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  • Aided by Ultra-Orthodox, City’s Jewish Population Is Growing Again

    06/11/2012 8:19:22 PM PDT · by ChicagoHebrew · 3 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 11, 2012 | Joseph Berger
    Members of these Orthodox groups also have been known to be far more likely to adopt more conservative positions on matters like abortion, same-sex marriage and the Israeli approach to the Palestinians. . . . 40 percent of Jews in the city identify themselves as Orthodox, an increase from 33 percent in 2002; 74 percent of all Jewish children in the city are Orthodox.
  • Israeli stocks the best investment of past decade

    02/20/2012 8:50:49 PM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 7 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | February 21, 2012 | TAL BARAK HARIF
    Israel, under threat of war from its neighbors since being founded in 1948, produced better risk-adjusted returns than all other developed stock markets in the past decade as the technology-driven economy attracted global investors. The Bloomberg Riskless Return Ranking shows the Tel Aviv TA-25 Index (TA-25) returned 7.6 percent in the 10 years ended February 17, after adjusting for volatility, the highest among 24 developed- nation benchmark indexes. Israel beat Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index (HSI), the next-best market with a risk-adjusted gain of 6.7%, and Norway, which had the highest total return. Related: Steinitz: I can’t promise 5% growth...
  • Celebrity Englewood Rabbi Enters 9th District Congressional Race (Shmuley Boteach)

    02/04/2012 3:38:22 PM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 7 replies
    Fort Lee Patch ^ | February 3, 2012 | Noah Cohen
    Three Republicans, including an Englewood rabbi, are seeking the GOP nomination to run in the new 9th Congressional District. The three are vying for a chance to compete against Rep. Steve Rothman or Rep. Bill Pascrell, both Democrats, are engaged in a primary fight for the redrawn 9th District. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, a talk show host and author of books including “Kosher Jesus” and “Kosher Sex,” told Bergen’s Republican Organization he wants to be the nominee, according to a report on The congressional run is Boteach’s first bid for public office. Boteach and Rothman, a former Englewood mayor, were...
  • Thoughts on Thanksgiving (an Orthodox Rabbi discusses Thanksgiving)

    11/23/2011 6:58:54 PM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 15 replies
    President George Washington proclaimed Thursday November 26, 1789 as a day of national thanksgiving to God "for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degreee of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;...
  • Rothschild campsite observes silence for Tisha Be’av

    08/08/2011 8:53:14 PM PDT · by ChicagoHebrew · 7 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 8/8/2011 (9 Av 5771) | Ben Hartman
    There was a noticeably quieter atmosphere along the length of Tel Aviv’s Rothschild Boulevard on Monday evening, as Tisha Be’av came in after sunset. Trance parties and impromptu jazz parties were replaced by a series of lectures and a number of campsites where readings of the Book of Lamentations were held. At busier spots throughout the boulevard, such as the Student Union headquarters and the main kitchen at the corner of Rothschild and Marmorek, signs were posted calling on people to respect the fast, and notifying passersby that there would be no music parties, performances or entertainment scheduled for the...
  • The new Christian settlers

    04/13/2011 8:46:44 PM PDT · by ChicagoHebrew · 19 replies
    Yediot Ahronot ^ | April 14, 2011 | Yair Altman
    Will US Christians settle in Samaria? About 1,000 Americans have signed a document requesting to convert to Judaism, move to Israel, and settle in Samaria. The group members are seeking to serve in the IDF and later establish communities based on the Kibbutz movement model. The document was presented to Yisrael Beiteinu Knesset Member Lia Shemtov, who met with the group's representative last week and promised to offer her help in facilitating the initiative. The Christian group's representative, Baruch Abramovich, said he was hopeful that MK Shemtov would be able to elicit the government's support for the initiative. Ironically, the...
  • Could Israel become oil production leader?

    04/01/2011 4:25:10 PM PDT · by ChicagoHebrew · 19 replies
    Yediot Ahronot ^ | April 1, 2011 | David Shear
    [Excerpt] According to Dr. Vinegar, Israel has the second-biggest oil shale deposits in the world, outside the United States. “We estimate that there are the equivalent of 250 billion barrels of oil there. To put that in context, there are proven reserves of 260 billion barrels of oil in Saudi Arabia.” he told The Times. Once operational, IEI estimates that the cost of production of shale oil would be between $34-40 per barrel. This would make it comparable to the current price of $30-40 per barrel for deepwater oilfield and cheaper than Canadian sand oil and crude oil extracted from...
  • Murdoch, Rothschild invest in Israeli shale oil (up to 300 billion barrels of recoverable oil)

