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Tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem

… of the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem. Outside the city walls is a rock-cut tomb regarded by some to be the area of the burial and resurrection of Jesus. The whole place is covered with trees and bushes and appears to be isolated from the city. Once you are inside, you seem to be in a different world.  With a very peaceful scenery, it is indeed a perfect place for serious reflection.  Since the Tomb of Jesus is considered as the main tourist place, be ready to see an endless stream of …

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Fighting Fire With Water

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Maybe you received it too. The e-mail was forwarded to me by no fewer than three people, and in each case I was among hundreds of recipients. The photographs in the communication were prefaced by the all-caps pronouncement “THIS MUST BE SEEN AND PASSED AROUND THE WORLD. PLEASE DO SO.” They depicted a throng of Muslim men bowing or kneeling in prayer in the middle of a …

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New York City Water Warning

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New York City officials have detected elevated lead levels in the water in dozens of privately owned buildings. They are telling New Yorkers to run their taps for 30 seconds before drinking water, cooking with it or using it to make baby formula anytime the tap has not been used for several hours.

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection found elevated levels …

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Chabad Lubavitch of Watermill in Water Mill, New York

… Chabad Lubavitch of Watermill

Address1:

40 Winding Way

Address2:

City:

Water Mill

Location:

New York

Zipcode:

11976

Type:

Chabad Lubavitch

Tel:

1-631-726-3046

Fax:

Services:

Fri Evening Services, Shabbat Morning Services, High Holidays, Tourist Visits

Website:

http://www.chabadofeastend.com/

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Explosion hits Egypt gas pipeline carrying gas to Israel

Explosion hits Egypt gas pipeline carrying gas to Israel

Masked gunmen blew up a natural gas terminal near Egypt’s border with Israel on Wednesday, sending flames shooting into the air in the early hours of the morning and forcing the shutdown of the country’s gas export pipeline to Israel and Jordan.

“An unknown armed gang attacked the gas pipeline,” said an Egyptian security source, adding that the flow of gas to Israel and Jordan had indeed been hit. “Authorities closed the main source of gas supplying the pipeline …

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Netanyahu orders Israeli politicians, security forces to thwart new Gaza flotilla

Netanyahu orders Israeli politicians, security forces to thwart new Gaza flotilla

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed his inner cabinet on Wednesday to continue diplomatic efforts to thwart an upcoming Gaza aid flotilla, a statement said on Wednesday, adding that the premier also instructed Israel’s security forces to prepare for the flotilla’s possible arrival.

The flotilla, which was expected to set sail in May, will now probably only embark in mid-June, its organizers preferring to wait for the outcome of the election to

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Maggid: A Blueprint For Self

… Maharal explains that  matzah is a simple food. It contains only two ingredients: flour and water. We should approach Pesach with simplicity.  Simplicity implies  bitul hayesh, self-nullification. Self-discovery entails going back to being ourselves, which is what liberation is about.  Animals have no ambition and no yearnings. This kind of passivity is our enemy. In our hearts we have a whole menagerie which keeps us from discovering ourselves. The more we focus on our failures …

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Kabbalah Centre’s Berg Sent Packing from Newsweek’s List of Top Rabbis

… there are those who argue that Berg isn’t even actually an ordained rabbi and doesn’t belong on the list. Some claim that he’s running a cult that is Judaism’s version of Scientology. And then there are those who believe that Berg isn’t a religious figure at all, but rather a businessman running a corporation that sells everything from red strings and holy water to books and astrology sets.

Read more : @ blog.rabbijason.com

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Hezekiah’s Tunnel in Jerusalem

… tourist spots with historical significance. Considered as one of the excellent creation of water engineering in the pre-classical period, this tunnel goes below Ophel in Jerusalem.  The construction period is approximately in 701 BC under the supremacy of the King of Judah, Hezekiah.

In the City of David, which is outside the Old City walls of Jerusalem is Hezekiah’s Tunnel found.  Its length is 1750-foot (530m). If it had stayed on a straight line, the length would have been …

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Ein Gedi Spa

Ein Gedi Spa in Jerusalem is perfectly located at the foot of the Judean Hills to the west, and adjacent to the Mount of Moab, on the shores of the dead sea at the lowest point on Earth. As the waters of the Dead Sea subsides, earth’s lowest point continue to get lower and lower, now a days it’s 1360below sea level. The Ein Gedi Spa has the most leading percentage of bromine in the world, both in water or air, with minerals thathelps relax nervous system and reduces …

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UN report: Palestinian Authority is paving the way to statehood

… of Palestinian governance has paved the way for a functioning state, but there are still obstacles to be overcome, said a United Nations report released Tuesday.

