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Israeli Chess Grandmaster Achieves World Record

10/23/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An Israeli chess grandmaster bested an Iranian's world record by playing 527 ranked chess players simultaneously in Tel Aviv and winning 87 percent of the games.

Alik Gershon began playing the concurrent matches on Thursday morning in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square in an attempt to break the Guinness simultaneous chess world record set in 2009 by the Iranian grandmaster Morteza Mahjoub. Gershon completed the games by early Friday.

Election 2010: it's not about Israel

Yesterday we posted a nice Ron Kampeas preview of the 2010 congressional midterms, now only two weeks away.

Ron argues this is an election like none other in recent history, with many races too close to call and an angry public mood that makes predictions even riskier than usual.

The Avigdor Lieberman disaster

Ha'aretz columnist Bradley Burston has a powerful, disturbing column today on Avigdor Lieberman, arguing that the Foreign Minister is “the bully in the china shop of Israel's relationship with its Arab minority” and slamming his “fascism bandwagon's snorti

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman

“Fumbles to fluency”

The Jewish Week caught up with Sharon two months into her aliyah journey. To read about her adventures fro the beginning, click here.

Ulpan courses — the Hebrew immersion regimen offered in (and now out of) Israel — are certainly as intense as they're advertised to be.

Following a year and a half of once a week prep at Ahuva Tal Hollander's New York-based Ha-Ulpan, I took a six-week intensive course at Hebrew University's Jerusalem ulpan this summer. Now, however, that I've officially immigrated here, I'm taking advantage of the five-month free ulpan to which I am entitled as a new citizen.

The beginning of the journey

Hi, I'm Sharon Udasin. After three years as a journalist for The Jewish Week in New York, I decided to take a risk and immigrate to Israel, something I had been thinking about pretty consistently for a couple years.

I had little interest in Israel and the Middle East until I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2007 and reluctantly had a taste of the “Birthright Kool-Aid,” so-to-speak.

Meet The New (Interim) Ambassadors

10/18/2010 - 20:00

Meron Reuben, Israel’s new ambassador to the United Nations, moved to New York last month with only three suitcases.

Ido Aharoni, who assumed his job as Consul General of Israel in New York around the same time, came to town with two.

Gary Rosenblatt

Media Watch: Settlers Now ‘Part Of Israeli Mainstream’

Outreach to Arabs, leadership in IDF, reverse militant image.
10/18/2010 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Someone remarked to Gloria Steinem, on the eve of her 50th birthday, that she looked great for 50.

“This is what 50 looks like,” said Steinem.

Rabbis Shlomo Riskin, Aharon Lichtenstein and Menachem Froman are what West Bank settlers look like. From the settlements clustered in Gush Etzion.

Israel Marking Rabin Assassination

10/18/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The assassination of Yitzhak Rabin "must not be forgiven or forgotten," Israeli President Shimon Peres said at a candlelighting ceremony marking the 15th anniversary of the tragedy.

On Tuesday afternoon, on the eve of the Hebrew date of the anniversary of the prime minister's death, Peres spoke about the man with whom he was awarded the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize. Rabin family members, public figures, youth movement members and students attended the ceremony.

The Long And The Short Of Conversation

10/18/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Thousands of years from now, what will human conversation look like? Like the Talmud? A version of Wikipedia?

Last weekend I participated in two fascinating conversations that got me thinking about the future of conversation, and how both new technology and old Jewish ideas might give us a clue.

Daniel Schifrin

A Jewish Imperative to live in the Diaspora?

10/14/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Living in caravans in a small settlement town during my years learning in Israel, my dream was always to settle the land. As a religious Zionist, I feel that living in Israel is a tremendous and miraculous opportunity, and all Jews can and must consider making this life transition as we are all very familiar with the halakhic obligation of yishuv ha’aretz, the religious obligation to settle the Land of Israel. I would like to suggest, however, that in addition to this well-known imperative, there is also a crucial duty to reside in the Diaspora.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz
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