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Eretz Israel Museum Complex

The Eretz Israel Museum Complex is an extensive complex composed of smaller edifices, pavilions, displays, archaeological discoveries highlighting on the history and culture of the Land of Israel. The museum offers a wide collection of permanent and temporary exhibits on ethnography, folklore, archaeology, Judaica, conventional crafts and functional arts, which are all connected to Israel.

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Renewed spirit for Israel

On the sixth day of Sivan, in the year of the Exodus from Egypt, the former slaves gathered at the foot of the mountain to receive the Ten Commandments; ten defining commandments from God. The commandments are fascinating both in what they say and in what they choose not to mention.

The Commandments attach sanctity to holidays and history – “…who brought you out of the land of …

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Johnny Cash: In the Land of Israel

Like every other guy in Cow College (The College of Agriculture at the University of Maryland), I thrived on country music. Johnny Cash was one of my all-time favorites. Good ol’ Johnny loved the Land of Israel, visited it, and even wrote a song about it. We miss you, Johnny.

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Nimrod Fortress

Nimrod Fortress in Kiryat Shmona, Israel also known as the “Castle of the Large Cliff” is one of the most extraordinary and one of the largest fortress in Israel. Situated inside a National park in the northern of Golan heights, on a cliff high above the ancient city of Banias with the view from the south-western tower of the Crusader city. The fortress was built by Al-Aziz Uthman, the …

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Black Widow in Israel

If you’re subscribed to Jewniverse (and why wouldn’t you be? Go do it now) you’ll get a different wacky Jewish thingy every day. Today’s was a history of Magneto, the villain of the feature film  X-Men: First Class, which opens tomorrow.*

And, sure, it would be cool if one of the main characters of this summer’s biggest blockbuster was Jewish! (Even if he is a megalomaniacal …

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Republicans use Israel to attract Jewish voters as 2012 elections near

Tense relations between U.S. President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are raising concerns in both Washington and Jerusalem, but for political activists vying for Jewish votes, they could mean a new opportunity to sway the pro-Israel community.

The potency of Israel as a wedge issue for Republicans going into 2012 was on full display when Netanyahu invited a small …

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President Obama in Poland: Polish Jews plead with Obama to support Israel

President Obama was confronted Friday with a plea from a Polish Jew to support Israel just moments after he landed in the country where Nazis staged the Holocaust.

“It’s the only Jewish state we have,” Monika Krawczyk told the President on his first visit to Poland.

“I will always be there for Israel,” Obama replied.

Obama also planted a kiss on Halina Szpilman, the widow of …

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Timna National Park

Timna National Park is one of the best landmarks and tourist destinations in Israel, situated 25 km. North of Eilat. The park covers some 60 km square of picturesque and breathtaking sight of endless sea of sand and multicolored desert views of landscapes and rock formations.

This scenic valley entails primeval mining shafts and remains of copper melting furnaces left behind by …

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Ein Gedi Resort and Spa

Ein Gedi resort and spa overlooks and gives a commanding view of the magnificent waters of the Dead sea and the spectacular wildlife sanctuary. Ein Gedi is an oasis in Israel, located west of the Dead Sea, near Masada and the caves of Qumran at the lowest and saltiest sea on earth. Dear flora has apportioned a small piece of heaven, bursting with a collection of the shades of nature with …

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Obama Is An Anti-Israel President Who Has Mastered “Chutzpah”

Say what you will about President Obama’s approach to Israel – or of his relationship with American Jews – he sure has mastered the concept of chutzpah .

On Thursday at the State Department, the president gave his big speech on the Middle East, in which he invoked the claims of friendship to tell Israelis “the truth,” which to his mind was that “the status quo is …

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Delhi’s last ten Jewish families guard an ancient heritage

In the capital of one of the world’s most religiously-diverse countries, a Rabbi who has never been ordained bends ancient customs, ensuring New Delhi’s ten Jewish families a place to worship.

Unlike traditional synagogues, there is no separation of men and women as Jewish-born worshipers, converts and followers of other faiths chant Psalms in perfect Hebrew, with doors thrown open …

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Rishon Le Zion Winery

Carmel Winery is an ancient vineyard and winery in Israel with a total of 1,400 hectares from the Land of Israel to the north of the upper part of Galilee, to the south of Negev.  Edmond James de Rothschild established it in the year 1882.  The winery produces primarily wine, grape juice, spirits and brandy.  Furthermore, it is also the major producer of kosher wine in the world.  The …

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Israel to build 5,000 new hotel rooms?

Some 5,000 new hotel rooms will be built in Israel within five years as part of a new plan to expand existing hotels, the Israel Hotel Association (IHA) said Tuesday.According to the IHA, the plan’s implementation will add 410,000 tourists a year and 12,500 jobs, as well as a profit of NIS 28 billion (about $8 billion) to the gross domestic product in one decade.

The plan aims to …

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Akko Old Town

Acre, also referred to as Akko is a stunning Old Town found in Northern Israel near the Mediterranean Sea, on the northern boundary of Haifa Bay.  This town is known for preserving its ancient and historical places, yet it is still active today.

Some sites are declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site such as The Old City of Acre including the walls, green-domed Mosque and the Citadel.  …

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Putting Israel in the Best Light

Yesterday’s news was focused on photo editing. A national conversation on the ethics of doctoring photos was kicked off when a Brooklyn-based Hasidic Yiddish language newspaper used Photoshop to airbrush out two prominent women — Hillary Clinton and Audrey Tomason — from an iconic photo released by the White House. More than a rant on the extremes to which the ultra-Orthodox will go to …

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Why Koreans study Talmud

Almost every house in South Korea has a translated Talmud. Moreover, the South Koreans have made the collection of ancient rabbinic writings on Jewish civil and religious law part of their school curriculum’s compulsory literature.But unlike Israel, even Korean mothers study it and read from it to their children.

