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Haredi Jews reportedly pushed and verbally attacked Naftali Bennett, the head of the Jewish Home party, at the Western Wall.
The attack occurred as Bennett began praying in front of the Wall on Jan. 21, the day before Election Day. He was protected by a security detail.
Jerusalem Police reportedly detained a Haredi youth who called on Bennett to take off his kippah. The youth reportedly shouted “You want to draft our children to the army, mothers are crying at night,” and “let me study Torah. Don’t force me to go to the army, you’re inciting sin.”
Bennett, whose party has been rising in the polls, has sent out mixed signals on military service for all Israelis, including Haredim.
Hundreds of supporters had greeted Bennett upon his arrival at the wall.
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of the Haredi Shas Party, on Saturday night had called the Jewish Home party a “home for the gentiles.”
“It’s forbidden to vote for them,” Yosef said in his weekly sermon. “These are religious people? Anyone who votes for them denies the Torah.”
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Rewind sixty years to 1953.
Television was considered kosher by most and featured the likes of Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, George Burns, Red Buttons, Perry Como, Arthur Godfrey, Clayton Moore as The Lone Ranger, Dinah Shore, Red Skelton, Danny Thomas, Jack Webb as Joe Friday on “Dragnet” and many others who provided great memories.
Yet all are part of one neshamah, planted in rich, verdant soil, determined to grow. May our garden continue to produce a glorious assortment of flowers and trees, each attached firmly to its roots. Our diverse southern vegetation flourishes and grows into different trees, flowers, and fruits, and a rainbow of glorious shades and hues appears. Yet each shoot is rooted in the same soil, stretching its branches and blossoms heavenward in an endless pursuit of growth and connection to the One above.
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Although there are more direct and faster routes to Beer Sheva and Eilat and all the sites and towns in-between, the Basor River is one of the beauties of the Negev that defiantly justifies a diversion.
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The decision to eject the senior class of the Yeshiva of Flatbush in Brooklyn from a flight was not anti-Semitic, an internal school report found. AirTran Airways “abused its discretion” in forcing the 101 students off the early morning flight June 3 to their senior trip in Atlanta, according to the report, obtained by the [...]
There is no alternative to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, Bill Clinton said at an event to honor Israeli President Shimon Peres. Clinton was speaking Monday night at the Peres Academic Center in Rehovot in honor of Peres’ 90th birthday. “Your neighbors are still your neighbors,” the former U.S. president said of the [...]
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