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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) sitting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) in the oval office, May 18, 2009.
 

Will Romney or Obama Save Israel from Iran?

Posted on: September 3rd, 2012

InDepthColumnsYishai Fleisher

While many American presidents give off a warm gooey "Shalom Chaver" feelings, this leads Israel to accept their practical actions which hurt the Jewish state. At least Obama's anti-Israel agenda is transparent. If he should win a second term that could be a good thing in the long run.

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Kosher Hot Dogs and the Dichotomy of Tisha B’Av

Posted on: July 19th, 2012

InDepthColumnsYishai Fleisher

We are not in the era of securing Kosher dogs, we are in the era of reestablishing a Jewish commonwealth and building a country. This project needs us to focus our collective energies so that we can overcome the multiple challenges that stand in our way. Instead of watching overpaid athletes run bases after hitting a ball, we need all those Kosher-eating “accomplished professionals” to “feel very strongly” about their place in the fight for Israel!

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Plesner Committee and a Look at Shoddy Reporting

Posted on: July 17th, 2012

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Jewish Press Columnist Yishai Fleisher is joined by alternative peace activist Baruch Widen. Together they discuss the findings of the Plesner Committee and discuss a recent piece from NPR.

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Voting in US Elections and Knesset Update

Posted on: July 15th, 2012

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Jewish Press Columnist, Yishai Fleisher, is joined by Knesset insider Jeremy Man Saltan to discuss the current situation in the Knesset along with a discussion talking about Jewish Americans living in Israel voting in US elections.

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Germany and the Levy Report

Posted on: July 13th, 2012

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Yishai and Malkah further discuss Germany's ban on ritual circumcision along with discuss the Levy Report.

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From New Zealand to Israel

Posted on: July 11th, 2012

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Yishai is joined by Hillel Ma'or, an instructor at the Caliber 3 range outside of Efrat to discuss his journey to Judaism and also Israel.

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Origins of Internationalization

Posted on: July 8th, 2012

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Yishai Fleisher presents a talk that he gave to the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem about why the concept of internationalizing the city is not a good idea.

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Crowning Miss Holocaust Survivor

Posted on: July 6th, 2012

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Yishai and Malkah talk about a recent beauty pageant for Holocuast survivors along with contrasts between new German and Israeli Laws. They also discuss a gift that was recently delivered from a fan.

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Remembering An Anonymous Soldier

Posted on: July 4th, 2012

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Yishai Fleisher is joined by Alternative Peace Activist Yehuda HaKohen to discuss the roots and life of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir.

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‘Losing Zuckerberg’ and Reform Judaism’s Opportunity

Posted on: July 2nd, 2012

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Had Mark Zuckerberg been told that the Jewish people have a mission to rebuild a Jewish state, and that his creative talents are needed, he may have harnessed his mind in that direction. Had he been offered an opportunity to take part in the most exciting project of the Jewish people in two-thousand years, he probably would have taken it.

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Yishai’s Speech Diet – Caleb’s Forty Days For Israel

Posted on: June 17th, 2012

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How do we rectify the sin of the spies? By doing the exact opposite of what they did. We need to love Israel with all our hearts, and to take every measure that is antithetical to rejecting it. Because the original sin was committed through slanderous speech and scare tactics, we can repair the damage by focusing on positive, empowering speech for Israel.

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Light Unto the Nations from the Comfort of Home

Posted on: June 14th, 2012

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Notice the amazing historical confluence of the ingathering with the communications revolution: just as the Jewish people were set to start off on the adventure of building a state in the Middle East, so too did the technology to communicate and broadcast globally explode - from the wire, to the radio, to the TV, to the internet, to the iPhone - there are no boundaries to the exchange of information.

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Open Letter: Dear Pastor Hagee and Christian Zionists

Posted on: June 7th, 2012

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Pastor Hagee, I once heard you say at a fundraiser in Jerusalem: “Don’t tell me you love me, show me you love me.” Now I say that very phrase back to you - Don’t tell me you love me, show me you love me by harnessing the power of CUFI and Christian Zionists to defend Jerusalem from bad US policy.

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As thousands of Jews gather at Meron, fathers give their 3 year old sons a first haircut at the gravesite of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.  Jewish culture and tradition is flourishing and joyous on Lag B'Omer in Israel.  (Photo credit: Yishai Fleisher)
 

Rejoicing Proud Jews: Reflections on Lag B’Omer

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

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The victory of the Jewish idea is celebrated on Lag B'Omer. It fits neatly between Israeli Independence Day and Yom Yerushalayim. These three days are all driven by the same spirit: the liberation of Jewish peoplehood, the return to the land, and the reemergence of authentic Jewish culture.

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Land Reclamation Activists Score Jerusalem Victory

Posted on: April 18th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

"The eviction is going smoothly. The land belongs to a Jewish owner, he purchased it in the 80's and it is registed in the land registry. We did a court process to evict, the judge gave a judgement, after that they appealed to the disrict court, and even the disrict court denied the appeal. We went to the Office of Execution [Hotza'a Lepoal], and now we are doing this eviction"

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Pollard may be gumming up the works for Obama and Kerry by refusing to attend a parole hearing after a deal was proposed to free him if Israel.
 

Opinion: Jonathan Pollard is Dead

Posted on: April 10th, 2012

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I do not want the stain of Pollard's ugly death in prison to be on my conscience. I do not want his death to be on my nation's conscience. I do not want it on the conscience of PM Netanyahu or President Peres. I do not want it on the conscience of Israel's gentile friends, or even the US administration. I do not want the ugly stain to be a permanent scar on the historical record and the collective memory of this generation. But it's all about to happen. Unless something changes, Jonathan Pollard will die in Butler prison in the next few weeks, days, or hours.

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Kohanim giving the Jewish Priestly Blessing during the Passover Festival in Jerusalem
 

Video: Under the Prayer Shawl – Secrets of the Priestly Blessing

Posted on: April 10th, 2012

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“Under the Prayer Shawl – Secrets of the Priestly Blessing”, was shot on location at the 2011 annual massive blessing by the Jewish Priests (Kohanim) at the Western Wall (Kotel) in Jerusalem during the Passover festival. The Kohanim (priests) are Jews descended directly from Aaron, the older brother of the Biblical Moses, who was given […]

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Photo Essay: Jerusalem Pilgrimage and Priestly Blessings 5772

Posted on: April 9th, 2012

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This year's Priestly Blessing in Jerusalem drew thousands of Jews (and a few gentiles as well) to the Western Wall. Take a look at these pictures and maybe you too can partake of the Biblical blessings.

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Photo Essay: Passover Preparations in Israel

Posted on: April 3rd, 2012

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As Israel and the Jewish world prepare for the 5772/2012 Pesach holiday and pilgrimage, JewishPress.com is proud to present a photo essay illustrating the colorful season of Passover in Israel.

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‘Next Year In Jerusalem’ Doesn’t Have To Be A Meaningless Cliché

Posted on: March 28th, 2012

InDepthOp-Eds

Often, upon returning home to Israel after a speaking tour in North America, I am asked by Israeli friends, "Nu, did you get people to make aliyah?"

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