Home » July 31st, 2011 Entries posted on “July, 2011”

Ashkelon National Park

Ashkelon National Park

Ashkelon National Park is enclosed with history and heritage for a long period of time and is located on the southern part of the Mediterranean coast. In the Roman period the city of Ashkelon was a developing commercial center which is now remarkably exhibited in the park. Some of them are the Roman basilica, Statues […]

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The Valley of Elah

The Valley of Elah

The Valley of Elah is a biblical site that was illustrated in the Bible as the place where Israelites settled when David fought Goliath. It is 45 minutes southwest of Jerusalem and is one of the most strongly hidden secrets of Israel. The Elah tree which is a Terebinth type of tree can be found […]

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Bet Guvirin Maresha National Park

Bet Guvrin Maresha National Park

Bet Guviran Maresha National Park is located at the Bet Shemesh-Kiryat Gat road opposite Kibbuts Bet Guvrin. It incorporates an approximately 1,250 acres of rolling hills in the Judean lowlands. The hills, about 400 m above sea level, consist mainly of chalk overlaid with harder rock called Nari. People have dug small gap to build […]

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Kibbutz Yad Mordechai

Kibbutz Yad Mordechai

Kibbutz Yad Mordechai is located 10km south of Ashkelon. It was named after the leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Mordechai Anilewicz and was constituted in 1943. On the site is a magnificent giant sculpture of the leader overseeing the Kibbutz and an ancient water tower which was attacked by the Egyptians during the War […]

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The Ashkelon Khan and Museum

The Ashkelon Khan and Museum

The Ashkelon Khan and Museum is located in Hatzmaut Square, Migdal in Ashkelon. It is a beautiful and magnificent Arab hotel in the ancient period and was eventually transformed into a site of the Ashkelon’s history museum. It highlights different archaeological discoveries with some 5,000 year history. The Ashkelon’s famous Canaanite silver calf – a […]

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Carlsberg-Israel Visitor Center

Carlsberg Israel Visitor Center

Carlsberg-Israel Visitor Center is located in the Southern Industrial Area in Ashkelon. The Carlsberg’s story began in the last quarter of 1991 when the Coca Cola Israel made an agreement with Carlsberg International A/S giving them the exclusive rights to distribute Carlsberg and Tuborg brands and products in Israel. They were also able to gain […]

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Ask the Rebbetzin: Keeping Close to Hashem

Ask the Rebbetzin: Keeping Close to Hashem

Question: When my children were young, I developed an ongoing “conversation” with Hashem. It’s wasn’t formal davening, but continuous and in some ways more meaningful. Now that my children are older, I’ve gotten back to normal davening, but I miss the feeling of closeness I had. Answer: You are really asking what the value of […]

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Blasting the Borough Park Shomrim

Blasting the Borough Park Shomrim

One of the regular weekly features I write for Ami Magazine is a “News and Analysis” piece. Although I don’t usually post those offerings here on Cross-Currents (and even though Marvin Schick posted a fine piece on the subject here earlier this week), I thought I’d share my own take on the New York Jewish […]

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Our Bodies, Our Moms

Our Bodies, Our Moms

Last Sunday on Postsecret, someone sent in a postcard (pictured right) about mothers, daughters, and body image. I think most can relate to the anonymous author of the Postsecret card. When mothers struggle with their own body image, their insecurities are often passed down to their daughters. In 2010, Peggy Orenstein tackled the difficult issue […]

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Improving Moral Vocabulary

Improving Moral Vocabulary

Eric Greitens is the author of The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL. He has been blogging all week for the Jewish Book Council and MyJewishLearning‘s Author Blog. In Tuesday’s post, I talked about how stories give us strength in trying times. Stories also have the power to repair and transform […]

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Thousands attend funeral of slain kabbalah rabbi