    12/15/2010 11:39:54 PM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 35 replies · 2+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 11/22/2010 | AMIRAM BARKAT
    Lord Jacob Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch have invested in an Israeli venture to produce oil from bituminous-bearing rock (shale) in the Elah Valley in the Judean Hills. Last week, they acquired 11 percent in equal shares of Genie Energy Corporation unit Genie Oil and Gas Inc. for a total of $11 million. Genie Energy, a subsidiary of IDT Corporation, is the parent company (89%) of Israel Energy Initiatives Ltd., which holds an exclusive shale-oil exploration and production license covering 238 square miles in the Adulam district, which is between Beit Shemesh and Beit Guvrin. The company believes its shale-oil cracking...
  • Israel - GOP Figure Shakes Up Israeli Leftymedia, Mimicing Fox News' US Success

    11/29/2010 7:03:43 PM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 11 replies · 1+ views ^ | 11/29/2010 | n/a
    Israel - Las Vegas gambling magnate Sheldon Adelson is a significant figure in Republican politics — the 13th richest man in America and one of the GOP’s biggest donors. But he’s an even bigger player in Israel, where he’s a key backer of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Yet Adelson’s sharpest transformation of the political landscape may be through his ownership of Israel Hayom (“Israel Today”), a three-year-old free daily newspaper that quietly became the most widely distributed daily in the country this summer. It stirs passions strong enough that legislators have sought to hobble it with laws banning foreign ownership...
  • Israel may let sponsors beam messages onto Western Wall

    02/28/2010 12:01:03 PM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 11 replies · 461+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 14 Adar 5770 | Avi Nalaf
    Most people go to the Western Wall to pray, but now some will also head there to pay. The cabinet is set to approve a plan that would allow for sponsorship messages to be beamed onto the Western Wall, sources in the Prime Minister's Office told Haaretz Saturday. . . . "After thousands of years of just being there, the Western Wall will finally be able to fulfill its commercial potential," King said. "The religious and spiritual center of the Jewish people should reflect Jewish heritage - and thus be dedicated to bringing in a healthy profit."
  • Survey: 64% want Temple rebuilt

    07/30/2009 4:59:36 AM PDT · by ChicagoHebrew · 124 replies · 2,222+ views
    Ynetnews ^ | Tisha B'Av, 5768 | Ynet
    About two thirds of the public want the Temple rebuilt, including about half of secular Israelis, a new survey conducted for Ynet and the Gesher organization revealed. The survey was held by the Panels Institute among 516 respondents that are a representative sample of the adult Jewish population. The margin of error was 4.3%. Initially, the respondents were asked what happened on Tisha B'Av (Ninth of Av), and showed impressive knowledge. Ninety-seven percent responded that the Temple was destroyed, while only 2% said they did not know. The second question was whether respondents wanted to see the Temple rebuilt. Sixty-four...
  • Let's leverage the good demographic news [in Israel, Jewish births rising, Arab fertility falling]

    02/24/2009 5:56:49 PM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 15 replies · 1,358+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 2/22/2009 | Yoram Ettinger
    The bubble of demographic fatalism is bursting, according to the most recent data, published by the Central Bureau of Statistics. The data should be leveraged by the new government to formulate a demographic policy aimed at increasing the current 67 percent Jewish majority west of the Jordan River (without Gaza). The road map would uproot demographic fatalism and advance demographic optimism, thus energizing aliya, the economy, overseas investments, diplomacy, national security, posture of deterrence and minimizing Jewish-Arab tension, which is fed by demographic fear. According to the CBS, the country's Jewish population is getting younger and the Arab population getting...
  • Thoughts on Thanksgiving 2008

    11/25/2008 4:31:12 PM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 3 replies · 349+ views
    Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals ^ | November 24, 2008 | Rabbi Marc D, Angel
    resident George Washington proclaimed Thursday November 26, 1789 as a day of national thanksgiving to God "for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degreee of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;...
  • 'Beautiful goat' pageant fetches thousands for Saudi breeders

    11/01/2008 6:41:50 PM PDT · by ChicagoHebrew · 39 replies · 1,780+ views
    Haaretz ^ | November 1, 2008 | Reuters
    First it was camels. Now Saudi Arabia has held its first "beautiful goat" pageant. Owners of pedigree "Najdi" goats from around the Gulf region converged on Riyadh this week, hoping to win the prize for top male and female goat, following in the footsteps of lucrative camel competitions which have taken off in recent years. "The Najdi goat is a pure national product like nothing else in the world," said Sheikh Faisal al-Saadoun, a leading Saudi breeder who organized the show. "They are different in terms of beauty, shape and how eye-catching they are." Advertisement The goats are named after...
  • IDF vets train NY Jewish paramilitaries

