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Stolen 3-Foot Menorah is Returned to Rabbi in Borough Park

11 Elul 5772 – August 29, 2012
A silver menorah stolen from a rabbi’s Brooklyn home was returned. The 3-foot menorah belonging to Rabbi Yehezkel Zion was stolen last week from the family’s Borough Park home.

Gilad Shalit Celebrates First Birthday Since Being Freed

Gilad Shalit marked his first birthday since being freed from Hamas captivity.

GOP Senators Plan Resolution Promising Support Should Israel Strike Iran

Republican senators plan to introduce a non-binding resolution pledging military, economic and diplomatic backing for Israel should it strike Iran.
Adina Bar Shalom with her father, Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.

Rav Ovadia Yosef’s Daughter Meets with PA President Abbas

“Rav Ovadia Yosef is not what the newspapers make him out to be. Rav Ovadia uses his influence on the Israeli public and also on the Israeli government,” Rabbi Fruman told the Palestinian officials. Abbas addressed the Iranian threat against Israel, and, surprisingly, expressed his objection to permitting Iran to possess a nuclear bomb, thus dragging the entire region into great danger.
Midnight Cowboy Jon Voight with RJC intern Barbara Efraim.

Jon Voight Woos Jews in Otherwise Tame Tampa Convention

Delegates to the Republican Convention have been pouring into Tampa for the last several days. The delegates have been pouring in, but thus far, despite predictions that Hurricane Isaac might bring with it heavy rain and driving winds, there has been 'nary a cloud in the sky. Lynne Kessler Lechter serves on the National Women's Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Lechter told The Jewish Press that on Saturday night she attended a dinner for Republican Jewish Coalition leadership at the home of Ambassador Mel and Betty Semble...
Bar Ilan University president Professor Moshe Kaveh

Bar Ilan Breaks Rank, Quitting High Court Petition to Kill Ariel University

11 Elul 5772 – August 28, 2012
Monday night, Bar Ilan University president Professor Moshe Kaveh informed lawyers representing the committee of heads of Israeli universities that he is withdrawing Bar Ilan University from the petition to the Supreme Court to annul Ariel University's accreditation.

16 Retired Couples Make Aliyah on Nefesh B’Nefesh Flight

A group of 16 retiree couples ages 50 to 80 made Aliyah to Israel in mid-August on Nefesh B’Nefesh charter Aliyah flight that left out of JFK airport in New York. The retirees joined their children and grandchildren who had made Aliyah over the last decade.
Photo: Former Bush Administration official Elliot Abrams

Elliot Abrams: Americans Support Israeli Strike on Iran; Iranians Don’t Fear Obama

“They do not think it’s possible. They do not think it’s in the cards. I think that is one of the reasons diplomacy has failed – and it has failed,” he said.
Dr. Dieter Graumann, president of Germany's Central Council of Jews

German Jews to Israeli Chief Rabbi: Your Circumcision Commotion Did More Harm than Good

“We are concerned that Interior Minister Yishai didn’t think of becoming better informed about the details."
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara are worth just over $10 million.

How Much Is Netanyahu Worth?

Following the minor storm that erupted on Monday over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's request to rearrange his portfolio which is in a blind trust—a request he eventually rescinded—Forbes Israel decided to dig into that portfolio, to find out how rich is Bibi. It turns out he's not crazy rich, and incidentally, close to half of the Netanyahus wealth is invested in their penthouse in the affluent neighborhood of Rechavia in downtown Jerusalem, and a villa in Caesaria.

Stabbing Attack in Binyamin

A Jewish civilian was stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist near Ma'aleh Levonah. A group of residents from the town of Ma'aleh Levonah went down near...
Rachel Corrie

Judge Rules Rachel Corrie’s Death an Accident

Judge Gershon of Haifa District Court ruled today that the death of Rachel Corrie was an accident. In a 62 page court document, the judge stated there was no fault in the military investigation which the Israeli military undertake immediately after Corrie's death. The Israel Defense Force has been cleared of responsibility.

Rabbi Asher Lopatin to Succeed Rabbi Avi Weiss at Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Rabbi Asher Lopatin of Chicago is set to succeed Rabbi Avi Weiss next year at the helm of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, the Modern Orthodox...

Rabbi Meir Soloveichik to Offer Opening Invocation at Republican Convention

Rabbi Meir Soloveichik is scheduled to deliver the opening invocation at the Republican National Convention. “It is an extraordinary privilege to deliver an invocation at...
U.S. ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro added his support to the ISM effort to create martyrs in their fight against Israel.

Why US Ambassador Condemned IDF Probe, Boosting ISM’s Rachel Corrie Myth

It turns out, the ambassador's position appears to simply be the opinion of Rachel Corrie's parents, the plaintiffs in the case against the government of Israel.

Israel’s New Reality: 52% of All Preschoolers Are Religious

10 Elul 5772 – August 27, 2012
On Monday morning, approximately two million children started the new school year 5773 in preschools and schools across the country.

Netanyahu: Efrat and Gush Etzion ‘will always be part of the State of Israel’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu marked the opening day of the school year telling students in Efrat that Efrat and Gush Etzion will always remain part of Israel.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz.

Prime Minister Shifts Own Financial Portfolio on Eve of Possible Iran Strike

The committee for permits in the state comptroller’s office has allowed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on August 15 – at his own request – to make changes in his investment portfolio, both overseas and locally. The request comes in the wake of threats by the PM to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities in the near future. But it appears that Netanyahu's financial move was done in full transparency and in complete adherence with legal procedure.
Left to right: a mission of good will with MK Rabbi Nissim Zeev, Rabbi Ben Abrahamson, Turkish Muslim teacher and author Adnan Oktar, Geneva Chief Rabbi Dr. Izhak Dayan, and Dr. Mordechai Kedar

Israeli Rabbis Prove Religion Works Better than Diplomacy in the Middle East

A small group of religious Jews accomplished what Israel's foreign ministry could not in 3 years of attempted diplomacy - namely, to meet with representatives from the Turkish government and attempt to heal the Turkey-Israel rift. From August 15 - 17, Shas MK Nissim Ze'ev, Shas deputy finance minister Yitzchak Cohen, the chief Rabbi of Geneva, Professor Mordechai Kedar of Bar Ilan University and other leaders met with no less than twenty Turkish parliamentarians.

School Resumes, Pro-Israel Advocates Get Busy

As students prepare for the new academic year, the campus Israel community is stocking up with new ideas for attracting participants.

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