02/19/2013 | | Staff Writer | Lens

Torah scroll? Check! Prayerbooks? Check! Shovels? Check!

02/13/2013 | | Staff Writer | Lens

A nightmare began in Berlin 80 years ago.

On Jan. 30, 1933, German President Paul von Hindenburg, a respected but aging leader, yielded to political pressure and swore in as the country’s chancellor the Austrian-born leader of the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (Nazi Party) whom he dismissively called that “Bohemian corporal.”

02/05/2013 | | Staff Writer | Lens

Passover — or at least a flavor of it — came early for a few thousand people this week.

01/29/2013 | | Staff Writer | Lens

A procession of singing and dancing people, in a celebratory mood, usually escorts Torah scrolls to their new home in the ark of a synagogue or yeshiva.

The procession from the Sixteenth Street Synagogue in Manhattan last week was somber; it ended at the trunk of Richard McBee’s car.

01/22/2013 | | Staff Writer | Lens

During his lifetime, Rabbi Yisrael Abuhatzeira attracted thousands of pilgrims each year to Netivot, a town in southern Israel between Beersheva and the Gaza border.

01/15/2013 | | Staff Writer | Lens

The expression for snow in Amharic, the language of Ethiopia, is yäbärädo bnany — but few Ethiopians have much use for that part of the vocabulary. Until last week. When it snowed in Safed.