By Y. Koppel  |  Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Last Monday night, when sirens wailed through Yerushalayim for the first time, everyone was caught off guard. Although the rising tensions, particularly in the southern regions, were unnerving, Yerushalayim was thought to be out of the line of fire of rocket attacks.
By Chaim Bashevkin  |  Wednesday, July 16, 2014
I heard that there
Are simply those
Who sit and wait all year
To read just what
Bashevkin says
As summertime draws near

What will be the subject?
No one really knows
Camps or trips
Or high-priced tips
Or just plain bungalows
By Tzvi Yaakovson  |  Wednesday, July 16, 2014
It has been nine years since the Disengagement from Gaza. In the midst of an atmosphere of war, with the wail of sirens filling the air and a widespread sense of uncertainty as to whether we can rely on the decisions of those who are running our government, we have received a clear and painful reminder of the level of trust we can have in our elected leaders. Today it is Binyomin Netanyahu; nine years ago, it was Ariel Sharon.

At the time, the issue of the day was the Disengagement, or, more accurately, the flight from Gush Katif.
By Rabbi Pinchos Lipschutz  |  Wednesday, July 16, 2014
With hundreds of rockets falling on Eretz Yisroel, we are witness to daily miracles as there have been very few Israeli casualties. While others credit the Iron Dome with protecting the Israeli population, we note that the very formulation of the system was a miracle. Experts and politicians were stubbornly opposed to funding its creation. The singular dedication of a few diehards forced its completion, and that in itself is a miracle. It is miraculous that those people were given the intelligence and perseverance to produce this lifesaving device.
By Yitzchok Singer  |  Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Rebbetzin Faiga Esther Finkel a”h passed away on Shabbos in Yerushalayim at the age of 76.

Rebbetzin Finkel, who was visiting family in Yerushalayim, entered her building after attending a shiur Shabbos afternoon. As she proceeded to the stairs, an air raid siren sounded due to an impending rocket attack. She went to the home of a neighbor, where she collapsed. Magein Dovid Adom paramedics arrived and attempted to resuscitate her. She passed away shortly thereafter.
By Debbie Maimon  |  Wednesday, July 16, 2014
In an unexpected twist to the ongoing scandal over the missing IRS emails, two federal judges came down hard on the tax agency last week in separate hearings connected to the computer fiasco.

The judges ordered the agency to explain under oath how the agency lost thousands of emails from the files of now-retired Lois Lerner, who headed the IRS unit that reviews applications for tax-exempt status. The IRS claims her computer suffered a crash in 2011 that wiped out her hard drive.
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