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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Israel/World

President Trump Reluctantly Renews Iran Nuclear Deal

Since the signing of the Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in 2015, the American Jewish community has been holding its collective breath, tensely awaiting the day of its inevitable collapse. For many, the deal has factored singularly into their politics; they believe it restores power

Mesorah Holds Mezuzah Dedication on Visiting Day

The highlight of Camp Mesorah Visiting Day last Sunday was the k’viat mezuzah of the new Girls Campus Beit Midrash by Rav Meir Goldwicht, Rosh Kollel for Camp Mesorah (see photo on left).

In photo at right, YU President and Mesorah parent Rabbi Dr. Ari Berman, left, stands with Ari Katz, Mesorah owner/director.

Police Close Temple Mount to Jewish Visitors

(TPS) Jerusalem police evicted a group of Jewish visitors to the Temple Mount Wednesday for violating visitation rules and closed the holy site to Jews. Jewish groups have capitalized on the absence of Waqf (Islamic trust) officials in recent days to take advantage of relaxed police regulations governing Jewish visits to the site,

Mosques To Close Friday, Waqf Calls for Prayers Outside Al-Aqsa

(Andrew Friedman/TPS) Islamic officials in Jerusalem said mosques around the city would be closed on Friday, and called on Muslims to hold Friday prayers around the perimeter of the Temple Mount compound to protest security measures at the site.

The call comes on the heels of a declaration of

Netanyahu Caught on Live Mic Bashing EU Over Israel

(Ilan Evyatar/TPS) Europe is undermining its own security by undermining Israel, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Wednesday as he was caught on live microphone bashing the European Union at a meeting with the leaders of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia in Budapest.

“We

Hamas Calls for More Terror Attacks as Israel Reopens Temple Mount

(JNS.org) The Palestinian terror group Hamas called for additional terror attacks in Jerusalem, and against Israelis living in Judea and Samaria, as the Temple Mount gradually reopened Sunday afternoon with bolstered security.

In a terror attack near the flashpoint holy site Friday, three Arab

US Swiftly Condemns ‘Despicable’ Terror Attack in Jerusalem

(JNS.org) U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman swiftly condemned Friday’s “despicable” terror attack in Jerusalem, in which three Arab terrorists killed two Israeli Druze police officers near the Temple Mount.

“Shocked and horrified by the despicable attack today in Jerusalem,”

‘Anti-Zionism Is New Form of Anti-Semitism,’ French Leader Says

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday denounced France’s collaboration in the Holocaust, lashing out at those who negate or minimize the country’s role in sending tens of thousands of Jews to their deaths. He also condemned anti-Zionism as a new form of anti-Semitism and vowed to fight both.

Israel Free Spirit Announces Largest Birthright Israel Season

This summer, OU Israel Free Spirit is sending more participants to Israel than ever before in its 18-year history, with over 1350 participants.

Israel Free Spirit, the OU’s Birthright Israel trip organizer, attributes this growth to its diverse trip selection. In addition to the standard Birthright

Mayim Bialik, New Voice of SodaStream, Lauds Israeli Company’s ‘Diversity’

Mayim Bialik, a star on the CBS hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory,” launched a witty new video campaign this week for SodaStream, succeeding actress Scarlett Johansson as the official pitchwoman for the Israeli beverage carbonation company.

Bialik, a self-described “observant-ish” Jew and

Lev HaTorah’s Rav Michael Siev Checks in From Ramat Shilo

Rav Michael Siev Fast Facts:
* From Teaneck, New Jersey. Rav Siev attended The Moriah School and Yeshiva University High School for Boys/MTA. He davened at Congregation Bnai Yeshurun growing up, and his parents are still part of the CBY community.
* Married to Rena (Cohn), father of six. The Siev

FIDF Supports Over 50,000 Soldiers During First-Ever IDF Appreciation Week

Tel Aviv—Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) supported more than 50,000 IDF soldiers during the first-ever national appreciation week for IDF soldiers in Israel, June 29-July 8, held in partnership with the IDF and Yachad Le’maan Ha’chayal (The Association for the Well-being of Israel’s Soldiers and The