Posted in HISTORY

Barbra Streisand Sings Hatikvah and Talks with Golda Meir

Streisand’s conversation with Golda Meir during the 1978 network broadcast of The Stars Salute Israel at 30 is followed by Barbra singing Hatikvah.

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Posted in SPOTLIGHT

Bill Maher interviews Benjamin Netanyahu and defends Israel

William “Bill” Maher, born January 20, 1956, is an American comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, media critic, and television host. As a television host, he is…

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Posted in JEWISH NEWS

Israel Air Force F-15 Eagles over Auschwitz

by Adam Milstein Never again. That was the sacred vow made by the Jewish people over the past 70 years in the wake of the Holocaust….

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Posted in ISRAELI NEWS

Responses to international attacks on Israel

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5T0_czFQfM  

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Posted in JEWISH RELIGION

Mixed services at the Wall: Why we object to it

One of the hottest topics in Judaism in Israel today is the attempt by elements in the Jewish Reform and Conservative movements to change the…

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Posted in HISTORY

Rome: A Journey into Jewish History

  2016 – The Jewish museum in Rome 2016 – In the Jewish museum in Rome 2016 – In the Jewish quarter Rome By Gideon We’ve…

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Posted in JEWISH WOMEN

Women struggle for equality: Dina’s job search in Israel in the 1950s

Dina (right) with us, her four children (Amira, Nurit, Daphna, and Gideon), and with her husband (our father) Oscar, few months before Oscar passed away….

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Posted in REVIEWS

Book Review: Single Handed – The inspiring true story of Tibor “Teddy” Rubin

Tibor “Teddy” Rubin as a US soldier                         By Gideon I never heard of Tibor…

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Posted in JERUSALEM HISTORY

Beneath the streets of Jerusalem

By Gideon The City of David is considered one of Israel’s most important historical landmarks. It is also one of the country’s most complicated sites. Jewish…

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Posted in JEWISH NEWS

Soon By You – A Modern Orthodox Jews Dating Web Series

  By Gideon Soon By You follows the lives of six single Modern Orthodox Jews as they stumble through their single lives in New York City….

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Posted in MUSIC

Israeli Mizrahi (Oriental) Music

By Gideon The transformation  of the European influenced traditional Israeli music, and of the Middle Eastern influenced Mizrachi Israeli music, into an all inclusive “Israeli Music” symbolizes the transformation…

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Posted in ISRAELI NEWS

Hevron is as safe as anywhere else in the world right now

    by Rivka Levy Last Tuesday morning, during Chol Hamoed Pesach, I got in my regular Hyundai i20, (without rock-proof windows or bullet-proof body work)…

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Posted in ISRAEL HI-TECH

Sophisticated, fast, and lethal: Israel’s military drones

Israel Aerspace Industries’ kamikaze UAV Harop Attack Drone By Gideon   April 28, 2016 The vast majority of Israelis view the development of new weapons as a…

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Posted in JEWISH NEWS

The Return of The Jews of the East to Israel

For thousands of years most Jews lived in Europe, the Middle East, and around the Mediterranean Sea. However, there were also isolated Jewish communities in…

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Posted in JEWISH NEWS

The Jewish Family Tree fights the last battle against the Nazis

By Gideon One of the Nazis’ crimes, when murdering half of the Jewish people in the Holocaust, was that they robbed us of our history. Most…

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Posted in MILITARY

Modern Terrorists and Technology – The Gaza Example

  By Gideon March 24, 2016 The Gaza strip is one of the poorest and most densely populated places on earth. Its eastern border is closed…

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Posted in SPOTLIGHT

The Myers-Briggs Types of Famous Jews

by Alon Oscar Deutsch The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) was developed by Isabel Briggs-Meyers and her mother Katherine Cook-Briggs, based on the earlier work of…

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Posted in SPOTLIGHT

Beyond Coincidence – The Story of Israel Kristal

By Gideon If you are looking for a miracle to explain the unexplainable, a proof that the world is not a random place; that there is…

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Posted in HISTORY

The Evolution of the Hebrew Calendar

By Gideon The Jewish calendar is used for religious purposes by Jews all over the world, and it is the official calendar of Israel. A Jewish-calendar…

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Posted in MILITARY

Israel – The Nuclear Policeman

Israel’s ballistic missile Jericho This article is based on publicly available information including the videos posted below. By Gideon “There are no winners just losers” is…