Thousands attend funeral of slain kabbalah rabbi

Thousands of people on Friday attended the funeral of Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzeira who was stabbed to death on Thursday night in Be’er Sheva while he was hosting guests for consultation at a yeshiva near his home. Among the participants in the funeral events were family members and leaders of the Shas movement. Abuhatzeira will be […]

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Sloatsburg rest stop offers Jewish men place to pray

Sloatsburg rest stop offers Jewish men place to pray

On Thursday nights during the summer, thousands of Orthodox Jewish men transform an ordinary Thruway rest stop into a sacred space. The travelers, who hail from Brooklyn, Staten Island and northern New Jersey, look for a place to pray as they make their way upstate to meet their families. For nearly two decades, the New […]

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Rabbi: Café chain used me as model

Rabbi: Café chain used me as model

Rabbi Kaplun Elyashiv, a member of Hasidic movement Chabad, discovered one day that he is the star of a Landwer advertisement. He says it happened in 2010 while he was talking with friends and suddenly saw his picture on the café chain’s website. A NIS 1 million ($290,000) lawsuit he filed with the Central Magistrate’s […]

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‘No porn or prostitution’: Islamic extremists set up Sharia law controlled zones in British cities

'No porn or prostitution': Islamic extremists set up Sharia law controlled zones in British cities

Islamic extremists have launched a poster campaign across the UK proclaiming areas where Sharia law enforcement zones have been set up. Communities have been bombarded with the posters, which read: ‘You are entering a Sharia-controlled zone – Islamic rules enforced.’ The bright yellow messages daubed on bus stops and street lamps have already been seen […]

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Kosher Pork in Sunnyside – Pork Spare Ribs “Sh’Chita K’shera Beit Yosef,” Sold in Sunnyside

Kosher Pork in Sunnyside - Pork Spare Ribs “Sh’Chita K’shera Beit Yosef,” Sold in Sunnyside

Rabbis saw to it long ago that it’s against the law to have a pig farm on Jewish-owned land in Israel, so Jewish pig-farmers there (perhaps after consulting a legal-loophole-minded rabbi of their own) built their sties on platforms above the land—taking the practice of raising pigs to a whole new level. But if you […]

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Torah Study and Worldly Occupation

Torah Study and Worldly Occupation

This week 2 is the third cycle of Pirkei Avos. In the second mishna of the third perek it says: Rabban Gamliel the son of Rabbi Yehuda the Prince said, Torah study is good with a worldly occupation, because the exertion put into both of them makes one forget sin. All Torah without work will […]

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What do you think of this singles weekend ad?

What do you think of this singles weekend ad?

Are you looking for a great place to go with beautiful accommodations and an awesome atmosphere? Join us as we host the most amazing Shabbat Nachamu ever in the newly renovated (26 Million Dollars) Hanover Marriott in NJ! With the passing of Leibby Kletzky A’H which threw the NY region into turmoil, as well as […]

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New Poll Reveals What Everyone Knows, or Should Know

New Poll Reveals What Everyone Knows, or Should Know

An important new poll of Palestinian opinion was released last week to minimum fanfare. The poll confirmed what no one wants to hear: the Palestinian population of the West Bank and Gaza is far from being ready to accept Israel’s existence or to conclude a peace treaty based on two states for two peoples. Nearly […]

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Kid’s Craft: Jars Decoupaged With Printed Tissue Paper

Kid's Craft: Jars Decoupaged With Printed Tissue Paper

Aren’t these recycled coffee jar vases sweet? (Snowflake and all in the middle of summer?) And they look so great holding wild flowers, cuttings from the garden that you’re rooting, or even candles of course. We made these recycled jar vases using the tissue paper that we printed on last week, here, and some mod […]

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Elkin: Conversion bill delays good for country, coalition

Elkin: Conversion bill delays good for country, coalition

The country is profiting from the fact that no real progress is being made in legislating the so-called conversion bill, coalition chairman Ze’ev Elkin (Likud) said on Tuesday. “I’m one of those who isn’t exactly crying over the fact that the bill is being delayed, since Israel is benefitting in another sphere,” he told rabbis […]

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AJC program engages Christian leaders in Jewish study

AJC program engages Christian leaders in Jewish study

A yearlong interfaith program conducted by the American Jewish Committee in conjunction with the Shalom Hartman Institute will draw to a close on Thursday, following 13 months of study and travel by a group of Christian leaders and academics from the US. The 13 members of the Christian Leadership Initiative who began the course back […]

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Should rabbis be active on Facebook?

