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    JTA Breaking News

  • Hundreds in academic world sign anti-BDS petition

    Julie Wiener
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    (JTA) — More than 620 people from scores of universities have signed an online petition opposing academic boycotts of Israel. The petition, for professionals working in academia, says the undersigned “vigorously support free speech and free debate but we oppose faculty or student boycotts of Israel’s academic institutions, scholars and students.” Launched on Sept. 15, the petition criticizes the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, saying it “violates the very principle of academic freedom.” It also criticizes the BDS movement for basing its “accusations and…
  • Pro-Israel group to sue New York’s MTA over rejected ad

    Julie Wiener
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    NEW YORK (JTA) — A pro-Israel group said it will sue New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority for rejecting its advertisement on the city’s public transportation. The American Freedom Defense Initiative, which is known for its aggressive critiques of Islam, sought to post an ad that included the quote “Killing Jews is Worship that draws us close to Allah,” according to The New York Times. In a statement Friday, the MTA claimed that the ad could be seen as a call to violence against Jews and violated its “viewpoint-neutral” advertising standards. Displaying the ad…
  • Jewish clergy liaison to NYPD reportedly stabbed in Brooklyn

    Julie Wiener
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:47 am
    NEW YORK (JTA) — An Orthodox Jewish clergy liaison to the New York Police Department reportedly was stabbed in Brooklyn. The victim was rushed to the Lutheran Trauma Center after being attacked at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood, according to Yeshiva World News. His condition was not known. A spokesman for the NYPD confirmed to JTA that a stabbing occurred at the time and location reported and that the victim was taken to Lutheran Trauma, but could not provide information about the victim other than that he is a male in his 30s. The NYPD spokesman…
  • Mohammed top name for Israeli babies, despite exclusion from list

    Marcy Oster
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A list of the most popular names of Israeli babies born in the last year omitted the most popular name — Mohammed. Only Hebrew names were included on the list released Sunday by Israel’s Population and Immigration Authority. Yosef was the most popular name for boys, followed by Daniel, Ori, Itai, Omer, Adam, Noam, Ariel, Eitan and David. But the Israeli daily Haaretz questioned the results and learned that Mohammed was, in fact, the most popular name, and that the name Yosef also included Arab babies named Yusef. For girls, the most popular name was Tamar,…
  • Protesters to rally at premiere of Klinghoffer opera in N.Y.

    Raffi Wineburg
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    NEW YORK (JTA) — Protesters calling for the Metropolitan Opera House to cancel its production of “The Death of Klinghoffer” will rally on opening night. A coalition of groups in a statement called for the Monday afternoon protest at Lincoln Center, across from the Lincoln Center Plaza in Manhattan. Organizers say thousands are expected for the demonstration against a production that they contend promotes terrorism and anti-Semitism. The opera depicts the 1985 murder of Leon Klinghoffer, a 69-year-old Jewish-American man in a wheelchair, by Palestinian terrorists. Several…
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    Israel News

  • Israeli artist depicts pain of rootless Jews in Be...

    16 Sep 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Moshe Gershuni's expressive, historically loaded art, which places symbols of the Holocaust in a religious setting and seeks to polarize opinion about current Israeli society, seems unlikely to reward the casual viewer. Titled "No Father No Mother", the retrospective of paintings and ceramics since 1979 in the New National Gallery is the first solo show by an Israeli artist to be opened at Berlin's premier location for modern art.
  • Chief rabbi says French society has turned indifferent to anti-Semitism

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    France's government has reacted strongly to a rising tide of anti-Semitic acts this year but French society seems indifferent to the threat they present, the country's newly elected chief rabbi said on Tuesday. Haim Korsia, who was elected in June, recalled the huge crowds that demonstrated in Paris in 1990 after a Jewish cemetery was desecrated in the southeastern town of Carpentras.
  • World Bank: Palestinian Economy to Shrink in 2014

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:03 am
    The World Bank says the Palestinian economy is expected to shrink by 4 percent in 2014 after seven years of largely aid-driven growth. The bank said in a report Tuesday that the slump was caused by the recent war in the Gaza Strip, continued Israeli and Egyptian movement and trade restrictions, particularly in Gaza, and a drop in foreign aid.
  • How Israel Protects 'Europe's Achilles Heel'

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:59 am
    Mark Langfan, Chairman of Americans for a Safe Israel and Arutz Sheva strategy analyst, delivered the keynote lecture to a packed-house crowd of over 500 attendees at the UN last week at the historic counter-anti-Semitism conference there. Langfan's presentation demonstrated graphically how Israel is protecting Cyprus, "the Achilles Heel of Europe," and how Islamic terrorists will fire easily concealed and transported 122mm katyushas from any Palestinian 'West Bank' State.
  • Cohen: Kissinger's support for Israel runs deepCohen: Kissinger's...

    15 Sep 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Cohen: Kissinger's support for Israel runs deep Taking issue with an assessment of Henry Kissinger that misses the mark. Check out this story on Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger talks about his views and his new book "World Order" in an interview for CBS.
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    ynet - Opinion

  • Israeli democracy in danger? Says who?

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:27 am
    Op-ed: Leftists obsessed with telling the world that Israel is becoming more racist and more fascist, and to hell with the facts.
  • Europe proves one-state solution is an illusion

    21 Sep 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Op-ed: People in the right and in the left are trying to force one big Jewish-Arab state on us. If it's not working in the united continent, it definitely won't work in the split Middle East.
  • Netanyahu's stalemate policy based on a fantasy

    21 Sep 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Op-ed: Prime minister sees no solution to the Palestinian problem apart from easing the pain. But standing in one place while continuing to manage the conflict is a dangerous gamble.
  • Break Hamas stranglehold on Gaza

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Op-ed: Australian Ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma says new cross-border mechanism can help restart, not only rebuild, the Gaza economy.
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  • John Oliver Rips Miss America

    Aussie Dave
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    This has to be seen to be believed.
  • Shimon Peres New Career After Presidency

    Real Jstreets
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:02 am
    If you thought that after being President of Israel, Shimon Peres was going to quietly into any good night, man were you wrong. What next for Shimon Peres? This video is hilarious on so many levels, it may take more than one viewing. After being almost killed in the Presidential Gardens during a Sukkot Open House show. Peres continued as the audience gasped. And after having a dove put on his head by an actor during a performance, out came the comb to fix his hair without missing a beat. No more jokes about teaching old dogs new tricks. If his peace plan does not work out, watch out…
  • Uncle Samuel Wants You!

