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The power of Yom Kippur's forgiveness for Jew and non-Jew alike

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Yom Kippur: How to change your spiritual DNA? How does Torah define sin, and what makes repentance real?

Bennett blasts hermetic lockdown

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Yamina chairman MK Naftali Bennett on Wednesday night criticized the hermetic lockdown that the government is expected to announce.

"Only ministers who do not know the meanings of inventory, customers and global competition are able to completely paralyze the Israeli industry, and lead to the further loss of thousands of jobs. And this is because the Likud and Blue and White are unable to agree on demonstrations and prayers. There is almost no epidemiological benefit in this closure and there is immense damage to it. Stop it," Bennett wrote on Twitter.


IDF thwarts attempted attack near PA village

Thursday, September 24, 2020

IDF fighters thwarted an attempted attack during an operational activity near the Palestinian Arab village of Malik, north of Ramallah.

The fighters identified a number of terrorists who tried to throw firebombs and fired at them.


Netanyahu: Without difficult steps we will reach the bottom of the abyss

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu explained on Wednesday evening why there is no escape from imposing a hermetic lockdown that will reduce morbidity in Israel.

"Without difficult steps we will reach the bottom of the abyss, the goal is to save lives."


Report: Netanyahu brought dirty laundry to Washington

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has developed a reputation among the staff at the US President’s guesthouse for bringing special cargo on his trips to Washington: bags and suitcases full of dirty laundry, US officials familiar with the matter told The Washington Post on Wednesday.

The clothes are cleaned for the prime minister free of charge by the US staff, a perk that is available to all foreign leaders but sparingly taken advantage of given the short stays of busy heads of state, according to the report.


'Another country will sign deal with Israel soon'

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft says another Arab country will sign a peace deal with Israel in the "next day or two".

Report: Two terrorists shot by IDF at Rimonim junction

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

An IDF force fired at two terrorists at the Rimonim junction in the Binyamin region on Wednesday evening.

The circumstances surrounding the incident are unclear at this stage.


Inmate escapes by digging tunnel out of prison

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Drug dealer on death row in Indonesia digs 30-meter tunnel to escape through sewer system.

'No Mercy': Reports China is forcibly sterilizing minorities

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
US official warns world is turning a blind eye to China's 'final solution' for its Uighur minority.

7 yeshiva students test positive for COVID-19

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Seven students at the HaGolan yeshiva have contracted the CV-19 virus.

According to a report by journalist Dvir Amar, all yeshiva students with the exception of a small group where no virus cases have been recorded, have been sent home from the facility.


Boston’s 118-year-old Jewish Advocate ceases publication

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Newspaper founded by Theodor Herzl folds due to coronavirus pandemic, loss of revenue.

Israel to sign peace treaty with another Arab nation

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

US ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft said in an interview with Al Arabiya today that another Muslim country will announce establishing official relations wirh Israel "in the next day or two."


Bahrain royal family members congratulate King on Israel deal

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The King of Bahrain received congratulatory messages from members of the royal family as well as top government officials on the peace deal with Israel, reported Bahrain News Agency today (Wednesday).

According to the report, the king was lauded for the brave step and urged to promote a "just, comprehensive and lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinians."


Live: Chief Rabbis lead 'slichot' at Tomb of Patriarchs

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
This year, the gathering will be limited and live streamed so that the masses will be able to take part at home.

Full lockdown expected starting Fri

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Following a government meeting, it appears that a full lockdown will be implemented starting Friday.

Synagogues are expected to close with the exception of Yom Kippur prayer services, when a limited amount of worshippers will be allowed to attend in open-air spaces.


Government to approve 'hermetic' lockdown starting Friday

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Citizens will be allowed to leave for work and purposes defined as "essential." Synagogues will be allowed open only on Yom Kippur.

Min of Environment Protection holds call with UAE counterpart

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Minister of Environmental Protection Gila Gamliel (Likud) held a phone call with her counterpart from Bahrain, Shaikh Abdulla bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, as reported by Bahrain News Agency.

According to the report, the two discussed cooperation in the fields of environmental protection and climate change, among other issues.


Breslov hassidim refuse to wear masks on return flight to Israel

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

After a group of Breslov hassidim unsuccessfully attempted to access Uman and were left to return to Israel from Belarus, a scuffle with Lufthansa fligt crew members was recorded as the hassidim refused to put on protective face coverings.


Israel, UAE ambassadors to the UN hold inaugural meeting

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Israel's UN Ambassador Gilad Erdan meets with the UAE's UN Ambassador Lana Nusseibeh for the first time.

Israeli UN rep meets UAE counterpart

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Ardan met his UAE counterpart Lana Nusseibeh for the first time today (Wednesday).

The two stressed the importance of increasing cooperation between their respective nations in order to expand the circle of peace in the Middle East. The ambassadors discussed tremendous opportunities that lie in wait for both countries as well as the entire region.


