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Miracle of the Crowded Pilgrims
 

Miracle of the Crowded Pilgrims

Posted on: September 25th, 2012

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The Mishna in “Chapters of our Fathers” 5:5 describes ten miracles that used to occur in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem (a couple of feet above the Western Wall in the picture). One of those miracle was that when the pilgrims—hundreds of thousands of them—stood in the Temple courtyard, they were crammed together, like the […]

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Portraits of a Heroine

Posted on: September 24th, 2012

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Corporal S., hero of the Caracal Unit, in her own words:     “I ran under fire until I got to Netanel. But when I saw his condition, I understood it was impossible to save him. One of the terrorists exploded near us. I understood we were facing death. I took cover and thought about […]

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Shhhh…
 

Shhhh…

Posted on: September 24th, 2012

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Rest period in the pre-kindergarten class at the Jewish Educational Center, the precursor to the current St. Paul Jewish Community Center, circa 1939. It was built in 1930 at the corner of Holly and Grotto Streets. Programming combined recreation and education, and by the time this picture was taken, over 100 community groups used the […]

Now, That's an Esrog!
 

Now, That’s an Esrog!

Posted on: September 23rd, 2012

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It turns out this is what a mature esrog looks like, and the lemon-size fruits we’re all used to are baby esrogim, picked at a size that best fit in the palm of our hand. Only the Yemenites, I’m told, prefer the full-impact esrog, which, cone to think of it, could be used both for […]

Spin the Chicken
 

Spin the Chicken

Posted on: September 21st, 2012

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A young Jewish man waves a female chicken over his wife’s head in the neighborhood of Meah Shearim, Jerusalem, as part of the Kaparot ritual. The rite is supposed to transfer her sins from last year onto the innocent bird, and the sinful chicken is then given to the poor. But, wait a minute, if […]

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Civilized Rage

Posted on: September 20th, 2012

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In the midst of a sea of volatile rage—much of it well orchestrated—that’s sweeping the Muslim world over all the little slights that make Muslims angry – here’s something unusual: a group of Muslim Thai demonstrators outside the U.S. embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, last Tuesday. They’re probably just as upset as any Muslim over the […]

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Heroism on a Crowded Planet
 

Heroism on a Crowded Planet

Posted on: September 19th, 2012

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Two weeks ago, Nadav Ben Yehuda received from President Shimon Peres the distinguished service award, for rescuing a Turkish climber in the Himalayas. Now Ben-Yehuda has climbed 5000 meters (16404.2 ft.) to the summit of Mount Kazbek in the former Sovier Republic of Georgia, and flew there a flag he had received from the President. […]

Drimia Maritima, or the Sea Squill,known in Hebrew as Hatzav.
 

Postcard from Israel – Hatzav

Posted on: September 16th, 2012

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Drimia Maritima, or the Sea Squill, is known in Hebrew as Hatzav (from the word Hatzeva; quarrying, hewing or tunnelling) probably due to the ability of its long roots to penetrate cracks in rocks, and even widen them, in order to reach water or damp ground. In Israel, this tall, impressive plant – which flowers right […]

Why We Blow Shofar
 

Why We Blow Shofar

Posted on: September 16th, 2012

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Here’s a lovely image of two kids blowing shofars on the eve of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year celebration, at the Saint Paul Jewish Community Center, circa 1990. We blow shofar 100 times, give or take, on each day of the two-day holiday of Rosh Hashanah, which is a two-day holiday not only in […]

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A Sweet New Year
 

A Sweet New Year

Posted on: September 14th, 2012

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At the Ramat Gan Safari, near Tel Aviv, the animals were treated to sweet fruits and honey in celebration of the approaching of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish new year). I went looking online for an answer to a troubling question: is honey good for bears? I mean, those beasts are heavy enough as it is, […]

