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A Night of Revelation and the Musical Spirit of Israel
 
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

May 21, 2015 - 11:08 AM
 
Iran Complains Israel Threatened Nuclear Attack

May 21, 2015 - 10:46 AM
 
Cheering Arab Crowds Greet Return of Vehicular Terrorist’s Body [video]

May 21, 2015 - 8:41 AM
 
US Replenishing Israeli Arsenal, Hoping for Peace on Iran

May 21, 2015 - 12:45 AM
 
Israel Ordered to Pay $1.1 Billion to Iran Over Oil

May 20, 2015 - 11:01 PM
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Posted on: October 29th, 2012

BlogsCIFWatch

Benjamin Pogrund, a former South African journalist, and anti-Apartheid activist, who made Aliyah in 1997 and founded Yakar’s Centre for Social Concern, published a piece at ‘Comment is Free’ on Oct. 25 titled ‘Israel has moved to the right, but is not an apartheid state.' Pogrund refuted the recent poll on Israeli views of Arabs, and the profound distortion of the poll results, which smeared Israel with the charge of apartheid, by Gideon Levy of Ha’aretz.

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Posted on: October 29th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Two Torah scholars were sent from Israel to Babylon. Upon their arrival, they took part in official ceremonies and didn’t reveal the purpose of their visit. They were received with great honor. Gradually, they started to vent their opposition. Finally, they entered a crowded assembly and said to the Jews of Babylon, “Behold, you are a great congregation. You can be independent. You don’t need Eretz Yisrael. You don’t need Mount Moriah.” Their sarcasm was purposely stinging in order to shock the Babylonian Jews. “And you’ve also got Rabbi Ahia here. Let Ahia build an altar, and let Haninah play on a harp. But know that if you detach yourselves from the centrality of Eretz Yisrael, you have no portion in the God of Israel!”

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An Israeli policeman examines a Kassam rocket that was fired by Arab terrorists from Gaza and landed in the southern town of Sderot.
 

Posted on: October 29th, 2012

BlogsThis Ongoing War

It's just after ten in the morning here on a bright, warm Autumn morning. A delightful, breezy day. Unless you are very determined, and even if you feel very connected to events, it's near impossible to get a meaningful sense of the sheer terror of living within range of the rocket men of Gaza. The thugs of the Hamas-dominated enclave are armed to the teeth with a rocket arsenal that numbers in the tens of thousands... and growing.

FM Avigdor Liberman (center).
 

Posted on: October 29th, 2012

BlogsA Soldier's Mother

Both men are, above all else, pragmatic. They will defy logic and critics to shake up the political spectrum. Bibi has done it several times. A few months ago, polls guaranteed him a sure win if he called early elections. The announcements were made; dates were discussed and then, in the dead of night, he made a deal to unite with Kadima. No surprise to anyone, that deal fell apart rather quickly and Israel is once again on the path to elections.

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Posted on: October 29th, 2012

BlogsEmes Ve-Emunah

They want to have total isolation from the rest of the world? I think perhaps we should finally give it to them. It pains me to say so but based on what I am reading in their very own media, going off the deep end is not an exaggeration. It may even be an understatement! It is a wonder that they do not have a bigger OTD problem than they already do. I guess that their system works very well for them that way.

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Posted on: October 29th, 2012

BlogsFresno Zionism

Yes, Israel affords civil rights and freedom of worship to its many minorities; but it makes no attempt to deny that there is one specific people, one particular narrative, one religion to which is it most centrally committed. The State of Israel is, to paraphrase Lincoln, “by the Jews, of the Jews and for the Jews.” How could those who labored to create the European Union not consider the very idea of a Jewish state anathema?

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Posted on: October 29th, 2012

BlogsKnesset Jeremy

Polls conducted in the aftermath of the announcement of the joint-list agreement between the Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu show the two parties at best keeping their current amount of Knesset seats. The average has them down.

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Posted on: October 28th, 2012

InDepthColumnsDaniel Pipes

The Nation of Islam's historic role as a bridge between American blacks and Islam ended in 1975 when W. Deen Mohammed followed his father, Elijah Muhammad, as leader of the Nation and immediately disavowed his father's folk religion, bringing his followers to normative Islam, the Islam of the Middle East. From then on, despite the theatrics of Louis Farrakhan, the Nation has been in a long downward trajectory. Now comes evidence, thanks to Tony Ortega in the Village Voice and Eliza Gray in The New Republic, of a jaw-dropping turn by Farrakhan, 79, to Scientology; as Gray's subtitle puts it, "America's two weirdest sects join forces."

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Posted on: October 28th, 2012

BlogsA Soldier's Mother

I've been reading about the airstrikes in Sudan. I first read about it as part of a threat from Khartoum, that they reserve the right to strike Israel back. It was, according to the Sudanese, a foregone conclusion that Israel was responsible. My first reaction was a snicker that combined two thoughts simultaneously, "yeah, like they can reach us" and "sheesh, something explodes and they blame us." I stand by the first response, but retract the second one.

