IsraelAn amazing article about fact and fiction and the Temple Mount - this one probably belongs in pretty much all of the categories below, but I'll put it here.
For some beautiful photography and a round up of Chanukah in Israel, check out this Real Jerusalem Streets post.
And see more beautiful Chanukah photography on Batya's me-ander.
Over Chanukah, a lot of us went on vacation. Hiking around, shopping, visiting - it's a great time to not only see friends, but spend quality time outside in this beautiful country. It probably wasn't in honor of Chanukah, but NASA has joined the fun with some amazing pictures of Israel ... from space! See them on Life in Israel.
PoliticsIn the run-up to the elections, there are discussions related not only to Israel but it's political future and how it will be run - so, here's some of what our bloggers have been thinking this week:
Two State Solution - won't fly, says Batya in her Shiloh Musings post.
Looking for the latest polls for the upcoming elections? Check out Shiloh Musings
Jewish-Religious DiscussionsHere's the beginning of what promises to be an amazing dialog between two amazing women about the place of Jewish women in Judaism, in the home and in the synagogue, in rituals, and more.
Health and InspirationI had to debate with myself where to put this one. I decided it deserves its own category. Ahava Emunah is an amazing woman. I have been following her blog, her story, and including her in my prayers for some time now...and, gaining such inspiration from her. I hope you do too. Here she is with M&M Inspiration.
Another inspiring blog for those of us who live in a world of trying to lose weight, maintain weight loss, and/or generally live healthy, is Riki's Mom blogging in Beneath Your Wings. She writes here a letter to a friend.
Other StuffOnly in Israel could beer become part of a holy discussion. Learn about beer and Tzora in the Israel Brews and Views blog.
In searching around, I found this story - it doesn't belong in "other stuff" but it really doesn't belong here at all. The topic is completely valid and belongs, but the date is off - this was published a few weeks ago, but still, it is such a wonderful story, I decided to post it here...the story of a premature baby, born months early weighing in at 1.1 pounds (500 grams)...and look where he is now...
A neighbor in Maale Adumim was recently robbed. He is a world-renowned expert and teacher in a uniquely Israeli hand-to-hand combat form known as Krav Maga. He has been sharing his thoughts and feelings as he comes to terms with the robbery and what it means to him.
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