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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...
  • Baghdad Jews must run for their lives

    08/21/2007 11:01:15 PM PDT · by ChicagoHebrew · 29 replies · 1,091+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | August 22, 2007 | YANIV SALAMA-SCHEER
    Eight Baghdad Jews who represent the remnants of that city's Jewish community are facing security threats so grave that they need to flee the country, the community's caretaker, Canon Andrew White, told The Jerusalem Post from London on Tuesday. Locals try to move wreckage from the scene of a massive car bomb attack in the Sadr City area of Baghdad. Photo: AP [file] According to White, who himself has fled from Baghdad due to terrorist threats, the situation has become dire for the 2,600-year-old community, which only 100 years ago made up a third of Baghdad's population. Ever since sectarian...
  • The Pope's Favorite Rabbi

    05/25/2007 3:32:18 PM PDT · by ChicagoHebrew · 33 replies · 1,266+ views
    Time ^ | May 24, 2007 | DAVID VAN BIEMA
    I'm not offended when Christians eat pork," says Jacob Neusner. At least not usually. The brilliant--and none too patient--Jewish scholar does recall a religion conference where so much of the other white meat was served that he was reduced to a diet of hard-boiled eggs. One day on the food line something snapped, and he rhymed aloud, "I hope you all get trichinosis/And come to believe in the God of Moses." A fellow conferee instantly replied, "And if we don't get such diseases/Will you believe in the God of Jesus?" Neusner cackles. "That's an example of the right way to...
  • Laying down the (Oral) law

    05/22/2007 4:24:02 PM PDT · by ChicagoHebrew · 26 replies · 958+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | May 22, 2007 | JOSHUA FREEMAN
    In a synagogue in a quiet area of Beersheba, a noticeboard encourages congregants to visit a Web site where they can become more involved in the community, an unexceptional sight in any shul. In the same room, framed biblical verses grace the walls. If not for the inconspicuous shoe-lined cubbyholes underneath the benches that line the small anteroom outside the sanctuary, one might easily mistake this for a traditional synagogue. As worshipers enter, they bow towards the ark, remove their shoes, wash their hands and proceed to the sanctuary, which contains beautiful carpets, but only a few chairs at the...
  • Court nixes Passover lamb sacrifice at Temple Mount

    04/03/2007 1:20:14 PM PDT · by ChicagoHebrew · 4 replies · 572+ views
    Haaretz ^ | Nissan 13, 5767 (April 1, 2007) | Nadav Shargai and Amiram Barkat
    Court nixes Passover lamb sacrifice at Temple Mount By Nadav Shargai and Amiram Barkat In their efforts to sacrifice a live animal at the Temple Mount, the New Sanhedrin Council adopted an almost underground modus operandi. Rabbis Adin Steinsaltz, Israel Ariel, Yishai Baved and their associates secretly located a butcher, found a Cohen hailing from a lineage 1,000 years old and worked out a plan to quickly erect an alter on the Temple Mount. They tried to revive the customs of the ancient Sanhedrin tribunal, which was the highest judicial body for the Jewish people in Israel some 1,600 years...
  • Jews Celebrate Killing of Iranian Anti-Semites

    03/04/2007 8:12:43 AM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 12 replies · 683+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Adar 14, 5767 | Ezra HaLevi
    Jews in Israel and throughout the world Saturday night began celebrating the thwarting of a genocidal decree in 356 BCE, which was followed by the two-day killing of tens of thousands of the Iranian anti-Semites who were poised to wipe out the Jews. The Festival of Purim celebrates the hidden hand of G-d working through a seemingly fortuitous sequence of events that brought a Jewess named Hadassah to the Persian King’s palace under the assumed name Esther (meaning “hidden”) and allowed her to use her position to thwart the genocidal plans of the monarch’s Jew-hating advisor Haman. The holiday, though...
  • The Lubavitcher Rebbe as a god

    02/15/2007 12:04:29 PM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 33 replies · 686+ views
    Haaretz ^ | February 13, 2007 | Saul Sadka
    "Joy to the world the Lord has come." This misquote from Isaac Watts, along with a link to a Chabad Web site, appears on a billboard. Not a real billboard, but a Photoshopped one that appears on the Web site of a Chabad activist in the U.S. Advertisement Rabbi Ariel Sokolovsky is a Moldova-born Chabad rabbi in Portland, Oregon, and a more amiable soul would be hard to find. Yet Sokolovsky maintains a blog he entitled "Rebbegod" and refers to Schneerson as "Rebbe-Almighty" among other adulatory sobriquets. Drawing on rabbinical sources, he attempts to show that this is not as...
  • Three Iranians seeking conversion to Judaism denied Israel visas

