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Warn it will trigger global 'wave of academic boycotts'
University heads denounce coalition bill that would ban display of Palestinian flag
Joint statement says measure would infringe on free speech, make schools ‘branches of police and Shin Bet’; Tel Aviv University chief vows not to enforce ‘fascist’ law if passed
Far-right proposal saying gov’t policy must adhere to ‘Zionist values’ set for vote
Anti-LGBTQ MK Maoz set to rejoin government, resume role as Jewish identity czar
US sounds alarm over Likud bill targeting rights groups backed by foreign governments
State Department says human rights organizations ‘should have space to raise resources’ worldwide; NIF bashes ‘government of extremists’ as coalition weighs bill to impose 65% tax
Defense minister: 'Our message to Iran's enemies'
Iran says it test-launched new missile with 2,000-km range, capable of hitting Israel
Fourth generation of Khorramshahr ballistic missile, dubbed Kheibar, can carry a 1,500 kilogram warhead, Tehran’s defense minister claims
Top Netanyahu aides to visit US for talks on Iran, Saudi Arabia — report
Shekel slumps 1.6% against dollar after IDF chief hints at war with Iran
As demand for Orthodox Jewish conversion soars, the number of successful cases dips
The government’s protracted process is not appealing to most of the half-million Israelis who are not recognized as Jewish by the Rabbinate
In Germany, Roger Waters dons SS garb, projects ‘Anne Frank’ on screen to bash Israel
JTA — Roger Waters projected Anne Frank’s name at recent concerts to draw comparisons between Israel and Nazi Germany, leading Germany’s Orthodox rabbinical association to call for a ban on Waters' performances in the country. Observers told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that Waters, the former Pink Floyd frontman...
Hitler’s birth site to become human rights training center for Austrian police
Biden set to unveil antisemitism strategy amid angst over how to define hatred
Shoshana Batya Greenwald
‘Canceling’ women’s Talmud study
Who would I be today if my gap-year seminary had encouraged me to learn all the Torah I could when I got to Stern College, instead of dissuading me?
We are our choices
Why is Ruth, in the megillah that bears her name, the ’good’ daughter-in-law when Orpah is the one who takes Naomi’s request to heart?
Understanding Sinai: The theological uncertainty principle
If we set aside our idealized, nostalgic reconstructions of the past, we can engage in the changing present with all its possibilities and surprises
Staying up all night on Shavuot is about going all in
The wee hours aren’t conducive to optimal Torah study… and that’s OK. It’s by design
Midrash in Scripture starts with the 1st letter of the Bible
What Matters Now to Yair Zakovitch: Using ‘Ruth’ as a blueprint for creative halacha
Israel Prize-winning Bible scholar dives into Shavuot scroll’s meaning, laments lack of biblical literacy in secular society, but sees hope in anti-judicial overhaul demonstrations
Netanyahu has pushed through an appalling budget. Now here comes the overhaul again
This Editor’s Note was sent out on Wednesday in ToI’s weekly update email to members of the Times of Israel Community. To receive these Editor’s Notes as they’re released, join the ToI Community here. Glowing with success after the passage of the state budget -- a two-year financial framework whose approval in theory should usher in a period of relative coalition...
PM vows to pursue ‘broad consensus’ on judiciary after overhaul revival spurs outcry
World Zionist Congress passes resolutions opposing Netanyahu government moves
'It’s an important bridge'
Russian speakers relish a user-friendly Shavuot, and its pro-conversion message
An organization that helps build communities of newcomers from former Soviet countries has adapted the Jewish holiday’s all-night study tradition
Prominent GOP donors in Israel: Judicial fight keeps us from investing here
Members of Lincoln Club of Orange County delegation are hanging onto their money until independence of judges is assured; they want US presidents engaged in Middle East, Ukraine
Several hundred rally outside Netanyahu’s home, claiming he’s ruining US relations
Budget dedicates billions for West Bank roads, settlements and illegal outposts
The state budget passed in the early hours of Wednesday morning will invest several billion shekels in West Bank settlements and transportation infrastructure, further entrenching Israel's presence in the disputed territory. The large majority of that sum will go to paving new roads and upgrading existing ones, including highways to bypass Palestinian population...
What Jewish voters should know about GOP presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis
JTA – In late April, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Jerusalem, voicing support for West Bank settlements, touting a law he had just signed giving families thousands of dollars per year in private school tuition vouchers and signing a bill that increased penalties for antisemitic harassment. Two weeks later, his education department rejected two new textbooks on the Holocaust as...
DeSantis launches US presidential bid in Twitter announcement plagued by glitches
Adriana Gomez Licon
DeSantis officially enters 2024 race, challenging Trump for GOP nod
Netanyahu’s fat man, thin man and the burden of the new state budget
As Israel was suffering from its worst economic recession two decades ago, then-finance minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed the crisis on the fat man — the public sector — riding on the shoulders of a thin man — the private sector. In an interview last December, just before forming a government with ultra-Orthodox and nationalist parties...
Allegations of greed and antisemitism taint Belgian urban pollution dispute
A gold refinery situated in a heavily Jewish part of Antwerp claims it’s the victim of Jews pretending to be worried about their health to take over real estate
Settlers clash with Palestinians near Homesh after EU officials tour West Bank site
Yesh Din says extremist settlers attacked Palestinians in nearby village of Burqa, harming several, while local council head says Palestinians threw rocks, hurting one settler
8 Palestinians hurt in IDF raid near Jericho; bus attacker nabbed after 9 months
IDF says ‘mock’ rocket launcher found in northern West Bank
Plans for hike-and-bike path along old railway near Jerusalem get initial okay
Mateh Yehuda Regional Council allocates NIS 5 million to begin planning for new tourist attraction on scenic Ottoman-era rail route between capital and Beit Shemesh
Housing snapshot: Home sales and rentals across Israel
Planning approvals for new housing hit multi-year high in 2022
'The Jewish community is always a bit behind, let’s face it'
App that can generate 64,000 kosher cheesecake recipes pitches AI to Orthodox Jews
The Brooklyn marketing exec behind CheesecakeWizard.AI walks a fine line in an insular, internet-averse community, shopping the new tech only to those who already use the net
Celebrity seal Yulia makes comeback on Israeli beach after four-day absence
Sensing Erdogan election victory, young Turks increasingly ponder life abroad
Israeli social booking startup inks deal with Spanish hotel chain
Israeli man stabbed to death in Dubai
Bennett wins defamation suit against rabbi who claimed he wasn’t Jewish
Hospital finds five stillborn fetuses were never returned to families for burial
Israel ties 1-1 with Senegal at Under-20 soccer World Cup; Colombia leads Group C
Former athletics champ sentenced to 5.5 years for running sex trafficking ring
3 Golani soldiers sentenced to jail for beating Palestinian man
Mosquitos with West Nile virus found near Yeruham after heavy rains
Canada, Saudi Arabia restore ties 5 years after spat over women’s rights activists
Blonde on the inside
Gal Gadot was first choice to play Barbie, but wasn’t available
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