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Members of the Lost Tribe of Menashe Return to Israel After 2,700 Years

11 hours 39 min ago

In nothing less than a miraculous appearance of the prophesized ingathering of the exiles, more than 100 Jews from the tribe of Menashe arrived in Israel on Tuesday night. 100 more B’nei Menashe will join them on Thursday morning, just in time to celebrate Passover, the holiday of freedom, in the land of Israel.

The new arrivals are joining 3,500 of their brethren who are already in Israel. They have an oral tradition that they are descended from the tribe of Menashe, one of the ten tribes which were taken as slaves when the Assyrians invaded the Northern Kingdom of Israel in 721 BCE. Their travels in exile took them through Persia, and Afghanistan, Hindu-Kush and Tibet. They arrived in Kaifeng in East Central China around 240 BCE after which their final stop was Manipur in Northeast India.

The new arrivals are joining 3,500 of their brethren who are already in Israel. They have an oral tradition that they are descended from the tribe of Menashe, one of the ten tribes which were taken as slaves when the Assyrians invaded the Northern Kingdom of Israel in 721 BCE. Their travels in exile took them through Persia, and Afghanistan, Hindu-Kush and Tibet. They arrived in Kaifeng in East Central China around 240 BCE after which their final stop was Manipur in Northeast India.

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Rabbi Michael Freund, chairman of Shavei Israel, an organization dedicated to finding “lost and hidden Jews and helping them reconnect with Israel,” noted the auspicious timing of the arrival.

“It’s most appropriate they are arriving now, one week before the holiday of Passover,” Rabbi Freund told Breaking Israel News.”This is nothing less than a modern incarnation of the Exodus from Egypt.”

“They are one of the lost tribes and a part of our extended family,” he continued. “The B’nei Menashe never forgot who they were, where they came from, and where they wanted to return to. And that is why Hashem is blessing them for their faithfulness.”

One very touching example of this blessing of freedom was seen when two brothers, Shlomo and Binyamin Haokip, were reunited. Binyamin had made aliyah (immigration to Israel, literally ‘ascending’) five years ago. Their touching reunion with each other was sanctified by a rendition of Psalm 126 that they had composed many years ago in India when they were still dreaming of returning to Israel.

Hashem will do great things for us and we shall rejoice. Restore our fortunes, Hashem, like watercourses in the Negev. They who sow in tears shall reap with songs of joy. Psalms 126:3-5

Rabbi Freund emphasized that the arrival of these lost Jews was a blessing to Jews and Christians alike since the non-Jews, according to prophecy, will also have a role in the pre-Messianic ingathering of the exiles.

Thus said Hashem: I will raise My hand to nations And lift up My ensign to peoples; And they shall bring your sons in their bosoms, And carry your daughters on their backs. Isaiah 49:22

“Anyone who takes the bible seriously should realize that God’s promises from long ago are coming to pass now,” Rabbi Freund said.

“There is no reason to sit on the sidelines and just watch. Bible believing Christians can carry us with their love and encouragement and support. This is an incredible opportunity to take part in the divine plan.”

The newly B’nei Menashe arrivals will spend their first three months at a private absorption center in K’far Hasidim in Northern Israel run by Shavei Israel. Meanwhile, 7,000 B’nei Menashe still remain in India.

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Israel’s Poor Cannot Afford These 9 Crucial Passover Foods

13 hours 39 min ago

With Passover quickly approaching (March 30), it is a joyous time to honor the God of Israel through the traditional seder festive meal on the first night of the holiday. Passover lasts an entire week, and there are strong restrictions on what one may and may not eat during this time. These specially prepared foods can be costly, putting an additional strain on Israel’s already struggling families.

“Although Passover is a specially allotted time to recall the miracles God did for the Israelites in ancient Egypt by freeing them from their bondage, the Holiday is observed through the eating of leavened bread, called matzah, and specially prepared foods,” explained Rabbi Shmuel Lipsker, administrator for Colel Chabad, Israel’s longest continuously run charity, to Breaking Israel News.

“Though every day we help Israel’s poor, Colel Chabad must increase many fold its supply of food and household needs for Passover.”





Some Passover required foods which put an additional strain on already struggling families are:

“It is a painful reality that people count on Colel Chabad to ensure that they have the Passover foods needed to celebrate Passover,” continued Rabbi Lipsker.

“Clearly, if they cannot afford potatoes, they cannot afford meat, wine or even something a little extra to make the holiday the festive occasion it should be, like new shoes or a new shirt. Colel Chabad provides all of these basics to ensure that Israel’s poor can celebrate Passover in dignity.”

To help Israel’s impoverished citizens celebrate the holiday of Passover, please click here.

Written in coordination with Colel Chabad. 




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Turkish Leader Claims Muslim Victory Over Europe, Cites Trump’s ‘Alliance’ With Jews as Obstacle

14 hours 40 min ago

A prominent Turkish official has claimed that as a result of demographic trends in Europe, “Europe will be Muslim.” An expert on Islam says this “Islamization” is intentional, a form of silent Jihad explicitly described in the Quran as a way of conquering nations demographically.

The Gatestone Institute,  a think tank that publishes articles pertaining to Islam and the Middle Easton, published a report on Monday citing the official, Member of Parliament Alparslan Kavaklıoğlu of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and head of the parliament’s Security and Intelligence Commission. At a speech to the AKP Political Academy in Yalova two weeks ago, Kavaklıoğlu declared that there will be an Islamic victory over Europe.

“The fortune and wealth of the world is moving from the West to the East,” Kavaklıoğlu said. “Europe is going through a time that is out of the ordinary. Its population is declining and aging. It has a very old population. So, people coming from outside get the jobs there. But Europe has this problem. All of the newcomers are Muslim. From Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey. Those who come from these places are Muslim.”

Kavaklıoğlu contended that Europe’s fate will inevitably be sealed within 20 years.

“The Muslim population will outnumber the Christian population in Europe,” Kavaklıoğlu predicted. “This [trend] has increased the nationalistic, xenophobic and anti-Islam rhetoric there. Hence, marginal, small parties have started to get large numbers of votes… But there is no remedy for it. Europe will be Muslim. We will be effective there, Allah willing. I am sure of that.”

Rabbi Yosef Berger, the rabbi in charge of King David’s Tomb on Jerusalem’s Mount Zion, sees this development as conforming precisely to the prophesized end-of-days conflict between Islam and Christianity. Berger referenced Rabbi Meir Leibush ben Yechiel Michel Wisser, a 19th century Biblical commentator known as the Malbim.

“In his commentary on the Prophet Ezekiel, the Malbim explained that the War of Gog and Magog will be between Edom and Ishmael, what are known today as Christianity and Islam,” Rabbi Berger explained to Breaking Israel News.

“They will battle for control of the world, but this battle will eventually be for control of Jerusalem. In this, they will both fail.”

Dr Mordechai Kedar, a senior lecturer in the Department of Arabic at Bar-Ilan University, explained that in the language of Islam, Kavaklıoğlu was describing a religious imperative and holy war.

“In Islam, this is called ‘Hijra,’” Dr. Kedar explained. “It is jihad (a fight against the enemies of Islam) by immigration.”

“Hijrah” is the term used for the escape of a group of Muhammad’s followers from Mecca to Yathrib. Muhammad joined them, and when their numbers became significant, Muhammad urged his followers to commit acts of violence in order to establish their dominance in Yathrib.  The city, which they renamed “Medina,” is the second holiest site in Islam.

The Quran states this explicitly.

“And whoever emigrates for the cause of Allah will find on the earth many locations and abundance. And whoever leaves his home as an emigrant to Allah and His Messenger and then death overtakes him, his reward has already become incumbent upon Allah. And Allah is ever Forgiving and Merciful.” (4:100)

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Dr. Kedar explained how “Hijra” works in a modern society.

“When they are a minority, they put on a false face as if they are refugees and in a miserable condition,” he said. “Some of them are indeed in that situation but as soon as that changes, they have no moral obligation to show gratitude or to assimilate into the host culture. More so the opposite.

“Once they have any kind of strength or standing in the community, they are the required to act as the Quran dictates: to take over the nation and make it Muslim.”

In his speech, Kavaklıoğlu focused on the United States as the next target for Islamic demographic dominance while stressing what he thought to be the greatest obstacles to the successful Islamization of the US: President Donald Trump and his alliance with the Jews.

“The US companies are the state… [the companies] have huge amounts of capital. They run both the world and America. Nearly 65-70 percent of this capital is Jewish… Especially with the election of President Trump, this has completely come to light. A very strange man was elected president. He surrendered himself to the Jewish lobbies to save his own back. When you look at [what he did with] Jerusalem, you can easily see this.”

Turkey has openly advocated “Hijra” in the past. The report by the Gatestone Institute cited examples in which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan openly called for Muslim population growth as a means of solidifying the Turkish military occupation of Northern Cyprus and also to complete the Islamic domination of Europe.