The report, titled “Palestinian State-building: A Decisive Period” is based on a review of the Palestinian Authority’s implementation of a program initiated in August 2009. The program was geared toward creating various institutions that would prepare the Palestinians for statehood within two years.

The review took into …

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The Israel Museum

… located in the Givat Ram hill neighborhood of Jerusalem, with it’s magnificent designed building on the grounds of Museum like the Shrine of the Book, the artifacts at Masada, and the house of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The museum has 500,000 collections given by the famous patrons world wide. One of the main place in the museum is the Shrine of the Book, the most popular exhibit and the world’s oldest biblical manuscript is the home of dead sea scrolls covering a structure place in …

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Maggid: A Blueprint For Self

… Maharal explains that  matzah is a simple food. It contains only two ingredients: flour and water. We should approach Pesach with simplicity.  Simplicity implies  bitul hayesh, self-nullification. Self-discovery entails going back to being ourselves, which is what liberation is about.  Animals have no ambition and no yearnings. This kind of passivity is our enemy. In our hearts we have a whole menagerie which keeps us from discovering ourselves. The more we focus on our failures …

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Palestinians ready for statehood now, says Fayyad

The Palestinians are ready for statehood now, according to a report to be presented to major aid donor countries in Brussels this week by Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

The report, “Building Palestine. Achievements and Challenges” will be presented on April 13 to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), a 12-member committee of the European Union and United States which serves as the principal policy-level coordination mechanism …

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Radiation rises to scary new high at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant - and another earthquake hits

Radiation leaking at a crippled nuclear plant in Japan spiked to new highs on Sunday, hindering frantic efforts to avert an all-out meltdown.

Samples of tainted water in a flooded area of the Fukushima Daiichi facility showed readings 100,000 times more radioactive than normal.

As scientists grappled with the escalating peril at the plant, a 6.5-magnitude earthquake shook an already devastated northern Japan early Monday morning, triggering a new …

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Assassination of Hamas leaders possible

The latest escalation in Gaza rocket attacks on southern Israel may lead to assassinations of Hamas military wing leaders, the IDF warns, with army officials saying they cannot discount this possibility.

Military officials made it clear that Saturday’s barrage of some 50 mortar shells at the western Negev will not be ignored, adding that the army’s aerial attacks Saturday afternoon were merely “the first bullets” in …

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NPR exec apologizes for anti-Jew slur

… including his statement that Jews control the print media.

Schiller, who was already set to leave his position, said his resignation scheduled for May 6 would now happen “immediately” after discovery of the video was made on March 8.

“I offer my sincere apology to those I offended,” Schiller said, adding, “In an effort to put this unfortunate matter behind us, NPR and I have agreed that my resignation is effective today.”

Read More: @ ynetnews.com

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Tsunami hits Japan after massive quake

Japanese TV showed cars, ships and buildings swept away by a vast wall of water after the 8.9-magnitude quake.

A state of emergency has been declared at a nuclear power plant but officials said there were no radiation leaks.

At least 60 people have been killed by the quake, which struck about 400km (250 miles) north-east of Tokyo.

The region has been rocked by a number of powerful aftershocks.

Read More: @ bbc.co.uk

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George Washington Schlepped Here

… if her husband is the first Jewish presidential child-in-law. Maybe one of my regular “License to Kvell” kvellers will know and clue us in.

I don’t remember reading much about the wedding. Maybe that’s just because I’ve been so busy lately trying (and often failing) to keep my head above water that I haven’t been reading as many newspapers and magazines as I used to. I’m fairly certain that the wedding cost more than I’ve earned in the last three years combined, so …

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Jewish ritual bath found in Baltimore may be oldest in U.S.

… beneath the historic Lloyd Street Synagogue in East Baltimore have uncovered what is believed to be the oldest Jewish ritual bath complex in the United States.