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Posted on: October 28th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

After all, in Avraham’s time, there were savage Canaanites living in Eretz Yisrael. And there weren’t any kosher supermarkets back then, nor religious neighborhoods, nor Jewish Day Schools and yeshivot for the kids. In fact, there weren’t any Jews living there at all. Avraham would be the first. Who needed the hassle? It made a lot more sense to stay where he was, in Ur America, where everyone knew him, enjoying the good life with the goyim, wait for Moshiach, and pretend, via the Internet, that he was actually involved in building the Jewish State.

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Posted on: October 28th, 2012

BlogsGoldstein on Gelt

The last time you were at the circus did you gasp as the trapeze artist swung through the air? Even though his antics might be scary, there’s a strong safety net catch him in the event of a fall. Hopefully, the trapeze artist won’t ever need to use it. But it is always there – just in case.

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Posted on: October 28th, 2012

BlogsThe 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.

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Posted on: October 28th, 2012

BlogsEmes Ve-Emunah

I choose candidates based on who I think will be do the best job for the country, for Israel, and for the Jewish people. I do not vote by party. Although I have finally made my decision - for the first time I am not as sure as I usually am about which candidate will actually be the better President.

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Naftali and Elisha, brother and father of Avraham David Moses HY"D, one of the 8 students killed in a shooting attack at the Merkaz Harav yeshiva in Jerusalem, at his funeral, March 7, 2008.
 

Posted on: October 28th, 2012

BlogsFresno Zionism

Hamas is nourished by a worldwide network of governments, Islamic charities and individuals that support its goal of killing or dispersing the Jews. But the existence of the sources of nourishment isn’t enough. Since Hamas is a recognized as a terrorist organization and sanctioned by the US and other nations, there are impediments to transferring funds to it which can be translated into weapons, ammunition and jihadist expenses. Sometimes this is facilitated by ‘respectable’ enterprises that are officially opposed to terrorism and murder, but in fact do whatever makes them a buck. Like the Bank of China, according to the Israel Law Center — Shurat HaDin, which has filed a $1 billion lawsuit in a New York court accusing the bank of materially supporting Hamas terrorism.

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Posted on: October 28th, 2012

BlogsGoldstein on Gelt

Romney may say the right things, but will he really be able to affect change? And Obama says… and does… the wrong things, and he has no reason to change. Democrats complain that Romney has no sympathy for the unemployment problem. Here is part II of Douglas Goldstein's radio show.

Prayers at Rachel's tomb on our matriarch's yahrzeit.
 

Posted on: October 26th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

The yartzeit of our Matriarch, Rachel, falls this year on Shabbat. Every year, more and more people gather at Rachel’s Tomb to pay respects to the Matriarch who is known as Rachel Emanu - Rachel Our Mother. Thousands of pilgrims will travel there today and tomorrow from all over the country, and perhaps 200,000 more will make the annual pilgrimage the day after Shabbat, every type of Jew there is, religious and non-religious, Haredim, Hasidim, and Dati Leumi, men, women, and children, busload after busload after busload, from far and near, waiting long hours for their turn to enter the small but beautifully renovated tomb near Betlechem on the way to Efrata .

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Posted on: October 25th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Did you have trouble reading the Hebrew? That’s exactly my point. Some readers say that I’m a crazy fanatic when I say that Diaspora Jews suffer from schizophrenia when it comes to their Jewish identity. For example, even though they are Jewish, many don’t know more than a few simple words in Hebrew. After all, Hebrew is the language of the Jewish People, not English, or German, or Russian, or Yiddish.

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Scene of the rocket attack which critically injured two farm workers.
 

Posted on: October 25th, 2012

BlogsCIFWatch

Earlier, I took part in a briefing with Lt. Col. Avital Leibovich of the IDF Spokesman’s unit regarding the intensified rocket fire upon the south of Israel over the past few hours, which –at the time of writing – the Guardian has not yet seen fit to report. Lt. Col. Leibovich reported that 68 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip in the past twelve hours. Two foreign nationals – farm workers from the Kissufim area – were critically wounded by rocket fire and three or four additional civilians are suffering from lighter injuries. Several homes have been damaged.

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Posted on: October 25th, 2012

BlogsEmes Ve-Emunah

Several prominent Religious Zionist rabbis in Israel have fallen victim to the OTD (Off the Derech) phenomenon. Rav Shlomo Aviner, Rav David Bigman, and Rav Yoram Tzohar each have a daughter that has departed from the observant ways of their parents. So for those parents who have OTD children, you are not alone. There are some very prominent people who join you. One may ask: How can I publicize something like this about such prominent leaders in Klal Yisroel, since it might be embarrassing to them? The answer is that they do not hide it. They willingly participated in a film that tells their story.

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Right to left: Yigal Dilmony, Tzviki Bar-Chai, Dany Dayan, Avi Roeh.
 

Posted on: October 25th, 2012

BlogsMy Right Word

At the Yesha Council Emergency Meeting dealing with the new campaign to pressure the government to authorize the Levy Report and/or make it a condition for a future coalition agreement with the parties that will form Netanyahu's next government:

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