The Next Hizballah-Israel Conflict

BY Michael Eisenstadt and Jeffrey White, American Interest— The recapture by pro-Assad regime forces—including Lebanese Hizballah—of rebel-held Aleppo (December 2016) and of IS-held Deir al-Zur (ongoing as of September 2017) may not just mark the denouement of Syria’s tragic civil conflict, but may also pave the way for the next Hizballah-Israel war. Buoyed by these…

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US troops deployed to Israel get a new barracks

By John Vandiver, Stars and Stripes— A small group of U.S. troops carrying out a missile-defense mission in Israel is taking up residence inside a new barracks building on an Israeli base in an effort to improve living conditions for troops. The barracks, which officially opened during a ceremony Monday, will house about 40 soldiers,…

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Rosh Hashanah (New Year) guide for the perplexed, 2017

By Yoram Ettinger 1. Rosh Hashanah (“the beginning of the year” in Hebrew), the Jewish New Year, is celebrated on the first day of the Jewish month of Tishrei (תשרי). Tishrei was a Babylonian term for launching the agricultural (creation) calendar, starting with the planting of seeds and the first rain. 2. Rosh Hashanah highlights…

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Video homage to Rabbi Nachman from Breslov, – The Song Of Our Souls.

The new art work and musical video presented here has been created by the artist Inna Rogatchi on the eve of Rosh HaShanah 5778. The work, while showing a wide variety of the characters and situations, aims, at the same time, to reflect on the essence of the Jewish ‘spiritual psyche’. It aims to bring…

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Iran Reiterates Threat to Destroy Israel in Very Near Future

By Israel Today— A top Iranian general this week again threatened to destroy Israel, saying the Jewish state’s demise would come even sooner if it didn’t keep quiet about the nuclear deal Tehran signed with Barack Obama. “Israel should stay quiet and count the days until its death. Its smallest mistake will result in its…

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Netanyahu to give Trump to ‘concrete ideas’ on Iran

By Herb Keinon, JPost— Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will suggest “concrete ideas” to US President Donald Trump during their meeting in New York on Monday to either change or scrap the Iranian nuclear deal, sources in the Prime Minister’s entourage said on Sunday. The meeting comes amid a debate in Washington over whether the US…

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Above the Arctic Circle, a Cold War Rosh Hashana

By Jeff Jacoby, Boston Globe— IT WAS early September 1956, the High Holidays were approaching, and Elihu Schimmel was in the Cold War’s coldest theater. The young internist, an Orthodox Jew, had graduated from Yale Medical School in the spring of 1954 and gotten married the following year. A week after his wedding, he’d entered…

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