Jerusalem

Progress On `The Other Peace Process’

11/01/2012

Kadi Iyad Zahalka, the judge of the Muslim Shariya court in Jerusalem of the state of Israel, and I were grateful for the opportunity to be able to present our ideas about “the other peace process” to a number of New York audiences in recent days.

Christian Monastery In Jerusalem Vandalized

10/03/2012

Unknown vandals spray painted anti-Christian graffiti on the walls of a Franciscan monastery in Jerusalem.

The graffiti on the walls of the monastery, located on Mount Zion, read, “Jesus is a son of a bitch” and “price tag.” It was discovered early Tuesday morning.

Jerusalem Police reportedly have opened an investigation, and say the attack has “nationalistic motives.”

Christian Monastery In Jerusalem Vandalized

Graffiti uses profanity to refer to Jesus.

10/02/2012

Unknown vandals spray painted anti-Christian graffiti on the walls of a Franciscan monastery in Jerusalem.

The graffiti on the walls of the monastery, located on Mount Zion, read "Jesus is a son of a bitch" and "price tag." It was discovered early Tuesday morning.

Jerusalem Police reportedly have opened an investigation, and say the attack has "nationalistic motives."

Graffiti discovered on monastery walls on Tuesday is the second incident of such vandalism in the Jerusalem area in two months.

Apple’s Jerusalem Problem

Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, an influential ultra-Orthodox rabbi, says it is forbidden for religious Jews to own an iPhone and has instructed his followers to burn the device if they own one. It’s not that Kanievsky sides with Android in the smartphone war, but that he’s concerned about what observant Jews will see with such a device. Burning ones iPhone seems a drastic measure, but Kanievsky wasn’t the only Jewish leader with angst against Apple’s iPhone this week.

While Google Maps lists Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Apple's new operating system omits it.

New Apple Map Program Separates Jerusalem And Israel

09/27/2012

 

The map included in Apple’s new iOS6 operating system reportedly does not show Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Every other country on the map has its capital listed, The Algemeiner reported Tuesday. 

In addition, the world clock included in the operating system lists Jerusalem without an affiliated country -- the only city to be included that way, the paper said.

Democrats, Republicans and The Jewish Community

09/06/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, we have officially entered into the silly season of American politics.  The truth, of course, is that nothing about it is silly; quite the opposite.  But once the candidates are formally nominated and the campaign reaches its most intense stage, truth tends to take a leave of absence, hyperbole reigns, and promises are handed out like crisp one dollar bills.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

Tisha B'Av Thoughts, 2012

07/26/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Regardless of what else is going on in today’s Jewish world, Tisha B’Av- the fast of the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av- and the three weeks that lead up to it- is a sad and dispiriting time.

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik is spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.

Do You Know Whose Funeral Drew 250,000 People This Week?

If further evidence is needed that the divide between the Orthodox and the rest of the Jewish community is widening, consider that 250,000 Israelis attended the funeral yesterday of a revered 102-year-old Torah sage in Jerusalem who is virtually unknown to American Jews outside the Orthodox world.

Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv

Respecting ‘The Other’ At The Next Desk

The ABC’s of religious pluralism in a Jerusalem classroom.

Israel Correspondent
05/29/2012

Jerusalem — For 15-year-old Ella Gal, “the other” isn’t an Israeli-Arab teen from Jaffa or a Palestinian high schooler in Ramallah. He’s the boy in the kipa sitting next to her in class.
Gal, whose father was raised secular but whose non-religious mother was brought up Orthodox, attends the Keshet School in the Katamonim neighborhood of Jerusalem, an oasis of religious pluralism in an increasingly divided Israeli society.

Ofer Gordon, who is religious, and Ella Gal, who is secular, study together at the Keshet School. Photos by Michele Chabin
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