Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) guide for the perplexed, 2017

By Yoram Ettinger 1. Sukkot and Senator Robert Byrd. The holiday of Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles) is dedicated to the study of the Book of Ecclesiastes, which was often quoted by the late Senator Robert Byrd, the longest serving Senator and Member of Congress in US history, who was known to quote Biblical verses.…

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WATCH: U.N. stunned, Palestinian delegates in shock

Yasser Arafat’s PLO executed 942 Palestinians during the First Intifada (1987-1991). That’s more than the total number of Palestinians who died while attacking Israeli soldiers during that same time period. That did not stop the international community from accepting the PLO (and later its subsidiary the Palestinian Authority) as the “sole legitimate representative” of Palestinians…

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Thousands of Christians Set to Arrive in Jerusalem for Feast of Tabernacles

By JNS.org— More than 6,000 Christian pilgrims from some 100 countries are set to arrive in Jerusalem this week ahead of the 38th annual Feast of Tabernacles celebration hosted by the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem (ICEJ). The event, which runs this year from Oct. 6-11, is the “largest annual Christian gathering in Israel,” David Parsons,…

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Millions of Christians and Jews Join Day of Prayer for Peace of Jerusalem

By Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, BIN— On Sunday, an estimated 500 million participants from over 175 nations joined together in a unified day-long prayer for the peace of Jerusalem. Reverend Robert Stearns, Executive Director of Eagles’ Wings, a global missional community based outside of Buffalo, New York, led the prayer from the Haas Promenade overlooking the…

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Israel is going to war in Syria to fight Iran—

By Foreign Policy— Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz recently told a security conference in Herzliya, as reported by Reuters, that in a future war between Israel and Hezbollah the latter may be able to make use of an Iranian naval port, bases for Irans air and ground forces, and Tens of thousands of Shiite militiamen…

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US ambassador Friedman: Israel ‘only occupying 2% of the West Bank’

By Herb Keinon, Jerusalem Post— The Trump administration may put forward an Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic plan within months, but is not tying itself to a hard and fast deadline, according to US Ambassador David Friedman. Friedman, in a brief snippet of a video interview with Walla that was broadcast on Thursday, said that the administration is…

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Security forces on high alert ahead of Yom Kippur

By Yori Yalon, Efrat Forsher, Shlomi Diaz, Lilach Shoval, Dan Lavie, Reuters and Israel Hayom Staff Thousands of Jewish worshippers visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City on Thursday night, for the culmination of Selichot penitential prayers ahead of Yom Kippur. Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau, Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef and Western Wall…

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Yom Kippur guide for the perplexed, 2017

By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, “Second Thought: a US-Israel Initiative” More on Yom Kippur and other Jewish holidays: http://bit.ly/137Er6J 1. Yom Kippur is one of the six main annual Jewish fasting days: (a) The 10th day of the Jewish month of Tishrei is Yom Kippur, an annual day of repentance for one’s misconduct toward fellow human-beings – in…

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In Response to UN Blacklist of Firms in Judea and Samaria, US Congress Proposes ‘Anti-Boycott Act’

By Eliana Rudee, Breaking Israel News— In response to United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) efforts to undermine Israel’s legitimacy through their Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Act of 2017, the U.S. Congress and Senate have introduced a bipartisan bill, the “Israel Anti-Boycott Act,” that would protect U.S. companies targeted by the international boycotts and…

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