Month: March 2023

Israel, Quality of Jewish Life, Terror

Lockdown Lifted in Beitar after Bus Bomb and Fear of Infiltration

beitar illit

Beitar Illit, located in Gush Etzion, was on lockdown overnight, after a bomb was discovered on a bus. Baruch Hashem, nissim niflaos, the bomb malfunctioned. It fizzled and smoke, but didn’t explode. Residents were finally released from their lockdown at 7am the next morning, making it quite a lot easier to shop and get ready …

Israel, Liberal Jews

US Ambassador Nides of Smotrich: ‘Would Throw Him Out of the Plane’

US Ambassador to Israel, Thomas R. Nides

US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides hurled epithets at Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich on Friday in an official statement, calling him “stupid” and saying he would “throw him out of the plane” should he fly to Washington. In response, Smotrich issued this statement: “I am not angry at the US Ambassador to Israel, and …


Just in time for Purim: Name of Persian King Darius found on Potsherd in Israel

darius potsherd

King Darius the Great, the father of King Achashverosh may be gone, but his name lives on in the form of an inscription found on a potsherd in Israel’s Lachish National Park. It was the first time the king’s name was found on an archaeological artifact, anywhere in Israel. Fittingly, the discovery was made by …