Spain

Urban Design At Its Best

04/01/2014
Travel Writer

It’s a pity Ildefons Cerda wasn’t more famous.

That was my conclusion as I strolled along the streets of his chef d’oeuvre, the Eixample (ay-SHOM-pla) neighborhood of Barcelona. The Catalan city planner created such a singular masterpiece of urban design that professionals the world over make pilgrimages to this elegant district, drawing inspiration from its sunlit angles and human scale.

Gaudi’s Casa Mila, the most famous of the “cut-corners” buildings in Cerda’s Eixample neighborhood. Wikimedia Commons

Spanish Citizenship, 500 Years Late

Some 150,000 Jews may soon apply if Madrid ‘reverses injustice’ of Inquisition, opening business and family ties for many.

03/25/2014
Staff Writer

A member of New York’s Sephardic community approached Dina Siegel Vann, director of the American Jewish Committee’s Latino and Latin American Institute, after a luncheon at the AJC headquarters in Manhattan last week.

Spanish Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon speaking last week in New York. Courtesy of AJC

Destination Weddings, With A Jewish Twist

Picturesque outdoor chupahs, from Cyrus to Spain to the Yucatan.

Travel Writer
12/11/2013

Jews have a certain advantage when it comes to wedding geography: all you need is a chupah and a rabbi.

“In ancient times, the wedding was outdoors,” notes Rabbi Barbara Aiello, an Italian-American rabbi who leads a congregation in Calabria, Italy and officiates at weddings throughout Southern Europe.

A wedding on the beach at the supposed birthplace of Aphrodite, in Cyprus. Photo courtesy of Alexandra Zimakova

Tisha B'Av Thoughts, 2012

07/26/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Regardless of what else is going on in today’s Jewish world, Tisha B’Av- the fast of the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av- and the three weeks that lead up to it- is a sad and dispiriting time.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik is spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.

Bibi Netanyahu: On History and Its Abuse

All eyes were on Bibi Netanyahu yesterday as he delivered his AIPAC speech.  At times he was disarming, at others bellicose, both emphasizing that Obama has Israel’s back, but that if need be, Israel would go it alone.  “The purpose of the Jewish state is to secure the Jewish future,” he thundered. “That is why Israel must always have the ability to defend itself, by itself, against any threat.”

Montaigne’s Jewish Question

How much did the French philosopher know about his Jewish roots?

12/07/2010
Staff Writer

It should be no surprise that author Sarah Bakewell found in the 16th-century French writer Michel de Montaigne a voice that is entirely of the present.

“I’m flummoxed as to what to make of this whole story,” says author Sarah Bakewell, referring to Montaigne’s elusive Jewish back

Dichter Cancels Spain Visit Over Arrest Fears

10/26/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An Israeli lawmaker canceled a trip to Spain over fears that he would be arrested.

Avi Dichter, a Knesset member from the Kadima Party and the former head of Israel's Shin Bet intelligence agency, was scheduled to attend an international peace summit in Spain. He changed his mind after Spain would not grant him immunity from arrest or prosecution during his time in the country.

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