Israel

Breaching The Wall Of Silence On Domestic Abuse

In Israel’s haredi community, leading rabbis are now working with experts to dismantle a culture of secrecy.

10/16/2013
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Beit Shemesh, Israel — It was only when her sons came at her with knives that she realized keeping quiet was not going to work.

Bat Melech founder Noach Korman at the Bat Melech shelter in Beit Shemesh. Ben Sales

Iran Sanctions ‘Harmed By The Shutdown’

Obama administration makes case that gov’t shuttering undermining efforts.

10/16/2013
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Washington —  Is the U.S. government shutdown undermining the sanctions that helped bring Iran to Geneva this week for talks aimed at ending the standoff over its nuclear program?

U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman testifies this week before the House Foreign Affairs Commitee.

Opening Homes, And Hearts, To Wounded Warriors

Hope for Heroism program has big payoff for local families and IDF soldiers.

10/15/2013
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The six Israelis stood quietly at the front of the classroom while the eighth graders at the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester in Hartsdale watched a short film depicting the experiences of young Israeli soldiers who had been wounded in combat. The students didn’t flinch from the often-graphic imagery of violent ambushes by Hamas or Hezbollah, or hospital scenes showing doctors’ efforts to stitch them back together.

IDF soldiers visit Solomon Schechter School of Westchester.  “It’s an incredible two-way street.” Merri Rosenberg

Ari Lesser Raps About BDS

"We're not perfect but if you think we're the worst, first take a look at the rest of the earth," says rapper Ari Lesser, taking a musical look at countries around the world that have yet to arouse the ire of the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions crowd.

 

Muddy Waters

10/02/2013
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I love the music of Pink Floyd, as well as Roger Waters. Much to my dismay,
he has placed me in a dilemma, now
making it difficult for me to appreciate his talents.

He is asking musicians to boycott Israel, which makes no sense, even for someone with anti-Israel views. Yes, “anti-Israel” is the new “anti-Semitic.” Israel, one of the
only countries in the Middle East where Waters could play and be safe, he
kvetches about. Let us not forget that his band, Pink Floyd, couldn’t stand
him. The world’s top rock and roll band gave him the boot.

Blind To The Rights Of The Disabled

Why guide dogs should be allowed at the Western Wall.

10/01/2013
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Sixty blind people with guide dogs recently toured the Old City of Jerusalem. Despite the eternal darkness they experience, they were flooded with light. Touching the stones of the Jewish Quarter brought tears to their sightless eyes. However, they could not approach the prayer site sanctified by a myriad of Jewish tears over the millennia, since Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, who holds the title of rabbi of the Western Wall, has ruled that the Western Wall plaza is off limits to all types of animals — guide dogs included.

The author urges Western Wall plaza officials to uphold human rights doctrine as well as Jewish tradition.

Jerusalemites Relax, Focus On Holidays Instead of Gas Masks

09/17/2013
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Jerusalem – Israel breathed a collective sigh of relief this week.

In the days before Yom Kippur on Saturday and the start of Sukkot on Wednesday night, between concern over a possible with Syria and the announcement of a tentative deal brokered by the United States and Russia, Israelis turned from thoughts of missile attacks to attention to the last of this month's series of Jewish holidays.

Israel Recognizes Transgender Man As Biological Father

09/16/2013
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Israel’s Interior Ministry has for the first time recognized two biological fathers of the same baby.

The baby was born to Yuval Topper-Erez, the first Israeli transgender man to get pregnant, and Matan Topper-Erez. Yuval Topper-Erez in December 2011. After Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar and the chairman of the Knesset Interior Committee, Miri Regev, intervened on behalf of the couple, the ministry recognized both men as the child’s biological parents.

Israel's African Migrant Policy Unconstitutional

09/16/2013
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Israel has 90 days to free more than 2,000 migrants being held in a detention center in the Negev after a judicial panel on Monday struck down the state’s African migrant policy, according to the Jerusalem Post.

10 Israeli Artists To Hold Residencies At American Universities

09/12/2013
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This fall, Israel is exporting not just chocolate or electronics, but a different sort of commodity: artists.

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