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Spiritual Cafe: Jacob Returns to the Promise Land
‘Breaking the Silence’ Regret Use of their Work Against Israel

November 26, 2015 - 10:54 PM
Canada to Give Priority in Entry to Gay Refugees, Banning Single Straight Men

November 26, 2015 - 6:26 PM
IAEA Chief Warns No Guarantee All of Iran’s Nuclear Material is for Peaceful Activities

November 26, 2015 - 6:23 PM
IAF Policy: No Downing of Russian Aircraft Penetrating Israeli Airspace

November 26, 2015 - 5:47 PM
El Al Delays Flight to Rule Out Terror at Amsterdam Airport

November 26, 2015 - 5:05 PM
Yesha Council, Leaking Central Command Chief Meeting Ends in Lovefest

November 26, 2015 - 5:01 PM
Russia Shuts Border Gates to Turkish Trucks

November 26, 2015 - 4:33 PM
Update 4:22 PM: Soldier dead, 3 Seriously Hurt after Bus Overturns in Samaria.

November 26, 2015 - 4:02 PM
Abbas Tells Kerry No One Can Stop Violence – at Same Time PA Promotes It

November 26, 2015 - 3:31 PM
Former ‘Lone Soldier’ from NY Serves up Turkeys for American Olim

November 26, 2015 - 3:14 PM
New Jersey Businesswoman Launches ‘Give18’ for Victims of Terror

November 26, 2015 - 2:36 PM
Russia Punishes Turkey by Importing Tomatoes from Israel

November 26, 2015 - 1:54 PM
Report: Europeans Funded ICC War Crimes Submission against Israel

November 26, 2015 - 12:31 PM
Norway, Sweden, Clamping Down on Illegal Migrants

November 26, 2015 - 12:20 PM
Paratroopers Chief: Beating the Terror Wave is Not a Military Issue, it Requires a Political Decision

November 26, 2015 - 11:42 AM
Update: Attempted Attack at Tapuach Junction, Terrorist Shot

November 26, 2015 - 10:32 AM
Meet the Anonymous IDF Source for Left-Leaning News: Maj. Gen. Roni Numa

November 26, 2015 - 10:24 AM
Turkey Backpedals as Tensions Rise With Moscow, Says ‘Didn’t Know Downed Plane Was Russian’

November 26, 2015 - 9:12 AM
Middle East Hackers Who Attacked Major Israeli Targets Exposed

November 26, 2015 - 9:10 AM
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
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Gavel and Court Lawyers Called Upon to Use Their Legal Skills to Fight for Israel

The Activist Lawyer Seminar will be held on March 7 to March 13 in Jerusalem and Northern Israel.


Posted on: February 11th, 2013

SectionsBooksThe BookshelfTevye in the Promised Land

  Both of Elisha’s two grown daughters were golden-skinned, beautiful, devoutly religious, and nearly half Tevye’s age. The eldest daughter, Carmel, was naturally the first choice of the parents, but Elisha told Tevye he could marry whomever he picked. Embarrassed by the whole distressing business, and wanting the matter to be concluded as discreetly as […]


Posted on: February 4th, 2013

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     On the arranged date, the Jews set out to survey the land which their Arab neighbors wanted to sell. The Muktar Abdulla graciously sent them a guide who showed them the way through the mountains to his village. Traveling on horseback, the journey up and down the hillsides and valleys took them two […]

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Posted on: January 31st, 2013


In honor of the upcoming Jewish holiday of Purim, gay news site Queerty is encouraging LGBT Jews to buy a new book featuring a Jewish boy with two fathers, the first of its kind to bring Judaism, children, and homosexuality together.


Posted on: January 28th, 2013

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The Jewish Colony Association had chosen the mountainous location not for its suitability as farmland, but because of its price. When more and more Jews began immigrating to Palestine, the Turkish government began doubling and tripling the cost of the land until parcels were often ten times more expensive than farmland in Europe. The Baron […]

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Posted on: January 21st, 2013

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A history of New York Jewry took Jewish book of the year honors in the 2012 National Jewish Book Awards.


Posted on: January 21st, 2013

SectionsBooksThe BookshelfTevye in the Promised Land

All of Tevye’s life, it seemed like he was always saying good-bye. Back in the old country, what now seemed like lifetimes ago, his Hodel had left him for Perchik. Then Hava had run off with her gentile, and Shprintza had drowned. Then the heart and soul of his being, his devoted wife, Golda, had […]


Posted on: January 16th, 2013

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The Jewish people have been blessed with a plethora of biographies and memoirs about our rabbis, educators, philanthropists and community leaders. Unfortunately, many that were published in previous generations have been lost to history, and the impacts that many noteworthy individuals had on our people have been largely forgotten.


