Shabbat Shalom from Voice of Israel
This week, countrywide self-flagellation was only upstaged by the sweltering weather. Two murders -- one at the Jerusalem Pride and Tolerance March last Thursday, and the other in the Palestinian village of Duma the following day -- continued to preoccupy politicians, pundits and the public. Because the first was committed by an ultra-Orthodox fanatic bent on wiping out homosexuality, and the second was purportedly perpetrated by Jewish extremists, everyone was searching for some societal ill to blame. This took a temporary back seat to the opposing speeches made by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Barack Obama on the nuclear deal with Iran. Amid the political and international strife, however, room is always made in Israel for cheer, and much was felt when Bar-Ilan University archaeologists reported the discovery of the ancient gates to the home of the giant Goliath in the Biblical city of Gath. As always, we will continue to keep you in the loop. Here are some highlights of interest you may have missed, for a meaningful Shabbat.