    Aussie Dave 2
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Do you like adventure? Have a great love for Israel and the Jewish people? Fancy yourself as a bit of a tennis player..or at least someone who likes to dress up as one? Or perhaps you are a woman who loves to flirt. For the greater good. Because do I have the job for you. Via the Israeli Government’s Press Office: The Mossad, today (Monday, 22 September 2014), launched a new website (in a variety of languages) in order to – inter alia – recruit candidates to its ranks. The goal of the upgraded site is to make the organization more accessible to potential recruits who may not be…
  • Roseanne Set The Bar For Being A Good Sport

    Aussie Dave
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:21 am
    Regular readers know we are big fans of comedienne Roseanne Barr, who has become one of the staunchest online defenders of Israel and the Jewish people. She is also hell of a good sport. Yesterday, Hen Mazzig, the Director of Israeli Education with StandWithUs, also known for writing this viral piece and being the victim of intimidouchion, celebrated his birthday. He received a lovely surprise. @HenMazzig happy birthday! — Roseanne Barr (@therealroseanne) September 21, 2014 Enter some guy, with an off-the-cuff comment: @HenMazzig Impressive. But can you get @TheRealRoseanne to sing…
  • British Jews Are Represented By 124 Moral Cowards

    Brian of London
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:45 am
    In a not wholly unexpected move, the Board of Dhimmis of British Jews (BoD) approved by 124 to 40 the astonishing joint statement with the Muslim Brotherhood Council of Britain (MCB) thus confirming what many of us have known for a long time. This is completely clear to all (except those 124): their deceitful interlocutors at the MCB fully believe this statement by Britain’s Jews accuses the IDF of directly and deliberately targeting civilians in Gaza. Something no right thinking person (let alone Jew) should accuse the Israeli Defence Forces of. The BoD have nothing to say about the…
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    Liza Rosenberg

  • מה נשתנה בטור הזה מכל הטורים

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

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

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

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

  • Moscow (Part XXI - Money and a Plan!)

    6 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    (Click here for Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII,VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII, XIX and XX.)Shabbat ended, and it was time to get money! I was so scared something would go wrong – the PIN wouldn't work, or something else –  that I delayed finding out by first going back to the supermarket to finally get the banana that I hadn't been able to purchase the first time. If I was going to be in deep trouble, alone in Russia with no money, at least I should have a…
  • Moscow (Part XX - Shabbat Day)

    6 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    (Click here for Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII,VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVIII and XIX.)In typical Chabad style, the prayer services on Saturday morning started at 10 am(very late by most standards). I showed up at noon, and they were still at Torah reading (that is, about halfway through the service). I was glad I'd slept in! There was a bar mitzvah that morning, and at the end of Torah reading the women in the balcony threw down candies at the bar mitzvah boy. I felt happy and…
  • Moscow (Part XIX - Shabbat Dinner)

    5 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    (Click here for Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII,VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, and XVIII.)I have a great deal of respect and appreciation for Chabad as a movement. Notwithstanding certain issues of concern vis-à-vis some beliefs in their ranks about the Rebbe, I am super grateful that Chabad exists and do what they do. Anywhere in the world that a Jew travels, he or she can always find kosher food and ways to connect to a Jewish community on Shabbat and holidays, because Chabad is there for you…
  • Moscow (Part XVIII - Prayers)

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    Click here for Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII,VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI and XVII.The Marina Roscha Jewish Center is simply huge. The building in which the synagogue is located contains not only the tremendous, grand sanctuary but also a library, classrooms, and a Judaica store. The Center also includes multiple other buildings, including a Chessed (Jewish Welfare) building, an elementary school, and girls’ and boys’ high schools. And there are other synagogues around the city! Wow.The…
  • Moscow (Part XVII - On the Way to Marina Roscha)

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Click here for Parts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII,VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV and XVI.As I neared the Jewish Center, I must have turned left a little too early, and got a little lost. Where the Center was supposed to be was an entrance to a place that looked like it might be what I wanted: there was a guard outside (common to Jewish institutions in places with lots of anti-Semitism), and I saw a man in a black hat walk inside. But when I asked for "Marina Roscha" and "Rabbi Friedman," the guard didn't seem to…
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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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    This Normal Life

  • Wartime Unity at Hutzot HaYotzer

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    In a summer where nearly every large-scale outdoor event was canceled on instruction by Israel’s Home Front Command, the annual Hutzot HaYotzer International Arts and Crafts Festival in Jerusalem represented a desperately needed welcome breather. Now in its 39th year, Hutzot HaYotzer is the country’s preeminent place to meet talented local artists – nearly 200 in total – who park their wares in a picturesque valley watched over by the walls of the Old City and who put on a smile for 12 days, as they pitch their hand crafted earrings, sparkly necklaces, ceramic hamsa’s and natural…
  • Fire from Below

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

  • The Case for a Unified Kurdistan

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Is a united and independent Kurdistan a prospect we should welcome, or a dangerous idea that would create more problems in the Middle East than it would solve? Philip Jenkins, a distinguished professor of history at Baylor University, sees the prospect
  • What Egypt's President Sisi Really Thinks

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    Former air marshal Husni Mubarak, now 86, had ruled Egypt for 30 years when his military colleagues forced him from office in 2011. Three years and many upheavals later, those same colleagues replaced his successor with retired field marshal Abdel Fattah
  • Think Tanks for Sale or Rent

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    In a eyebrow-raising 4,000-word exposé, "Foreign Powers Buy Influence at Think Tanks" published in the New York Times on September 7, Eric Lipton, Brooke Williams and Nicholas Confessore look into the novel issue of foreign governmental financing for
  • There's No Difference between ISIS and ISIL

    12 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Some conservatives make an issue of the fact that President Barack Obama routinely refers to the organization that seized the Iraqi city of Mosul and declared a caliphate not as the "Islamic State in Iraq and Syria," or ISIS, but as the "Islamic State of
  • ISIS Is Not Islamic?

