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This Week’s Sanity Report from Israel April 14, 2024

This Week’s Sanity Report from Israel April 14, 2024 As you probably know, Israel and its allies have just defended the Jewish State from hundreds of drones and missiles launched by Iran.  The good news is that there were no Israeli fatalities and

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Jonathan Feldstein: In Israel the Threat Is Real

Jonathan Feldstein: In Israel the Threat Is Real If you’ve been following the news, Israel is on high alert, bracing for an attack by Iran and/or its proxies. US and Israeli intelligence consider an attack on Israel to be a matter of WHEN, not IF. Follo

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Michael Oren: Field of Fire: Fifty Years in Middle East Studies

Michael Oren: Field of Fire: Fifty Years in Middle East Studies Credit to Clarity with Michael Oren Michael Oren  @michaeloren לשעבר שגריר ישראל בארה״ב • חבר כנסת וסגן שר במשרד ראש הממשלה • Former Israe

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Jonathan Sacks – Othello, WikiLeaks, and Mildewed Walls TAZRIA

Jonathan Sacks – Othello, WikiLeaks, and Mildewed Walls TAZRIA It was the Septuagint, the early Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, that translated tsara’at, the condition whose identification and cleansing occupies much of Tazria and Metzora

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Israel Hayom: Professor Moshe Sharon-‘We need to flip the equation: Land for peace?

Israel Hayom: Professor Moshe Sharon-‘We need to flip the equation: Land for peace? Israel Hayom ‘We need to flip the equation: Land for peace? Yes, but they should pay us with land for the peace we grant them’ By  Nadav Shragai Profess

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CTECH: Latest Israeli Innovation & Technology News April 9, 2024

CTECH: Latest Israeli Innovation & Technology News April 9, 2024 Foreign investors active in Israeli tech plummet by 23%: Troubling trend or temporary setback? In the six months since the outbreak of the war, the number of foreign investment entities acti

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Israel: Civil Service Only After Army Service

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Israel: Civil Service Only After Army Service If and when haredi intransigence regarding obligatory army service proves to be immovable – whether the (anti-)draft law is passed or not – the question then becomes: what s

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Sanity Report: The Real World – Israel’s Positive News 7th Apr 24

Sanity Report: The Real World – Israel’s Positive News 7th Apr 24 With so many false accusations, distortions, and propaganda in the Mainstream Media, it is only possible to see the “real” Israel in a newsletter such as this. I recommend t

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Michael Oren – The Final Battle for the Holocaust

Michael Oren – The Final Battle for the Holocaust In Gaza, Israel is not only fighting for our future, but also for our past. Credit to CLARITY Along with destroying Hamas and reestablishing our security, the great unspoken objective of Israel in Gaza i

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Jonathan Sacks – Spontaneity: Good or Bad? SHEMINI

Jonathan Sacks – Spontaneity: Good or Bad? SHEMINI Shemini tells the tragic story of how the great inauguration of the Tabernacle, a day about which the Sages said that God rejoiced as much as He had at the creation of the universe, was overshadowe

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CTECH Latest Israeli Innovation & Technology News April 3, 2024

CTECH Latest Israeli Innovation & Technology News April 3, 2024 AI chip unicorn Hailo raises another $120 million to bring GenAI to edge devices. The Israeli startup, which took its total funding to $340 million, also announced the Hailo-10, its newest AI

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Jonathan Feldstein – Two Queens, Same Genocidal Threat

Jonathan Feldstein – Two Queens, Same Genocidal Threat This week, Jews around the world celebrated Purim, the miraculous Biblical story of the Jewish people overcoming a genocidal threat by Haman in the Book of Esther in Persia 2500 years ago. Many

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TAU: Heart patients live longer in a “greener” environment

TAU: Heart patients live longer in a “greener” environment The study examined thousands of heart patients post-bypass surgery and found that patients who live in a “greener” environment are at a lower risk of mortality when compared to patients wh

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig: The Haredim and IDF Service: Hoist Them With Their Own Petard

