Israel’s proposed $58 billion budget scheduled for government approval Sunday would split the country into two states, one rich and one poor, two prominent Israelis from opposite ends of the political spectrum warned this week.
Rabbi Adam Mintz, whose contract as spiritual leader of Lincoln Square Synagogue was not renewed following a power struggle with the leadership of the 600-member Orthodox congregation, has formed a new congregation with a group of his supporters that meets for Sabbath services at the Dorot Building at 171 W. 85th St.
Israeli officials and analysts expressed surprise and confusion over Bush administration statements this week critical of Israel, with some speculating that the remarks may have been triggered by domestic politics.
On Monday, State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said the U.S. was “deeply concerned” about the thousands of Palestinians left stranded by Israel’s decision to close the border crossing between Egypt and Gaza. The Reuters news agency called it “an apparent rare rebuke of the Jewish state.”
Sergio Della Pergola is one of the world’s leading demographers and a specialist in world Jewry. A former chairman and professor of population studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he now holds the Shlomo Argov Chair in Israel-Diaspora Relations at the university.
Della Pergola, 57, is also a senior fellow at the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute, an independent think tank in Jerusalem. He has published numerous books and hundreds of papers on such things as Jewish identification and population projections in the diaspora and Israel.
A series of developments this week suggested that the stage may be getting set for renewed Palestinian-Israeli peace talks even as Palestinians prepared for new elections and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon worked to form a new coalition government.
The Orthodox Union has instructed a kosher slaughterhouse under its supervision to alter its slaughtering practices after a hidden camera recorded what has been widely criticized as inhumane and cruel procedures.
Rabbi Menachem Genack, the OU’s kosher administrator, said the change was made after he and several other rabbis visited the plant in Postville, Iowa, owned by AgriProcessors Inc.
The visit was prompted by their viewing of the videotape made by the animal rights group PETA.
The phone call medical researchers yearn for is the one from Stockholm telling them they have won the Nobel Prize in medicine. When it didn’t come this year to Dr. Avram Hershko, a professor of biochemistry at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, he figured he would just have to wait another year.
But two days later on Oct. 6, while he was at a pool with his four granddaughters, his cousin in Jerusalem called his cell phone to say she had just heard on the radio that he had won the Nobel Prize in chemistry.
In a sign that the post-Yasir Arafat era is presenting new opportunities throughout the Middle East, the cold peace that has existed between Israel and Egypt for the last 25 years may be starting to thaw both diplomatically and economically.
Israeli and Egyptian leaders used the occasion of a visit by Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit to Jerusalem Wednesday to speak about promoting relations between the two countries, according to Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom.
A top official of the World Jewish Congress said Tuesday that he is now “open” to the possibility of hiring an outside firm to conduct a new audit of the embattled organization even as prominent Jewish leaders defended the integrity of its chairman, Israel Singer.
Demands for a complete and independent audit of the WJC made by its senior vice president, Isi Leibler, and representatives of the Swiss and Australian Jewish communities following Leibler’s dismissal in September from the organization’s steering committee have been resisted.
To some, holiday cards depicting reindeer with a menorah for antlers, a Santa Claus with payes, and a menorah filled with candy canes are nothing short of obscene. To others, they’re a humorous way of sending holiday greetings.
“I don’t want to send out Christmas cards,” said Ron Gompertz, 51, the Jewish creator of the new cards.
He said his wife, Michelle, 44, who is Protestant, didn’t want to send out Chanukah cards. So they came up with this novel approach to the Chanukah-Christmas season, which they call Chrismukkah.
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