Should rabbis be active on Facebook?

Dozens of community rabbis from Israel, abroad discuss rabbinical social network activity during Jerusalem conference. ‘A rabbi must be a rabbi, not a friend,’ claims Rabbi Spolter of Yad Binyamin. British rabbi argues, ‘Facebook exists, we can’t say no’. They say that in America, community rabbis are willing to go to NBA matches with their […]

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Knesset Turns Down Civil Marriage by Large Margin

Knesset Turns Down Civil Marriage by Large Margin

An attempt to legalize civil marriage flopped by a lopsided margin in the Knesset Wednesday as a new poll shows that most Israelis prefer Jewish tradition in marriages. This is despite concerted efforts in the mainstream media to give the opposite impression and claim that the laws for orthodox marriages are opposed by most secular Jews. […]

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Israel announces full diplomatic ties with South Sudan

Israel announces full diplomatic ties with South Sudan

The Foreign Ministry announced Thursday that Israel has established full diplomatic relations with the government of the newly UN-recognized South Sudan. “The practical aspects of the relations such as accrediting ambassadors will soon be discussed through the diplomatic channels,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Read More: @ haaretz.com

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Growing In Ruchniyut During The Three Weeks

Growing In Ruchniyut During The Three Weeks

When we visualize the Beit Hamikdash in its glory, we imagine there was nothing holier than it. Yet Chazal tell us that studying Torah is even greater. “Hashem consoled David who did not merit to build the Beit Hamikdash, “One day of Torah learning in your courtyard is greater in my eyes than one thousand […]

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Shivas Irons’ Golf in the Kingdom Comes to Film

Shivas Irons' Golf in the Kingdom Comes to Film

The Times starts its meaty article about the long-awaited film version of Michael Murphy’s famous golf novel, Golf in the Kingdom by saying that the book is “practically a sacred text.” We think that they mean that it has mystical and philosophical qualities, that people read the book with veneration, and that it addresses ultimate […]

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Ma, What Does S&M Mean?

Ma, What Does S&M Mean?

Like some of you out there, I wasn’t allowed to listen to “Non-Jewish music” as a kid. My father was allowed of course, but that was because he lied to us about it. Looking back, that seems to have been the general idea of chinuch in our house. Anyhow, the reason I bring this up […]

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Black and Jewish: “Got a Star of David on my Grill”

Black and Jewish: “Got a Star of David on my Grill”

I’m not usually a fan of parodies. That’s not to say I don’t like humor – au contraire! But like Leah once wrote for JWA, I, too, often find parodies to be uncreative, offensive or both. Still, even I was taken in by the latest pop culture parody to hit the web. “Black & Jewish,” […]

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TTTT at Mule Creek Prison

TTTT at Mule Creek Prison

Emuna Outreach is proud to be sponsoring the distribution of hundreds of copies of The Trail to Tranquility to inmates in the California State Prison system. Thanks to our friends at the Aleph Institute and Emuna Outeach activists David and Racheli Reckles, The Trail to Tranquility is already all widely distributed among inmates in the […]

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Misaskim volunteers do another sweep at the Aron home on E 2nd

Misaskim volunteers do another sweep at the Aron home on E 2nd

On Tuesday, July 26th, the NYPD was getting ready to wrap up its nearly two-week-long investigation at the Levi Aaron house on East 2nd Street. Before they prepared to return the house to its owners, members of the NYPD reached out to Misaskim’s Disaster and Recovery team to come down to the house  for another […]

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