    07/27/2008 8:41:08 AM PDT · by ChicagoHebrew · 254 replies · 737+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | July 25, 2008 | HAVIV RETTIG
    onatan Stern, the "Sgan Mefaked Hakita" (deputy squad commander) of Kitat Konenut New York, insists his "paramilitary emergency armed response team" is no "group of vigilantes or a JDL [Jewish Defense League]." Members of Kitat Konenut New... Members of Kitat Konenut New York pose in a photo posted on the group's Facebook page. Photo: Courtesy Slideshow: Pictures of the week "The goal of the organization is to have a competent and professional group of armed volunteers ready to respond to a threat at a moment's notice in any area where Jews reside," explains the Israeli combat veteran. "We do not...
  • Neo-Nazis for Israel (life imitates the Onion)

    06/04/2008 8:34:23 PM PDT · by ChicagoHebrew · 21 replies · 177+ views ^ | June 4, 2008 | Eldad Beck
    BERLIN – Shall wolves dwell with lambs? Israel received an unexpected surprise for its 60th birthday in the form of a new group rooting for its prosperity. The twist? They are neo-Nazis. On May 15, the Gregorian date in which the State of Israel was established, a group called National Socialists for Israel launched its online manifest. Wanted Wiesenthal Center releases list of most wanted Nazis / Associated Press Mauthausen camp's doctor Aribert Heim tops list of notorious suspects; Demjanjuk comes second Full story "A strong nation is worthy of life; an ailing nation deserves death," it said, before detailing...
  • The Other Nano (NYT puke fest)

    01/15/2008 9:56:59 PM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 13 replies · 127+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 16, 2008 | NYT editorial board
    Given the gas-guzzling behemoths that so many of us in the West feel entitled to, it would seem hypocritical to begrudge people in poor countries an affordable car. Much like the hypocrisy of the dealers who have resisted Tata’s bid for Jaguar on the grounds that Indian ownership would erode the brand’s prestige. The sad fact is that the world has changed since Americans celebrated the egalitarian breakthrough of the Ford Model T. We know now that gas-driven automobiles do terrible damage to the environment, and the notion of loosing millions upon millions of new carbon emitters on our planet...
  • Flat tax for middle class

    11/29/2007 10:15:30 PM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 26 replies · 70+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 29, 2007 | Harold Ford, Jr.
    We ended the last century with America's economic might at its zenith, with Americans at their most optimistic, and with nearly all who endeavored to make the most of their opportunities and talents getting ahead in life. John F. Kennedy's declaration that a rising tide will lift all boats was alive and well. Middle-class Americans generate little or no national savings. We've had four straight years of rising productivity and falling incomes. Many Americans are earning less, while the costs of a middle-class life have soared: In the last five years, college costs are up 50 percent, health care up...
  • Why conservatives should condemn Ann Coulter (vanity)

    10/12/2007 3:26:26 PM PDT · by ChicagoHebrew · 175 replies · 2,360+ views
    Vanity | October 12, 2007 | ChicagoHebrew
    I've seen a significant amount of support on this board for Ann Coulter's recent comments on CNBC. Let me explain why that support is misplaced: First, as an initial matter, I don't think Coulter's comments about Jews needing to be "perfected" are offensive at all. As an observant Jew, I obviously don't agree with Coulter. But Coulter's remarks here clearly represent standard Christian belief, and it's wrong and intolerant to condemn someone for her basic religious beliefs (provided, of course, that those beliefs don't cause one to do things like blow up Israeli school children or crash airplanes into buildings)....
  • Interesting Times: Madonna, meet the Talmud

    09/21/2007 2:22:28 PM PDT · by ChicagoHebrew · 13 replies · 217+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Sep 20, 2007 | Saul Singer
    Madonna personifies celebrity. Google her name and you will get almost as many hits as "Jewish," meaning that she is roughly as famous as the religion she has come to admire. With other celebrities in tow, Madonna declared in Tel Aviv this week that she was an "ambassador for Judaism." Meanwhile, the head of a Kabbala-oriented yeshiva reacted: "It is a known fact in Kabbala that impurity and evil are inherently attracted to sanctity. That's why people of Hollywood, a place of iniquity and lasciviousness, are naturally attracted to the holiness of Kabbala." Is Madonna really "evil"? Or should we...