Posted on: January 15th, 2013

SectionsBooksThe BookshelfTevye in the Promised Land

 Not only was Tevye’s family going to be together, they were going to be rich! The Baron’s gift of 5000 francs would make them the new aristocrats of Palestine. But Tevye’s daydreaming didn’t last long. When he heard that Nachman was planning on returning the money, Tevye nearly fell out of the wagon.      “I […]


Posted on: January 10th, 2013

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This excellent, delightful and lucid collection represents some of the best in academic research. Philological, lexicographical, linguistic, epigraphical, cultural, mythological, ritualistic, and historical knowledge are informed by virtuosity in comparative ancient Semitic languages. These erudite studies by the high-powered academic scholarship of Hayim Tawil – a professor of Hebrew languages and literature at Yeshiva University – shed light on Biblical Hebrew, the whole field of Ancient Near Eastern studies, medieval exegetical traditions, and the reception history of the Biblical text from antiquity to the present day.


Posted on: January 10th, 2013

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I’ve always had an interest in the intersect between halacha, history, and archaeology. It is this interest that led me to research and write about the status of Purim in modern-day Israeli cities that are adjacent to ancient cities that had a wall around them in the days of Yehoshua Bin Nun. I concluded, in regards to Beit Shemesh at least, that there is much merit in observing a second day of Purim, on the 15th of Adar.


Posted on: January 10th, 2013

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No one likes to dwell about loss, or delve into the nitty-gritty issues and emotions that come along with losing a loving parent to a horrible illness. However life happens, and the sad truth is that many people every day lose parents to illness or age. It's the facts of life.


Posted on: December 14th, 2012

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In my weekly Jewish Press column, “Dear Dr. Yael,” I occasionally recommend books that will enhance shalom bayis, parenting skills and the quality of the Shabbos table. Lilmod Ulelamed, eloquently written by Rabbi Mordechai Katz, is a newly revised and expanded version of the original that was published by Feldheim Publishers in 1978. It is a book that can truly improve your Shabbos table.

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Posted on: December 2nd, 2012

SectionsBooksThe BookshelfTevye in the Promised Land

The journey from Zichron Yaacov to Jaffa took almost three days. For Tevye, it was a chance to see another part of the Land of Israel, the sandy, swamp-infested coastline bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Most of the landscape was barren, with only an occasional settlement along the way. The colonies of Hadera, Kfar Saba, and […]

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Posted on: November 16th, 2012

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With the birth of Hodel's baby, the time had come for Tevye to journey onward. Family was a matter of tantamount importance, but a Jew had an even higher allegiance to God. Had not the Almighty warned that life in the Holy Land must be lived according to the commandments of the Torah? That meant observing the laws of the Sabbath and the holidays, eating kosher food, donning tallit and tefillin, guarding the treasures of marital purity, and observing all of the six-hundred and thirteen commandments – most of which were flagrantly ignored by the young pioneers on the kibbutz.

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Posted on: November 10th, 2012

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The indefatigable woodchopper, Goliath, provided the posts and slats for the fence which the settlers began erecting around the kibbutz. Ben Zion adamantly opposed the idea, claiming a fence would turn the settlement into a ghetto and curtail any further expansion.


Posted on: November 9th, 2012

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ne Shot, authored by M. Wiseman, is an emotional drama that focuses on issues faced by some teens nowadays. In Suburbia, U.S.A., lived three extraordinary young men, Baruch, Nadav and Rafi. Nadav and Rafi have been friends forever, and Baruch joins the crew in his later teens. Pain is the bond that brings the threesome together. Baruch and Nadav have emotional pain and Rafi suffers from a physical pain; he discovered that he had advanced-stage cancer. The cancer was serious – too serious for the doctors, so they eventually stopped treating him.


Posted on: November 9th, 2012

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When the Fine family (not related to the Feiners from Alone in Africa!) move into a new neighborhood, the twin siblings named Nesanel (again, not related to Nesanel Feiner) and Nechama set out on a very important mission – finding friends to rescue them from their boredom.


Posted on: November 9th, 2012

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Alone in Africa, by Avigail Sharer, is an original adventure story about three siblings named Nesanel, Penina and Chezky Feiner, who are, well, alone in Africa. Except they aren't entirely alone – they have animals and two battling African tribes to keep them company.

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Posted on: October 25th, 2012

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The emergency bell clanged throughout the valley of the Shoshana kibbutz. Workers who were building the first stone edifice on the settlement put down their chisels and masonry tools. Field hands set aside their scythes and their sickles and started back toward the compound of mud and wood dwellings. Within minutes, all of the settlers sat crowded together on the benches in the dining hall. With great indignation, Ben Zion related how the Arabs had ambushed them at the well and stolen his horse and two rifles. He demanded that a small force be organized immediately and set off in retaliation.


Posted on: October 24th, 2012

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The Holidays are over (please, no applause). But if you find yourself already missing them, rejoice, rejoice. A pleasurable new compendium of poetry by newcomer Yossi Huttler will keep you warm until Chanukah, Purim and – dare we say it too soon – Pesach once again come into view.

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