Hackers hit websites of Israeli hospitals


The websites of two Israeli medical centers as well as several other public Israeli websites, were hacked.

The websites for Tel Hashomer and Assuta medical centers, among the largest in central Israel, were down Wednesday morning.

The hospitals’ security systems held back the assaults and patient information was not compromised, according to the hospitals.

Following the attacks on the hospital websites, the websites for the Dan Public Transportation company, the Israel Festival, the Cinematheque and the Haaretz newspaper were simultaneouly attacked in the afternoon.

The Israel Festival website was changed to read “Free Palestine, death to Israel.” The other sites read “Jew = Nazi.” 

The attacks come after successful assaults by anti-Israel hackers on the websites of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and El Al, as well as the exposure of thousands of Israeli credit card holders’ information.

Israel government, security services websites down in suspected cyber-attack [VIDEO]


Several Israeli government websites crashed on Sunday in what appeared to be a cyber-attack by hackers. The websites of the IDF, Mossad and the Shin Bet security services were among the sites that went down, as well as several government portals and ministries.

The apparent attack comes after the international cabal of hackers known as Anonymous threatened a cyber-attack on the Israeli government’s computers in response to its interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla on Friday.

The IDF and Shin Bet said they were investigating the reason for the malfunction. Security officials stressed that only the external government sites crashed, and that the internal computer networks were unharmed.

In a video that was uploaded to YouTube, Anonymous warns that if the siege on Gaza is maintained, it will have no choice but to go on the attack.

Anonymous said that if the siege continues and Israeli forces intercept additional flotillas, or if they conduct additional operations such as the commandeering of the Mavi Marmara, it will have no alternative but to launch repeated cyber-attacks on Israeli computer systems until the siege ends.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

Ask Moses and You Shall Receive


According to the Rabbi Chaim Cunin, director of AskMoses.com, the late Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Schneerson anticipated the Internet and the role it would play in our everyday lives as far back as the late 1970s. But it was not until 1998, when Chabad Lubavitch supporter Yuri Pikover reiterated the importance of maintaining an online presence, that Cunin and his staff at Chabad’s headquarters took notice.

“He kind of opened our eyes,” Cunin said. “We started analyzing what was out there already, and we wanted to go a little further. We wanted to reach the people who were not interested, but curious, at best.”

Chabad’s AskMoses.com Web site features 60 rabbis working 24 hours, six days a week, to address the ethical, spiritual, and practical concerns of both Jews and non-Jews alike. No question is too big or too trivial, say the rabbis, who field about 20 to 40 conversations an hour.

“It enables people who otherwise would not have the opportunity to ask questions, due to their distance in terms of geography or religious affiliation, to ask them,” said Rabbi Dov Greenberg of Chabad of the Conejo in Westlake Village, one of the spiritual advisers at AskMoses.com. The site operates on a $475,000 budget derived from donations that help to pay for wages, technical development and support.

“We realized that there’s nothing that can compare to a live conversation with a rabbi or rebbetzin,” Cunin said, noting that Chabad sought to recreate the accessibility and the guidance offered by the outreach organization’s global network of centers.

“We wanted to take that energy and that phenomenon and apply it to the Internet,” Cunin said.

In addition to Greenberg, other locals working shifts on the Web site are Rabbi Eyal Rav-Noy of the Institute for Jewish Literacy and Rabbi Yisroel Schochet of Long Beach. Rabbi Simcha Backman, site manager and director of Chabad of Glendale, and his staff keep the interchange live around the clock by enlisting Chabad rabbis in Israel, Canada, Taiwan, Uruguay, Australia and New Zealand.

Traffic at AskMoses.com passed the millionth-visitor mark over Passover. With more than 1,000 conversations taking place each day, Chabad will add six additional sites in Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, French, Italian and German, with a total of 420 rabbis online. The first of these international sites, based in Argentina, will be up within three months.

“The Internet is a miracle,” Cunin said. “It’s amazing that we can be connected and share info like that.”

Visit AskMoses.com 24 hours a day, every day except Shabbat at www.askmoses.com.

Also taking flight on the Web is a new page established by Orthodox Union (OU). Each week, subscribers receive e-mails on the weekly Torah portion and upcoming Jewish holidays (www.ou.org/forms/shshreg.asp). Links also connect visitors with candlelighting times, a rundown of OU kosher-certified products, recipes and trivia questions.

Visit the OU’s Shabbat Shalom at www.ou.org/shabbat/ .

Rosh HaShana Sites (5762 – 2001)


Selected Rosh HaShana Sites (5762 – 2001)

Aish HaTorah – High Holidays Ohr Somayach: Rosh Hashanah OU Presents Rosh HaShanah Torah Tots: Fun & Games Chabad: The Jewish New Year Project Genesis: Elul & Rosh HaShana Card 4 Israel (Biggest Rosh HaShana Card) The Time is Today (about Life) My Hebrew Dictionary – Rosh Hashana Related Words Akhlah: Children’s Learning Network (includes the blessings) The J Site: Rosh Hashana Coloring Pages and Hebrew Songs Jewish Heritage Magazine: Rosh HaShanah 613.org – Jewish Torah Audio (real audio) Virtual Jerusalem: Rosh Hashana Everything Jewish: Rosh HaShanna – The Jewish New Year Uncle Eli’s Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur Prayer Book Beith David Presents the Yam’im Nora’im Rosh HaShanah @ JTS < Jewish Community Online: Rosh Hashanah Judaism 101: Rosh HaShana WZO: Holidays with a twist JA Pedagogic Center: Tishrei Festivals Holidays.Net: High Holidays on the Net Celebrate with JOI: Rosh Hashanah Torah From Dixie: Rosh Hashana Articles NCSY: Rosh Hashana Articles Virtual Beit Midrash: Rosh HaShana Journal (2000) Virtual Jewish World: Rosh Hashanah Jewish Magnes Museum: Sounding the Shofar Rosh Hashonoh Gateway Misrash Ben Ish Hai (Sepharadim customs) Jewish Studies: High Holiday Handbook

Hebrew Sites

Galim: Rosh Hashana Short Hebrew Essays on Rosh Hashana Bar-Ilan Essays on Rosh Hashana Daat: Rosh Hashana Torah Articles Maale: Rosh Hashana Articles Torah Outreach Program: Rosh Hashana

Recipes

RFCJ Jewish Recipe Archives – Rosh Hashana Jewish-Food High Holidays Archive