But when it comes to Israel, Erdogan is not satisfied with “Hijra” alone as a means of Islamic conquest. In December, Erdogan, head of the the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), called on the 57 member states of to form a joint “Army of Islam” to besiege and attack the state of Israel. Such an army would, by some estimates, bring together five million soldiers under one banner of a united Islam, more than 30 times the number in the IDF and more than four times that of Israel’s closest ally, the United States.

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‘Mercuremoval’ Works to Prevent Mercury Exposure From Factories

15 hours 9 min ago

Hagay Keller, CEO of Mercuremoval, explains the danger of mercury emissions from factories and how his company is helping to prevent mercury exposure.

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‘God is Cool With Cannabis,’ Says Orthodox Jewish Cannabis Expert

17 hours 40 min ago

According to Sarah Zadok, Content Marketing Manager for CannaTech and iCAN Israel Cannabis, the use of medical cannabis among those who need it is not only permitted under Jewish law. It is also a mitzvah (commandment). “God is cool with cannabis,” she told Breaking Israel News.

At CannaTech, iCAN’s annual medical cannabis convention held in Tel Aviv on March 19-20, she explained, “Jews are huge fans of people living well and living healthy. Halacha l’ma’seh (the Jewish law regarding actions) says that if cannabis is needed for health, even if it is illegal, it is not only permitted but demanded.”

Even more, Zadok said, the Jewish tradition of “pikuach nefesh” (saving a life) says that preservation of human life overrides nearly any other religious consideration. Thus, smoking medical cannabis is even permitted during Shabbat and holidays if this is the most effective way to ensure one’s health.

According to Saul Kaye, founder of iCAN, the use of cannabis dates back to the Bible and is documented in the Old Testament. He claimed that cannabis is referred to as “kaneh-bosm” in the books of Exodus, the Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel. “It is mentioned in the Bible, in Gamara (Talmud), and was used to create smoke in the temple,” he told Breaking Israel News.

However, Zadok questions whether “kaneh-bosm” is referring to cannabis. “If you’re approaching it from a purely academic level, the academia is light from a theological Biblical test. You can surmise and interpret, but I think it’s debatable whether “kaneh-bosm” is actually talking about cannabis,” she said.

But with or without Biblical underpinnings, Zadok maintained that “you don’t have to reach to find a biblical connection; it’s medicine.”

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Indeed, there is great anecdotal evidence that medical cannabis effectively treats various conditions, such as cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, autism, ADHD, MS, ALS, Crohn’s disease, AIDS and Tourette’s syndrome. However, clinical trials of the drug are still needed to back up these claims. Until then, opponents of the drug say that without clinical trials to prove effectiveness, information about its long-term safety, quality control, standardized composition and dosage for specific medical conditions, it cannot be viewed as a legitimate medicine.

Zadok told Breaking Israel News that a significant portion of her job involves trying to highlight the legitimacy and undermining the stigma of the use of medical cannabis.

“We reshape popular thought, brining the hype about cannabis down a few notches, lowering the volume. We are talking about real people with real pain that deserve real health care options,” Zadok said.

According to Zadok, supporting the use of medical cannabis is not particularly Jewish but rather about social justice and “having the basic human rights to access the medicine” needed to treat the body. She maintained that at its core, supplying medical cannabis just like any other medical drug is about “finding the medicine that allows you to be the person you’re supposed to be.”

But even so, Zadok stressed that the use of cannabis does not have to be an “outrageous external expression” and  that one could be tzanua (modest) about consuming medical cannabis with edibles instead of inhaling the plant.

“It’s about living your purpose, living it well, and living it healthy. And if that happens to be what one needs to engage with God’s creation, then use it and enjoy it,” Zadok said.

While Zadok said that medical cannabis use is not Jewish, but human, David Miller, who has worked as an Israeli-American mashgiach (a Jew who supervises the kosher status of an establishment) for 20 years, explained why he believes that Jews are disproportionately represented in the medical cannabis industry.

“The root of that is compassion,” he told Breaking Israel News, noting that caring for others is one of the most important Jewish values.  

Within a month, Miller plans to launch a new organization called, “Cannabis Kosher Certification” as he hopes to provide the kosher stamp of approval on cannabis products. Although cannabis is not non-kosher in nature, he stressed that the plant must still be checked for insects, which are not kosher.

But even without a formal kosher stamp of approval, Zadok says that rabbis will still sanction the use of cannabis.  

“There is no question that there are current Orthodox rabbis that say when a medicine works, you give it to the patient who needs it,” Zadok said. “There’s no game here. It’s medicine.”

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Slain Soldier’s Father Becomes Advocate ‘For Right vs. Wrong’

19 hours 40 min ago

Stuart Force never imagined that he would spend his retirement traveling across the United States, knocking on doors on Capital Hill. But that is precisely his life now following the tragic death of his son, Taylor Force, a West Point graduate and U.S. Army veteran who was stabbed and killed by a Palestinian terrorist on March 8, 2016, while on a graduate-school trip to Israel with Vanderbilt University. Ten other people were wounded in the attack.

“If you are ideologically different than most Israelis or anyone else, it still doesn’t give you the right to commit murder and crimes. That is the basic decency that bothers us—that you think you have the right to do this,” Force, 67, told JNS.

Force said that his son Taylor, 28, was a “remarkable” man that did not harbor prejudice or malice towards anyone.

“He was a very accepting person. No prejudices, other than he didn’t like real jerks,” quipped Force. “He had good friends who were Jewish; he really enjoyed their company. When the opportunity came up to go to Israel, he leapt at it.”

A goodbye ceremony at Ben-Gurion Airport for Taylor Force, a U.S. Army veteran killed in a Palestinian terror attack in Jaffa, before his body was sent back to America for burial in March 2016. Legislation named after Force would cut U.S. economic aid to the Palestinian Authority if it continues to issue payments to terrorists and their families. (Credit: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)


Force, who has been touring the country to support the legislation named after his son, spoke at Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israel in the Boston suburb of Newton on March 12 in a program sponsored by JINSA, a pro-Israel think tank, just a few days after the two-year anniversary of his son’s death.

“I think what is motivating our family is the fact that people, both men and women, are being rewarded for terrorism,” said Force. “Probably most of them have been motivated or coerced by their whole educational system honoring martyrs. And there’s no good reason for doing that.”

Over the last two years, Stuart Force has gone from a retired father looking to spend more time with his family to spearheading a powerful piece of legislation that has transformed the conversation in the United States regarding the Palestinians. Recently, Force met with a number of congressmen in Washington, D.C., to lobby them on the legislation.

Michael Makovsky, CEO of JINSA, said the Taylor Force Act has changed the conversation in Washington regarding the Palestinians.

“You can no longer talk about the Palestinian Authority without discussing this issue,” said Makovsky during the talk at Congregation Beth El-Atereth Israel. “The Taylor Force Act has had a tremendous impact on the discussion.”

Still, he noted, “this is not geared towards punishing the Palestinians, but pressuring the P.A. to stop its funding of terrorism.”

‘You don’t have the right to hurt other people’

The Taylor Force Act—first introduced in the Senate in 2016 by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)—seeks to cut off U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority over its payments to convicted terrorists and their families. The legislation, which was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last August and the House of Representatives in early December, is waiting on a full vote in the Senate.

The Trump administration has signaled that it “strongly supports” the legislation and will sign it if passed. But the bill has been languishing as some anonymous lawmakers have held up the process towards a full vote.

Nevertheless, Force said his experience working with Congress so far has been “very positive,” although he admitted that the lawmakers who might be against the bill would likely not face a grieving father.

“Mostly everyone I have met are very in favor of the Taylor Force Act,” he said. “But I guess I haven’t met the people that aren’t in favor of it.”

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Force acknowledged that while he was far from an expert in politics, the message he is trying to get across with the legislation is a very simple one.

“I’ve seen different iterations of the legislation. Everyone has something they want to contribute or take out,” he stated. “The way we look at it—and I’m sure there’s going to be many issues and opinions on this—is that money that goes to help a group of people, that’s where it should go to. It shouldn’t go somewhere else to hurt other people. That’s basically it.”

“This is right versus wrong; it’s not political,” stressed Force. “You don’t have the right to hurt other people; that’s a core Judeo-Christian value.”

Force, who has not visited Israel but promises to do so when he is ready, has also received tremendous support from Israeli officials, such as Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer. “Form the beginning, Ambassador Dermer has been very supportive of us. He’s been a very comforting presence in this whole ordeal,” he said.

Danny Danon, Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, called Taylor Force’s family “unique heroes.”

“I had the pleasure of meeting them at AIPAC and in New York,” he told JNS. “We really admire them and what they represent.”

“The P.A. paying for terrorist salaries each year is outrageous,” declared Danon. “Instead of building schools and hospitals, they promote incitement and violence. And I think that [the Force] legislation sends a very clear message that the U.S. is ready to support humanitarian causes, but the U.S. is not willing to support terrorism.”

Going forward, Force believes that it is time for Congress to take the final steps on the legislation and put it towards a full vote in the Senate.

Said the activist father: “I would like to see a vote on the Senate floor. Tell me why you disagree with it. Be a man or woman, tell us where you stand.”

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Germany: Migrant Rape Crisis Still Sowing Terror and Destruction

19 hours 40 min ago

The director of the Criminal Police Association, André Schulz, estimates that up to 90% of the sex crimes committed in Germany do not appear in the official statistics.

