A couple was injured by gun fire last night as they drove their car on the road 557 near the Arab village Tulkarem. The elderly couple, Shaul and Rachel Nir, are residents of the Jewish Quarter of the Old City, Jerusalem. They were visiting their grandchildren in the Yishuv Avnei Heifetz in the Shomron (Samaria).
Security forces arrived at the scene shortly after the attack and found Shaul critically wounded, and his wife suffered light wounds. The police investigating the incident found a ten shekel coin, shown in the photo, dented and having prevented a bullet from injuring the couple possibly more gravely. A real life Hanukkah miracle story for today.
In the wake of last week’s terror attack in San Bernadino, California, there have been calls from the right in USA to restrict entry from Syrians and other troubled countries.
Many have already pointed out the recent precedent set by Democratic President Jimmy Carter, who during the crisis with Iran in the late 1970s, denied Iranians entry to the USA.
Interesting to note that today, according to Wikipedia, there are 16 countries that do not permit entry to Israelis. Other than one of the countries on this list, sadly Malaysia, the other fifteen are radical Muslim (caliphates) countries. I say “sadly” Malaysia, as this young technologically savvy Asian nation really has no interaction with Israel, other than the fact that Malaysia is a Muslim country. Indonesia, another Asian muslim country, does permit entry to Israelis, but not to their universities. Continue reading “16 Countries Israelis Cannot Visit”
The Simpsons episode where Homer visits Israel includes one of the funniest scenes with a young Israeli girl beating up Bart Simpson using Krav Maga (The Israeli self-defense martial art). Continue reading “Krav Maga Simpsons vs. IDF”
This courageous man is a religious leader of the Greek Orthodox Christian minority in Israel. The video includes a few of his visits to Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria (The West Bank) to help show solidarity with his Jewish countrymen.
One of his visits included a stop at a winery that has been singled out by the EU European Union as a “food produced in the occupied territories”. The world needs more good men like Father Nadaf.
Good news for former US President Jimmy Carter. He announced this week that his melanoma cancer is in remission.
The experimental drug that he used Pembrolizumab, also known as Keytruda, was developed by an Israeli company, and clinically tested in Israel, where Melanoma occurrence ranks nearly highest per capita in the world.
Any chance that Carter will turn a softer tongue to Jerusalem?
In 1994, Adam Sandler changed the way we think about Hanukkah songs. When we were kids, the popular chant was “I had a little dreidel” and the like. Ask kids today, and most will rattle off the lyrics of one, if not all, of the Sandler tomes. David Lee Roth could never have imagined he’d be best remembered as someone who lights the Menorah. Continue reading “All Four Adam Sandler Hanukkah Songs”
Remember when we were in high school? If we wanted to know something, anything, about a subject, we needed to go to the library and research it.
Often the answer couldn’t be found. I remember thinking to myself as a kid, “How tall is Dave Kingman?” (former baseball player) and of course, for athletes, that type of information was easier to obtain. As a matter of fact, trading sports cards was a great way to store information about your favorite athletes. Nowadays, finding any bit of information (and sometimes, much more than you ever wanted to know) can be accomplished in seconds – even without typing a keystroke, thanks to talking search results on most smartphones. Continue reading “Hanukkah In The Internet Age”