From the book Why Israel? Chapter 7 – The Land of Israel
By Hebcal.. Simchat Torah or Simḥath Torah (also Simkhes Toreh, Hebrew: שִׂמְחַת תורָה, lit., “Rejoicing with/of the Torah,”) is a celebration marking the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle. Simchat Torah is a component of the Biblical Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret (“Eighth Day of Assembly”), which follows immediately after the festival of Sukkot in the month of Tishrei (mid-September to early October on the Gregorian calendar). Simchat Torah begins at sundown on Mon, 05 October 2015.
By Paula R. Stern.. Rabbi Eitam Henkin and his wife Na’ama Henkin were murdered last night (October 1, 2015). They were shot as they drove with four of their six children in the car. The children were not physically hurt. The car was found in the middle of the road…inside, the parents were dead; the children unhurt but aware. Yesterday, I was sitting beside the Sea of Galilee, as at peace as a human being can be. The water glistened, the sun sparkled. Read more »
By Yaakov Lappin.. Terrorist gunmen fired from ‘very close range’ to confirm the killing of Eitam and Naama Henkin, investigation finds; 5 Hamas men under arrest. Hamas terrorist cell from Nablus was behind the October 1 murder of Eitam and Naama Henkin as they drove near Itamar with their four children, the Shin Bet said on Monday (Oktober 5, 2015). After striking the Henkins’ vehicle near the settlement in Samaria, wounding both parents, the assailants approached the car and fired on the couple again, from very close range, as the children sat in the backseat, the investigation revealed. Read more »
By Nadav Shragai.. Preface – New Book Backed By New Polling
As the English edition of Jerusalem: Delusions of Division goes to print, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy has published remarkable findings of a public-opinion survey conducted in east Jerusalem in June 2015, under the supervision of David Pollock.1 For the first time, it has been discovered that more than half the Arab residents of the eastern part of the city – 52 percent – prefer to obtain Israeli citizenship with equal rights, while only 45 percent prefer Palestinian citizenship within the framework of a Palestinian state. Read more »
By Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowit.. Over 80 years ago, even before the establishment of the State of Israel and the return of Jewish sovereignty to the Temple Mount, the Muslim mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, began to spread lies about Jews trying to harm the Aqsa Mosque. Since then, this evil, false accusation has led to the deaths of many Jews and Muslims alike. Read more »
By Jonathan Spyer.. Neither a grand ‘4+1’ (Russia, Iran, Iraq, Syria plus Hezbollah) war against ‘terror’ nor a regime pullout from Damascus to an Alawi enclave in the western coastal area appears to be in the cards. The latest moves on the regime side in the Syrian war suggest an effort by its allies, including Russia, to “freeze” the conflict rather than to continue it to victory. Read more »
By Ben Caspit.. In the various happiness and optimism indexes published by international organizations including the United Nations, Israelis practically always end up near the top. Despite Israel being the only state in the world whose existence is still not a foregone conclusion, being constantly questioned and having its entire population under the continuous threat of hundreds or thousands of rockets and missiles, Israelis display a great deal of vitality according to the various happiness indexes, coming in way ahead of peaceful European states and powers like the United States and Russia. Read more »
By PM Benjamin Netanhyahu.. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Intelligence Affairs Minister Yisrael Katz and Mossad Director Tamir Pardo, this morning (September 24, 2015), attended a festive holiday toast at the Mossad to mark 65 years since it was established.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “We cannot solve the fundamental problems of the Middle East. They are revealed in all their power, and today our enemy is twofold: It is Shiite radical Islam led by Iran and its proxies and the Sunni [radical Islam], which for now is led by ISIS. Read more »
By Uriel Heilman.. BERLIN (JTA) – The migrants sit slumped together on the sidewalk outside the State Office for Health and Social Affairs here, resting on donated sleeping bags, clutching food handouts, smoking, sleeping, fiddling with their cellphones [Photo top right]. They have come to this city by the tens of thousands, propelled by German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s pledge to welcome at least 800,000 asylum seekers into the country. Many are Syrians, but there also are migrants from Iraq, Pakistan, Albania, Afghanistan and other countries. Read more »