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Israel’s Heroes – Caleb, Moskowitz, and Weinkrantz
 
Report: Germany Returned Nazi-Looted Art to the Nazis who Looted It

June 28, 2016 - 5:17 PM
 
Rock Throwing Near Efrat

June 28, 2016 - 4:11 PM
 
Erdogan Apologizes for Downing Russian Plane in Condolence Letter

June 28, 2016 - 2:59 PM
 
Liberman, Bennett, Shaked to Vote Against Turkish Deal

June 28, 2016 - 1:51 PM
 
Bennett Plans to Bolster Jewish Identity, Connection to Israel, via New Education Program

June 28, 2016 - 1:24 PM
 
Weizmann Scientists Engineer Bacteria Making Sugar from Greenhouse Gas

June 28, 2016 - 12:51 PM
 
Police Arrest 16 Violent Islamists on Temple Mount

June 28, 2016 - 11:20 AM
 
IDF Chief Cancels Hannibal Directive to Prevent Capture at All Cost

June 28, 2016 - 11:15 AM
 
One Injured when Arabs Stone Worshipers at Kotel, Netanyahu Capitulates on Temple Mount [video]

June 28, 2016 - 8:58 AM
 
PM Netanyahu Explains His Turkey Deal While Visiting in Rome

June 27, 2016 - 9:43 PM
 
Justice Committee Approves NGO Foreign Funding Transparency Bill for Final Vote

June 27, 2016 - 6:11 PM
 
Jerusalem Mayor to Fire Ancient Ramadan Cannon Ending Islamic Fast

June 27, 2016 - 6:07 PM
 
MK Amsalem Touring Prisons: ‘Zoo Monkeys Have More Living Space than Inmates’

June 27, 2016 - 1:26 PM
 
Gateway to Temple of the ‘God’ Pan May Have Been Excavated at Golan National Park

June 27, 2016 - 12:48 PM
 
More Riots and Stone Throwing on the Temple Mount

June 27, 2016 - 12:30 PM
 
Sundays Off, Sort Of

June 27, 2016 - 9:39 AM
 
MK Zoabi: Reparations to Turks an Israeli Admission of Murder

June 27, 2016 - 9:07 AM
 
4 Suicide Bombers in Lebanon Kill 8, a Dozen Wounded [video]

June 27, 2016 - 7:22 AM
 
El AL Flight to Paris Nearly Departs Without Air Marshals

June 27, 2016 - 7:05 AM
 
Water Crisis in Samaria Hits Jewish and Arab Residents Alike

June 27, 2016 - 6:46 AM
 
Helen Mirren Meets Arab and Jewish Students Seeking Peace through the Performing Arts

June 27, 2016 - 6:29 AM
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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 […]

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

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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

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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

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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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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

News & ViewsPhoto of the Day

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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