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig: The Haredim and IDF Service: Hoist Them With Their Own Petard Israel’s Supreme Court finally had enough: until the Knesset passes legislation to free ultra-Orthodox from army service, not only are they now draft eligible, but ye

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This Week’s Sanity Report from Israel Mar. 31,2024

This Week’s Sanity Report from Israel Mar. 31,2024 Last week’s section of the Torah, read in many synagogues, described the fire on the altar in the Tabernacle and that it must never be extinguished. This fire is often compared to the inner force

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Jonathan Sacks – Why Civilisations Die TZAV

Jonathan Sacks – Why Civilisations Die TZAV In The Watchman’s Rattle, subtitled Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction, Rebecca Costa delivers a fascinating account of how civilisations die. When their problems become too complex, societies reach wh

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CTECH: Latest Israeli Innovation & Technology News Mar. 27, 2024

CTECH: Latest Israeli Innovation & Technology News Mar. 27, 2024 Jefferies CEO: “There is an influx of innovation here that makes Israel an important place for investors.” Rich Handler, who led the sale of shares of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange to fore

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Jonathan Feldstein: My Traumatic Yet Joyous Homecoming to Israel

Jonathan Feldstein: My Traumatic Yet Joyous Homecoming to Israel Coming home to Israel after a trip overseas to anywhere, for any length of time, is always emotional.   Choking back tears, in a matter of minutes I see the coast, cities with countless

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Steve Kramer – Western leaders are throwing their brains out the window

Steve Kramer – Western leaders are throwing their brains out the window Why are today’s political leaders in Washington, and others outside of the US, against Israel’s imperative to wipe out Hamas? The US, Germany, et al are strongly discouragin

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This Week’s Sanity Report from Israel Mar. 24, 2024

This Week’s Sanity Report from Israel Mar. 24, 2024 Jews around the world have just heard how Queen Esther saved the Jewish people from annihilation over 2,000 years ago. This week, the positive Israeli news is full of the achievements of Israeli wo

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig Despite it All: Purim Humor

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig Despite it All: Purim Humor The Talmud states that with the start of the month of Adar, Jews should try to be as joyous as possible. Thus, it’s a longstanding Jewish tradition to offer Purim jokes and/or other types of humorous f

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Jonathan Sacks: The Therapeutic Joy of Purim

Jonathan Sacks: The Therapeutic Joy of Purim “The fate of Haman has been throughout history the fate of individuals and nations: that those who try to destroy the Jewish people end by destroying themselves. Great empires sought to harm the Jewish people

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Jonathan Sacks: The Dimensions of Sin VAYIKRA

Jonathan Sacks: The Dimensions of Sin VAYIKRA Our parsha, which deals with a variety of sacrifices, devotes an extended section to the chattat, the sin offering, as brought by different individuals: first the High Priest (Lev. 4:3-12), then the communit

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Michael Oren – On the Loneliness of the Jews

Michael Oren – On the Loneliness of the Jews A shorter version of this article appeared in the Forward. “Outside the rain begins and it may never end.” So opens the Boz Scaggs hit of 1976, later recorded by Rita Coolidge and Frankie Valli. It co

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This Week’s Sanity Report from Israel Mar. 18, 2024

This Week’s Sanity Report from Israel Mar. 18, 2024 The abbreviation JDI and Just Do It! are trademarks of the products of a well-known company, but they have entered the English language to mean “Get on with it” and “Don’t

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Jonathan Sacks – On Jewish Character PEKUDEI

Jonathan Sacks – On Jewish Character PEKUDEI Pekudei has sometimes been called “The Accountant’s Parsha”, because that is how it begins, with the audited accounts of the money and materials donated to the Sanctuary. It is the Torah’s way of

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CTECH: Israel’s Latest Innovation & Technology News Mar. 14, 2024

CTECH: Israel’s Latest Innovation & Technology News Mar. 14, 2024 Cyber decacorn Wiz acquiring Gem Security for $350 million. Israeli startup Gem, which has developed a Cloud Detection and Response (CDR) platform, has raised $34 million to date. Rea

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Steve Kramer – Blame Hamas!

