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The Beit Shemesh Spit that Wasn’t?

The image of Naama Margalit became a symbol, overnight, of the struggle for peaceful neighborly relations in Beit Shemesh.

Attorney General Asks Court to Order New Elections in Beit Shemesh

There is a glimmer of hope in fighting corrupt elections in Israel, which is no worse than anywhere else but simply more obvious.

Archaeologists Discover 10,000 Years of History near Beit Shemesh

Archaeologists are having a field day in excavations prior to the widening of a highway west of Jerusalem and have found evidence of the change from a rural to urban society 5,000 years ago.

Attorney General May Appeal to Court for New Elections in Beit Shemesh

A police raid on two homes before the elections last month uncovered 250 false identification cards that people intended to use to cast extra ballots.

Mayor Abutbul and the Awkward Issue of Beit Shemesh Child Abuse

In a follow-up interview, Mayor Abutbol said he hadn't understood the term "gays," thinking it meant "pedophiles."

Beit Shemesh: Has the Fat Lady Sung?

A low-point in the elections was a "Kol Korei" rabbinical announcement demanding that the the faithful vote for Moshe Abutbol.

Beit Shemesh Demonstrates: We Demand a Re-Vote!

The re-vote campaign has left the station and is right on track!

Beit Shemesh: the Purple Zone

Enthusiastic fellow purple-people have established a Facebook Page called The Purple Zone, and punned in Hebrew "Am Segula."

Mounting Evidence: Beit Shemesh Votes Stolen, Election Tainted

"She could not recall her children's names. We called the police and they took her for questioning. It turned out this was her second vote."

Video from Terror Attack on Beitar-Beit Shemesh Bus

Video: A Chareidi man attacked by an Arab terrorist with a knife on a bus travelling between Beit Shemesh and Beitar.

With a Knife to His Throat, Haredi Loses ‘Payos,’ But Survives Hostage Arab Attack

A PA terrorist fled his religious Jewish hostage after cutting off his sid locks in western Gush Etzion. Just as worrisome, the media almost totally ignored the incident. It might upset peace talks.

Native Baltimore Rabbi Runs for Beit Shemesh City Council

Baltimore native Rabbi Avraham Leventhal, who moved to Beit Shemesh eight years ago after making aliyah, has tossed his hat in the political ring...

Violent Guards and Violent Haredi Extremists Duel in Beit Shemesh

Extremist Haredim were at again in Beit Shemesh, breaking into a construction site that they say contains old Jewish graves. The Haredim found the Arab guards even more violent.

Haredi Leader: Wearing a Shtreimel Is Chilul Hashem

Because of the wide public discussion of the need to stop needless pain to animals, wearing a shtreimel today is a desecration of God's name.

Haredi Rabbis Fed up with Extremists, Threaten to Cut Payments

Rabbis from the “Eidat Haredim” stream of ultra-orthodox Judaism have put their foot down and their hands in their pockets over extremist Haredim violence...

Mother and Fighter for Religious Tolerance Quits Beit Shemesh

The Los Angeles-born woman, whose daughter was spat on by extreme Haredim in Beit Shemesh, has given up her fight for religious tolerance and leaves the city , but she blames modern orthodox Jews.

Radical Haredim Riot against Construction over Alleged Tombs

Radical Haredim rioted in Jerusalem and in Beit Shemesh, west of Jerusalem, on Monday because of construction at sites that they said contain Jewish...

Beit Shemesh Haredim Riot over Bus Segregation Arrest

Black hat extremists in Beit Shemesh are giving Israel a black eye again. A Haredi couple tells a woman to go back to the bus. Police arrest them, and rioters smash bus windows.

Anger at Haredim: Who Is to Blame?

The draft is but one area Haredi leaders badly stumble over.

My Miraculous Hospital Experience

Since suffering from colitis as a teen, I finally adopted a strict diet in my 30s that ended my torment. It wasn’t easy to forgo white flour, white sugar and all chemical additives, but it meant that I spend the last 40 years pretty much free of doctors, medications and illness, thank God. Thus, I was surprised when two weeks before Rosh Hashanah, I began to experience increasingly severe stomach discomfort – until I was barely able to move. Despite what I was soon to endure, it helped greatly to focus on the moment-to-moment miracles.

Family of the Little Girl Spat on in Beit Shemesh Planning to Leave

Hadassa Margolis is considering moving out of Beit Shemesh.

Haredi Soldier that Was Thrown Out of Shul Honored with an Aliyah

The story about the Haredi soldier who was shamed and kicked out of the Toldos Avraham Yitzchak synagogue in Beit Shemesh is not over...

Overhauling Orthodox Education To Make Better Jews

I am in shock. A friend of mine was visiting the United States and his ride to the airport for his return flight to Israel fell through. At the last minute he needed to find a ride to a terminal that was 50 minutes away in order to catch a bus to New York City where he would then take a shuttle to the airport.

Reaching Overseas To Aid Victims Of Domestic Violence

Bat Melech, Israel’s most comprehensive network of social service for victims of domestic violence, has reached across the Atlantic for assistance, hoping to create a funding base in America in order to be able to help even more women in crisis.

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