Founder of Tel Aviv's secular yeshiva, also a Knesset member, leads Israel's parliament in study and prayer.
Editor’s Note: Ruth Calderon, founder of a secular yeshiva in Tel Aviv, spent several years living in New York recently, teaching at the JCC in Manhattan and other venues. This was her inaugural speech in the Knesset this week as a member of Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party.
His tell-all book about the Obama White House has been trashed and lauded, but is anyone really reading it?
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Michael Oren, the highly respected historian and former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., has become the latest lightning rod in the bitter struggle among those who profess to know what’s best for Israel. And like the Jewish state he served as diplomat, and now as Knesset member, Oren has gone from chief unifier to deep divider for many American Jews.
The U.S. Congress sounds increasing like the Washington branch of the Knesset. I'm just waiting for Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul to show up on the Senate floor wearing yarmulkes.
Senators debating the Iran bill this week have been busy trying to out-Israel each other.
Among the most ardent are Presidential hopefuls and senators facing tough reelection campaigns. A number of them were in Las Vegas last weekend kissing the ring of billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, who they hope will dip into his billions to fund their campaigns.
When the Israeli elections are held on March 17, neither Prime Minister Netanyahu nor his chief opponent, Labor party chair Isaac Herzog, will be on the ballot. Israelis vote for lists of candidates running for office, not individuals. Some small parties create joint lists to ensure that they get the minimum number of votes necessary to make it into the Knesset.