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Video from IDF Take Over of #FreedomFlotilla [video]

July 1, 2015 - 7:28 AM
 
Obama Won’t Enforce Anti-BDS Provision Language in Trade Bill he just Signed

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Pro-Israel Group: Tell Chuck Schumer Not to Cave [video]

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Three Terror Victims Still Hospitalized After Malachi Rosenfeld Dies of Wounds [video]

June 30, 2015 - 9:23 PM
 
Funeral for Rabbi Yekutiel Menachem Rapp, obm

June 30, 2015 - 8:55 PM
 
Obama Extends Deadline to Make a Deal with Iran

June 30, 2015 - 7:06 PM
 
Victim of Palestinian Authority Shooting Attack Dies

June 30, 2015 - 6:53 PM
 
Palestinian Authority Incites Summer Camp Kids with AK-47 Rifles

June 30, 2015 - 5:34 PM
 
Orange to Pay ‘Partner’ $50 million for Studying Damage from BDS Fiasco

June 30, 2015 - 4:14 PM
 
ISIS Beheads Two Women for Sorcery and Witchcraft

June 30, 2015 - 2:53 PM
 
Tzohar Rabbinic Group Focuses on Anglo Immigrant ‘Fit’

June 30, 2015 - 2:02 PM
 
Netanyahu Warns World Leaders, ‘Stand Against Terrorism in Israel’

June 30, 2015 - 1:40 PM
 
US Churches to Vote on BDS Moves Against Israel, Affecting Millions

June 30, 2015 - 1:21 PM
 
Israel to Extend Security Fence Along Eastern Border

June 30, 2015 - 12:36 PM
 
Father of Terror Victim Issues Public Plea: ‘Pray For My Son’

June 30, 2015 - 12:33 PM
 
Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Yekutiel Rapp, 66, Passes

June 30, 2015 - 9:56 AM
 
Anti-Semitic Arson Attack Destroys Hatzolah Ambulance in Ukraine

June 29, 2015 - 11:43 PM
 
Bad Terror Attack Near Shvut Rachel

June 29, 2015 - 11:10 PM
 
Terrorists Assassinate Egypt’s Attorney General

June 29, 2015 - 10:24 PM
 
Flotilla Boat Arrives in Ashdod Port

June 29, 2015 - 10:24 PM
 
Statement from the Office of Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

June 29, 2015 - 7:24 PM
 
Pro-Israel Rally at UNHRC in Geneva

June 29, 2015 - 6:20 PM
 
Fears Grow of Assad Waging Last-Stand Deadly Chemical Attack

June 29, 2015 - 6:20 PM
 
Netanyahu: Nuclear Talks Going From ‘Bad Agreement to Worse’

June 29, 2015 - 5:38 PM
 
OU Weighs in on SCOTUS Gay Marriage Decision

June 29, 2015 - 5:03 PM
 
Turkey’s Jewish Community in Edirne Hosts Public Iftar Meal

June 29, 2015 - 4:40 PM
 
Israeli Physician Explains ‘Why We Have Never Met Aliens’

June 29, 2015 - 3:37 PM
 
Pre-Occupied UN Human Rights Council Debates One Issue – Israel

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Training in Lebanon-Like Terrain
 

Posted on: October 10th, 2012

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These are future IDF commanders practice infantry maneuvers in thickets that resemble those found in Lebanon – lots of trees, plants and shrubbery. We took this image from the IDF Spokesperson’s Office, which also wrote the above inscription. I shudder at the talk of war. I hate war. I’m not trying to sound liberal or […]

Hoshana Rabbah Rocks
 

Posted on: October 7th, 2012

News & ViewsPhoto of the Day

Sukkot is by far the most mystical holiday in the Jewish holiday cycle, with the four species and the sukkah and the daily hakafot in shul. Every day on Sukkot, except on Shabbat, we walk in a circle around a guy holding the Torah in shul, we all hold up our lulvim and hadassim and […]

Now, This Is a Lulav
 

Posted on: October 5th, 2012

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Here’s an image of the Lubavitcher Rebbe benching his lulav and etrog.   Nancy commented, when she saw this image, how his eyes always look directly at you in all his pictures. The etrog is upside down, which I thought meant the Rebbe is about to make the blessing, but reader JK was quick to correct […]

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Davening with Baby
 

Posted on: October 4th, 2012

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Some 21 years ago I had the honor of being the stay-at-home father, while Nancy was the one with the grownup job that required leaving the house every morning and going to a remote work area that involved other people. With nothing to do but my weekly columns and phone interviews, I was the obvious […]

Things to Do on Chol Ha'Moed: Tigers
 

Posted on: October 3rd, 2012

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Here’s a bunch of tykes staring at a tiger at the Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo (full name: The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem – The Biblical Zoo) during Chol Ha’Moed, the intermediary period between the two holiday ends of Sukkot. The glass partition provides an intimate closeness to the scary beasts that I haven’t experienced […]

Designer Sukkah
 

Posted on: September 30th, 2012

News & ViewsPhoto of the Day

I went looking for interesting Sukkah images online, and most of them repeated the familiar decoration themes, some with more natural ingredients, others with the more common, colorful paper cutouts. They were pretty, and I’m sure there are hundreds, if not thousands of Sukkot out there that are breathtakingly original and beautiful. But so far, […]

Gulliver's Sukkah
 

Posted on: September 28th, 2012

News & ViewsPhoto of the Day

A Toldos Aharon child is playing with the frum equivalent of a doll house in Jerusalem. And, as you can see from the dangling power cord, his little marvel of a sukkah even has light in it at night. Perfection. Nancy and I received delivery on our first “eternal sukkah” yesterday, and since it was […]

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I Lashed a Guy
 

Posted on: September 27th, 2012

News & ViewsPhoto of the Day

Here’s a Lelov chassid in Bet Shemesh, outside Jerusalem, getting 39 lashes on the eve of Yom Kippur. It’s part of the process of atoning for sins which used to be in wide practice even by non-chassidic Jews and is now not nearly as popular. We spent Yom Kippur in the holy, kabbalistically saturated city […]

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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 […]

caracal soldier2
 

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…
 

Posted on: September 24th, 2012

News & ViewsPhoto of the Day

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!
 

Posted on: September 23rd, 2012

News & ViewsPhoto of the Day

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
 

Posted on: September 21st, 2012

News & ViewsPhoto of the Day

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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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
 

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.
 

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
 

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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