“There is a strict order by the authorities to not report on crimes committed by refugees,” a high-ranking police official in Frankfurt told Bild. “Only specific requests from media representatives about such acts are to be answered.”

Germany’s migrant sex-crime problem is being exacerbated by its lenient legal system, in which offenders receive relatively light sentences, even for serious crimes. In many instances, individuals who are arrested for sex crimes are released after questioning from police. This practice allows suspects to continue committing crimes with virtual impunity.

Germany’s migrant rape crisis continues unabated. Preliminary statistics show that migrants committed more than a dozen rapes or sexual assaults every day in 2017, a four-fold increase since 2014, the year before Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed into Germany more than a million mostly Muslim male migrants from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

A quarterly report — Criminality in the Context of Migration (Kriminalität im Kontext von Zuwanderung) — published by the Federal Criminal Police Office (Bundeskriminalamt, BKAshowed that migrants (Zuwanderer, defined as asylum seekers, refugees, and illegal immigrants) committed 3,466 sex crimes during the first nine months of 2017 — or around 13 a day. (Final crime statistics for 2017 will not be publicly available until the second quarter of 2018.) By comparison, in all of 2016 migrants committed 3,404 sex crimes, or around nine a day; in 2015, 1,683 sex crimes, or around five a day; in 2014, 949 sex crimes, or around three a day; and in 2013, 599 sex crimes, or around two a day.

The actual number of migrant-related sex crimes in Germany, however, is believed to be far higher than the official number. For instance, the BKA data includes only crimes that have been solved (aufgeklärten Straftaten). On average only around half of all crimes committed in Germany in any given year are solved (Aufklärungsquote), according to police statistics.

The director of the Criminal Police Association (Bund Deutscher Kriminalbeamter, BDK), André Schulz, estimates that up to 90% of the sex crimes committed in Germany do not appear in the official statistics.

German police frequently omit any references to migrants in crime reports. When they do, they often refer to migrant criminals with politically correct euphemisms such as “southerners” (Südländer), men with “dark skin” (dunkelhäutig, dunklere Gesichtsfarbe, dunklem Hauttyp) or a combination of the two: “southern skin color” (südländische Hautfarbe). This practice, apparently aimed at delinking the attackers with Islam, makes it virtually impossible for German citizens to help police identify suspects.

“There is a strict order by the authorities to not report on crimes committed by refugees,” a high-ranking police official in Frankfurt told Bild. “Only specific requests from media representatives about such acts are to be answered.”

Germany’s migrant rape crisis has continued into 2018. Despite the mounting human toll, many of the crimes are unreported or downplayed as isolated incidents (Einzelfall) by German authorities and the media, apparently to avoid fueling anti-immigration sentiments.

  • On February 18, a 33-year-old woman was raped while visiting a cemetery in Bochum. The attacker ambushed the woman from behind and hit her on the head with a rock, rendering her unconscious. He then repeatedly raped her. Bochum police kept silent about the rape until pressed by Rheinische Post, a local newspaper. It subsequently emerged that the rapist is a convicted sex offender who had attended a “rehabilitation” program and was then released from custody.Authorities in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) apparently suppressed information about the rape to prevent public concern over the recidivism of convicted sex offenders. The police cover-up sparked public outrage. “The public, in my view, has a right to know that convicted sex offenders pose a real danger when they are back out,” said a senior detective. “When something as horrible as Bochum happens, it has to be called by name, without any ifs or buts. When such important information is withheld from the public, people think everything is fine and that of course participants will not relapse.” A police spokesperson said the media blackout was meant to protect the victim: “We know from psychologists that this is often very stressful for the victims.” After a backlash, Bochum police admitted to making a “mistake.”
  • On February 22, an 18-year-old British student on a class trip to Berlin was raped by two men after she became separated from her group. She was hospitalized for two days. Berlin police kept silent about the rape until the girl returned to Britain and her parents contacted British media outlets, which reported on the case. When pressed for information by Journalisten Watch, a media accountability group, Berlin police admitted that they had arrested two men in relation to the rape but released them due to a lack of evidence (Haftgründe lagen nicht vor).
  • On January 26, an “Asian or North African” man (orientalisch bis nordafrikanischer Herkunfttried to rape a female student at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. It subsequently emerged that three other women had been attacked by a man who police believe is the same individual. Although the attacks occurred on October 6, December 29 and January 6, university officials did not warn students that a sex offender was stalking the campus until February 2, four months after the first attack.
  • On January 11, an unidentified man sexually assaulted two 15-year-old girls on a subway train in Munich. One of the girls managed to take a picture of the man, but police refuse to make the image public. A police blotter asks the public to help them find the man, described as follows: “Male, 170cm, the 20s, skinny, red overcoat, dark pants, black shoes.”
  • On January 10, police in Magdeburg released a photograph of a “dark-skinned” man (dunkle Hautfarbe) suspected of raping and seriously injuring a woman at the central railway station on June 27, 2017. Police did not say why they waited more than six months to make the image public.
  • On January 4, a 24-year-old man raped a woman at a school in Hanover. The police blacked out information about the man’s nationality. Bild filled in the missing details: he is from Albania. A local newspaper, Hannoversche Allgemeine, initially reported that the man was from Albania; an hour later, however, it “updated” its story by replacing the word “Albania” with “the Balkans.”

Many rapes and sexual assaults occur on public transportation or transport hubs such as bus and train stations. The problem is especially acute in Berlin, where police received 296 reports of sexual assaults on buses and trains in 2017, almost twice as many as in 2016, according to Bild.

On March 4, for instance, a 30-year-old Egyptian man who raped at least four women at or near subway stations in Berlin turned himself in after police published surveillance photos of him. The man chose his victims while riding on subway trains. He made eye contact with them, followed them out of the station and subsequently raped them. Berlin police blacked out information about the man’s nationality. Berliner Zeitung filled in the missing details: he was born in Egypt.

On February 28, an 18-year-old Syrian asylum seeker sexually assaulted several women on a train to Munich. The man systematically made his way through the train and entered those compartments in which women were seated alone. He was arrested when the train arrived at the central railway station in Munich. Police said the man has a long rap sheet.

On January 10, a 31-year-old asylum seeker from Chad sexually assaulted two teenage girls on a regional express train originating in Müllheim. Police said the man had sexually harassed the girls on the station platform even before the train departed. After the girls boarded the train, he sat next to them and began sexually groping them. When girls then moved to another compartment, he followed and sexually assaulted them. The girls then locked themselves into one of the train’s restrooms and called the police. The man was detained when the train arrived in Freiburg. Police said the man — who has multiple outstanding warrants for other sexual crimes — had been arrested a day earlier for assaulting a woman on another train, but was released.

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Attacks on public transportation have now spread to all parts of Germany, in large cities and small towns:

  • Frankfurt, February 28. A 29-year-old asylum seeker from Ethiopia sexually assaulted a 34-year-old woman on a train.
  • Weilburg, February 24. A “southerner” (Südländermasturbated in front of an 18-year-old female passenger on an intercity bus to Weilmünster. Police said the man got on the bus, sat directly next to the woman, masturbated and alighted at the next stop.
  • Mühlhausen, February 13. Six “North African men” (Männer nordafrikanischer Herkunftsexually assaulted a 17-year-old woman on a regional train from Erfurt.
  • Friedrichshafen, February 15. An “Asian-looking” man (orientalisches Aussehenmasturbated in front of a female passenger on a train.
  • Heilbronn, February 14. An “Arab-looking man” (arabisch aussehende Mannsexually assaulted a 26-year-old pregnant woman at a bus stop.
  • Hamburg, February 12. An 18-year-old Afghan asylum seeker sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman at the Jungfernstieg subway station.
  • Karlsruhe, February 11. Two “southern-looking” men (südländischem Erscheinungsbildsexually assaulted a 28-year-old woman on a tram.
  • Pforzheim, February 11. A 20-year-old Turkish man sexually assaulted a 17-year-old woman on a tram.
  • Zierenberg, February 7. A 25-year-old asylum seeker from Azerbaijan was arrested for sexually assaulting two teenage girls on a regional train.
  • Weil am Rhein, February 7. A “dark-skinned” man (dunkler Hautfarbesexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl at a subway station.
  • Schopfheim, February 1. A 61-year-old Indian man was arrested for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl on a train.
  • Heidelberg, February 1. A 21-year-old Eritrean man sexually assaulted a woman at a tram station.
  • Schwabing, February 1. An “Asian-looking” man (orientalisches Aussehenrubbed his exposed genitals on a 28-year-old woman on the subway train.
  • Dresden, January 28. A “southern-looking” man (südländischem Aussehensexually assaulted a 20-year-old woman at a tram station.
  • Bad Schwartau, January 26. A “dark-skinned” man (dunklerem Hauttypsexually assaulted an 18-year-old woman at a bus stop.
  • Greifswald, January 20. Four “North African” men (nordafrikanischer Herkunftsexually assaulted a 33-year-old woman at the central railway station.
  • Mannheim, January 17. A 72-year-old Turkish man sexually assaulted a woman on an intercity train from Stuttgart.
  • Berlin, January 13. A 29-year-old Lebanese man masturbated in front of a 19-year-old woman on an intercity train. Police said the man was in Germany illegally.
  • Mannheim, January 9. A 28-year-old Afghan man sexually assaulted a 23-year-old woman on a tram at the central railway station. An hour later, he sexually assaulted another woman on a different tram. The man was questioned and released.
  • Munich, January 9. An “Indian- or Afghan-looking” man (indische/afghanische Erscheinungsexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl at the Harras subway station.

