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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.

01/08/2013 | | Staff Writer | Lens

Archaeological excavations west of Jerusalem have uncovered some unexpected artifacts — pottery figurines of men and horses, and other ritual items that are thought to date back some 2,700 years to the start of King David’s early reign and the period of the Jewish kingdom’s divided monarchy.

01/02/2013 | | Staff Writer | Lens

A  blow-up cartoon character isn’t the standard way to welcome newcomers to Israel, but the four-dozen newcomers at Ben-Gurion Airport last week weren’t standard olim.