Jewish people dance with Torahs during the Hakafot ceremony on Simcha Torah in Liberty Bell Park in Jerusalem, Israel; 2008. x

In Israel, Simchat Torah begins following Sukkot and continues for two days, celebrating the competition of the reading of the Torah.  In the diaspora, the day following Sukkot is known as Shemini Atzeret and - although it is a separate holiday from Sukkot - incorporates many aspects of Sukkot in it.  There are debates that continue to this day on which Sukkot customs should be used in Shemini Atzeret.  The custom widely followed is not to sleep in the Sukkah or to carry the lulav and etrog on Shemini Atzert as it might confuse others into thinking it was still Sukkot.  However, Rabbi Elijah ben Solomon Zalman argued in favor of continuing to sleep in the Sukkah during Shemini Atzert.  The prevailing custom remains to eat in the Sukkah while not sleeping in or saying the blessing for the Sukkah.  Rashi describes Shemini Atzert as, “the parable of a king who invites his sons to dine with him for a number of days, but when the time comes for them to leave, he asks them to stay for another day, since it is difficult for him to part from them” with the ‘King’ in this analogy being G-d.

In 2016, Simchat Torah begins in Israel on the evening of October 23rd and continues until October 25th.  Outside of Israel, Shemini Atzert begins on the evening of October 23rd until October 24th and Simchat Torah begins of the evening of October 24th and continues until the evening of October 25th.
20 minutes from modern Jerusalem, a Palestinian village is stranded in the past
Jubbet adh Dhib, in the Israeli-controlled West Bank, has been waiting for electricity for nearly three decades.

JUBBET ADH DHIB, West Bank — Let there be light.

That is a plea of residents of this Palestinian village who have waited nearly three decades for electricity while well-lit Israeli settlements sprang up around them. Now they are pinning their hopes on a new local women’s committee that is determined to get them on the grid.

Just a 20-minute drive from bustling modern Jerusalem, on the side of a mountain whose name means “Paradise,” Jubbet adh Dhib is like a step back in time.

Without refrigeration, food goes bad. Elderly Palestinians fall down in the dark. Children can’t study at night. With no WiFi and limited television, villagers feel cut off from the world.

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October, 2016. Wadi Qelt  ,Israel.

Also knowun as Nahal Prat, is a valley or stream in the West Bank, originating near Jerusalem and terminating near Jericho, near the Dead Sea, where it runs into the Jordan River.

Wadi Qelt is home to a unique variety of flora and fauna.

The area was occupied by Israel in 1967, and hence parts of the wadi were declared a nature reserve, the Ein Prat Nature Reserve.

Wadi Qelt is a popular route for Palestinian and Israeli hikers. It is possible to hike all the way from the town of Hizma to Jericho, a journey of 25 kilometres and an 850m descent. The wadi is used by many Bedouin shepherds.

Wadi Qelt was the site of several Palestinian terror attacks on Israeli hikers.
Israel Bombs Gaza, Defense Minister Says 'Next War Will Be The Last'
Israeli bombs strip in response to rocket fire, as Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman says next conflict will 'completely destroy' Hamas., Avigdor Lieberman, Gaza, Hamas, Israel, Israel Air Force, Palestine,

Israel’s air force hit a Hamas post in the Gaza Strip on Monday after a rocket was fired from the Palestinian enclave toward Israel, the military said.

There were no initial reports that the rocket caused any casualties.

“A rocket was fired at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip,” an army statement said, but “no rockets hit Israeli territory”.

Israeli public radio said it was believed the rocket fell short and landed within Gaza, which is run by Palestinian movement Hamas.

“In response to the attack Israel Air Force aircraft targeted a Hamas military post in the northern Gaza Strip,” the army said.

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Celtic (Scottish football club) fans have raised more than £100,000 for Palestinian charities in an attempt to match an impending Uefa fine for displaying Palestinian flags at a match against an Israeli team.

European football’s governing body began disciplinary proceedings against the Glasgow club last week after a number of fans displayed the flags during their 5-2 home victory against Hapoel Be’er Sheva in a Champions League qualifier.

The return leg is due to be played in Israel on Tuesday night.

The Green Brigade group of supporters set up an appeal on the gofundme website on Sunday to match the anticipated fine, and donations passed £80,000 on Tuesday morning.

The fans are raising money for Medical Aid Palestine, which delivers health and medical care to those “worst affected by conflict, occupation and displacement”, and the Lajee Centre, a cultural and sports project for children in Aida refugee camp, in Bethlehem.

The appeal read: “At the Champions League match with Hapoel Be’er Sheva on 17 August 2016, the Green Brigade and fans throughout Celtic Park flew the flag for Palestine. This act of solidarity has earned Celtic respect and acclaim throughout the world. It has also attracted a disciplinary charge from Uefa, which deems the Palestinian flag to be an ‘illicit banner’.

“In response to this petty and politically partisan act by European football’s governing body, we are determined to make a positive contribution to the game and today launch a campaign to #matchthefineforpalestine.”

The statement said the money raised would help buy football kit and equipment to enable the refugee camp to have a team, which would be called Aida Celtic, in the Bethlehem youth league.

Celtic face their ninth Uefa punishment for supporter behaviour in five years when the case is heard on 22 September. Two years ago the club was fined more than £15,000 after a Palestinian flag was displayed at a Champions League qualifier against KR Reykjavik.

Uefa rules forbid the use of “gestures, words, objects or any other means to transmit any message that is not fit for a sports event, particularly messages that are of a political, ideological, religious, offensive or provocative nature”.

מה שבטוח הוא שמגיע לכם ערב רומנטי, וזה לא חשוב באמת כמה זמן אתם יחד. השקיעו בעצמכם ובזוגיות שלכם, זה מגיע לכם.

רעיונות לערב רומנטי

זוגות וותיקים שנמצאים יחד כבר שנים מכירים את האתגר הזה, אבל גם זוגות טריים יותר עשויים להכיר אותו – איך אפשר לתכנן ערב רומנטי ומיוחד במינו? בין שלל מסעדות, ברים ובתי קפה, שאת חלקם פקדתם במשך תקופה ארוכה לבדכם, בזוג או עם החבר'ה, איך אפשר לעשות משהו בכל זאת שונה לכבוד יום ההולדת, יום השנה או ערב פנוי שבו אתם משקיעים קצת בזוגיות שלכם?

ארוחה טובה היא חלק בלתי נפרד מערב רומנטי, וזה ללא ספק נכון, אבל כשאתם מחפשים מסעדה איכותית שימו לב לא רק לתפריט שלה, אלא גם למיקום. אם תמצאו מסעדה משובחת הסמוכה אל הים תוכלו לצאת להליכה זוגית על החול, להרטיב מעט את הרגליים ולשבת על החוף שלובי ידיים כשמעליכם כוכבים לרוב. אם אתם לא קרובים לים, או שאין לכם עניין להתקרב אליו, תוכלו למצוא גם פעילויות אחרות.

זוגות רבים ישמחו, למשל, לעשות יחד משהו מיוחד ושונה כמו חדר בריחה או משחק באולינג. אם אתם מתחברים לפעילויות כאלו ואחרות הכניסו אותן ללוח הזמנים של הערב הרומנטי שלכם, והפכו אותו לאירוע מתמשך שבו תחוו יחד מכל הטוב שיש – אוכל מצוין, יין איכותי, פעילות חווייתית וגם תמונה למזכרת מהערב הזה, שאותו תרצו לשחזר בקרוב מאוד.