“Religious media” is much like “religious university” – sort of oxymoron. The purpose of media in general and newspapers in particular is to convey information and opinions about the world around us. Religiously-oriented media and newspapers often convey information and opinions, but about another world.
Want some examples? Sure you do. Here are some references to [...]
The Wailing Wall is considered as one of the most sacred Jewish places. Historically it is said to be the western wall of the ancient Jewish temple, known also as the Western Wall
“It is a remnant of the ancient wall that surrounded the Jewish Temple’s courtyard, and is arguably the most sacred site recognized by [...]
Once upon a time there were priests. They served the public in “holy” places, mediating between the audience and the divine gods. This is how they actually made their money. This was their “job”. And the legal and educational systems made sure that this should be a steady job.
Priests were to stay “pure”. At least [...]
So the Israeli elections are behind us, or so it seems. The media is super-busy with coverage, providing occupation for tens of local analysts and commentators, not to mention hundreds of comedians and other jokers making fun of our elected representatives, often rightfully.
Most of the statistics we hear about refer to allegedly “important” things: The [...]
How do you teach “History”? Israeli Ministry of Education apparently solved this puzzle. The solution: It’s not the contents, but rather the title, that matters.
I’ve been volunteering for several months, helping small children in the age of 10 years or so with their homework from school. Many of them attend what is known as the [...]
I have often been asked how the State of Israel will look when its Haredi (ultra Orthodox) people are the majority of Jewish people. I admit this is a bit like asking for a prophecy, but in practice I can identify two conflicting trends.
One trend is in favor of an increasing Haredi population and “Haredism” [...]
Three major things differentiate ‘Israel Railways’ from most of the modern world:
– The train still uses diesel fuel.
– The train suffers constantly from malfunctions, accidents and worker strikes.
– The service is offered only 5.5 days a week. No trains in the weekends.
Those with sharp observation skills may come up with theories that [...]
The Talmud says ‘Kol Be-Isha Erva’. The direct literal translation of our sages in this case reads ‘A woman’s voice is her genitals’. Luckily, the meaning is not the direct translation, but it’s almost. The meaning is ‘a woman’s singing voice induces desire, and therefore is not allowed to be heard by men’.
The origins of [...]
The essence of any country, as I (and not necessarily others) see it, is not the ethnic composition of the population, but rather the country’s “culture”. I – and many others – very much want to preserve the “nature” of the current state of Israel in many cultural ways: Language is just one example, and [...]
There is a countrywide protest in progress now all over Israel. It has been going on for several weeks now, and the main slogan calls for “social justice”.
The protest is generally based on economy issues. The middle class finds it harder than ever to survive these times, let alone acquire a decent place to live. [...]