeming statesmanlike in 2011. Where exactlydoes he stand on terror? Read on. [Image Source]It's Tuesday morning in Jerusalem, and the sun is shining brightly. Here's what happened here last night.A three-year-old toddler was lightly wounded on Monday night by Arab terrorists that hurled rocks through the window of the bus she was riding in, as it passed through Uzi Narkis Street in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat. Magen David Adom [ambulance] paramedics rushed to the scene to provide the baby girl with medical treatment, transferring her…
  • 01-Sep-14: European savagery comes back home and Europeans are having problems deciding what to do about it

    This Ongoing War
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    The black flags of ISIS and other expressions of explicit backing for jihadism, last month in the streets of The Hague, Netherlands [Image Source]France has a Moslem population of about 5,000,000 - the largest of any Western European country. Most of those people are demonstrably peace-loving and law abiding. That happens to be true, empirically speaking, of most people in most places at most times. Our focus for the moment is on those who are not.Last week, the authorities in France announced they had cracked a plot to use immature human bombs to blow up a synagogue in Lyon:The Central…
  • 01-Sep-14: Gaza, Israel, the BBC: What children - and their parents - ought to know

    This Ongoing War
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:27 am
    BBC Newsround, a site for children: "This content doesn't seem tobe working"; we agree [Image Source]Over at BBC Watch, they do truly excellent work in monitoring the often-astounding political spin of the BBC, "the largest broadcaster in the world" and its close-to-incredible 23,000 employees.Now clearly, with a payroll on that scale, the BBC cannot really be thought of as a mere entertainment business. In fact, it has long been an instrumentality of the British Foreign Office which funded its international arm, the BBC World Service for decades until just four months ago [source]. Keep that…
  • 29-Aug-14: The British now call risk of a terror attack on the UK 'severe'

    This Ongoing War
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    In the British media, British terrorism is nowa front-page concernThe spectre of terrorism is with us and not only not about to go away but doing fairly well on its own terms. (Whenever we speak publicly about how the "war on terror" is going, we make the point that whatever is happening, it's certainly going to get worse before it gets better. Nothing in the past dozen years has caused us to change that view.) In a further reminder of the robustness of Islamist terrorism and its protagonists, Theresa May, the UK's Home Secretary, has today announced that her country’s assessment of its…
  • 25-Aug-14: In Gaza, the idea of Israelis tending to sick and injured Gazans makes them crazy

    This Ongoing War
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Erez during a previous Hamas assault in 2007First, the good news.The Erez Crossing, a passenger and cargo terminal built by the government of Israel to serve the needs of the hapless Palestinian subjects of the dark Hamas regime, is still functioning. People, including those seriously injured or ill and in desperate need of the medical and other care that Israel's modern facilities can provide, are able to pass through it and get to where they want to be in Israel, even in these very difficult days of war.The less-good news is that Erez came under rocket barrage yesterday (Sunday).
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    The Lighthouse

  • Gaza – The Big Picture and What Israel Should Do (have done)

    Erik Zimerman
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Nearing what could be the end, or hopefully simply a lull, of this round of fighting in Gaza, it is important to take a step back, look at the big picture, and see what Israel if anything has achieved in what it should have achieved. Throughout this latest conflict I have published several articles discussing various aspects like Kerry’s intervention and The Tactics and Strategy and The demonstrations and Media. I have also covered, the Obama administration’s position and attempt to pressure Israel, and Israel’s flawed PR efforts. In this last area specifically, it has been…
  • Kerry, Scolded, Breaks After Lighthouse Article

    Erik Zimerman
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    After the release of my devastating article, the pushover John Kerry backtracks and scrambles to excuse his attempted bullying of Israel, pretending that he did not attempt to pressure Israel into a surrender,… i mean ceasefire…  The saying it was Netanyahu’s idea. Though this is clearly and a well documented lie, (yes Netanyahu may have raised the idea of a certain type of ceasefire with security guarantees, not the kerry-qatari-turkish Israeli surrender)… it’s now public record…. Bibi the US is NOT pressuring you into a ceasefire……
  • John Kerry – the man trying to save Hamas by bullying Israel (destroyed)