    10 Sep 2014 | 9:14 pm
    In a televised address this evening, President Barack Obama outlined his ideas on how to defeat the Islamic State. Along the way, he declared the organization variously known as ISIS or ISIL to be "not Islamic." In making this preposterous claim, Obama
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    Good News from Israel

  • New Features on the Free Website: Learn English with Audio and Transliterations

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Hi Everyone!Learn English with Audio and Transliterations a free website to learn over 1,500 English words and phrases. The site includes 77 printable study sheetsand 15 learning videos.As of today, the site works on home computersand smart phones (tested on Android and iOS).The site is multilingual. There are menus, translations and transliterations in French, Hebrew, Russian, Spanish and Chinese.Each language interface has its own navigation buttons and search functions. There is an English Only menu, for those that prefernot to use language translations and…
  • Educational Resources and Cool Videos about Rosh Hashana

    15 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    Hi Everyone!Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year 5775, begins Wednesday night, September 24, 2014.I posted on my website 70 links about Rosh Hashana, from laws and customs to games and recipes.Site languages include English, Hebrew, French, German, Italian, Portugese, Russian and Spanish.The address year, I created a Rosh HaShana Photo Gallery finally.....Over 300 Rosh Hashana Cool VideosThere is something for videos include:- Technion : For…
  • New Israeli Educational Stamps including Fiddler on the Roof

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Hi Everyone! I scanned and posted on my website the new Israeli stamps that were issued in September 2014.I included the stamp itself, the first day cover, and an English and a Hebrew flyer about the stamp. Festivals 2014 - Simchat Torah Flags- Eretz Israel, 1930's- Israel, 1950's- Israel, 1960'sFiddler on the Roof - 50 Years- Fiddler on the Roof- Tevye the Dairyman- Do You Love Me?- Wolfgang Von Weisl- Tel Aviv - Global CityThe new stamp images are located at: also uploaded the images to a Facebook album.The address…
  • 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
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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

  • Desmond Tutu: “climate change is our global enemy”

    Laurie Balbo
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Nobel Prize-winning retired archbishop Desmond Tutu, long-time environmental advocate, just released a powerful video urging world leaders arriving in New York City for this year’s UN Climate Summit to “move beyond the fossil fuel era.” In an associated editorial published in The Observer, he convincingly argues that the same boycott, divestment and sanction tactics used against firms which did business with apartheid-era South Africa must now be applied to institutions that exploit fossil fuels. The Climate Summit 2014 kicks off tomorrow in New York City, when world leaders from…
  • Jewelry made from butterflies and bugs doesn’t fly with us

    Laurie Balbo
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    How do you feel about jewelry made from dead animals? I’m not talking about fetish jewelry where teeth, bones, and vertebrae turn into sinister charms, but tasteful pendants and earrings made more colorful by adding real insect wings. It’s a growing trend that morphs dead butterflies into jewelry. A grim pun there, as the most coveted species for this is the Blue Morpho. Butterflies have existed for over 30 million years and come in about 20,000 species. Symbols of powerful transformation, the ancients linked them to death and the human soul.  We now view them as happy…
  • World population may hit 11 billion by 2100

    Laurie Balbo
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:44 am
    The planet will be far more populated than previously estimated, so says a new analysis led by the United Nations. We reached the 7 billion mark just three years ago; another 4 billion people will join our ranks by the century’s end. “The consensus over the past 20 years or so was that world population would go up to nine billion and level off or probably decline,” said co-author Adrian Raftery, professor of statistics and of sociology at the University of Washington, adding, “We found there’s a 70 percent probability the world population will not stabilize…
  • Older than Stonehenge, mystifying moon god stones uncovered in Israel

    Karin Kloosterman
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:42 am
    The crescent moon is a symbol of Islam. Muslim, Jewish and Christian holidays revolve around cycles of the moon. So it’s no big surprise that an ancient structure, devoted to the moon, has recently been uncovered in Israel. Israel is the birthplace of monotheism, belief in one God, but this new structure paid homage to a Mesopotamian-era moon god, new research uncovers. Older than Stonehenge and older than many pyramids, it is not just a stone wall as it was once believed. Israeli archeologists originally thought that the structure, located in Northern Israel, and known as the…
  • Clear your coast – and row for the sea!

    Green Prophet
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Part of International Coastal Cleanup Day 20 kayakers will paddle from Caesarea to Jaffa, Israel this weekend September 18 to 20. The team of kayakers are supported by the Mare Nostrum Project, which aims to raise awareness of the need to protect the Mediterranean Sea and its coastlines. The Israeli event “Rowing for a Clear Sea” is part of the activities of International Coastal Cleanup Day on September 20. Participants from the Jaffa Port-based kayaking club Kayak4all and the Mare Nostrum Project will distribute bags and materials to the public to help clean up the beaches, while the…
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  • Hospitals- The Key to Healthcare Reform [Guest Post]

    Levi Shapiro
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Interview with Chip Kahn, CEO of Federation of American Hospitals US elections are six weeks away and “Obamacare” is the wedge issue of the 2014 campaign. The Republican controlled majority in the House has voted 55 times in four years to repeal the Affordable Care Act. However, the $3 trillion (and growing) American healthcare system absorbs nearly 1/5 of total GDP, triple the allocation of some other OECD countries.Hospitals represent the largest component (32%) of this spending. Chip Kahn, CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals (, the industry association representing…
  • 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,…
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    Six Kids and a Full Time Job

