Today in History, May 26: 1948: Entire Hagana arm forces were sworn-in as Israeli soldiers.

HEADLINE NEWS

Rebbe's Employee Accused of Secretly Filming Nude Couples at NJ Motel

An employee of a Rockland County Hasidic grand rebbe has been arrested and charged with secretly taking photos of couples having sex in a New Jersey motel.

Gaza rocket

Gaza Rocket Strikes Southern Israel

A rocket from Gaza exploded in an open area of the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.

Yehuda Glick

New Knesset Member Vows to End Jewish Prayer Ban on Temple Mount

Longtime Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glickhas promised to abide by Prime Minister Netanyahu’s directive barring Knesset members and ministers from going to the hot spot.

Charlie Daniels vs. Iran

Country Music Star Threatens Iran in Weird NRA Video

The NRA, which recently announced its endorsement of Trump, released a video of country musician Charlie Daniels telling the "ayatollahs of Iran" to fear the "swamp folks" and "mountain men" of America.

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Crossroads

Just Ask: 3 Steps to Take Before Making Important Decisions

We have been given the awesome and monumental gift of free will - but how do we decide how to impact the world with our decisions?

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Jewplexed: Fuming Over Cremation

Those times when you get a letter offering you your very own free pre-paid cremation.

Suissa: Can French Comedian Gad Elmaleh Make America Laugh — in English?

Elmaleh, who’s a youthful 45, has made it to the top by performing in his first language — French.

Hatikvah

Jewplexed: Listening to 'Hatikvah' on Yom Ha’atzmaut

When your ear catches the national anthem of Israel, what do you really hear?

CATCH OF THE DAY

Israeli Startup Claims it Can Spot Terrorists

The Tel Aviv based startup says its facial profiling software can detect criminals, terrorists, pedophiles, and other deviants.

Features

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The Human Skin Lampshade

Can this be the story of my people? My grandparents, little cousins, aunts and uncles perished in the flames and now for $35 you can buy a lampshade from the skin of Jews?

Lag B'Omer

WATCH LIVE: Masses Flock to Lag B'Omer Bonfire Celebration in Northern Israel

The traditional bonfire celebration run by the Boyan Hassidic sect draws hundreds of thousands every year, and the sight is breathtaking.

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human lamp skin

The Human Skin Lampshade

Can this be the story of my people? My grandparents, little cousins, aunts and uncles perished in the flames and now for $35 you can buy a lampshade from the skin of Jews?

Portland State

Experiment Finds Portland College Students Perfectly Willing to Donate to Hamas

This disturbing video shows just how deep ignorance and blind hatred of Israel runs within the BDS movement.

Is The UK Golf Scene Anti-Semitic?

A British media mogul has accused the UK’s golf scene of being “full” of anti-Semitism, saying a prominent club banned him because he is Jewish.

Op Solomon

From Ethiopia to Israel's Knesset

One Jew's incredible true story, revisited on the anniversary of Operation Solomon on May 24, 1991.

Holidays

Lag B'Omer

WATCH LIVE: Masses Flock to Lag B'Omer Bonfire Celebration in Northern Israel

The traditional bonfire celebration run by the Boyan Hassidic sect draws hundreds of thousands every year, and the sight is breathtaking.

7 Quotes About Jerusalem

Beautiful words about the Holy City.

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Counting The Omer: First Crop or Last Straw?

The Omer period has several interesting angles...

Lag Baomer

The Mystery of Lag B'Omer

Thirty-three days following the first day of Passover, Jews celebrate a "minor" holiday called Lag B'Omer, the thirty-third day of the Omer. It is an oasis of joy in the midst of the sad Sefirah period which is almost unnoticed by most contemporary Jews.

Soul Food, May 26

The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life is the source from which self-respect springs. -Joan Didion