Steve Kramer – Blame Hamas! Does it seem that the “whole world” is castigating Israel for defending itself from the Hamas Muslim jihadists who barbarously attacked it on October 7? Not to mention retaliating against the 11,000+ of rockets Hamas

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HOWARD EPSTEIN: OF MORONS AND OXYMORONS

HOWARD EPSTEIN: OF MORONS AND OXYMORONS Whilst it might be indecorous – but not necessarily inaccurate – to call the prime minister of Turkey a moron, certainly he is, no doubt unwittingly, given to the oxymoron. That term is, I am sure, famil

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Lia Baram – My Recent Photos from Kfar Saba Israel

Lia Baram – My Recent Photos from Kfar Saba Israel Lia is eleven years old and loves taking photos of her environment. Enjoy her latest ones.

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig: Israeli Women from Army Major to City Mayor

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig: Israeli Women from Army Major to City Mayor Israel’s once-in-every-five-years municipal elections coincided last week with the country’s five-month war in Gaza. Each were (and are) covered widely in the press, but separately.

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This Week’s Sanity Report from Israel Mar. 10, 2024

This Week’s Sanity Report from Israel Mar. 10, 2024 Five months after Oct 7, Israel is certainly Up and Running – even stronger than before.  Residents have returned to battered communities in the south and rehabilitation hospitals and charit

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Jonathan Sacks : God’s Shadow VAYAKHEL

Jonathan Sacks: God’s Shadow VAYAKHEL In Vayakhel we meet, for the second time, the man who became the symbol of the artist in Judaism, a man by the name of Betzalel. Then Moses said to the Israelites, “Know that the Lord has chosen Betzalel son of Ur

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The Sacks Conversation: Israel: Message from the Daughter of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

The Sacks Conversation: Israel: Message from the Daughter of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks        

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CTECH: Israel’s latest Innovation & Technology News Mar. 7, 2024

CTECH: Israel’s latest Innovation & Technology News Mar. 7, 2024 CrowdStrike acquiring cyber startup Flow Security in $200 million deal. Founded in 2021, the Israeli startup, which develops a cloud data runtime security solution, has raised just $13

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UNPACKED: Watch – What Do These 6 Chants REALLY Mean?

UNPACKED: Watch – What Do These 6 Chants REALLY Mean? These 6 popular chants are often heard at pro-Palestinian protests, but many people remain unaware of what they actually mean. We’re covering each slogan’s history and meaning on Toda

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Koolulam & Municipality of Tel Aviv Jaffa with Rita | A tribute event to the heroines of the war

Koolulam & Municipality of Tel Aviv Jaffa with Rita | A tribute event to the heroines of the war Koolulam is a social-musical initiative aimed at strengthening the fabric of society. Koolulam brings people together from all walks of life to do one thing:

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig: Meanwhile on Israel’s Home Front: Internal Arab Mayhem

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig: Meanwhile on Israel’s Home Front: Internal Arab Mayhem Since Oct. 7, Israel’s Arab sector has been quiet. At least verbally. Unfortunately, not so much regarding internal violence. For the past several years, Israeli Arabs hav

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This Week’s Sanity Report from Israel 3/3/24

This Week’s Sanity Report from Israel 3/3/24 Not even a war can stop Israel from building on its 75 years of success in rebuilding a Jewish State. Israel continues to build up its basket of subsidized medical treatments, create new remedies for glo

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Israel HaYom: A moving tribute: Commemorating the fallen canines of the Gaza war

Israel HaYom: A moving tribute: Commemorating the fallen canines of the Gaza war Each of the city’s dog parks will be named after one of the dogs – and inside the park a sign will be placed showing a picture of each dog and their name. By  Yaron

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Steve Kramer – “Escape” to Tel Aviv

Steve Kramer – “Escape” to Tel Aviv Soon Israel will be warring with Hamas (and Hezbollah) for the fifth month! Although superficially Israelis are going about their business and (some) pleasure somewhat normally, everyone feels the pressure and

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Jonathan Sacks Between Truth and Peace KI TISSA

