'The Heritage Of All Israel'

Founder of Tel Aviv's secular yeshiva, also a Knesset member, leads Israel's parliament in study and prayer.


Editor’s Note: Ruth Calderon, founder of a secular yeshiva in Tel Aviv, spent several years living in New York recently, teaching at the JCC in Manhattan and other venues. This was her inaugural speech in the Knesset this week as a member of Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party.

Ruth Calderone

Knesset Committee Approves Bill To Dissolve Israel’s Parliament

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Jerusalem — A Knesset committee unanimously approved a bill to dissolve the Knesset and set March 17 as the date for new elections.

Netanyahu’s Poll Numbers Plummet

P.M. looks ineffective amid calls to either finish Hamas, or be more daring diplomatically.

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A month ago, 82 percent of Israel’s Jews supported Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — an impressive achievement in Israel’s fractious political climate.


Shulamit Aloni, Left-Wing Israeli Icon, Dies At 85

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Shulamit Aloni, a former Israeli minister and leader of the left-wing Meretz party, has died.

Aloni died Friday at the age of 86. She will be buried Sunday in Kfar Shmaryahu near the northern Tel Aviv suburb of Herzliya, Israel’s Army Radio reported.

A veteran of Israel’s War of Independence and a product of the Shomer HaTzair Zionist youth movement, Aloni first earned notice as a radio journalist. She entered politics in 1965 as a Knesset member for what would become the Israeli Labor Party.

Aloni: Fought for separation of religion and government. Photo via

Ari Lesser- Israel Apartheid?

Hip hop Israel defender Ari Lesser takes on the Israel-apartheid comparison used by Jimmy Carter and others. "If you think that's apartheid it's because/You don't know what Apartheid really was."  Please see Alan Zeitlin's recent interview with Ari Lesser here.

Israel-Diaspora Story of the Year: Whose Western Wall Is It?

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In the U.S., 2013 was the year of Women of the Wall — and the organization’s 25th anniversary, to boot. The group advocates for the right of women to pray collectively and audibly at the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest sites. Founded in 1988, WOW’s main tactic for two decades has been civil disobedience: the gathering of its members to celebrate each new month by holding a liturgically traditional service at the Wall. Over the years, the women have been negotiated with, reviled and harassed, most often by members of Israel’s ultra-Orthodox minority, which finds their presence offensive.

Four Women To Join Israel's Committee On Religious Courts

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Four spots on the committee that appoints religious judges in Israel will be reserved for women under a new Knesset law.

Knesset Approves 33rd Government Of Israel


Israel's Knesset approved the country's 33rd government.

The lawmakers approved the new government on Monday by a vote of 68 to 48, with four absent.

Flag flies over the Knesset.

Members Of 19th Knesset Sworn In At Inaugural Session



The first session of the newly elected 19th Knesset opened in Jerusalem.

The 120 members of the Knesset, including 48 new members, were sworn in on Tuesday as part of the celebratory opening. 

Memo To The Next Knesset: Get To Know American Jewry

Israeli media coverage of American Jewish life is mostly confined to the ebb and flow of the Israel lobby in Washington.

Special To The Jewish Week

American Jews didn’t vote in this week’s Israeli elections, but many decisions made by the newly elected 19th Knesset will directly affect the Jewish community here.

Soldiers pass by campaign posters of Labor party leader Sheli Ehimovitch ahead of Israel's Jan. 22 elections. Getty Images
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