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The Parable of the Rabbi Who Thinks He’s a Cop

Actual news story that serves as a parable: It seems impersonating a police officer isn’t just a recent problem in Queens. As the Associated Press discovered, it’s been a busy summer for Alfredo Borodowski, a city rabbi who’s suspected of trying to pull over other drivers who raise his ire by cutting him off or […]

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Moroccan Mofleta: The First “Bread” After Passover!

Here in Israel, Passover ended last night, and just as soon as we were able to wash all the dishes and pack up all the pots and kitchen items that we use only on Passover, we headed over to a neighbor for a festive post-Passover Moroccan get together called a mimouna. In order to host […]

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Rabbis: Stopping Assimilation Overrides Shabbat

Rabbi Shlomo Aviner and prominent kabbalist Rabbi David Batzri say it is permitted to desecrate Shabbat as part of attempts to prevent romantic relationships between Jewish women and Arab men. In response to a question in regards to assimilation, the two ruled that the goal – saving young women from physical and spiritual danger – […]

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Jordan Coordinates with Israel, Beefs Up Border with Syria

Jordan has begun to beef up its border with Syria, sending hundreds of thousands of troops, artillery and armored vehicles to the north, a senior Jordanian security source says. The Hashemite Kingdom is coordinating its military moves with the State of Israel, according to a report published Monday in Lebanon’s Daily Star.  Amman is also […]

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112-Year-Old Man Shares Secret to Long Life

Torah scholar Zechariya Brashi was born in 1900, and recently celebrated his 112th birthday. He spoke to Arutz Sheva about health, diplomacy, and his hopes for the future. The secret to long life, Brashi said, is proper eating. “Eating just enough,” he said. “One should wake up early and eat a slice of bread with […]

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Jews from Arab Lands Skeptical over Refugee Status

A few days ago, the UN heard Israel make a case that had never been before the world body. Just as several hundred thousand Palestinians are recognized as refugees who were displaced in the course of Israel’s creation, Israeli officials say, so should the UN recognize the approximately 850,000 Jews from Arab countries who came […]

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Israeli Jewish Population Set to Pass 6 Million

The Jewish population in Israel numbers about 5,978,600 – just 21,400 short of the symbolic six million mark, which it is expected to pass by the end of 2012. According to census stats released for the Jewish New Year, the total population of Israel, not including illegal immigrants, stands at about 7,933,200 people. Of these, […]

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Jewish Refugees Contradict Palestinian Revisionism

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon on Monday called for the recognition of the rights of Jewish refugees from Arab countries for the purpose of justice and to counter the “Arab narrative” of the Israeli- Arab conflict. Ayalon was speaking in Jerusalem at the “Justice for Jewish refugees from Arab countries” symposium, put on jointly by […]

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U.S. House Considers Jewish Refugees Bill

A bipartisan bill that would ensure recognition of the plight of 850,000 Jewish refugees displaced from Arab countries since Israel’s War of Independence in 1948 has been introduced to the U.S. Congress. The legislation, proposed by Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Howard Berman (D-CA), Ted Poe (R-TX), Joe Crowley (D-NY), and Bob Turner […]

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Chofetz Chaim: Laws of Speech-Remembering Miriam #13

One of the ten commandments is, “You shall not covet.” An offshoot of this is envy. Envy is wanting what other people have for yourself. Coveting means desiring it so much that you begin to scheme how you will wrest it away. Envy takes you out of this world. It is self-destructive. A classic example […]

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Think About It For A Second

What if some woman writes into us from Yemen how upset she is at the media’s portrayal of the state of Muslim women and how wonderful this Muslim lifestyle is and how she can leave whenever she wants and how beautiful the Koran’s view of women is and how all her friends are so happy […]

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Foer and Englander Collaborate on Haggadah

Authors Jonathan Safran Foer and Nathan Englander, seated together at a Brooklyn diner, would like to continue a discussion that has lasted for centuries. They have collaborated on a text dating to Biblical times and revisited each year by millions of Jews worldwide. “New American Haggadah,” just published by Little, Brown and Company, is a […]

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Biblical Park to go Ahead in Jerusalem Arab Area

An Israeli planning commission has approved the controversial construction of a Jewish biblical park in an Arab neighborhood of east Jerusalem, the interior ministry said on Monday. A statement said that the planning and construction commission of Jerusalem gave the go ahead for the establishment of a 5,000 square meter tourist complex in Silwan, a […]

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Rabbi Froman: Deport mosque burners

Rabbi Menachem Froman of the settlement of Tekoa is calling for firm action against “price tag” activists, stating that burners of mosques must be deported from Israel. Froman, an advocate of “religious peace” between Jews and Arabs, explained that the “price tag” activists were criminals who presented settlers as “gangsters”, thereby serving the interests of […]

