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Here Comes 5774 – But We’ll Never Forget 5773

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

We’ve had an amazing year at JewishPress.com, providing opinionated news with hidden and unhidden agendas, breaking many rules of proper journalism and celebrating with you the wonderful circus show also known as Jewish News.

A team of dedicated editors, who are also writers, who are often bloggers, and are for sure pundits, too, we’ve been hard to define as news outlets go, but in your Jewish hearts, pounding inside your Jewish chests (under your full-length sleeve Jewish shirts), you knew exactly what we were doing, and it tasted so good, you kept coming back for more.

More than anything else, we’re proud for the job we did, transforming JewishPress.com from a very traditional website, essentially re-posting the print edition Jewish Press, a time-honored institution in its own right, into one of the most influential Jewish news websites on the Internet today – in a sense recapturing the muscular, feisty Jewish Press of the 1970s and ’80s, back when the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, may God avenge his blood, was on the team.

We’ve taken up his mantle of calling a spade a spade: if it’s a U.S. president with a suspiciously pro-Islamist agenda – we called it; if it’s a Reform rabbi who appears not to have taken the time to become Jewish (she did, we found out later) – we called it; if it’s a Jewish organization contemplating dropping “Zionism” from their mandate, because someone thought Zionism isn’t popular with the donors anymore – we called it; if it’s a wavering Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu planning to give away Jewish land in exchange for, well, we’re not exactly sure what for – we called it; if it’s President Shimon Peres shaking hands in warm agreement with the EU’s Ms. Ashton, as she tightens the screws on Jews in Eretz Yisrael – man, did we call it.

But while other right wing, pro-Zionist websites have been delivering a very similar message to our own, over a gray background, with grim-to-angry headlines – we’ve been doing it with color, with funny images, with a celebration of all the media, like the happy go lucky Israelites that we are.

We also celebrate courageous Jews around the globe, when Israel quietly helps victims of Syria’s civil war, welcomes home new Olim, produces a cure or invention that helps the world, when a young Jewish woman wins an Olympic gold medal, and when Israel launches a new satellite into space.

Now, all that’s a killer combination: right wing and lighthearted, halachically observant and carefree fun. No one else does it quite like us, and you love us for it.

Well, we love you, too. We can’t have enough of your comments. We are absolutely hooked on them. It’s hard to do any work around here, because all of us are busy reading you. And so much of our editorial content comes from articles you’ve sent us. We don’t know any other website, other than discussion message boards, that integrates this much reader-generated editorial content. And we treat your submitted works with the same respect we do any other editorial contribution – we don’t segregate reader articles, we publish them right up front with everybody else’s work.

And you reward our love and respect by visiting us daily (sometimes hourly), subscribing to our mailing list, The Jewish Express, filling out our petitions, giving us feedback (both good and scary critical) and supporting our advertisers with your clicks, purchases, and donations. So much so, that despite not  (yet) being the largest Jewish news websites (compared with, say, Ha’aretz and the Jerusalem Post) – JewishPress.com’s lead generations and sales results for our advertisers are among the highest in our category. That’s all you, dear readers.

We are deeply grateful.

May this coming year bring only sweet things for us, both in (greater) Israel and in all the other places where you guys live. May we all experience the much anticipated grand meeting of the entire tribe (actually, all the tribes), at the large plaza currently occupied by two Islamic structures. Short of that, we bless all of you and ourselves with health, wealth and happiness.

Shana Tova,

David Schwartz, Stephen Leavitt, Yori Yanover, Lori Lowenthal Marcus, Asher Schwartz, Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu, Marc Gottlieb, Yishai Fleisher, Shalom Bear and Sara Miriam

The JewishPress.com Office

The JewishPress.com Office

p.s.  We will be back on Saturday night, after the Rosh Hashana holiday weekend is over.

Israelis to Munch 15,000 Tons of Apples this Rosh Hashanah Season

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

The apple and honey tradition on Rosh Hashanah has Israelis consuming 15,000 tons of apples during the month of September, an increase of almost 50 percent  from average consumption during the rest of the year.

Israel’s crop of apples is of a particularly high quality this year, according to Amos Levin, general manager of the Galilee Development Corporation and chairman of the apple division of Israel’s Plants Production and Marketing Board.

“This summer’s relative cooler temperatures, especially at night, helped produce a higher quality of crop,” he said. Levin noted that this year’s crop, harvested from August through November, is excellent for size, color and taste.

Nearly all of Israel’s apples are grown in the hills of the Galilee and the Golan Heights because apples require cold winters and cooler summer nights to grow best.

The northern apple orchards are located on hills that are more than 2,000 feet higher and cover approximately 10,500 acres.

More than 100,000 tons of apples are sold in Israel each year, with the apple market valued at more than $200 million, serving as the core for the local economy in the Golan Heights. Another 7,000 tons of apples are imported into Israel from the United States and Europe.

While Israel exports little of its apples abroad, this year, the country exported 18,000 tons of apples grown by Druze farmers living in the Golan to Syria, in coordination with the Plants Production and Marketing Board, the IDF and the Red Cross. The Druze apple growers of the Golan have been selling to Syria has for the past eight year, but the apple exports were stopped in 2012 when the war situation became too volatile.

This year the apple industry also drew a number of university students from across Israel interested in learning more about agriculture and helping out Golan apple growers.

Sapir college student, Yotam Eyal told Tazpit News Agency that he and his friends have been picking apples for the past month.

“We are college students from all over Israel – from the Negev, Jerusalem, and the north, who are interested in learning more about agriculture and connecting to the land,” Eyal explained. “There are projects that have been initiated in the past year which get students involved in these areas.”

“It’s good to see where a fruit like an apple that you buy in the supermarket comes from,” commented Eyal. “Picking apples all day in the orchard is hard work. But it has made us appreciate dipping the apple in honey that much more this Rosh HaShanah.”

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