Israel’s Mega Storm — The Numbers

The Jordan Valley flooded, making it impossible 
to commute.
Peleg Amiton/Tazpit News Agency

Last week’s storm in Israel was a record-breaker on many accounts. Many areas in the country received between 8 and 12 inches of rain, an amount that occurs on average every 10 to 15 years. • Rainfall in the north: 80% – 95% of the total annual average rainfall; 180% – 230% of the average… Read More

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow

The city of Efrat is 
blanketed in white.
Aryeh Savir/Tazpit News Agency

Residents of the Holy City woke up to a blanket of white, as some six inches of snow fell in one night last week, the largest snowfall since 1992. Schools were canceled, businesses closed, and joyful children bundled up to play in the cold white stuff many had never seen or enjoyed. “It’s really fun… Read More

What will the next government of Israel look like?

What will the next government of Israel look like? In just a few days, Israelis —  and the rest of the world —  will know. On Jan. 22, Israelis will take to the polls and cast their ballots for a new Knesset, one that according to recent polls likely will be led by current Prime… Read More

Knesset Elections

Remember the second U.S. presidential debate in October, when the incumbent Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney stood about six inches from each other, with one interrupting the other at every turn? Add about a dozen candidates, take away the formal rules of debate, switch to Hebrew, and you’ve got a fairly good approximation of… Read More

Analysis: Israel At The Polls

Yair Lapid said his party, Yesh Atid, “will not sit as a fig leaf” in acenter-right government.

Yossi Zeliger/Flash90/JTA

What will the next government of Israel look like? In just a few days, Israelis —  and the rest of the world —  will know. On Jan. 22, Israelis will take to the polls and cast their ballots for a new Knesset, one that according to recent polls likely will be led by current Prime… Read More

Chavez & The Jews

In his 14 years in 
power, Hugo Chavez 
turned Venezuela 
into the Latin American 
hub of anti-American 
rogue states.
MIGUEL GUTIERREZ/EPA/Newscom

Like one of those telenovelas that are so popular on Latin American television stations, the slow yet inexorable deterioration of Venezuela’s president, Hugo Chavez, has been soaked in drama and cloying sentimentality. For almost two years, Chavez has been fighting cancer. And for most of that time, he has been claiming — falsely — to… Read More

Spice & Spirit

Mayer Niknava still dreams of the tastes and aromas of authentic Persian foods.
(Photo By David Stuck)

Mayer Niknava has been in the United States for 25 years. He married an Ashkenazi woman. Still, every Friday night, his house is filled with traditional Persian aromas. He said he still dreams of the tastes of Iran. Turmeric is the main spice used in Persian food, Niknava, who lives off Seven Mile Lane, said…. Read More

Light Of The East

Daniel Golfeiz (left) and Rabbi Rouben Arieh say Ohr Hamizrach's success has improved the self-esteem of the local Iranian Jewish community.
(Photo By David Stuck)

It was four years ago this March that a three-story, 20,000-square-foot building modeled after the magnificent Persian palaces of ancient Iran, was dedicated. The building, located on the corner of Fallstaff Road and Park Heights Avenue, at 6813 Park Heights Ave., is known as Ohr Hamizrach Sephardic Center. The shul is named for Rabbi Herman… Read More

Ancient & Modern Collide

The tomb of 
Esther and Mordechai in Hamadan, Iran.
Egmont Strigl Image Broker/Newscom

Today, Iran’s relationship with the Jewish state — and some say with the Jews — is explosive, or potentially so. It wasn’t always this way. Jews have been in Iran for more than 2,700 years, arriving before the destruction of the First Temple in 587 BCE and the resultant exile of the Jews from Judea… Read More

The 21st-Century Iranian Jew

On Nov. 26, Toobah Nehdaran, 57, was murdered in her home in the Jewish quarter of the city of Isfahan in Iran. The murder, according to a statement by the ad hoc Jewbareh Committee, took place against the backdrop of the victim’s previous complaint against the takeover of a section of her family residence by… Read More