Many victims are children, some of whom have been attacked in front of their parents:

  • Mörfelden-Walldorf, February 27. A “dark-skinned” man (dunklen Teintexposed himself to several 11-year-old boys as they were walking home from school.
  • Velen, February 25. A “brown-skinned” man (leicht dunkler Hauttypexposed himself to at least four children at a campground.
  • Eberswald, January 26. Four 19-year-old Syrians tried to sexually assault a 14-year-old girl. When the girl’s father intervened, the Syrians threw him to the ground and punched and kicked him.
  • Mörfelden-Walldorf, January 26. A “dark-skinned” man (dunklen Teintexposed himself to an 11-year-old girl.
  • Moosach, January 24. A man speaking broken German approached an eight-year-old girl at a playground and kissed her on the mouth in front of her mother.
  • Schwenningen, January 11. A “dark-skinned” man (dunkle Hautfarbeassaulted two 11-year-old boys at a bus stop.

Sexual assaults have occurred in public spaces ranging from parks and pools to supermarkets:

  • Sulzbach, March 10. A “presumably Asian” man (vermutlich asiatischer Herkunftsexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl at an electronics store.
  • Weinheim, March 5. An “Eastern European” man (osteuropäisches Erscheinungsbildsexually assaulted two 14-year-old girls at a public swimming pool. Seven children have been sexually assaulted at the facility during the past 12 months.
  • Konstanz, March 3. A “Black African” man (Schwarzafrikanersexually assaulted a woman at a park.
  • Hagen, February 17. A “southern-looking” man (südländisches Aussehenexposed himself to a 68-year-old woman at a park.
  • Kitzingen, February 3. Three Afghan migrants sexually assaulted two girls at a public swimming pool.
  • Fellbach, January 10. A “dark-skinned” (dunklem Teint) man fondled himself in front of a 35-year-old woman at the city hall.
  • Hamburg, January 1. A 22-year-old Moroccan man sexually assaulted a 34-year-old woman at a hospital.

Many victims have been stalked and attacked while making their way to and from home:

  • Dresden, March 9. A “southerner” (Südländersexually assaulted a 27-year-old woman as she was entering her home in Dresden. A day later, a man of similar appearance sexually assaulted a 40-year-old woman as she was entering her home, also in Dresden.
  • Essen, March 2. A man speaking German with an accent sexually assaulteda 30-year-old woman who was walking home from the central railway station.
  • Werten, March 2. Three “southern-looking” men (südländisches Erscheinungsbildsexually assaulted a woman as she was getting into her car.
  • Dresden, February 5. A “southern-looking” man (südländisch aussehendsexually assaulted a 33-year-old woman as she was entering her home.
  • Krefeld, January 15. A “southerner” (Südländersexually assaulted an 18-year-old woman. The man and the woman were riding on the same tram and both got off at the same stop. She was walking home when the man ambushed her from behind.

Instances continue of taharush, a practice in which groups of males encircle females and assault them:

  • Essen, March 11. A group of seven “southern-looking” (südländisches Aussehen) teenage males speaking Arabic encircled and sexually assaultedthree teenage females.
  • Lienen, March 4. A group of ten migrants encircled and sexually assaultedseveral women at an outdoor festival.
  • Greifswald, January 20. Four “North African” men (nordafrikanischer Herkunftsexually assaulted a 33-year-old woman at the central railway station.
  • Düsseldorf-Altstadt, January 13. A group of young men encircled and sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl.
  • Bremen, January 1. A group of young men encircled and sexually assaultedtwo women in the city center. Police arrested a 20-year-old Syrian man.
  • Rüthen, January 1. A group of young men encircled and sexually assaulted a 23-year-old woman.

Migrants with exhibitionist tendencies are omnipresent:

  • Oelde, February 22. A “yellow-looking” man (leicht gelblichen Teintexposed himself to several school girls. The same individual is believed to have exposed himself to two school girls in the same town on February 18.
  • Kirchheim unter Teck, February 17. A 22-year-old Iraqi man was arrested for exhibitionism.
  • Hagen, February 17. A “southern-looking” man (südländisches Aussehenmasturbated in front of a 68-year-old woman at a park.
  • Stuttgart-Degerloch, February 4. A “southern-looking” man (südländisches Aussehenexposed himself to a 32-year-old woman.
  • Heidelberg-Altstadt, January 21. An “Asian-looking” man (orientalisches Aussehenexposed himself to a 30-year-old woman.
  • Hamburg, January 18. A 21-year-old Somali man exposed himself to passersby at the central railway station.
  • Chemnitz, January 17. A “dark-skinned” man (dunkelhäutigexposed himself to a 15-year-old girl at a playground.
  • Unterjettingen, January 13. A “dark-skinned” man (dunkelhäutiger Mannfondled himself in front of passersby.
  • Tübingen, January 9. A “dark-skinned” man exposed himself and urinated while staring intently at a 23-year-old female student at the University of Tübingen. Police said the man is believed to have exposed himself in the same way to several other female students at the university.
  • Seckach, January 6. A “dark-skinned” man (dunklem Teintfondled himselfin front of a 17-year-girl on a train.

Germany’s migrant sex-crime problem is being exacerbated by its lenient legal system, in which offenders receive relatively light sentences, even for serious crimes. In many instances, individuals who are arrested for sex crimes are immediately released after questioning from police. This practice allows suspects to continue committing crimes with virtual impunity.

On January 2, for instance, prosecutors in Traunstein reopened a case involving a 22-year-old Afghan exhibitionist after pressure from a local newspaper. The man repeatedly exposed himself to a 15-year-old girl on a school bus. In one instance, the girl filmed the man fondling himself and exposing his erect penis. Prosecutors dropped all charges after the Afghan said he was “scratching his penis because of an itch.” After the Munich-based Wochenblatt uploaded the girl’s video on YouTube, prosecutors reversed themselves and ordered the man to appear in court.

  • Hamburg, March 4. A 25-year-old illegal migrant from Kosovo was arrested for sexually assaulting a 29-year-old woman. The man had an outstanding arrest warrant and was on a deportation list.
  • Bad Krozingen, February 19. A 22-year-old Gambian man sexually assaulted a 25-year-old woman at a park. Police said the man had sexually assaulted another woman on February 3.
  • Heidelberg, February 16. A 37-year-old Syrian man was arrested for sexually assaulting several women in the city center. The man was questioned and released.
  • Tübingen, February 13. A 44-year-old Libyan migrant was arrested for sexually assaulting a 17-year-old woman. The man was questioned and released.
  • Esslingen, January 29. An 18-year-old Afghan asylum seeker raped a 13-year-old girl. It later emerged that the Afghan had a previous rape conviction but in December 2017 a court in Stuttgart ordered that he be released from custody.
  • Münster, January 14. A 23-year-old Afghan man physically and sexually assaulted a woman on a train. The man was questioned and released.
  • Hennigsdorf, January 2. A 35-year-old Polish man attempted to rape a 41-year-old woman. The man was released from custody after posting bail of €300 ($370). Police said the man had attempted to rape another woman in Thüringen in November 2017. It remains unclear why police continue to release him.
  • Freiburg, December 26. A 32-year-old Algerian asylum seeker sexually assaulted two 17-year-old girls at the central railway station. Police said the man had five outstanding arrest warrants.

Migrants often show extreme disrespect respect for law enforcement officers:

  • Warstein, March 1. A 37-year-old Moroccan man sexually assaulted a 36-year-old woman. When police tried to arrest the man, he attacked the officers.
  • Mainz, February 24. A 28-year-old Kenyan man sexually assaulted a 22-year-old woman at a restaurant. When police tried to arrest the man, he attacked the officers.
  • Marburg, February 12. A 20-year-old Eritrean man sexually assaulted a woman at a railway station. When police tried to arrest the man, he kicked and punched the officers.
  • Görlitz, January 8. A 30-year-old Moroccan man exposed himself to two police officers at a railway station. The officers were questioning him when he abruptly dropped his trousers.

Germany’s mainstream media has been conspicuously silent concerning the migrant rape crisis. Only the most sensational crimes are covered by the national media, none of which has connected the dots and reported the big picture. This lapse may explain why there has been very little public outrage over the sanctioned criminality that has befallen so many German women and children.

