The descendants of Jews who live in the ancient Jewish community of Kaifeng, China, are expected to participate in the first traditional Passover seder held there since the mid 19th century, accoding to a press release from Shavei Israel, a group that seeks to strengthen ties between Jews, the State of Israel and the descendants of Jewish communities worldwide.
"We're not perfect but if you think we're the worst, first take a look at the rest of the earth," says rapper Ari Lesser, taking a musical look at countries around the world that have yet to arouse the ire of the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions crowd.
The United States works actively to thwart spying by Israel on the U.S., just as it does against enemies like Iran, China, Russia and Cuba, according to a secret report published by the Washington Post on Thursday.
I am writing this at 5 a.m. from my hotel room in the Haidian District of Beijing, steps from the West Gate of China’s most famed institution of higher learning, Peking University (“The Harvard of China”) —and I am completely exhausted. It’s not from jet lag — as this is my fourth trip in as many years, I’ve figured out how to adapt to the new a new schedule quickly.
After weeks of ratcheting up the criticism and pressure, President Obama has finally explicitly called for Syrian dictator Bashar Assad to resign. He intensified sanctions on by freezing all assets of the regime under American jurisdiction and imposing other tough measures, but he ruled out “foreign intervention.”
On the weekends, I like to get away from work. One of the places where I like to do that is museums. And what better one to visit, if you're looking to avoid Jews (for me, that's my job; not anti-semitism), than the Asia Society? Surely there'd be nothing on view there that would make me think of writing, deadlines and blogging about Jews--that is, work.
With one week down and three weeks to go teaching in Peking University’s MBA program in Beijing, I finally laid eyes on what I had been waiting to see. It wasn’t the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square or Olympic Park. It was the minyan for the lay-led Shabbat service held in Beijing’s bustling Chaoyang District. I had found the other wandering Jews. And for the first time since I had flown 8,000 miles from New York, I felt like I was home.