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The Face That Launched A Thousand Apps: Yours

Israeli startup Umoove will soon offer a gesture-recognition technology for mobile devices that will control and steer devices by reading gentle facial and head movements, according to a report by NoCamels.

North Carolina Bans Gay Marriage

North Carolina approved a constitutional amendment on Tuesday defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, eliminating the possibility of same-sex...

My Friend Baruch Thinks the ‘Antinet’ Event Is Sooo Jewish

"I'm no expert on the Jews, but May 20th, 2012 might be the most Jewish event in the history of Judaism," writes my friend Baruch Herzfeld. On the money, assuming Baruch means (as I believe he does) that this thing is confusing and self-contradictory like a delicious Talmudic debate.

Lt. Col. Eisner: Did You Want to Watch Video of IDF Soldiers Capitulating Before...

Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner has finally broken down and let out everything he had been storing inside. In a phone interview with Channel 10, he shared his version of the incident in which he was captured on video hitting a Danish agent of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). We present the Hebrew video and provide here a translation of the conversation.

Israeli Shop Owners Enlist YouTube to ID Shoplifters

Israeli shop owners have been resorting to You Tube in their efforts to help police apprehend thieves who brazenly walk away with thousands of shekels worth of merchandize. All of Israel's high end shops have been training security cameras on their aisles, but once they have the incriminating evidence on tape, no one knows who the perpetrators are.

Nadia Matar Calling from Hebron Site: Netanyahu as Guilty as Barak in Removal of...

Matar was responding to an emergency SMS alerting Judea and Samaria Jews—most of whom were busy with pre-Passover cleaning—of the unexpected forced evacuation, less than one day after Israel's government appeared to be deciding to await verification of the sale of the house in Hebron to its new owners. She dropped everything and rushed over.

The Art of Ignoring – So Safe, So Repulsive, So Dangerous

As one that has trained and followed rabbis throughout their careers, I can generally say that rabbis gain detractors not so much because of their sermons, vision, lectures or the like, but rather when they fail to return phone calls, when they avoid bikur cholim, and when they fail to respond to emails. One can deal with refusal, disagreements, debates and the answer 'no', but how should one deal with being totally and utterly ignored?!

Before Color Photographs

Horses and buggies? Gas lights on streets? Did my mother grow up in the Dark Ages of History? She told me about living in buildings without elevators, where no apartment had its own bathroom. Years later I decided it was like my college dorm in the 1950's when I had to climb stairs to my room on the 4th floor, and a bathroom with showers was at the end of each floor’s hallway; no big deal.

Visiting Disney World with a Special Needs Child

Traveling to Disney World with your kids? If you are a typical Jewish family, there are concerns about the availability of kosher food, events that take place on Shabbos that you may have to schedule around, and the availability of a minyan. Traveling with a special needs child creates an added level of complexity.

‘On the Rerouted Train’

The sudden jerk of the train woke Rena up with a start. She blinked a couple of times realizing she was still on the subway. Her head was pounding from the roar of the tracks. She adjusted her headphones letting the music echo heavily in her ears. Rena closed her eyes again trying to ignore the headache which just wouldn’t go away.

Getting Your Husband’s Attention

Dr. Yael replies to a woman who feels like she's playing second fiddle to her husband's myriad phone calls, business deals, medical emergencies, and everyone else who needs him so desperately. Despite the fact that he buys her beautiful jewelry and gifts, that they live in a stunning house and have cleaners and babysitters, all this does not substitute for the intimacy and warmth that she craves from him.

UN Sec-Gen: Hamas-Fatah Interim Government Should Continue Peace Talks

Ban reportedly made the comments in a Monday night phone conversation with PA president Mahmoud Abbas.

Video: Syrian Rebel Officer Begs Israel to Intervene

Deputy Minister for Development of the Negev and the Galilee Ayub Kara appeared on Israel’s Knesset channel and spoke over the phone with defecting...

Hashem Hears Our Tefillos

The following inspiring story was told to Rochelle Rothman by her close family member. It truly shows how Hashem runs the world, and helps us in all of our endeavors.

Israeli Hacker Retaliates for Saudi Credit Card Attack

An Israeli hacker has claimed retaliation for the release of the personal information and credit card data of tens of thousands of Israelis by...

Remembering A Dear Friend: Rebbetzin Irene Klass, a”h

What is it about a diamond that makes it the most valuable gemstone known to man?

Anguish That Does Not Go Away: The Singles Problem (Part Three)

The woman in her mid-thirties who initiated this discussion a few weeks ago bemoaned what she considers the indifference and the insensitivity of most people to the plight of singles.

Happy Alone

Chosen recently to participate in a clinical trial for an illness, I trekked my way to my assigned isolated room in the hospital – solo. I didn’t mind being one of the few patients who came alone to the hospital, as my personality liked being miserable by myself.

Self -Repentance

We have just completed three sets of three-day Yom Tov/Shabbat combinations, and now with some sadness (tempered with a dollop of relief) we return to "normalcy" and our daily routines.

We Must Have Faith

I live at Scharf's Ateret Avot, a residence for seniors. I get around via a motorized wheelchair. This gives me the independence to go where I choose.

What We Can Learn From Chazal About Dating

A recent piece posted on Matzav.com signed by "A Crying Bas Yisroel" chillingly lamented the plight of a young single woman, with fine personal qualities but without any family money or yichus, who sits forlornly waiting for her phone to ring with calls from shadchanim. Alas, the phone never rings, and for her, the shidduch system is an ongoing nightmare.

Should My Spouse Tell Me Every Time He Does Something Nice For Me?

Question: My husband is always telling me the wonderful things he’s done to make me happy. If he makes the bed, makes calls on my behalf, works hard in the office, I hear about it. The other day he had to take care of a health insurance issue and he made sure to tell me that it took over two hours and three phone calls, in case I thought it went smoothly. I don’t constantly tally up what I do for him and I find it childish that he does. My friends tell me that their husbands don’t do this – so, why does mine?

Fantasy And Fury

The couple had barely completed their brief intake papers, which included a small handwriting sample, when, her eyes blazing with fury, the wife pounded on the small table between us and yelled, "He has to grow up! I need a husband who is a real partner, not a lazy good-for-nothing who won't take responsibility and is totally clueless about my needs!" Her husband sat hunched in his chair, looking like a hapless cat which had somehow survived the spin cycle in a washing machine.

An Ounce of Prevention

Over the past years, like most people in our global community, I have received emails, phone calls and other notifications with requests to say tehillim for various individuals who sadly have life-threatening issues. Some are battling serious illnesses; others have been in car crashes and other mishaps; while some have almost drowned or been hurt in fires. The latest one is for someone I know who is now tragically in a hospital burn unit.

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