    Erik Zimerman
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:48 pm
    Article Sections Obama could have hardly found a more willing partner than John Kerry, to find form to his virulently anti-Israel policies. From the “creative” backdoor sanctions, using the FAA to attempt to close Israel to air traffic (reported earlier in this article), to traditional massive political pressure and the UN security council, Kerry has thrown everything the administration can muster at Israel in order to stop the IDF from achieving its objectives and defeating the terrorist regime next door. Though Israel can handle Hamas, as Danny Dannon recently stated, it needs a…
  • Operation Protective Edge, Tactics and Strategy

    Erik Zimerman
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    As the 17th day of Operation Protective Edge against the Hamas held Gaza Strip nears, there are a few crucial lessons already clear for the IDF to adapt going forward, and more importantly for the political echelon to heed. The ground incursion phase of the operation is far more recent, about 6 days in total, there has been 3 distinct phases that are now apparent. The first two days of the operation were seemingly quite successful for the IDF. By the end of the second night’s operations, the IDF stood within 1 and 2 kilometers from Gaza city, from the north and east respectively. The…
  • Obama’s unreported Flipflop on Egypt in support of Hamas

    Erik Zimerman
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
      In respect to the current conflict in Gaza, the worldwide media has taken various stances on the issue.  In general, there has been a great trend to morally equate the actions of the warring parties thus leading to a general anti-Israel bias since the discrepancy left is only that of the respective mounting body counts. All things being equal, Israel has killed many more Gazans in this round of battle, than vice versa. Of course the facts are that all things, as is most often the case, are not equal. For more background on the PR issue and the current conflict, you may wish to read…
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    Dead Sea Fun

  • Reggae in the Desert Festival - September 5-6, 2014

    Sue Schoenfeld
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:48 pm
    The 2014 Reggae in the Desert Festival will take place on September 5-6, 2014, in Israel's Negev Desert at Midreshet Ben Gurion (about 20km north of Mitzpe Ramon).Headlining will be: Anthony B (Jamaica), alongside Jah9 (Jamaica), Karolina (Israel), Stone Love (Jamaica), Sentinel Sound (Germany), Tippa Irie (UK), Tomer Yosef (Israel), and more. To buy tickets call 08-6560159. For more information and tickets To order tickets (Hebrew)
  • Israel Chemicals to Close Magnesium Factory, Fire 550 Workers in 2017

    Sue Schoenfeld
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    Israel Chemicals (ICL) on Thursday announced plans to close its magnesium factory in 2017 - which employs 550 people, about 10% of the company's total work force - and explore plans to downsize its bromide plant, which employs another 1,200. The company cited the possibility that "interim recommendations of the Sheshinski Committee will be adopted and enacted into legislation" as reasons for both. Read the full article at See more Dead Sea photos on Pinterest
  • International Bat Night at Qumran National Park - August 28, 2014

    Sue Schoenfeld
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:32 pm
    The Israel Nature and Parks Authority is inviting members of the public to take part in the country’s Bat Night on Thursday, August 28, 2014, to explore firsthand the unique traits of this animal that thrives in darkness. Dr. Asaf Tsoar said that members of the public will have the opportunity to come closer to the country’s bat populations – hear lectures, see presentations, wear special echo location hearing devices and see the animals flying about. Activities are scheduled to be held for families at Yarkon National Park, Qumran National Park and Hai Bar Nature Reserve in Yotvata. At…
  • Hatha Yoga Retreat at Desert Ashram - August 28-30, 2014

    Sue Schoenfeld
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    A Hatha Yoga Retreat will take place in Israel's Negev desert at the Desert Ashram on August 28 - 30, 2014. Desert Ashram, located between Mistzpe Ramon and Eilat, invites you to a long weekend of Yoga & Breath. The retreat will include the Yogic daily routine of: practicing Asana (yogic postures), Pranayama (yogic breath), meditation, conversations inspired by the traditional ancient texts of Yoga and vegetarian cuisine of the Ashram. For more information
  • Scuba Diving in the Dead Sea

    Sue Schoenfeld
    24 Aug 2014 | 12:04 am
    Diving in the Dead Sea is one of the most unusual and unique scuba diving experiences in the world. Most divers don't imagine it is even possible at all. The amazing underwater scenery with its magnificent salt consolidation is breathtaking. In a clear day you can expect to see the salt crystals shining like million diamonds. The best description is probably the reaction of one of our divers right after his dive: "It is all covered white. It's like diving in an ocean of ice, but the temperature and the weight you are carrying on you, remind you you are not." Read about scuba diving…
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