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In Israel, top Indonesian cleric calls for ‘compassion’ between Muslims and Jews
Yahya Staquf, who heads world’s largest Muslim organization, says he wants to promote ties with Jerusalem, but stresses he came to affirm 'Palestine's sovereignty'
Push for Islamic rule threatens Indonesian democracy
Video by Luke Tress
Netiv Ha’avot demolition may be a sign the settlers are winning
The public wasn't galvanized to resist the demolition of 15 homes in the Etzion bloc outpost, but that might never have been the goal
Sinner or saint?
Renowned British writer, a virulent anti-Semite, being considered for sainthood
Thousands in Budapest flock to Jewish street fair in sign of community’s revival
Warning: Likely to offend
World Cup: Why this Israeli is backing Iran, a little, and Denmark, all the way
One of the great soccer cliches was coined by England's ex-striker turned broadcaster Gary Lineker: "22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win." With the 2018 World Cup underway in Russia, four-time winners Germany are among the front-runners again, along with Lionel Messi's Argentina (two wins), and...
World Cup 2018
Ben-Gurion after watching his first soccer game: ‘I won’t do that again’
Tarnished silver screen
The quiet absolution of pro-Nazi filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl
As the Berlin Museum of Photography prepares an installation about the life of the 'Triumph of the Will' propagandist, scholars worry it validates her distorted take on history
Recovered in Paris flea market, 1924 Austrian silent film is a Holocaust preview
Director Ari Aster’s debut film is scarily good. And that might be a problem
A mile in their shoes
Cape Town students swap their duds for shtetl garb in educational time machine
'My ancestors had a connection to chocolate for generations'
Rabbi follows her gut to discover historical link between Jews and chocolate
NEW YORK -- Growing up, Rabbi Deborah Prinz always had a sweet tooth. She remembers climbing up the cupboards of her childhood home in Los Angeles to find all sorts of candy and sugary treats her parents had hidden away. “I don’t know if they ever noticed that they were disappearing,” Prinz said with...
From seedling colony to Big Apple: How Jews helped shape NYC’s 350-year history
Cells learn from pregnancy, to make healthier babies next time round — study
Hebrew University and Hadassah Medical Center say their cell research may lead to new drugs that improve the chances of successful childbirths, avoid diseases in high-risk women
Hebrew University researchers team up with US firm to fight cancer
Democracies under attack as world grapples with privacy policies, watchdog says
Israel Museum exhibit puts decades of Israeli fashion on runway
'Fashion Statements: Decoding Israeli Dress' goes beyond glamour to examine ideology and social dynamics
Conserve, preserve are apt themes for Jerusalem Design Week in ex-leper colony
Why a world premiere of precious biblical artifacts is in quiet Oklahoma
The case of the missing concrete: How a 2,000-year-old burial cave was found
Family plot in Tiberias region is rare; only one other known burial cave previously discovered in the area
Unusual minuscule 1,000-year-old Arabic clay amulet unearthed in City of David
Unique Byzantine-era winepresses unearthed in roofed water cistern in Tzippori
Gerald C. Skolnik
Getting personal about depression
What follows is a re-working of a sermon that I delivered in my synagogue -- Forest Hills Jewish Center -- last Shabbat morning. It was one of the most difficult sermons I've ever had to deliver, but undoubtedly, based on the volume and content of the responses, one of the most impactful. I am so grateful to my daughter Talya for her grace and courage in allowing me to share this... For the better part of 10 years I was on the faculty of the rabbinical school of the Jewish...
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