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The plague of the coronavirus has been indiscriminate: Every man, woman and child, in every country, of every religion, is a potential target of this calamitous pandemic.
Media consumers presume, at the most basic level, that the media will inform them of the news using the most basic of tools, the four Ws: Who, What, When, Where and Why.
More than 10 years have passed, but I can still smell the bleached sterility of Rambam Hospital’s bone marrow transplant ward
Beyond being the ultimate peoplehood people and freedom fighters, Zionists deftly transform traumas into opportunities.
Movrs and shakers in Israeli society.
There is no doubting that Passover, and especially Seder this year, will be very tough. But I hope it will serve as a source of inspiration for us all, and as we always say, “Next year in Jerusalem."
“Worldwide” doesn’t seem so wide anymore as we have entered a state of isolation.
Pictures of haredim holding large weddings after the government prohibited gathering of more than 10 people are maddening, But so, too, were photos of crowded Tel Aviv beaches.
Globalization cannot be halted. Epidemics were never stemmed by isolation.
Just like coronavirus has affected almost every single person, so too has the Internet response.
Despite significant scientific evidence and extensive predictions, not one Western democracy was prepared to deal with the coronavirus flare-up.
Reality Check: Thankfully, the police criticized the policewoman who asked a demonstrator whether he voted Gantz or Bibi
If the foreign ministry's star is on the decline, after coronavirus, the health ministry's will certainly be on the rise.
Despite the severe impact of the coronavirus on the Israeli economy and the Israeli industry sector, Israeli ports continue to function reasonably well.
Any lifting of sanctions, as suggested by the administration, is likely to result in smuggling and abuse by the Iranian authorities
Digital transformation, the leading global business strategy for the last five years, relies on and is driven by three main technologies: artificial intelligence, robotics and the Internet of things.
Despite the Iranian leadership’s misplaced values and egregious actions, the international community continues to turn a blind eye to blatant humanitarian abuses of the regime.
Trump’s counter-terrorism efforts command plaudits for their success and resourcefulness. Despite previously operating a caliphate the size of Britain, ISIS-controlled territory exists no more.
While the majority of hi-tech projects seeking funding have hit a snooze button, real estate projects must continue.
During these days we are instructed to wash our hands over and over and over. As we do so at the Seder this year, we can recite the following prayer.
Particularly welcome was the strong position against Iran's nuclear ambitions and regional hegemony.
The problems that Likud, Shas, United Torah Judaism and Yamina have with the unity government is primarily that there are only 15-17 ministerial posts for them to share among themselves.
All nations are today undergoing extreme stress. In the past, Israel has had more than its share and has had a lot of practice in social resilience.
Coronavirus has brought the ‘Start-up Nation’ to a near-standstill.
Every death is a tragedy, but with the ever-mounting number of fatalities from the novel coronavirus one particularly tragic loss last week was largely overlooked.
Jewish MPs were hounded from their party, and some Jewish families contemplated leaving the country if Corbyn won the December 2019 election. It is natural to feel relief that Corbyn has gone.
A passover message from the President of the World Jewish Congress
In the past, Israeli politicians have also prioritized Israel’s welfare over party politics and formed unity governments in the face of national crises.
On March 10, 1945, several weeks after meeting, Ibn Saud wrote to Roosevelt, asking him to oppose the continued development of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
As we figure out how to hold seders while under quarantine, there undoubtedly will be moments of stress and even sadness. Hopefully there will be moments of happiness and some laughter, too.
It is too early to evaluate the current crisis. Yet, it may be a good opportunity to review our choices up till now and even to consider the day after the crisis.
Patients should get the best treatment regardless of location or the availability of beds and caregivers.
How will it be to celebrate Passover alone this year?
Challenges to the higher education system: Is academia still relevant?
The implosion of the Blue and White Party clearly demonstrates why the High Court’s impulsive intervention was wrong, and explains why Edelstein’s resignation was a wise decision.
Instead of building new useless homes, the members of the pending coalition from Likud and Blue and White should be thinking about what they can personally do to serve as role models for the public.
There will be changes in most of our professions, including that of the diplomat. The struggle between traditional and modern diplomacy will end with the unconditional victory of the latter.
I suggest that for each of the four cups of wine, you choose a winery from a different region of Israel.
Public transportation and urbanization may be the long-term victims of a post-corona world, and there might be some beneficiaries as well.
“You don’t know what you’ve got – especially the mundane stuff – till it’s gone.”
Despite the overwhelming negatives that come with the coronavirus pandemic, I have managed to find a few positives.
If Israel’s economy is to bounce back after the corona crisis, the new government under Netanyahu, Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and the new finance minister must come up with a specific proposal
The Passover holiday celebrates our freedom from slavery. Why not take advantage of this time of year and get yourself out from fiscal slavery and become financially independent?
There may be months exemption from municipal tax (arnona) for businesses regarding March-May.
We are social creatures, and whether we are introverts or extroverts, we need social interactions at some level to maintain our normalcy and not lose our minds.