(Image source: USAF/Margo Wright)

Reprinted with author’s permission from Gatestone Institute

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19 hours 47 min ago

In the above verse, King David, the author of Psalms, addresses the wealthy, telling them they should not think their riches are a result of their own efforts. He says not to look to the east or west as the source of their success and ends with the words v’lo mimidbar harim (ולא ממדבר הרים), meaning, “not in the wilderness.”The Land of Israel contains many desert regions, including Har Yishai Mountain by the Dead Sea, shown above. Jewish tradition understands the word harim as a verb meaning, “to lift up.” According to this understanding, the above verse means, “Not from east or west nor from the desert will you be lifted up” (i.e. become wealthy). The message of the verse is to recognize that Hashem (God) is the One who provides bounty and wealth.

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20 hours 7 min ago

Fleeing from Shaul (Saul), King David leaves Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) and heads south to the wilderness of Yehuda (Judea), where he must survive with a scarce water supply. The Judean desert, pictured above, is geographically unique. It is located adjacent to the Jerusalem mountains, which receive ample rainfall. Just a few kilometers away however, the amount of rainfall decreases dramatically as a result of a geographical phenomenon called a “rain shadow desert.”

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Israel Starts Clearing Mines From Christian Holy Site

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The Defense Ministry began work Tuesday on a year long project to clear some 3,000 mines, booby traps and unexploded ordinances from the Qaser al-Yahud baptism site in the Jordan Valley, the Ministry said in a statement.

The National Mine Action Authority (INMAA), a department of the ministry, said the project would be undertaken jointly with the HALO Trust, a UK-based mine clearing NGO.

Located some 10 kilometers east of the city of Jericho, on the western bank of the River Jordan, Qaser al-Yahud is of the Christian world’s holiest sites along with the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. According to Christian tradition, the site is where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.

Qasr al-Yahud, which translates “The Castle of the Jews” is believed by some to be where the Jewish people crossed into Israel for the first time after leaving Egypt, although archaeologists say conclusively that this is not historically correct, as well as the site of Elijah’s ascent into heaven in a “chariot of fire.”

The project covers an area of some 1,000 dunams (247 acres) of land requiring mine and battle area clearance. According to the Halo Trust, there are an estimated 2,600 mines to be cleared, with an an unknown number of IEDs and unexploded ordnance. The Trust said a combination of manual and mechanical demining, alongside explosive ordnance disposal, in order to make the area safe.

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The project will be funded by the Ministry of Defense and Halo Trust, which according to its website has so far raised $990,000 for the project that it estimates will cost some $1.5 million.

INMAA head Colonel (res) Marcel Aviv said: “It is a great privilege to be able make accessible a site that is so significant for people in Israel and around the world and it is a project that we are very proud of.”

Until 1967 Qasr al-Yahud was an active pilgrimage site that is home to Roman Catholic, Coptic, Ethiopian, Greek, Romanian, Syrian and Russian Orthodox churches, but was closed in 1968 as a result of military skirmishes and the laying of mines following the Six Day War.

In 2000, a path was cleared to allow Pope John Paul II  to access to the river and in 2011 a small part of the site was opened to the public for the first time, without the need for military approval.

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Twin Perils for Israel: Iranian Nuclear Weapons and “Palestine”

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Although difficult to calibrate or measure, Iranian nuclearization and Palestinian statehood are likely progressing at roughly the same pace. To be sure, this coincident or near- simultaneous progression is proceeding without any dint of conscious intent or coordinated design. Still, the cumulative security impact upon Israel could sometime prove substantial, even overwhelming.

The whole can be greater than the sum of its parts

World politics is not geometry. Within this most comprehensive sphere of possible human activity, the tangible “whole” of any expected impact could be effectively greater than the simple sum of its myriad “parts.” This means, in consideration of any specific Israeli case focus, that such singly unique threats as Iranian nuclear weapons and “Palestine” should also be treated analytically with respect to their foreseeable conjunctions.

Contrary to longstanding conventional wisdom among strategists and military planners, these two converging threats do not present meaningfully separate, discrete or unconnected hazards to Israel. Instead, they portend intersecting, mutually reinforcing and potentially existential perils. Jerusalem, it follows, must do whatever is possible to remove or diminish the correlated dangers on both adversarial fronts and at more-or-less the same time.

There is more. In this collectively “Cartesian” matter, Israel’s extended “being” will be contingent upon prior and markedly capable strategic thinking. “It remains true,” says F.E. Adcock in his classic The Greek and Macedonian Art of War (1962), “that the highest achievements of the art of war are more to be found in the triumph of mind over mind than in the triumphs of mind over matter.” (p. 63) This observation remains true even today, perhaps even especially so, in particular regard to Israeli nuclear deterrence and corollary nuclear war planning.

Active defense and deterrence

For example, among other things, Israel will now need to continuously enhance and fine-tune it’s conspicuously advanced multilayered active defenses. As long as incoming rocket aggressions from Gaza, ‘West Bank’, and/or Lebanon (Hamas, Fatah, Hezbollah) were to remain conventional, the inevitable “leakage” might still be considered tolerable. But once these rockets were fitted with chemical and/or biological materials, any such porosity could quickly prove  “unacceptable.”

Reasonably, when facing Iranian long-range nuclear missiles, Israel’s Arrow ballistic missile defense system would require a full 100% reliability of interception. To achieve any such genuinely optimum level of reliability, however, would simply not be possible. Presently, assuming that Israel’s prime minister has already abandoned any once-residual hopes for a cost-effective eleventh-hour preemption against pertinent Iranian nuclear assets – an altogether credible assumption, at this late date – Israeli defense planners must look instead to multiple and overlapping forms of deterrence.

Because of expectedly corrosive interactive effects involving Iranian nuclear weapons and Palestinian statehood, Israel will need to continuously update and refine its multi-layered strategies of deterrence. In this connection, Israel’s political leaders will assuredly have to accept that certain more-or-less identifiable representatives of these prospective enemies might not always satisfy the complex criteria of rational behavior. In such intuitively improbable but still logically conceivable circumstances, various Jihadist adversaries in Palestine, Iran, Lebanon or elsewhere could sometime refuse to back away from expressly contemplated aggressions against Israel, and this in spite of any expectations of starkly destructive retaliation.

Moreover, clearly irrational enemies could sometime exhibit such refusals in duly considered anticipation of a fully devastating Israeli reprisal. By definition, a rational enemy of Israel will always accept or reject the first-strike option by comparing the costs and benefits of each available alternative. Where the expected costs of striking first are taken to exceed expected gains, therefore, this enemy will be deterred. But where these expected costs are judged to be exceeded by expected gains, deterrence will fail.

In this case, Israel would be faced with an enemy attack, whether as a “bolt from the blue,” or as the unwelcome outcome of anticipated or unanticipated crisis-escalation.

Sooner rather than later, and facing new and still-incalculable synergies from Iranian and Palestinian aggression, Israel will need to take appropriate steps to assure that:

(1) it does not become the object of any non-conventional attacks from these enemies; and

(2) it can successfully deter all possible forms of non-conventional conflict.

To meet this ambitious but indispensable goal, Jerusalem, inter alia, must retain its recognizably far-reaching conventional superiority in pertinent weapons and capable manpower, including effective tactical control over the Jordan Valley. This is the case because conventional superiority would almost certainly reduce Israel’s explicit reliance upon any forms of nuclear deterrence, a reduction that would enhance its capacity for achieving “escalation dominance” at reassuringly lower levels of belligerent confrontation.

In principle, such conventional superiority retention should reduce the overall likelihood of Israel ever actually having to enter into any chemical, biological, or nuclear exchange with regional adversaries. Correspondingly, Israel should plan to begin moving incrementally beyond its increasingly perilous posture of “deliberate nuclear ambiguity.”  By preparing to shift toward prudently selective and partial kinds of “nuclear disclosure” – in other words, by getting ready to take its “bomb” out of the “basement” in carefully controlled phases  – Israel could better ensure that its principal enemies will remain sufficiently subject to Israeli nuclear deterrence.

There is more. In further identifying its “principal enemies,” Israel will not only need to include both state and sub-state adversaries (sometimes in “hybrid” alliance with one another), but also the cumulative intentions and capabilities of each enemy category. Regarding sub-state adversaries (e.g., Hamas, Hezbollah, ISIS, etc.), Israeli planners must undertake their assessments by offering a more nuanced effort than the traditional group-by-group military evaluation.

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States and sub-states

In addition, the sub-state groups being analyzed should be considered and appraised in their entirety, collectively, and as they might sometime interrelate with one another vis-à-vis Israel.

These several hostile sub-state organizations will also need to be considered in their cumulative interactive relationships with certain core enemy states. This last expectation could perhaps best be characterized as a foreseeably essential IDF search for vital synergies between its state and sub-state adversaries.

In proceeding to examine pertinent conflicts between state and sub-state parties, Israel will already understand that there is nothing new about such “asymmetric warfare.” Nonetheless, today, and especially in the Middle East, a manifestly crucial asymmetry lies not in particular force structures or force ratios, but rather in any enemy determination or strength of will. In this vein, Carl von Clausewitz, in his Principles of War (1812) spoke persuasively of a need for “audacity.” Looking ahead,  this intangible quality or strategic trait represents still another key variable for measured consideration by IDF strategic planners.