Yes in a country if almost 49 million people who believe in …

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Oy Gevalt! Yiddish cell phone launches in Israel

Israel’s kosher cellular phone market has a new model, a device with a Yiddish interface to help devout Jews combine tradition with modern technology.

Hundreds of thousands of mobile phones, popularly dubbed kosher because they block access to services frowned upon by ultra-Orthodox rabbis, have been operating in the Jewish state for years.

Last month, Israel’s second largest …

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Israel must present two-state plan or prepare for violence, J Street warns

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must present a concrete plan for a two-state solution to Congress this month or face the prospect of fresh violence, J Street head Jeremy Ben Ami warned yesterday.

Ben-Ami, who directs the left-wing version of the American pro-Israel AIPAC lobby, said Netanyahu was “trying to build momentum” to stall a Palestinian plan to seek United Nations …

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CUNY to rescind decision withholding honor from Kushner over anti-Israel views

On Friday, the board of trustees of the City University of New York moved to reverse its earlier decision to not grant an honorary degree to playwright Tony Kushner over his views on Israel, the New York Times reported.

The New York Time report quoted CUNY board chairman Benno C. Schmidt Jr. as saying that he believed that the board had “made a mistake of principle, and …

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Top 50 things to do in Jerusalem

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

1.)  Church of the Holy Sepulchre

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is also called as the Church of the Resurrection to Eastern Orthodox Christians, located in the Old city of Jerusalem, far famed as the Christians holiest site and has been an significant pilgrimage since the 4th century. A monumental landmark respected as the Golgotha or Calvary wherein Christ was crucified and the tomb …

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Israel, U.S. Jewish groups on alert fearing reprisal over bin Laden killing

World leaders warned of revenge attacks after Osama bin Laden was killed in a U.S. assault in Pakistan on Monday that brought to a dramatic end the long manhunt for the al Qaeda leader who had become the most powerful symbol of Islamist militancy.

President Barack Obama declared the world was a safer and “better place” with bin Laden dead. But the euphoria that drew …

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Bain Hazmanim Tragedy In Israel: Yeshiva Bochur Drowns In Nachal Yehudia

Just as the Pesach Bain Hazmanim comes to an end, a group of Israeli Yeshiva Bochrim took a trip to Nachal Yehudia, in the Golan heights. Unfortunately, the trip ended in tragedy, with the tragic Petira of Menachem Tzvi Edni (23). According to published reports, he went into the water to swim a little, and cool off, but R”L drowned.

Search and rescue personnel from police, ZAKA, and …

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The Citadel

The Citadel is one of the most famous tourist attraction in Jerusalem since ancient times, popularly known as the “Tower of David”, perfectly located next to the Jaffa Gate, embraces a marvelous restoration area that used to be Herod’s palace way back in 1st century. The location was chosen for most dominant reason, it is the Jerusalem’s highest point of the south western hill, higher …

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Some Reform rabbis doubt new movement chief’s devotion to Israel

NEW YORK – A group of Reform rabbis and activists has launched a campaign protesting the nomination of Rabbi Richard Jacobs as the new president of the Union for Reform Judaism, casting doubt on Jacobs’ devotion to Israel.

Ads taken out by the group in several Jewish weeklies in the United States state that Jacobs “does not represent the pro-Israel policies cherished by Reform …

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Birthright Israel tours are insulting young Jews’ intelligence

I did an extremely rash thing last week, promising this column would, for once, not just be about criticism, but also try and propose ideas for bridging the widening chasm between a young generation of American Jews and their counterparts in Israel. Thinking about it over the last few days, and actually sitting down now to write it, I feel all of a sudden very presumptuous.

After all, …

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The new leader of Reform Judaism: A Zionist and lover of Israel

Reuben Jacob (Richard) Jacobs, known to all as Rick, will only take up the position of president of the Reform Movement in the summer of 2012. But the report of his appointment as head of the largest denomination in American Jewry – estimated to be some 1.5-million strong – sparked a wave of praise and compliments.

“New York Rabbi Known as Innovator Is Picked to Lead Reform Jews,” …

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Egypt says not obliged to repay Israel for cut to gas supply

Egypt says not obliged to repay Israel for cut to gas supply

Egypt’s Petroleum Minister Abdullah Ghorab said the country was not obliged to compensate Israel and Jordan for the non-delivery of gas after attacks on the pipeline to the two countries, in an interview published Thursday.

Ghorab was quoted by Egypt’s al-Shorouk newspaper as saying that Egypt was not bound to pay compensation because the explosions took place during a “state of …

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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 …

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Poll: More than half of Egyptians want to cancel peace treaty with Israel

More than half of all Egyptians would like to see the 1979 peace treaty with Israel annulled, according to results of a poll conducted by the U.S.-based Pew Research Center released Monday.

According to the poll results, only 36 percent of Egyptians are in favor of maintaining the treaty, compared with 54 percent who would like to see it scrapped.

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Bank of Israel to replace all coins

The Bank of Israel is planning to change the country’s current series of coins after 25 years, following a recent government decision to change all of the State’s banknotes, Yedioth Ahronoth has learned.

The decision is aimed at preventing forgeries, reducing the cost of the metal used to manufacture the coins and changing the current name – “new Israeli shekel” – to the …

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