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Israelis Fiercely Oppose Inter-Marriage

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UPDATE: Hamas Executes 21 Arabs in Gaza, Warning – Graphic [photo]

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It Takes a Woman to Help the US Fight ISIS (Video)

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Netanyahu Insists Military Force Needed to Stop Nuclear Iran

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Obama Decides that ISIS Does not Speak for Islam

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Hebron – IDF Checkpoint Burned Down; Soldier Escape in Time

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IAF Hits Terrorcycle

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Pro-’Palestine’ Students at Temple U Blame Victim for Altercation

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White House Releases Weapons Shipment to Israel

August 21, 2014 - 10:13 PM
 
Live Updates: Beit El & Modi’in Targeted (Latest Update 10:58pm)

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Ground Op on Horizon with Emergency Orders to 10,000 IDF Reservists

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Bomb Scare Forces Evacuation of Australian Jewish School

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Cabinet OKs Reserves Call-Up

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Irish Jews Brace for Galloway Visit

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Education Minister: Hamas Terror Won’t Prevent Israel’s Children from Learning

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Search for Mohammed Deif Continues in Gaza City Ruins

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Rock Attack on Israeli Bus

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Massive Rocket Barrage Blankets South

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Netanyahu Praises ‘Meticulous Intelligence, Precise IDF Operational Abilities’

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My Tu B'Shvat Resolution
 

Posted on: January 15th, 2014

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In the Mahane Yehuda market in Jersalem, everything is ready for Tu B’shvat, the new year for trees. The Torah permits and prohibits different uses of fruit trees based on their age, and so the 15th of the month of Shvat marks the dividing line between tree years. This means that a tree planted today, […]

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Beautiful Seltzer
 

Posted on: January 14th, 2014

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My dear friend from the Lower East Side, who goes by the lens name “Yenta Laureate” is a huge fan of those ancient seltzer bottles. Her home is decorated with a cheerful row of them, a kind of museum for carbonated memories. As the brand SodaWater is increasing in popularity, threatening the give Coke and […]

Capacity for Cruelty
 

Posted on: January 12th, 2014

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The late Ariel Sharon sitting beside the very much alive Shimon Peres in the Knesset, Jan. 26, 2005. Even though they appear so different in the details of their biographies: one a military man who turned to politics at the very end of his career, the other a politicians’ politician – in terms of their […]

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Nanny State Blues
 

Posted on: January 10th, 2014

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Here’s a group of Israelis holding up protest signs as they take part in a march against the soaring cost of living. The march ended in front of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem. The sign says: Increase Raise the Allowances of Social Security We Want to Live Honorably! That the “live honorably” statement should […]

Really, Really Cold
 

Posted on: January 9th, 2014

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The Lo-Down, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, published this image, sent in by reader Robin Schatell, with this kid showing exactly how cold it is on that sunny, frozen day. Your iPhone will make you miserable any time you need it. Schatell added the comment: “Coldest day since 1896 and we’ve got the iPhone to […]

Fireman's Lift
 

Posted on: January 8th, 2014

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This is one of those things they teach you in boot camp and it stays with you for the rest of your life. The fireman’s lift, or, in Hebrew, Schivat Patzua (carrying the wounded) is a clever way of picking up a man who is roughly your weight and even a little heavier, and distributing […]

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The Socks Clinton Conspiracy Theory
 

Posted on: January 7th, 2014

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Socks Clinton (March 23, 1989 – February 20, 2009) was the pet cat of U.S. President Bill Clinton’s family during his presidency. An adopted stray cat, he was the only pet of the Clintons during the early years of the administration, and his likeness hosted the children’s version of the White House website. After Clinton […]

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Jews in the Snow
 

Posted on: January 6th, 2014

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These Jewish guys were standing in a snow covered street of Lida, sometime in the 1920s. Lida is a city in western Belarus, 99 miles west of Minsk. Jews first settled in Lida in the middle of the 16th century. In 1579, King Stefan Batory granted them permission to build a synagogue. Say what you […]

Good Morning, Snowy Gotham
 

Posted on: January 5th, 2014

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This is the FDR Drive Friday night. The uptown going lanes have been cleared, the downtown not so much yet. The Eastern Seaboard has received its first serious snow blast of the season. After the barrage of complaints from our Israeli friends about their plight of being stuck without services and mobility for as many […]