In matters of strategy, the operational truth may sometimes emerge through an apparent paradox. Accordingly, Israeli planners may soon have to recognize that the efficacy or credibility of their country’s nuclear deterrence posture could sometime vary inversely with enemy views of Israeli nuclear destructiveness. However ironic or counter-intuitive, enemy perceptions of a too-large or too-destructive Israeli nuclear deterrent force, and/or an Israeli force that is not sufficiently invulnerable to first-strike attacks, could sometime undermine this vital deterrence posture.

Also critical, of course, is that Israel’s current and expected adversaries will continuously view the Jewish State’s nuclear retaliatory forces as “penetration capable.” This suggests forces that seem “assuredly capable” of penetrating any Arab or Iranian aggressor’s active defenses. Naturally, any new state of Palestine would be non-nuclear itself, but it could still represent a “nuclear danger” to Israel by virtue of its impact upon the more generally regional “correlation of forces.”  Thereby, Palestine could represent an indirect but nonetheless markedly serious nuclear threat to Israel.

Both conceptually and operationally, there is more to be done. Israel must continue to strengthen its active defenses, but it must also do everything possible to improve each critical and interpenetrating component of its cumulative deterrence posture. In this bewilderingly complex process of strategic dissuasion, the Israeli task may require more incrementally explicit disclosures of nuclear targeting doctrine, and, correspondingly, a steadily expanding capacity for advanced cyber-defense and cyber-war. Additionally, even before undertaking any such delicately important refinements, Israel will need to more systematically differentiate between its principal adversaries that are presumably rational, irrational, or “mad.”

Irrationality and madness are not the same disposition. In the former category, there no longer obtains a preeminent emphasis on collective survival (which is the very basic definition of rationality), but there does still exist a rank-ordered and transitive hierarchy of preferences.

Another Cold War,  synergism, and the North Korea factor

Overall, the success of Israel’s national deterrence strategies will depend upon an informed prior awareness of enemy preferences, and also of specific enemy hierarchies of preferences. In this connection, altogether new and open-minded attention will need to be focused on the seemingly furious emergence of “Cold War II” between Russia and the United States. This time around, moreover, the relationship between Jerusalem and Moscow could prove distinctly helpful rather than adversarial. At the same time, it will be difficult for Jerusalem to fathom the true parameters of Cold War II because this rapidly expanding national rivalry coexists with an American president who may be “beholden” to his Russian counterpart and defer to him in controversies.

There is more. For Jerusalem, it may soon become reasonable to explore whether Cold War II between the present superpowers could turn out to be more strategically gainful for Israel than the original Cold War. Credo quia absurdum. At this seemingly transitional moment in geostrategic time, when Washington is increasingly deferential to Moscow, virtually anything appears possible. For another related issue, traditional Israeli cooperation with the United States could imply, ipso facto, non-traditional Israeli cooperation with Russian geo-strategic interests.

It is essential that Israeli planners approach all prospective enemy threats as potentially interactive or even synergistic. More precisely, if a soon-to-be-formalized state of “Palestine” does not readily find itself in the same ideological orbit as Iran – now a distinctly plausible conclusion, especially in view of steadily stubborn Shiite-Sunni fissions in the Middle East – the net threat to Israel could become still more perilous than what is suggested by the merely additive result of its pertinent regional enemies.

In the interim, Iran will likely push for the creation of a more openly militant state of Palestine, and – once established in presumed conformance with the governing Montevideo Convention – Iran will support a solidly militant stance by the newly established Arab state vis-à-vis Israel. This posture could then prove perplexing for Iran’s principal Sunni adversary, Saudi Arabia, which could then decide to back off its historic support for Palestinian statehood and perhaps also its traditional opposition to Israel. Worth mentioning, too, is that a nuclear Iran will plausibly “beget” a nuclear Saudi Arabia, although that rival capacity could take extra time unless Islamabad steps quickly into the relevant knowledge “breech” on behalf of Riyadh.

A final word about inevitable and far-reaching complexity in these matters. In addition to the (already mentioned) ties between North Korea, Palestinian terrorist organizations, and Hezbollah, Pyongyang has maintained very close and extended ties with Iran. During the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s, North Korea supplied Tehran with Scud B missiles. North Korea also sold Soviet-made artillery, tanks, and trucks to Iran during the 1950s and 1960s.

There is even more detail to this ominous historic connection between North Korea and Iran. Over time, Pyongyang sold Scud B, C, and D extended-range Scuds to Iran, and has played a continuing role in the Islamic Republic’s advanced missile development program. North Korea has helped to build the Safir two-stage missile and the Sejil solid fuel missile for Iran; moreover, Iran’s Imad and Shihab-3 ballistic missile programs are conspicuously based on North Korea’s own Nodong missile ( regarding extended range technologies).

All of this is probably just the tip of the collaborative “iceberg.” Iran still relies on parts shipped from North Korea. Without regular assistance from Pyongyang, Iran’s liquid fuel ballistic missile program could wither or even disappear. Simultaneously, the Assad regime in Syria, now conducting a literally genocidal war against vulnerable portions of its own beleaguered population, could be effectively deprived of its Scud missile infrastructures.

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In strategizing about the near simultaneity of Iranian nuclear weapons and Palestinian statehood, Jerusalem must consciously bear in mind that the adversarial whole would be greater than the simple sum of its belligerent parts. But to meaningfully assess this particular and complicated “whole,” planners would need to bear in mind the specific form of chaos already evident in today’s world and regional politics. To begin, such underlying disorder expresses far more than the relatively benign condition of structural anarchy bequeathed at the Peace of Westphalia in 1648. These current forms of chaos are much more primal, more primordial, even more, self-propelled and (metaphorically) almost “lascivious.”

What Israel faces, therefore, will likely take place less in any traditional “balance-of-power” context than within the near-total “state of nature” described in William Golding’s nightmarish novel, Lord of the Flies. Moreover, this challenging context could be magnified by the regional spread of nuclear weapons, that is, by precisely the sort of “dreadful equality” that 17th century English philosopher Thomas Hobbes identified in Leviathan as a condition wherein the life of man must inevitably become “solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short.”

Going forward in their relevant strategizing, Israel’s military planners must assign intellect and learn a distinctly preeminent pride of place. Without granting such an assignment, assorted vital intersections between seemingly disparate threats –  in this case, between Palestinian statehood and Iranian nuclear weapons – will fall short of their much-needed evaluations and prognoses. Were this to happen, the cumulative consequences for Israel’s national security could quickly lead to previously unimagined tribulations, or perhaps even to “lamentations.”

Reprinted with author’s permission from Israel National News

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Firing Tillerson Removed an Obstacle to Peace

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As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was being fired on Tuesday, his central assumptions about the Palestinian conflict with Israel, which are shared by the entire Washington foreign policy establishment, literally blew up in Gaza.

On Tuesday morning, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah’s convoy was attacked by a roadside bomb during an official visit in Hamas-controlled Gaza.

Hamdallah was in Gaza to inaugurate a wastewater treatment facility sponsored by the World Bank. The facility was approved 14 years ago, but infighting between Hamas, which runs Gaza, and Fatah, the PLO ruling faction which controls the Palestinian Authority (PA), blocked its operation time after time.

The shuttered water treatment facility in northern Gaza has long been a monument to the Palestinian leadership’s incompetence and indifference to the plight of the people it is supposed to be serving. As the plant gathered dust, Gaza plunged deeper and deeper into a water crisis.

As the Times of Israel reported, Gaza has two water problems: insufficient groundwater, and massive pollution of the existing supply due to the absence of sufficient sewage treatment facilities.

Untreated sewage is dumped directly into the Mediterranean Sea and then seeps back into Gaza’s groundwater.

Gaza’s polluted aquifers only produce a quarter of its water needs, and due to insufficient water treatment facilities, 97 percent of Gaza’s natural water sources are unsafe for human consumption.

Hamdallah’s visit to Hamas-controlled Gaza was supposed to show that the Fatah-Hamas unity deal Egypt brokered between the two terror groups last year was finally enabling them to solve Gaza’s humanitarian needs.

And then Hamdallah’s convoy was bombed, and the whole charade of Palestinian governing competence and responsibility was put to rest.

Later in the day, the White House held a Middle East summit that demonstrated Tillerson’s basic assumptions have the problems of the Middle East precisely backward.

Under the leadership of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, along with Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s senior negotiator, Israeli officials sat in the White House for the first time with Arab officials from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, and Qatar. Representatives from Egypt and Jordan, with which Israel enjoys open diplomatic relations, were also in attendance. Canadian and European officials participated as well.

Although they were invited, the Palestinians chose to boycott the conference. Their boycott was telling. The PA claimed it was boycotting the conference in retaliation for America’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and President Trump’s plan to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Israel’s 70th Independence Day in May.

But anger over Jerusalem doesn’t justify the snub. The purpose of the summit wasn’t to reach “the ultimate deal.” The summit was called to to formulate the means to contend with the humanitarian crises emanating from Hamas-controlled Gaza. The Palestinians boycotted a summit whose sole purpose was to help them.

As Palestinian commentator Bassam Tawil noted, the PA’s boycott while appalling, was unsurprising.

