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As Israelis Mob Gas Mask Distribution Centers, Army Urges Calm

08/29/2013
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Daniela Hayoum arrived at a Tel Aviv post office at 7 a.m. and took a number.

The line of people waiting for gas masks was long and Hayoum stepped away to run errands. She returned in the afternoon to find hundreds of Israelis crowding under a hot sun on the building’s wide steps, some holding umbrellas and others food.

After Rocket Fire From Lebanon, Israeli Planes Strike Near Beirut

08/23/2013
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Israel Air Force bombers launched a pinpoint strike near Beirut in response to rocket fire.

From Williamsburg To Bushwick

Raised Neturei Karta, Sara Erenthal served in the IDF and journeyed to India before discovering she was an artist.

05/30/2013
Jewish Week Book Critic
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At a close look, what appears to be a tear on the cheek of one of Sara Erenthal’s painted portraits is actually a hole in the wooden board the piece is painted on. The painting is one in a series called “Out of the Drawer” — the boards were pulled from a drawer she found on the street.

From Sara Erenthal's series, "A Window Into My Life."

Proposal By Text: How Rotem, IDF Vet With A Brain Injury, Won Shelly

It was no ordinary marriage proposal. Rotem Langer is a 31-year-old disabled veteran of the Israeli army whose speech was affected by his injuries. “Sometimes I forget words,” says Rotem. “I didn’t want that to happen when I proposed to Shelly.”

Rotem and Shelly

Israel Closes West Bank For Passover

03/25/2013

 

The Israeli military imposed a general closure of the West Bank through the end of Passover.

The closure went into effect at midnight Sunday and will remain into effect until the night of April 2, according to a statement from the Israel Defense Forces. It was ordered by the minister of defense in accordance with IDF assessments, the statement said.

Those in need of medical attention or humanitarian aid, or in exceptional cases, will be allowed to leave the West Bank with the authorization of the Civil Administration, according to the IDF.

Ethiopian Troops Struggle In IDF

“Something happens when Ethiopian recruits enlist and encounter army life. Something goes wrong."

IDF To Tackle Ethiopian Soldiers' Prison Problem

Half of all Ethiopian troops are sentenced to prison during their service due to difficulties adjusting to army life.

02/10/2013

 A new IDF unit will work on integrating Ethiopian recruits, who are over-represented in army prisons.

An Ethiopian student at the Israeli naval academy during Sigd celebrations in 2009. Getty Images

An IDF Vet Finds Love

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"You are not disabled in your heart.”

How Rotem Met Shelly

02/05/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist

It was no ordinary marriage proposal. Rotem Langer is a 31-year-old veteran of the Israeli army whose speech was affected by his injuries. “Sometimes I forget words,” says Rotem. “I didn’t want that to happen when I proposed to Shelly.”

Shelly and Rotem: He proposed by text message.
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