Europe's main Orthodox rabbinical body is urging Jews in Germany to uphold the commandment to circumcise newborn sons, despite a court ruling in Germany that said circumcising young boys could be considered a criminal act.
Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis, said his organization is ready to back Jews in challenging the May ruling by a Cologne district court, which Jewish groups see as symptomatic of a trend across Europe against some Jewish rituals. The group held an emergency meeting this week in Berlin.
Germany has agreed to provide restitution payments to an additional 80,000 Jews in what Claims Conference officials are describing as a historic breakthrough.
The agreement, which was reached Monday in negotiations between German officials and Claims Conference representatives, is likely to result in additional payments of approximately $300 million. Most of the money will go to Nazi victims in the former Soviet Union who have never before qualified for pensions or payments from German restitution money.
Jewish priests (Kohannim) are prohibited from attending funerals or encountering the dead (unless it is a close relative). How can the leaders of society neglect one of the most important aspects of community service? Here we learn a value of humility, empowerment, life, and transparency.
For years, German scholars and the country’s most prominent Jewish organizations have argued that Germany should allow “Mein Kampf” to be published in Germany before the copyright expires, in 2015. It is not illegal to publish the book in Germany, but the state of Bavaria, which holds the copyright, had adamantly refused for decades, saying that the longer the book was out of print, the better.
Fewer than half of all Germans believe that Iran poses the graver danger in the current tensions between Iran and Israel, a new poll has found.
According to the survey on the Infratest/Dimap website, 58 percent of Germans see Iran's nuclear ambitions as an existential threat to Israel, and 48 percent see Iran as the greater threat of the two countries.
In the warwaging over Gunter Grass—the Nobel Prize winning German author, teenage Nazi soldier, and author of a poem denouncing Israel’s threats on Iran—it’s hard to tell whose national psyche is more scarred. In Germany, where Grass, 84, published the poem, translated into English as “What Must Be Said,” the intellectual landscape has been virtual
Veteran Nazi hunter Beate Klarsfeld has jumped into the German political fray as an alternative candidate for president.
Her decision to run comes amid growing criticism of the sole nominee — Joachim Gauck, a former East German anti-communist activist who later was the first to head the post-unification commission investigating the archives of the East German secret police. Gauck is coming under increasing criticism over his views on Holocaust remembrance.
Israel released withheld tax money to the Palestinian Authority after Germany said it was a condition for purchasing a submarine, a German newspaper is reporting.
Germany told Israel it would not complete the sale of a sixth Dolphin submarine to Israel unless it made the concession, Germany’s Welt am Sonntag reported Sunday. The sale was approved on Nov. 30, the same day Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would release the $100 million in tax revenue collected by Israel for the PA.