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The JW's weekly photo feature, often showcasing the work of photographer Michael Datikash.

At This Pro-Israel Rally, The Media Was The Message

08/12/2014
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A group of local pro-Israel activists got together a few weeks ago and discovered they shared a distaste for the way Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s war against Hamas terrorists in Gaza, was being portrayed by much of the media in this country.

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Biking For Worthy Causes

08/05/2014
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Last week was a busy week for the People of the Bike. Two groups of Jewish New Yorkers held long-distance bike rides for their respective causes.

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Israel’s War-torn Three Weeks

07/29/2014
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For traditional Jews, the Three Weeks are the darkest period on the Hebrew calendar. The period, which starts on the 17th day of Tammuz and ends on the ninth day of Av (Tisha b’Av, next Tuesday) when both Holy Temples in ancient Jerusalem fell, to the Babylonians and Romans, respectively.

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At Lacrosse Championship, Honor But No Medals, For Israeli Athletes

07/22/2014
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Israel, international lacrosse power?

Not yet. But four years after the sport that developed as a military training exercise among indigenous residents of the United States and Canada centuries ago was introduced in Israel, Israel’s men’s national lacrosse team ended its first appearance in last week’s World Lacrosse Championship with a seventh-place world ranking.

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At Berlin Jewish Museum, Robot Writes Torah Scroll

07/15/2014
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If you’re in Berlin over the next few months, you can watch a Sephardic rabbi with black coat and large black kipa at the city’s Jewish Museum writing a Torah scroll.

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The Czech Republic’s Jewish Stars

07/08/2014
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For 40 recent years, half in the last days of communism and half in freedom, the modest two-story, Classical-style synagogue building on Na Potoce Street in Brandys nad Labem, in central Czech Republic, had no signs of Jewish life. The town, which had a Jewish population of 380 in 1893 and nearly 140 in the early 1930s, had no known Jewish residents after the Holocaust; the synagogue was used for a time as a pharmaceuticals warehouse and as a repository of Prague’s Jewish Museum.

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Budapest Honors Holocaust Memory

07/01/2014
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The Jews of Hungary marked a little-known anniversary recently — the start of the Jewish community’s forced relocation into “Yellow-Star Houses” during the Nazis’ wartime occupation.

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Record-Setting Shabbat

2,226 people gather for challah and chicken in a Tel Aviv hangar.

06/24/2014
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On one recent Friday night, the people sitting at some 80 long tables in Hangar 11 of the Tel Aviv Port made kiddush.

Then they made history.

Courtesy of White City Shabbat

Israel Isn’t A Popularity Contest

06/17/2014
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Bret Stephens, the Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign affairs columnist for the Wall Street Journal, wondered aloud last Thursday evening, “When will Israel be more a state than a cause?”

Columnist Bret Stephens was interviewed by Write On alum Joshua Fattal on the Mideast situation. Michael Daitkiash/JW

Jewish Honor For Ecumenical Leader

06/10/2014
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Many weeks during the year, Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein finds himself in rural, impoverished areas of the former Soviet Union, delivering food packages and good cheer to aging members of the Jewish community.

Courtesy of JDC
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