28 ияра (7 июня 1967 года) в ходе Шестидневной войны израильские войска освободили Восточный Иерусалим от арабской оккупации и с боем вышли к еврейской святыне – Котелю (Западной Стене Храма). Израильский фотокор Давид Рубингер сделал тогда фотографию, обошедшую весь мир – он запечатлел трех безымянных израильских десантников, первыми вышедших к Котелю. Их лица стали своего рода символами освобожденного Иерусалима. подробнее тут


Слева направо: Цион Карасанти, Ицхак Ифат и Хаим Ошри у Котеля (Западной стены Храма) в 1967г. и 2012г.

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Vidal Sassoon died from Leukemia on 9 May 2012 at his home in Los Angeles. He was a genuinely cool guy, check out a documentary about him, if you haven’t done so yet.

Here’s an extensive quote from Wiki:
“Sassoon was born to Jewish parents in Hammersmith, London, and lived in Shepherds Bush. His father, Jack Sassoon, was from Thessaloniki, Greece, and his mother, Betty, came from a family of immigrants from Ukraine. Sassoon had a younger brother, Ivor, who died from a heart attack at the age of 46. Jack Sassoon, a womanizer, left his family when Vidal was three.

Due to his mother’s extreme poverty and now being a single parent, she was forced to place Sassoon and his younger brother in a Jewish orphanage, where they stayed for seven years.

At the age of 17, although having been too young to serve in the Second World War, he became the youngest member of the 43 Group, a Jewish veterans’ underground organisation. It fought against anti-semitism after the war ended by breaking up Fascist meetings in East London. One newspaper refers to him as an “anti-fascist warrior-hairdresser”, whose aim was to prevent Sir Oswald Mosley’s far-Right movement from spreading “messages of hatred” in the period following the Second World War.

In 1948, at the age of 20, he joined the Haganah (which shortly afterwards became the Israeli Defense Forces) and fought in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, which began after Israel achieved statehood. During an interview, he described the year he spent training with the Israelis as “the best year of my life,” and recalled how he felt:

“When you think of 2,000 years of being put down and suddenly you are a nation rising, it was a wonderful feeling. There were only 600,000 people defending the country against five armies, so everyone had something to do.””

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Video filmed, Directed & Edited by Roman Buchatsky (ROM). Writers: Vitaly & Roman Buchatsky. Props (Product Design): Oleg Balzanov. Cameraman: Feliks Bondarevski, Oleg Balzanov, Vitaly Buchatsky & Roman Buchatsky.

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Check out collection of archival images on Jewish life. Including early Soviet and other children books; vintage illustrations with a cool set for Gustav Meyrinks’ “Golem” published in Germany in 1916; cute scraps and greeting cards; artwork, like this picture of Brooklyn Bridge from 1922 and hundreds of photos. This one is my favorite.

Image above: Michail Aram “Dizengoff Square”, oil on canvas, mid 20th century

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An international project, a new movie about Holocaust premiers soon in Jerusalem.

“A story of a pair of shoes that starts in the shop window and runs all the way to Auschwitz. The work reflects director’s original concept: shoes is the only object in the shot”

“История начинается в витрине модного магазина и заканчивается в братской могиле обуви в концлагере Освенцим.”

Visit website на русском or in English for more info. The project needs your support, you can make a donation here. View film trailer in Russian or in English:

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Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 |

There’s also an excellent book on the subject:
Israel’s Secret Wars: A History of Israel’s Intelligence Services (at Amazon.com)

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IDF Lone soldiers wish you a happy Israeli Independence Day!

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via Олег Куваев

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Vanessa Hidary performs her signature piece, “Hebrew Mamita”, on Def Poetry Jam HBO.

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Фото Дня на сайте RusRep.ru: Иерусалим, 8 февраля 2012. Ортодоксальные евреи передают ящик с бананами на празднике Ту би-Шват. Ту би-Шват известен, как Новый год деревьев. Плоды, созревающие после этой даты, принято считать урожаем следующего года. В этот день принято есть фрукты и сажать деревья.


©AP Photo/Bernat Armangue

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Shuki Levy & Aviva

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Зарубежная пресса встревожена катастрофическим положением дел в Газе: такие продукты как кетчуп и прохладительные напитки считаются роскошью, и не поставляются в Газу. Доведённые до отчаяния палестинцы проносят их через свежевырытые тоннели из братского Египта, и продают перемазанный глиной кетчуп втридорога. Ну, вы в курсе. Тем временем, в Газе открыли новый торговый центр, торгует он чем бог послал.

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Марлен Шпиндлер (1931–2003) – известный московский художник, человек нелёгкой судьбы. его живописные работы хранятся во многих музеях мира. Между тем часть своей жизни он посвятил графическому дизайну, работая в 1960-е годы в «Промграфике», Мастерской прикладной графики Художественного фонда.

В российско-швейцарской галерее “Nadja Brykina Gallery” (Мясницкая, 24/2) с 30 августа по 12 сентября пройдет выставка “Марлен Шпиндлер. Знаки и опусы”. Здесь собраны некоторые из этих “опусов”. Много работ художника на сайте галереи Нади Брыкиной.

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On iSteve.blogspot.com: Joel Stein (LA Times) asks “How Jewish is Hollywood?”

A couple of quotes:

“The Jews are so dominant, I had to scour the trades to come up with six Gentiles in high positions at entertainment companies. When I called them to talk about their incredible advancement, five of them refused to talk to me, apparently out of fear of insulting Jews. The sixth, AMC President Charlie Collier, turned out to be Jewish.”

“But Foxman said he is proud of the accomplishments of American Jews. “I think Jews are disproportionately represented in the creative industry. They’re disproportionate as lawyers and probably medicine here as well,” he said. He argues that this does not mean that Jews make pro-Jewish movies any more than they do pro-Jewish surgery.”

via twitter.com/vityokr

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