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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 7, 5773, 2/17/2013

      Where Was Highest Voter Turnout in 2013 Elections?

      What Jewish town had the highest voter turnout in Israel's January 2013 elections? Or asked differently, what town's population gives a damn about what happens in the State of Israel more than any other, and was most motivated to influence the national course of events by bothering to vote? 

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      Shevat 11, 5773, 1/22/2013

      Naftali Bennett's Policies in One Page

      Shevat 5, 5773, 1/16/2013

      Has the Paper Revolution Reached You?

      At a recent family celebration in Memphis, my Virginian cousin Maurice, a young engineer in his late 20’s, ritually washed his hands before partaking of bread, as per Jewish practice. But in an innovative move not passed down for generations, he wiped his hands dry on his pants.

      “Maurice,” I said pointing, “the paper towels are right over there.”

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       “I don’t use paper towels in order to save trees,” he replied firmly.

      I smiled back, but thought to myself, “Huh? Are you nuts? Dry your hands and let someone else worry about the trees, dude.”

      But Maurice’s response left a mark on me. It was so pure and ideologically-driven, I felt...

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      Shevat 3, 5773, 1/14/2013

      Video: All Night Exercise of IDF Prep Academy in Rain

      "Why did you take the guys out all night in the pouring rain?" I asked Avi Sampson, an elite-unit soldier who serves as a counselor and educator at Bet El's Israel Defense Forces Preparatory Academy.

      Anything for the IDF!

      "What do you mean? We had been waiting for a night of torrential rains to get them working together in tough conditions," he replied not understanding my question.

      Count me out of this one. 

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      Tevet 29, 5773, 1/11/2013

      Did Bennett Renege On His Refusal To Expel Jews?

        Naftali Bennett, the newly-elected leader of the combined Jewish Home and National Union Party in Israel, has been rising in the polls in an extraordinary fashion reaching 15-18 Knesset seats compared to 5 in the  current parliament.

      In a Dec. 20, 2012 interview with TV personality Nissim Mishal, Bennett was asked what he would do as a soldier if faced with an order to expel Jewish families from their homes in Judea and Samaria (the West Bank). In no uncertain terms, he responded that he is not capable of carrying out such an order because it is immoral (translation below video clip):

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