Gal Gadot to Produce, Star in Film About Christian Woman Who Saved 2,500 Jewish Children from Nazis

By: Emily Jones – CBN News;

JERUSALEM, Israel – Gal Gadot is hitting the big screen again but this time she is playing a different kind of Wonder Woman – a Polish activist who risked her life to save 2,500 Jewish children from the Nazis.

Gadot announced on Friday that she and her husband have formed a new production company called Pilot Wave, and she will star in its first production as Righteous Gentile Irena Sendler, who smuggled thousands of Jewish children out of the Warsaw ghetto to safety.

Sukkot: A Jewish Thanksgiving

By: Ethel G. Hofman – Jewish News Syndicate;

During the eight-day holiday of Sukkot (seven days in Israel), also called the Festival of Booths, family and friends are invited to eat outdoors in the sukkah, a temporary structure that reminds Jews of their wandering past.

Sukkot is akin to a Jewish Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving in America, no matter religion or background, families and friends come together to celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Mass., and to feast on a late harvest of autumn fruits and vegetables. It takes place indoors with family gathered round a table groaning with dozens of traditional heavy and belly-filling dishes.

Demi Lovato Gets Baptized in Jordan River ‘Like Jesus,’ Fills God-Sized Hole in Her Heart

By: Jeannie Law – The Christian Post;

Pop superstar Demi Lovato, who has been on a hiatus from music since she nearly died from an overdose in July 2018, was recently baptized in the Jordan River.

Lovato took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a photo of her baptism during a recent tour of the Holy Land. 

“I am an American singer. I was raised Christian and have Jewish ancestors. When I was offered an amazing opportunity to visit the places I’d read about in the Bible growing up, I said yes,” the multi-platinum singer wrote in the caption.

Israel Needs to Wake Up with Regard to the Iranian Threat

By: Eyal Zisser – Jewish News Syndicate;

Israel must do away with the obsolete paradigm guiding its analysis of Iran. As the recent attack on Saudi Arabia proves, Tehran has moved from proxy warfare to direct confrontation.

Israel this week marks the anniversary of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, a war that cost thousands of young Israelis their lives.

The war caught Israel completely off guard because Israeli intelligence analysts had been wedded to a paradigm that had them convinced war was very unlikely.

UNRWA Must Evolve or Dissolve, Says Senior Agency Official at End of General Assembly

By: Ellie Rudie – Jewish News Syndicate;

The agency’s failure to resolve the Palestinian refugee problem “is really the failure of its donors,” says former general counsel James Lindsay, and stems from its definition of who is a refugee.

“Direct pressure” by donors is the most likely way to induce the United Nations Relief and Works Agency to change, former UNRWA general counsel James Lindsay told JNS as the 74th session of the U.N. General Assembly came to a close last week in New York.

Court Gives Norway’s CPS ‘Permanent’ Custody of 3 American Children Taken Away from Parents

By: Samuel Smith – The Christian Post;

A child welfare court in Norway has awarded custody of three American children who were removed from their parents’ home this year to the state child services agency even though the criminal case against their parents was dropped, the mother told The Christian Post. 

American citizen Natalya Shutakova, who along with her three children moved from Atlanta to just outside of Oslo last year so they could live with their Lithuanian father and husband, said she is heartbroken after a judge in Skien ruled this month in favor of Barnevernet.

Above the Fold: Israel Takes Cahrge of Its Own Defense

You can sleep well. Israel is in good hands – her own hands.

By: Micah Halpern – The Jerusalem Post;

One of the ironclad principles of Israel, articulated first and best by prime minister David Ben-Gurion, is that Israel will not rely on anyone else for her defense; that first and foremost, Israel is responsible for her own security and her own destiny; that she will not pass on or subcontract through treaty or through alliance the safety of her country or of her citizens.

This is not mere rhetoric or diplomatic gamesmanship. It is a value grounded in the reality that no one can, or ever should, decide on the safety of the Jewish state – no one other than the Jewish citizens of Israel and their elected leaders. It is more than simply a question of trust. It is the knowledge that an ally will ultimately put their interests first and not yours.

‘Nothing Will Be Left of Israel’: Iran Says It Now Has the Power to Wipe Israel ‘Off the Map’

By: Emily Jones – CBN News;

JERUSALEM, Israel – The commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps said on Monday that Iran now has the capability to destroy Israel.

 Major General Hossein Salami called Israel a “sinister regime” that “must be wiped off the map,” according to the Revolutionary Guard’s news site. “This is no longer… a dream (but) it is an achievable goal,” he said.

His comments come just two days after Abbas Nilforoushan, the deputy commander of operations of the IRGC, threatened that “nothing will be left of Israel” if Israel attacks Iran.

Israel’s economy grew at 3.6% in H1 2019

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics’ second estimate, the economy grew by 3.6% on an annualized basis in the first half of 2019.

According to the second estimate by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics, the economy grew by 3.6% on an annualized basis in the first half of 2019. This compares with 2.8% in the second half of 2018 and 3.5% in the first half of 2018.

Prayer Slips Removed from Western Wall: Here’s Where They Go, and How You Can Have Your Prayer Added

By: Julie Stahl, Chris Mitchell – CBN News;

Visitors to Jerusalem’s Western Wall often place written prayers in the cracks between the stones.  Twelve million people visited the Western Wall this year.  Have you ever wondered what happens when no more prayers will fit in those crevices?  First a little history…

The Western Wall is part of the retaining wall built by King Herod 2,000 years ago around the Temple Mount.  When King Solomon dedicated the First Temple, God said His eyes and heart would always be there.