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The following photo and posting was taken from the Facebook page of Bayit Yehudi party leader Naftali Bennet. Below is a translation of the Hebrew posting, which provides an explanation of the photo. Going down the Binyamina train station and this is the picture before me. You go to the station and wait...
Shimoni, 29, is the artist behind Hipstory, an illustrated series that depicts world leaders as hipsters and fashionistas — from Hillary Clinton to Theodor Herzl, Barack Obama to George Washington, David Ben-Gurion to Angela Merkel, Donald Trump to Vladimir Putin, Nelson Mandela to Mao Zedong. Formal suits and ties are...
Torah Ohr Rebbi Takes Public Stand On Behalf of Talmid On Wednesday, Rabbi Yechiel Shlessinger, a rebbi in Yeshivas Torah Ohr of Jerusalem, made himself a public representative of a family in need. A beloved talmid of his is reportedly living a "nightmare scenario." The family has a six year old...
Paralyzed Rebbetzin & Mother of 7 Flies to China  This morning, Israeli mother of 7 Rebbetzin Madar flew to China, in hopes of alleviating some of the stifling pain of ALS. Having been diagnosed just six months ago, the Rebbetzin is already unable to speak or move. Her 7 children are...
Canada has apparently barred wines imported from the West Bank from being labeled as products of Israel. The Liquor Control Board of the province of Ontario on Tuesday asked vendors to remove such wines from their shelves and to stop importing them. The board cited a previously unreported July 6...
Alan Gross contacted me a couple of months ago over Facebook Messenger. There was something he thought I should know. I was pleasantly surprised. I’d only exchanged pleasantries with Gross in the several times I’d seen him since his release from a Cuban prison in December 2014, ending five years...
A Bubbe With a Broken Heart Mother of 11 and grandmother of nearly 200, Mrs. Chana Hirschman, has accustomed herself to sacrificing for her family. However after one of her children became ill, the Hirschmans were drained of all of the resources they had, and forced to sell their home....
Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s special envoy to the Middle East, is returning to Israel. Greenblatt was scheduled to leave the United States for Israel Sunday evening, according to a White House official. The official said Greenblatt is heading to Israel to meet with U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman. “While...
The son of Brazil’s legendary soccer player Ronaldo will play for Brazil at the 20th Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem. Ronaldo’s son Ronald, 17, is not Jewish. But he is a member of Brazil’s Under 18 soccer team participating in the games, the so-called Jewish Olympics. A record 10,000 athletes from 80 countries will...
If you ever wondered who did most of the cooking in medieval Israel, a Crusader fortress in the city of Modi’in will put those doubts to rest: it was the women.   While excavating an archaeological site called Givat Tittora, diggers uncovered a treasure of coins, rings, bracelets and cosmetic tools...
Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India met in Israel with the son of Chabad emissaries who were killed in a 2008 terror attack in Mumbai. On Wednesday, Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Moshe Holtzberg, now 11, who said he missed India. Modi, whose visit to Israel is...
You’ve just run out of toothpaste and you’ve got a big date tonight. There’s no time to drive to the store and there’s too much traffic to send a courier. You’re starving for sushi but your favorite restaurant says it will be at least an hour to get take-out to...
Omri Casspi, the first Israeli to play in the National Basketball Association, signed a one-season contract with the 2017 NBA champions, Golden State Warriors. Casspi, 29, and the Warriors agreed to the contract early Wednesday morning, according to reports. Casspi, who has averaged 8.2 points and 4.1 rebounds per game over...
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed his Indian counterpart  Narendra Modi to Israel, calling his visit “historic.” Modi arrived in Israel on Tuesday afternoon, the first visit to Israel by an Indian head of government. The visit comes 25 years after the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Modi visited...
Britney Spears, the American pop star arrived Sunday in Israel ahead of her concert scheduled for the following evening at Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv. It was her first visit to Israel. Excited fans mobbed Spears, including jumping on her, during her visit to the Jewish holy site in Jerusalem, the...