    12/28/2006 12:48:12 AM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 19 replies · 826+ views
    Haaretz ^ | 12/28/2006 | Yoav Stern
    Three Iranians interested in converting to Judaism recently left their native country, but have been unable to find any entity to assist them. The three Shi'ite Muslims left Iran and approached the Israeli embassy and Jewish communities in Azerbaijan, but were rejected. It is impossible to convert to Judaism in Iran, as they would be considered heretics, a crime punishable by death. They are now waiting in a makeshift city in Turkey for a United Nations hearing on their application for refugee status. The three left Iran two months ago and immediately approached the Israeli embassy in Baku. According to...
  • Michael Richards: Still Not a Jew

    11/29/2006 11:16:53 PM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 24 replies · 1,641+ views
    The Jewish Journal ^ | 11/27/2006 | Staff
    Michael Richards is not a Jew. As Cosmo Kramer in "Seinfeld," Richards played one on TV. But he himself is not Jewish -- not that there's anything wrong with that. Richards lashed out a heckler at the Laugh Factory last Friday, spitting out the "N" word without humor and with abandon. Audience members booed, several walked out, then Richards himself walked off stage. The incident was caught on a cellphone camera and posted at the Web site, where it ignited a firestorm of criticism against Richards. Richards apologized on "The Late Show With David Letterman" Monday night. "I was...

    11/07/2006 9:20:01 PM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 37 replies · 2,861+ views
    official VA reports ^ | November 7, 2006 | ChicagoHebrew
    Official VA reports from Isle of Wright County: Allen 6,984 Webb 5,050 92% of precincts CNN Numbers: Allen 6,984 Webb 9050 92% of precincts One of these numbers is wrong. And its a typo
  • Leap of faith, Life With The Samaritans

    10/29/2006 8:10:09 PM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 5 replies · 463+ views
    Haaretz ^ | Cheshvan 5, 5767 (October 27, 2006) | Lily Galili
    Imagine the following scene: Amid the pristine views from Mount Gerizim, in the heart of the small Samaritan community, as if it were a matter of course, two women who could be straight out of a different story are roaming around - Shura, who came from Ukraine and Lena, who arrived here from the plains of Siberia. Both are married to Samaritans. Shura is the daughter-in-law of the sect's high priest, Elazar Ben Tzadka, and is married to his son, Yair. A beautiful, blond Samaritan princess imported from the city of Kherson, in Ukraine. The two women's stories are told...
  • NY firemen come to reinforce locals (volunteer in Israel to assist firemen combating rocket strikes)

    08/03/2006 4:58:16 PM PDT · by ChicagoHebrew · 8 replies · 293+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | August 4, 2006 | MAX KITAJ
    Eleven New York firefighters put their lives on hold this week and paid their way to Jerusalem, where they have been volunteering in a number of understaffed stations. Because of rocket-caused fires in the North, fire stations elsewhere started sending units to help, leaving places like Jerusalem in need of more personnel. "It's a good feeling to know somebody's thinking about you," said Arik Nisimov, a firefighter at the Giva station. "That here are guys that will come and help, no matter how far we are between countries." Nathan Rothschild, commissioner of the Monsey fire district in New York's Rockland...
  • The Messiah Code

    04/30/2006 9:28:35 PM PDT · by ChicagoHebrew · 14 replies · 471+ views
    Haaretz ^ | April 18, 2006 | Micha Odenheimer
    For 200 years, a mysterious manuscript dictated by Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav to his two closest disciples has been a closely guarded secret within Bratslav Hasidism. Encoded in abbreviations, hints and acronyms, Bratslav tradition says that only one person in each generation has been handed the key to the manuscript's true meaning. Called the Megilat Setarim, the scroll of secrets, the manuscript's subject and theme is nothing less than the ultimate Jewish enigma and one of Judaism's paramount obsessions: the nature and identity of the Messiah. . . . For those expecting a wrathful Messiah who will wreak vengeance on...
  • 300,000 attend Rabbi Kaduri's funeral [world's greatest Kabbalist Rabbi]

