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Reinventing The Chief Rabbinate

A violation of human rights is currently enshrined in Israeli law.

04/23/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
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The recent elections for the Chief Rabbinate of Israel demonstrated the depths to which this institution has declined. Among the ultra-Orthodox and Religious Zionist public, the elections were colored by political maneuvers and ugly infighting, while most secular Israelis were completely disengaged from the election process of a bureaucracy that they regard as largely irrelevant to their day-to-day lives.

Ayelet Libson

Fast-Growing Israeli Arabic News Site Aims To Educate, Uplift

04/18/2014
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NAZARETH, Israel — After Israel’s 2006 war with the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah devastated the country’s northern region, most Israelis focused on rebuilding their towns and creating better defense infrastructure.

Ghada Zoabi ifounder of the Arabic Israeli news website Bokra. Via Bokra.net

Hardline Rabbi Named Shas Spiritual Leader

04/18/2014
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Shalom Cohen, a hardline rabbi known for his overt hostility toward modern Orthodox and secular Israeli Jews, was appointed spiritual leader of the Orthodox, Sephardi Shas Party.

Cohen, leader of the Porat Yosef religious seminary, was named president of the Shas Council of Torah Sages on Thursday at a ceremony in Bnei Brak neat Tel Aviv, Army Radio reported. He replaced Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who died last year.

New Crackdown Against Settlers In Outpost Fueling Tensions

Unprecedented closing of West Bank yeshiva in Yitzhar follows attack on IDF.

04/17/2014
Israel Correspondent
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Yitzhar, West Bank — Motorists headed to this West Bank settlement notorious as a hotbed for radicalism were greeted last Friday afternoon by a police checkpoint at the highway turnoff. Checking for ID, one officer explained that non-residents were being turned back.

Hillel Malachi stands alongside a mobile home demolished by the army in the Yitzhar outpost of Shaked Farm. Joshua Mitnick/JW

Mounting A Challenge To The Status Quo

Is The Temple Institute head tilting at spiritual windmills in bid to have Jews pray at controversial holy site?

04/09/2014
Israel Correspondent
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Jerusalem — “Warning.” The Hebrew sign at the entrance to the tourist bridge rising from the Western Wall plaza in Jerusalem’s Old City issues a stern reminder that Temple Mount complex — the holiest patch of real estate in Jewish tradition — is off limits to Jews under many interpretations of halachic Jewish law.

Rabbi Chaim Richman is a regular visitor to the Temple Mount.  Joshua Mitnick/JW

Lapid: Freeze Settlements In Bid For Peace

Vows to bolt coalition if negotiations collapse.

04/08/2014
JTA

Tel Aviv — Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid said he supports freezing settlement growth to help jump-start peace negotiations and vowed that his centrist Yesh Atid party would leave Israel’s governing coalition if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were responsible for the collapse of the peace process.

Luxury Housing In Israel On The (High) Rise

Led by foreigners, real estate boom seen reshaping skylines in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

04/08/2014
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Tel Aviv and Jerusalem are experiencing an unprecedented boom in luxury housing that is transforming the cities’ skylines.

The Meier-on-Rothschild in Tel Aviv, center, designed by superstar architect Richard Meier. Courtesy of Studio84, Viewpoint

Vandals Strike Christian Village Near Safed

04/03/2014

JERUSALEM  — The tires of 40 cars and trucks were slashed and a hateful message was spray-painted on a wall in a Christian village near Safed.

Reported Kerry-Netanyahu Deal Frees Hundreds Of Palestinian Prisoners, Pollard

04/01/2014

JERUSALEM — Israel would release hundreds of Palestinian prisoners and freeze West Bank settlement building, and the United States would free Jonathan Pollard under a reported deal reached between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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