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Are Trump and Israel on the Same Page?

Israeli ministers, including our PM, should not seek to push a mercurial Trump to the point where he becomes exasperated. Everything suggests Israel will have greater support than under G. W. Bush

Did Ayelet Shaked Borrow a Page from FDR’s Play Book?

FDR taught generations of Poli-sci students how an executive can tame his hostile high court.

BJ Rabbis Halfheartedly Walk Back Pro-Palestine Email

They're not sorry about the email, only about sending it.

Bob Costas Facing Wrath of Gun Owners After Gun-Control Comments

Following his comments on Sunday night football advocating for greater gun control, NBC sports announcer Bob Costas is facing growing anger by gun owning...

Observing Shabbat Worldwide to Protect Israel

Shabbat has kept the Jews throughout the generations.

Can an Orthodox Jewish Woman Have it All?

As I began reading an article in the Forward by Aurora Mendelsohn about whether a Jewish woman can have it all (meaning a career and an observant family) I received a call from my daughter about an article in the Chicago Tribune about one woman who does have it all.

Rabbi Kanievsky: Burn Your iPhones

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, who of Israel’s pre-eminent haredi rabbis, issued a public notice on Sunday urging owners of iPhones to burn their devices, comparing the popular cell phones to weapons of war.

Judge Rules Rachel Corrie’s Death an Accident

Judge Gershon of Haifa District Court ruled today that the death of Rachel Corrie was an accident. In a 62 page court document, the judge stated there was no fault in the military investigation which the Israeli military undertake immediately after Corrie's death. The Israel Defense Force has been cleared of responsibility.

French Rabbi Receives Threat to ‘Punish’ Jews for Complaining

The chief rabbi of Lyon, Richard Wertenschlag, has received a letter threatening to "punish a Jew for every complaint the Jews make on TV." The...

Levana’s Whole Foods Cookbook

Ah, the joys of August. Whether it is from a farmer’s market, a roadside stand, your own backyard or even the produce aisle of your local supermarket, there is no doubt that now is the time to feast on the freshest and most delectable offerings of the year. But while many of us consider late summer to be prime time for enjoying the simple goodness of nature’s bounty, for one of the most respected names in the kosher cooking world, simplicity is the name of the game all year around.

90,000-plus Crowd in NJ Cheers Siyum HaShas

Some 90,000 people packed MetLife Stadium to celebrate the completion of the page-a-day Talmud cycle in the largest-ever Siyum HaShas. The gathering Wednesday evening, which...

90,000 to Gather in N.J. Metlife Stadium for the Completion of the Talmud

Ninety-thousand Jews will gather in Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., to celebrate Siyum HaShas, the completion of a Talmud study program that occurs...

We’ve Learned Nothing in 2000 Years

I have always felt that the Daf Yomi would be the leader of that "Ahavat Chinam". In all my experiences attending those various Daf Yomis across the globe, nobody ever asked me what Kashrut I observe, how big my Kippa was or if my wife covers her hair. We were all one nation, one people studying the same page of Gemara. And then it came crashing down.

Cooling Down Bessy

Dairy cows are showered to be cooled down at a barn in Kibbutz Galgal, in the Jordan Valley, where temperatures reached 115 degrees last...

French Chief Rabbi Gets Death Threats on Facebook

French police said they were investigating death threats made against the country’s chief rabbi. Polices said over the weekend that they are looking for people...

Talmudic, Tenacious, Tough-Minded: An Interview With Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz is quite an accomplished personality. The author of over 60 books, Rabbi Steinsaltz has also translated the entire Talmud into Hebrew, a project he started in 1965 at the age of 28 and took 45 years to complete. To date, over two million copies of the Steinsaltz Talmud – in Hebrew, English, French, and Russian – have been sold. No wonder Time magazine once dubbed him a “once-in-a-millennium scholar.”

Letter from Imprisoned Turkish Journalist Baris Pehlivan

My dear colleagues, due to my activities as a journalist, I am unfortunately deprived unlawfully of freedom in my own country. I have been sitting in prison for 17 months without any final verdict. Journalism is a universal profession. Wherever a journalist is arrested and thrown into prison for doing his or her job, all of the world's journalists are under threat.

Turkey to Indict 4 Israelis Over Flotilla Incident

The 144-page indictment seeks 10 aggravated life jail sentences for each commander, including former Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, according to the English-language Turkish news service Today's Zaman, citing the Sabah daily.

The Times Gang Tackles Romney

The New York Times has now confirmed that it is once again in the tank for President Obama even as it was for candidate Obama four years ago. Over a period of four days beginning last Thursday, it unleashed an astounding four articles and an editorial slamming any discussion by Romney supporters of Mr. Obama’s two decade-long attendance at a church led by a virulent anti-white, anti-American minister on the grounds that such discussion raised the race and religion cards.

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My Incredible First Day in Israel

“Gevalt!’ I thought to myself. “My very first day in Israel, and my mother would turn on the TV in America and see her son making a protest speech against the Israeli government on behalf of the Jewish Underground!”

China’s Prime Minister: Auschwitz Visit Left Indelible Impression

According to Reuters, China's Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, who toured the Auschwitz  death camp on Friday, said his visit introduced him to "an unforgettable,...

Beyond Politics: Inspirational People of Israel

Unlike formulaic biographies from popular publishing houses in the Orthodox Jewish world, Beyond Politics is not predictable. The vignettes of individual men and women who trekked through Ethiopia and Sudan, flew in from Austria, India, and Algeria, or were born on Israeli soil are gritty, adventurous, and heartwarming.

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