Jonathan Sacks Between Truth and Peace KI TISSA Ki Tissa tells of one of the most shocking moments of the forty years in the wilderness. Less than six weeks after the greatest revelation in the history of religion – Israel’s encounter with God at Moun

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CTECH: Latest Israeli Innovation & Technology News Feb. 28, 2024

CTECH: Latest Israeli Innovation & Technology News Feb. 28, 2024 Exodigo adds $105 million in new funding to modernize underground mapping. Combining multiple types of powerful sensors, 3D imaging, cloud computing simulations and a proprietary AI platform

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HOWARD EPSTEIN: FAILING TO LEARN FROM HISTORY

HOWARD EPSTEIN: FAILING TO LEARN FROM HISTORY What we learn from history is that we just don’t learn the lessons of history. There are countless examples, but here are two that should have prevented the 7 October Massacre. The Russian dictator, Stalin,

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig: Israel’s (Post-)War Surprises: Peace Signings

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig: Israel’s (Post-)War Surprises: Peace Signings Given the Hamas atrocities on Oct. 7 and after, any talk of a peace treaty with the Palestinians, especially one including a Palestinian State, seems to most Israelis to be an illusi

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This Week’s Sanity Report from Israel Feb. 25, 2024

This Week’s Sanity Report from Israel Feb. 25, 2024 In Israel, we’re slowly seeing the country emerge from one of the darkest times since the Holocaust. Evacuees are returning to their homes in the South as the threat from terrorists in Gaza i

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RAV KOOK ON PARSHAT TETZAVEH: HOW TO ILLUMINATE LIFE

RAV KOOK ON PARSHAT TETZAVEH: HOW TO ILLUMINATE LIFE  RAV KOOK ON PARSHAT TETZAVEH:      HOW TO ILLUMINATE LIFE וְאַתָּ֞ה תְּצַוֶּ֣ה ׀ אֶת־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל וְיִקְח֨וּ אֵלֶ֜יךָ שֶׁ֣מ

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UNPACKED: Does the Palestinian Authority Support Terrorism? | Explained

UNPACKED: Does the Palestinian Authority Support Terrorism? | Explained   The Palestinian Authority’s “Martyr’s Fund,” also known as “Pay to Slay,” pays the families of Palestinian terrorists who are imprisoned or killed for acts of terro

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Jonathan Sacks – Leadership Means Making Space TETZAVEH

Jonathan Sacks – Leadership Means Making Space TETZAVEH Tetzaveh is, as is well known, the parsha in which for once Moses take second place. In fact, he is not mentioned by name at all, and all the focus is on his brother, Aaron, and on the role he

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UNPACKED: Watch “From the River to the Sea”, Explained

UNPACKED: Watch “From the River to the Sea”, Explained What does the slogan “From the River to the Sea, Palestine will be free” really mean? What are the historical and geographic roots of the phrase and the practical implications of its r

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CTECH: Latest Israeli Innovation & Technology News Feb. 21, 2024

CTECH: Latest Israeli Innovation & Technology News Feb. 21, 2024 Back to New York: Who’s who at Calcalist’s Mind the Tech 2024 conference. The best of Israel’s dynamic high-tech industry and American business leaders will come together on March 4th

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Honest Reporting – Watch: A Blockade Is Not an Occupation

Honest Reporting – Watch: A Blockade Is Not an Occupation The people claiming that Gaza is still occupied by Israel are horribly mistaken. The truth is that Israel doesn’t even provide most of the resources that these claims are based on. Stil

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Tsvi Bisk – The Refugee Racket

Tsvi Bisk – The Refugee Racket The War of Return: How Western Indulgence of the Palestinian Dream Has Obstructed the Path to Peace, by Adi Schwartz & Einat Wilf, (All Points Press, 2020)   The War of Return should be on every Jewish bookshe

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This Week’s Sanity Report from Israel Feb. 18, 2024

This Week’s Sanity Report from Israel Feb. 18, 2024 Future proof is when something has been designed to anticipate and minimize the effects of unwanted future events.  This could apply to so many Israeli achievements and even to its current war aga

