Finding Common Ground In A City Of Differences

Tel Aviv native Rabbi Aryeh Stern was elected the capital’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi last October

07/06/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Rabbi Aryeh Stern, a native of Tel Aviv who has served since 1982 on the staff of Jerusalem’s Mercaz Harav yeshiva, a leading religious Zionist institution, was elected the capital’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi last October. For political and bureaucratic reasons, the city’s two chief rabbi posts, chosen by religious and political figures, had not been filled for almost a dozen years. The rabbi, 70, who, unlike many charedi Israelis, has served in the Israeli Army in two wars, and his children and grandchildren have also done Army service. The Jewish Week interviewed him during a recent visit he made to New York for a Rabbinical Council of America conference. This is an edited transcript.

Rabbi Aryeh Stern: “Now there are people who actually answer to the public.”

Israel’s President To U.S. Military Chief: ‘I Was Born In Jerusalem And I Am Israeli’

06/09/2015 - 20:00

Jerusalem — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff at a Jerusalem meeting, “I was born in Jerusalem and I am Israeli.”

Don't Misread SCOTUS Jerusalem Decision

Today's U.S. Supreme Court decision in Zivotofsky v. Kerry had little to do with Jerusalem and everything to do with separation of powers.  

At issue was the President's preeminence in foreign policy, not whether the United States considers Jerusalem Israel's capital but who makes that decision, the Congress or the executive.

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Jerusalem Passport Law

06/07/2015 - 20:00

Washington — The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law that would allow Jerusalem-born U.S. citizens to list their birthplace as Israel.

Jeb & Jerusalem

For a guy who boasted, "I am my own man," Jeb sounds an awful lot like he’s channeling his big brother George.

Israeli Woman Gives Birth At Age 65

05/18/2015 - 20:00

A 65-year-old haredi Orthodox woman became the oldest woman ever to birth a child in Israel and one of the oldest in the world.

Orthodox Transgender Activist Speaks Out

Yiscah Smith is promoting her memoir and speaking about building a life as an Orthodox woman.

05/03/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in late April, a group of people gathered in a small house in Crown Heights, Brooklyn to listen to Yiscah Sara Smith read excerpts from her memoir.

Yiscah Sara Smith in Jerusalem. Via

Kim Kardashian Gets Cropped From Charedi Jewish Website

Kimye loses the ‘Kim’ in Jerusalem.

04/14/2015 - 20:00
Blueprint Editor

It is irony o' clock. The most photographed woman on planet Earth has been cropped out of a picture on a charedi Jewish news site according to


The Pulse Of Jerusalem

An interview with Mayor Nir Barkat on his bid to remake the city.

Special To The Jewish Week
03/23/2015 - 20:00

Here’s how much Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat cares about his beloved city: Last month, the mayor, a former Israel Defense Forces paratrooper, and his personal security guard sprang into action after a knife-wielding Palestinian terrorist stabbed a charedi Jew right across the street from City Hall. The two helped tackle and subdue the man before he could do any more damage.

Courtesy of Jerusalem Mayor’s Office

On New Web-Based Tour, Visit Israel Without Leaving Home

03/08/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

A video tour of some of Jerusalem’s historically and religiously significant sites will be live streamed over the Internet Wednesday morning and allow viewers to ask questions of the tour guide.

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