Close your eyes, breathe in deeply, now exhale slowly… That was easy, wasn’t it? Not for everyone…
Posted on: November 27th, 2012Blogs → The Muqata
Israel: Don't be brainwashed by the media.
Posted on: November 27th, 2012Blogs → The Muqata
"Fascist".... "Radical"... "Ultra-nationalist"....these words were used over and over again by Channels 1, 2, and 10 TV. It seems the mainstream media in Israel is upset by what the people want.
Posted on: November 22nd, 2012Blogs → The Muqata
The Success behind the Iron Dome...a brilliant high-tech team, and rocket parts that come from Toys-R-Us.
Posted on: November 14th, 2012Special Features → Israel Elections 5773
So far, the only candidates that I am 100% certain about are from the list from Mattot Arim.
Posted on: November 7th, 2012Blogs → The Muqata
It's been said that if Obama wins, that would be a big push for Aliyah. I'm not sure how that works out considering the fact that 70% of Jews who voted, voted for Obama. I guess it's that 30% that might be considering their options.
Posted on: November 1st, 2012Special Features → Israel Elections 5773
Israel's political party conventions make the Knesset seem polite and tame. At the Likud Central Committee convention the other day, the vote for PM Netanyahu's proposal for the Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu to run together in the upcoming election was conducted by a "show of hands" popular vote. Not the best way to hold a vote.
Posted on: October 31st, 2012Blogs → The Muqata
The Israeli city of Modi'in is slammed from an unlikely direction - Israel's civil right's organization, the Association for Civil rights in Israel (ACRI). Granted ACRI doesn't have the most objective agenda, and their voice was loudly missing when it came the Disengagement in 2005, but they are to be praised for doing the right thing when it comes to Modi'in.
Posted on: October 30th, 2012Blogs → The Muqata
In 1945, Yaffa Tevuah was a 22-year old Lehi fighter imprisoned by the British in the women's prison in Bethlehem. Seeking courage when facing her British interrogators, she drew strength from Rachel Imeinu and comfort from her sense of returning home.
Posted on: October 28th, 2012Blogs → The Muqata
A year after the Crusaders captured Jerusalem, they turned to conquer Israel's coastal cities. Haifa's Jewish community is mentioned in the Genizah documents. The city was one of three forts (מבצר) that we know of - Haifa, Dan (Banias) and Rafah (Rafiah). Each had a major Jewish community. Haifa was probably mostly Jewish, if not exclusively so, with a small Muslim military presence. The story of Haifa's conquest, in the summer of 1100, is reported by Christian chroniclers.
Posted on: October 17th, 2012Blogs → The Muqata
Rabbi Meir Soloveichik opened his Shabbos Shuva drasha as follows: I flew to Tampa, Florida a few weeks ago for the Republican National Convention. When I arrived, I was escorted into a large room where all the Convention speakers of the day gathered along with Congressman, Senators, Governors and other politicians.
Posted on: October 15th, 2012Blogs → The Muqata
Every year Palestinians and foreign activists try to blame Settlers for cutting down olive trees. But once again Settlers have caught the Palestinians and the activists on film cutting down trees, presumably to then blame the Jews.
Posted on: October 11th, 2012Blogs → The Muqata
We're now entering the period when we begin to pray for rain. Lack of rain was often an excuse to persecute the Jews, specifically those living in Jerusalem. There are quite a few examples from our history of this rain libel, which was very often linked to the 'sin' of drinking wine.
Posted on: October 3rd, 2012Blogs → The Muqata
The main holiday events took place on the last day of Sukkot, Hoshana Raba. The Gaon would lead the people around the Temple Mount, and then the crowd made its way to the Mount of Olives. After they climbed the mountain, they circled it seven times. A monumental stone marked the spot where God looked over the Temple Mount. The Gaon would sit on this stone as he spoke to the assembled crowd.
Posted on: September 28th, 2012Blogs → The Muqata
As a looney lefitist in the NY vandalizes approved ads in the subway, under the guise of "freedom of expression" (while not allowing others to freely express themselves), her message is very clear.
Posted on: September 23rd, 2012Blogs → The Muqata
One of the stranger aspects of Israel's ultra-Orthodox, "Chareidi" press, is their determination not to use the word "pig."
Posted on: September 19th, 2012Blogs → The Muqata
Unetanneh Tokef is part of our Israeli heritage. It was written here in the Land of Israel, by Israeli poets, for Israelis.
Posted on: September 10th, 2012Blogs → The Muqata
The ancient synagogue in Meron is located on a hill above the grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Like other Galilean synagogues from the Byzantine era, its entrance faces south, towards Jerusalem. But what makes this synagogue special is a story from its later history.
Posted on: September 4th, 2012Blogs → The Muqata
In "liberal-speak", pundits say that countries don't have allies, they have interests. That's incorrect; political leaders have interests...countries still have allies.
Posted on: September 3rd, 2012Blogs → The Muqata
After more than 100 years of archeological research in Israel, I’m always surprised there’s still so much more to discover. Sadly, today most such discoveries are driven by construction work. The Israeli Antiquities Authority announced today that a 6th century Jewish town was discovered north of Beersheba, during work on the southern extension of Route 6. The […]
Posted on: August 31st, 2012News & Views → Israel → Aliyah
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