Special Coverage

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Religious Jews travel far and wide to visit the gravesite of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov in Ukraine each Rosh Hashanah
BY Marc Shapiro
August 21, 2013

Each Rosh Hashanah, thousands of Jews travel to Uman, a small town in Ukraine, where the plumbing is outdated, the environment is hostile and the main attraction is overcrowded. Many stay in tents in close quarters with one another. But kvetching is kept to a minimum. Why? They’re all there to visit the grave of CONTINUE »

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Rediscovery of Nazi leader Alfred Rosenberg’s diary reminds government leaders, Holocaust survivors of need to learn from the Shoah
BY Maayan Jaffe
June 19, 2013

Late last week, federal officials, along with representatives of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington formally announced at a news conference the seizure of the long-lost “Rosenberg Diary.” The book, which had gone missing following the Nuremberg Trials in the late 1940s, is a loose collection of the recollections — from spring 1936 to CONTINUE »

June 12, 2013

Leviticus 23:39-43 discusses the Children of Israel wandering about after the Exodus, and God directs Jews to live in sukkot in commemoration. But it’s not just a matter of building the temporary home. God also tells His people to take “the fruit of goodly trees, branches of palm trees and boughs of thick trees and CONTINUE »

June 5, 2013

In the early decades of the Jewish state, brilliant green Eilat stones and intricate Yemenite silver filigree were the hallmarks of Israeli jewelry. Of course, there were also traditional Judaica pieces: tiny mezuzot, chai charms, Jewish stars, names spelled in Hebrew letters. The more classic designs captured the attention of my Israeli grandparents, who gifted CONTINUE »