Israel

When Firefighters From Abroad Came To Jerusalem

12/15/2010 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

A unique event occurred in the Old City of Jerusalem on December 7th – foreign armies marched through the narrow alleys of the ancient city – parading fast towards the Western Wall.

When Firefighters From Abroad Came To Jerusalem

12/15/2010 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

A unique event occurred in the Old City of Jerusalem on December 7th – foreign armies marched through the narrow alleys of the ancient city – parading fast towards the Western Wall.

Eurotrash Tent Sluts and Jewish Settlements

 

Europe -- the continent that invented the modern totalitarian dictatorship as well as inventing "appeasement" disguised as "peace," while fine-tuning anti-Semitism to previously unknown levels...

Israeli Swimmers Under Heavy Security at Dubai Tourney

12/15/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel's national swim team is competing under heavy security in a world competition in Dubai.

The team arrived in Dubai just in time for the Tuesday opening ceremony of the FINA World Swimming Championships after the United Arab Emirates agreed at the last minute to issue visas for the team. The team was subject to a thorough security check and their passports were not stamped, Haaretz reported.

Scientific Research and National Planning: A Lesson from the Carmel Fire

12/14/2010 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Times of crisis are inevitably accompanied by controversy. The very public finger-pointing that is underway in Israel regarding the recent devastating fire in the Carmel is to be expected. The arguments between Israel’s national and regional authorities, as well as central agencies in the non-profit sector, create a lot of media noise but they also must be seen as part of an invaluable process of introspection, which, it can be hoped, will lead to improvements and changes in fire and crisis readiness.

Aaron Ben-Ze’ev

Could Latest Conversion Flap Bring Down Israel’s Government?

The Knesset’s passage today of a preliminary reading of a bill that affirms the legitimacy of conversions performed by rabbis of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) seems benign on the surface.

After all, the IDF rabbis are chosen by the Chief Rabbinate, and the vote was an overwhelming 74-18.

Storm Uncovers Roman Statue in Ashkelon

12/14/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A nearly 1,800-year-old Roman statue of a woman was discovered near Ashkelon after it was uncovered by a severe storm.

The weekend storm caused a cliff near a seaside archeological dig to crumble, exposing the nearly 4-foot-high statue, as well as the remains of a large building believed to be part of a Roman bathhouse.

Aftermath of a Wildfire: JNF And Environmentalists - Don’t Plant A Tree

Israeli forest experts argue for letting nature run its course in the Carmel.
12/14/2010 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Beit Oren, Israel — As Israel’s largest fire in history devoured thousands of acres of the Carmel, Jewish National Fund Chairman Effie Stenzler vowed to sponsor a week of tree planting to replace the millions consumed by the blaze.

But as environmental officials begin plotting the reforestation of the Carmel, there’s a consensus among Israeli forest experts that the symbolic ritual of tree planting should be avoided in order to let nature take its course.

Should nature take its course after devastating fire?

Kissinger, Nixon and the 'it's okay because they helped Israel' argument

 I admit it, after 24 years in this business I was still surprised by the “but-he-was-good-for-Israel” defense of Henry Kissinger I've been reading in blogs, Jewish Week comments and emails.

What Kissinger said, in a White House conversation with that old anti-Semite President Richard Nixon, was this: “The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy. And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.”

Diaspora Rabbis Urge Israeli Colleagues to Speak Out on Rental Ruling

12/13/2010 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Over 750 rabbis and cantors of all denominations signed a letter urging their Israeli colleagues to speak out against a ruling by 39 municipal rabbis banning renting to non-Jews.

"The recent halakhic ruling from community rabbis in Israel that forbids leasing apartments to non-Jews has caused great shock and pain in our communities," said the letter, initiated by the New Israel Fund. "The attempt to root discriminatory policies based on religion or ethnicity in Torah is a painful distortion of our tradition."

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