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The Christian Zionist Who Gave Birth to the IDF
 
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

May 2, 2016 - 11:30 PM
 
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

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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

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Another UK Labour Member Suspended Over Anti-Semitic Vitriol on Facebook

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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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Palestinian Islamic Jihad Delegation in Iran to ‘Bolster the Intifada,’ Raise Funds

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
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Felafel on Rye
Hackers are focusing their efforts on government agencies from one continent to the next -- and from one country to the next.
 

Posted on: September 6th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Today, the “evil thing” in our communities and homes is the onslaught of immodest websites and images on the Internet.

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The Lone Ranger.
 

Posted on: September 5th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

The true champions of life are not the basketball players, not the Hollywood stars, not even the Prime Ministers and Presidents. The real heroes are the masters of t’shuva.

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Tzvi Fishman, author of the Jewish Press blog Felafel on Rye and author of more than a dozen books.
 

Posted on: September 4th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Even people who have tasted all of life’s secular pleasures insist that the experience of t’shuva is the world’s greatest joy.

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Author and Jewish Press blogger Tzvi Fishman on his way to Migron to protest the evacuation on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012.
 

Posted on: September 2nd, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

How can it be that in this clear time of Redemption, when millions of Jews have returned to the Land of Israel from the four corners of the world, in the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy that crises and setbacks like the evacuation of Migron still occur?

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saturdaynightfever
 

Posted on: August 31st, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

There is an old aphorism which claims that two things in life are certain: death and taxes. To this, Rabbi Kook would add a third certainty — t’shuva.

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fishmanhealing
 

Posted on: August 30th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

When a man understands that his personal t’shuva advances the redemption process of the world, his motivation to mend his own life is enhanced.

Happiness can be hard to find. This man found it through aliyah -- moving to Israel.
 

Posted on: August 29th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Rabbi Kook teaches that t’shuva encompasses man’s physical being, his moral life, religious life, and his highest, most ideal intellectual endeavor. T’shuva is man’s path to wellbeing, to physical and emotional health, as well as his path to the deep self-discovery which connects him to God. T’shuva can happen suddenly, in a burst of illumination […]

High-speed train (illustrative only)
 

Posted on: August 27th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Rabbi Kook explains that t’shuva comes about in two distinct formats, either suddenly, or in a gradual, slowly developing fashion. Both of these pathways to t’shuva are readily found in the baal t’shuva world. Some people will tell you how their lives suddenly changed overnight. Others describe their experience as a long, challenging process which unfolded over years. Many factors influence the way in which t’shuva appears.

Tikun Olam
 

Posted on: August 26th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

The expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden describes man’s existential plight. In effect, the sum of world history is mankind’s journey to return to the Garden. Not only man, but the world itself wants to return to its original state. This yearning is one of the most powerful forces of Creation. Thus the world “roars like a mighty lioness” to return to its original, ideal closeness to God.

T'shuva
 

Posted on: August 22nd, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

The Gemara teaches that t’shuva existed before the world was created. In a similar vein, Rabbi Kook writes that the spirit of t’shuva hovers over the world and gives it its basic form and the motivation to develop. It is t’shuva which gives the world its direction and its inner energy to constantly progress. The desire to refine the world and to embellish it with beauty and splendor all derive from the spirit of t’shuva.

Happiness
 

Posted on: August 20th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

While t’shuva is normally translated as penitence or repentance, the root of the Hebrew word t’shuva means “return.” T’shuva is a return to the source, to one’s roots, to one’s deepest inner self.

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Rav Kook
 

Posted on: August 19th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

The month of Elul is known for being the time of the year most favorable for t’shuva - generally known as penitence or repentance. But t’shuva is much more than feeling bad over the transgressions which we have committed. Rabbi Kook teaches that t’shuva is the force that makes the world go around.

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OU
 

Posted on: August 17th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

If a Jew is thrown into prison and he doesn’t have tefillin, then he can’t perform the mitzvah of putting on tefillin. But the mitzvah of tefillin isn’t cancelled because of this. The very first morning that he gets out of jail, he once again must perform the mitzvah of putting on tefillin

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El Al airplane
 

Posted on: August 14th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

About a month ago, I received an email from a 16 year-old girl from Europe, saying that she was on the way to the airport to fly to Israel. She said that her mother read my blogs at The Jewish Press and hoped that maybe I could help her, not knowing where else to turn. She wants to finish high school in Israel, make aliyah, and go into the army. Her present high school is all gentile and Moslem and very anti-Semitic. Could I help her, she asked?

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Pastrami
 

Posted on: August 10th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

After finishing a meal in which we ate bread, we are to thank God for the food and for the Land which He has given us, as we say, “Blessed are Thou, O Lord, for the Land and the sustenance,” and even if a Jewish astronaut were to eat a pastrami sandwich on the moon, or on Mars, he would still thank God for the pastrami sandwich and the Land of Israel.

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tevye
 

Posted on: August 8th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

These days, it’s pretty hard to know who really is Jewish. Let’s take the example of the singles-bar scene in New York. A lot of times a Jewish guy will start talking to girl (call her Debbie) and during the conversation, he’ll ask if she’s Jewish, and she says, “Sure,” when she isn’t Jewish at all. So I have devised an almost foolproof test to determine if a person is really a Jew.

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Rose-colored glasses
 

Posted on: August 7th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

If Moshe were alive today, I’m certain he would prefer living in the Land of Israel rather than living in Brooklyn. What do you think?

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Rav Kook
 

Posted on: August 5th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

We learn from Moshe that the true meaning of Haredi is someone whose fear and reverence of God so fills his being that he rushes to do every mitzvah as speedily and completely as he can. We also find this Haredi quality in Moshe’s great desire to live in the Land of Israel. Moshe wanted to make aliyah more than anything else. This is a sign of a true Haredi Jew – a towering love for the Land of Israel and a passionate desire to live there.

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zombie
 

Posted on: August 2nd, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

And so it was, every 9th of Av, the men would enter the mass grave for the night and another 15,000 would perish by the morning. The night of the living zombies. 15,000 men for 40 years. In the 40th year, the remaining men entered the mass grave but nothing happened. They remained there through the 15th of Av, when they realized that nothing was going to happen. The decree of the plague had ended! So they climbed joyously out of the grave. This was on Tu B’Av.

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El Al
 

Posted on: July 31st, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

In our previous blog, we mentioned that Moshe Rabainu offered 515 prayers to Hashem, at the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, begging Hashem to let him enter the Land of Israel. Some people have trouble making up prayers if it isn’t written out for them in a siddur. So here’s a prayer I wrote for coming to the Land of Israel. Print it out and say it every day for the next 515 days. If it doesn’t work, crumple up the page, send it to me, and I’ll eat it.

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