  • סדר העדיפויות של שר האוצר תמוהה

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

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

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

  • JewliciousReels: This is Where I Leave You

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    The premise of “This is Where I Leave You” is that four diverse siblings and their sexually adventurous mother must sit shiva for a full seven days, sitting on low chairs, and dealing with each other and their problems. While I recommend the film in order to support a flick that portrays a neurotic Jewish […]
  • JewliciousEats: Annual Rosh Hashana Recipe Roundup

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:26 am
    It’s here. The Wednesday before High Holidays week, the customary time for newspapers to feature holiday recipes from North America’s top food writers. I am not disappointed in this morning’s crop of stories. Melissa Clark of The New York Times features her Sweet and Spicy Roast Chicken in the “B’Tay Avon” column (A Good Appetite) […]
  • JewliciousReads: No Kumbayas at Camp David

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:46 pm
    A Southern Baptist, a Muslim, and a Jew walk into a bar… but in this case, the bar was a woodsy park encampment in the Catoctin Mountains. In THIRTEEN DAYS IN SEPTEMBER: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David. (345 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. September 16, 2014, $27.95) author Lawrence Wright provides a day-by-day account […]
  • The eScapegoat: Collecting Sins in Preparation for Yom Kippur

    15 Sep 2014 | 2:39 am
    Just in time for Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement, which begins at sunset on Friday, G_dcast presents eScapegoat. Escapegoat is a fun tool that lets you anonymously type your confessions in a Twitter-friendly format and also allows you to see the confessions of others. Now atonement isn’t just about confession, and it certainly […]
  • Vogue – Getting All Political Up in My Face

    12 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
    A quarter century ago, in 1988, Anna Wintour took control of the world’s fashion bible: Vogue magazine. For her first issue, she chose Israeli model Michaela Bercu, then 19, as the cover model. Now, 26 years later, Wintour has selected model Gigi Hadid, also 19, a Palestinian-American as the “cover” model to relaunch Vogue’s website. […]
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  • How Soft Preemption Matters in Job Interviews

    Jacob Share
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    If you run from the elephants in the room, they might still get you. Are you aware of the difference between an interview with a potential boss and an interview with HR? They each have very different agendas: A boss or supervisor-to-be is interested primarily in your professional competence while human relationship issues are less important to them. All they need in this regard is to feel there is reasonably good chemistry with you, and that neither your personality nor your behavior set off any flashing red lights in their mind. HR, on the other hand, has a totally different perspective. If…
  • Who Won $11K? The Grand Prize Winners of the #8JGBC

    Jacob Share
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    The biggest guest blogging contest of the year is over! Time to announce the… Contest recap This year’s edition of the contest went off with no major hitches, thankfully. There were a few hiccups though – there always are – one contestant had some paid traffic (that’s a no-no), another one pulled out in the middle of the contest, and two others didn’t fulfill their contest requirements and won’t be eligible for prizes as a result (I warned them plenty of times!). After last year’s never-ending event that spanned almost 3 months (I still…
  • One Last Update For The #8JGBC

    Jacob Share
    9 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    The biggest guest blogging contest of 2014 is almost over. 6 weeks after it started, the 8th Annual JobMob Guest Blogging Contest is coming to an end later today. Tomorrow, 23 contestants will find out how they split over US$11,000 in prizes, the most in the history of the contest, thanks to a great group of sponsors:   MaxCDN MaxCDN is one of the fastest CDNs in the world. A CDN makes your website fast by taking a copy of your website and delivering it from the closest servers to your website visitors. For example a user in London loading a US website will be slow, so what they do is…
  • 5 Job Search Tools You’re Not Using

    Jacob Share
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    What others already know, and you may be missing. This is a guest post by Bless Vaidian. If you’d also like to guest post here on JobMob, follow these guest post guidelines. Technology has changed the way we do things. It gives us options and the digital tools to do things faster and better. At a recent party I discovered that surprisingly many people did not know about the five web sites listed below. 1) Indeed Indeed has become one of the top sites used and referred by career counselors for finding opportunities in the United States. Indeed CEO and co-founder Paul Forster stated in an…
  • 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…
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    יינות ישראל

  • תפקידי מנהל קהילה

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:19 pm
    כיום, מנהל קהילה וקהילה מנהל נקבע בדרך כלל על החברה החדשנית ביותר של המחלקה, אחד שלוקח את היוזמה השימוש ברשתות חברתיות. בדרך כלל, CM שייך המחלקות תקשורת או שיווק, אם כי במקרים מסוימים תלויים בטכנולוגיה או חדשנות. בארגון בינוני או גדול, אתה צריך להתחיל לחשוב מחדש על הארגון שלהם מן הקרקע, ואת חושבת כי ניהול של מדיה חברתית הופכת תכונה…
  • מהו היחס בין ההון שולט האינפלציה בקולומביה?

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:59 pm
    הכלכלה הקולומביאנית עוברת אחת התקופות הכלכליות הטובות ביותר ב -50 השנים האחרונות. קולומביה מתחזקת. בשנת 2007 צמח המשק 7.52%, השקעות להכפיל את המדינה, הגדלת השקעה זרה ישירה בקולומביה הביקוש המקומי מתחזק. לאחרונה מצאתי אצל אפריקה ישראל אוזן קשבת . אבל בעיצומו של רגע כזה של תהילה של הכלכלה הקולומביאנית, האינפלציה נראית כמו ענן שחור גדול…
  • אינטליגנציה רוחנית

    10 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    אינטליגנציה רוחנית: טופס חדש של ומכאן או משהו יותר של מה כבר ידוע בתחום של חשש האדם? קסטרו E.A. INIFTA, ענף 4, תיבת דואר, דואר אלקטרוני 1900 לה פלאטה, ארגנטינה 16,: מבוא מה זה מה שאנו מכנים מציאות? האם המציאות שאני יודע כפי שהוא אמור להיות? מה יודע מה אמיתי? יש לנו את האמצעים הדרושים מספיק לעצור את המציאות? מה משמעות ומכאן? יש אחד או מספר…
  • רעיונות למתנות חג המולד

