It’s Round 2 for the Neeman Commission. Still staggering from the knock-down, drag-out fight over conversions in Israel, the five-member committee chaired by Finance Minister Yaacov Neeman is about to enter the freedom-of-religion fray again, this time to tackle the controversy over allowing women to pray in groups at the Western Wall.
Yavne, Israel — In the religious junior high school of this development town of 25,000 an hour south of Tel Aviv, an educational miracle is taking place with Ethiopian Jewish children. Long neglected by Israel’s education establishment, and against seemingly insurmountable odds, Ethiopian teens are soaring up the learning curve.
The killing of three Palestinians and the wounding of four others by Israeli soldiers at a roadblock near Hebron Tuesday sparked the worst rioting in the West Bank in four months.
The violence came just one day after Palestinian Authority President Yasir Arafat warned of a possible new Arab uprising.
It was the third time since 1994 that the joyous Purim holiday had been marred by bloodshed in Israel.
by Michele Chabin |
Jerusalem — All they ever wanted was a child. For a decade the observant couple, who live on a moshav in the north, had been trying to have a baby, only to have their hopes dashed time after time. The wife, who could not conceive naturally, underwent numerous in-vitro fertilization treatments. Even when these proved successful, she suffered eight miscarriages due to an immunological disorder that caused her body to reject the fetuses.
Desperate, the couple went in search of a woman who could bear them a child.
Flush with success over his mediation efforts in Iraq, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan plans to fly to southern Lebanon later this month to deal with Israel’s pledge to withdraw from its self-imposed security zone there if it is cleared of Hezbollah terrorists.