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Giant
 

Posted on: May 30th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

When a Jew makes Aliyah to Eretz Yisrael, the letters of his soul shift into high gear and multiply in size. All of his being gets bigger. He grows closer to God. Compared to the person he was in Galut, he becomes larger than life. He transforms into a giant, filled with greater valor, greater holiness, greater happiness and wisdom.

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Couch potato
 

Posted on: May 28th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Those of you who can come, and there are millions out there, we are waiting to welcome you. And those of you who would like to come, but just can’t seem to put the right pieces together, then you can get involved, in every way that you are able, by encouraging others to come, by coming on frequent visits, by donating money, and by volunteering your time at organizations that have Israel at the top of their programs and agenda.

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Zionism
 

Posted on: May 24th, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Yes, the Ribono Shel Olam, the Master of the World is a Zionist. So was Avraham Avinu, Moshe Rabeinu, Yehoshua, King David, Rabbi Akiva, Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the Macabbees, all the Prophets of Israel, including Ezra and Nechemia who led a seemingly motley crowd of sinners back to the Land of Israel from Babylon to rebuild the Holy Temple.

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Unrelated but lovely to behold: IDF Infantry Instructors course, featuring individual and group drills, navigation practice, sleeping in the field and camouflage training. Bring water!
 

Posted on: May 24th, 2012

BlogsjBlogs

MEDIA BE DEAD Almost 200 years ago, French painter Paul Delaroche declared, allegedly, “From today painting is dead,” after he had learned about Daguerre’s discovery that exposing an iodized silver plate in a camera creates a lasting image if the latent image on the plate is developed and fixed. I imagine Johannes Gutenberg or someone […]

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Labour Party and Opposition Leader Ed Miliband is in line to becoming Britain's first Jewish prime minister since 1837.
 

Posted on: May 24th, 2012

News & ViewsYori's News Clips

"I am not religious. But I am Jewish. My relationship with my Jewishness is complex. But whose isn’t?" writes the leader of the Labour Party and of the opposition in parliament, Ed Miliband, in the New Statesman.

Rav Kook close up
 

Posted on: May 23rd, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

One of the questions a person is asked when he reaches his Heavenly rest is, "Did you yearn for Salvation?" If a Jew does not long for the Redemption, for Salvation from the exile, then something is wrong. If he is happy in the Diaspora, then his Judaism is out of focus, and he is out of touch with his soul's deepest yearnings. As The Kuzari poignantly declares, his prayers for Jerusalem and Zion are like the chatterings of a nightingale, melodious but empty of meaning.

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Blogger Robert Stacy McCain.
 

Posted on: May 23rd, 2012

BlogsjBlogs

My top pick for today is The Lid’s fascinating entry titled: Convicted Terrorist Tries To Intimidate Blogger Stacy McCain Away From The Truth It’s got everything, and if it’s real, then it’s pretty scary. So, let’s get scared together: If you don’t know Robert Stacy McCain you are really missing something. As the saying goes, […]

British supermodel Naomi Campbell at the Wailing Wall. For images from Bethlehem please contact the Palestinian Authority security forces…
 

Posted on: May 23rd, 2012

News & ViewsYori's News Clips

Why, you might ask, does a supermodel require representation by PA security officials? This, as Fido might say, is where the best bones are buried. An irate Palestinian Journalists Syndicate condemned the Palestinian Authority's "heavy-handed treatment of reporters on Tuesday covering a supermodel's visit to Bethlehem."

Rav Kook
 

Posted on: May 22nd, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

The thought that Eretz Yisrael is an accessory to Judaism, and not a central pillar in itself, is a tragic distortion which was caused by the nearly 2000 year exile of the Jewish People from the Land of Israel. After years of wandering - scattered among the gentiles, separated from our homeland- our orientation to the Land of Israel became distorted and confused.

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Israeli female combat soldier examining her makeup. Do male warrioers complain that it takes the lady combatants hours to get ready?
 

