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A Night of Revelation and the Musical Spirit of Israel
 
Chabad of Dead Sea Works a Miracle for Wedding Blessings Before Shavuot

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Foreign Minister Hotovely: Tell the World ‘God Gave Israel to the Jews’

May 22, 2015 - 4:33 PM
 
Egyptian Journalist Poses as Jew and Discovers Ant-Semitism

May 22, 2015 - 4:27 PM
 
An Israeli Rancher Son’s Story of Land and Survival

May 22, 2015 - 2:30 PM
 
Neo-Nazis to March on Golders Green, London

May 22, 2015 - 1:33 PM
 
Obama Trying to Convince Israel to Sign Non-Proliferation Treaty

May 22, 2015 - 12:58 PM
 
Report: Jews Buy Abandoned Church for New Town near Gush Etzion

May 22, 2015 - 12:23 PM
 
Doctors Give Netanyahu Good Marks for Health

May 22, 2015 - 11:34 AM
 
Obama Reaching Out to (Liberal) Jews in Sermon at Synagogue

May 22, 2015 - 11:17 AM
 
ISIS Captures Most of Syria; Assad Escape Plan Revealed

May 22, 2015 - 5:18 AM
 
Rivlin Tells Bnei Akiva, ‘We Must Not Let This Happen Again’

May 21, 2015 - 10:37 PM
 
Most Dutch Muslims View Syrian Jihadists as Heroes, Says Wilders

May 21, 2015 - 9:27 PM
 
Israel Refuses to Pay $1.1 Billion Swiss Court Award to Iran

May 21, 2015 - 8:08 PM
 
Liberman Apologizes for Using ‘Autistic’ as an Insult to Describe Netanyahu

May 21, 2015 - 7:33 PM
 
Liberman Warns Netanyahu Not to Meet Arab Party Head

May 21, 2015 - 5:52 PM
 
Pres. Rivlin Receives ‘First Fruits of the Field’ for Shavuot

May 21, 2015 - 5:26 PM
 
New UN Middle East Envoy Comes Up with ‘New’ Idea – Freeze Settlements

May 21, 2015 - 2:58 PM
 
ISIS Takes Over Qaddafi’s Home Town in Libya

May 21, 2015 - 2:18 PM
 
Netanyahu Tells EU He Is Committed to ‘Vision’ of Two States

May 21, 2015 - 12:48 PM
 
Section of Ancient Jerusalem’s Lower Aqueduct Discovered

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Felafel on Rye
Rav Kook
 

Posted on: August 5th, 2012

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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

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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

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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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Ants
 

Posted on: July 30th, 2012

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Moshe Rabainu didn’t say any of the other 515 excuses you usually hear. Just the opposite. Moshe begged again and again and again, 515 prayers, to be granted the incomparable blessing of entering the Land. Today, there are people frummer than Moshe. The Land of Israel isn’t glatt enough for them. Or they don’t like the government. Or they’re worried about finding jobs, as if the hand of Hashem is too short to feed them. They prefer to rely on Uncle Sam instead.

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Kahane
 

Posted on: July 27th, 2012

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Rabbi Meir Kahane published this in The Jewish Press 40 years ago. Some things just don’t seem to change: A religion which develops a split personality is a religion in danger. A faith whose adherents begin to merely pay lip service to its tenets is in the first stages of atrophy. When individuals create a dichotomy between what they believe and what they practice, it calls for serious re-evaluation. The dream of settling in Israel is a basic part of the Jewish faith. It is an obligation, but it is more than that; it is a dream.

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Olympics
 

Posted on: July 25th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Rabbi Kook explains that a weakening of the will is due in large measure to a lack of physical energy and strength. When a person’s willpower is weak, he can fall into many bad habits. As part of his overall mending, he must improve his physical health, as well as his moral and spiritual worlds.

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I Heart NY
 

Posted on: July 24th, 2012

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On Tisha B’Av, we mourn over the destruction of the Beit HaMikdash, over the destruction of Jerusalem, and over being exiled from our Land. Unfortunately, because of the great length and darkness of the exile, there is a totally mistaken and distorted understanding of what exile is. Instead of experiencing it as a terrible punishment, it is all too often experienced as fun.

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A Torah scroll.
 

Posted on: July 22nd, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

The roots for the Destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem were planted long before the Destruction itself, on the night the Spies in the Wilderness returned from their ill-fated mission and convinced the Jewish People not to journey on to live in the Promised Land. That night was the 9th of Av. Their rejection of the Land of Israel was the rotten foundation which brought about our later National Destruction as an independent Nation in our own Land.

