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What Makes the IDF Special; the Lag BaOmer Victory; Rescue in Nepal; and Crazy Coalition-Building
 
There is a Coalition!

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Israeli A-G Breaks Own Rule, Interferes in Gov’t Coalition Talks

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Off-Shore Menorah-Shaped Islands Plan Mixes Interfaith with Promise of Jobs and Housing

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Netanyahu Wants Restrictions on the Minister of Justice

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Gas Line Terrorist Sentenced to 30 Years

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While Battling Mylan, Teva Acquires Auspex Pharmaceuticals for $3.2 Billion

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Coalition Last Minute Talks: Likud Capitulates, Bayit Yehudi Wins Justice + 2 Security Cabinet Votes

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Stone Throwers Injure Jerusalem Man

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Report: Sudan Shoots Down “Israeli” Drone

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Fear of New Bombing Attack Keeps Jews Away from Tunisian Lag B’Omer Pilgrimage

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Senators Boxer, Ernst, Move to Arm Kurds Against ISIS

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Tonight at Midnight: Netanyahu’s Moment of Truth

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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

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Huckabee Throws his Hat in the Ring

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Report: Bibi Blinks First, Ayelet Shaked to be Justice Minister

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US Senate May Vote Thursday on Nuclear Review Bill

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Bennett Goes Underground as Likud’s Anxiety Increases

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6 Anglo Aliyah Immigrants to Receive NBN Bonei Zion Prize

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Israel Issues Travel Warning for Nepal

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Oldest Set of 10 Commandments Showing in Israel

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Hamas Dentist of Death Arrested and Indicted

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Olmert Uses Tony Blair as Character Witness

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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?

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Lessons In Emunah
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Posted on: August 17th, 2011

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I have been living in Israel for many years, yet there are still special moments that catch me by surprise. A series of such moments occurred recently, reminding me of how very lucky I am to call Yerushalayim my home.

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Posted on: August 10th, 2011

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Note to readers: When I heard the words, "You give us seven minutes and we'll give you the world" on the radio at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning, July 13, I never thought that what I was about to hear would shake me to the core and change my world forever. I could not come to myself - and I'm sure most of klal Yisraelcouldn't either. So I sat down and the following poem spilled forth. Because it is written in a simple style, simple enough for any child to understand, I hope it does not seem to trivialize what happened; it is just my humble reaction to an earth-shattering event.

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Posted on: August 3rd, 2011

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I am just a small-town girl whose aspirations never included the notion of traveling to exotic places. I dreamed of getting married, raising a family, and living near my parents and in-laws.

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Posted on: December 30th, 2010

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The long awaited wedding of her son was the highlight of Faiga's (all names used here are fictitious) life. A widow, she had never given up hope that she would one day walk her son down the aisle to his chuppah. With a mixture of fear over the long flight ahead and joy at the upcoming simcha, she boarded the plane. She had never undertaken such a long journey, but nothing could have held her back.

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Posted on: December 15th, 2010

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May 3, 2009-9 Iyar 5769: This is a date I will always remember and give thanks to Hashem. I was crossing 14th Avenue at 1 p.m. on a rainy day when I was suddenly struck by a car. The Almighty zokef kefufim straightens the bowed.

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Posted on: December 8th, 2010

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While working for the U.S. Census Bureau in 1990, I knocked on the door of Soviet ?migr?s in Boro Park and proceeded to converse with them about their recent arrival to the United States. This elderly couple had come from Moldavia. They were survivors of both Nazi and Communist tyranny.

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Posted on: December 1st, 2010

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We had just finished celebrating the High Holidays in Boca Raton. With the intensity of those days behind us, we were looking forward to visiting my family in New York. The kids were so excited and counted down the days until they would see their Bubby and Zayde, aunt, uncle, and cousins. Never did I realize that while I was deciding what clothes to pack for the Yom Tov of Sukkos, I would also be packing clothes for my father's levayah.

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Posted on: November 24th, 2010

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It was erev Simchas Torah and I had just lit my Yom Tov candles. I was rushing to go to hakafos (dancing with the Torah) at my local shul.

