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    • Paula

    Finally … Israel forms a government

    May 21, 2020 Go comment!
    After the longest political deadlock in Israeli history – more than 500 days – the country finally has a new government. With 36 ministers and 16 deputy ministers, it’s the most bloated government to date.
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    • Paula

    Will Israel head to the International Criminal Court?

    Apr 30, 2020 Go comment!
    As if the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the crisis in Israeli politics isn’t enough to keep senior policymakers and military officers awake at night, there’s another important debate.
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    • Paula

    An Israeli marriage not made in heaven

    Apr 23, 2020 1 Comment
    In one of the most spectacular U-turns in Israeli political history, the former army chief and leader of the Blue and White party, Benny Gantz, on Monday night signed a coalition agreement with incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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    • Paula

    Playing a politics game that Netanyahu always wins

    Apr 02, 2020 Go comment!
    There’s a joke that in Israel, you play politics for 90 minutes and then, in the end, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu always wins. That’s certainly true three elections and 16 months without a government, later.
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    • Paula

    Israel to go on full lockdown

    Mar 26, 2020 Go comment!
    I write this hours before Israel goes into a full lockdown (on midnight, Wednesday 25 March). Still, it hasn’t been easy living under a partial one until now. Restaurants are closed, but you can walk or drive to one for takeaways. Soon that will stop, and only home deliveries will be possible. There’ll be no public transport, although the trains already ceased working days ago.
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    • Paula

    Under lockdown, Israel focuses on creating a government

    Mar 19, 2020 Go comment!
    Israeli coalition talks have begun in earnest. On Monday, Benny Gantz, the leader of the centrist Blue and White Party, was tasked by President Reuven Rivlin to try and form a government after he received the backing of 61 members of Knesset (Parliament).
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    • Shavuot7

    Freedom hopelessly inadequate without rules

    May 28, 2020 Go comment!
    As limiting as laws and rules may seem, they are integral to liberty. Although the Torah establishes a system of rules which govern our lives, its guidelines actually give us a framework for navigating our freedom.
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    • ParshaRabbiPink

    Why did G-d give us the Torah?

    May 28, 2020 Go comment!
    After the festival of our liberation, Pesach, comes Shavuot, the festival of the receiving of our Torah. The days of Sefirah (the counting of the Omer), beginning on the second night of Pesach and ending on the eve of Shavuot, connect these two great festivals.
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    • RabbiKagan (2)

    Why do we eat cheesecake on Shavuot?

    May 28, 2020 Go comment!
    Who makes your favourite cheesecake? This question reminds us of baking competitions and communal Shavuot dinner desserts. It’s popular custom to partake of dairy products and honey during this wonderful festival, when we celebrate Hashem giving us His Torah and the harvest season in the land of Israel.
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    • Rabbi Deren

    The ice cream of the crop

    May 28, 2020 Go comment!
    I don’t think I’m the only one going into Shavuos with a gulp in my throat, knowing that if, G-d forbid, Moshiach doesn’t come in the next 48 hours, we’ll be spending our first Shavuos at home.
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