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig: Judaism’s Approach to Redeeming Hostages: It’s Complicated

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig: Judaism’s Approach to Redeeming Hostages: It’s Complicated Pidyon shvuyim: ransoming hostages. Is this the “highest Jewish value” as many have recently claimed? Not quite. A survey of Judaism’s pronouncements conveys a c

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Yoseph Haddad: Living as a Christian Arab in Israel

Yoseph Haddad: Living as a Christian Arab in Israel Visegrad24 presents an in-depth series covering the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. This comprehensive series features on-the-ground interviews, bringing firsthand insights from a diverse range of voices,

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RAV KOOK ON PARSHAT TRUMA: HOW TO LIVE IN THE Divine PRESENCE OF THE SHECHINA

RAV KOOK ON PARSHAT TRUMA: HOW TO LIVE IN THE Divine PRESENCE OF THE SHECHINA RAV KOOK ON PARSHAT TRUMA: HOW TO LIVE IN THE DIVINE PRESENCE OF THE SHECHINA “דַּבֵּר֙ אֶל־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל וְיִקְחוּ־לִ֖י תּ

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This Muslim Israeli Woman Is the Future of the Middle East

This Muslim Israeli Woman Is the Future of the Middle East Lucy Aharish is one of the most prominent television broadcasters in Israel—and the very first Arab Muslim news presenter on mainstream Hebrew-language Israeli television. Born and raised in a s

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Steve Kramer – How Israel is Vilified

Steve Kramer – How Israel is Vilified President Biden, a “sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” insists that Hamas must be rewarded for its genocidal war against Israelis with a state of its own, a State of Palestine. [See

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Jonathan Sacks – Building Builders TERUMAH

Jonathan Sacks – Building Builders TERUMAH As soon as we read the opening lines of Terumah we begin the massive shift from the intense drama of the Exodus with its signs and wonders and epic events, to the long, detailed narrative of how the Israeli

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CTECH: Latest Israeli Innovation & Technology News Feb. 14, 2024

CTECH: Latest Israeli Innovation & Technology News Feb. 14, 2024   HR unicorn HiBob acquiring British payroll platform Pento for $40 million. Pento focuses on real-time payroll systems and boasts a client base of over 400 businesses. HiBob raised $15

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Howard Epstein – AS THE IVORY TOWERS COLLAPSE

Howard Epstein – AS THE IVORY TOWERS COLLAPSE Ah. Life at uni. Idyllic and carefree. One’s time at university is supposed to offer the last years of carefree existence before entering the bear-pit of working life. As they say, in the world of the

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Tsvi Bisk – Eurovision for Israel

Tsvi Bisk – Eurovision for Israel The upcoming 2024 Eurovision presents supporters of Israel, and decent people everywhere, to score a minor, albeit very satisfying, triumph over the Jihadi fanatics, academic hypocrites, and leftist antisemites now

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Today Unpacked: Watch-5 Alternative Peace Plans for Israel and Palestine

Today Unpacked: Watch-5 Alternative Peace Plans for Israel and Palestine Is the Two State Solution the best solution for the Israel Palestine conflict?  We explore 5 alternative peace plans for Israel and Palestine that are rarely discussed.    

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This Week’s Sanity Report from Israel Feb. 11, 2024

This Week’s Sanity Report from Israel Feb. 11, 2024 The photo (TY Sharon) is of Sabra fruit growing on prickly pear cacti in the Jerusalem sunshine last week. Israelis are called after the sabra because they are thought to be prickly on the outside

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig: Who Was the Worst Leader in Jewish History? Not Bibi

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig: Who Was the Worst Leader in Jewish History? Not Bibi The title of this essay does not raise a question that is merely academic; it can offer insight into an important contemporary issue. Last month, former Knesset Speaker Avraham

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RAV KOOK ON MISHPATIM: THE ISRAELITE WAY OF LIVING LAWFULLY

RAV KOOK ON MISHPATIM: THE ISRAELITE WAY OF LIVING LAWFULLY RAV KOOK ON MISHPATIM: THE ISRAELITE WAY OF LIVING LAWFULLY “וְאֵ֨לֶּה֙ הַמִּשְׁפָּטִ֔ים אֲשֶׁ֥ר תָּשִׂ֖ים לִפְנֵיהֶֽם:-And these are the la