    8 Sep 2014 | 4:35 pm
    מכונות אלה לשימוש רפידות כביכול החלק השווה של קפה מיוליוס, דומים במראה של מכונת אספרסו. בנוסף לשיפור מהירות ונוחות בפעולה, זה בטח גם עיצוב אופנתי, מה שהופך אותו מאוד פופולרי התקנים אלה רק עבור אנשים צעירים, רווקים. לענייננו, פצלי שמן הוא הכתובת בשבילך. מתנות חג המולד עבור קונסולות משחק התינוק: עבור ציוד צעיר או אפילו לשחק עבור…
  • 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…
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  • School News

    Jonathan Rosenblum
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    The same week that Mishpacha published a panel discussion with four Orthodox members of public school boards (“In the Hot Seat”), Tablet Magazine carried a 15-page article (“The Blame Game”) by Batya Ungar-Sargon on the communal tensions arising from the election of a majority chareidi school board in the East Ramapo School District, which covers Monsey and Spring Valley. The Tablet piece fully confirmed, and even supplemented, the Mishpacha panel’s presentation of their interest in serving all segments of the larger community, not just the Orthodox population.
  • From Volozhin to Sanz, Gush Etzion to Talmon – A 5774 Retrospective

    Guest Contributor
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:58 pm
    by Reuven Ungar The following is written in memory of the boys and chayalim, may Hashem avenge their blood, who sanctified His Name. May their memory be a blessing. Introduction: The outgoing year included events that gripped the collective Jewish People in a profound way. The following is an attempt to to reflect upon these events under the prism of Volozhin, highlighting the relevance of the flagship yeshiva of Lithuanian Jewry upon contemporary events. There is a pattern in the works- unity and the connection of the generations. I Volozhin The mere mention of Yeshivat Volozhin, Etz Chaim,…
  • When Orthodox Jews Boycott Israeli Produce

    Avi Shafran
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:53 am
    The article below appeared in Haaretz last week. The “ultra-Orthodox” are at it again. This time they’re aiding and abetting the BDS movement. Well, not intentionally perhaps, but still. An early welcome to 5775! The Jewish year about to begin, of course, is a shmita, or “Sabbatical,” year, and its implications are sticking in the craw of some non-ultra-Orthodox Jews. A bit of background: The Torah enjoins Jews privileged to live in the Holy Land to not till or plant during each seventh year. What grows of its own is to be treated as ownerless and may not be sold. The law is viewed…
  • A Connection to Torah for All

    Jonathan Rosenblum
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Too many of our contemporary yeshiva high schools are seeking only the Eisavs among the applicants, Rabbi Shlomo Goldberg quotes a prominent rosh yeshiva as saying in his essay in the current issue of Klal Perspectives on High School Boys Chinuch. The rosh yeshiva meant that the high school yeshivos are seeking only those who are fully formed – asui, like Eisav – in both their intellectual abilities and their dedication to Gemara learning. Rabbi Goldberg suggests that the source of that attitude may lie in a distortion of the widely quoted rabbinic dictum “a thousand enter and one…
  • Stubborn Spirit

    Avi Shafran
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:26 pm
    The birthday cake was ablaze with 105 candles, and many among the scores of people present at the Czech embassy in London this past spring for the party would not have been there – or anywhere – had it not been for the man in whose honor they had gathered. Nicholas Winton, who remains in full possession of his faculties, including his sense of humor, saved the lives of 669 children, mostly Jewish, during the months before the Second World War broke out in 1939. There are an estimated 6000 people, many of those children, now grown, along with their own descendants, who are alive today…
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  • EoZ Rosh Hashanah Appeal

    Elder of Ziyon
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    (This post will be on the top of the page most of the day. Scroll down to see newer posts.)This quarter EoZ smashed all records, as many people came to visit during the Gaza operation. It looks like I will come close to a million pageviews just this quarter. While things calmed down a little this month, I have many new readers that have stayed.For the blog, the war isn't over. I am still finding information and proof that the world was lied to during the war, especially with my series of Fake Gaza Civilians.I also spent a lot of time proving without any doubt that Ken Roth, executive director…
  • Of course Muslims are attracted to ISIS because of Islamic theology

    Elder of Ziyon
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Israel's Mako has a stunning story of the first Israeli citizen to be killed after joining ISIS."P", an Israeli Bedouin physician, joined the ranks of ISIS and was killed three weeks ago by an US Air Force bombing raid on the Iraq/Syrian border 26 and single, he traveled to Jordan and studied medicine at the University of Amman, where he was considered an outstanding student. Upon his return to Israel he worked in a hospital.Ten months ago, he and his cousin "O." decided to join ISIS due to its ideology to establish a Muslim state in the Middle East. With the assistance of another family…
  • 12-year old Gaza boy, playing "resistance," dies digging a tunnel

    Elder of Ziyon
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Last night, a 12-year old Gaza boy died in Rafah as he was digging a tunnel in the sand there.He apparently dug deep enough to get into the hole and then be suffocated by the walls collapsing on him.The boy was pretending to be a Hamas member.(h/t Bob Knot)
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  • יוצאים לאור: על המתרחש בסדנאות כתיבה

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    פרגון ועזרה הדדית מול תחרותיות וקנאה, הקושי להיפתח ולהיחשף, סיפורי חיים המוצאים דרכם אל הדף והגבול הדק שאין לחצות, בין הנחייה לטיפול. סדנאות כתיבה הן כר פורה לקשת של תחושות, עליהן מספרים המנחים השונים, שחלוקים בדעתם לגבי אופי הביקורת והקשרים החברתיים בתוך הסדנה. חלק א'
  • רוקדים כל הדרך לשנה החדשה

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    אלפים רקדו כל הלילה אל מול שלטונות המנדט הבריטי, ואלפים צפויים לגדוש את הפסטיבל גם בשנתו ה-70. עבור חברי קיבוצי עוטף עזה שישתתפו אף הם באירוע, סיסמתו משנות ה-40, "אף אם כל העולם מכה אותי ומתנפל עלי – אצא במחול", אקטואלית מתמיד
  • "אבודים": הסדרה ששינתה את פני הטלוויזיה