All You Need Is Breslov
 

All You Need Is Breslov

Posted on: September 13th, 2012

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A planeload of frum guys made its way on Wednesday to Uman, in the Ukraine, for the Rosh Hashanah festivities, despite some unexpected delays (wildcat strike) at Ben Gurion airport. As most everyone visiting these pages knows, Uman is the burial place of Reb Nachman of Breslov. Reb Nachman, the great grandson of the Baal […]

Tagged and Released
 

Tagged and Released

Posted on: September 12th, 2012

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A vulture is spreading its wings as it is released back into the wild in the southern Negev Desert near Kibbutz Sde Boker earlier this week. The Israeli nature and park authority recently trapped 96 vultures and released them after the birds had undergone examination and each received a ring and number. According to Birding […]

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The Sound of WOW
 

Women Behaving Badly

Posted on: September 11th, 2012

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Here is a WOW member wearing talit and tefillin blowing a shofar during prayer outside a police station in Jerusalem’s Old City where police detained four other WOWs at the Wailing Wall this summer. WOW stands for “Women of the Wall.” Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu of Arutz 7 reported on the August 19 incident: Police arrested […]

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Housekeeping for God
 

Housekeeping for God

Posted on: September 10th, 2012

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The Wailing Wall’s Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz and his crew on Sunday removed thousands of handwritten notes placed in the crevices of the ancient Wall, just a stone’s throw down from God’s Mountain (which, in the recent and less recent past has been the site of real stones being thrown, in one direction—you guessed it, the one […]

Selichot
 

Selichot

Posted on: September 9th, 2012

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Jewish men at Selichot services at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. Why do we call these days and these rituals “Selichot” – Pardons and Forgiveness, when we keep on announcing and confessing our sins? Asks my friend H. from Tzfat. Why don’t we call them Confessions? Because we assume that God has pleasure in forgiving […]

Water Reservoir as Metaphor for Revelation
 

Reservoir as Metaphor for Revelation

Posted on: September 7th, 2012

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Israeli archaeologist Eli Shukron is seen going down a ladder at the excavation site of a water reservoir dating back to the First Temple period, which has been discovered in Jerusalem. The water system was discovered during an excavation of a Second Temple period sewage system that ran below Jerusalem’s main drag back in the […]

Nahal Recruits Swear Allegiance
 

Nahal Recruits Swear Allegiance

Posted on: September 6th, 2012

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New recruits were sworn into the Nahal Brigade at the Western Wall in Jerusalem a week ago. Nahal is an acronym for Noar Halutzi Lohem, or Fighting Pioneer Youth. It was established in the early 1950s as a force that combined military service and establishment of new agricultural settlements along Israel’s borders. Many of those […]

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The Ravages of Justice
 

The Ravages of Justice

Posted on: September 5th, 2012

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Here are the refugees from Migron in their relocation camp, in Givat Hayekev. They are cleaning up their new homes, also known as “caravillas” (combination caravan and villa. A caravilla is composed of several prefabricated sections that are joined on a foundation. They vary in size from about 650 to 1,000 square feet. The biggest […]

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Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, center, signs the traumatic brain injury initiatives letter between the Army and the National Football League as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, right, looks on during a launch event at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., Aug. 30, 2012.
 

LOL: NFL Fighting Brain Injuries

Posted on: September 4th, 2012

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I recently received this press release from the Department of Defense: Army, NFL Team Up to Fight Traumatic Brain Injury OK, the headline itself is a dead giveaway. The two worst perpetrators of brain injuries in the world are teaming up to fight them? Seriously? Why don’t you, instead, like – stop causing them? Read […]

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Cutest Time Bomb You Ever Saw
 

Cutest Time Bomb You Ever Saw

Posted on: September 3rd, 2012

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First, obviously, this has to be in the top 10 sweetest back-to-school or first-day-of-school images in the history of schools. These boys are lined up on a sidewalk in the ultra-Orthodox, super-Orthodox, mega-Orthodox neighborhood of Meah Sheaim, in Jerusalem, where even God has to show papers before they let Him in. This year, as the […]

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