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Spiritual Cafe: Fighting The Sin of Forgetfulness
 
Sen Cotton in Israel: ‘It Isn’t Over ‘Til the Votes are Counted’

September 3, 2015 - 12:36 AM
 
Shemitah Doomsday Predictions, Blood Moons, Happy 5776!

September 3, 2015 - 12:18 AM
 
Israeli Budget Passes First Reading 57 – 53

September 2, 2015 - 11:00 PM
 
Arab Terrorist Shot Near Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem

September 2, 2015 - 10:51 PM
 
Update: Gaza Gunfire Hits Israeli House

September 2, 2015 - 10:25 PM
 
UNRWA Teacher in Jordan Promotes Hatred of Jews on Facebook

September 2, 2015 - 10:00 PM
 
Secular Leftists Applaud New Hareidi Minister

September 2, 2015 - 6:56 PM
 
President Rivlin Flies to the Vatican

September 2, 2015 - 6:39 PM
 
Maryland’s Sen. Mikulski Gives Obama Magic Number for Iran Deal

September 2, 2015 - 5:36 PM
 
Netanyahu May Allow Soldiers to Shoot at Terrorists

September 2, 2015 - 4:15 PM
 
Government Decides not to Abandon Gush Etzion Memorial Park

September 2, 2015 - 3:55 PM
 
Israeli Beekeepers Help Make New Year Sweeter for President and First Lady

September 2, 2015 - 3:25 PM
 
Biden Combining Iran Deal Push with Possible Presidential Campaign, Both Involving Jews

September 2, 2015 - 2:59 PM
 
IDF: Hamas Using Building Materials to Dig Terror Tunnels

September 2, 2015 - 2:50 PM
 
Three Opposition MKs Resign to Pursue More Exciting Careers

September 2, 2015 - 2:37 PM
 
Update: Missing Teen Found Safe, Police Thank Israeli Public

September 2, 2015 - 2:20 PM
 
Netanyahu’s Grandfather’s Tombstone Smashed in Mount of Olives Arab Desecration

September 2, 2015 - 1:41 PM
 
Anti-Semitic Bank Card Emerges in Norway

September 2, 2015 - 12:23 PM
 
Researchers Ponder World’s Oldest Qur’an – Is It Older Than Mohammad?

September 2, 2015 - 11:13 AM
 
Bad Day for Nuclear Iran Deal Opponents

September 2, 2015 - 4:48 AM
 
Tel Aviv Restaurant Breaks Down Boundaries Between Eating Out and at Home

September 1, 2015 - 10:30 PM
 
US Says It Doesn’t Even Know How Many Americans Live in West Bank

September 1, 2015 - 7:30 PM
 
‘Undecided’ Sen. Cardin Predicts Congress Will Back Obama on Iran Deal

September 1, 2015 - 6:40 PM
 
Gal Hirsch at Vortex of War between Right and Left, Old and New

September 1, 2015 - 6:23 PM
 
Greece Seizes Suspected ISIS Weapons Ship Destined for Libya

September 1, 2015 - 6:19 PM
 
ISIS Video Claims Burning of Four Men Fighting with Iran-Backed Forces

September 1, 2015 - 6:03 PM
 
Report: With Little to Show for his Long Career, Abbas Told Jordan’s King He Plans to Resign

September 1, 2015 - 6:00 PM
 
Momentum Building for “Day of Jewish Unity” Ahead of Congress Iran Vote

September 1, 2015 - 4:41 PM
 
SanDisk Hiring 90 New Employees n Israel

September 1, 2015 - 3:54 PM
 
White House and Columbia U. Splash Cold Water on ‘Prof. Obama’ Rumor

September 1, 2015 - 3:39 PM
 
Auschwitz Showers Only A ‘Public Safety Measure,’ Says Museum

September 1, 2015 - 3:12 PM
 
Good Jewish Boy from Israel Tries to Join the ISIS

September 1, 2015 - 2:41 PM
 
White Supremacist Gives Nazi Salute After Kansas City Murder Conviction

September 1, 2015 - 1:43 PM
 
Netanyahu Spokesman Officially Appointed Ambassador to England

September 1, 2015 - 12:31 PM
 
2.2M Israeli Children Return to the Classrooms

September 1, 2015 - 11:45 AM
 
ISIS-Linked Gaza Terror Rocket Fails to Reach Southern Israel

September 1, 2015 - 10:29 AM
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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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Authentic Israeli Doggies
 

Posted on: October 21st, 2012

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Here are Canaan puppies playing with their human at a dog kennel at Sha’ar Hagai, on the road to Jerusalem, where they are housed and bred The Canaan Dog is a native of the deserts of Israel. The original breeding stock at the Sha’ar Hagai kennel was collected from the wild and from the Bedouins, […]

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Hillary Giving Away Toys
 

Posted on: October 19th, 2012

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton watches a demonstration of drone capabilities by U.S. and Ugandan military representatives at Kasenyi Military Base in in Kampala, Uganda, last August. The U.S. supplies drones and training to the Ugandan military, which they use in their hunt for Joseph Kony and members of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a […]

Fall Is in the Air Somewhat
 

Posted on: October 18th, 2012

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Believe it or not, this picture of a woman rowing her boat in the river against the background of yellow and red tree foliage was taken in Israel. The river is the Yarkon, which years ago used to be the dumping ground for industrial waste and now it’s relatively clean and doesn’t smell at all. […]

Wall to Wall Hadassah
 

Posted on: October 17th, 2012

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Some 2000 women are in Jerusalem this week to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization. See them marching in the street of Jerusalem like a lovely, mobile poppy field. Henrietta Szold founded the organization in 1912, to empower Jewish women, and, indeed, over the century of its existence, Hadassah has empowered […]

Must Have More Babies
 

Posted on: October 16th, 2012

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This is the babies room at the Bikur Holim hospital in Jerusalem. It’s a picture of the future. It’s a picture of a well functioning society aware of the fact that even after every single of its living members is dead and buried, it will continue to live and even thrive – because of the […]

Checkpoints American Style
 

Posted on: October 15th, 2012

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Here are U.S. soldiers and Afghan policemen conducting Operation Clean Sweep in Kandahar City in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, Oct. 3, 2012. It’s the only surefire method against a relentless army of terrorists who come in looking a whole lot like innocent civilians and end up blowing up people and things. You have to stop every […]

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Hell's Playground
 

Posted on: October 14th, 2012

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These are seven rocket launchers, one loaded with a rocket, discovered after the IAF thwarted a terror attack in Gaza. Last week, in response to a morning rocket barrage at southern Israeli communities, the IDF targeted Hamas terror activity sites and terrorist squads responsible for the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. During 2012, more […]

Hallucinatory Realism
 

Posted on: October 12th, 2012

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The Nobel Prize in Literature 2012 was awarded yesterday to Chinese writer Mo Yan “who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary.” I liked that description very much. I went looking for texts by the fresh winner. Among several offerings online, not all of which would befit a frum website, I found […]

Reign of the Rain
 

Posted on: October 11th, 2012

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A couple of days ago, we substituted, in the opening blessings of the silent Aminda prayer, the phrase describing God as maker of dew to the phrase describing Him as maker of rain. And on the night of the first day when we made the switch, we received the first serious rain of the season, […]

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

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