In the last several years, following the Lebanese civil war of the 1970s and Israeli battles against Lebanese-based PLO fighters of the 1980s and Israeli fights against Hezbollah since the 1990s, rumors circulated that the Lebanese Jewish community had ceased to be, and that the last handful of Jews had surreptitiously found a home in Israel.
The rumors of the death of Lebanese Jewry, it turns out, were premature.
Robert Novak, the conservative newspaper columnist and television commentator who died Tuesday after a year-long battle with brain cancer, often drew the ire of the Jewish community for his frequent criticism of Israel.
Here’s how you make the world’s biggest matzah ball: take 200 pounds of matzah meal, 80 pounds of margarine, 20 pounds of chicken base, and 1,000 eggs, then boil for 20 hours, ending up with a kneidl – fluffy, of course – that measures 29.2 inches across and weighs 267 pounds.
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The faces staring at the photographs on the walls of Yad Vashem were black, the faces staring back were white, but the pain that united them knows no color.
A group of African refugees, most from Sudan’s murder-ridden Darfur region, toured Jerusalem’s Holocaust memorial center this week, where they were welcomed by Avner Shalev, Yad Vashem’s chairman, and learned the story of a genocide that preceded theirs, at the hands of an Islamic regime, by more than a half-century.
For many of the visitors it was their first time in a museum.
The Dead Sea is still alive — in an international competition to name the “Seven Natural Wonders of the World.”
The body of water, lowest in altitude on the planet and one of the highest in salt content, which borders on Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian territories, is among 77 sites still under consideration for the Internet contest (new7wonders.com), following the Palestinian Authority’s agreement last week to co-sponsor the candidacy.
At last summer’s Olympic Games in Beijing, U.S. swimmer Jason Lezak was in the shadow of teammate Michael Phelps, despite Lezak’s record-breaking final leg in the 4x100 meter freestyle relay that kept alive Phelp’s quest for eight gold medals.
At this summer’s Maccabiah Games in Israel, Lezak is in the spotlight.
During the 18th rendition of the so-called Jewish Olympics, Lezak, at 33 taking part in his first Maccabiah competition, is the most feted of some 8,000 athletes from 65 countries.
Open fighting broke out in Tel Aviv last week.
No casualties were reported, but hundreds of people got wet.
At the fifth annual Water Fight (waterwar5.info), some 500 young Israelis and tourists squirted each other in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, the city’s central gathering spot, near the municipality building.
This year’s slogan was “Fighting over every drop,” the theme was water conservation and the general purpose was fun.
Water conservation in a water fight?
There was a sea in landlocked Cambria Heights on Sunday. A sea of kvitlach.
In the open space in front of the gravestone of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, rebbe of the Chabad-Lubavitch chasidic movement, his followers left small hand-written notes asking for health, a child, a shidduch or other needs from the heart. The notes were in Hebrew, English, Russian and a smattering of other languages.
It’s Israel’s favorite military exercise. For 24 years, the Golani Brigade, the elite fighting unit of the Israeli Army, has sponsored a length-of-the-country footrace, from the Golan Heights in the north to Eilat in the south.
The main route — Golani soldiers stationed at various sites in the north join along the way — covers 593 miles over five days. Each year, the brigade’s commander leads the race.
If you think Israeli success in international sports these days, you think windsurfing.
That’s the competition, also known as sailboarding, in which a racer rides the waves on a surfboard attached to a sail.
Israel earned its only Olympic gold medal in history, at the Athens Games of 2004, for windsurfing, and it earned a bronze, also in windsurfing, at Beijing last year.