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Israeli Woman Gives Birth At Age 65


A 65-year-old haredi Orthodox woman became the oldest woman ever to birth a child in Israel and one of the oldest in the world.

Palestinian Injures Four Israelis In West Bank Car-Ramming Attack


A Palestinian from Hebron confessed to intentionally ramming his car into a group of people at a West Bank bus stop on Thursday, Israel’s Shin Bet security service said.

Israeli security inspect the vehicle of a Palestinian attacker who drove over Israelis near Alon Shvut, Gush Etzion, on May 14.

Too Narrow To Move?

Netanyahu’s tissue-thin coalition already coming under pressure from a number of quarters.

Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — On the evening of his sweeping come-from-behind election victory, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to move swiftly to form a new government, saying that Israel could spare no time to meet political challenges at home and abroad.

Political watchers are questioning the long-term stability of Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition.  Getty Images

A Guide To Charedi Strife In Israel

Fault lines and fissures in the wake of the recent elections.

Special To The Jewish Week

Most American Jews make no distinction between one black-hatted charedi — those sectarian Jews mischaracterized in the press as “ultra-Orthodox” — and the next. To many, if not most, American Jews, charedim are obscurantist literalists, whose Judaism is an accretion of unthinking, primitive practices. In fact, the charedi world in Israel (and in America, for that matter) is hardly monolithic, and is far more variegated than an undifferentiated sea of black. There is the core of “Litvish” yeshivot, successors to the Eastern European tradition of rationalist Talmud and Rabbinic text study. (Contemporary parlance:  “yeshivish.”) There are numerous flavors of chasidim. There is Satmar and groups allied with Satmar. They look chasidic, but they are not. And there is, of course, Chabad-Lubavitch, who are not chasidim. They are Chabad.

A street scene in Rehovot. Wikimedia Commons

Proposal To Add Gov’t Ministers Narrowly Advances In Israel’s Knesset


Jerusalem — A proposal to expand the number of Israeli government members from the current 18 passed a first reading in the Knesset after a five-hour filibuster.

Rabbi To Celebrities Sentenced To One Year In Prison For Bribery


Jerusalem — Yoshiyahu Pinto, an Israeli rabbi who has counseled such celebrities as LeBron James, was sentenced to a year in prison after pleading guilty to bribing a senior police official.

Could An Israeli Invention End Cooking As We Know It?


Plenty of mobile apps help consumers order meals for delivery or offer recipes.

The Genie in action. Reuters.

Who Is Ayelet Shaked, Israel’s New Justice Minister?


Ayelet Shaked (pronounced ShahKED), Israel’s newly appointed justice minister and a member of the right-wing Jewish Home party, has quickly risen to prominence having served just two years in the Knesset. Here’s what you need to know about the 39-year-old (today’s her birthday) political celebrity.

Knesset lawmaker Ayelet Shaked of Jewish Home. Hadas Parush/Flash90

Jewish Home Party Wins Major Posts In Netanyahu’s Coalition


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formed a coalition government after making concessions to the right-wing Jewish Home party.

Naftali Bennett of the Jewish Home Party. Via

Netanyahu’s Concession To Key Party Could Push Coalition Over The Top


Jerusalem — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly agreed to concessions that would bring in a key party and allow him to form a new government.

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