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Loving Israel as a Christian, The Blessings and Curses (Guest Tommy Waller)
 
Updates from Kuneitra, Syria [video]

August 29, 2014 - 4:14 PM
 
Joan Rivers in Critical Condition

August 29, 2014 - 1:08 PM
 
Soldier Dies from Wounds in Rocket Attack

August 29, 2014 - 12:33 PM
 
A Grand Total of 50 Muslims in Michigan Condemn ISIS

August 29, 2014 - 12:23 PM
 
Funeral Begins from Lakewood Yeshiva Student Aaron Sofer

August 29, 2014 - 11:48 AM
 
Dutch Pension Fund Rejects BDS

August 29, 2014 - 10:37 AM
 
Al Qaeda and ISIS are Israel’s New Northern Neighbors

August 29, 2014 - 9:38 AM
 
Netanyahu Meets with House Armed Services Members

August 28, 2014 - 11:49 PM
 
Mashaal Vows Cease-Fire a Step to New ‘Resistance’ War against Israel

August 28, 2014 - 11:00 PM
 
ISIS Slaughters 450 Captured Syrian Soldiers Since Wednesday

August 28, 2014 - 8:37 PM
 
Update: Lakewood Confirms Sofer’s Body Was Found in Jerusalem Hills

August 28, 2014 - 8:31 PM
 
Comedian Joan Rivers in Critical Condition

August 28, 2014 - 8:09 PM
 
Run Away… Run Away… [photos]

August 28, 2014 - 7:28 PM
 
Echoing Cease-fire, Britain’s Jews and Muslims Call for Peace

August 28, 2014 - 6:56 PM
 
27 Israelis Arrested for Drug & Weapons Trafficking, Helping Hezbollah

August 28, 2014 - 6:38 PM
 
Israeli Arabs Arrested for Lebanon Ties

August 28, 2014 - 3:39 PM
 
Erdoğan Sworn in as Turkish President

August 28, 2014 - 3:26 PM
 
IDF Fires Warning Shots Near Gaza Fence

August 28, 2014 - 2:51 PM
 
Shaath: US Pressured Israel to Drop Demilitarization Demand

August 28, 2014 - 2:49 PM
 
PLO Calls for War Crimes Investigations

August 28, 2014 - 2:39 PM
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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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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
 

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.
 

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
 

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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You Know You're Israeli…
 

Posted on: September 2nd, 2012

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You Know You’re Israeli if you spend the last evening before government forces remove you from your legally purchased land by decree of an autistic high court… playing soccer. These young residents of Migron spent their last Saturday at home kicking the ball around. The High Court of Justice (what a humorous title that is, […]

Mount Tabor
 

Posted on: September 2nd, 2012

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Mount Tabor, standing 575 meters above sea level at the eastern end of the Jezreel Valley, is the site of the battle fought by Deborah and Barak against the Canaanite king Sisera, according to the Bible. Now it is the site of two monestaries, with three Bedouin villages nestled at its base.

Clint Doing the RNC (with Video)
 

Posted on: August 31st, 2012

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Lynne Lechter is on the board of the Republican Jewish Coalition’s National Women’s Committee.  She is at the Republican National Convention as a guest of the RJC.  She is one of our good friend Lori Lowenthal Marcus’s sources on what Jewish Republicans have been up to in muggy Tampa. She’s been telling Lori this and […]

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In Broad Daylight
 

Posted on: August 30th, 2012

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This is a picture of a Palestinian youth throwing rocks at an Israeli military vehicle as it entered the Arab city of Ramallah on Wednesday, August 29, 2012. This youth and hundreds, even thousands like him, have been greeting Israeli cars and individuals this way every day of every month of every year since the […]

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Romney, Ryan, Rule
 

Posted on: August 29th, 2012

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Following a hard couple of years of campaigning—debating a man who makes pizza, a man who wants to cut off aid to Israel and a woman who receives her instructions directly from the Almighty—and after treading the dark, frozen fields of Iowa and the dark, frozen woods of New Hampshire, and after eating more roadside […]

Group Picture with a Congressman
 

Posted on: August 28th, 2012

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Here’s Congressman Allen West with the folks of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Reminder: the Republican Convention is on in earnest as of today, having escaped the ravages of Hurricane Isaac which is on its way to New Orleans (Please, God, not again…). Allen Bernard West (formerly battalion commander of the 2d Battalion 20th Field Artillery, […]

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Moshe Holtzberg's First Day of School
 

Posted on: August 27th, 2012

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On Monday morning, like many thousands of other Israeli kids, little Moshe Holtzberg, resident of the town of Migdal Haemek, about halfway between Haifa and Tiberias, went to school for the first time. It was a happy ending and a happy beginning. Little Moshe’s parents, Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and his wife, Rivka, who was […]

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Turtle Goes Home with Wild Rumba
 

Posted on: August 26th, 2012

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Here are a bunch of Israelis watching as Meirav, a loggerhead sea turtle weighing 40 kg (just under 90 lbs) is being released back into the Mediterranean Sea on a beach near the coastal city of Ashkelon last Thursday. The Israel Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center and the national Parks Authority have been protecting […]

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