Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, 93, Passes Away

Ovadya Yosef (1)

As tens of thousands prayed for the recovery of the former Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Haim Ovadia Yosef, he passed away on Monday, October 7, 2013, at the age of 93, with his family and close colleagues, including several Shas leaders and President Shimon Peres at his side. Rabbi Haim Ovadia Yosef was… Read More

Dressed

100413_fashion_sm

Just before Maria Patricia de Sousa set out for a yearlong stint at a seminary in Jerusalem seven years ago, she stopped by the house of an Orthodox Jewish woman in her home city of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She wanted to find out about life in Jerusalem — where to eat, how to get around,… Read More

Iranian Spy Captured In Israel

A Belgian citizen spying for Iran, Ali Mansuri,  was arrested on September 11, 2013.

A Belgian citizen spying for Iran was arrested on September 11th 2013 in Tel Aviv, this according to a statement released by Israel’s General Security Service (GSS). The man, named Alex Menes, aged 55, was arrested as he tried to leave Israel via Ben Gurian airport. In his interrogation it became apparent that he is… Read More

Reconnect With the People

092713_reconect-with-the-people_lg

The story of the Jews of the Former Soviet Union is an evolving one. It’s a story of suffering and distress, a story of incredible challenges — many of which were forfeited, equally as many of which were overcome. But mostly it is the story of a modern miracle. Twenty-five years after Operation Exodus —… Read More

State Department Photo Lists ‘Palestine’ As Country

state department on instagram - sept 25, 2013

A photo posted on the U.S. State Department’s Instagram account on Tuesday lists “Palestine” as a country. The post occurred a day after the State Department unveiled its new Instagram account. “These social media accounts serve as a conduit for the U.S. Department of State to inform and engage publics around the world on foreign… Read More

Harmony In Beit Shemesh?

092013_harmony_in_shemesh_sm

One word, said Rabbi Avrohom Leventhal, “sanity.” And maybe a few more: harmony, quality of life, collaboration. It is on this platform that the Baltimore native, who moved to Beit Shemesh, Israel, eight years ago, is running for its city council. His party is called TOV, which means good in English, and he said his… Read More

On 20th Anniversary …

092013_oslo_sm

Twenty years after the signing of the fateful Oslo Accords between Palestinian Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, Knesset members are heavily debating the merits of the peace process and the two-state solution paradigm. Parliamentarians from both Israel’s left and right agree that the process has not yielded the results… Read More

Israel Under Pressure To Give Up Chemical, Nuclear Weapons

The United States-Russian deal for the destruction of Syria’s huge chemical weapon stocks caused Israelis to breathe an audible sigh of relief. Many expected that a U.S. strike would push either Syria or its ally Hezbollah to retaliate by attacking Israel. Over the past few weeks, thousands of Israelis, not known for their patience, spent… Read More

Jamaican Jews? C’mon Mon

091313_jamacan_jews_sm

When New York resident and Pikesville native Perry Katz traveled to Jamaica for a vacation last December, he spent five days relaxing on its beaches and enjoying tropical beverages amid the country’s tourism-laden north coast. He was completely unaware that about three-and-a-half hours south, in Kingston, Jamaica’s capital city, there exists an intimate Jewish community… Read More

Lebanon Buckling Under Weight of Syrian Refugees

Syrian refugees in Lebanon live 
in camps made of makeshift tents or in unfinished concrete block structures. Despite the efforts of the local Lebanese groups, refugees are often deprived of water and electricity for medical care.

(Vincent Sannier/Polaris/Newscom)

With reports from the United Nations that the number of refugees who have fled from Syria has passed the two-million mark — more than half of them children — neighbouring Lebanon is struggling to absorb the hundreds of thousands of who have sought safety across the nearest border. Officially, the number of Syrian refugees in… Read More