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Daily Archives: September 22, 2021

Thousands gather at Western Wall for Sukkot Priestly Blessing

Thousands gathered at the Western Wall on Wednesday morning for the traditional Sukkot Priestly Blessing. Present for the ceremony were Israel’s Ashkenazi and Sephardi chief rabbis, David Lau and Yitzhak Yosef, as well as Rabbi...

A Jewish Perspective on the Pandemic

Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Shalom in Chula Vista,  has created a pearl of a book that I highly recommend. It is a fascinating, encompassing, very erudite and broad in...

Tzimmes Offers Full Array of Jewish Music in ‘The Road Never Travelled’ CD

Tzimmes, the Vancouver-based Jewish band under the direction of Moshe Denburg, has just released a two-disc recording, The Road Never Travelled, celebrating  its 35th anniversary. This is the group’s fourth album. Denburg figures prominently in all the...
Michael Herzog. Credit: Danny Kitri

Israel’s new ambassador to US seeks to heal rifts and build bipartisan support

The Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) bid farewell last week to its longtime senior fellow Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Michael Herzog, who was recently appointed Israeli’s Ambassador to the United States. Participating in the event were former...
Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The Houthis and the Jews

The following are remarks that the author delivered to the European Organizations Union for Peace in Yemen and the Yemeni Coalition of Independent Women, at the conference, “Terrorism & Violations of the Rights of...

Presidential Irrationality and Wrongdoing in US Nuclear Command Authority

Abstract: In post-World War II memory, no greater political danger has confronted the United States than the presidency of Donald J. Trump. Endowed with nuclear command authority, this unstable and openly law-violating American leader...
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi addresses the 2021 U.N. General Assembly by video, Sept. 21, 2021. Source: YouTube

Iranian president condemns US sanctions, ‘Zionist occupier’ in UN address

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, addressing the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly by video on Tuesday, called for an end to ongoing American sanctions, describing them as the United States’ “new way...
Harshit Godha in his Indo-Israel Avocado nursery. Photo by Tanmay Godha.

Israeli avocado plants are growing in India

In 2016, undergraduate business student Harshit Godha ran across an article that inspired a dream: establishing one of India’s first commercial avocado orchards. Wanting to learn from Israeli experts how to do this in his hometown of...
Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Source: Screenshot.

Pro-Israel leaders, senior officials hold counter-conference to protest upcoming Durban IV

A group of pro-Israel academics, activists, government officials and members of the media held a virtual conference strongly criticizing the Durban conferences against racism, which from its first and most notable conference in Durban,...