Jerusalem

Islamist Groups Slam Egytian Mufti's Jerusalem Visit

04/20/2012

Islamist groups including the Muslim Brotherhood condemned a visit to the Al-Aksa Mosque by Egypt's grand mufti, one of the country's highest religious authorities.

Sheik Ali Goma, accompanied by Ghazi bin Muhammad, chief adviser to Jordan's King Abdullah II for religious and cultural affairs, visited the mosque located on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Wednesday. It was Goma's first visit to the shrine.

‘So Much For The Arab Spring’

Palestinians are bankrupt and demoralized — yet politics and intifadas have lost their appeal.

04/12/2012
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Just as he does every day, on March 30 Mahmoud Abu Sneineh trimmed succulent pieces of lamb off a vertical spit, wrapped them in a fresh pita brushed with tehina, and served the shwarma to hungry customers lined up at his eatery in east Jerusalem.

Palestinian women wave during a demonstration marking Land Day. Getty Images

The Top 10 Things About Being In Israel For Pesach

04/11/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

10) Having a seder with my sister and brother-in-law and their five children and eight grandchildren for the first time ever!

9)  Every gas station mini-market is kasher l’pesach,  and every gas station attendant wishes you a Chag Sameach (while they’re charging you a month’s salary to fill up your tank…)

8)  Kasher l’Pesach Magnum ice cream bars!

7)  On Chol HaMoed, it seems like every family in Israel is cooking out in a public park!

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

This Year In Jerusalem: A Very Special Passover

04/04/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

When I finished last year’s Seder with the words L’Shanah Haba’ah Bi’Yrushalayim Habnuyah- Next Year in a Rebuilt Jerusalem- I never allowed myself to imagine that I might actually be spending Passover, 5772 in anywhere other than Forest Hills.  Of course, were the Messiah to arrive, I would be ready to relocate, but absent that miraculous intervention in history, I didn’t see myself going anywhere for the holiday.

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

Second Jerusalem Church Vandalized

02/20/2012

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A church in Jerusalem was vandalized with an anti-Christian slogan.

"Death to Christians" was painted on the walls of a church in Jerusalem on Monday.

The words "Price Tag" and bad language about Jesus also were written on the Baptist Narkis Street Congregation in Jerusalem, according to reports. The tires of several cars in the area also were slashed.

A Day In The German Colony

Historic buildings, boutiques, kosher restaurants and an old-school cinema make the southern Jerusalem neighborhood a lively destination.

Israel Correspondent
02/07/2012

Jerusalem — After spending so much time and money to get to Israel, many vacationers rush around the country in an attempt to cover as much ground as possible.

But sometimes you just need a day to unwind, and the German Colony, a neighborhood in southern Jerusalem, is a good place to do it.

Many houses in the area are more than a century old.

‘Jerusalem Is Becoming A Ghost Town’

Lack of affordable housing, aggravated by foreign purchases, squeezing middle class; Tel Aviv to double tax on empty units.

01/03/2012
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Molly Livingstone and David Tanami, a young couple in Jerusalem, were forced to move from the tree-lined neighborhood of Katamon to Armon Hanatziv (East Talpiot), a far-cheaper neighborhood next to a couple of Arab villages, this summer, after their landlord, who’d already raised the rent by 25 percent, demanded another big price hike. 

When Livingstone, a 28-year-old mother who works in public relations, began her search for an affordable, centrally located alternative, it turned into a mission impossible.

Molly Livingstone, with her son.

Athens and Jerusalem: The Case for Knowing the Classics

In our secular, liberal age, the Bible and the classics often get a bad rap.  The Bible represents everything modernity is not—free inquiry, divested of hoary beliefs—while the classics are often snidely dismissed as the hubristic fantasies of aging, if not already dead white males.

Israeli Archaeologists Use Facebook to Solve 3,000-Year-Old Mystery

With a planned IPO in 2012 the list of things that people are using Facebook for is only expanding. In Israel, archaeologists are using a Facebook Page to help them solve a 3,000-year-old mystery. The story was originally reported in The Washington Post​ and Mark Weiss explains how Facebook is coming in handy for these archaeologists. He reports from Jerusalem for ​The Irish Times:

Facebook is helping archaeologists in Israel
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