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Tel Aviv U Professor Shares Nobel


Francois Englert, a Belgian Jewish professor at Tel Aviv University and a Holocaust survivor, shared the Nobel Prize in physics.

‘There Was No Diplomatic Façade’

Israeli analysts weigh in on Bibi’s UN speech as he breaks up the rapprochement party.
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — The political cartoon in the daily Haaretz newspaper depicts the United Nations Headquarters like a boisterous nightclub, where Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is getting down with Barack Obama.

Legendary Notre Dame Coach Moved By Israel Visit For Maccabiah Games


Digger Phelps marvels at the timing of his first visit to Israel.

A legendary University of Notre Dame basketball coach until his retirement, Phelps, who retired in 1991, oversaw the Canadian masters squad at the Maccabiah Games that ended Tuesday in Israel. Just before leaving his Indiana home for Israel, Phelps learned that he is free of bladder cancer, after already having overcome two bouts of prostate cancer.
For Phelps, an observant Irish Catholic, that makes coming to Israel a prime opportunity to offer thanksgiving.

Director Ziad Doueri "The Attack"

Video blogger Aaron Herman spoke with Director Ziad Doueiri about his new film "The Attack," a mystery, political thriller and a love story. An Israeli-Arab doctor, devastated by his wife's death in a terrorist attack, uncovers her startling secret.

Fourth Arrest In Deadly 2009 Shooting At Tel Aviv Gay Club


A fourth man was arrested in connection with a 2009 shooting attack at a youth center for gays in Tel Aviv.

The man arrested early Thursday morning is a gay activist and police believe he has information that could assist in the investigation. He is not suspected of involvement in the 2009 shooting which led to the death of two people, according to Ynet.

The arrest comes a day after three other suspects were arrested. The suspects are all believed to be Jewish, from central Israel and between the ages of 20 and 40, according to reports.

Haredi Family’s Secrets Revealed

Rama Burshtein is a product of the haredi Tel Aviv world she depicts warmly in 'Fill the Void,' opening in theaters.
Special To The Jewish Week

When it played last fall’s New York Film Festival, Rama Burshtein’s debut feature, “Fill the Void,” was one of the great surprises of the autumn, a stunningly poised and mature first film that heralded the first major talent to emerge from the haredi film community in Israel. Now that the film has opened theatrically in New York, it looks — if anything — even better.

The film explores, but doesn't exploit, a family's secrets.

Road Rave

Don’t believe the hype about Israeli drivers; traveling by car can be a pleasure.
Assistant Managing Editor

If you asked friends to complete the sentence “Driving in Israel is …,” chances are a few would come up with “taking your life in your hands.”

Palm trees line the road alongside the Ayalon highway from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Photo by Adam Dickter

More Locusts Swarm Israel


A third swarm of thousands of locusts crossed into Israel from Egypt.

Four crop-dusting planes on Monday sprayed the area of the Ramat HaNegev Regional Council, home to many farming communities, where the insects have invaded.

The swarm of about 30 million locusts first appeared near Cairo on March 2 and caused millions of dollars worth of crop damage in Egypt.

The locust attack comes in the weeks before the start of Passover, which recalls a destructive plague of locusts that the Bible says was sent by God to help free the Jewish slaves.

Israelis drive through a swarm of locusts near the Egyptian border. Getty Images
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