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Jerusalem Arabs Riot but Police Have the Upper Hand

October 25, 2014 - 11:51 PM
 
Arab Desecrate Mount of Olives Cemetery Again

October 25, 2014 - 11:43 PM
 
Two More Wounded Syrians Brought to Israel

October 25, 2014 - 11:26 PM
 
Lebanon Army and ISIS Battle it Out in Tripoli

October 25, 2014 - 11:24 PM
 
Palestinian Authority-American Shot Dead while Trying to Kill Jews

October 25, 2014 - 10:33 PM
 
State Department Continues Grudge Match Against Ya’alon

October 25, 2014 - 10:20 PM
 
Israel Beats Out US for $525 Million Arms Sale to India

October 25, 2014 - 10:00 PM
 
Nina Pham Released from Hospital, Ebola Free

October 25, 2014 - 9:35 PM
 
Update: Court Postpones Arab Riot-Funeral

October 25, 2014 - 9:21 PM
 
Israel Falls Back Tonight

October 25, 2014 - 8:54 PM
 
‘Lone Wolf’ Terrorism in NYC and Canada Follow Orders from ISIS

October 25, 2014 - 8:51 PM
 
Iran Executes Reyhaneh Jabbari for Killing Her Rapist

October 25, 2014 - 8:17 PM
 
Over 12,000 Israelis and Tourists Dance to Electronic Beats at Masada

October 25, 2014 - 7:09 PM
 
Not So Kosher Shemittah L’Mehadrin

October 24, 2014 - 3:42 PM
 
US Bans Embassy Personnel from Part of Jerusalem Light Rail Route

October 24, 2014 - 1:00 PM
 
Two Israeli Women Killed in Nepal Bus Crash

October 24, 2014 - 12:05 PM
 
Women of the Wall Smuggle Tiny Torah Scroll to Western Wall

October 24, 2014 - 11:10 AM
 
New York Doctor Infected with Ebola [video]

October 24, 2014 - 9:46 AM
 
Tearful Message from Baby Terror Victim’s Grandfather

October 24, 2014 - 9:35 AM
 
Romney and Joe Lieberman to Address Israel-Americans in Washington

October 24, 2014 - 8:59 AM
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Photo of the Day
Did Anybody Say 'The Children of Gaza?'
 

Posted on: November 15th, 2012

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A runaway hit twit right now is this one: “Hamas Bumper Stickers: Baby Suicide bomber on board.” And a joke that’s getting old already goes: Two Palestinian mothers watch their children playing and one of them sighs and says, “They blow up so fast.” The image I picked this morning is of Arab children visiting […]

Vantage Point
 

Posted on: November 14th, 2012

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This is a picture of President Barack Obama watching the Vice Presidential debate aboard Air Force One with members of his staff, en route from Florida to Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. It was taken Oct. 11, 2012, when to the rest of us the campaign looked wide open, with a slight advantage to the Republicans. […]

King James II
 

Posted on: November 13th, 2012

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This is a portrait of King James II by Nicolas de Largillière, c. 1686. James II was King of England and Ireland, and also doubled under the name James VII as King of Scotland. His reign began on February 6, 1685. He was the last Catholic monarch to reign over the Kingdoms of England, Scotland, […]

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Golan Heights Wind Farm
 

Posted on: November 12th, 2012

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The Golan Heights Wind Farm is located 3,150 ft. above sea level on Mount Bnei Rasan, three miles south of Quneitra in the Golan Heights. In other words, just a stone’s throw away from the bloodiest civil war raging in the region. It was the first wind farm ever built in Israel, back in 1992. […]

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The Most Beautiful Picture of Israelis Ever Shot
 

Posted on: November 9th, 2012

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The two men in this picture are Chief of Operations for the Southern Front Yitzhak Rabin and Southern Front Commander Yigal Allon, in 1949. It’s a cold day somewhere on the dunes east or south of Gaza. Neither man has slept much, which is evident from Rabin’s messy hair. Alon, four years older and considered […]

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Humble Pie
 

Posted on: November 8th, 2012

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Now, there’s a fine exercise in the diplomatic niceties one must endure when one is prime minister of a small state in the near east, surrounded by enemies, with few friends to spare, and one’s favorite candidate has come up short. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) met on Wednesday with U.S. ambassador to Israel […]

