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Dafna Meir, Mother of Six, Murdered in Otniel

January 18, 2016, by

From The Jerusalem Post: A Palestinian terrorist stabbed Dafna Meir, 38, to death in front of her teenage daughter inside their home in the West Bank settlement of Otniel Sunday evening. The attacker then fled the scene in the South Hebron Hills and remained at large. “An army force is pursuing the terrorist,” the IDF

Tel Aviv Gunman Killed in Northern Israel

January 8, 2016, by

From the Times of Israel: Nashat Milhem, the gunman who killed three Israelis last week in Tel Aviv, was shot and killed by Israeli forces in northern Israel on Friday afternoon. He was located in his hometown Arara area. Initial reports said he had been “neutralized.” It was later confirmed that he had been killed.

Two Dead in Tel Aviv Shooting

January 1, 2016, by

From Ynet: Two people were shot dead and six others wounded in a shooting at a crowded pub on 130 Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv on Friday afternoon. It is currently unclear as to whether the motive for the shooting was nationalistic or criminal.  One of the individuals killed was named as Alon Bakal, 26.

Family of Ezra Schwartz Visit Site Where He Was Killed

December 29, 2015, by

From the JTA: The parents and four siblings of Ezra Schwartz visited the West Bank spot where the American yeshiva student was killed by a Palestinian terrorist. On Sunday, Ruth and Ari Schwartz of Sharon, Massachusetts, and their children saw the traffic junction in Gush Etzion where the minivan in which Ezra, 18, and several

What It Means to Be Israeli

December 24, 2015, by

You wanted a certain kind of life so you moved to another part of the world. This is the life you chose. Before you moved here, it was impossible to understand what that meant. It was impossible to understand how you would be tested. Perhaps you felt your choice was a personal choice; perhaps a

Two Israelis Die in Stabbing Attack by Jaffa Gate

December 23, 2015, by

The JTA has the story: Two Israelis injured in a stabbing attack at the Jaffa Gate to Jerusalem’s Old City died from their wounds. The two died in Jerusalem hospitals Wednesday night, the Times of Israel reported. Their deaths brought to 24 the Israeli death toll in the surge of violence that began in October. One hundred

New is Not Necessarily Better

December 22, 2015, by

Change is inevitable. Attitudes and social norms are constantly changing, as are career opportunities and artistic tastes. Perhaps the most perceptible arena of constant change is in the evolution of technology. Through the millennia, enormous advancements in science have revolutionized fields ranging from medicine to warfare, and innovative technological discoveries have dramatically altered normative modes

Hezekiah’s Seal

December 15, 2015, by

Why Does King Hezekiah’s Seal Bear an Egyptian Winged Sun God? Hebrew University archaeologists created a stir last week announcing the discovery of a seal bearing the name of the Hezekiah son of Ahaz, the first time a seal bearing the name of a Judean king had been found in the environs of the Temple

Thousands Gather in Israel for Ezra Schwartz z”l Memorial Service

November 30, 2015, by

Last week, Yeshivat Ashreinu hosted an azkara (memorial service) for Ezra Schwartz, hy”d. The event attracted over 1,500 people, the overwhelming majority of whom where North American students studying in Israel. The extraordinary evening aimed to provide some degree of consolation for the students at Ashreinu and their staff and to offer comfort to Ezra’s

The Secret to Jewish Survival

November 25, 2015, by

I don’t want to have to write about this, but how can I not? I am so tired and sad and overwhelmed by the terror. When will it be enough? We know Jewish history, story after story of the Jewish people’s afflictions and persecutions. From the slavery in Egypt— the babies that were used as

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