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Go Jump in the Jordan River
 

Go Jump in the Jordan River

Posted on: August 13th, 2012

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When you read about the Jordan River in the Bible you easily imagine a massive body of water that crossing it takes a bridge or a miracle (Joshua 3). But when you look at today’s Jordan River, even way up north near its source, you have to conclude that this river had to a have […]

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Is Barack Giving the Priestly Blessing?
 

Is Barack Giving the Priestly Blessing?

Posted on: August 12th, 2012

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OK, you be the judge: this is an official White House image of President Barack Obama talking with patrons during a stop at Lechonera El Barrio restaurant in Orlando, Fla., Aug. 2, 2012. To the untrained eye it’s just another press-the-flesh kind of thing, nothing special. Except, what’s the president doing with his right hand? […]

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Everything You Wanted to Know about Mitzvah Tantz
 

Everything You Wanted to Know about the Mitzvah Tantz

Posted on: August 10th, 2012

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Hundreds of Hasidic Jews on Thursday attended the wedding of the grandson of the Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok Rebbe in Bnei Brak, where this mitzvah dance was performed. The mitzvah tantz (mitzvah-dance) is the Hasidic custom of the men dancing with the bride on her wedding night, after the wedding feast. The bride stands perfectly still, […]

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Separate But Wet
 

Separate But Wet

Posted on: August 9th, 2012

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Haredi guy floating in the men only beach of the Dead Sea. This so reminded me of the story of the man who can’t fall asleep because he can’t decide if he should sleep with his beard above or below the blanket. The answer here is clear: beard above the water. The Dead Sea seawater […]

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Jacques Rogge: Impartial to a Fault
 

Jacques Rogge: Impartial to a Fault

Posted on: August 8th, 2012

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This picture of IOC president Jacques Rogge—who refused to permit the minute of silence in commemoration of the 11 Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian thugs in Munich—was published by Forbes in November of 2011. The caption below reads: President of the International Olympic Committee Jacques Rogge pauses during a press conference in the West Bank […]

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Age Appropriate
 

Age Appropriate

Posted on: August 7th, 2012

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This young person stood with his banner at a rally on Monday against bombing of Iran, held in front of the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv. It was the anniversary of the U.S.’ dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The child’s plea for freeing the Middle East of weapons of mass destruction was just the […]

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Balabasta Nutty Summer Festival
 

Balabasta Nutty Summer Festival

Posted on: August 6th, 2012

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Just in time for its 100th birthday, the ever-evolving Machane Yehuda market has transformed itself once again, this time into one of Jerusalem’s hottest summer cultural venues. On Monday nights throughout August, the shuk hosts “Balabasta” (literally, “come to the shop-stall”), a centennial carnival of sorts, complete with street performances, a collaborative wall-of-origami project, live […]

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Only 5,000 Showed Up, One Caped
 

Only 5,000 Showed Up, One Caped

Posted on: August 5th, 2012

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A mass rally that was supposed to combine Social justice activists with the ‘Suckers Camp’ proved once again that there’s such a thing as too many rallies. Last night the Tel Aviv square looked very sparsely populated, despite organizers’ promises/hopes. But whether or not this spells the end of this wave of rallies – the […]

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Using Donkeys to Slaughter Sacred Cows?
 

Using Donkeys to Kill Sacred Cows?

Posted on: August 3rd, 2012

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Some 5,000 people marched in Jerusalem’s “Gay Pride” parade on Thursday, upsetting many residents and contributing very little to the spirit of tolerance. While in Tel-Aviv the parade enjoys massive local support, the insistence on conducting it in the holiest city in the world regularly upsets even liberal minded religious Jews. Some Orthodox Jewish men […]

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Montefiore's Windmill Gets a Facelift (Armlift?)
 

Windmill Gets a Facelift (Armlift?)

Posted on: August 2nd, 2012

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Montefiore’s flour windmill is a landmark in Jerusalem, built in 1857 in the Mishkenot Sha’ananim neighborhood, then in Ottoman-ruled Palestine. Today the windmill serves as a small museum dedicated to the achievements of Moses Montefiore. On Wednesday, the new cupola and blades were lifted to the top of the windmill, after a six months international restoration […]

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Exposed
 

Exposed

Posted on: August 1st, 2012

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A drought in Israel in 1985 caused the water level in the Sea of Galilee to fall lower than usual. On January 24, 1986, the remains of an ancient boat were discovered. Archaeologists carefully extracted the remains and preserved them in a museum at Nof Ginosar, near Tiberias. A cooking pot and a lamp were […]

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Photo-Essay: 15,000 Chareidim at the Ammunition Hill Siyum HaShas

Posted on: August 1st, 2012

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Photos:15,000 Ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered at Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem on Tuesday night to celebrate the completion of this 7.5 year cycle of learning the Talmud.

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Photo-Essay: 20,000 Celebrate at Jerusalem’’s Teddy Stadium for the Shas Siyum HaShas

Posted on: July 31st, 2012

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20,000 people participated Tuesday night in Shas's Siyum HaShas (completion of the Talmud). Here are some photos.

Open Skies
 

Open Skies

Posted on: July 31st, 2012

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I spent nearly half an hour in search of an image that would best illustrate the concept of an open sky policy, in a way that expresses the yearning of the average citizen of this planet to go places for a while, if only it didn’t entail getting so deep in debt they won’t see […]

While It's Still Guilt Free
 

While It’s Still Guilt Free

Posted on: July 30th, 2012

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Two kids outside an ice cream parlor in central Jerusalem. They get to enjoy it to the fullest, blissfully ignorant of the judgmental gazes they will encounter only a few years hence, for the same pleasure.

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Photo-Essay: Mr. Romney Goes to Jerusalem

Posted on: July 29th, 2012

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Mitt Romney visited Israel, and on Sunday met with Israeli leaders. Here are the photos.

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Circling Jerusalem's Wall
 

Circling Jerusalem’s Wall

Posted on: July 29th, 2012

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On Saturday night, a large group of Jews participated in a walk around the walls of the old city of Jerusalem, as they have done on the night of the 9th of Av for the past 18 years. Israeli police were on hand in case of violence when the marchers said Lamentations near the Damascus […]

Zionist Olympic Gold Moment
 

Zionist Olympic Gold Moment

Posted on: July 27th, 2012

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Windsurfer Gal Fridman from kibbutz Sdot Yam has won a bronze medal in the Atlanta 1996 Summer Olympics, and a gold medal in the Athens 2004 Summer Olympics. In 2007 he won the Men’s Windsurfer New Year International Regatta in Limassol, Cyprus. He is the only Israeli athlete to have won two Olympic medals, and […]

Nobody Touch my Ice Cream
 

Nobody Touch my Ice Cream

Posted on: July 26th, 2012

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In our ongoing series on how various residents of Israel are dealing with the heat, meet this chimp from the Ramat Gan Safari, who appears to be in serious discomfort – and he’s from Africa! Park employees are dealing with the problem by handing out frozen treats. You don’t want to be there when the […]

Just Keep Doing What You're Doing
 

Just Keep Doing What You’re Doing

Posted on: July 25th, 2012

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An elephant at Ramat-Gan’s Safari park is receiving the heat prevention treatment from a park employee. In fact, the list of measures taken by Safari employees working with elephants to deal with the summer heat goes: 1. Hose elephant with water. 2. Did we say Hose elephant with water already?

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