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‘Third Time, Ice Cream!’

The Israeli phrase, 'Third time, Ice Cream' corresponds to the fact that the third time the ancient Israelites complained to God after the Exodus they got the manna.

The Muqata’s Guide to Navigating Israel’s 2013 Election.

Left, Right or Center Jameel advises you on which party to vote for.

How Will the Mosque be Removed?

Temple Mount, Temple, Messiah, Rebuilt Temple, Jeremy Gimpel, Jewish Home, HaBayit Hayehudi, Tzipi Livni, Video,

The March of the 35: A Bravery Fiercer than Death (Video)

65 years ago this week, 35 student soldiers set out from Jerusalem to bring much needed supplies to the kibbutzim in the besieged Etzion Bloc south of the city.

Expelling Jews is a Red Line

I fully believe Avigdor Liberman when he says that he will uproot Jewish homes for peace. So should you.

Run Zoabi, Run

You might recall the famous case of MK Azmi Bishara, not coincidentally, also from the Balad party.

Visualizing the Beit HaMikdash

How would the Beit HaMikdash fit into the landscape of the Old City?

Joke of the Day

Admittedly, the way they presented all the data in this Ha'aretz article is a joke, but their opening line, wins hands down:

Restoring Deterrence

The IDF is embarrassed to fight to win, the politicians are afraid to give them orders to fight.

These Candles: The Prayer that Went Viral

I had often wondered, if Jews love Israel so much, why didn't they just get up and come here. The Mahram's Aliyah attempt showed that Jews did.

Football/FIFA is a Metaphor for the UN

Sports only brings people together when stadiums aren't being used to launch rocket attacks against neighbors.

Israeli Media v. the Likud

Israel: Don't be brainwashed by the media.

MSM vs. The Likud

"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.

Iron Dome’s Secret Components (From Toys ‘R Us)

The Success behind the Iron Dome...a brilliant high-tech team, and rocket parts that come from Toys-R-Us.

Likud Primaries: How to Vote?

So far, the only candidates that I am 100% certain about are from the list from Mattot Arim.

Next Year in Jerusalem: Obama Wins Second Term

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.

Video Chuckle: Israel’s Labor Party Central Committee

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.

Israeli Civil Rights Group Slams Modi’in on Anti-Haredi Policies

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.

The Lehi Fighter and Kever Rachel (Video)

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.

Haifa’s Last Stand

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.

The Most Impressive First Name

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.

Palestinians Caught in the Act (Video)

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.

Rain, Wine and Why it’s all Our Fault: The History of the Rain Libel

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.

The Mount of Olives Declaration

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.

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