The White House summit was a threat to both rival Palestinian factions. It showed that the Trump administration, which both Fatah and Hamas hate passionately, cares more about the Palestinians than they do.

The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is entirely the product of Hamas and Fatah actions. In an op-ed in the Washington Post last week, Greenblatt laid the blame on Hamas. “Hamas’s utter failure to fulfill any of the most basic functions of governance has brought Gaza to the brink of collapse, which has necessitated the response of the international community.”

Fatah, Tawil noted, is just as responsible. The Fatah-controlled PA has used the Palestinians of Gaza as a pawn in its power struggle against Hamas. Rather than work to decontaminate Gaza’s water supply and provide for the basic needs of the population, for the past year the PA has imposed economic sanctions on the Gaza Strip.

Ostensibly imposed to induce the population of Gaza to rise up against Hamas, they have simply served to increase the misery of the residents of Gaza. Hamas’s power remains unchallenged as QatarTurkey, and Iran shower the terror group with cash and arms.

As Tawil noted, Hamas and Fatah are willing to fight one another until the last Palestinian in Gaza.

The conference showed that the attack on Hamdallah’s convoy was not a freak episode. The bombing was emblematic of the Fatah-Hamas leadership’s obsession with their own power, to the detriment of the people they claim to represent.

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The events in Gaza and the White House on Tuesday tell us two important things.

First, they reveal that the primary obstacle to both peace and regional stability in the Middle East is the Palestinian leadership – both from Fatah and Hamas.

Not only did the PA refuse to participate in a summit dedicated solely to helping the Palestinians, but also the very day the summit took place, PA-controlled Voice of Palestine Radio reported that the PA intends to file a complaint against President Trump at the International Criminal Court. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem, the PA insists, “violated all international laws and resolutions.”

The report also said the PA intends to sue Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman for “crimes against the Palestinian people.”

Tuesday’s second lesson is that while the PA is the primary obstacle to peace and regional stability, it is easily surmountable.

Tuesday’s conference was a diplomatic triumph for the Trump administration. For the first time, official representatives of five Arab states that have no diplomatic relations with Israel sat publically in the White House with Israeli officials. They were brought together due to their common concern for the Palestinians in Gaza, and for the instability that the plight of the Palestinians in Hamas-controlled Gaza might encourage.

Although it is still unknown whether anything discussed at the conference will turn into concrete improvements on the ground, the summit itself was a concrete achievement. It showed that the Arabs are willing publicly to bypass the Palestinians to work with Israel. The fact that the conference was devoted to helping the Palestinians served to transform the PA from the critical partner in any peace deal to an irritating irrelevance.

And that brings us to Tillerson and the foreign policy establishment whose positions he channeled.

During his 14 months in office, Tillerson insisted on maintaining the establishment’s view that the Fatah-controlled PA is the be-all-and-end-all of Middle East peace efforts. The view that there can be no Arab-Israeli peace without the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) compelled successive U.S. administrations to continue to embrace it despite its support for terrorism and despite its refusal to accept or even respond to any offer of peace by either Israel or the U.S.

The belief that there can be no peace without Fatah convinced successive American administrations to pour billions of dollars in aid money down the black hole of PA treasury accounts. Since the Israeli-PLO peace process began in 1993, the Palestinians have received more international aid per capita than any nation on earth has received in world history. And all they produced are an impoverished, sewage-filled terror state in Gaza and a jihadist hub in Judea and Samaria that would explode in violence if Israel did not control security.

The view that the U.S. needs the PLO and its PA to achieve peace gave the Palestinian leadership an effective veto over every U.S. policy towards Israel and towards the peace process.

Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the embassy to Jerusalem was the first time any American leader since Bill Clinton had dared to reject the Palestinian veto on US Middle East policy.

Tillerson supported maintaining the PA’s veto. As a result, he all but openly opposed Trump’s decision.

So too, last June, in a bid to protect U.S. funding to the PA — despite the fact that fully 7 percent of its donor-funded budget is used to pay salaries to terrorists in Israeli prisons and their families — Tillerson falsely told the Senate Foreign Relations committee that the PA had agreed to end the payments. After the Palestinians themselves denied his statement, he only partially walked it back. The next day, he told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that the U.S. was in “active discussions” with the Palestinians regarding halting the payments.

In the event, the PA raised its payments to terrorists in 2017 to $403 million. In 2016, the PA spent $347 million to pay salaries to terrorist murderers and their families.

In other words, Tillerson is so committed to the view that there can be no peace without the PA, that he willingly misled U.S. lawmakers.

Trump administration officials keep insisting that they are almost ready to present their peace plan for the Palestinians and Israel. But whatever the plan may entail, the steps the White House has already taken – Tuesday’s summit, Trump’s move on Jerusalem, and his determination to sign the Taylor Force Act to end U.S. support for the PA if it maintains its payments to terrorists – have already advanced the cause of peace more than any American peace proposal ever has and likely ever will.

Those moves removed the principle blockage to all peace deals – namely, the Palestinian leadership from Fatah and Hamas alike. By bypassing the PA, the White House has focused its efforts on expanding the already burgeoning bilateral ties between Israel and the Arab states. It has encouraged the expansion of cooperation between these regional actors. That cooperation is the key to diminishing Iranian power in the region; defeating Sunni jihadists from the Muslim Brotherhood and its spinoffs; and to improving the lives and prospects for peace of Palestinians, Israelis and all the nations of the region.

Tillerson opposed all of these actions. Like the foreign policy establishment he represented, Tillerson refused to abandon the false belief that nothing can be done without PLO approval. By removing him from office, President Trump took yet another step towards advancing prospects for peace in the Middle East.

Reprinted with author’s permission from Caroline Glick

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Israel Confirms it Destroyed Syrian Nuclear Reactor in 2007

21 hours 40 min ago

Israel has lifted military censorship on the bombing of a North Korean built Syrian nuclear reactor in September 2007.

“On the night between the fifth and sixth of September 2007, Israel Air Force jets attacked and destroyed a nuclear reactor under construction in the Dir ez-Zur region in Syria, some 450 kilometers north of Damascus,” a statement read.

“The operation to destroy the reactor, codenamed “Operation Out Of The Box” was carried out by fighter jets following an intensive intelligence operation over a continued period of time, and removed a nuclear threat from Israel and the entire region,” the statement continued.

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Until now, Israeli media were unable to directly attribute the strike to Israel, instead having to quote ‘foreign sources.’

Lifting of censorship coincided with the publication of the memoirs of Ehud Olmert, the prime minister at the time of the incident, and follows a petition to the High Court of Justice by the Channel 10 investigative TV program ‘HaMakor’ to be allowed to air interview with Olmert and then Mossad chief, the late Meir Dagan, on the bombing of the reactor.

Lt.-Gen. (Res.) Gabi Ashkenazi, the IDF Chief of Staff at the time, said with regard to the bombing of the reactor that as soon as Olmert had charged the IDF with the task of destroying the facility, “it became clear to me that we had to prepare intelligence, operational and technological capabilities to remove the nuclear threat from Israel and the region and at the same time take action to prevent the situation deteriorating into a war – and if Israel was forced into a war then to win it decisively.”

Current Chief of Staff, Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, OC Northern Command at the time of the bombing of the reactor said the message that should be taken from the incident is that “Israel will never accept an existential threat against it. That was the message in 2007 and that is the message to our enemies in both the near and distant future.”

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‘US Relationship With Saudi Arabia As Good As Ever,’ Says Trump

22 hours 39 min ago

US President Donald Trump spoke of a significantly improved relationship between the US and with Saudi Arabia in comparison with the years of Barack Obama’s presidency, during a meeting Saudi Arabian Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salmat at the White House on Tuesday.

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Tue, 03/20/2018 - 23:54

Be’er Sheva is mentioned in this verse as the southern boundary of the Jewish settlement in the Land of Israel in Biblical times. The Patriarchs, Avraham (Abraham), Yitzchak (Isaac) and Yaakov (Jacob), each spent time in this Biblical city. Today, Be’er Sheva is known as “the capital of the Negev Desert,” pictured above. It is a thriving, multicultural city that demonstrates the revival and development of the Land and the people of Israel.

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How’s Your Passover Hebrew Vocabulary? Take the quiz and find out

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:00

The week-long holiday of Passover begins March 30. The holiday starts in the evening, with family and friends gathering to read the Passover guidebook that tells the miraculous story of the redemption by God of the Israelites from ancient Egypt. It is a journey from slavery to freedom and into the Holy Land.




Take this quiz to see how much Hebrew you know!

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 To learn more about Biblical Hebrew online, please visit here. Written in coordination with the Israel Institute of Biblical Studies. 

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[Photos] 10 Facts You Didn’t Know About Zikhron Ya’akov, Israel

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 09:00

  1. 1. Zikhron Ya’akov, located upon Mount Carmel, was one of the first pioneered Jewish settlements in Israel. It was founded by Romanian Jews returning to their Biblical homeland during the Ottoman rule in 1882. The Jewish desire for a homeland already existed during this time. In addition, during this period, there was already hopeful talk of a British takeover that could result in the creation of a state. Of course, we know this did indeed happen in 1948.
Zionist pride in Zikhron Ya’akov (Eliana Rudee)




2.    The early settlers of Zikhron Ya’akov relied on agriculture but did not succeed, and were vulnerable to a malaria outbreak. Many of the original pioneers left within a year. The settlement was saved the following year by a French Jewish philanthropist and winemaker, Baron Edmond James de Rothschild, who visited to the settlement on a visit to Israel.

