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A Tale of Two Crowds


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A Tale of Two Crowds

Photo Credit: Sliman Khader/Flash 90



On Wednesday, the holiday of Shavuot, a crowd of thousands attended the early Shachrit service by the Kotel.

Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

At the same time, smaller crowds of Arabs clashed with police in their commemoration of the declaration of the state of Israel, May 15, 1948, 65 years ago, which the call the “Nakba” (Arabic for catastrophe).

Let’s wish ourselves many more crowded Shavuot celebrations and our Arab neighbors a pleasant catastrophe.

Yori Yanover

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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