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Monday, September 23, 2019

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Record Number of Jews Visit Temple Mount on Tisha B’Av, Despite Riots

Police initially closed the site to non-Muslims before opening it for short periods later in the day, enabling a record 1,700 Jews to visit.

Riots erupted on the Temple Mount on Sunday, as Muslims celebrating Eid al-Adha (“Festival of Sacrifice”) attempted to prevent Jews from entering.

72 Reps Don’t #Skipthetrip, Join Largest-Ever Delegation to Israel

A total of 41 Republicans and 31 Democrats are in Israel on overlapping party tours to get a firsthand view of the complex security challenges Israel faces and to express their unconditional, bipartisan support for the Jewish state.

The delegations are touring Israel’s borders and gaining insight into

Tisha B’Av at the Isaiah Peace Wall

(Courtesy of Amcha-Coalition for Jewish Concerns) Eli Lunzer holds a Torah scroll aloft during the annual Tisha B’Av prayer service for Israel and Jews in danger worldwide at the United Nations’ famed Isaiah Peace Wall. The Ralph Bunche obelisk, named for the American diplomat who brokered the end to Israel’s War of

Israel to Assist in ‘Operation Sentinel’

Israel will provide intelligence support to the American-led effort Israel will provide intelligence support to the American-led effort to secure the Strait of Hormuz, said Israel’s Foreign Minister Israel Katz.

Israel is assisting the U.S.-led naval mission to bolster security for

‘OneWalk With OneFamily’ Brings Together North American Youth and Israeli Victims of Terror

(Courtesy of OneFamily) OneFamily, Israel’s leading organization supporting victims of terror and their families, brought together over 700 students and staff on Israel summer programs from NCSY, Sulam and Machach (Bnei Akiva’s Summer Camp in Israel), to support and connect with Israel’s victims of

Israel Approves Construction of 2,300 Homes in Judea and Samaria

(JNS) Israel’s Defense Ministry has authorized plans for the construction of more than 2,300 homes in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, following sessions of the Civil Administration’s High Planning Subcommittee this week. The majority were approved for smaller Jewish communities as opposed to major blocs.

Palestinian Hero and Family Granted Israeli Residency for Helping Terror-Attack Victims

(JNS) A Palestinian man who faced death threats after saving the lives of Israeli children following a terrorist attack that killed their rabbi father was awarded Israeli residency by Interior Minister Aryeh Deri on Tuesday.

Dayton Shooter Showed Ex-Girlfriend ‘Play-by-Play’ of Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

(Aaron Bandler/Jewish Journal/JNS) The gunman who killed nine people on Sunday in Dayton, Ohio, apparently showed his ex-girlfriend, Adelia Johnson, a “play by play” video of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting in October, according to Johnson, who said that she met the shooter, Connor

Amazon Aims to Launch in Israel in September, Ahead of Elections and Jewish Holidays

(JNS) Amazon is reportedly aiming to open its operations in Israel ahead of the country’s September 17 elections and Jewish holidays, which fall at the very end of the month.

Were the online retailer not ready by

Council for Higher Education Earmarks $56 Million for Joint US-Israel Research Program

(Israel Hayom/JNS) Israel’s Council for Higher Education (CHE) has earmarked some $56 million to the NSF-BSF, a prestigious joint U.S.-Israel program made up of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF). The funds, which will be allocated over a period of five years, will facilitate

Likud Refuses to ‘Give In to Manipulations’ by Other Parties, Affirms Support for Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cemented his standing as the leader of the Israeli right after an unusual set of circumstances led to members of his party unanimously signing a document on Sunday promising that he is their only candidate for prime minister.

“Likud will not give into

Help Oz Ve’Hadar Restore Sifrei Torah For Army Bases Across Israel

The first two halachot of the Rambam’s Mishneh Torah—Sefer Ahava, Hilchot Sefer Torah, seventh perek—deal with the writing of a sefer Torah. In the first: “Every individual is commanded to write a sefer Torah for himself even if he received one from his parents. At the minimum, one should contribute a