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

‘Rewrite Our Narrative’

03/11/2014
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When it comes to the relationship between young Jews in America and the State of Israel, “the next 10 years will be crucial,” says journalist Ari Shavit, author of the highly acclaimed new book “My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel” (Spiegel & Grau). Shavit, who has been making the rounds of American universities talking about his book, says the issue is the most important one on the Jewish agenda; one that calls for “dramatic change,” requiring more openness in discussing the Jewish state’s remarkable successes as well as its moral flaws. “Israel is not Goliath, but David,” Shavit said.

Photo By Michael Datikash

Sandstorms Hit Israel

03/04/2014
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A severe sandstorm struck Israel this week for the second time in two years, disrupting air travel, increasing air pollution and forcing persons with respiratory problems to remain indoors.

Photo By Getty Images

Matzah Time In Newark

02/25/2014
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The first seder is more than six weeks away, but it’s the heart of the Passover season at the Manischewitz production facility in Newark, N.J.

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Ancient Christian Finds In Israel

02/18/2014
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Archeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority have unearthed a building in the southern part of the country that they describe as a 1,500-year-old Christian church.

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Athletes In Sochi Honor Memory Of Munich 11

02/11/2014
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Since the murder of 11 Israeli Olympians by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, the Jewish communities in most Olympic host cities have hosted a memorial ceremony in the victims’ memory.

Via Chabad.org

New Base, New Torah In Haifa

02/04/2014
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A new military base in northern Israel received some additional protection last week — some spiritual protection.

A Torah scroll donated by the International Young Israel Movement was dedicated at an Iron Dome missile unit, under the Israel Air Force command, which was established last month in the Haifa area. The base was set up in case long-range missiles are fired by Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon.

Courtesy of International Young Israel Movement

Holocaust Memorial Day Marked Through Europe

01/28/2014
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For many decades, the Nazis’ murder of six million European Jews was marked on different dates in different countries on the continent, based on significant wartime dates in each land.

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Fire Damages Historic Synagogue

01/21/2014
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Following the breakup of the Soviet Union nearly 25 years ago, the Jewish population of Grodno, in Belarus, like all others behind the former Iron Curtain, started to rebuild itself.

Photo courtesy Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection

Fire Damages Historic Synagogue

01/14/2014
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Following the breakup of the Soviet Union nearly 25 years ago, the Jewish population of Grodno, in Belarus, like all others behind the former Iron Curtain, started to rebuild itself.

Photo via FireInGrodno.com

Discovering Holy Blue

01/07/2014
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A spiny, 3-inch snail made big news in Jerusalem the other day.

During an all-day conference at the Begin Heritage Center, some 350 people heard lectures by an all-star international lineup — including rabbis and scientists, lawyers and political leaders — discussing the murex trunculus, and what comes out of it.

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