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Tel Aviv Univ. 1 of every 3 Reservists on Campus is a Woman

Tel Aviv Univ. 1 of every 3 Reservists on Campus is a Woman 6,657 TAU students were called up for reserve duty in the Oct. 7 war; 2,228 (34%) of them are women. Tel Aviv University, with almost 30,000 students, is Israel’s largest and most diverse u

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Jonathan Sacks – God’s Nudge MISHPATIM

Jonathan Sacks – God’s Nudge MISHPATIM First in Yitro there were the Aseret Hadibrot, the “Ten Utterances”, the Ten Commandments, expressed as general principles. Now in Mishpatim come the details. Here is how they begin: If you buy a Hebr

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HOWARD EPSTEIN: ANOTHER LAW FOR EVERYONE ELSE….

HOWARD EPSTEIN: ANOTHER LAW FOR EVERYONE ELSE…. The war imposed on Israel by the egregiously vile atrocities of 7 October 2023 is not the first, nor will it be the last, example of a sovereign nation seeking to suppress a terrorist entity and having to

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CTECH: Latest Israeli Innovation & Technology News Feb. 6, 2024

CTECH: Latest Israeli Innovation & Technology News Feb. 6, 2024 Wiz hits $350 million in ARR, plans to add 400 employees in 2024. The cloud security unicorn also announced the appointment of Dali Rajic, former President and COO of Zscaler, as its Presiden

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This Week’s Sanity Report from Israel Feb. 4, 2024

This Week’s Sanity Report from Israel Feb. 4, 2024 Israel’s resilience in the wake of the Oct 7 onslaught has astounded many of its overseas supporters and opponents alike. Israel is making an astonishing comeback, as this week’s positive newsle

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig: Israel’s Frenemies: The West’s Far-Right Governments

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig: Israel’s Frenemies: The West’s Far-Right Governments Israel’s foreign policy support for dictators and other reprehensible regimes reminds me of a (supposed) Einstein pearl: “The definition of insanity is doing the same th

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RAV KOOK ON PARSHAT YITRO: BECOMING A HOLY NATION BY ESTABLISHING A HOLY GOVERNMENT

RAV KOOK ON PARSHAT YITRO: BECOMING A HOLY NATION BY ESTABLISHING A HOLY GOVERNMENT “וְאַתֶּ֧ם תִּֽהְיוּ־לִ֛י מַמְלֶ֥כֶת כֹּֽהֲנִ֖ים וְג֣וֹי קָד֑וֹשׁ” “And you will be a kingdom of priests a

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Jonathan Sacks – Deed and Creed YITRO

Jonathan Sacks – Deed and Creed YITRO The parsha of Yitro records the revolutionary moment when God, Creator of Heaven and Earth, entered into a mutually binding agreement with a nation, the Children of Israel, an agreement we call a brit, a covena

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HOWARD EPSTEIN: NOT A BAD DAY AT THE HAGUE

HOWARD EPSTEIN: NOT A BAD DAY AT THE HAGUE This is the second (and last, for now) of my reports from Eretz Yisrael, where every day is suffused with grief, and some days with suffocating grief as when we lost 21 soldiers in one moment. Yet, within an hour

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Steve Kramer – “Escape to Eilat”

Steve Kramer – “Escape to Eilat” All of you are quite aware of the travail Israel is dealing with at this time. With well over 130 hostages (including perhaps 20 murdered Israelis) still, in captivity somewhere in Gaza, the public is simultaneou

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Marziyeh Amirizadeh:The Mahsa Act, a Bipartisan Iran Sanction Bill, and Urgent Game Changer

Marziyeh Amirizadeh: The Mahsa Act, a Bipartisan Iran Sanction Bill, and Urgent Game Changer H/T Jonathan Feldstein.   The Mahsa Act, a Bipartisan Iran Sanction Bill, and Urgent Game Changer By Marziyeh Amirizadeh   The Mahsa Act, was introduced on

