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Israel Thing | Israel on Guard

Israel Thing | Israel on Guard

One of the most-covered stories in Israel this week described two attempts to assassinate Israeli representatives, occurring Monday within a few hours from each other, in different parts of the world.

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Israel Thing | Speaking of Politics

Israel Thing | Speaking of Politics

Check your Hebrew calendar! We’re few days away from Tu B’Shvat, the most ecologically-minded holiday celebrated in the Jewish world and nationally in Israel.

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Israel Thing: Live and Let Live

Israel Thing: Live and Let Live

The general tension between fundamentalist religious Jews and non-religious Jews in Israel reached new heights in recent weeks, mainly over the matter of the exclusion of women in society, following a few highly publicized clashes, including observant soldiers who walked out of events featuring women singing, women’s images that have been removed from billboards in Jerusalem and a young girl refusing to give up her seat in the front of a gender-segregated bus.

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Israel Thing: Chanukah – Po ve’Sham (Here and There)

Israel Thing: Chanukah – Po ve’Sham (Here and There)

Chanukah – Po ve’Sham (Here and There) The truth is Chanukah doesn’t carry much religious significance. Indeed, the holiday’s historical basis – the Maccabean revolt and the rededication of the Holy Temple – is described in the books of Maccabees, but it is one of the few Jewish holidays not mentioned in the Bible itself. Nor does Chanukah come with the religious restrictions on work that the true chaggim have (much like the restrictions on Shabbat) other than for a few minutes after lighting the candles. Nevertheless, it’s one of the most celebrated and fun Jewish holidays both in Israel […]

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Israel Thing: The Involvement of Diaspora Jews

Israel Thing: The Involvement of Diaspora Jews

Following the Israeli media frequently, I was somehow troubled to find how many controversial laws and bills the Knesset (Israeli parliament) have approved lately.

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Israel Thing | A Nuclear Iran

Israel Thing | A Nuclear Iran

The Ticking Bomb The Iranian nuclear program is a contentious and closely monitored issue in international and Israeli politics that has been front page news on and off. The reason for that is simple – the theocratic Islamic Republic of Iran, governed by Shi’ite Muslim clerics, has rapidly advanced its nuclear program over the past decade. Though it claims the program is for peaceful civilian purposes, the international community, led by Western nations, believes it’s designed to build a nuclear weapons capability. The buzz around this issue recurred last week, when the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the UN […]

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