Maccabiah Bar Mitzvah Ceremony Proves Games Are About More Than Sports

NEVE ILAN, Israel (JTA) — Luke Rosener removed his orange T-shirt, changed into a white dress shirt and alighted from a chartered bus. The garb was a far cry from the uniform Rosener will wear while playing for the U.S. volleyball team at the Maccabiah Games, the 78-nation sports competition that began this week in… Read More

Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks To Resume

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stepping off a helicopter after flying from Amman, Jordan, to Ramallah, West Bank, to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abba, July 19, 2013. (State Department photo/ Public Domain)

  Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations will resume, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced. “The representatives of two proud people today have decided that the difficult road ahead is worth traveling,” Kerry said in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Friday, where he was on his sixth visit to the region since assuming his job in… Read More

Maccabiah Games Open With Record Number Of Athletes

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — U.S. Olympian Aly Raisman lit the torch at the opening ceremony of the 19th Maccabiah Games, which features a record number of nearly 9,000 athletes. Thursday night’s ceremony at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem featured pyrotechnics and performances with hundreds of dancers and popular Israeli singers, as well as electric violinist Miri Ben-Ari…. Read More

How Big A Threat?

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A Pentagon report on the ballistic and cruise missile threat has raised concern with its assessment that “Iran could develop and test an [intercontinental ballistic missile] capable of reaching the United States by 2015.” But analysts caution that this conclusion omits crucial context about Iran’s missile. The National Air and Space Intelligence Center released the… Read More

Letter To The United Nations

16 July 2013 Excellency, This morning, mortar fire shook the early quiet for the communities of Northern Israel. The fasting and prayers of thousands of Israelis commemorating the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av were interrupted by a barrage of mortar shells fired from Syria. At the same time, and in a grave violation of the… Read More

Machzorim for Lund: A Ray of Hope

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In last week’s article, I wrote about the “kippa walks” that have taken place in Malmö, Sweden to help combat the anti-Jewish sentiment in that city. The week before, you read about Maynard Gerber, the hazzan-mohel who performs numerous circumcisions for a grateful Muslim community. This week, you meet another unique individual who is making… Read More

Israel Launches Information War Against Hizbullah

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If you click on the Israeli army’s new Hizbullah website, you will see a red and black logo that reads, “Hizbullah, Army of Terror.” The site is a combination of graphics, text and videos, all focusing on the Lebanese-based, Iran-proxy terrorist organization and its leader, Sheikh Hassan Na’srallah. One link refers back to what Israelis… Read More

Wall-to-Wall

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At sundown on July 15, we begin the commemoration of the destruction of the Temples. Tisha B’Av, the Ninth of the Hebrew month of Av, is a day of mourning. “The destruction of the Temple was by sinat chinam, the inability for our people to get along,” said Jerry Silverman, president and chief executive officer… Read More

Unleashed Potential

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On American Independence Day, a committee headed by Judge Yaakov Turkel approved a new governor of the economy, so to speak, when it approved the appointment of Jacob A. Frenkel as the new governor of the Bank of Israel. This is the second time Frenkel, who replaces Stanley Fischer, has filled the role. He had… Read More

To Washington

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I was with “him” when Ron Dermer laced his address to the 2009 American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Dermer used the phrase five times in the first five minutes of the speech — the “him” being Binyamin Netanyahu. “I can shed a little insight into the mind of the Israeli prime minister,” Dermer told the… Read More