Archaeology 101: Jews and the Temple Mount

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Model of the Second Temple at the Israel Museum

The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Thursday adopted a biased and political resolution that disregards Judaism’s historic connection to the Temple Mount, casts doubts regarding the Jewish connection to the Western Wall, and protests against the Israel Antiquities Authority’s attempts to supervise construction work on and around the Temple Mount in order to preserve the antiquities and other archaeological data. Continue reading

7 Ways Russia Is Telling People to Prepare for War

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PHOTO: A serviceman of a radiological, chemical and biological defense unit wearing a gas mask takes part in a military drill to create smoke screens to conceal the Russian Northern Fleet base in Severomorsk.Lev Fedoseyev\TASS via Getty Images
WATCH Russian State-Media Asks People Whether They’re Ready for a Nuke Attack

With tensions between Russia and the United States at their highest since the Cold War, there have been alarming signs coming out of Moscow that suggest the country is ready for war.

Almost no one believes the Kremlin is actually preparing for a military conflict with the United States. Most analysts instead see it as a show, intended to boost support at home and to deter Western countries from intervening militarily in Syria. Continue reading

PHOTOS: Priests, Sanhedrin Perform Reenactment of Yom Kippur Temple Service

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The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts. – Haggai 2:9

Last Wednesday, a demonstration of the the Yom Kippur Temple Service was held in Hebron adjacent to the Cave of the Patriarchs. The rare display allowed participants to get a glimpse of what was once the glory of the Temple service. Continue reading

On anniversary of Yom Kippur war, Egypt wonders: Is Israel still the enemy?

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Yom Kippur war

A soldier waves an Israeli flag on the Golan front during the Yom Kippur war.. (photo credit:IDF SPOKESPERSON’S UNIT,JERUSALEM REPORT ARCHIVES)

October 6 is a national holiday in Egypt to celebrate what is considered to be the Egyptian army’s victory over Israel in 1973.

Egypt marked the 43rd anniversary of the outbreak of the 1973 Yom Kippur war on Thursday, with critics of President Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi’s regime voicing anger that it no longer considers Israel the enemy. Continue reading

UNESCO votes: No connection between Temple Mount and Judaism

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Twenty-four nations voted in favor of the motion, 26 abstained and only six voted against.

In a 24-6 vote, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a resolution that denies Jewish ties to its most holy religious sites: the Temple Mount and the Western Wall.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the vote stating: “The theater of the absurd continues at the UN.” Continue reading

Turkey: Land of Mosques, Prisons and the Uneducated

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  • “[I]n spite of dire predictions by secularists, the [ruling] AKP did not introduce conspicuous efforts to Islamize Turkey. But since 2011, this has changed.” — Svante E. Cornell, in “The Islamization of Turkey: Erdogan’s Education Reforms.”
  • In 2014, Turkey’s government introduced a scheme which forcibly enrolled about 40,000 students at Islamic “imam schools,” and granted permission for girls as young as 10 to wear Islamic headscarves in class.
  • A new study by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development found that 43% of Turkish women aged between 15 and 29 were neither working nor receiving education.

One way the rise of Islamist authoritarianism in a country can be seen is by the rise in the number of mosques, religious schools and prisons — coupled with a sharp decline in the quality of education. Turkey is no exception. Continue reading

Jubilee is Counted in the Land for First Time in 2,000 Years

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And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubile unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family. – Leviticus 25:10

Amidst the shofar blasts, this Rosh Hashana will include a mitzvah (Biblical commandment) that hasn’t been performed by the Jews in almost 2,000 years: counting the Jubilee. It is a simple mitzvah, reciting just a few lines, but performing this mitzvah is a declaration that the prophesied return of the Jews to Israel has been fulfilled, thereby establishing a basis for the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple. Continue reading

Shimon Peres: A life in pictures

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Remembering the legendary life of Shimon Peres, the last of Israel’s founding fathers, 1923-2016.

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Shimon and Sonia Peres with their three children on November 15, 1958. (photo credit:AVRAHAM VERED / IDF AND DEFENSE MINISTRY ARCHIVES)

Shimon Peres, former president, former prime minister, former defense minister, former foreign minister, former minister of eight other ministries, the last surviving member of Israel’s founding fathers, and winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize died Wednesday after suffering a stroke two weeks ago. He was 93 years old. Continue reading