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What Makes the IDF Special; the Lag BaOmer Victory; Rescue in Nepal; and Crazy Coalition-Building
 
Off-Shore Menorah-Shaped Islands Plan Mixes Interfaith with Promise of Jobs and Housing

May 6, 2015 - 4:00 PM
 
Netanyahu Wants Restrictions on the Minister of Justice

May 6, 2015 - 3:50 PM
 
Gas Line Terrorist Sentenced to 30 Years

May 6, 2015 - 3:20 PM
 
While Battling Mylan, Teva Acquires Auspex Pharmaceuticals for $3.2 Billion

May 6, 2015 - 3:00 PM
 
Coalition Last Minute Talks: Likud Capitulates, Bayit Yehudi Wins Justice + 2 Security Cabinet Votes

May 6, 2015 - 1:31 PM
 
Stone Throwers Injure Jerusalem Man

May 6, 2015 - 1:12 PM
 
Report: Sudan Shoots Down “Israeli” Drone

May 6, 2015 - 12:29 PM
 
Fear of New Bombing Attack Keeps Jews Away from Tunisian Lag B’Omer Pilgrimage

May 6, 2015 - 12:10 PM
 
Senators Boxer, Ernst, Move to Arm Kurds Against ISIS

May 6, 2015 - 11:55 AM
 
Tonight at Midnight: Netanyahu’s Moment of Truth

May 6, 2015 - 11:51 AM
 
5 Senior Hezbollah Field Commanders Killed in Qalamoun Battle

May 6, 2015 - 10:31 AM
 
Former UK Cmdr.: UN, Foreign Governments ‘Deliberately’ Twisting Laws of Armed Conflict on Israel

May 6, 2015 - 1:19 AM
 
Clinton Said She Will Speak on Benghazi but Only Once

May 6, 2015 - 12:59 AM
 
Huckabee Throws his Hat in the Ring

May 6, 2015 - 12:06 AM
 
Report: Bibi Blinks First, Ayelet Shaked to be Justice Minister

May 5, 2015 - 11:00 PM
 
US Senate May Vote Thursday on Nuclear Review Bill

May 5, 2015 - 10:33 PM
 
Bennett Goes Underground as Likud’s Anxiety Increases

May 5, 2015 - 9:40 PM
 
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May 5, 2015 - 8:32 PM
 
6 Anglo Aliyah Immigrants to Receive NBN Bonei Zion Prize

May 5, 2015 - 8:19 PM
 
Israel Issues Travel Warning for Nepal

May 5, 2015 - 6:30 PM
 
Oldest Set of 10 Commandments Showing in Israel

May 5, 2015 - 5:35 PM
 
Hamas Dentist of Death Arrested and Indicted

May 5, 2015 - 3:13 PM
 
Olmert Uses Tony Blair as Character Witness

May 5, 2015 - 1:22 PM
 
ISIS Claims ‘Credit’ for Attack at Mohammed Cartoon Contest

May 5, 2015 - 1:02 PM
 
Watch Hamas Film Banned by Gaza U. because of Fears of Losing Funding [video]

May 5, 2015 - 12:28 PM
 
IDF Uncovers Weapons Factory in Hebron

May 5, 2015 - 11:15 AM
 
Police Arrest Gush Etzion Teen for Vandalizing Arab Olive Trees

May 5, 2015 - 11:06 AM
 
Anti-Semitism Drives European Jews to Israel

May 5, 2015 - 10:19 AM
 
With Liberman Out , Bennett Toughens Position, But Who Will Blink First?

May 5, 2015 - 9:26 AM
 
NYPD Cop Dies 2 Days After Shooting, 3rd in 5 Months

May 5, 2015 - 3:16 AM
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singing in the rain 2
 

Posted on: November 12th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Before Shabbat, the Heavens opened with a symphony of thunder and lightning, and the great blessing of rain washed over the Land of Israel in answer to our prayers. Like I do every year with the very first rain, I hurried outside and danced in joy, laughing happily as the raindrops splashed on my face.

