Hundreds Gather At Peaceful Women Of The Wall Service Marking 25th Anniversary

Women of the Wall wear prayer shawls and pray at the Western Wall.
(Miriam Alster/FLASH90)

In a display of the changes the group has experienced this year, Women of the Wall held a peaceful prayer service under police protection at the Western Wall to mark the group’s 25th anniversary. Absent from Monday’s service, which the group said drew at least 800 worshipers, were large crowds of Orthodox girls who at… Read More

Leading The Way

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One more step. Seize every moment. There is a famous poem by Israeli author Yehuda Amichai in which he describes the visits of tourists. “Visits of condolence is all we get from them. They squat at the Holocaust Memorial, they put on grave faces at the Wailing Wall, and they laugh behind the heavy curtains… Read More

Banking On A Woman

After months of indecision and several scandals, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yair Lapid decided last week to appoint Dr. Karnit Flug as governor of the Bank of Israel. The Knesset approved the decision this week. Netanyahu and Lapid said in a statement, “We have been impressed by Dr. Flug’s performance as acting… Read More

Revolution in Bedouin Women’s Education

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Eman Abu Ammar, 24, is studying language and literature at Ben-Gurion University. Unlike many Bedouin girls her age, she’s in no rush to get married. “Bedouin usually get married young,” she said. “People ask me, ‘Why aren’t you married, don’t you have anybody?’ It does pressure me, but I plan to choose a partner who… Read More

Aim For The Stars

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Hagit Yaso is an Israeli icon. She won the ninth season of “Kochav Nolad,” Israel’s version of “American Idol,” in 2011. And at only 24 years old, she is considered a role model for young Ethiopian girls. Yaso, who was in town earlier this week for performances through Jewish National Fund at the University of… Read More

Breaking The Cycle

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When Americans think about Israel, what generally comes to mind is the Western Wall, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict andthe Iranian nuclear threat. What many people are not aware of is that 1.8 million Israelis live below the poverty line — 860,000 of whom are children. Nonprofit organization Meir Panim is working not only to feed hungry… Read More

Prisoner Release Agonizing For Terror Victim Families

David and Yaron Friedman, holding a picture of Guy, a relative that was murdered by Palestinian terrorists.
Source: Tazpit News Agency

  Outside Ofer prison, near Ramallah on Monday night, thousands of demonstrators gathered to protest the release of 26 Palestinian prisoners – all convicted of murdering Israelis – in the second stage of confidence-building measures led by Washington for the current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. At least 3,000 people demonstrated, chanting “Jewish blood is not cheap.”… Read More

IAF Attacks In Gaza Following Rockets Fired On Southern Israel

After rockets and mortars were fired at Israel by Palestinian terrorists early this morning, the Israel Air Force (IAF) attacked two concealed rocket launchers in the Northern Gaza Strip. Direct hits were confirmed, an IDF spokesman announced. Earlier this morning, rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel. One rocket was intercepted by the… Read More

Haredi Leader Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman Attacked In Bnei Brak Home

Rabbi Aharon Leib Shteinman, the leader of the non-hasidic Lithuanian Ashkenazi community, was attacked at his home in Israel. Shteinman, 99, suffered a bruise on his chest but was unhurt otherwise during the attack in Bnei Brak early Wednesday morning, The Jerusalem Post reported. His attacker — a haredi Orthodox man in his 20s —… Read More

Out Of Fear

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Rabbi Steven Schwartz said he speaks about Israel all the time — in the context of his sermons, in his adult education classes, in Torah study sessions. “I don’t know how you cannot,” he said. But it appears that Rabbi Schwartz — and many of Baltimore’s local rabbis who responded to the question, “To what… Read More