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Posted on: November 17th, 2010

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My husband of 40 years is always ready to help people. He is also very kind to his family and is always eager to embark on a family outing. However, he has one stipulation. He would rather not drive long distances at night, as he has had challenging experiences driving in the dark in fog, rain and other inclement weather.

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Posted on: November 10th, 2010

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Although the following incident occurred many years ago, it is etched in my mind as if it happened yesterday.

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Posted on: November 3rd, 2010

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It was 1 a.m. when my daughter Shani and her friend Tehilla took a wrong turn and found themselves traveling along a dark, isolated stretch of road outside Jerusalem. A few moments later, they noticed a young bearded man dressed in a suit and black hat flagging them down. Tehilla was surprised when Shani abruptly stopped the car. Tehilla tried to dissuade Shani from giving the young man a ride, given the late hour.

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Posted on: October 27th, 2010

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Normally, I enjoy air travel. But the night before a recent flight to Los Cabos, Mexico, I developed an excruciating earache. I tried nursing it with organic eardrops, but by the time we arrived at the airport, the pain had only intensified.

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Posted on: October 20th, 2010

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This past Yom Kippur, my father, an 84-year-old Holocaust survivor, surprised our family by recounting a wartime Kol Nidre observance that stirred his soul.

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Posted on: October 20th, 2010

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My treasured parents loved Yiddishkeit. Their belief in Hashem was unwavering. My darling Daddy used to tell me that if I was ever afraid, I should recite the Shema. Whenever I was troubled, my precious Mommy would reassure me, "Gott vet helfen!" (God will help!).

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Posted on: October 13th, 2010

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While studying the anatomy of the heart in Machon Biotechnology in Israel, I had some thoughts: The four holiest cities in Israel - Jerusalem (fire/aish),Tzfat (wind/ruach), Chevron (earth/adamah), and Tverya (water/mayim) - seem to correspond to the four chambers of the heart.

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Posted on: October 6th, 2010

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I was writing in my home office, and the back door was open, letting the breeze waft in. It was quiet, except for a loud squawking squirrel outside. In fact, he was so loud that it sounded as if he was in the next room. I stopped typing and unsteadily dragged myself to the dining room door, terrified to open it.

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Posted on: September 28th, 2010

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For the past 10 years, I have been privileged to be part of a women's Tehillim group in Jerusalem. Every Shabbat, we meet and divide Sefer Tehillim (the Book of Psalms). We pray for the safety of our soldiers, for Eretz Yisrael, and for those injured in terrorist attacks. We also bring our individual lists of people in need of Divine assistance. We pray for women waiting to become mothers, for singles waiting to meet their spouses, for sick people waiting for good health, and for soldiers waiting to come home.

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Posted on: September 21st, 2010

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My husband and I were honored to attend a Hachnassas Sefer Torah celebration this summer at our upstate summer home in Elm Shade Estates. We have had a summer home for many years. We were always privileged to have a special, devoted friend take care of all the things that needed attention there - from ensuring that the grass was cut to keeping the shul spotless for Shabbos.

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Posted on: September 15th, 2010

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During the 1920s, a polio epidemic swept across the United Sates. My uncle, then a baby, was one of its victims. As a child, I heard the story of his recovery many times from my mother, his sister. At the time she was about 10 years old, and witnessed the miracle firsthand.

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Posted on: September 7th, 2010

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As I was sitting at the computer writing about my dream baby, I suddenly wondered, "Where is she? She is too quiet." So I turned around to see what she was doing. I had left her sitting behind me with toys to keep her busy, and she had been playing nicely. As she was no longer there I went to look for her, and found her happily sitting on the bathroom floor, surrounded by a pile of ripped tissues. Okay, back to my story. Now you might wonder who "they" are. It's those folks who come up to me and say that my baby's feet are cold without socks; her head is baking in the sun without a hat; she's too hot with that blanket over her. Oh, the joys of living in Israel, where we are all family.

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