Giraffe in Traffic
 

Posted on: January 3rd, 2014

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Here’s a giraffe at the at the Ramat Gan Safari, checking out the incoming cars. If this appears intrusive to you, you’re starting to catch what it’s like to be a zoo animal… Also, in Israel, folks are pretty friendly, and this kind of close inspection by strangers is not considered to be so intrusive. […]

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Churchill in Jerusalem
 

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014

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Secretary of State for the Colonies Sir Winston Churchill speaking at the ceremony of laying the cornerstone of the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus, March 29, 1929. In early March 1921, the Middle East Department of the Colonial Office issued the following announcement: “Distinction to be drawn between Palestine and Trans-Jordan under the Mandate.” The […]

Time to Go Home
 

Posted on: January 1st, 2014

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Here’s the mausoleum in the old Jewish cemetery in Medzhybizh, Ukraine, of Rabbi Israel ben Eliezer, the holy Baal Shem Tov, who changed and healed Eastern European Jewry. The “Besht” appeared in about 1740, a little less than a century after the holocaust of 1648 (Gzeirot Tach-Tat, the decrees of 5408-9), which were followed by […]

Busting Sir Winston
 

Posted on: December 31st, 2013

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See Secretary of State John Kerry posing for a photo with Senate and House leaders at the dedication of a bust of Winston Churchill at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on October 30, 2013. The bust is being placed pursuant to H. Res. 497, which was authored by House Speaker John Boehner and passed […]

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I See Menace
 

Posted on: December 30th, 2013

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Here are President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, attending a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Dec. 12, 2013. This image scares me a little. I don’t see contemplation, I see menace. It’s interesting, how I’ve disliked different presidents different ways. The first president about whom I formed a grownup […]

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Anybody See my Reindeer?
 

Posted on: December 29th, 2013

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Arab protesters were wearing Santa Claus costumes and waving Palestinian flags outside the West Bank village of Bilin, 7.5 miles outside Ramallah, Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. I suppose theme rallies are in again. Bilin is kind of a bedroom community for PLO officials working in Ramallah. Since January 2005, the PLO has been organizing weekly […]

First Exhibition of Soviet Jewish Works on the Holocaust
 

Posted on: December 27th, 2013

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Opening event: December 29th, 7:30 pm at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center, Jerusalem Jerusalem, Israel, December 24, 2013 – A moving first-of-its-kind exhibition showcasing the works of Jewish artists from the Former Soviet Union memorializing the Holocaust, will be on display and open to the public free of charge in Jerusalem for one month beginning […]

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Optimism and Death
 

Posted on: December 26th, 2013

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Bereaved Israeli families demonstrated on Wednesday in front of the Prime Minister’s house in Jerusalem with signs saying “We’re stopping the release of terrorists.” Israel is planning to release 26 Palestinian prisoners on Sunday, December 29, in the third stage of a deal brokered by the U.S. in July that brought about the resumption of […]

Rugby Lionesses
 

Posted on: December 25th, 2013

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The Jerusalem Lions is the only women Rugby team in Jerusalem, and in 2009 it placed third in the Rugby league in Israel. In 2010 I’m not sure they competed. Their only competitors are the Tel Aviv and Haifa teams. The team is made up of amateurs in their 30s who leave their work and […]

Afghanistan this Time of Year
 

Posted on: December 24th, 2013

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U.S. Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 113th Infantry Regiment, Provincial Reconstruction Team Security Forces, provide security outside the village of Shabadeen in Sarobi district, Paktika province, Afghanistan. It’s so clear what the soldiers in the picture are thinking. “What am I doing here?” Followed by: “What the heck am I doing here?”

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Golan Heights Reindeer
 

Posted on: December 23rd, 2013

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According to GoIsrael, Odem Forest, in the northern Golan, is the home of a deer reserve, with many different species. Nearby you can also see Rujum al-Hiri (Circle of Ghosts), a Megalithic structure about 5,000 years old that researchers believe was used for ritual purposes, burial or as an astronomy observatory. And feeding reindeer?

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