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Parole Attempt for Jonathan Pollard Fails

November 20, 2014, by

Despite a questionable choice in headlines, The Jerusalem Post has a comprehensive run-down of Jonathan Pollard’s failed bid for parole this year and his case in general. In July, for the first time since receiving a life sentence in 1987, Pollard went before a parole board. The results were not encouraging. Pollard’s lawyer believed that

The Silence of Prayer, Shattered in a Synagogue Bloodbath

November 18, 2014, by

Yaakov Amos had just finished calling silently on God to “grant peace everywhere, goodness and blessing; grace, loving kindness and mercy to us and unto all Israel, Your people,” when two terrorists stormed into Har Nof’s largest synagogue at 7:01 a.m. on Tuesday. Amos, a trained trauma therapist, was in the middle of the Amidah prayer when he

Four Killed in Jerusalem Attack

November 18, 2014, by

At approximately 7:30am Israel time, two terrorists, armed with guns, axes and knives, entered a Har Nof synagogue and began attacking worshipers in the midst of prayers. The attack killed four and wounded six. Among the victims victims is Rabbi Moshe Twerski, a grandson of Rav Soloveitchik and Rosh Yeshiva of Torat Moshe. Eli Beer

Arafat’s Widow Says Armed Struggle will Lead Nowhere

November 13, 2014, by

Suha Arafat, wife of the late Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasser Arafat, appeared to accuse Hamas on Wednesday of perpetrating “genocide” in the Gaza Strip, and denounced the terror group for Islamizing the coastal enclave and holding its inhabitants “hostage.” In an interview with the Italian La Republicca in honor of the tenth anniversary of

Two Killed in Stabbing Attacks in Israel

November 10, 2014, by

A woman was killed and two others were injured in a stabbing attack near Alon Shvut Monday afternoon, in the second terrorist attack of its kind in a day. A stabbing attack in Tel Aviv earlier in the day killed an IDF soldier. Please keep all the attack victims in your prayers. View the latest

The Jerusalem Passport Case Explained

November 6, 2014, by

We often think of the Supreme Court as the arbiter of distinctly national disputes – for example, whether the Affordable Care Act can require all of us to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty, or whether public universities can consider race as one factor in their admissions process. But yesterday the Court waded into

The Amended Conversion Law: Problems and Pitfalls

November 6, 2014, by

One of the current hot button topics here in Israel is pending legislation to make changes in the current process of converting non-Jews to Judaism here in the Jewish state. The bill itself has undergone many compromises and changes until it was approved by the coalition cabinet for presentation to the Knesset for a deciding

One Dead in Hamas Car Terror Attack in Jerusalem

November 5, 2014, by

One person was killed at least ten were wounded after a car was driven into a crowd of pedestrians at the Shimon Hatzadik train station, north of the Old City of Jerusalem. After plowing into pedestrians, the terrorist continued driving, hitting multiple cars. He soon exited his vehicle with an iron bar and began to

Jewish Conversion Up Close

October 29, 2014, by

“You shall love the proselyte,” Devarim 10:19. “You shall not oppress a proselyte,” Shemot 23:9 On the 3rd of Marcheshvan, Knesset law paved the way for a vote on the controversial Conversion Bill. If passed, the law could transfer the authority for Jewish conversion to local rabbinical authorities in place of one central rabbinate. Many