Busy Day Ahead in Ben-Gurion International Airport

With the camp season winding down in Israel, many families are heading for the airport to begin their family vacation abroad. Officials at Ben-Gurion International Airport report that no less than 68,350 passengers will be passing through the airport on Thursday 25 Menachem Av 5773. During the month of July, 1,504,662 passengers passed through the […]

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US general already working on security aspects of future Israeli-Palestinian accord


Special US envoy Martin Indyk is expected to arrive within two weeks and serve as a ‘facilitator’ to the talks; meanwhile Justice Minister Tzipi Livni returns from DC and immediately briefs Netanyahu.

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Today’s Yahrtzeits & History – 25 Av

Rav Moshe Hager of Antiniya (1994)
Rav Yeshayahu Menachem ben Yitzchak of Cracow, the originator of the Heter Iska (1599)
Today in History – 25 Av
· The final in a series of Latin anti-Jewish Laws were passed, 531. The Law of Justinian Concerning Heretics and Manichaeans and Samaritans forbade a Jew to […]

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Foreign Ministry Back to Work

Following five months of sanctions, employees of the Israel Foreign Ministry are returning to their jobs on Thursday morning, 25 Menachem Av 5773, at least for the time being. The sanctions had widespread implications in Israel and around the world. The sanctions included cessation of many essential services, including the issuance of diplomatic passports, regular […]

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Washington – Obama To Daughters: Life In The White House Is ‘Not The Norm’

Washington — President Barack Obama says he and the first lady are constantly reminding their daughters that they’re growing up in a “slightly unreal environment” at the White House. In an interview published online Wednesday by Amazon’s Kindle Singles, Obama lamented a shift in culture toward consumption and the focus on celebrity lifestyles. Obama says […]


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Lapid: Yeshiva Budget Cut Remains as Planned!

Finance Minister Yair Lapid announced on Wednesday, 24 Menachem Av 5773 that despite demands from Bayit Yehudi, the planned cut to yeshivos funding stands as planned. Yeshivos, both chareidi and dati leumi warned that if Lapid gets his way there will be a crippling cut that may force come yeshivos to close their doors. The […]

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Washington – US: Mideast Deal In 9 Months Target, Not Deadline

Washington — Reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal within nine months is a target, not a deadline, a U.S. diplomat in Jerusalem said Wednesday, two days after the sides resumed negotiations and ended a five-year freeze. During the talks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to visit the region “on a regular basis” to […]


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PHOTOS: Day One of Bike4Chai: Ribbons, Rapping, and Riding

[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] (4:00 PM, on the road with Bike4Chai)…It might have been the most tweeted about 100 miles in the United States today as nearly 300 Bike4Chai cyclists made their way from the Jersey shore to Rockland County on their way to Camp Simcha. The 294 men (the women rode to camp earlier […]

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Moscow – Russia’s Putin To Meet New Iranian President In September

Moscow — Russian leader Vladimir Putin will meet Iran’s newly elected president for the first time in Kyrgyzstan in September, the Islamic Republic’s ambassador to Moscow said on Wednesday. Russian and Iranian media reported last week that the Russian president would go to Iran in August for talks with Hassan Rouhani on Tehran’s nuclear program. […]


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Dati Leumi Rabbonim at Odds Over National Referendum

Rabbi Shlomo Aviner and Rabbi Tzvi Tau, leading rabbinical authorities in the dati leumi camp have expressed opposition to a national referendum on any agreement reached between Israel and the PA (Palestinian Authority) that involved ceding lands to the PA. While Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett boasted the passage of the national referendum bill, explaining […]

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