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Dispatch from Jerusalem

World’s Largest Known Winepress from Byzantine Period Uncovered

Yavne was a world wine powerhouse about 1,500 years ago. A huge and well-designed industrial estate from the Byzantine period with a very impressive wine production complex—the largest known in the world from this period—has been excavated in the city over the past two years. The site includes five magnificent wine presses, warehouses for aging

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Going through Withdrawal?

For almost 20 years, the world was a different place. On October 7, 2001, the United States launched a military campaign in Afghanistan with a massive military focus on the Middle East. Then, on August 30, 2021, the American forces left—in an expected but criticized withdrawal that had enemies of the US celebrating. But is

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The Butcher of Tehran

Nicknamed the “Butcher of Tehran” or the “Hangman of Tehran,” Iran’s new president, Ebrahim Raisi, has all eyes on the Islamic regime. “The new government in Iran—headed by the ‘Butcher from Tehran’ Raisi, and in which most of its ministers are suspected of terrorism and are on the sanctions lists throughout the world—is the extremist

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Love Thy Neighbor

The nation of Israel was shaken in May 2021 by countless rockets fired from the Gaza Strip and a new kind of aggression: unprecedented riots and lynchings in ethnically mixed Jewish–Arab communities across the country. Whether spurred on by the rhetoric and international media attention surrounding the Israeli Supreme Court ruling on the future of

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The Mountains of Israel

Israel is a diverse land with striking landscapes that captivate and inspire. No tour of Israel is complete without visiting at least one—and perhaps even all—of the famous mountains of Israel. Let’s travel north from the center of the country to discover the unique story that each mountain has to tell. Mount Moriah Better known

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The Women of the Coalition

The coalition formed by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid is notable for its diversity. It can also claim the distinction of having the most female cabinet ministers in the history of the modern State of Israel. These nine women make up one-third of the 27 cabinet positions, with three of them

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No Other Choice

A number of common threads run through the chronicles of the wars Israel fought in her infancy years. The first three decades of the newly reborn state’s existence alone saw her forced into three major wars—each fought from a desperate, back-against-the-wall, outmanned and outgunned, slim-chance-of-victory position. All three brought a ganged up, multiple-army enemy boasting

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The Ghost Army

From 1939 to 1945, over 30 nations of the world contributed their best and brightest to the over 100 million military personnel who would engage in the deadliest conflict in human history. World War ll would claim the lives of over 60 million people, 40 million of them civilians. The Holocaust, Hitler’s genocidal attempt to

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Hanukkah Latkes

The majority of holidays in Israel are synonymous with feasting on specific festive foods and traditional dishes. Hanukkah is no different. During the eight-day Festival of Light (celebrated this year from November 28 to December 6), Israel indulges in deep-fried delicacies. This is to commemorate the one portion of consecrated oil lasting eight days during

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An Ancient Hatred in Modern Times

Humanity should have learned its lesson—after the Crusades, the pogroms and most definitely after the Holocaust. Yet here we are: a so-called progressive society crediting itself with tolerance and respect for human rights, still battling the most ancient of hatreds—anti-Semitism—in modern times. Sadly, the hallmarks of 2021 include a shocking surge in anti-Semitism sweeping the

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