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EU Labeling, A Pro-Israel British MP & Pollard’s Release
Getting Under the Skin of Medieval Bible Mystery

November 26, 2015 - 2:00 AM
Turkey Releases Recording of Warning to Russian Fighter Jet

November 26, 2015 - 1:30 AM
Cameron Pushing Reluctant Parliament on UK Bombing ISIS in Syria

November 25, 2015 - 11:01 PM
IDF Recommends Giving Palestinian Authority Weapons and Freeing Prisoners

November 25, 2015 - 10:23 PM
200 North American Lone Soldiers and New Olim to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Tel Aviv

November 25, 2015 - 10:18 PM
Rescued Russian Pilot Denies Turkish Contacts, Leaving Syria — But Turkey Releases Recording of Warnings

November 25, 2015 - 9:26 PM
Obama Assures Frightened Americans No Current Security Threat

November 25, 2015 - 8:23 PM
ISIS Behind Terror Attack on Tunisia’s Presidential Guard

November 25, 2015 - 8:21 PM
Brussels Reopens City Life But Maintains Highest Alert

November 25, 2015 - 7:46 PM
B’Tselem Complains to Netanyahu: Security Forces Mete Out Death Sentences to Terrorists

November 25, 2015 - 7:01 PM
Inspired by ‘Indiana Jones,’ Israeli Kid Discovers 2,500-Year-Old Artifact

November 25, 2015 - 4:56 PM
‘Israeli Intelligence Prevented Massive Terror Attack in Germany’

November 25, 2015 - 3:55 PM
Putin: Erdoğan Supporting Extremists, Forcing Islamization of Turkey

November 25, 2015 - 3:47 PM
Businessmen Want Rabbinic Boycott of Palestinian Authority Food Items

November 25, 2015 - 3:30 PM
Putin’s Spokesman: No Idea Why Russia’s Grand Mufti Wished Israel Same Fate as Crimea

November 25, 2015 - 2:44 PM
IDF to Bar PA Arab Motorists from Gush Etzion Roads

November 25, 2015 - 2:05 PM
Light Rail Guard Prevents Stabbing Attack at Jerusalem Bus Station

November 25, 2015 - 12:31 PM
Arab ‘Gold Rush’ in Jerusalem

November 25, 2015 - 12:21 PM
Update: Terrorist Killed after Stabbing IDF Soldier near Hebron

November 25, 2015 - 12:04 PM
Eight Is Not Enough: History of the Ancient Candles in Israel

November 25, 2015 - 10:15 AM
Gunfire in Hebron

November 25, 2015 - 8:06 AM
Obama and Hollande Commit to Destroying ‘Radical Terrorism’ of ISIS

November 25, 2015 - 12:49 AM
12 Dead in Terror Attack on Tunisia’s Presidential Guard

November 24, 2015 - 10:40 PM
Court Bans ‘Breaking the Silence’ NGO Lecture in Be’er Sheva

November 24, 2015 - 10:02 PM
Arab Families Are Learning: Terrorists’ Glory Doesn’t Fill Their Bellies

November 24, 2015 - 9:53 PM
Wounded Hostages, Children in Northern France near Belgian Border

November 24, 2015 - 9:42 PM
Report: IAF Attacked Assad, Hezbollah Outpost

November 24, 2015 - 9:03 PM
IDF Field Commanders Complain Overzealous Investigators Quash Military Effectiveness

November 24, 2015 - 8:22 PM
Road Terror in Samaria Shooting Attack Near Beit El

November 24, 2015 - 6:58 PM
Britain Warns Turkish Airspace Incident ‘Very Serious’ as Russian Pilot Killed

November 24, 2015 - 6:22 PM
Putin Accuses Turkey of ‘Stab in the Back’

November 24, 2015 - 5:07 PM
The Maccabeats’ Latest Chanukah Tune is a Real Sizzler! [video]

November 24, 2015 - 3:59 PM
Israeli Bio-Bee Providing 600 Million Predatory Mites to Colombian Farmers

November 24, 2015 - 3:09 PM
ISIS Spooks Young French Jews into Visiting Israel

November 24, 2015 - 2:07 PM
Netanyahu to U.S.: Green Light for ‘Settlers’ in Return for ‘Good Will’ [video]

November 24, 2015 - 12:59 PM
Turkey Downs Russian Jet on Syrian-Turkish Border

November 24, 2015 - 11:35 AM
Open Rebellion: Israeli State Attorneys Refuse to Obey Justice Minister Shaked

November 24, 2015 - 11:25 AM
Armed Arab Stopped Near Jerusalem Bus Station

November 24, 2015 - 10:27 AM
Ramming Attack at Tapuach Junction, 4 Injured

November 24, 2015 - 8:39 AM
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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. […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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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