Jerome A. Chanes |
Special To The Jewish Week
Most American Jews make no distinction between one black-hatted charedi — those sectarian Jews mischaracterized in the press as “ultra-Orthodox” — and the next. To many, if not most, American Jews, charedim are obscurantist literalists, whose Judaism is an accretion of unthinking, primitive practices. In fact, the charedi world in Israel (and in America, for that matter) is hardly monolithic, and is far more variegated than an undifferentiated sea of black. There is the core of “Litvish” yeshivot, successors to the Eastern European tradition of...
Ayelet Shaked (pronounced ShahKED), Israel’s newly appointed justice minister and a member of the right-wing Jewish Home party, has quickly risen to prominence having served just two years in the Knesset. Here’s what you need to know about the 39-year-old (today’s her birthday) political celebrity.
Michele Chabin |
Jerusalem — The Talpiot Industrial Zone in south Jerusalem is home to some of Jerusalem’s poorest people. Housed in run-down buildings built decades ago for Jewish refugees from Arab countries, the crime rate is high, even with a police station located right across the street.