    01/29/2006 10:16:44 AM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 95 replies · 2,786+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | January 29, 2006 | Matthew Wagner and Jpost Staff
    Famed Kabbalist Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri was laid to rest at Har Hamenuhot in Givat Shaul late Sunday afternoon. Over 300,000 people, including rabbis and public figures, took part in the funeral procession. The eulogies and procession began from the Nahalat Yitzhak Yeshiva in Jerusalem's Bukharian Quarter at 12:00 p.m. Among those who eulogized Kaduri were Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar and President Moshe Katsav. Former foreign minister Silvan Shalom and his wife Judy were also in attendance. Magen David Adom provided 10 ambulances and 22 motorbikes to secure the funeral procession, and had also positioned a number of ambulances throughout...
  • Tradesports on Iran

    01/24/2006 10:12:02 PM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 13 replies · 1,028+ views
    TradeSports Intrade ^ | Jan 24th, 1 am | Tradesports
    US/Israeli Overt Air Strike against Iran AIRSTRIKE.IRAN.JUN06 USA and/or Israel to execute an overt Air Strike against Iran by 30June06 M 16.1 16.5 17.9 2073 +2.4 AIRSTRIKE.IRAN.DEC06 USA and/or Israel to execute an overt Air Strike against Iran by 31DEC06 M 28.0 29.9 29.8 1192 +1.8 AIRSTRIKE.IRAN.MAR07 USA and/or Israel to execute an overt Air Strike against Iran by 31March07 M 35.9 37.7 35.9 2557 +0.6
  • Bolivia's first Indian president sworn in (Evo Morales watch)

    01/22/2006 12:44:12 PM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 39 replies · 1,215+ views ^ | 1/22/06 | AP
    LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) -- Leftist coca grower Evo Morales, a fierce critic of U.S. policies who helped topple two of his predecessors in deadly street uprisings against Bolivia's ruling elite, was inaugurated Sunday as the nation's first Indian president. The former llama herder and leader of Bolivia's coca growers union raised his fist in a leftist salute just before he swore to uphold the constitution during the ceremony in the ornate Legislative Palace Morales wept and bowed after he was presented with the yellow, red and green presidential sash -- the colors of the Bolivian flag. Outside, tens of...
  • 40% Ashkenazim [European Jews] come from matriarchs

    01/12/2006 10:33:20 PM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 23 replies · 1,587+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | January 13, 2006 | JUDY SIEGEL
    Although they probably weren't named Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel and Leah, four Jewish "founding mothers" who lived in Europe 1,000 years ago have been credited with being the ancestors of nearly half of all Ashkenazi Jews, who constitute the majority of the current Jewish population. About 3.5 million people - or 40 percent of Ashkenazi Jews currently alive - are descended from these matriarchs, who were among a small group, probably after migrating from the Middle East, according to the Israeli researchers, who also provide evidence of shared maternal ancestry between Ashkenazi and non-Ashkenazi (Sephardi and Oriental) Jews. The studies that...
  • Rated R: Republicans in Hollywood Review

    01/09/2006 8:03:25 PM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 75 replies · 21,094+ views
    IGN ^ | January 6, 2006 | Peter Schorn
    January 6, 2006 - Hollywood has a richly-deserved reputation as an extremely liberal town populated by celebrities who rarely hesitate to assail their audiences with their political opinions. Between bluffing that they'd leave the United States if Bush was elected (Alec Baldwin), demanding that he be impeached (Barbra Streisand), hosting Air America radio shows (Janeane Garofalo, Al Franken), consorting with Fidel Castro (Danny Glover) and making romantic movies about Stalinist mass-murderer and t-shirt icon Che Guevara (The Motorcycle Diaries), Hollywood has gotten quite fat suckling at the liberal teat. But just as there may be a few Britney Spears fans...
  • Sharon targeted with "death curse"

    01/05/2006 8:45:28 PM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 201 replies · 3,236+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | July 26, 2005 | Aaron Klein
    FROM WND'S JERUSALEM BUREAU Sharon targeted with 'death curse' Extremists used ritual against Rabin 1 month before he was assassinated Posted: July 26, 2005 1:59 p.m. Eastern By Aaron Klein © 2005 Fringe activists held a midnight kabbalistic ritual in an ancient cemetery calling for angels of death to kill Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and thwart his Gaza withdrawal plan, participants in the ceremony told WND. The same individuals used the ritual against Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin one month before his assassination in 1995. The activists said they performed a 'Pulsa Dinura' – a kabbalistic ceremony in which...
  • UN Ceremony Includes Map of ´Palestine´ in Place of Israel

