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Palestinians and Foreign Provocateurs Block Road 443

1 Heshvan 5773 – October 16, 2012
Some 30 Palestinians and foreign provocateurs blocked traffic on road 443 on Tuesday afternoon.  Road 443 is a main highway that connects Jerusalem and...

Three Rabbis Sue City over Metzitzah B’peh

27 Tishri 5773 – October 12, 2012
A lawsuit filed Thursday by Jewish organizations and three rabbis argues that a new NY City rule requiring parental consent for metzitzah b'peh, a post-circumcision ritual that involves oral suction in order to stimulate blood flow in the traumatized organ, violates the First Amendment.

Southern Israel: Living on Rockets, Miracles, and the Iron Dome

Days and nights in southern Israel have been punctuated by a growing number of sirens and rocket explosions, with over 60 rockets striking Israeli cities and communities this past week. On Monday morning alone, 55 Qassam and mortar shells were fired from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip on the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah. The rocket strikes damaged buildings, properties and a kibbutz petting zoo that is usually filled with children, but was empty because of the early morning hour.

Rain, Wine and Why it’s all Our Fault: The History of the Rain Libel

26 Tishri 5773 – October 11, 2012
We're now entering the period when we begin to pray for rain. Lack of rain was often an excuse to persecute the Jews, specifically those living in Jerusalem. There are quite a few examples from our history of this rain libel, which was very often linked to the 'sin' of drinking wine.

Reign of the Rain

A couple of days ago, we substituted, in the opening blessings of the silent Aminda prayer, the phrase describing God as maker of dew...

French Police Kill Jihadist Who Attacked Kosher Supermarket Last Month

21 Tishri 5773 – October 6, 2012
French Police were on the move all day Saturday, in chase of a jihadist cell made up of French youths who have recently taken...

Events In The West

19 Tishri 5773 – October 4, 2012
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Mordechai Ben David, Boogie Yaalon, Shlomo Katz, 60,000 More at Hebron on Sukkot

Mordechai Ben David, Chaim Yisrael, Udi Davidi and Shlomo Katz performed to a packed audience on Wednesday in the Jewish biblical city of Hebron, burial ground of the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, matriarchs Sarah, Rebecca, and Leah, and Jewish ancestors and notables Jesse, Ruth, and Avner.

First-Ever Solar Sukkah in Kfar Saba

16 Tishri 5773 – October 2, 2012
This Sukkot, the residents of the city of Kfar Saba are not only communing with nature by sitting in the biblically-assigned booths present throughout the rest of Israel, but by doing so in a green-friendly way.

Teddy Bears

13 Tishri 5773 – September 28, 2012
Shimon looked up at me with a serious look in his bright green eyes as he earnestly told me, “I’m going to measure which one is heavier, my mitzvos or my avayros.” I couldn’t help but smile at his five year old virtues and watched as he took down the toy scale and took little teddy bears, moving them from side to side, looking for the correct balance.

Jerusalem Walking Tour (Along part of the 1948 armistice line)

For 19 years Yerushalayim was a city divided, cut in two by the 1948 armistice line. After Israel’s War of Independence on November 30, 1948, at the time of the official cease-fire, Moshe Dayan sat with Abdallah Tell and UN mediators, slicing up Yerushalayim. Using a map scaled at 1:20,000, each side used a different coloured wax pen to delineate the furthest point under its control. Israel drew a red line and Jordan a green line. This is the origin of the phrase used to describe land that is “behind the green line.”

Bomb Hits Swedish Jewish Community

Yet another explosion rocks Malmo Sweden, this one targeting the Jewish Community directly.

I Lashed a Guy

11 Tishri 5773 – September 27, 2012
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...

A Hitler Wannabe Visits New York

9 Tishri 5773 – September 24, 2012
Every September Ahmadinejad accomplishes the unique feat of calling for a new holocaust while simultaneously denying the original ever took place. And do you know what the Jews do about it? Nothing.

Leap In Number of Tel Aviv Bicyclers

More residents of Tel Aviv are taking to the streets to enjoy the fresh air and health benefits associated with bicycling than ever before.

Enraged Zionists Burn Apple stores!

8 Tishri 5773 – September 23, 2012
Imagine Jews reacted to slights the way Muslims reacted throughout the Middle East and Europe.

Jerusalem Municipality Approves New NIS 18 Million Deer Park and Sanctuary

Sunday - The Jerusalem Municipality approved a plan to invest in and upgrade the Jerusalem Deer Sanctuary  in Deer Valley (near the Pot Junction), and to...

Use Fish not Chicken for Kaparot

Notions of animal cruelty do not apply to fish under Jewish law, so by using a fish for the Kapparot ritual one would avoid causing unnecessary pain to an animal yet still have the benefit of using a live creature for the ritual.

Now, That’s an Esrog!

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...

Jerusalem Demographics 1800-1922

26 Elul 5772 – September 13, 2012
On the issue of demographics, the numbers make things quite clear that even before modern Zionism began, the city was Jewish and only Muslim repressive policies artificially kept the numbers of Jews down before the mid-19th century.

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