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The Jews of Djerba are waiting to see what the new Tunisia has in store

“The synagogue is closed today” said the rifle-toting officer standing in the gateway. I was nonplussed. You expect some degree of security restrictions at the entrance to a site that has twice been attacked by terrorists over the last 30 years. But closing a synagogue on Shabbat morning seems a trifle drastic. “But I want […]

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Chovot Halevovot: Using Ones Self #13

After the death of the two sons of Aharon, Hashem taught Aharon the laws of sacrifices. Rashi quotes Rav Elazar ben Azarya who tells a parable. A doctor once warned an ill person not to sleep in damp places or eat sharp vegetables, but he didn’t take the admonition seriously. When a second doctor told […]

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Aqua Beach

Aqua Beach, considered as the best site for snorkeling and diving in Eilat, Israel is a haven for the locals and foreigners, especially the scuba divers.  If you are the type of person who enjoys fun under the heat of the sun, Aqua beach would be the perfect destination for you. In this beach, you […]

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Top 10 Things to do in Beersheba, Israel

1.) Hatzerim Israel Airforce Museum Hatzerim Israel Airforce Museum features real aircraft that was included in real battles. There are heart-warming stories that go together with the variety of collections that will definitely leave an impact. The Museum is not just merely a collection of planes on a runway; on the other hand, it is […]

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Allenby Monument

The Allenby Monument is an unembellished block of stone that is positioned in the middle of a small park located in the old city of Beersheva. The monument honors Field Marshal Edmund Allenby. He is a British conqueror who is in-charge of the British forces, which arrested the Palestine in World War I. Field Marshall […]

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The Current Palestinian Leadership Wants Peace

Vice Prime Minister and Minister for Regional Cooperation Silvan Shalom, hosted on Monday the first International Regional Cooperation Conference in Tel Aviv. The conference was attended by diplomats, Israeli politicians and Palestinian Authority Arab businessmen. Addressing the conference participants, Shalom said that the conference shows that regional cooperation can continue even when problems exist. Shalom […]

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Law of Return helps American basketball player fulfill his hoop dreams

Arab MK Ahmed Tibi (Balad) has called on the world to boycott all Israeli companies that help perpetuate the “injustices” of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, in an op-ed published in the New York Times earlier this week. Tibi wrote the op-ed as a direct response to the Knesset’s recent approval of the […]

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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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Qumram National Park

Qumram National Park, where the seven Dead Sea scrolls were found was built on the eighth century BCE until the destruction of the temple in 586 BCE.  When the site was called Secaca, it was then abandoned in the second century BCE. During the Arabic period the site was named Qumran from an Arabic word […]

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Jewish state under attack

The 1930s were particularly fruitful immigration years for Jewish Palestine. Jewish immigration also peaked in 1935, just months before Palestinian Arabs began a full-scale, nation-wide revolt. In the four years between 1933 and 1936 more than 164,000 Jewish immigrants arrived in Palestine, and between 1931 and 1936 the Jewish population more than doubled from 175,000 […]

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Itzhak Rabin Monument

Itzhak Rabin Monument is a monument with great historical significance. This is the exact area where the Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated on November 04, 1995 during a peace rally. In the monument, one would see the stairs where he was walking down with the assassin leading to the roof where the amateur video […]

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Para Español, Oprima el Dos!

Earlier this week, Levana Kirschenbaum blogged about domestic disputes and gourmet food and Spanish chocolate-chip cookies. She will be blogging all week for the Jewish Book Council and MyJewishLearning‘s Author Blog. As a language enthusiast I have often deplored the fact that languages, against all wishes, are not contagious or transmissible by any means. In the absence of some reliable formal […]

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An End to the Hummus Wars

Those who have their finger on the pulse of the gastronomic culture in the Middle East know that hummus is a food that should bring Arabs and Jews together, not divide them. In Adam Sandler’s movie “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan,” hummus was the butt of several jokes. The Zohan (played by Adam Sandler) […]

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Top 50 things to do in Jerusalem

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 […]

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Christ Church in Jerusalem

Christ Church is found in Jerusalem’s Old City. It is the oldest Protestant church in the Middle East. Christ Church is considered as the heart of prayer and worship for all people.  Religious people and pilgrims come to this place to encounter the kingdom of Heaven.  Three architects are responsible for the design of the […]

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Abu Shukri Restaurant in Jerusalem

Abu Shukri, which is located where the Via Dolorosa and AL Wad Road intersect, is one of the most popular restaurants in Jerusalem because of its superb food quality and varied delicacies in the most affordable prices.  It is a small, family-owned restaurant and the loyal customers have kept them in business throughout the years. […]

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