Elad Mor, an Israeli mechanical engineer specializing in structural optic coatings, took a refreshment break while experimenting with transferring light onto surfaces without using pigments or dyes. When he raised the chilled drink to his lips, he had a eureka moment. Ice cubes come very close to the eyes of the...
When Joel Zacks and Linda Ginns each first visited Israel, on separate pre-college tours, they fell in love with the country. It was 1968, they were both 18 and had yet to meet. They returned to America, met during freshman orientation at Yeshiva University and fell in love again –...
The Knesset Finance Committee on Wednesday, chaired by MK Moshe Gafne, gave its stamp of approval to lowering fees for passports and renewals. Beginning from the most expensive, one requiring issuance of a passport at Ben-Gurion Airport will pay 800 shekels according to the new fee; instead of 1,105 shekels...
The new Kraft Family Sports Campus in Jerusalem was inaugurated this week and made possible by a $6 million donation earlier this year by New England Patriots owner and five-time National Football League (NFL) champion Robert Kraft. This will be Israel’s first regulation-sized American football field — which doubles as...
Isy Danon, a South African donor of United Hatzalah, Israel’s national volunteer EMS organization, was so inspired by Donald Trump’s recent visit to Israel that he donated an ambucycle to honor the U.S. President. Isy Danon is a proud donor to the organization and a member of its International...
The translator of David Grossman’s 2017 Man Booker International Prize-winning novel, “A Horse Walks into a Bar,” donated half her winnings to a human rights watchdog group. Jessica Cohen, who split the prize of 50,000 British pounds (approximately $64,000) with the celebrated Israeli novelist, gave half of her portion to B’Tselem,...
The Nefesh B’Nefesh Sylvan Adams Bonei Zion Prize is be awarded to inspirational English-speaking Olim who have significantly contributed to the State of Israel Nefesh B’Nefesh will honor the nine recipients of the 2017 Sylvan Adams Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize on Monday, 2 Tammuz at the Knesset in Jerusalem...
Jared Kushner visited the family of an Israel border policewoman stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist following his arrival in Israel. Kusher, a senior advisor to President Donald Trump as well as the president’s Jewish son-in-law, arrived in Israel on Wednesday to lead the Trump administration’s push for restarted...
What do YOU think a fidget should be called in Hebrew? The Academy of the Hebrew Language is looking to give the popular toy an official Hebrew name. "Since the game has captured the attention of Israel's children, The Academy of the Hebrew Language has received many requests from children to offer...
Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band". Their style, which is rooted in blues-based hard rock, has come to also incorporate elements of pop, heavy metal, and rhythm and blues, and has inspired many subsequent rock artists....
President Donald Trump said he will visit Israel as part of his first foreign trip as commander-in-chief. “I am proud to make a major and historic announcement this morning, and to share with you that my first foreign trip as president of the United States will be to Saudi Arabia,...
On eve of Independence Day, country’s population shows 1.9% growth over past year.   By Viva Sarah Press Israel’s population stands at approximately 8.68 million people, according to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics. The CBS reports that there are some 6.48 million Jewish residents (74.7 percent of the population), 1.81 million Arab residents (20.8%)...
From the Jerusalem Festival to the Maccabiah Games, the summer of 2017 in Israel is chockful of activities and festivals for all ages and interests. By Abigail Klein Leichman Opera, jazz, puppetry, sports, crafts, books, avant-garde theater: All that and much more is planned as spring slides into summer in Israel....
The Queen's greeting to President Rivlin for Independence Day: "It gives me great pleasure to send Your Excellency my congratulations on the celebration of your National Day, together with my best wishes for the happiness of the people of Israel in the coming year".  Get OnlySimchas News Live Updates  by email and...
  The Murder of the Hatuel family HY"D was a shooting attack on May 2, 2004, in which Palestinian militants killed Tali Hatuel, a Jewish settler, who was eight months pregnant with her first son, and her four daughters, aged two to ten. The attack took place near the Kissufim Crossing near...
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