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IDF discharges thousands of haredim

Thousands of yeshiva students in recent weeks have received letters informing them that they have been exempt from military service.

The letters were sent following the ultra-Orthodox draft reform approved by the government earlier this year. A military official confirmed the details to Ynet.

The newly discharged men are yeshiva students over the age of 28, or younger yeshiva students who …

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Ahead of Easter, thousands mark holy fire rite in Jerusalem

Ahead of Easter, thousands mark holy fire rite in Jerusalem

The small doorway to the traditional site of Jesus’ tomb cracked open to reveal a bright flame and tens of thousands of worshippers cheered ecstatically, marking the pinnacle of Easter Week’s holy fire ceremony in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.

The annual ritual has been practiced for at least the last 1,200 years on the day before Easter, which celebrates Jesus’ resurrection.

Worshippers of various Orthodox Christian sects …

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Traffic jams begin as thousands of Israelis prepare for Passover feast

Traffic jams were reported throughout Israel on Monday, in the first sign of what has become an annual nationwide deadlock ahead of the Passover dinner.

Army Radio reported congestion along the coastal highway from the Netanya area to the Olga interchange over a fire that erupted nearby, while the old Tel Aviv-Haifa highway was reportedly jammed from Hasharon junction to Horoeh junction.

Traffic jams were also reported along route 70 from the Ein Tut interchange to …

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Thousands in Syria march toward Damascus demanding further reforms

Thousands in Syria march toward Damascus demanding further reforms

Security forces fired tear gas and beat protesters with batons Friday as tens of thousands of people marched toward the Syrian capital demanding far greater reforms than the limited concessions offered by President Bashar Assad over the past four weeks, witnesses said.

The violence in the Damascus suburb of Douma was the only major unrest reported during protests in several Syrian cities on Friday, the main day for demonstrations across the Arab world.

The protesters …

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Thousands rally in Tel Aviv to remember Yitzhak Rabin

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Tens of thousands gathered in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on Saturday for a memorial ceremony to mark the 15th anniversary of the assassination of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.

The rally, held next to the spot where Yigal Amir shot Rabin dead with three bullets to the back on November 4, 1995, brought together Israelis from all walks of life, in particular from a wide range of leftwing activists …

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Regards From Tornado Alley-Bama

… the past 24 hours, Roy and I witnessed Psalm 91 in action.  We are located right in the middle of the path of the tornado outbreak that left destruction in Mississippi and across the state of Alabama.  In addition to thanking Hashem for His wonderful protection, we also thank Him for all of your emuna CD’s and books.  While other people were gripped with panic and terror, we were completely calm as we put our trust and our lives in Hashem’s hands.

I’ve enclosed a …

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Wolfson Museum in Jerusalem

Wolfson Museum in Jerusalem

The Wolfson Museum in Jerusalem is a place of a wide collection of marvelous antique and rare artifacts, all with Jewish significance.  Approximately 5,000 items are on display in the museum.  Each item has a story to tell as it represents a Jewish history thousands of years ago. Anyone who is fascinated with candlestick holders and Chanukah menorahs are more than delighted to visit the place. Five rooms with an assortment of

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$2M help needy Jews mark Passover

The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ), headed by Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, has provided $2 million to help as many as 200,000 needy Jewish people throughout  Israel and the former Soviet Union receive packages of food for their Passover celebrations.

Unfortunately, in Israel today one in three children lives below the poverty line, and there are thousands more families in the former Soviet Union who …

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Falashmura immigrants celebrate first Passover in Israel

Falashmura immigrants celebrate first Passover in Israel

Over a thousand new immigrants from the Ethiopian region of Falashmura will celebrate their first Passover in Israel.

The newly Israeli citizens will either celebrate the Jewish exodus at home with their families, or alongside thousands of Ethiopians at seders organized by the Jewish Agency and the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, to be held at 16 absorption centers throughout the country.

“I have no words to describe the …

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Mount of Olives in Jerusalem

Mount of Olives is located at the Eastern side of Kidron valley, named after the Olive trees that grew on it’s hillside during historic times. Became the most holiest cemetery, believed by the Jewish tradition that Messiah will bring the dead back to life.  It’s across the Kidron Creek  where the entire hill sides  is covered by thousands of grave stones facing the old city of Jerusalem. The …

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The Western Wailing Wall

The Western Wailing Wall is the most holiest place for Jews situated in the west side of the the Temple Mount in the center of Jerusalem. An open air- synagogue, a place of prayer, reading and teaching. It brings together thousands of Jewish worshiper for centuries who believes that the presence of God’s spirit remain for thousands of years in the holy temple, this place is open to the public 24 hrs a day, 365 days a year.