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Alex Clare
 

Posted on: November 12th, 2012

BlogsEmes Ve-Emunah

Who is Alex Clare? He is a British pop singer with a top ten single entitled Too Close. He is the ex-boyfriend of Amy Winehouse. And he is an observant Jew. How - one might ask - does an Orthodox Jew hook up with someone like Amy Whitehouse, a mega popular Grammy award winning Jewish singer who was anything but observant? And who had a history of drug addiction and alcohol abuse that eventually caused her death?

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The wreckage caused by a grad missile in Netivot November 12 2012.
 

Posted on: November 12th, 2012

BlogsThis Ongoing War

For hundreds of thousands of Israelis living in the south, yesterday was tumultuous in the worst way. Unstemmed rocket attacks have been conducted by one or another of the terrorist groups based in Hamas-controlled Gaza at all hours of the day and night. While it's tempting to look at the absence of deaths on the Israeli side, the reality is any one of these rockets and mortars can easily have exacted the heaviest of prices. It's our great fortune that this did not happen today.

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A trail of smoke is seen as a rocket is launched from the Gaza Strip towards the southern Israeli city of Sderot, November 11, 2012.
 

Posted on: November 12th, 2012

BlogsFresno Zionism

When something outrageous goes on for a long time, people stop being outraged. It is boring to hear or read about things like genocidal wars in Africa, Europe’s collapse into poverty, or the complaints of Israelis about being the targets of thousands of rockets, day in and day out. I’m in Israel now, so a few words about the rockets. Everyone I talk to says the same thing: how can this be allowed to continue?

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dsc04244
 

Posted on: November 11th, 2012

BlogsCIFWatch

Machane Yehuda market in Jerusalem has its roots back in the late nineteenth century when it was known as Shuk Beit Ya’acov after the nearby neighbourhood of the same name which was established in 1885. Two years later, the Machane Yehuda neighbourhood was built and the market continued to grow. Under British Mandate rule the market was given a make-over, permanent stalls and roofing were built and the new name caught on.

hevron 021
 

Posted on: November 11th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

We spent Shabbat in Ashkelon, visiting my wife’s parents. On Motzei Shabbat, my wife stayed in Ashkelon (in the red glare of the rockets fired from Gaza) so that she could take her mother for a medical treatment in the morning. I drove back to Yerushalayim with my children. Along the way, we passed a stretch of fertile farmland. The heavenly rains that had fallen during Shabbat seemed to have awakened the earth, and the pungent aroma of fresh cow manure wafted into the car. My younger boys started gagging and making jokes, the way children do about such things.

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Emergency personnel rescue residents from flood waters brought on by Hurricane Sandy in Little Ferry
 

Posted on: November 11th, 2012

BlogsEmes Ve-Emunah

There’s a story on a website called Behadrey Haredim (in the rooms of Charedim). This Hebrew language - Israeli based website is now available in English. It tells of how Satmar Chasidim, at the behest of their Rebbe have pulled out all the stops to help fellow Jews in neighborhoods such as Far Rockaway and Bayswater that were suffering the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

MIDEAST ISRAEL PALESTINIANS
 

Posted on: November 11th, 2012

BlogsThis Ongoing War

This picture has criss-crossed the blogosphere and Twitter network like crazy last night. It pretends to be an image of children who, along with the man lying on a stretcher next to them, were allegedly targeted today by Israel's forces for being terrorists. In reality, the picture is four years old. It has nothing to do with anything that happened in Gaza last night.

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Wounded Israeli soldiers are wheeled into Soroka hospital in Beer Sheba November 10, 2012.
 

Posted on: November 11th, 2012

BlogsFresno Zionism

On Tuesday, three IDF soldiers were wounded by a bomb planted near the border fence between Israel and the Gaza strip. On Thursday when soldiers were trying to repair the fence, a huge explosion occurred when a tunnel packed with explosives was detonated. Luckily only one soldier was lightly injured, but it could have been catastrophic. Then last night an IDF jeep in the area was struck by an antitank missile. Four soldiers were wounded, at least two seriously (reports vary), and Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Jeremy Saltan
 

Posted on: November 11th, 2012

BlogsKnesset Jeremy

This week’s average shows Likud Beitenu and Labor position similar to last week. Shas gains and takes the third position while Lapid’s Yesh Atid drops and falls into the fourth position. Hadash passes Meretz, while Kadima and Independence pick up gains. Am Shalem is also picking up steam. The right block gains ground this week with the help of Shas and Am Shalem’s gains.

