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Palestinian Authority Tries to Grab Dead Sea Oil Reservoir

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Israeli Labour Party Ponders Cutting Ties to British Labour Over Anti-Semitism

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UPDATE: Stabbing in Jerusalem, Jewish Man Seriously Wounded, Terrorist Captured [video]

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A First: Rasmussen Gives Trump 2-Point National Lead Over Clinton

May 2, 2016 - 9:43 PM
 
Kahlon: Half-Billion Shekels to Go to Holocaust Survivors and Elderly

May 2, 2016 - 9:35 PM
 
Israel to Open Second Gaza Crossing to Transfer Goods

May 2, 2016 - 9:19 PM
 
Giant Chipmaker Intel Starts Israeli Layoffs

May 2, 2016 - 9:11 PM
 
German Rightwing Party Calling for Ban on Islam as Leftists Clash with Police

May 2, 2016 - 6:49 PM
 
Italian Kickboxing Champion Denies Joining ISIS, Plotting to Blow Up Israeli Embassy, Vatican

May 2, 2016 - 6:14 PM
 
Israeli Soldiers Capture 3 Terror Fugitives, Find Weaponry

May 2, 2016 - 4:05 PM
 
Another UK Labour Member Suspended Over Anti-Semitic Vitriol on Facebook

May 2, 2016 - 3:29 PM
 
Shaked’s Plan to Apply Israeli Law Beyond Green Line Provokes Backlash from Radical Left

May 2, 2016 - 2:58 PM
 
Justice Minister Commits to Enforcing Sovereignty in Area C

May 2, 2016 - 2:33 PM
 
Hungarian Authorities Arrest 2 Suspects in Death of Ofir Gross, z’l

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Sanders Fundraising Plummets in April

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Malia Obama to Attend Harvard U in 2017

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Report: IDF Soldiers Rescue Arab Terror Kidnap Victim in Daring Raid

May 2, 2016 - 11:59 AM
 
Attacked by Haredi, Officer Impounds his Hat, Forces him to Sit and Learn

May 2, 2016 - 10:57 AM
 
Iranian Parliament Approves Bill ‘Requiring’ New Missiles, Military Technology

May 2, 2016 - 10:51 AM
 
FBI Sting Gets Man Who Planned to Bomb Florida Synagogue

May 2, 2016 - 9:43 AM
 
Yeshiva Suing Arab Manufacturer Who Faked Kosher Certification

May 2, 2016 - 9:04 AM
 
Remember! The Price is High to Ride A Bike in Rabin Square

May 2, 2016 - 12:01 AM
 
2 Dead, Dozens Injured as Turkish Police Bombed in Gaziantep, Dicle

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May 1, 2016 - 10:54 PM
 
Pipe Bomb, Molotov Cocktails Thrown in Hebron, Psagot

May 1, 2016 - 10:13 PM
 
Owner of Gaza Smuggling Tunnel on Trial in Israel

May 1, 2016 - 7:32 PM
 
Departures Resume at Brussels International Airport

May 1, 2016 - 7:21 PM
 
Israeli Arab Hamas Member Indicted on Terror Charges

May 1, 2016 - 6:48 PM
 
Pres. Reuven Rivlin to Review Katzav Request for Clemecy

May 1, 2016 - 6:14 PM
 
Body of Missing Israeli Located in Hungary

May 1, 2016 - 6:07 PM
 
Russian Orthodox ‘Holy Fire’ Flown to Russia from Jerusalem

May 1, 2016 - 2:43 PM
 
Shimon Attie Challenging Preconceived Notions about Israel and the ‘Territories’

May 1, 2016 - 1:35 PM
 
Dead Sea to Yield 7 Million Oil Barrels

May 1, 2016 - 12:24 PM
 
Police Recommend Medal to Cops Who Shot Neutralized Terrorist

May 1, 2016 - 11:42 AM
 
Netanyahu Circle Working Overtime to Pushback Claim of German Rift

May 1, 2016 - 10:04 AM
 
Israel Ambassador to UK Mark Regev Speaks Out on Labour’s Rising Anti-Semitism

May 1, 2016 - 7:00 AM
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Felafel on Rye
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Posted on: October 11th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Browsing through a news website, I noticed that the World Series is just two weeks away. I haven’t followed baseball for 30 years, ever since making aliyah. When I lived in America, and thought I was an American, I loved baseball, like everyone else. But baseball doesn’t interest me anymore. I don’t even know what teams are in the running this year. The World Series has absolutely nothing to do with the Redemption of Am Yisrael, so who cares? But maybe we can borrow a few metaphors from baseball to help America Jews understand that Judaism in the Diaspora is the Little Leagues.

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Gefilte fish balls.
 

Posted on: October 10th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

If the recent Sukkot overdose of Shabbat, followed by two days of Yom Tov, and another Shabbat followed by two more days of Yom Tov, isn’t enough to get Diaspora Jews to move to Israel, with its force-feeding of gefilta fish day-after-day, until gefilta fish jelly drips out of people’s noses and horseradish pours out of their ears, I don’t know what it’s going to take until Diaspora Jews are fed up with practicing Judaism in a jar.

