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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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Rare Beauty in South Tel Aviv
 

Posted on: December 22nd, 2013

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Neve Tzedek (lit. Abode of Justice) in southwestern Tel Aviv was the first Jewish neighborhood to be built outside the walls of the ancient port city of Jaffa, in 1887, 22 years before the City of Tel Aviv. In the early 1900s, many artists and writers made Neve Tzedek their home, most notably Nobel prize […]

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Do You Like Speculative History?
 

Posted on: December 20th, 2013

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Alternative History or Alternative Reality is a sub-genre of science fiction dealing with worlds in which one or more historical events unfolded not the way it did in our real world. I had a glimpse of that when I looked at this picture from Thursday’s joint press conference of Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and […]

Disgraced
 

Posted on: December 19th, 2013

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Here’s Rabbi Motti Elon walking away from the Magistrate Court in Jerusalem, December 18, 2013, after hearing his verdict. Elon, former head of Yeshivat Hakotel in Jerusalem, was convicted of sexually assaulting two of his former students, in 2003 and 2005, and sentenced with 6 months of community service, 6 months suspended sentence and a […]

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So Disney…
 

Posted on: December 18th, 2013

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Fireworks and klieg lights framed the Grand Peterhof Palace during the cultural program following the leaders’ dinner at the Grand Peterhof Palace, during the G20 Summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Sept. 5, 2013. And this is the Walt Disney logo… The question is, of course, which outfit sells us more illusions…

Can Jews Set Up Detention Camps?
 

Posted on: December 17th, 2013

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Sudanese illegal migrants marching towards Jerusalem (they actually ended up in Beer Sheva) in protest of the new Holot (sands) detention camp, Monday, December 16. The new anti-infiltration law that was passed in the Knesset a week ago permits residents of the camps—mostly Sudanese and Eritreans—to leave the site until 10 PM each day, provided […]

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Civilized to a Fault
 

Posted on: December 16th, 2013

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Yesterday we published a picture by our own Yishai Fleisher, of a man insisting on having his morning coffee at his favorite Jerusalem café, and the elements be damned. Apparently this is becoming a trend, as you can see from the top picture on this page. Although I’m not so sure about how relaxed these […]

IDF Snow
 

Posted on: December 15th, 2013

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The elite IDF Alpine Unit training in Mt. Hermon. The Alpine Unit is charged with protecting Mount Hermon region and the civilians who live there. The unit is comprised of reserve soldiers who were formerly part of other elite units and volunteered to serve in the snow. Consider it a Swiss vacation substitute. The unit […]

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