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Don't Drink Alone
 

Posted on: November 6th, 2012

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It occurred to me that with so much of this website being devoted to politics and the Islamist threat, we should probably use some of our space contemplating the simple pleasures of life. So, today, when both the United States of America and the NRP-Bayit Yehudi Party are facing the vote that will decide their […]

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Uprooted
 

Posted on: November 5th, 2012

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Liad Arussy sent us this image of a collapsed tree in Fair Lawn, NJ, after Hurricane Sandy. She wrote: “Once stood so strong, now fallen in shame.” Lying on its side, the tree is not dead, and the slab of grassy soil that was lifted along with its roots is alive, too, only not upright. […]

All that Training Pays Off
 

Posted on: November 4th, 2012

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This is the picture of an overworked, dead tired officer somewhere on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States, who picked up his megaphone and began to try and talk some sense into Sandy, the ravaging hurricane. The image has gone a bit viral, and so we’re doing our little bit to help it along. […]

Recharge Your Neighbor
 

Posted on: November 2nd, 2012

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I visited my friend Ed Litvak’s news website thelodownny.com, for news from the old neighborhood following Sandy. Among the reports I ran into this image, of Seward Park Co-op residents helping each other recharge their laptops and phones. Meanwhile, those co-op residents (which are about one-third Jewish and half of that frum) have put aside […]

Majestic Destroyer
 

Posted on: November 2nd, 2012

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Reader Jonathan Kahanovitch sent us this amazing image of Ms. Liberty under a canopy of ominous clouds. Destruction can be so pretty. Hope you’re dry and safe and that you have electricity and Internet. Otherwise, we probably won’t be having this conversation. Shabbat Shalom.

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Cow Beauty Pageant
 

Posted on: November 1st, 2012

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I figured we’ve all had plenty of flooded landscape images to look at these past few days, so, for a much needed change, how about a beautiful bovine? Meet Miriam, the winning cow, on display at the conclusion of a Cow Beauty Pageant, conducted back in early summer, 2001, in Moshav Be’er Tuvia, in southern […]

Rally Gadget Maintenance
 

Posted on: October 31st, 2012

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This picture was taken November 21, 2011, outside the Knesset, during a demonstration against the high cost of living. It started to rain and the protest signs got soaked. So they were hung up to dry on an improvised clothesline. The visible parts of each sign say “Bibi” and “R Finance” (the R is at […]

Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29
 

Posted on: October 30th, 2012

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NOAA’s GOES-13 satellite captured this visible image of Hurricane Sandy battering the U.S. East coast on Monday, Oct. 29 at 9:10 a.m. EDT. At 8 a.m. EDT the National Hurricane Center noted that the center of Hurricane Sandy was located near latitude 36.8 north and longitude 71.1 west. This was about 310 miles (505 km) […]

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Voting Overseas
 

Posted on: October 29th, 2012

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This year, American citizens living in Israel can vote in the upcoming U.S. elections, at the AACI (Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel) centers across Israel. The voting station in the picture is in Jerusalem. Nancy and I voted at the Netanya AACI which has the narrowest parking lot you ever saw, plus you […]

Rains of Blessing
 

Posted on: October 26th, 2012

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It’s not an easy translation, the Mishna’s notion of “gishmei bracha.” Midrash Rabah (Vayikra 35:10) suggests that the blessing of “I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit” (Lev. 26:4) is fully realized when those rains come down at night. […]

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Nobody Here But Us Patriots
 

Posted on: October 25th, 2012

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Here are U.S. soldiers during a joint exercise with the Patriot anti-missile system in Tel Aviv, yesterday, October 24. This is part of the large joint missile defense exercise of the IDF and the U.S. Army. The Patriot missile system is designed to detect, target and then hit incoming missiles. Thise missiles are often not […]

Contemplating the Divine Together
 

Posted on: October 24th, 2012

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We live on the first floor of a Netanya apartment building, which means that our living room panorama window overlooking the street below is about 15 feet high. Our girl cat, Lightening, sits in the window much of the day, basking in our Mediterranean sun. She wasn’t for the move to Israel initially, but by […]

Upside-Down Coffee
 

Posted on: October 22nd, 2012

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This is a normal cup of Israeli coffee, the kind you can order practically anywhere. This particular shop, in fact, is usually associated with gas stations. It’s called Kafe Hafuch or Upside-down coffee, the local equivalent of the French café au lait. It goes for between 8 and 14 shekel, or $2 to $3.5. Here’s […]

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