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Spiritual Cafe: Secrets of Genesis-Bereshit
The Arab Spring of Anarchy Has Come to Israel

October 9, 2015 - 4:57 PM
Tsfat Chief Rabbi Eliyahu: Soldiers Who Let Captured Terrorists Live Must Be Prosecuted

October 9, 2015 - 4:15 PM
Waiting for Rockets as Gazans Reportedly Killed in Border Clashes with IDF

October 9, 2015 - 4:03 PM
Shanghai Magnet School Offering Hebrew, Language of the ‘Smart People’

October 9, 2015 - 3:34 PM
Terrorist Captured in Afula

October 9, 2015 - 1:50 PM
Israeli Startup Launching World’s First Privately-Funded Moon Landing

October 9, 2015 - 1:15 PM
Only 0.3% of Yearly Visitors to Temple Mount Are Jews

October 9, 2015 - 1:04 PM
Arab MK Zoabi Who Swore Allegiance to Jewish State: I Don’t Take Orders from Israel

October 9, 2015 - 12:58 PM
Terrorist Shot Dead after Stabbing Policeman in Kiryat Arba [video]

October 9, 2015 - 12:53 PM
Stabbing in Jerusalem

October 9, 2015 - 12:16 PM
Jerusalem Arabs Indicted for Plot to Bring Pipe Bombs to Temple Mount

October 9, 2015 - 11:34 AM
Russia and Israel Quietly Collaborating on Attacks in Syria

October 9, 2015 - 11:06 AM
Updated: Jewish Teen Stabs 4 Arab in Dimona “I thought they were terrorists”

October 9, 2015 - 9:56 AM
PM Netanyahu’s Statement on the Ongoing Arab Terrorism

October 9, 2015 - 7:49 AM
UK Wants EU to Speed Up Deportations as Winter Approaches

October 9, 2015 - 2:38 AM
Netanyahu Tries to Calm the Country but Plays Politics

October 8, 2015 - 11:49 PM
Complete Security Footage from Afula Terror Attack [video]

October 8, 2015 - 11:33 PM
U.N. Officials on Way to ‘Rescue’ Israel and PA with ‘Peace Process’

October 8, 2015 - 11:12 PM
UK Chief Rabbi Urging Jews to Join War on Poverty

October 8, 2015 - 10:19 PM
Live Blog: Intifada 3.0 – Thursday, Oct. 8 2015 – IDF Soldier Stabbed in Afula

October 8, 2015 - 8:55 PM
4 Russian Cruise Missiles Accidentally Hit Iran (No Kidding)

October 8, 2015 - 8:51 PM
1 Arab Rioter Dead, 9 Israel Police Officer Hurt in Shuafat Clashes

October 8, 2015 - 8:15 PM
IDF Soldier Stabbed in Afula, Terrorist Captured [video]

October 8, 2015 - 7:15 PM
Haifa: Arabs Throw Stones at Cars

October 8, 2015 - 5:15 PM
Third Stabbing Terror Attack on Thursday: Kiryat Arba

October 8, 2015 - 5:00 PM
How Palestinian Arab Terrorists Choose Their Targets

October 8, 2015 - 5:00 PM
Chapel Launches Free Jewish Funeral and Yahrzeit Memorial iPhone App

October 8, 2015 - 4:50 PM
Attempted Ramming in Jerusalem [video]

October 8, 2015 - 4:31 PM
Rabbi Appointed ‘Honorary Comedic Advisor to the Pope’

October 8, 2015 - 4:30 PM
Arab MKs Reject Netanyahu’s Order Keeping Ministers, MKs, Off Temple Mount

October 8, 2015 - 4:18 PM
Official PA Daily Reports that Murders of Jews Brings Joy

October 8, 2015 - 4:09 PM
4 Wounded, Including IDF Soldier Stabbed in Tel Aviv Terror Attack

October 8, 2015 - 3:30 PM
Russia Takes over Syrian Civil War, Hits Rebels with Missiles