King Herod the Great of Israel rebuilt and made it a …

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Rachmistrivka Rabbi: Tsunami result of Haredi Arrests in Japan

Rabbi David Twersky, leader of the Rachmastrivka Hasidic dynasty, says the recent tsunami in Japan, which has left thousands of people dead, was the result of the arrest of two yeshiva students by Japanese authorities after being convicted of smuggling drugs.

“The Japanese don’t understand why they keep on receiving blow after blow, and it never ends. If they want it to stop, they must release the two guys …

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US museum seeks to identify Shoah kids

… than 1,000 children in photos that date from when they were scattered across Europe at the end of World War II and taken in by relief agencies.

The museum is posting the pictures, which are part of its collections, online and plans to publish many of the images in newspapers and online forums.

The museum’s “Remember Me” project seeks the public’s help in identifying 1,100 children among tens of thousands who were uprooted by the war.

Read More: @ ynetnews.com

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The Best Entertainers on Earth

This blog post is a contribution by Cobby, an occasional Writer of Blogs/articles on various websites regarding Entertainment.

Jewish people might be out numbered by people belonging to other religion but they can’t be outnumbered by the contribution towards countless fields that we live in. Whether its in the line of  science, literature, medicine, and economy. Name any field you can, you will find the highest contribution are made by Jewish people like …

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Nearly one million protesters descend on Cairo square

Hundreds of thousands of Egyptian anti-government protesters stood their ground in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for a 17th day on Thursday, despite Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit’s warning that the military could intervene if demonstrations continue.

Hundreds had camped overnight in and around Cairo’s Tahrir Square, within sight of the nearby parliament buildings. By late afternoon, Al-Jazeera …

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Shidduch Market goes wild after OMG ban

Shidduch Market goes wild after OMG ban

… markets around the world into a wild downturn as folks in shidduchim tried to erase any evidence of them ever having said oh my God, oh my Gosh or OMG. OnlySimchas.com went down while girls scrambled to erase hundreds of thousands of OMG statements that are said on every simcha.

“The shidduch market hasn’t fluctuated this wildly since the Indian Hair Crisis of 03″ according to shidduchim expert Esther Jungreese.

Read More: @ frumsatire.net

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I went to the frum gay shabbaton and loved it

“A whole Shabbos without fearing a mob of Charedim was going to beat me? I never thought that would happen!” So said one of the more than 100 participants who joined Rabbi Steven Greenberg, Rabbi Paysach Krohns, and Shloime Dachstein at the Eshel Shabbaton, held last weekend, Parshas Chayei Sarah, at the rustic Isabella Freedman Retreat Center in Fallas Village Connecticut.

Billed as “two days that will nourish your body …

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The “Tiger mother” vs. the Jewish mother: The dangers of stereotypes

… Street Journal last week, “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior,” has stirred up a firestorm of comment, with literally thousands of mothers and their friends weighing in on Chua’s harsh treatment of her daughters—an approach Chua defines as “Chinese” as opposed to a more permissive “Western” strategy. Inevitably, a comparison to the famed Jewish mother arises, and for good reason.

At the outset, the similarities between Chua’s audacious, coldly demanding, punitive …

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Canada synagogues, school vandalized

According to the Canadian newspaper, the vandals smashed the windows of the Jewish institutions and caused thousands of dollars worth in damages. The institutions which were hit include: Beth Rambam, Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem and Beth Zion synagogues in Côte St. Luc and Dorshei Emet synagogue in Hampstead. The Yavne School was also vandalized.

… Daily Gazette reported.

According to the Canadian newspaper, the vandals smashed the windows of the Jewish institutions and caused thousands of dollars worth in damages. The institutions which were hit include: Beth Rambam, Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem and Beth Zion synagogues in Côte St. Luc and Dorshei Emet synagogue in Hampstead. The Yavne School was also vandalized.

Read More: @ ynetnews.com

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Yated metes out cautious criticism at Yosef, Amar

… Ne’eman on Sunday expressed “shock, as well as pained and utter protest over the desecration of approving thousands of military ‘conversions,’” in its inevitable reaction to the Friday decision of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, to declare disputed past IDF conversions kosher.