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig: No News is Good News that Should be in the News

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig: No News is Good News that Should be in the News What is “news”? It’s invariably considered to be something that “happened” – usually negative (other than some outstanding scientific breakthrough). Think about this: whe

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CTECH: Latest Israeli Innovation & Technology News Jan. 26, 2024

CTECH: Latest Israeli Innovation & Technology News Jan. 26, 2024   Tech titans start 2024 with mass layoffs, but is the worst yet to come? Layoffs signal broader industry challenges, prompting fears of further job losses. Read more “Gaza would

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Jonathan Sacks: The Power of Ruach BESHALLACH

Jonathan Sacks: The Power of Ruach BESHALLACH In September 2010, BBC, Reuters, and other news agencies reported on a sensational scientific discovery. Researchers at the US National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Colorado were able

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Tsvi Bisk: The Day After, What I Would Like to See After the War

Tsvi Bisk: The Day After, What I Would Like to See After the War First and foremost I want to see every single living hostage and every single deceased body returned to Israel. For this, I am ready for an immediate ceasefire and the release of many prison

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Sheldon Schreter: An Agonizing Decision

Sheldon Schreter: An Agonizing Decision Like almost everyone in Israel, I am agonizing over whether we should subordinate our military campaign against Hamas to a negotiation to free our 136 kidnapped hostages, an unknown but growing number of whom are de

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HOWARD EPSTEIN: THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT. THE FUTURE IS JEWISH

HOWARD EPSTEIN: THE  FUTURE IS BRIGHT. THE FUTURE IS JEWISH It is my pleasure to write this week’s column from Eretz Yisrael, where everyone has been touched, to a greater or lesser extent, by the War (that’s the current iteration of the hundred

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Lia Baram – Latest Photos from an 11 year old Israeli

Lia Baram – Latest Photos from an 11-year-old Israeli This is Lia’s most recent perspective on the Here and Now living in Israel.

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Commission of Inquiry – Now; Bibi Resigning – Not Yet

Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig – Commission of Inquiry – Now; Bibi Resigning – Not Yet It’s inevitable: when the dust settles, PM Netanyahu will have to resign. But when? During an ongoing war? Or immediately after the war is over? Or after a Sta

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CTECH: Latest Israeli Innovation & Technology News Jan. 19, 2024

CTECH: Latest Israeli Innovation & Technology News Jan. 19, 2024 Benny Landa’s lab diamond startup Lusix sees valuation crash, raises urgent funding. The Israeli company has been significantly hit by high interest rates and increased industry competitio

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Jonathan Sacks – The March of Folly BO

Jonathan Sacks – The March of Folly BO There is a fascinating moment in the unfolding story of the plagues that should make us stop and take notice. At the opening of this week’s parsha, seven plagues have now struck Egypt. The people are sufferin

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HOWARD EPSTEIN: EVEN WORDS CAN HURT US

HOWARD EPSTEIN: EVEN WORDS CAN HURT US Who was your politician of the year 2023? For me, the answer is Suella Braverman, who was forced out of office as Home Secretary five days after she wrote an opinion piece in The Times in which she said that there wa

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Steve Kramer: Israel’s position in the world

Steve Kramer: Israel’s position in the world How are we doing? As good as one could expect under the circumstances (See Note below.)   Feeling paranoid about Israel’s current position in world affairs? If so, that paranoia may be appropriate. Jus

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David Lawrence-Young: The Grimmest 100 days in Israel’s History

David Lawrence-Young: The Grimmest 100 Days in Israel’s History I have just returned home after attending one of the many rallies that were held this morning throughout Israel. I was not a unique demonstrator. Literally, hundreds of thousands of us stop

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Jonathan Feldstein – Inspiring Voices from South Africa

Jonathan Feldstein – Inspiring Voices from South Africa News last week was rife with criticism of the South African government and its bringing charges of genocide against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Criticism of South Africa

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Prof. Sam Lehman-Wilzig: Anti-Semitism Roots: The Wandering and Wondering Jew

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