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    לכולם ברור ש"אבודים" הייתה דבר שכמותו לא נראה על פני המסך הקטן. מחוויה כמו קולנועית בסלון הביתי, דרך שיחות הברזייה ועד לאינטראקציה הדוקה עם הצופה, בדיוק עשר שנים אחרי שהסדרה המהפכנית התרסקה לחיינו, מה מזה נשאר ומה חלף כלא היה?
  • דעה: אמנון לוי מגזים כל הדרך לדרמה

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    כדרכו בקודש לרגש בכל מחיר, אמנון לוי מציג תמונה פלקטית ומטעה של מצוקות הפריפריה. וגם: החדשות המקומיות חזרו למסכים, אבל לא לדרום. התוכנית שבעבר פרנסה עשרות אנשי תקשורת דרומיים, משדרת עכשיו ממרכז הארץ
  • כרטיסים במתנה להופעה של אביתר בנאי

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:32 am
    אביתר בנאי יארח את אחיו מאיר בהופעה מיוחדת במיני ישראל, קוראי nrg מוזמנים לנסות ולזכות בכרטיסים זוגיים למופע המיוחד!
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    רכילות -

  • קורבנות חדשים בשערוריית תמונות העירום

    21 Sep 2014 | 12:33 am
    קים קרדשיאן ואבריל לאבין מככבות בפרק ב' של הפריצה הגדולה לחשבונות סלבס והפצת תמונות עירום פרטיות שלהן
  • מי הסלבס שיצפו בליידי גאגא מטבעת הזהב?

    11 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    ידועני ארצנו מתרגשים: ליידי גאגא, סלב מכוכב אחר, מגיעה לארץ ביום שבת הקרוב, והם כבר מתכוננים לצפות בה הכי קרוב שאפשר. מי הסלבס שיגיעו ואיזה שיר של החייזרית הם הכי אוהבים?
  • מזל טוב: נינט טייב ויוסי מזרחי נשואים

    9 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    בשעה טובה ומוצלחת שבר החתן את הכוס באולמי "סטואה" בגעש, לתשואות המשפחה הקרובה בחתונת השנה, לפחות בישראל
  • בדרך לחתונה עוצרים ביהודה לוי

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:52 am
    המאמי הלאומית הפכה לדוגמנית הלבשה תחתונה וכוכבת רוקנרול, אבל שרידים מאותה ילדה מתוקה נותרו בעינם לאורך כל הקריירה הרומנטית שלה, לפחות בכל הנוגע לכמיהה לחתונה. מדנקר דרך יהודה ועד יוסי, קבלו תחנות בחייה של נינט, כל הדרך לחופה
  • יידישע מאמע: גווינית' פאלטרו מתגיירת

    9 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    לא, אלו לא הגירושין הכואבים מכריס מרטין, אבי ילדיה, שחירפנו אותה וגרמו לה להמיר את דתה, מתברר שהשחקנית היא נצר לשושלת ארוכה של רבנים ידועי שם. מה ששמעתם
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    TheMarker - כותרות דף הבית

  • עובדים על עצמנו בעיניים

    22 Sep 2014 | 11:01 pm
    אף אחד לא מדבר על זה, אבל מסגרת התקציב נפרצה. באוצר קוראים לזה "קופסה" ■ אף שבנק ישראל, כלכלני האוצר וראש הממשלה התנגדו - 
גם יעד הגירעון נפרץ. כך רצה שר האוצר ■ שני המהלכים, שהאטה קלה במשק לא הצדיקה אותם, עלולים לדרדר את ישראל למשבר פיננסי
  • ארבל בדעת מיעוט: נדחה הערעור לאישור ייצוגית נגד אתרי מכירות פומביות

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:35 pm
    השופטים אסתר חיות ואשר גרוניס קבעו, בניגוד לדעתה של עדנה ארבל, כי לא התבססה תשתית ראייתית לתביעה ■ עם זאת, בוטלו הוצאות עתק של כמיליון שקל שהושתו על התובעים בבית המשפט המחוזי
  • חברת המטענים החדשה של הרכבת מחפשת מנכ"ל

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:24 pm
    החברה, ששמה המלא הוא "רכבת מטענים בע"מ", נועדה להגדיל את פעילות המטענים של הרכבת באמצעות שיתוף פעולה עם המגזר הפרטי
  • כלל ביוטכנולוגיה תובעת את הייפריון בסכום של 200 מיליון דולר

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:16 pm
    החברה טוענת בתביעה שהייפריון גרמה לה נזק בהפסקת הניסויים בתרופה נגד סכרת נעורים ■ הייפריון הודיעה לפני שבועיים על הפסקת פיתוח התרופה DiaPep277 בטענה שעובדי אנדרומדה שנמכרה לה על ידי כלל ביוטכנולוגיה, היו מעורבים במניפולציה להטות את תוצאותיו של ניסוי קריטי ■ מניית כלל ביוטכנולוגיה קרסה מאז ב-50% ואיבדה 159 מיליון דולר משוויה
  • המחאה נגד שינויי האקלים מתרחבת: כ-2,000 מפגינים הסתערו על וול סטריט

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:32 pm
    ההפגנה, שנערכת תחת הכותרת "עצרו את הקפיטליזם - שימו קץ למשבר האקלים", אורגנה על ידי קואליציית הארגונים שיזמה את ההפגנה אתמול, שבה השתתפו מאות אלפי בני אדם ■ פסגת האו"ם בנושא שינוי האקלים תתכנס מחר בניו יורק
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    Daily News Alert from Israel - COP/JCPA

  • Israel Sends Experts, Aid to Africa to Fight Ebola

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Ynet News) Itamar Eichner - Israel will send medical aid and experts to Africa to help combat the raging Ebola epidemic. The Foreign Ministry has already sent two doctors to Cameroon, and additional doctors will be deployed in the near future. Later this week, Israel will send a shipment of medicine and medical equipment to the affected countries. The Israeli aid group IsraAid will also be sending two teams of medical experts to Sierra Leone and Liberia.
  • Chinese Warships Dock in Iran