Posted on: May 22nd, 2012

BlogsjBlogs

I was bored and so I Googled “Jewish jokes” and got this one. I chortled, I think you will, too. Cohen and Levy are both in the antique business across the street from each other, and have been for years. Cohen hates Levy – he thinks he’s a gonniff and; a liar and; an ignorant […]

UN General Assembly
 

Posted on: May 22nd, 2012

BlogsSultan Knish

The United States can survive without the international order, but it cannot survive the international order. If the United States is going to survive the century, it will have to do so as a rogue nation.

Lauren Odes with her celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred at Monday's press conference.
 

Posted on: May 22nd, 2012

News & ViewsYori's News Clips

The owners of Native Intimates are Orthodox Jews. That by itself is not exactly shocking, since Jews of all stripes have been running New York's garment industry since the early 20th century. What's unique about this particular outfit is their poor choice in letting go a female temp at their warehouse because she looked and dressed too provocatively for the workplace.

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Celebrating Yom Yerushalayim
 

Posted on: May 21st, 2012

BlogsSultan Knish

As we remember Jerusalem Day, it is important to remember that the city is united and free because diplomacy failed. Israel's greatest triumph happened only because diplomacy proved hopeless in deterring Muslim genocidal ambitions. Had Israel succumbed to international pressure and had Nasser been as subtle as Sadat, then the Six Day War would have looked like the Yom Kippur War with 1948 borders - and Israel very likely would not exist today.

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Posted on: May 21st, 2012

BlogsThe Muqata

I missed the Asifa. Admittedly, I wasn’t planning on going, though I do feel jealous of those software developers who managed to get 50,000 men (and an unknown number of women who participated remotely) to pay actual money to listen to a multi-hour sales pitch of their products, and then have their community leaders tell […]

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Yad Vashem
 

Posted on: May 21st, 2012

BlogsNot A Jew - Jew

Imagine the entire Holocaust happening between the release of Beverly Hills Cop 1 and Beverly Hills Cop 2 – that’s how fresh the Holocaust was in the world in which I grew up.

Facebook
 

Posted on: May 21st, 2012

BlogsFelafel on Rye

Do you have a teenager who is doing badly in school? Do you have a kid who hates to pray? Does the tiny kippah he wears come off his head the moment he’s down the block? This may be the reason. Nothing desensitizes a person from Torah more than an exposure to porn. Don’t delude yourselves – when it comes to computers, children are geniuses. They know how to navigate through the intricacies of the web like private eyes.

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Absolutely the finest image from last night's Asifah. Move over Andy Warhol, make room for VosIzNeias!
 

Posted on: May 21st, 2012

BlogsjBlogs

Every opening to the outside world is a calculated risk. Every time we open a window we chance being shocked by something vile. Every time we ride in our cars, take the subway, even go to shul – something terrible can offend our senses and even influence our very being. Opening a book – are […]

Sunday night's Asifa at Citi Field, Queens. Organizers attempted to keep that which is good about technology and throw away the rest.
 

Posted on: May 21st, 2012

News & ViewsYori's News Clips

The Asifa was a sober and responsible approach to a real problem, and I was impressed by the quickness with which the organizers responded to the potential pitfalls of being portrayed as Luddites, which does not befit a nation of scholars and questioners.

Palestinian stone-thrower taking a breather
 

Posted on: May 20th, 2012

BlogsSultan Knish

Weigh every story one way. Depersonalize Israelis, personalize Muslims. One is a statistic, the other a precious snowflake. A Muslim terrorist attack is always in retaliation for something, but an Israeli attack is rarely a retaliation for anything. When Israeli planes bomb a terrorist hideout, suggest that this latest action only feeds the "Cycle of Violence" and quote some official who urges Israel to return to peace negotiations.

Louis C.K.
 

Posted on: May 20th, 2012

BlogsNot A Jew - Jew

One of the main things I’ve learned about the differences between Jews and non-Jews (namely Christians) is that non-Jews place a great deal of importance on how you feel, what you believe, your intentions, your inner motivations for being good. By contrast, according my friend Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, Jews “care far less about what you believe. What you do is more important.”

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