Burying Ari “Lion of Israel” Fuld

Yesterday morning, Rabbi Ari Fuld was stabbed to death by a Palestinian teenager outside a shopping mall near Efrat, at the Gush Etzion Junction south of Jerusalem. Fuld is an alumnus of Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh, the school where I am studying. I have been living in Israel for less than a month and already someone to whom I feel connected has been killed in a terrorist attack. When Fuld was buried yesterday at midnight, I was one of the thousands in attendance.

Over the last 24 hours, I have learned about this extraordinary man from his family, from our school’s staff and older students, and from the news.

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Between War and Peace: An Interview With Senior Hamas Leader Husam Badran

The festive signing of the Oslo Peace Accords in September 1993 found Husam Badran, a founding member of Hamas and later a director of the organization’s military wing, in Israel’s high security Nafha Prison, serving time for terror activities. His fellow security prisoners—jubilantly following the ceremony on TV—started packing their bags, expecting to be released imminently in a mass amnesty. But Badran kept his cool.

“After all they’d suffered, they felt this was real. But I told them: ‘Don’t be in such a rush. We will be freed after serving our full sentences, then we will be arrested again and again as negotiations proceed.’ And that is indeed what happened.”

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Chicken Blood Is Everywhere!

For the past 26 years, Rina Deych has protested the ritual slaughter of chickens.

Each year, in the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, over 50,000 chickens are killed in pop-up slaughterhouses on the streets of Brooklyn (as they are elsewhere around the world) during a ritual called kapparot, in which some Hasidic Jews wave chickens over their heads exactly three times and then slaughter the chickens. The practice has often been explained as a symbolic transfer of human sins onto the birds, but some rabbinic authorities say that the ritual doesn’t absolve participants, it only inspires them to repentance. In either case, the chickens are kept in crowded crates and often unfed in the days leading up to the ritual; some die before kapparot even takes place.

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A Yiddish Deer in Headlights

This time of Jewish year, with Yom Kippur fast approaching, and the day before Yom Kippur even closer, yields a wonderfully expressive Yiddish saying. It’s akin to the English expression “like a deer in the headlights.”

Not quite, though. The hoofed mammal staring at an oncoming car at night might best be described as transfixed; the animal in the Yiddish idiom is just uncomprehending, dumbfounded. And it’s a chicken.

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Ingenious Black Ink Tattoos That Use the Hidden Places Around Knees and Elbows to Create a Different Context

Octopus Collapsing and Expanding Tattoo

French artist Veks Van Hillik creates absolutely gorgeous black ink tattoos that are strategically placed in the hidden places behind knees and elbows so that two different designs can be incorporated into one, creating a different context depending on how the joint is positioned. Examples of this ingenious idea includes a gorgeous black scarab that grows wings (elbow), a rather realistic octopus that opens up wide (knee), an expanding Koi fish (elbow), an opening eye inside a flower (knee), just to name a few.

via Menace Tattoo, Boing Boing

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Amazing Handcrafted Sweaters Featuring Photorealistic Knit Portraits of Iconic Music Legends

Japanese yarn artist Amimono Horinouchi creates absolutely incredible handcrafted sweaters that feature a photorealistic knit reproductions of iconic music legends. Among some of his notable creations are a purple Prince sweater, David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, a gorgeous red Grace Jones against a field of green, a blond Blondie in yellow, a shirtless Iggy Pop on black, DEVO in their trademark red Energy Domes, a very punk rock Ramones vest in pink and black, Biz Markie in pink and a tattooed Amy Winehouse against a houndstooth-ish background. Some of these amazing creations are available for purchase in Amimono’s Etsy store.

I make a sweater and a bag with knitting. All my works are made by domestic knitting machine. They are all handmade.

via KnitHacker

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The Opening Title Sequence From ‘Rick and Morty’ Brilliantly Reimagined as a Gorgeous Anime Short

Rick and Morty Anime

Cartoonist Malec of the French video company Turbo Interactive, has brilliantly re-imagined the opening title sequence from the sublime animated series Rick and Morty as a gorgeously lush anime short complete with Japanese subtitles. Each character makes a especially defined appearance, including Pickle Rick.


(Translated: Here we are back with a video on which we worked a lot. We are counting on you to share the official link en masse. We love you!)

Anime Rick and Morty

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A Teeny Tiny Baby Sugar Glider Possum Spreads Arms Out Wide for Some Great Big Belly Rubs

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Homecoming, A Psychological Thriller Series From Sam Esmail Based Upon a Podcast of the Same Name

With the last season of Mr. Robot coming fast upon us, fans of director Sam Esmail like myself will be happy to know that he’s not going away. His next series, Homecoming, is a psychological thriller starring Julia Roberts as a former military caseworker who loses track of her own life. The series is based upon a podcast of the same name by Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg of Gimlet Media.

Heidi Bergman (Julia Roberts) is a caseworker at Homecoming, a Geist Group facility helping soldiers transition to civilian life. Years later she has started a new life, living with her mother and working as a waitress, when a Department of Defense auditor questions why she left the Homecoming facility. Heidi quickly realizes that there’s a whole other story behind the story she’s been telling herself.

The series premieres on Amazon November 2, 2018.

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