Following Yosef’s ruling, Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shlomo Amar on the same day issued the necessary document to authorize some 4,500 such conversions, which were lacking his signature.

Read More: @ jpost.com

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Groupon to buy Grouper for $15M

… Tuesday. The deal is estimated at $15 million – an impressive return for an initial investment of only tens of thousands of shekels by Grouper’s founders: Dori Hilleli, Dotan Stav and Yuval Karjevski.

The three founders are expected to receive about $4 million each. Ido Pollak, CEO of the New Media division at RGE Group, may get $1-2 million.

Read More: @ ynetnews.com

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Rep. Dave Camp Should Force Staffer to Grant Ex-Wife a Jewish Divorce

Rep. Dave Camp Should Force Staffer to Grant Ex-Wife a Jewish Divorce

On the final day of the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, thousands of conference attendees descend on Capitol Hill to lobby members of Congress on issues important to the State of Israel. A few years ago I joined other pro-Israel Michiganders and lobbied Representative Dave Camp. The congressman wasn’t available to meet with us and left an ill-prepared staffer to answer our questions and try to assure us …

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‘Jewish WikiLeaks’ goes live in Jerusalem

'Jewish WikiLeaks' goes live in Jerusalem

“A breakthrough in journalism research,” the director of the National Library of Israel, Oren Weinberg, called the institution’s project to scan and upload to the Internet hundreds of thousands of pages from Jewish newspapers from the 19th century to the present.

Historical Jewish Press, whose official launch was on Monday, is a joint initiative of the national library and Tel Aviv University “that will give researchers, teachers, …

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Declassified Papers Show U.S. Recruited Ex-Nazis

… Nazi collaborators to an even greater extent than had been previously disclosed and helped many of them avoid prosecution or looked the other way when they escaped, according to thousands of newly declassified documents.

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The Maccabees: A Story of Faith and Courage

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For thousands of years now, we have been celebrating Hanukkah. We decorate our house with Jewish symbols like dreidel, the menorah and the Star of David. We make our Hanukkah shopping list, wrap our gifts and give tzedakah. We greet people a “Happy Hanukkah,” light our menorah, say blessings and enjoy the festive Hanukkah dinner with family and friends. Yet, not all of us are completely aware of

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Mayor Rejects Appeal To Restore Prority 7 Vouchers

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Earlier today, a group of Council Members leading the fight to restore Priority 7 vouchers had a rare meeting with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and several of his top aides to discuss the fate of the Priority 7 program.  Priority 7 is a lifeline for thousands of this city’s neediest families, ensuring that children are provided safe, professional childcare.

And, since April of this year, Council Members David …

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World Jewry to raise funds to help victims of Carmel fire

World Jewry to raise funds to help victims of Carmel fire

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As flames continued to consume large parts of the Carmel mountain range in northern Israel, causing the evacuation of tens of thousands of local residents, Jewish organizations and communities around the world began mobilizing over the weekend to provide relief for those in need.

Shortly after the calamity began, the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), two of the largest Jewish …

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg to Light Menorah in Brooklyn

… On Wednesday evening, Dec. 1 at 5:30 PM, Mayor Michael Bloomberg will join Rabbi Shimon Hecht of Chabad in Brooklyn to light the first candle of Brooklyn’s largest Menorah.

Standing at 32 feet tall, the Menorah proclaims the miraculous holiday to thousands of passerby at the entrance of Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn.

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Jewish groups condemn effort to ban circumcision

… the city.

The Anti-Defamation League, the local Jewish Community Relations Council, the Board of Rabbis of Northern California and the American Jewish Committee together issued a statement expressing “great concern” about the proposed measure, which would make the practice of brit milah, or ritual circumcision, on anyone under age 18 a misdemeanor carrying a $1,000 fine.

“For thousands of years, Jews around the world have engaged in this important religious ritual, which is …

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NYC Council members Host Emergency Meeting With Yeshiva Administrators To Try To Save Priority 7

… for fighting the City’s intention to permanently end the Priority 7 voucher program at the end of this year.

Since April, a coalition of NYC Council members including Council members David Greenfield, Steve Levin, Brad Lander, Lew Fidler and Letitia James, have advocated to save Priority 7 Day Care Vouchers, which provide thousands of families with safe and affordable childcare.

Read More: @ yiddishnayes.com

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