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Posted in REVIEWS

Energy, i.e. God, is all there is

by Rivka Levi Ever since Einstein stated his famous equation of: E=mc2, quantum physics has been piecing together a picture of physical reality where energy…

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Posted in REVIEWS

Book Review: Miriam’s Song

  By Rivka Levy Some books tell a story that reaches far beyond the pages and the author’s own experiences, and that contains the potential…

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Posted in MILITARY

How the Israeli air force destroyed the Iraqi nuclear reactor in 1981

By Gideon It was the world’s first air strike against a nuclear plant. It was a daring mission. The Israeli pilots pushed themselves and their fighter…

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Posted in OPINION

Tikkun Olam Begins with Correction of Our Own Inner Worlds

  By: Jay Lavine, M.D. “Tikkun” means “repair,” often with the idea of making recompense for past misdeeds and for evil. “Tikkun olam,” which means…

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Posted in WAR

The Six Day War

  In the picture: Israelis digging trenches in Kibutz Gan Shmuel in the days leading to the Six Days War By Gideon Note: A video by…

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Posted in REVIEWS

A Movie Review: The Long Way Home – From Liberation to the Founding of Israel

By Gideon In 1997, the documentary film The Long Way Home, narrated by Morgan Freeman, was released. Covering the three-year period following World War II, the…

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Posted in HISTORY

The Forgotten Refugees  – היציאה הגדולה של יהודים ממדינות ערב

  By Gideon This video (shown below) tells the story of the great exodus of Jews from Arab countries.  Personal stories are told in English and…

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Posted in SPOTLIGHT

Celebrities who converted to Judaism

Jared Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump attending a gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, May 2, 2016.   Marilyn Monroe…

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Posted in WAR

Rabbi Akiva and the Bar Kochba Revolt against the Romans

By Gideon “Among the many great figures in Jewish history, Rabbi Akiva arguably represents a combination of everything that is heroic about the Jewish people more…

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Posted in FAITH

The Battle Between Judaism and Christianity and Moses’ Demotion

By Gideon The story of the Exodus of the Israelite from Egypt is the story of Moses, the greatest leader of all times of the Jewish…

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Posted in JERUSALEM HISTORY

Pictures of the Western Wall (Hakotel) from the 19th and early 20th centuries

   

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Posted in MOSSAD

“Historic Justice” – Samir Kantar, responsible for the murder of Israelis, is killed in an airstrike

By Gideon Samir Kantar, a Lebanese who was convicted of carrying out one of the most notorious attacks in Israeli history and spent nearly three decades…

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Posted in SPOTLIGHT

HaGashash HaChiver: The most influential comedy act in the history of Israel (1963-2000)

By Gideon HaGashash HaChiver (The Pale Tracker – the name was taken from the book the Last Mohican ) were an Israeli comedy group. Often called…

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Posted in HOLIDAYS

Hanukkah Candle Lighting At The Governor’s Mansion

By Gideon Unexpectedly, we were honored with an invitation to the annual candle lighting at the governor’s mansion in Florida’s state capital. Tallahassee is about 400…

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Posted in JEWISH NEWS

“A Christian can never be an anti-Semite”: A new chapter in Jewish – Catholic Relationships

By Gideon On December 10, 1965, the Vatican in the Nostra Aetate (“In Our Times”) deceleration, opened up relations between Catholics and non-Christians. A landmark document…

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Posted in HISTORY

New information about the Munich Massacre of the Olympic Games in 1972

By Gideon Torture of the athletes by their captors “Family members of the victims of the massacre of 11 Israeli Olympians during the 1972 Games…

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Posted in FOOD

Sufganiyot: A Traditional Hanukkah Donuts Recepie

    A sufganiyah (plural, sufganiyot) is a round jelly doughnut eaten in Israel and around the world on the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. The doughnut is…

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Posted in SPECIAL PLANTS

Balm of Gilead

By Sudhir Ahluwalia This is one of the many sources of myrrh- a herbal constituent in the Holy Anointing Oil used to anoint the Tabernacle. C….