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Press TV-Iran) Two Chinese warships docked on Saturday at the Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas. In addition, the Iranian Navy said on Sep. 17 that its forces rescued a Chinese container ship from an attack by pirates in the Gulf of Aden.
  • Syrian Kurds Flee to Turkey after IS Advance

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (France 24) Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said that more than 60,000 Syrian Kurds had crossed into the country on Saturday, fleeing an onslaught by the Islamic State. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 300 Kurdish fighters had entered Syria from Turkey to reinforce the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) that are fighting the militants. "The IS came to our village and threatened everyone. They bombed our village and destroyed all the houses. They beheaded those who chose to stay," said Mohammed Isa, 43.
  • Hamas and Fatah Already Fighting over Gaza Funds

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (Gatestone Institute) Khaled Abu Toameh - Hamas and Fatah are already accusing each other of stealing funds meant for the reconstruction of Gaza. They know that hundreds of millions of dollars will sooner or later be allocated by Arab and Western donors for the reconstruction of Gaza and both are determined to lay their hands on the funds, knowing that he who controls the money controls the people. Sources in Gaza said that last week Hamas security officers raided the Bank of Palestine in Gaza City's Rimal neighborhood and "seized" $750,000 in cash.
  • 130,000 Syrians Reach Turkey, Fleeing IS

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    (AP-Washington Post) 130,000 Syrian refugees have reached Turkey in the past four days after fleeing the advance of Islamic State militants, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said Monday.
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    The ESSENTIAL guide to Israel |

  • Just how many people are there living in Israel in 2014?

    21 Sep 2014 | 1:56 am
    With the Jewish New Year upon us, it’s time for some annual Ministry of Interior statistics! Israel is definitely a growing country, so if you were ever wondering just how many people are living here, read on below… In September 2014, the official population of Israel is now 8,904,373 (last year it was 8,730,562)! The most popular name for newborn boys: Yosef (followed by Daniel, Uri, and Itay) The most popular name for newborn girls: Tamar (followed by Noa, Shira, and Adel) Over the Jewish year, from September 2013 to September 2014, there were some 18,638,796 border crossings,…
  • Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett LIVE in Tel Aviv (VIDEO)

    14 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Lady Gaga’s concert in Tel Aviv last night was a big success, at least according to friends and online reports. It might have pulled in a smaller audience (some 20,000) than the biggie concerts earlier this year, including of course Justin Timberlake and the Rolling Stones, but the Lady is a performer, no question about it! And the rumor that she might team up with legendary crooner Tony Bennett, who is also in town for a concert tonight, proved true! The unlikely duo have recently teamed up for a collaboration project called Cheek to Cheek. So, here they are together in Tel Aviv, Lady…
  • Summer in Israel (VIDEO)

    5 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    Oh yeh, there might be wars and rockets now and again, but summers in Israel, they’re pretty darned hard to beat! This is a great video, created by videographers Shai Cohen and Jonathan Karmi as a submission for the Neumann Films Short Film Competition, and takes me back to my first days in Israel, when the sun was shining, the beach was empty, and the surf a rolling… Take 3 minutes out of your life and sit back and enjoy… Click here to view the embedded video.
  • Rock legends KISS lineup a summer 2015 concert in Tel Aviv!

    5 Sep 2014 | 12:42 am
    Hard rock legends KISS have confirmed they will be performing in Israel in the summer of 2015 as part of their world tour! The band, led by frontman Gene Simmons (real name Haim Witz, an Israeli originally from Haifa!), will be coming to Israel for the first time ever, and are scheduled to play in Tel Aviv – the exact venue will be determined in the near future. Simmons has suggested in the recent past that KISS would be playing in Israel, and it looks like he’s come good (at least according to local press)! We’re not sure if we can expect the theatrics of their amazing…
  • The Beach Boys surf into Tel Aviv for a November concert!

    3 Sep 2014 | 12:43 am
    The legendary Beach Boys have confirmed (according to local press) they will be performing in Tel Aviv this November! It’s been one of those long-rumored, on-the-cards gigs for some time, but it now looks like it’s happening – the concert is scheduled for November 29 at the Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv! This will be the Beach Boys first ever concert in Israel, though we have to point out that only one of the original lineup will be here, Mike Love. The genius behind the band, Brian Wilson, was part of the reunion tour a couple of years ago, but has since embarked on his solo…
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    Life in Israel

  • Rosh Hashana 5775 - Unetaneh Tokef (video)

    Rafi G.
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
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  • Tzaharon crisis coming to an end

    Rafi G.
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    the system for afternoon day care is pretty complicated. And each year it seems to get even more complicated, while ever remaining under the threat of being cut for budgetary reasons.Israel wants to promote afternoon day care, tzaharonim, for little kids. To that end it subsidizes the cost for qualifying parents, in different ways. Israel wants the tzaharonim to function because it then encourages more people, especially women, to join the workforce.I am not talking about private day cares. These are generally very expensive. They are a solution for some people, but for other people the cost…
  • Bet Shemesh Festival is back on the table!

    Rafi G.
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    The show must go on!Good news. The mayor of Bet Shemesh, Moshe Abutbol, just announced that the Bet Shemesh Festival will happen this year, on Monday Occtober 13, the fourth day of Chol Hamoed, at the "Ampi" in Bet Shemesh.Singers in this years festival will include Udi Davidi, Yosef Chaim Shwekey, Lenny Solomon, and others..The festival is being produced under the auspices of the office of the City Spokesman, Mati Rozenzweig,and is the result of a number of departments working together to allow the festival to continue...Whatever it was, or all the different efforts by different people…
  • Sheva Brachos with no kalla on the way to Uman

    Rafi G.
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    This Facebook post probably captures better than anything else the warped sense of priorities some people give to traveling to Uman, and that is assuming he is going with the utmost sincerity of spiritual and inspirational goals... Or maybe it is my priorities that are warped.  He is chasing kedusha,  I assume,  and feels he can't find it with his new kalla in eretz yisrael in his shul or yeshiva. For him maybe going to uman is more important than anything because of that. This fellow just got married, and within the week of the wedding is already on the plane to…
  • Is this the last generation that cares about Israel?

