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Postcard from Israel – Tel Megiddo

29 Tishri 5773 – October 14, 2012
If the building which houses the ticket office and museum at Tel Megiddo national park seems somewhat incongruous to its surroundings – being more reminiscent of the style of an English country gentleman’s residence, with its chimney and paned windows, than of the local architecture – that is because it was built by the British army after its victory against the Ottomans, including at the Battle of Megiddo. So important was that battle that its Commander in Chief, Sir Edmund Allenby, was later awarded the title of 'Viscount of Megiddo.'

A Happy 90th To Ralph Kiner

26 Tishri 5773 – October 11, 2012
Ralph Kiner turns ninety on the 27th of October. Where have the years gone? Many Jewish Press readers grew up watching Kiner's Korner, the post-game television show featuring yesterday's heroes and the Mets' one-day wonders.

Netanyahu Announces Early Elections In Israel

JERUSALEM – Now it’s official: Israel is going to the polls. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Tuesday that the elections for the 19th Knesset will be held early next year.

Likud Lawmaker Aims to Block Rumored Comeback by Olmert

Likud Party lawmaker Tzipi Hotovely reportedly petitioned Israel's Central Elections Committee to prevent former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert from running for office.

French Police Find Jihadist Bomb Lab Used in Kosher Store Attack

French police found an explosives lab that they say was used by a "jihadist cell" in the bombing of a kosher store near Paris. Francois...

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.

Test Him Before He Fails

12 Tishri 5773 – September 27, 2012
Parents often bring children into my office when they are already failing several subjects in school. These students are dejected, frustrated, and often depressed. They believe that because of their past performance, they will never succeed in school. It is not strange that constant effort and subsequent failure have taught them to believe that failure is the only option.

Germany Initiating Pro-Circumcision Legislation

A spokesman for German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said his office is working on an outline for new legislation that will permit circumcision of minor males after a controversial court decision in the summer that criminalized the rite.

Zuckerman, US Jews, Cancel Scheduled Meeting with Abbas

9 Tishri 5773 – September 25, 2012
A private meeting was scheduled in New York on Monday between Abu Mazen, who had come to attend United Nations deliberations, and several influential members of the American Jewish community. The meeting had been arranged by Jewish media tycoon Mort Zuckerman, who is considered close to Prime Minister Netanyahu.

PM Netanyahu Apologizes for Embarrassing Ban Ki-Moon

8 Tishri 5773 – September 24, 2012
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has apologized to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for publicizing details of a conversation between the two regarding the Ban’s visit to Tehran in August.

US Embassy Stormed in Yemen (Video)

26 Elul 5772 – September 13, 2012
Protesters attacked the US Embassy in Yemen on Thursday. The protesters breached the gates, took down and burnt the US flag, smashed windows, and...

Israel And The World Baseball Classic

26 Elul 5772 – September 12, 2012
For the first time, Israel will participate in the qualifying round of the World Baseball Classic. That's the good news. The bad news concerns the dates they'll be playing in Florida. Earlier in the year it was thought the early rounds would start in other countries before moving to Florida in November. Assuming Israel would still be in the WBC games, the Florida site would be Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.

MK Ben Ari: Fire Officer who Ordered Police to Kill Migron...

19 Elul 5772 – September 6, 2012
Police Special Patrol Force officer ordered his subordinates to kill a group of youths who had climbed a rooftop in Ramat Migron.

The Tischler Brothers Tout Their Commitments To Public Service

13 Elul 5772 – August 30, 2012
Avraham and Moshe Tischler, 20-somethings brothers and ambitious political neophytes, recently met with The Jewish Press editorial board to discuss their current political plans and future prospects.

Romney, Ryan, Rule

11 Elul 5772 – August 29, 2012
Following a hard couple of years of campaigning—debating a man who makes pizza, a man who wants to cut off aid to Israel and...

Prime Minister Shifts Own Financial Portfolio on Eve of Possible Iran...

10 Elul 5772 – August 27, 2012
The committee for permits in the state comptroller’s office has allowed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on August 15 – at his own request – to make changes in his investment portfolio, both overseas and locally. The request comes in the wake of threats by the PM to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities in the near future. But it appears that Netanyahu's financial move was done in full transparency and in complete adherence with legal procedure.

Former GSS Chief Dichter to Lead Home Front Office

27 Av 5772 – August 14, 2012
After feverish searches by the prime minister's office for some former senior IDF official to be appointed as Minister for the Defense of the Home Front, late Monday on night, following all-night meetings with the prime minister and the minister of defense, the appointment of MK Avi Dichter was finalized.

What I Did On My ‘Mancation’

22 Av 5772 – August 9, 2012
Last year I told you about my "mancation" (men only) to a city to check out its Jewish community and major league team and ballpark. Last year it was Pittsburgh and Cincinnati; this year's first "mancation" destination was Cleveland.

The Tribe of Shimon

4 Av 5772 – July 23, 2012
Israel's President Shimon Peres donned tribal gear for his meeting with Osei Tutu II, king of the Ashanti Empire, West Africa, at the President's...

Nadler Hails 20-Year U.S. Govt. Lease at One World Trade Center

29 Tammuz 5772 – July 18, 2012
Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) of Lower Manhattan welcomed the announcement that the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has signed a 20-year lease for 277,000 sq. feet of office space at One World Trade Center.

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