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Destroying the Chametz Within and Truly Preparing for Pesach
 
Hikers Find Human Skull and Bones in Gush Etzion Cave

April 20, 2014 - 8:28 AM
 
U.S., Israel Teaming to Push Israel into Visa Waiver Program

April 18, 2014 - 5:25 PM
 
Report: Lebanese man admits to targeting Israelis in Thailand

April 18, 2014 - 5:22 PM
 
Syrian Jets Strike Targets on Ramat HaGolan

April 18, 2014 - 4:14 PM
 
Chelsea Clinton Pregnant with Non-Jewish Child

April 18, 2014 - 10:58 AM
 
Police Limit Arab Visitors to Temple Mount

April 18, 2014 - 10:18 AM
 
No Gov’t Majority for Pollard-Talks Deal

April 18, 2014 - 10:11 AM
 
Shas Party Appoints New Spiritual Leader

April 18, 2014 - 9:50 AM
 
‘Jews Must Register’ Flyer in Ukraine an Echo of Babi Yar

April 18, 2014 - 2:19 AM
 
Florida Teen Stabbed in High School Gym

April 17, 2014 - 9:31 PM
 
4 Wounded in Gush Etzion Road Terror Attack

April 17, 2014 - 1:01 PM
 
Arab Violence Closes Temple Mount to Visitors Again

April 17, 2014 - 12:26 PM
 
Jews Ordered to ‘Register’ in Donetsk, Ukraine

April 17, 2014 - 11:41 AM
 
Indyk Returns to Raise the Dead (Israel-PA Talks)

April 17, 2014 - 10:14 AM
 
Funeral of Baruch Mizrachi (Photo Essay)

April 16, 2014 - 11:39 PM
 
Tunisian Jew Stabbed in Djerba

April 16, 2014 - 8:50 PM
 
Israeli Hi-Tech Opens Branch in Nanjing

April 16, 2014 - 1:45 PM
 
Preparations Completed for Priestly Blessing from Jerusalem

April 16, 2014 - 12:48 PM
 
Kansas Shooting Suspect a White Supremacist, Indicted for Murder

April 16, 2014 - 12:03 PM
 
Hundreds at Bangkok Chabad Passover Seder

April 16, 2014 - 8:45 AM
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Science and Medicine
Sheldon and Miriam Adelson have give a big financial boost to the Israeli moon project for a launch to the moon.
 

Adelson Donates $16.4 Million for Israeli Launch to the Moon

Posted on: April 10th, 2014

News & ViewsIsrael

The Sheldon Adelson Family Foundation has contributed $16.4 million to the Israel Lunar Project to build the world smallest spacecraft that SpaceIL hopes to land on the moon. The donation is nearly half of the project’s budget, estimated at $36 million. SpaceIL is an Israeli non-profit founded at the end of 2010 by three young […]

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The June 2010 launch of Israel's Ofek 9 military satellite from Palmachim air base.
 

Israel’s Newest ‘Eye in the Sky’ Watching Iran

Posted on: April 10th, 2014

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Israel has launched another military satellite to keep an eye on Iran as Tehran ramps up its nuclear development program.

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SpaceIL founders Yariv Bash, Kfir Damari, and Yonatan Weintraub.
 

Israeli Lunar Mission and Chicago’s iCenter Join Hands

Posted on: April 8th, 2014

News & ViewsIsrael

If Israel sends a spacecraft to the moon, will BDS call the lunar surface “occupied territory”?

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Dr. Shaul Shalvi, Department of Psychology, Ben Gurion University of the Negev
 

BGU Researchers Say Oxytocin May Promote ‘Lying for Your Team’

Posted on: March 31st, 2014

News & ViewsGlobalEuropeEuropean Union

Oxytocin may cause people to "bend ethical rules to help the people close to us, like our team or family," say research team leader Dr. Shaul Shalvi.

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Non-invasive treatment for depression has been limited to a very few options up to this point.
 

Israeli Firm Launches Non-Invasive Brain Treatment for Depression

Posted on: March 26th, 2014

News & ViewsNews Briefs

The technology is unique in that it can penetrate deeper than any other non-invasive method currently in use, which allows it to reach areas that were heretofore inaccessible.

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Novartis Trying to Buy Israeli Stem Cell Research Developer

Posted on: March 18th, 2014

News & ViewsIsrael

The Novartis dug company is in advanced talks to buy up Israeli-based stem cell treatments developer Gamida-Cell for $600 million, sources told the Globes business newspaper. Slightly more than half of Gamida-Cell is owned by Clal Biotechnology and Elbit Medical Technologies, a subsidiary of Elbit Imaging. Gamida-Cell has been considering offering an IPO on Wall […]

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Rambam medical team perform kidney transplant on Jordanian boy.
 

Israeli Doctors Save 7-Year-Old Jordanian Boy

Posted on: March 17th, 2014

News & ViewsIsrael

One of these days the Arabs are going to be very sorry if they have to live up to their anti-Israel rhetoric.