October 8, 2015 - 2:44 PM
Jerusalem Terror Victim in Critical Condition After Stabbing

October 8, 2015 - 2:08 PM
Israeli Arab Hospital Worker Convicted of Joining ISIS

October 8, 2015 - 1:24 PM
A Week of Intifada Miracles in the State of Israel

October 8, 2015 - 11:59 AM
Firebombs, Rocks and Rioting in Gush Etzion

October 8, 2015 - 10:33 AM
Herzog Says Zionist Union ‘Would’ve Known Better’ How to Calm Situation [video]

October 8, 2015 - 10:13 AM
Elkin Attacks Netanyahu’s Temple Mount Ruling

October 8, 2015 - 8:56 AM
Police Installing Metal Detectors at Jerusalem’s Gates

October 8, 2015 - 8:45 AM
Jewish Security Prisoners Isolated

October 8, 2015 - 8:32 AM
Mayor Nir Barkat: Come Out Today With Your Guns [audio]

October 8, 2015 - 8:06 AM
Arabs Release New Rules of Engagement [video]

October 8, 2015 - 7:37 AM
Russian Jets Intimidating US Aircraft Over Syria

October 8, 2015 - 2:21 AM
Howard Stern Slams Roger Waters for Hatred of Israel

October 7, 2015 - 11:51 PM
City of Jerusalem & Parents’ Group Declare School Strike Over Inadequate Security

October 7, 2015 - 10:38 PM
2 Arab Teens Nabbed in Jaffa Stone-Throwing Attack

October 7, 2015 - 10:24 PM
Arab Rioters Firebomb Bushes Near Police HQ in Umm el Fahm

October 7, 2015 - 10:12 PM
Kiryat Gat Terrorist Who Stabbed IDF Soldier Was Hamas Member

October 7, 2015 - 9:19 PM
Terrorist Rams Car Through Checkpoint, Tries to Hit IDF Soldiers

October 7, 2015 - 9:00 PM
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Felafel on Rye
Israeli soldiers conducting morning service on the Gaza border, Monday, November 19, 2012.

Posted on: November 20th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

We learned in Lebanon that we can’t defeat the enemy with our Air Force alone. What’s the point of a truce that will last for three weeks until Hamas fires more rockets at Israel?

Duval Apocalypse

Posted on: November 20th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Some people like the smell of napalm in the morning, but I love the smell of missiles.

Israeli soldiers along the border are preparing their tanks for a possible ground operation inside the Gaza Strip.

Posted on: November 19th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

This past year, the government of Syria has slaughtered 50,000 truly innocent civilians. Does the world give a damn? No.


Posted on: November 18th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

So know that I am with you. So is your mother. The whole Shabbat, she waited for the moment she could turn on the radio to learn what was happening.

Hiroshima My Love

Posted on: November 16th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

These “civilians” are not “innocent.”


Posted on: November 16th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

What do you say to your son as he waits on the outskirts of Gaza? This is the message that I sent him.


Posted on: November 15th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

The “Amud HaAnan” Operation which Tzahal has now undertaken is intended to protect our beleaguered citizens in the south. But it is much more than that.

i lov ta

Posted on: November 14th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Strolling around Tel Aviv and seeing how the words of our Prophets have come to pass in our generation, is as much of a spiritual experience as spending a day in the holy city of Tzfat.


Posted on: November 13th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Last week, I drove with my wife toward the coastline to do a little seaside touring. As we were driving there, she mentioned that someone in her family was going for a vacation to Austria. “Austria?” I blurted, nearly losing control of the wheel. “Why would any Jew in Israel want to go to Austria?”

singing in the rain 2

Posted on: November 12th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Before Shabbat, the Heavens opened with a symphony of thunder and lightning, and the great blessing of rain washed over the Land of Israel in answer to our prayers. Like I do every year with the very first rain, I hurried outside and danced in joy, laughing happily as the raindrops splashed on my face.

hevron 021

Posted on: November 11th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

We spent Shabbat in Ashkelon, visiting my wife’s parents. On Motzei Shabbat, my wife stayed in Ashkelon (in the red glare of the rockets fired from Gaza) so that she could take her mother for a medical treatment in the morning. I drove back to Yerushalayim with my children. Along the way, we passed a stretch of fertile farmland. The heavenly rains that had fallen during Shabbat seemed to have awakened the earth, and the pungent aroma of fresh cow manure wafted into the car. My younger boys started gagging and making jokes, the way children do about such things.


