01/14/2014 | | Staff Writer | Lens

Following the breakup of the Soviet Union nearly 25 years ago, the Jewish population of Grodno, in Belarus, like all others behind the former Iron Curtain, started to rebuild itself.

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.