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01/07/2014 | | Staff Writer | Lens

A spiny, 3-inch snail made big news in Jerusalem the other day.

During an all-day conference at the Begin Heritage Center, some 350 people heard lectures by an all-star international lineup — including rabbis and scientists, lawyers and political leaders — discussing the murex trunculus, and what comes out of it.

12/31/2013 | | Staff Writer | Lens

Sixty-seven years after it mysteriously disappeared after the Nuremberg Trials, the diary of a member of Adolf Hitler’s inner circle recently turned up in the home of a scholar who lives near Niagara Falls.

12/24/2013 | | Staff Writer | Lens

Sixty-three Israeli boys and girls celebrated their Jewish coming-of-age in a unique joint bar/bat mitzvah ceremony in northern Jerusalem one recent Monday morning.

12/17/2013 | | Staff Writer | Lens

After Ari and Idy Friedman of Brooklyn lost their 10-year-old son, Meir, to leukemia two decades ago, they decided to bring some joy to other children who have cancer.

12/10/2013 | | Staff Writer | Lens

Yes, those are children dressed as Santa Claus—Israeli Arab children.

In Jaffa, a mixed Jewish-Arab part of the Greater Tel Aviv municipality, which plays a prominent role in the New Testament and is home of the famed St. Peter’s Church and to some 6,500 Christian residents, Christmas becomes visible each year – unlike in most of Israel, where it is barely noticed.

12/03/2013 | | Staff Writer | Lens

Many of Israel’s Bedouins, nomadic Arabs who have become less nomadic over the last two centuries, face the prospect of forced urbanization.