    Rafi G.
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:25 am
    a guest post by Dr. Harold Goldmeier                       The latest effort among Jewish organizations to strengthen Jewish identity in the Diaspora, especially the U. S., is to financially support education, camping, and high school programs. Israel defines Jewish identity today. It is not Judaism, culture, Seinfeld, or bagels. Programs lacking a component bringing Jewish youth to Israel are worthless efforts. Israel is the lynchpin in Jewish…
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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

  • 20-Sep-14: Iran is not commenting but Kenya may have just thwarted another Iranian terror attack

    This Ongoing War
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Kenya's Daily Nation breaks the news [Source]Reuters reported on Friday about worrying terror-related events unfolding in East Africa:Kenyan anti-terror police have detained two Iranian men using forged Israeli passports to enter the East African country, on suspicion that they may have been involved in a plan to carry out an attack there, officials said on Friday.Kenyan security agencies have been on alert following several gun and grenade attacks and the killing of 67 people in an attack by Islamist gunmen on Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall last September.Mwenda Njoka, spokesman for the…
  • 18-Sep-14: Is it activism when they say they need to behead you?

    This Ongoing War
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    Once, in a more innocent era, beheading wasdismissed as just a word. Placard-carryingyouth at a Sydney Moslem protest, 2012[Image Source]It's right and appropriate that Australia's ABC use the word terror in connection with today's reporting of the country's largest counter-terror activity in history. But for how long?When Islamist sociopaths in the Sydney 'burbs threaten to murder and/or behead Australians, that's terror, and the people doing it are terrorists. But when they or their cousins in their Middle East villages threaten the very same to Israelis or to Arabs who pray in a…
  • 18-Sep-14: In Australia, massive police raids today seek to prevent beheadings

    This Ongoing War
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:46 am
    Law enforcement teams taking part in counter-terrorism in Sydney today[Image Source]Current headline at the Sydney Morning Herald: "Terrorism raids carried out across Sydney, Brisbane"Fifteen people have been arrested and one has appeared in court after police carried out counter-terrorism raids across western Sydney and Brisbane's south. The raids were the largest of their kind in Australian history, involving hundreds of Australian Federal Police and NSW Police officers. Police said they have thwarted a "serious act of violence". Prime Minister Tony Abbott said intelligence indicated people…
  • 18-Sep-14: Incoming rocket alerts across Israel's southern communities just before noon

    This Ongoing War
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:05 am
    As we post this at exactly noon, multiple incoming rocket alerts (Tzeva Adom) have sounded in communities of southern Israel, in particular those bordering on the missile-infested Gaza Strip and in the vicinity of Ashkelon. Too early to know for sure what's behind the sirens - and always important not to treat warning sirens as explosions, though are also reports of residents hearing explosions. More when we know it.UPDATE Thursday 12:30 pm: Times of Israel, quoting "an IDF spokesperson", is reporting that this is a false alarm. We are still checking.UPDATE Thursday 7:30 pm: Reuters,…
  • 18-Sep-14: An inside look at AP and how lethal journalism can be

    This Ongoing War
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:59 am
    AP's mission, from a current AP marketing video [Source]It doesn't happen often, which is why recent and ongoing public exchanges between two Mainstream News Media insiders are so interesting and potentially valuable. Consumers of news ought to be asking what their mutual revelations and denials tell us about the objectivity of news reporting and the impact on democratic values.Three weeks ago, a first-person analysis was published by Tablet under the not-so-modest title "An Insider’s Guide to the Most Important Story on Earth". The writer, Matti Friedman, used to be with Associated…
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    Dead Sea Fun

  • A Walk in Nahal Qumran

    Sue Schoenfeld
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Nahal Qumran runs through the Judean Desert and runs through a dramatic gorge towards the Dead Sea by the ancient village of Qumran. Nahal Qumran is accessible from the Qumran National Park – just follow the green trail markers. The climb is fairly short but can be a little challenging in places, but the views from the top are extremely rewarding. Following the trail west into the desert hills reveals some dramatic scenery.   Read the full article at  YouTube
  • Side Trip: The Love Nights Festival - September 25-27, 2014

    Sue Schoenfeld
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Love Nights Festival – "Back to the Heart" will take place in Israel's Negev desert at the Desert Ashram on September 25 - 27, 2014. Desert Ashram, located between Mitzpe Ramon and Eilat, invites you to an intimate festival of music and love. Meditations and workshops aimed at opening the heart and allowing the connection with one's self, with others and the connection between man and woman – a connection based on the heart. The event takes place under the starry sky of the desert and the family environment of the ashram. For more information
  • Registration is Open for Veolia Desert Challenge and Israman Triathlon

    Sue Schoenfeld
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Sign up for the Veolia Desert Challenge Festival – December 12-13, 2014, Israel's biggest mountain biking and off-road running event – at the lowest place on earth!   Sign up for the Israman Negev Full and Half Iron Distance Triathlon – January 30, 2015, one of the toughest triathlon races in the world.
  • Exposed: The International Scandal of Israel's Dead Sea Product Hawkers

    Sue Schoenfeld
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Young Israelis hawking skin care products, ostensibly made from minerals from the Dead Sea, have become a common sight in malls around the world. They grab customers passing by their kiosks and coerce them into buying overpriced cosmetics, many in an attempt to make money as quickly as possible to fund post-army travels. But the aggressive maneuvers utilized by the Israeli salespeople, coupled with the fact that many of them are working illegally, have roused the suspicions of the FBI, US Homeland Security, embassies around the world trying to combat labor fraud, and journalists who are…
  • Israel Chemicals to Close Magnesium Factory, Fire 550 Workers in 2017

    Sue Schoenfeld
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:00 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   Update on September 19, 2014: U.S. Listing Plan Gives ICL an Edge in Taxation Battle   Update on September 15, 2014:…
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