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Video-Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef After Hearing of Rabin Assasination

Below is a video of Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef after he heard that Yitzhak Rabin had been shot. Rav Ovadiah had been delivering his traditional Saturday night class when he was told what happened. (HT Kikar Hashabat) Below the video is a translation of Rav Ovadiah’s reaction. Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef: What? He was seriously wounded? What?…We […]

Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef on Withdrawing from Territories

As a result of both Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef’s illness, may he recover and live until 120, and the appearance of Shas MK Yitzhak Vaknin at the J Street Conference, a number of people have been speaking about Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef’s responsum on withdrawing from territory that has been captured/liberated (whichever you prefer). See for example […]

Israel Education Circa 1930

I stumbled across this interesting article about Israel,then Palestine, Education from 1930. Many of the issues and arguments seem to be the same today. Sanity in the Teaching of Palestine

The Ninth of Av as a Day of Celebration

Moshe Benovitz of the Schechter Institute has a thought provoking post about Tisha B’av and Yom Ha’atzmaut. Both the Bible and rabbinic literature do single out a number of days, and one day in particular, as the day on which to celebrate the restoration of the land of Israel and the holy city of Jerusalem […]

Ruth Calderon’s Heder

Ruth Calderon used to have a show on Israeli TV called החדר. The shows featured Calderon and a guest or two who addressed issues relating to Judaism and Jewish culture, Zionism, Jewish texts, and Israeli culture. Archived videos of the program can be found here. Below is an episode that discussed Bave Metzia 84a, Rabbi […]

Prayer by Rav Kook for British Conquest of Jerusalem

Tomer Persico has posted a prayer written by Rav Kook in honor of the British conquest of Jerusalem along with a special prayer for England. Below is the prayer for the British conquest of Jerusalem. (Hebrew)

New York Times Report on Reunification of Jerusalem

The following news article appeared on the front page of the New York Times on June 30, 1967. It describes the removal of the barriers that once divided Jerusalem. I have a special affinity for this article and not only because of the joyous news that it reports, but also because it appeared in the […]

Yeshayahu Leibowitz in His Own Words

Now that the Jerusalem City Council has decided to name a street (it will be on Givat Ram) after Yeshayahu Leibowitz, I recommend watching these documentaries about him to see what he had to say. The first documentary consists of two videos and has English subtitles. The third video is another fascinating documentary that is […]

Video of Ruth Calderon Talk at JTS

Below is a video of MK Ruth Calderon’s recent talk at JTS. (HT to Yossi Hoffman on Twitter)

A Religious and Cultural Critique of Haim Gouri’s Bab el-Wad

One of the most well-known songs associated with Yom ha-Zikaron (Israeli Memorial Day) is Haim Gouri’s Bab el-Wad, known by many through the singing of Yaffa Yarkoni. The song is a powerful and moving memorial for the soldiers who fought in order to bring supplies to Jerusalem during the War of Independence through Bab el-Wad […]

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