Just before the Sotheby’s auction of Michael and Judy Steinhardt’s collection of Judaica began this morning, Sotheby’s announced that the highlight of the collection, the illuminated Mishneh Torah, was acquired jointly by The Israel Museum in Jerusalem and the Metropolitan Museum of Art here. This is the first significant collaboration between the two institutions.
The head of Hungary’s Raoul Wallenberg Association said he was beaten at a soccer match in Budapest.
Ferenc Orosz told the Hungarian news agency MTI during a conference Monday on hate speech that “first he was verbally assaulted and then his nose was broken after a match at Budapest’s Puskas Stadium which he attended with his family” the previous day.
A new report claims that professor and rabbi Michael Broyde may have created a second fake persona to engage in online discourse.
Broyde, who admitted earlier this month to publishing letters in journals and gaining access to a rabbinic association under a fake name, may also have used a second fake persona, according to a report by The Jewish Channel.
Shmuel Rabinowitz, the rabbi of the Western Wall, said rabbis must weigh whether to oppose a compromise proposal over egalitarian prayer at Judaism's holiest site.
In a statement Thursday, Rabinowitz vowed to fight against "the slightest deviation" from customary practice at the Western Wall. However, he left unclear whether the compromise forged by Jewish Agency for Israel Chairman Natan Sharansky, which would create a permanent site for egalitarian prayer at a section of the Western Wall called Robinson's Arch, constituted such a deviation.
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Fresh from his post as lay leader of the Anti-Defamation League, Robert G. Sugarman was recommended by the Nominating Committee of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations to serve as chairman. The term begins June 1.
The two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings are being investigated in connection with the savage killings of three men – two of whom were Jewish -- in a Waltham, Mass., apartment in September 2011, according to authorities.