    12/08/2005 6:19:02 PM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 27 replies · 1,132+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7 Kislev 5766 (December 8, 2005) | Ezra HaLevi
    UN Ceremony Includes Map of ´Palestine´ in Place of Israel 16:32 Dec 08, '05 / 7 Kislev 5766 By Ezra HaLevi The United Nations held a "Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People" last week. A large map of “Palestine,” with Israel literally wiped off the map, featured prominently in the festivities. Email subscribers, click here to view the article with pictures The ceremony was held at the UN headquarters in New York and was attended by Secretary General Kofi Annan and the Presidents of the UN Security Council and the General Assembly. Map of "Palestine" from the Jordan River...
  • Air Force successfully tests Arrow Scud buster

    12/02/2005 8:45:12 AM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 12 replies · 1,005+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | Dec. 2, 2005 | ARIEH O'SULLIVAN
    The Air Force held the 14th test of the Israeli-designed Arrow 2 anti-ballistic missile on Friday, successfully intercepting an incoming rocket at a higher altitude than ever before. A day after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon declared that Israel would not tolerate Iranian efforts to get nuclear arms, the test demonstrated Israel's robust interception capability against incoming missiles that may be armed with nuclear or chemical warheads. The Defense Ministry said the routine test, which was scheduled over a year ago, tested improvements made to the Arrow 2 system. The test took place at 10:28 a.m., when the Arrow 2 interceptor...
  • Looking for charity suggestions

    11/23/2005 6:42:18 PM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 70 replies · 916+ views
    None | 11/23/2005 | Yours Truly
    I will be receiving my Christmas bonus in about two weeks. In keeping with the Jewish requirement of donating 10% of my income to charity, I'm now in the market for some good place to give to. I'd like to give to a charity focusing on the truly poor -- those people unfortunate enough to live in destitute countries -- and one that focuses on developing poor economies (i.e. providing clean drinking water, educating people on modern farming methods, microcredit, fighting malaria with DDT) rather than simply giving handouts. Note: I will not give to an organization that tries to...
  • Iranian Muslim is Maccabiah Winner (i.e. Jewish Olympics)

    07/18/2005 8:35:56 PM PDT · by ChicagoHebrew · 8 replies · 362+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 18, 2005 | Aaron Kaplowitz
    Apparently you don't have to be Jewish (or even an Israeli Arab) to win at the Maccabiah. Even natives of countries at war with Israel can win the gold – almost. Mohammad Babulfath went undefeated on his way to taking first place in the 84-kg weight class of the Maccabiah's Greco-Roman wrestling competition at Hadar Yosef on Sunday. But nobody seems to know how he got into the competition in the first place. The Iranian-born Muslim, who represents Sweden at international competitions, came to the Maccabiah, the "Jewish Olympics," with his teammate Jimmy Samuellson and coach Richard Swierad, neither of...
  • The Kelo Case, Public Use, and Eminent Domain (Judge Richard Posner's View)

    07/02/2005 7:34:55 PM PDT · by ChicagoHebrew · 6 replies · 415+ views ^ | June 26, 2005 | Hon. Richard Posner
    The Kelo Case, Public Use, and Eminent Domain--Posner Comment The Fifth Amendment permits the use of eminent domain, in which government takes private property without negotiation but must pay the owner the market value of the property, only if the taking is for a "public use." (The Fifth Amendment is applicable only to action by the federal government, but the Fourteenth Amendment, which applies to state and local government action, has been interpreted to incorporate the "public use" limitation on eminent domain.) In Kelo v. City of New London, which the Supreme Court decided on June 23, the city took...
  • A Debate Worth Having (Battlestar Galactica creater RDM talks Galactica's politics)

    04/06/2005 9:19:17 PM PDT · by ChicagoHebrew · 12 replies · 386+ views
    Ron Moore's Blog ^ | April 1, 2005 | Ron Moore
    There's an interesting thread on the Galactica message board here at SciFi.Com entitled: "Human Rights abuses in the Show" The central question debate therein, concerns whether or not Kara was justified in torturing the Cylon prisoner in "Flesh and Bone" as well as some of the other practices and methods we've seen the officers of Galactica use, such as the interrogation of Valence in "Colonial Day." Not only is this a (by and large) intelligent and thoughtful debate on a serious topic, it also brings up a question I'm often asked -- namely what are the politics of the show...
  • Report: Israel to adopt 'Lost Tribe'

