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Jewish groups welcome Schalit's return despite 'the price'

(Jpost) “Gilad is finally coming home, which is wonderful news for his family and the entire Jewish people,” says WJC President Ronald S. Lauder.


Pollards happy Schalit is free

Esther Pollard said that it was important a date be set ahead of the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America on November 6, in which both US President Barack Obama and Netanyahu are scheduled to speak.

JFNA Partners in the Israeli Press

Jewish Agency plays matchmaker

(Jpost) Na'ale is a Jewish Agency program which brings Jewish youth to Israel from former Soviet states.


Gilad Shalit is Home

Schalit’s captivity: No sunlight but given radio, TV

(Jpost) IDF prepared for much worse scenarios regarding Gilad's health, mental state; Military Intelligence will begin debriefing in the coming weeks.


‘Today we have experienced the rebirth of our son’

(Jpost) "When I saw Gilad, I didn't say much. I just hugged him," Noam Schalit says of his son's return to Israel; Mitzpe Hila celebrates soldier's arrival.


TIMELINE / 1,940 days from Gilad Shalit's abduction to his release

(Haaretz) The Israeli soldier has endured five years of Hamas captivity in Gaza, in which Israel and Hamas were negotiating a deal for his release.


Photo Essay: Wet-Eyed Israel Welcomes Shalit Back Home

(Israel National News) A teary-eyed Israel, headed by the Shalit family, welcomed Gilad back home to Israel after 1,941 days in terrorist captivity.


Terrorist Exchange

A mother’s prayers

(Jpost) Somewhere in my head, Gilad Schalit became my son, Nachshon, and my feelings toward him were totally maternal.


A mother’s pain

(Jpost) Why are we against the exchange that allows murderers to go free? Because we know the suffering that they leave in their wake.


Polls show overwhelming support for Schalit deal

(Jpost) Between 70 and 80 percent of Israelis, 86% of women, support prisoner swap; surveys doubt Netanyahu's motives.


Video: MK Dr. Einat Wilf speaking with English news


Welfare and Social Issues

How Israel's medical revolt began

(Haaretz) Although the residents' salary stub includes a clause to the effect that the hourly wage is NIS 30, it's misleading.


Jewish World

70,000 attend Priestly Blessing at Kotel

(Ynet) Tens of thousands of people gather on rooftops, balconies and every empty corner to watch traditional Sukkot prayer at Western Wall. Virtual mass prayer dedicated to Gilad Shalit held on Facebook


Thousands of Hasidim dance for Shalit

(Ynet)Miskolc Rebbe's followers dedicate Water Drawing Festival to kidnapped soldier's impending release. 'The people of Israel's power of prayer and unity brought the soldier home,' says rabbi


Israel Philanthropy

Yad Sarah tourist service assists Duggars

(Ynet) Israel's largest volunteer organization supplies Arkansas family famous for hit reality television show, '19 Kids and Counting’, with small oxygen tank and accessories for youngest child during Holy Land visit


Science, Technology and Development

Digital World: Web 3.0 gets a big ‘Mazal Tov’ from Walla

“Walla Mazal Tov” lets you do everything from searching for a wedding hall to having your kid learn his bar mitzva portion virtually