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microscope
 

Posted on: October 5th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

I found some essays penned by Diaspora Jews who succumbed to the Sin of the Spies in their negative reports of the Holy Land. Oy.

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Torah scroll. (illustrative only)
 

Posted on: October 4th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

During the reign of King Solomon, the Nation of Israel was at its prime. We lived in peace in our own homeland. A Jewish government ruled over the country from the majestic city of Jerusalem. All of the people gathered for the Festivals at the Temple three times a year. Jewish law went forth from the Sanhedrin. Prophets communicated the word of the Lord to the Nation and the world. A powerful Jewish army guarded the country’s borders. Torah was studied in great academies of learning. Hebrew was spoken on the street. The leaders of foreign nations flocked to Jerusalem to pay tribute to the Jews.

Tzvi Fishman
 

Posted on: October 3rd, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

There is a special mitzvah on Sukkot to be “ach samaoch.” Only joyous. It is a happiness not dependent on anything external, beyond definition and words. Just to be absolutely joyous in one’s love and worship of G-d. Rabbi Kook describes the sukkah as a whirlpool of joyous energy which is constantly changing each second, reaching ever-higher levels of joy and attachment to G-d.

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David Ben-Gurion publicly pronounces the Declaration of the State of Israel, May 14 1948, Tel Aviv, Israel.
 

Posted on: October 2nd, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

To rectify the blemish caused by galut, the Diaspora Jew has to stop being in exile and join the ingathered. He has to actualize the words of his daily prayers, “And gather us together from the four corners of the earth” by getting on a plane.

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The four species.
 

Posted on: September 30th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

If it did it would die. Just the way the Diaspora is destined to die. The etrog tree doesn’t belong in Brooklyn. The climate isn’t right for it. It’s the same with the lulav, hadasim, and aravot. The four species which we are commanded to take for ourselves on the Festival of Sukkot are indigenous to Eretz Yisrael, just as the Torah is indigenous to Eretz Yisrael, and the Jewish People are indigenous to Eretz Yisrael. We belong in Eretz Yisrael. All of the holidays are intrinsically connected to Eretz Yisrael. The Torah was designed and fashioned by the Almighty to be observed in Eretz Yisrael.

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Rav Kook
 

Posted on: September 28th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

One of Rav Kook's public proclamations, sent out all over the Diaspora, years before the Holocaust, was entitled, “The Great Call”: "To the Land of Israel, gentlemen, to the Land of Israel! Let us utter this appeal in one voice, in a great and never-ending cry."

Redemption
 

Posted on: September 27th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

L eading up to the holiday of Sukkot, we’ll wrap up our condensed look at Rabbi Kook’s teachings on t’shuva with a few blogs on two of the holidays most important themes – Eretz Yisrael and Torah.

Flag of Israel
 

Posted on: September 24th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Inspired by the Holy Nation of Israel, mankind will abandon its vain and misguided paths, and a mighty spirit of t’shuva will be ignited throughout the world.

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The Mountains
 

Posted on: September 23rd, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Rabbi Kook’s advice is to set out correcting the transgressions of the past which are within the person’s reach to correct. This will set into motion a snowball of t’shuva whose inner force will lead him to correct matters more and more difficult, until he succeeds in redressing all wrongs.

Torah scroll. (illustrative only)
 

Posted on: September 21st, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

The more you learn Torah, the more t’shuva you will be inspired to do — and the more t’shuva you do, the more Torah you are able to learn.

Rocket Launch: The Art of T'shuva
 

Posted on: September 20th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Sudden t’shuva is different. It seems to come about all at once with superhuman energy and willpower.

The Key to Success
 

Posted on: September 19th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Rabbi Kook has good news. If you are a loser, all is not lost. You too can be a winner. You too can succeed. How? Through t’shuva.

Frightened
 

Posted on: September 14th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Simply put, to the initiate, the pain that comes with t’shuva is scary. The baal t’shuva is the man of courage. He is the true hero. He is the one prepared to set out on the greatest journey in life.

cheeseburger
 

Posted on: September 13th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Only t’shuva can reconnect the sinner with God. Only t’shuva can restore the harmony between a man’s soul and the world. Only t’shuva can wipe away the sins which prevent a man from being a positive contributor to life.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
 

Posted on: September 12th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

When you are sick, do you go to the doctor, or the student of the doctor? So why go to Uman where Rebbe Nachman is buried, when you could go to the cities in Israel where his teachers are buried?

eden
 

Posted on: September 11th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Rabbi Kook explains that this misplacing of priorities between the means and the goal stems from the sin of the earth during the days of Creation. By understanding the depth of this teaching, we can learn to be happy, not only when we finally attain our goals and ideals, but also at every moment of our lives.

Smiley Face
 

Posted on: September 10th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Even if you haven’t yet atoned for all of your sins, Don’t worry! Be Happy! As long as you are sincerely trying, this is what really counts.

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you are what you think
 

Posted on: September 7th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Dear Friends, the clock is ticking down to Rosh HaShanah. You can hear the shofars blasting all over the world. T’shuva may seem like a towering mountain too high to climb, but it’s really not as hard as you think.

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