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United Hatzalah Treats Groom Injured Breaking the Glass

Posted on: March 5th, 2014

News & ViewsIsrael

Guests at a wedding in Petach Tikvah last night were shocked as the groom did the unthinkable. Towards the end of the wedding ceremony, he stamped on a glass in the traditional manner, but before his friends and family could shout Mazal Tov, it became apparent that a shard of glass had gone through his […]

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Family Starts Nonprofit for Cure for Cause of Deaf-Blindness in Jews

Posted on: March 4th, 2014

News & ViewsNews Briefs

Usher Syndrome is a genetic disease that is the leading cause of deaf-blindness in the world, particularly affecting Ashkenazi Jews, 2% of whom carry the recessive gene for type 1f. Type 1 is the most severe. Those affected are born profoundly deaf with impaired balance; then, retinitis pigmentosa causes them to gradually lose their vision, […]

David Morris, the founder of Magen.
 

Historic Jerusalem Child Abuse Conference

Posted on: March 2nd, 2014

News & ViewsLocal

Professionals and lay leaders from around the world will gather in Jerusalem for a historic 3-day conference on child abuse.

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The Science of 20 mph

Posted on: February 27th, 2014

News & ViewsNews Briefs

If you could save a person’s life, would you slow down? Of course you would. Convincing your neighbor might be more complicated. Luckily, science is on your side. Transportation Alternatives just launched a campaign to lower New York City’s speed limit to a safe 20 mph. Why 20 mph? Because science says that 20 mph […]

 

Parkinson’s Study Will Look at Ashkenazi Jewish Genetic Mutation

Posted on: February 27th, 2014

News & ViewsJewish

A study sponsored by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research will investigate a genetic mutation found more often in Ashkenazi Jews. The Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative, a large-scale biomarker study, is expanding to study individuals with genetic mutations associated with Parkinson’s disease. Among those mutations is the LRRK2, which accounts for a greater […]

 

Ben-Gurion University Start-Up Wins $1 Million ‘Cybertition’

Posted on: February 27th, 2014

News & ViewsIsrael

Israel’s largest early-stage cyber-security investor, Jerusalem Venture Partners (JVP), announced in San Francisco on Tuesday that a Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) startup won the first “Cybertition” competition. Thirty-five cyber-security companies competed. The winning company, Titanium Core, works to repel cyber attacks on mission-critical systems and prevent attacks in real time. It will receive […]

A group of Caucasus Jews circa 1876. While there were many Jews living in Georgia, Armenia and the Caucasus, the claims that all of European Jewry stemmed from the 8th century Khazar empire is not only baseless, it is politically motivated.
 

Study Finds No Evidence of Khazar Origin for Ashkenazi Jews

Posted on: February 23rd, 2014

News & ViewsJewishAntisemitism

Of course, the fact that a major study finds no basis to the Khazar theory won't make it go away.

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“K” with two of Rambam’s senior neurosurgeons, Dr. Joseph Juilburd (left) and Dr. Sergey Abeshaus (right).
 

Syrian Father Asks Israeli Doctors ‘Save my Son, He’s All I Have Left’

Posted on: February 20th, 2014

News & ViewsIsraelGovernment

Syrian explosion destroys family – Israeli medics saves remaining son.

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Shhh… Mr. friedman is thinking…
 

Friedman Praises Israel’s Academic Freedom, then Urges Its Termination

Posted on: February 19th, 2014

News & ViewsMedia

Tom Friedman still knows everything and understands nothing.

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Israeli Cardiac GPS App Offered Free in February

Posted on: February 19th, 2014

News & ViewsBusiness and Economy

Cathmaps+ emailed us this announcement via their PR firm: Following the release we sent to you last week about Cathmaps+, the Israeli company that created the world’s first mobile app to help cardiac patients manage elevated risk, we wanted to updated you that in celebration of its launch last week in the United States and […]

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Google Acquires Israeli Security Startup

Posted on: February 16th, 2014

News & ViewsIsrael

Google has acquired the Israeli internet security startup SlickLogin. The Israeli company made the announcement Sunday on the homepage of its website, signed by CEO Or Zelig, CTO Eran Galili, and VP R&D Ori Kabeli. “Today we’re announcing that the SlickLogin team is joining Google, a company that shares our core beliefs that logging in should […]

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Israel’s Rafael Unveils ‘Star Wars’ Like Missile Defense System

Posted on: February 16th, 2014

News & ViewsBusiness and Economy

Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems unveiled its latest missile defense system, called Iron Beam, which uses lasers to destroy incoming rockets and mortars. “It’s exactly like what you see in ‘Star Wars,’” Rafael spokesman Amit Zimmer said at the Singapore Airshow, the Associated Press reported. “You see the lasers go up so quickly like a […]

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Israeli-Founded Viber Chat Startup Fetches $900m

Posted on: February 15th, 2014

News & ViewsBusiness and Economy

A Japanese e-commerce firm said it will buy the Israeli-founded Viber chat startup for $900 million. Rakuten Inc announced its planned purchase of Viber Media Inc. on Friday. Viber, run by the Israeli entrepreneur Talmon Marco, will add 300 million users to Rakuten’s existing 200 million users, Rakuten’s CEO, Hiroshi Mikitani, told reporters in Tokyo. […]

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