Posted on: November 9th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

As part of our effort to attract our beloved, Diaspora readers with honey, rather than to smash them repeatedly over their heads - in the next few blogs, we will travel the length and breadth of Eretz Yisrael, just like our forefather Avraham did in obeying God’s command, “Arise, walk about the Land through its length and breadth! For to you I will give it!”


Posted on: November 8th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

For many Israelis, the Presidential election in America had a special urgency because of the increasing nuclear threat from Iran, and the hope that Romney would take a more militant stance than Obama. I wrote a short story on the tragedy of looking to America for our salvation, which appears in my award-winner collection of short stories, “Days of Mashiach,” which was translated and published in France this year by a non-Jewish publisher, with reviewers comparing me to Voltaire and the famous fable writer, Jean de la Fontaine. Big deal. Anyway, enjoy the story, and for readers who value true Jewish literature, I invite you to check out some of my other books at Amazon.

NY Cityscape

Posted on: November 7th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

I know that I promised to lay the sledgehammer aside for awhile, but a few of yesterday’s news items made me batty. In one of them, the UJA-Federation of New York announced it was earmarking ten million dollars in emergency hurricane relief to its local network agencies and synagogues. Chevre! Chaval al hakesev!


Posted on: November 6th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

A few readers have written me lately, saying that my blogs are too hard-hitting, and that I would have better results with honey than with smashing people over the head with a sledgehammer. I am not totally convinced

Working in Zion

Posted on: November 5th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda HaKohen Kook said it was like a girl who was set up on a shidduch with a guy whom she knew wasn’t for her. But she didn’t want to embarrass him. So she dressed up in dirty, smelly garments so that he would feel turned off. While he thought that he was rejecting her, in truth, she was rejecting him... Surely, aliyah is the most difficult and challenging mitzvah – the true test of a Jew’s faith in God. But hundreds of thousands of new olim have made it, and so can you.

Rabbi Kahane

Posted on: November 4th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Years have passed since Rabbi Kahane penned this essay, but it still rings sadly true today. Rabbi Kahane was known for saying uncomfortable things that comfortable Jews didn’t want to hear. In honor of his yahrtzeit, here’s another one of his brilliant and illuminating writings, which was published almost 25 years ago in The Jewish Press.


Posted on: November 1st, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

This Shabbat marks the yahrtzeit of Rabbi Meir Kahane, may Hashem avenge his murder. To honor his memory, our next two blogs will feature essays he wrote for The Jewish Press, which appear in the incomparably thought-provoking collection of his articles, “Beyond Words.” May his memory be for a blessing.

kids turned pumpkins

Posted on: October 31st, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

The law prohibiting our participation in gentile holidays and customs comes to protect our special Jewish holiness and cultural distinction.


Posted on: October 29th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Two Torah scholars were sent from Israel to Babylon. Upon their arrival, they took part in official ceremonies and didn’t reveal the purpose of their visit. They were received with great honor. Gradually, they started to vent their opposition. Finally, they entered a crowded assembly and said to the Jews of Babylon, “Behold, you are a great congregation. You can be independent. You don’t need Eretz Yisrael. You don’t need Mount Moriah.” Their sarcasm was purposely stinging in order to shock the Babylonian Jews. “And you’ve also got Rabbi Ahia here. Let Ahia build an altar, and let Haninah play on a harp. But know that if you detach yourselves from the centrality of Eretz Yisrael, you have no portion in the God of Israel!”

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