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Shots Fired At Hikers, Capping Violent Week In West Bank

04/29/2013 - 20:00

Shots were fired at the car of several Israeli hikers in the West Bank Thursday night.

The hikers were near the settlement of Mitzpe Yericho in the Binyamin region next to the Palestinian city of Jericho when the attack occurred. They reportedly ran to their car when they noticed a suspicious man approaching them. Shots were fired at the car as they drove away, according to reports.

The Israeli army was searching for the attacker, which the IDF Spokespersons office said in a tweet was a Palestinian. It is believed to have been a terrorist attack, according to reports. A European tourist was among the hikers.

The attack came around the same time as a mortar was fired from Gaza at southern Israel. There were no reports of damage or injury.  It is the third explosive fired from Gaza at Israel this week

On Tuesday, a Palestinian stabbed to death an Israeli man at a bus stop in the West Bank.

Eviatar Borovsky, 31, a father of five from the Yitzhar settlement, was killed as he waited for a bus at the Tapuach Junction.

Sotheby's Says $8.5M Steinhardt Sale Was Biggest Judaica Auction Ever

04/29/2013 - 20:00

An auction of the 500-piece Judaica collection owned by philanthropist Michael Steinhardt was the "most valuable auction of Judaica ever held," Sotheby's said.

Monday's auction of nearly all of the Michael and Judy Steinhardt Judaica Collection brought in more than $8.5 million, Sotheby's said in a statement, exceeding the pre-sale estimate by $6 million.

German spice tower was one of 386 items in Steinhardt collection.

Jewish Design Students Protest Planned Class By Galliano At Parsons

04/29/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Just when John Galliano thought he was on the verge of rehabilitation after a drunken anti-Semitic diatribe in 2011 got him arrested, an online petition is seeking to get him fired before he even teaches one class here at Parsons The New School for Design. 

Parsons had announced last week that the 52-year-old designer agreed to teach without pay a three-day fashion-design master class called “Show Me Emotion.” The school called Galliano a “living legend,” a “technical genius,” and a “master of tailoring, construction, research and thematic investigation.”

The New York Post's coverage of a peculiar Galliano wardrobe choice during Fashion Week.

Sharansky Kotel Plan Loses Support From Orthodox And Non-Orthodox

04/29/2013 - 20:00
JTA

Natan Sharansky’s proposal to reduce tensions at the Western Wall has lost support from both Orthodox and non-Orthodox leaders.

When Sharansky, chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, made the plan public a few weeks ago, it received at least tacit approval from a range of activists, including the rabbi of the Western Wall, Shmuel Rabinowitz.

The plan would expand the egalitarian section of the Western Wall Plaza – called Robinson’s Arch – and create a unified entrance to the Wall’s traditional and egalitarian sections. It was meant as a compromise between haredi Orthodox leaders who wanted to maintain exclusive control of the Western Wall, and religious pluralism activists who wanted the site opened to egalitarian prayer.

Sharansky: Asked by Netanyahu to find compromise at Judaism's holiest site.

Jewish Leader Says He Was Attacked At Budapest Soccer Match

04/28/2013 - 20:00

The head of Hungary’s Raoul Wallenberg Association said he was beaten at a soccer match in Budapest.

Ferenc Orosz told the Hungarian news agency MTI during a conference Monday on hate speech that “first he was verbally assaulted and then his nose was broken after a match at Budapest’s Puskas Stadium which he attended with his family” the previous day.

Israel Museum And The Met Acquire Prized Mishneh Torah From Steinhardt

04/28/2013 - 20:00
Jewish Week Correspondent

Just before the Sotheby’s auction of Michael and Judy Steinhardt’s collection of Judaica began this morning, Sotheby’s announced that the highlight of the collection, the illuminated Mishneh Torah, was acquired jointly by The Israel Museum in Jerusalem and the Metropolitan Museum of Art here. This is the first significant collaboration between the two institutions.

A page from Maimonides’ Mishneh Torah, from Northern Italy in the 15th century. Courtesy Sotheby’s

Mother Of Boston Suspects Told Son To 'Go To Palestine,' Report Says

04/28/2013 - 20:00

 

The mother of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers spoke with her older son about going to "Palestine."

Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, in a telephone conversation from Russia with her older son Tamerlan, suggested that he go to Palestine during a discussion about jihad, The Associated Press reported. Russian security services intercepted the phone conversation, according to AP.

Western Wall Rabbi Hints At Rejection Of Sharansky Plan

04/24/2013 - 20:00

 Shmuel Rabinowitz, the rabbi of the Western Wall, said rabbis must weigh whether to oppose a compromise proposal over egalitarian prayer at Judaism's holiest site.

In a statement Thursday, Rabinowitz vowed to fight against "the slightest deviation" from customary practice at the Western Wall. However, he left unclear whether the compromise forged by Jewish Agency for Israel Chairman Natan Sharansky, which would create a permanent site for egalitarian prayer at a section of the Western Wall called Robinson's Arch, constituted such a deviation.

New Allegations In Broyde False-Identity Saga

04/24/2013 - 20:00

 

 A new report claims that professor and rabbi Michael Broyde may have created a second fake persona to engage in online discourse. 

Broyde, who admitted earlier this month to publishing letters in journals and gaining access to a rabbinic association under a fake name, may also have used a second fake persona, according to a report by The Jewish Channel.

Authorities Probing Link Between Bomb Suspects And Jews Murdered In Waltham

04/22/2013 - 20:00

The two brothers suspected in the Boston Marathon bombings are being investigated in connection with the savage killings of three men – two of whom were Jewish -- in a Waltham, Mass., apartment in September 2011, according to authorities.

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