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The Brooklyn Dodgers
 

Posted on: July 19th, 2012

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No, I’m not talking about those famed Brooklyn Bums, I’m speaking about the Aliyah Dodgers, the Diaspora Giants, the Ultra-Orthodox Williamsburg White Sox, the Assimilated Cardinals, and the OU Washington Nationals.

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Posted on: July 18th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

When I look at the pictures of Brooklyn and Toronto, and Boca and Beverly Hills, I pray with all my heart that God open their eyes, and give them a heart of flesh to feel the horror of their plight, living in strange impure lands, living make-believe identities, as if they are Americans and Frenchmen and Australians and Germans, when they are really the descendents of Israelites displaced from their Homeland.

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Fiddler on the Roof
 

Posted on: July 17th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Doing my best to copy Sholom Aleichem’s gifted portrayal, and adding a bit on my own, I transformed the downtrodden Jew of galut into a proud pioneer in the Holy Land and a brave fighter for Jewish freedom. It’s a saga that I am sure you and your children will love. And now, thanks to The Jewish Press, it’s free!

Jewzilla
 

Posted on: July 15th, 2012

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With the Golden Gate Bridge symbolically in the background, the nuptial union between the pioneer Jewish anthropologist and the stunning, white wedding-gowned gorilla marked a historic bridge between mankind and the world of the primates, and another one of Judaism’s great contributions to human culture. Rabbi Christine Christy, dynamic leader of California’s Progressive Democratic Liberal Reform Jewish Movement, officiated at the tear-filled ceremony.

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Super
 

Posted on: July 13th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

The Rambam himself, in his famous, “Letter of Teman,” writes: “Those who seduce themselves and say that they will stay in their places until the king, Mashiach, comes to the lands of the West, and only then will they depart and go forth to Jerusalem – I don’t know how the decree of destruction will be stayed from them. Rather, they are transgressors, and they cause others to sin."

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Fly Israel
 

Posted on: July 12th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Make no mistake. I am not criticizing any of the dedicated directors or employees of the Jewish Agency. Certainly, I have nothing but praise for Mr. Sharansky. But the Jewish Agency is obsolete. It is destined to failure so long as the Rabbis, and Roshei Yeshivot, and parents, and the heads of Jewish organizations in the Diaspora don’t urge their students and children and members to go on aliyah.

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Crucifixion
 

Posted on: July 11th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

The task of the Mashiach is to save the Jews from its enemies and rebuild the Nation of Israel, yet the followers of Jezeus have slaughtered millions and millions of Jews and done everything in their power to keep Israel lowly and weak.

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Babies
 

Posted on: July 10th, 2012

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Some people don’t realize that Mashiach’s coming is a process that evolves over time. These people want everything to be finished at the start. They say that when Mashiach comes and does all the work of rebuilding the Land of Israel, and gathers all of the exiled Jews to Israel, and fights the wars of Hashem, and rebuilds the Beit HaMikdash, then they will come on aliyah. First, everything has to be perfect. First, the Mashiach has to do all the work.

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Rabbi Tzvi
 

Posted on: July 9th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

An amazing thing happened to me last night! While I was sleeping, an angel appeared in a dream and told me to start a new Jewish religion. “A new Jewish religion?” I asked, bewildered. “That’s right,” he replied. I was certain that I was hallucinating because I had fasted yesterday and that my mind was playing tricks. So I went back to sleep. But the angel appeared once again and told me to start a new Jewish religion.

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jews onesy
 

Posted on: July 8th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

That’s right. I love Jews. All of them. I love good Jews and I love bad Jews. I love fat Jews and I love skinny Jews. I love reform Jews and deformed Jews, progressive Jews and regressive Jews. I love assimilated Jews and Jews who have married gentiles. I love homosexual Jews and lesbian Jews. […]

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boxing
 

Posted on: July 6th, 2012

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Our Sages tell us that HaKodesh Baruch Hu, the Holy One Blessed Be He, weeps when a Jewish home is torn apart by of divorce. Unfortunately, He must be crying quite a lot these days, judging from the vast number of divorcees you discover on the pages of Facebook.

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Vacation
 

Posted on: July 5th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Surveys reveal that only about 15% of Diaspora Jews have visited Israel. To me, that’s simply shocking. How can it be that God gave us back our homeland and so many Jews don’t come? You can say it is hard to move to a country far away, but what’s the big deal about coming for a visit? It certainly isn’t because of the money. Snorkeling in the Caribbean, and enjoying a gondola ride along stinking, garbage-filled sewers of Venice, cost about the same.

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