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Israeli police explosive experts examines the remains of a rocket that was fired from Gaza and exploded in Kibbutz Kfar Aza, southern Israel, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.
 

Posted on: November 11th, 2012

BlogsA Soldier's Mother

I have to much I want to write about...but my mind is filled with two numbers - 30, and 9. Thirty is the number of rockets fired at Israel last night, hours after an Israel armored jeep was hit with an anti-tank missile, critically injuring two, lightly injuring two other soldiers. Nine is the number of rockets that had been fired at Israel by 9:00 this morning...schools in some areas are closed; people again ordered to stay near shelters.

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Police crowded the street outside the house of ill repute in a Haredi neighborhood in Jerusalem.
 

Posted on: November 11th, 2012

News & ViewsYori's News Clips

Pashkvils (warning posters) were spread around the neighborhood, criticizing women wearing tight clothes, calling them "animals." According to the website Hadrei Haredim, the woman in question is being accused of luring young Haredi women to her path.

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Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert pointing.
 

Posted on: November 9th, 2012

BlogsFresno Zionism

Could there be an Israeli politician more cynical than Ehud Olmert? Yesterday he accused PM Netanyahu of alienating President Obama — as if Obama could dislike him more — by ‘intervening’ in the US election.

PA311117
 

Posted on: November 9th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

As part of our effort to attract our beloved, Diaspora readers with honey, rather than to smash them repeatedly over their heads - in the next few blogs, we will travel the length and breadth of Eretz Yisrael, just like our forefather Avraham did in obeying God’s command, “Arise, walk about the Land through its length and breadth! For to you I will give it!”

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Posted on: November 9th, 2012

BlogsGoldstein on Gelt

Did you know that the most important part of a financial planning meeting occurs even before you set foot inside your financial adviser’s office? Before you meet for the first time, you need to do your homework. Even the most professional adviser can’t help you if you haven’t done these three things.

Talia Mashiach
 

Posted on: November 8th, 2012

BlogsEmes Ve-Emunah

As I began reading an article in the Forward by Aurora Mendelsohn about whether a Jewish woman can have it all (meaning a career and an observant family) I received a call from my daughter about an article in the Chicago Tribune about one woman who does have it all.

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F080826KG08
 

Posted on: November 8th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

For many Israelis, the Presidential election in America had a special urgency because of the increasing nuclear threat from Iran, and the hope that Romney would take a more militant stance than Obama. I wrote a short story on the tragedy of looking to America for our salvation, which appears in my award-winner collection of short stories, “Days of Mashiach,” which was translated and published in France this year by a non-Jewish publisher, with reviewers comparing me to Voltaire and the famous fable writer, Jean de la Fontaine. Big deal. Anyway, enjoy the story, and for readers who value true Jewish literature, I invite you to check out some of my other books at Amazon.

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wolf-in-sheeps-clothing1
 

Posted on: November 8th, 2012

BlogsCIFWatch

Imagine if Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced a 10-month partial freeze on incitement and antisemitism in the West Bank in a bid to restart stalled peace talks with Israel.

obama-kah2
 

Posted on: November 8th, 2012

BlogsFresno Zionism

Somewhere between 68 and 70% of American Jewish voters went for Obama, depending on whose exit poll you believe. Israelis that I talk to are mystified. “Are they crazy? What were they thinking?” they ask. It’s not really mystifying. Here are some general facts about non-Orthodox and secular (the large majority) American Jews.

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Man wounded in Gaza explosion
 

Posted on: November 8th, 2012

BlogsThis Ongoing War

Since we believe Palestinian Arab casualties that result from Palestinian Arab mis-handling or misfiring of Palestinian Arab explosives, guns, rockets, mortars and the like almost never get reported in the mainstream news media, we will be watching to see how much coverage this incident below gets. It appears at this moment on a Bethlehem-based (and somewhat Hamas-hostile) Palestinian news site.

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