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‘I’m Their Mother’

In bid to root out fraud, a little-enforced U.S. citizenship policy bars donor-conceived children of American Israelis.
02/13/2012 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Beth (not her real name), an American who made aliyah in 1990 at the age of 28, says she always wanted to be a wife and mother.

“I did the whole JDate thing, the Israeli dancing scene,” in order to meet someone, Beth told The Jewish Week from her home in the center of Israel. “I always said that if I wasn’t married by the age of 35, I would consider having a child on my own.”

Fears Of Iran-Israel Escalation

After New Delhi attack, concerns that the conflict could grow.
02/13/2012 - 19:00

Washington — Iran and Israel appear to be locked in an assassination contest.

Israeli leaders blamed Iran for two assassination attempts late Sunday and early Monday — in Tbilisi, Georgia, and in New Delhi, India. The bomb in Tbilisi was disabled before it could be activated, and the attack in India wounded the wife of an Israeli diplomat and her driver.

Two people were injured when a bomb went off outside the Israeli Embassy Monday in New Delhi, India.

Palestinian On Hunger Strike In Israeli Prison Denied Release

02/13/2012 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A Palestinian man in the 59th day of a hunger strike was denied release from an Israeli prison, where he is being held without charge.

Khader Adnan has been held in an Israeli prison since his arrest by Israeli soldiers on Dec. 17. He can be held in administrative detention, without charges being brought, for four months. The administrative detention went into effect on Jan. 8.

A military court judge on Monday denied Adnan's appeal to be released or have his detention reduced. Adnan is a member of Islamic Jihad.

Lessons From Beit Shemesh: Some Slow Progress

But ceding religion-state issues to ultra-Orthodox parties has been a disaster.
02/06/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In recent weeks my head has been full of the angry voices of my friends and partners in the United States — leaders of the American Jewish community, allies and comrades-in-arms in the great task of strengthening the bonds between Israel and the Jewish people worldwide. They are angry about the same things I am angry about.

The Spit Felt ’Round The World

In wake of Beit Shemesh, haredim here wrestle with introspection, and what they see as unfair criticism.
01/30/2012 - 19:00
Associate Editor

It was as if the spit cut into Ezra Friedlander’s cheek, from half a world away.

Friedlander, the son of the Liska rebbe and CEO of the Friedlander Group, a public affairs organization here, says, “We absolutely have the obligation to condemn even the actions of a rogue group. I want people to know that they don’t speak for me.”

Haredi-secular tensions flared after Beit Shemesh incident. getty images

Amid Attack Talk, Israelis Split On Iran Tack

Weighing a preemptive strike or sanctions squeeze.
01/30/2012 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Before leaving with a carton of milk or a popsicle, customers at Eyal Monarov’s Tel Aviv convenience store usually pause to glance at the latest front-page headlines.

Lately newspapers have been chock-full of headlines about the threat of a nuclear Iran, and Monarov says his customers aren’t shy about sharing their opinions with him.

Prime Minister Netanyahu, left, and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are said to be weighing a strike on Iran’s nuclear program.

Likud Voters Electing Party Chairman

01/30/2012 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Members of Israel's Likud Party went to the polls to elect a party chairman and a new Central Committee, more than a year before scheduled national elections.

Prime Minister Netanyahu on Tuesday is expected to be elected party chairman for the fifth time in 18 years.

He is being challenged by party hardliner Moshe Feiglin of the Jewish Leadership faction of the party.

Feiglin is working to garner more than 24 percent of the vote, which is what he polled in the 2007 contest.

Poll: Most Israeli Jews Keep Kosher, Practice Some Sabbath Rituals

01/29/2012 - 19:00

(JTA) – More than four of every five Israeli Jews believe in God and three-quarters of Israeli Jews keep kosher, according to a survey.

The study, conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute’s Guttman Center and paid for by the Avi Chai Foundation, also found that 51 percent of Israeli Jews favor instituting civil marriage; in Israel, marriage is controlled by the religious authorities.

Hackers Hit Websites of Israeli Hospitals

01/25/2012 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The websites of two Israeli medical centers as well as several other public Israeli websites, were hacked.

The websites for Tel Hashomer and Assuta medical centers, among the largest in central Israel, were down Wednesday morning.

The hospitals' security systems held back the assaults and patient information was not compromised, according to the hospitals.

Has The ‘Tough Love’ Rebbe Gone Too Far?

Rav Aharon Bina has headed a popular Jerusalem yeshiva for diaspora students for many years. But charges of emotional abuse continue to dog him.
01/23/2012 - 19:00

For those in the Modern Orthodox community who send their sons to yeshivas in Israel for a year or two of post-high school study, it’s long been an open secret that Rav Aharon Bina, rosh hayeshiva of Netiv Aryeh in the Old City of Jerusalem, has a unique — many say bizarre — pedagogical style.

Supporters call it “tough love”; critics call it abuse.

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