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      Baruch Gordon founded the Arutz Sheva-IsraelNationalNews.com website in 1995 and directed its English Media Department for 14 years. Baruch studied and taught at the Bet El Yeshiva Center, later serving as Dean of its Program for Overseas Students and Program for IDF Veterans. 

      Baruch is certified by the Dor v'Dor Institute to counsel married couples and prepare hatanim for marriage.

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      Adar Bet 28, 5774, 3/30/2014

      Graffiti Art - Israel Welcomes It, Arabs Refuse Entry

      In this video, Israel welcomes a master graffiti artist while the Palestinian Authority refuses to grant him entry.

      All he is trying to do is introduce graffiti art to brighten up people's lives. Hear his powerful message on this video.

      Click here to watch the video.

      Adar Bet 24, 5774, 3/26/2014

      Rare Video Footage: How The Jews Will Return to Israel

      When King David wanted to express in his poetic prose how the Jewish People would return to Zion after prolonged exile in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Toronto etc., he chose a specific natural phenomenon to convey the image of mass return: k'afikim banegev like a flash flood in the Negev (Psalms .126:4 Metzudot commentary).

      This video of a flash flood in the Negev earlier this is a must see. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

      Adar 18, 5774, 2/18/2014

      Can Building In Bet El Affect Kerry’s Initiative?

      The Jewish Town of Bet El, located just outside of Ramallah, has launched three separate public building initiatives in the last three weeks: 1) an 18-unit housing project in the Hasmonean Neighborhood, 2) a 30-unit housing project of replacement homes for the 30 units taken down on the Ulpana Hill last year, and 3) a new multi-million dollar Bet Midrash (House of Study) for the Bet El Yeshiva Center.

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      Cheshvan 13, 5774, 10/17/2013

      Does Crossing the Green Line Affect Bowel Movement?

      The "Green Line" is the pre-1967 border of the State of Israel, and "crossing it" means going into the ancient Jewish regions of Judea and Samaria, AKA the West Bank.

      And apparently is does make one's bowel movement more odorous, this according to the Sept. 30, 2013 PNN ( Palestine News Network) Headline : Israel Uses Settler Feces as Bio-Warfare.

      Here is a quote from the article:

      The Israeli army has developed a large vehicle for spraying sewage waste and feces at Palestinian protestors and homes, reportedly, in the towns of Abu Dis, Aizariah, Bil’in and Nabi Saleh.

      Spraying sewage waste has become so common a weapon used by the Israeli Army that the combination of sewage water, feces, and human urine has been named “skunk”.  B'Tselem reports that ‘skunk’ and the vehicle used to disperse it, have been added to Israel's armory for crowd control.

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      Here's a short youtube about the skunk mixture.

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      Cheshvan 3, 5774, 10/7/2013

      Amazing Story About Rav Ovadiah Told at His Funeral

      In 1995, I attended the funeral of the great Torah sage of Israel Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach. An estimated 300,000 attended. I thought there would never be another funeral like it.

      Tonight, I participated in the funeral of the great Sephardic Torah sage Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef. Police estimate that 600,000 people attended. Can you imagine one tenth of the population of a country attending a funeral? One tenth of Israel’s Jews made their way to Jerusalem to pay respects to one of the greatest Torah sages of the generation.

      Rabbi Auerbach was a Rabbi of yeshivas, of learners of Torah. Rabbi Ovadiah touched the common man - the working class. While his Torah writings and halachic decisions are studied in every yeshiva in the world, he spoke to “amcha” – the people on the street.

      That’s why amcha came out this evening to attend his funeral alongside all the yeshivas which emptied out to honor Rabbi Ovadiah’s last journey to his final place of rest.

      One of his sons told the following story:

      “When Abba (Dad) was 79-years-old, he suffered his first heart attack. 

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