Courtyard of the Hershkovitz House, built in 1869 by Moshe Hirsch, one of the first settlers in Zikhron Ya’akov and the master carpenter who built the woodcarvings in Ohel Yaakov synagogue. The grandson of Moshe, Akiva, still lives in this house today with his wife. (Eliana Rudee)

3.      Zikhron Ya’akov is named after Yaakov Rothschild (James Mayer de Rothschild), father of Baron Edmond James de Rothschild. Baron became the patron of the settlement and made plans for its residential layout and agricultural economies.

Gates to the entrance of Zikhron Ya’akov on the main street, Derekh HaYayin (“Path of the Wine”) (Credit: Eliana Rudee)

4. In 1886, Baron commissioned the construction of the Ohel Ya’akov Synagogue in Zikhron Ya’akov, featuring a regal white marble ark, which is still functioning today.

The Sternberg Residence in Zikhron Ya’akov. Shmuel, the father of the family, came to Zikhron in the first wave of immigration and built the original gates of the Carmel Winery. (Eliana Rudee)

5.     Several Jewish spies in Zikhron Ya’akov (called the Nili spy ring) secretly worked for the British in hopes of a takeover, using pigeons to communicate. The ring was led by Sarah Aaronsohn with her brothers Aaron and Alex, as well as their friend Avshalom Feinberg.

Synagogue in Zikhron Ya’akov (Eliana Rudee)











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6. In 1917, the Ottomans found Sarah’s carrier pigeon in the nearby Caesarea and thus raided and tortured Sarah. After four days of torture, she was able to find a gun that she had previously hid and took her own life out of fear that she might give in to Ottoman torture.

Beautiful wall in Zikhron Ya’akov (Eliana Rudee)









7.     Zikhron Ya’akov is home to various wineries, including the Carmel Winery, Tishbi, and Binyamina. The Carmel Winery, established in 1885 with the help of Baron Rothschild, became the first winery in Israel and is still flourishing today.

Restaurant connected to Zikhron Ya’akov’s Tishby Winery (Eliana Rudee)










8. In 1922, before the creation of the State of Israel, a British census of Palestine showed that the settlement of Zikhron Ya’akov was 78 percent Jewish. The rest of the population was a mix of  Muslims, Orthodox and Roman Christians, one Anglican, and one Protestant.

Painted water tower in Zikhron Ya’akov (Eliana Rudee)










9. Today, Zikhron Ya’akov is a small, tranquil tourist town with boutique artistic stores, historic buildings, a quaint shopping street lined with cafes, and some of Israel’s top wineries. Its landscape offers breathtaking views across Israel’s Mediterranean Coast.

Modern, downtown Zikhron Ya’akov (Eliana Rudee)

10. At the end of Zikhron Ya’akov’s main street lies the First Aliyah Museum, which tells the story of European pioneers who established the town.

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Tue, 03/20/2018 - 08:03

Throughout the Torah (Bible) the desert serves as a place of escape. David, Yirmiyahu (Jeremiah) and later, Bar Kokhba all flee to the desert hills to escape persecution. In ancient times, the wilderness was a place in which to disappear. Today, as a result of Hashem’s blessings, the deserts of Israel are filled with life. Pictured above, is a man hiking along a trail dotted with Biblical history in the Ein Gedi desert.

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Reviving Biblical Wedding Customs in Preparation for the Third Temple

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 08:00

Weddings in Biblical times were significantly different than they are today. One Jerusalemite, a simple tailor, has spent years and tens of thousands of dollars to recreate this joyous occasion as authentically traditional as possible. But there are still some changes that need to be made, which will have to wait until the Third Temple is built.

The tailor, Reuven Prager, who specializes in Biblically styled clothing, has a passion for restoring ancient Israelite customs. Twenty-five years years ago, Prager learned about four marriage customs described in the Talmud as having fallen out of practice after the destruction of the Temple in 70 CE and the squashed Bar Kochba revolt in 132 CE.

Prager wanted to revive those customs in order to pave the way for the Third Temple, but he also had a vested personal interest.

“I met a really beautiful woman and I wanted to have it ready so I could propose to her,” Prager told Breaking Israel News.

Prager found references that in ancient Jewish weddings, there was an ateret chatanim (groom’s crown), a golden crown worn by the bride, a unique type of wedding canopy (chuppah chatanim)  and a luxurious palanquin that was used to carry the bride to the canopy.

Until the destruction of the Second Temple, the groom’s crown was composed of roses and myrrh. The kallah (bride) wore a crown of gold depicting the walls of Jerusalem.

An ancient Jewish bridal crown. (Reuven Prager)



















Jewish weddings today however, focus on the chuppah, a canopy made from a piece of cloth, frequently a tallit (four-cornered prayer shawl), that is suspended from four poles. Prager discovered that in ancient times, the chuppah chatanim was shaped like a dome.

Prager found a reference to the aperion (palanquin) in the Song of Songs.

King Shlomo made him a palanquin Of wood from Lebanon. He made its posts of silver, Its back of gold, Its seat of purple wool. Within, it was decked with love By the maidens of Yerushalayim.Song of Songs 3:9-10

After discovering these ancient customs, Prager performed exhaustive research on them. When he learned enough to actually recreate the items, Prager consulted with Rabbi Menachem Bornstein, an expert on the Temple era, who then directed him to an expert on Jewish laws pertaining to marriage practices, Rabbi Shlomo MinHahar, the late Sephardic Rabbi of Bayit Vegan, a neighborhood in southwest Jerusalem.

Concerning the four ancient practices used in Jewish weddings, Rabbi MinHahar, ruled that the groom could not be crowned until the Temple is built. Similarly, the bride can only wear a crown which has an intrinsic value that is less than that of pure gold. The aperion and the domed canopy, however, are permitted before the rebuilding of the Temple.

“I know how not to do things,” Prager said. “We’ve been not doing things for 2,000 years. But if the halacha says you can do something on condition, then I think we should go ahead and meet those conditions and do it.”

Prager commissioned a skilled goldsmith to create a bridal crown from an alloy of brass that when polished, appears exactly like solid gold.

”When the temple is built, we’ll replace it with a 14 karat gold crown,” Prager said with determination.

Prager made chuppah chatanim from crimson silk decorated with fine beaten goldwork. He had four ornately carved wood poles made for suspending the chuppah chatanim.

The aperion proved to be a far greater challenge, requiring nine-and-a-half years and $30,000 years to build.

Aperion used in ancient Jewish practice at weddings. (Reuven Prager)

“We wanted it to be just like in the Song of Songs,” Prager explained. “We sent a guy through Amman, Jordan to Damascus to pick up a roll of silk and gold brocade material that was made for King Fahd of Saudi Arabia. An extra roll was on the black market for thousands of dollars and we bought it. We sweated for ten days, worried it might get seized or stolen before making it to Israel.”

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After the material arrived, Prager organized a group of women who were upholsterers, just as King Solomon wrote in the Song of Songs, to fashion the interior from purple velvet. The aperion is carried to the canopy to the accompaniment of shofarot (ram horns) blown by Biblically garbed men.

“The Biblical wedding project was registered as a non-profit organization,” Prager noted. “We’ve never turned anyone down for lack of funds. We have done dozens of weddings and many couples have come to renew their vows in Jerusalem.”

As Prager found out, many of the laws and customs concerning Jewish weddings are deeply connected to the Temple. As everyone who has attended a Jewish wedding recognizes that the groom breaks a glass at the end of the marriage ceremony, very often accompanied by a song from Psalms.

If I forget you, O Yerushalayim, let my right hand wither; let my tongue stick to my palate if I cease to think of you, ,if I do not kee Yerushalayim in memory even at my happiest hour. Psalms 137:5-6

The Talmud explains that this custom is in memory of the destruction of the Temple.

Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman, director of the Ohr Chadash Torah Institute, believes there is an intrinsic connection between the Jewish Temple and marriage.

“The relationship between God and Israel is described as an intimate relationship, like between a husband and wife,” Rabbi Trugman told Breaking Israel News. “The Holy of Holies is sometimes referred to as cheder hamitah (the bedroom). This is the place where God and man get together in the most intimate manner.”

“We see this in the cherubim, the angelic forms, that were upon the cover of the Holy Ark, in which one represents God and the other represents the People of Israel,” he continued.

“Marriage is also referred to as brit ha’nisuin, the ‘covenant of marriage’ based upon the covenant between God and His nation, Israel.”

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Worshippers Recite Morning Prayer at Site of Terror Attack

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 07:30

Worshippers recited morning prayers at the site of a recent terror attack near the Western Wall, in Jerusalem’s Old City, which killed a father of four.

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Morning Prayer service being held in the place of the murder. Am Yisrael Chai!

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