    04/03/2005 11:49:19 AM PDT · by ChicagoHebrew · 72 replies · 2,409+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | April 2, 2005 | JPOST STAFF AND AP
    A special team of rabbis from Israel will soon be sent to the Indian-Myanmar (Burma) border in order to convert thousands of members of a local tribe who have been recognized as Jews by Israel's chief Sephardi Rabbi Shlomo Amar, The Times of London has reported. According to the report, the tribesmen have been defined as members of the lost tribe of Menashe. Once converted, they would be able to immigrate to Israel based on the Law of Return. The mission is reportedly funded by a group of Christian Evangelicals. About 800 members of the 'Bnei Menashe' have been brought...
  • The Tikkun Olam Pope

    04/03/2005 11:44:12 AM PDT · by ChicagoHebrew · 10 replies · 708+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | April 3, 2005 | LISA PALMIERI-BILLIG
    Like other outstanding spiritual and political leaders, Karol Wojtyla began his career as an actor. Born with a talent for communication, an overpowering sensitivity and empathy for the human condition, steeped in a deeply religious Polish Catholic environment but surrounded by Jewish friends and classmates, he consequently embraced the moral imperative of transforming consciences according to his faith. Indelibly branded spiritually by the Holocaust, by World War II and communist tyranny, he embraced his mission fervently as an opportunity to help heal the world. He might well go down in Jewish history as the Tikkun Olam Pope. Run-of-the-mill priests can...
  • Sanhedrin Rabbis Discuss Sublime, Procedural Issues

    01/16/2005 7:50:42 PM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 18 replies · 1,013+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Jan 16, '05 / 6 Shevat 5765 | Arutz Sheve
    The 71 rabbis seeking to fulfill the Biblical commandment of renewing the Sanhedrin continue to meet regularly, solidifying their organizational structure and establishing an agenda of topics. Their most recent meeting was this week, in which they discussed technical and procedural issues, topics for their agenda, and the Halakhic [Jewish legal] and other ramifications of renewing the Passover sacrifice. The rabbis held a festive ceremony this past October 13th, the 28th day of the Jewish month of Tishrei, inaugurating the Sanhedrin as Judaism's supreme legal body. They stress that by doing so, they are merely fulfilling a Biblical mitzvah (obligation)....
  • New Battlestar Galactica Starts Tonight

    01/14/2005 3:13:14 PM PST · by ChicagoHebrew · 92 replies · 1,483+ views | 1/14/05 | "Hercules"
    The British have been watching Ron Moore’s reimagined “Battlestar Galactica” since October (and get its 12th installment Monday). But at least America's tardy SciFi Channel is good enough to kick off the show’s first regular season Friday night with two new back-to-back hours. The reviews are pretty spectacular. (Even original “Galactica” actor Richard Hatch stopped badmouthing the new series after it cast him as a guest star!) The critics speak:
  • Update on Bolivian Protests

    10/21/2004 6:41:20 PM PDT · by ChicagoHebrew · 11 replies · 277+ views
    ChicagoHebrew (on the ground reporting) | Oct. 21, 2004 | ChicagoHebrew
    A few days ago, I posted what I thought was a revolution or a coup attempt happening in La Paz, Bolivia. Well, I'm happy to report that no coup attempt took place. However, over the past week Bolivia has been hit by a series of crippling protests relating to its decision to sell the country's substantial natural gas reserves to Argentina over the next twenty years. On Wednesday morning, I was returning to La Paz by bus from a trip to Uyuni. When the bus arrived in the town of Oruro around 4:30am, I was told that massive blockades were...
  • Uprising/Revolution in Bolivia Breaking RIGHT NOW?!!!

    10/14/2004 4:17:07 PM PDT · by ChicagoHebrew · 180 replies · 9,722+ views
    Me | October 14, 2004 | Chicago Hebrew
    I'm writing this from an internet cafe in La Paz, Bolivia. About fifteen minutes ago, I started to hear what I think was gunfire and cannon fire from right outside the cafe. It was shortly followed by bullhorns booming and people chanting. The gunfire is intermittent now. I have no idea what's happening.