Solving A 100-Year Mystery, Acra Fortress Unearthed In Jerusalem

Researchers verify that City of David site holds 2,000-year-old remains of stronghold used by Greeks to control the Temple Mount.

Editorial Intern

There is something magical about finding an actual piece history from a story one has heard since childhood. Chanukah has been celebrated every year for the past few millennia, but this week a site from the story has finally been discovered, directly tying a significant layer of Jewish history to Israel.

The Acra site holds remains of stronghold used by Greeks to control the Temple Mount. Courtesy of Israel Antiquities Authority

‘Big Bang’ Writer Talks About Show’s Jewish Bent — On And Off The Set

You've got Friday morning Torah sessions, Chanukah candles in a dressing room and a script sprinkled with Yidish.

Editorial Intern

Only one of the characters in “The Big Bang Theory” is Jewish, so why does the show — like “Seinfeld” a decade earlier — feel so Jewish?

“Big Bang” writer and co-producer Eric Kaplan said that the Jewy feeling of the show is the result of both the Jewish sensibilities of its producers, who are both of the tribe, and of one of its actors, who, while not Jewish on the show, brings her Orthodox identity to the set each day.

Although Mayim Bialik, right, doesn't play an Orthodox character in the show, Amy's frumpy style is plenty modest. Via

Online, Pols Battle It Out Over Rock-Throwing Photo

Twitterstorm leads to calls for Arab-American Association to lose council funding.

Deputy Managing Director

A Jewish councilman and a prominent Arab-American activist got into a Twitter war over a tweet she posted commending a child’s “courage” for throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers. 

A young boy toddles toward Israeli soldiers, rock in hand. Via

Israelis Leading In Google Space Competition


A team of Israeli engineers is leading in a Google-sponsored international contest to send a privately funded spacecraft to the moon.

Jerry Seinfeld To Make Stand-up Debut In Israel


Jerry Seinfeld will bring his stand-up routine to Israel for the first time.

Seinfeld, who is Jewish and lives in New York, will perform in Tel Aviv on Dec. 19, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Violence Continues In Israel With 4 Jews Stabbed In 1 Day


An Israeli civilian was seriously injured in a stabbing attack at a mall near Tel Aviv by a man who reportedly is Palestinian.

Israel Lifts Temple Mount Restrictions On Muslims


Israel Police have lifted restrictions on the access of Muslim worshippers on the Temple Mount.

Fatah Unit Claims Responsibility For Murder Of Israeli Couple


A cell affiliated with Fatah’s armed wing assumed responsibility for the murder of an Israeli couple near the West Bank settlement of Itamar.

The Abdel Qader al-Husseini Brigades, a group affiliated with Fatah’s Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, announced on Friday that its men on Thursday night opened fire on the car of Eitam and Na’ama Henkin, a couple in their 30s, while they were driving home with four of their six children, aged four months to 9 years, from Hebron. The children were not wounded in the attack.

Eitam and Na’ama Henkin. Courtesy of the Henkin Family

4 Jews Win MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grants


Four American Jews have been named John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation fellows.

Obama Names JCPA Chief To Faith Advisory Council


 The outgoing president of the national Jewish public policy umbrella was named to an advisory council on faith and government.

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