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Posted in HISTORY

The origin of the names Jew, Israeli, and Palestinian

    By Gideon Initially the Jewish people were called Ivrim (singular = Ivri). It was first mentioned in the Bible in reference to Abraham. The…

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Posted in WAR

The Jewish Revolts Against the Roman Empire

By Gideon To a large extent the Jewish people are still affected today by the outcome of a series of wars which took place over 2,000…

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Posted in LEADERS

Joshua (Yehoshua) Ben Gamla: The founder of the public education system

For almost 1,500 years, the Jewish people, were the only nation to have a public education system available to all males. Many believe that emphasis…

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Posted in HOLIDAYS

Hanukkah: It’s about Values, Not about Valuables

by Jay Lavine, M.D. Mai Hanukkah — What is Hanukkah? — the Talmud asks.  Now, ages later, the need to explain seems to be greater than…

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Posted in HISTORY

The Jewish Community of Berlin and the Holocaust

  Above: Stephan and Eva Pick, deported from their Berlin home on November 27, 1941 to Riga Latvia where they were murdered by the Nazis….

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The history of the Jewish people during the American, French, and Russian Revolutions

By Gideon  The history of the Jewish people during the American Revolution: It is estimated that during the war of independence there were about 2,000…

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Posted in REVIEWS

Between man and G-d: Jewish view on the relationships between man and the almighty

By Gideon Judaism views the existence of G-d as a necessary prerequisite for the existence of the universe. The existence of the universe is sufficient…

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Historical and archeological facts about Tel Megiddo

    Tel Aviv University’s May 21 2012 press release presents the exceptional jewelry hoard discovered at Tel Megiddo. By Gideon Centuries before the pyramids of…

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Posted in SPOTLIGHT

Benny Goodman: The King of Swing

By Gideon Benjamin (Benny) David Goodman was born on May 30, 1909 in Chicago, Illinois to David Goodman and Dora Grisinsky Goodman, Jewish immigrants, who left…

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Posted in JEWISH WOMEN

Anne Frank

“Anne Frank’s diary has become one of the most powerful memoirs of the Holocaust. Its message of courage and hope in the face of adversity…

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Posted in FAITH

Traditional and Modern Attitudes in Judaism

By Gideon Modern religious attitudes are reflected more in the Reform and Conservative streams of Judaism. In Reform Judaism the movement is concerned with up…

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Posted in HISTORY

Antisemitism in America: From General Grant to Charles Lindbergh

By Gideon General Ulysses S. Grant “In 1862, in the heat of the Civil War, General Ulysses S. Grant initiated one of the most blatant…

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Posted in HISTORY

The Roots of Antisemitism

By Gideon Antisemitism is prejudice, hatred of, or discrimination against Jews as a national, ethnic, religious or racial group, a form of racism. Antisemitism may be…

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Posted in LEADERS

Eliezer Ben Yehuda and The revival of the Hebrew language

The first sign for visitors that they arrived in Israel is the language. Hebrew is everywhere; it is spoken by the locals, it is visible…

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Golda Meir: A Profile of a Leader

Golda Meir, Israel’s fourth Prime Minister, was born in Kiev in 1898. Her father was a carpenter. Meir wrote in her autobiography that her earliest memories…

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Posted in LEADERS

David Ben-Gurion: A Profile of a Leader

David Ben-Gurion was born in Plonsk, Poland in 1886. His father, Avigdor Grün, was a lawyer and a leader in the Hovevei Zion movement. His mother,…

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Posted in LEADERS

Albert Einstein: A Profile of a Leader

Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany on March 14, 1879 to a middle-class German Jewish family. His parents were concerned that he scarcely talked…

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Posted in MILITARY

The American Soldier and The Israeli  Soldier: Social Differences

  By Gideon I was fortunate to serve in the Israeli Army and in the US army. My son served on a submarine in the US…

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Posted in LEADERS

Ariel “Arik” Sharon: A Profile of a Leader

By Gideon  Ariel Sharon: A man of such controversial military and public career. A man who had as many admirers as opponents. A public figure that rose to…

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Posted in LEADERS

Binyamin Ze’ev (Theodor) Herzl: A Profile of a Leader

  By Gideon Binyamin Ze’ev (Theodor) Herzl was born in Budapest, Hungary on May 2, 1860. He was raised in a well-to-do home, received a basic…

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Posted in IDF Heroes LEADERS

David “Dado” Elazar: A Profile of a Leader

By Gideon David “Dado” Elazar  (27 August 1925 – 15 April 1976) was the ninth Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), serving in…

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Posted in LEADERS

Yitzhak Rabin: A Profile of a Leader

Above: Prime minister Yitzhak Rabin shaking hands with King Hussein during the peace signing ceremony with Jordan. President Clinton in the center. By Gideon “Yitzhak Rabin was…

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