Hints of the presence of the 1845 bath, or “mikveh,” were first detected during excavations in 2001. But further digging this winter has revealed about a quarter of a five-foot-deep wooden tub, and linked it to a related cistern found in 2008, and to remains of a brick hearth once used to warm the bath’s water.

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#1 Anti-Aging Secret?

No, that’s not a spam title—I really have discovered the secret to feeling young, sexy and vibrant:

Attend your synagogue’s annual business meeting.

El Yenta Man and I were by far the youngest people on Sunday afternoon at Temple Mickve Israel (which my mother-in-law never wrote or said without also adding “the third oldest congregation in the United States”) in a packed sanctuary of folks listening to the state of this particular union.

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Must See Photos: Ice-Encased Car In East Village

A leaky pipe beneath a Manhattan street encased a parked car in ice and caused the pavement to sink in over the weekend.

CBS 2′s Kathryn Brown asked Joe Marucci of the East Village how he would describe the sight. His answer: “I just said that’s what sank the Titanic.”

Chester Johnson of Bed-Stuy’s answer was more laconic: “This right here is ridiculous.”

Read More: @ newyork.cbslocal.com

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Preparing Your Home for Sitting Shiva

Preparing Your Home for Sitting Shiva

… immediate family member- a father, mother, brother, sister, spouse or child. Some families decide to “ sit shiva ” for a shorter period of time.  Shiva takes place in the home of the deceased or in the home of a principal mourner.

This list can be used as a guide to prepare a home for “ sitting shiva.”

Begin by estimating the number of people you expect to have visit.  You may want to “overestimate” when figuring how much of each item will be needed as not to get caught …

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The Purpose of Sitting Shiva

The Purpose of Sitting Shiva

… From the time of death until the conclusion of the funeral, the primary focus and concern is on the care of the deceased and the burial preparations. Once shiva begins, the focus shifts to the mourners. Shiva is a time of reflection, meditation, contemplation and spiritual healing. The difficult process of mourning  begins when pain, loss and sadness are expressed. The purpose of shiva is to acknowledge these feelings, not suppress them.

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“ Sitting shiva, ” is intended to be an …

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High and Dry

… For hundreds of years, Kabbalists have been saying that entire continents will disappear under water as Redemption Day approaches. Today, scientists around the world are carefully monitoring earth’s rising waters. Things are changing, just as our sages have predicted.

Read More: @ lazerbrody.typepad.com

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N.J. Town To Vote On Middle School Drug Tests

A proposal to conduct random drug tests of young students in one New Jersey town is raising some eyebrows.

Students at Belvidere Elementary School could be adding drug testing to their list of lessons when they move into middle school.

The Board of Education will vote Wednesday on a plan to randomly test sixth, seventh and eighth graders to see if they are under the influence of drugs. School …

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Eating Before Davening

The Gemara teaches us, based on the verse in Vayikra, “ Lo tochlu al hadam, ” that one may not eat or drink before Shacharit. The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch writes that one who does eat is referred to in the verse, “You have cast me behind your back.”   In Hebrew, the word gabecha (back) can be interchangeably read as geyecha (arrogance). Tending to one’s own physical needs prior to acknowledging the source …

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The Process of Koshering the Beef

For a food to be kosher, it has to conform to the regulations of the Jewish Halakhic law. These rules form the basic aspect of Kashrut or the Jewish dietary laws. It is of Jewish practice to make sure that no unclean and impure foods enter our body. Beef can be consumed only if they are made kosher. Koshering beef involves some Jewish rituals in slaughtering the cow.

Cows that are healthy and have no …

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The Process of Koshering a Chicken

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Slaughtering animal following Jewish laws is a skill that requires in-depth knowledge of the Jewish Dietary Laws. Koshering a slaughtered animal is considered by many as the most humane way of killing animals. To become a kosher butcher, one must practice and learn this skill very well for a couple of years before becoming certified. Here’s how a chicken is slaughtered following …

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Homemade Gift Wrapping Paper for Hanukkah

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It’s Hanukkah once again and it’s time to give gifts to friends and loved ones. Save money on your gifts this Hanukkah by making your very own gift wrapper. Here’s how:

For this project you will need the following: scissors, one roll of craft paper, acrylic paint, plastic plates, permanent marker, three expandable sponges, a bowl of water.

Using the marker, draw dreidels …

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