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The Anatomy of a Flame

Though it occupies only three verses in the beginning of our Parshah, the mitzvah of lighting the menorah gives the whole of Behaalotecha ("When you raise light") its name. As detailed in the source-texts cited in our "Parshah In-Depth" section, the lamps of the menorah are seen as representing the souls of Israel, and the various laws governing the menorah’s construction and the lighting of its lamps are explained by the Chassidic masters as instructive of the nature and structure of the (...)

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Netanyahu: Israel is returning to Africa

PM Netanyahu’s Remarks Upon Leaving for the ECOWAS Conference in Liberia
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Saturday spoke about his trip to Liberia, where he will attend the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) conference.
"I am leaving now for a conference of west African countries," Netanyahu said. "This is the first time they have invited the leader of a non-African country to address them ; I very much appreciate it. Israel is returning to Africa in a big way." (...)

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What is Netanyahu doing in Africa ?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has traveled to Liberia for a rare appearance at a summit of West African nations, prompting one member country to stay away.
The 51st ordinary meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) began in the Liberian capital Monrovia on Saturday and was to end later on Sunday.
Netanyahu was invited to address the ECOWAS meeting, the first time a non-African leader has been asked to speak to the event.
Moroccan King Mohammed VI (...)

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Morocco refuses to attend African summit due to Israel’s presence

The Moroccan Foreign Ministry yesterday stated that King Mohammed VI has cancelled his attendance of the 51st Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) because Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has also been invited.
In a statement the ministry said King Mohammed VI had planned to visit the Liberian capital, Monrovia, on 3-4 June to attend the 51st ECOWAS Summit, which was expected to examine Morocco’s request to join the regional group as a full member. (...)

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Why Netanyahu is Taking Israel Back to Africa ?

Israel has eleven embassies in Africa. Last week Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met the ambassadors in Jerusalem. He had a clear message for them : “The automatic majority against Israel at the UN is composed – first and foremost – of African countries. There are 54 countries. If you change the voting pattern of a majority of them you at once bring them from one side to the other. You have changed the balance of votes against us at the UN and the day is not far off when we will have a (...)

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