We went from passing out fliers and hanging election banners to in-home isolations, Zoom conference calls and early Passover cleaning.
The IDF accordingly elevated its readiness to one level above normal last week, and is requiring soldiers to follow social distancing and quarantine regulations
Israel lost its way in recent decades and enabled a free fall in the number of hospital beds per capita.
This novel coronavirus crisis – which has not yet peaked – will have major repercussions for the ultra-Orthodox public.
To this day, Hamas continues to hold his remains, presumably as a bargaining chip to extract political concessions.
Under stress, Europe is reverting to its long history of deeming some groups worthy of life; others, not so much. Happily, Israel is not Europe.
Israel can no longer afford the purposeful and self-destructive sectarianism of its minority communities
Bibi must leave, and Gantz and Ashkenazi must return to their party. The masses of the House of Israel who are strong and healthy, and full of energy and goodwill, must be allowed to return to work.
Under these extraordinary circumstances, anyone, and certainly a believer and amateur theologian like me, could be excused for searching for an underlying divine message.
This – unconventional – war will eventually be over and disputes will be renewed, but there have definitely been changes, different priorities and a chance for new alliances.
Movers and shakers in Israeli society
As the world ails, the movement against vaccinations is alive and well.
Everything we do in our national and religious identity is about gathering. Jews, and especially Israelis, do everything in groups.
Had it not been for the corona crisis, a Jerusalem courtroom would already now be the venue for “The State of Israel vs. Benjamin Netanyahu”
A stunning 44% of Americans polled said they see “the global coronavirus pandemic and economic meltdown” as “a wake-up call for us to turn back to faith in God,” as “signs of coming judgment."
If you have already gone through hell, you should be exempt from new trials. But this is not the case and we are in this together
Force majeure provisions offer relief from performing contractual obligations.
Litzman’s failure to deal with this crisis without invoking his own biases is inexcusable, and he should be held responsible for consequences of the spread of coronavirus.
People with autism who are nonverbal and low functioning, sadly, may find themselves hospitalized and heavily medicated on locked wards of psychiatric hospitals.
The public should be mature enough to understand that no government anywhere has a magic wand that can make COVID-19 suddenly disappear. Such an expectation is juvenile.
The horrifying story of Simon of Trent not only resulted in the torture and execution of the local Jewish community, its imagery provoked a widespread surge in antisemitic violence throughout Europe.
The coronavirus crisis is a strategic crossroads for renewed solidarity, initiatives and cooperation in the regional and international arena.
For years, the regime has diverted international aid money intended to help its people. It plundered the cash windfall from the nuclear agreement, choosing to spend it on its regional terror network.
Glory runs from Trump as he runs from the truth. He and the truth are not on speaking terms.
Israel needs a vibrant and kicking Left based on partnership and equality.
Despite the coronavirus outbreak, more than 900 new olim have arrived in Israel since the beginning of March.
A complaint was filed with the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights by an NYU student who charged that the university tolerated “extreme antisemitism” to fester on campus,
Gratitude is the highest Jewish value, the mountain’s summit of virtue.
Coronavirus returns us to our most basic values. We are home with our families, little or no international travel, little to no international trade.
Gantz's introverted demeanor and businesslike attitude worked in the military but did not fit the prototypical image of a prime ministerial candidate
With more than 570 cases, the ultra-Orthodox city has more than 10% of the country’s nearly 5,000 cases.
Yair Lapid claims Gantz blinked and caved – actually, Gantz saluted and stood tall.
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This is Netanyahu’s only option to form a government with a comfortable majority immediately, which is urgent because he cannot go on dealing with the health and economic crises without a budget.
All over the world, people are losing their jobs, and this will affect the global economy. But most of all it will hurt those who are already in a position of few opportunities.
Over 20% of Israelis are unemployed these days due to the coronavirus. A new government should be working to help them find jobs, not working to find jobs for itself.
Even if one is aware of the alternative outcomes, it is hard to predict what will eventually occur to the individual.
If you don’t work in the health or care sector, it’s just this invisible threat.
This global uncertainty affects us all. People around the world are looking for an anchor to give them security and stability. This role can, and must, be filled by local mayors and municipal leaders
Thanks to the coronavirus, a sickened world is taking a second look at China’s extreme despotism, typified by its policies on religious freedom.
Here are some suggestions to help minimize potential negative effects from our current situation.
Today, it is arguable beyond any shadow of a doubt that Benny Gantz, who during all three election campaigns declared "Israel above all," really means it.
The coronavirus is likely to be remembered as just such an event, changing our lives in a myriad ways
We are not denying that there is great merit to social distancing. However, the mandatory aspects of this grand social experiment must be immediately abolished across the world.
Combating the coronavirus in Jewish communities
If these regulations continue to be flouted, even by a minority, they will likely be made stricter for all.
What is important is the country’s show of solidarity, a solidarity that uniquely arises in times of crisis.
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We must not abandon the needs of those living in the settlements.