Israel to close off skies in case of full lockdown

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

If a complete lockdown goes into effect, Israel will close down Ben Gurion airport - even for flights pre-ordered in advance.

According to a report from Galei Tzahal, the only flights Ben Gurion will see in case of complete shutdown will be incoming immigrants arriving in the country.


PM to nation: Sharp rise in cases, situation is severe

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Prime Minister Netanyahu explains need for stricter lockdown. "The decisions are difficult but there is no choice."

Poll: Likud - 29 seats, Yamina - 21

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Yesh Atid-Telem gets 17 seats, Joint List 15, and Blue and White decreases to 9 seats according to poll.


Senior PA official says 'national elections' may be close at hand

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Senior PA official and former Arafat aide, Saeb Erekat, announced that a national unity election including all terrorist factions in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza may be close at hand.


Sen. PA official says national elections may be close at hand

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Senior PA official and former Arafat aide, Saeb Erekat, announced that a national unity election including all terrorist factions in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza may be close at hand.

Following negotiations between terrorist factions in Turkey, Erekat said that if PA leaders return from the talks with an understanding on the part of Hamas, PA President Mahmoud Abbas will call on a general election.

Last time elections were held within the PA and Gaza in 2006, Hamas won the overwhelming majority of seats and took control in Gaza, but was stripped of power in Judea and Samaria following a PA takeover.

Hamas says it wants to grab control from within the PA - which has received diplomatic recognition by the internatinoal community.


6,948 new virus cases in Israel

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

6,948 new coronavirus cases were diagnosed in Israel yesterday (Tuesday), out of a total 61,165 tests carried out.

There are currently 658 patients in critical condition and 177 on ventilators. Since the outbreak of the virus in the country, 1,317 individuals have succumbed to CV-19-related conditions.


Rav Chaim’s Yom Kippur Eve ritual may surprise you

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
The sound of the shofar, and glitter and glamour of holiday meals and fancy clothing have faded, leaving in their place a stark reality.

New illegal PA school springs up overnight in Jordan Valley

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

School’s location clearly chosen as the connecting link between the Bedouin outposts scattered throughout the area, Regavim group says.


"Just not Bibi" or "The worse the better"

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
How has the "liberal" media managed to turn successful leaders into unscrupulous monsters in the eyes of millions of people? Op-ed.

26 terror suspects arrested in Judea and Samaria

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
In recent nights, IDF fighters have arrested 26 Arabs suspected of involvement in terrorism and possession of illegal weapons.

Finance Min.: Blue & White demanding full lockdown

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Finance Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) accused the Blue and White party of conditioning putting an end to anti-government demonstrations with the complete closure of Israel's private sector.

"The Ministry of Finance presented to the Coronavirus Cabinet significant data and a plan that showed that it is possible and necessary to continue the functioning of the private sector while strictly observing health directives which did not receive any attention," Katz said. Israwelis can't be held hostage to Blue and White's political agenda which goes completely contrary to public interest," he added.

"I take this very seriously, and I will insist that the plan I presented be approved, preventing serious damage to the Israeli economy," pledged Katz.


PM Netanyahu: 'There will be a general lockdown - better to start now'

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
DM Gantz demands end to 'disproportionate' focus on demonstrations as PM Netanyahu pushes for harsher lockdown.

The Yom Kippur `1942 sermon Stephen Wise didn't give

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Erev Yom Kippur, Wise received the confirmed report of Nazi massacres of Jews all over Poland. He chose to speak about other things.Op-ed..

Hadassah director: We already had a lockdown. It doesn't help

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Professor Zeev Rotstein criticizes government's handling of the coronavirus crisis.

Saudi king: We support Palestinian statehood

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Saudi Arabian king Salman addressed the UN general assembly in a pre-recorded speech today.

"We support a strategic peace agreement guaranteeing the establishment of a Palestinian state with its capital in Jerusalem," he stated.


Historic: First female Israeli Ambassador to Egypt

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Amira Oron submits her credentials to Egyptian President, becoming first high-ranking female Israeli diplomat in Egypt since 1979 peace deal

Cost of full lockdown - NIS 35 billion

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

According to a Galei Tzahal report, a full nation-wide lockdown has been proposed for the entire Succot holiday.

A representative of the finance ministry stated that the lockdown would cost the country a total of NIS 35 billion.


Israeli Film Archive opened to the general public

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
New website provides an opportunity to browse through Israel’s filmed history as documented from the late 19th century till the present day.

Ramat Gan mayor closes down city synagogues

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Mayor of Ramat Gan Carmel Shama-Cohen announced he was closing down all synagogues in the city for the immediate future.

Cohen said he made the move after consulting with the city's leading rabbis.


Arab attackers not stopped, Jews banned

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
IDF forces called in to deal with Arab rioters in Ma'ale Shai order Jewish residents out, allow rioters to continue rioting.
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