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Far from front lines, Vinnytsia still in shock a week after deadly Russian strike
VINNYTSIA, Ukraine -- A pink teddy bear smiles up at the summer sun, a yellow ribbon tied around its neck. Next to it lies a brown bear, and beyond it, dozens more stuffed animals, a pile of lifeless smiles on a sidewalk caked in ash. Shards of glass scattered across the pavement glint like jagged...
Envoy: No final decision from Kyiv on Uman pilgrimage, but Jews urged to stay away
'Yiddish has so many juicy words for sex'
Provocative novel peeps into the profane world of a Haredi woman’s porn addiction
In her debut work set in New York, pseudonymous author Felicia Berliner tells the story of a young Hasidic woman sucked into an obsession with ‘Shmutz’
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Into the Land: The Forgery Scandal
Does a private individual hold two of the most important archaeological items ever discovered in Israel? In 2002, antiquities collector Oded Golan was accused of forging two items of the highest importance: the ossuary of James, brother of Jesus, and the Jehoash Inscription -- the only physical proof of Solomon’s Temple. Twenty years later,...
Deep sea corals glow in the dark to lure prey, Israeli researchers find
Study shows that corals in dark zones of sea that must supplement food obtained by photosynthesis use fluorescence to lure small creatures such as plankton into their mouths
Israel Meteorological Service to get ‘supercomputer’ to model climate change effects
Environment minister seeks moratorium on new wind farms to probe impact on nature
Ben Shapiro draws thousands to conservative, pro-Trump confab in Tel Aviv
Thousands of Israelis gathered in a Tel Aviv hangar on Wednesday night as the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), one of the most influential political organizations in the United States, held its inaugural Israeli conference. Conservative activists and top Donald Trump administration officials spoke about how much the former US president has done for Israel,...
17-year-old Israeli’s mental health ‘first aid’ course draws thousands
Maayan Cohen finished regular first aid training, but noticed there wasn’t an easily accessible equivalent for psychological health
Moderna’s new variant-busting COVID vaccine starting trial in Israel
Israel’s monkeypox vaccines strategy: Stop sexual spread to those most at-risk
Reformers want schools to stop churning out Arabic students who can’t speak Arabic
With a focus on formal rather than conversational Arabic, Israel’s high schools are ‘teaching a living language as if it were dead,’ says one critic pushing for changes
IDF launches major engineering drive to strengthen defenses along West Bank barrier
The Israel Defense Forces on Thursday announced it had launched a major engineering operation to strengthen defenses along the security barrier with the West Bank, following several terror attacks earlier this year that were committed by Palestinians who easily managed to cross the existing security fence. The IDF...
Police remove all settler activists from illegal outpost, ending massive campaign
High Court okays revoking terrorists’ citizenship, but says some must get residency
3 generations of Uruguayan athletes suit up for abuelo’s ‘bar mitzvah’ Maccabiah
Don’t ask Eugenio Garfinkle, a tennis player from Uruguay now competing in his 13th Maccabiah Games, how old he is. “Anything after 80 is old,” he said. “So I tell people that I’m 70 plus 12.” Garfinkle, a film distributor from Montevideo, is celebrating his “bar mitzvah Maccabiah,” as part of a three-generation team of Garfinkle athletes. The 21st Maccabiah Games...
Orthodox wrestler from Teaneck takes to mat in Beersheba for 21st Maccabiah Games
Bazy Swirsky Rubin
Kids who slap, exhausted teachers: The Israeli school system is broken
I ran workshops in 18 different schools, and the shocking misbehavior I witnessed left me crying on the floor. Something must be done now!
Panicking over your grocery and fuel bills? You’re not alone
6 tips to help you manage the rising prices until the global economy rights itself
Religious Zionism was once all for minority rights in Israel. What changed?
From the beginning, Israel’s important religious Zionist rabbis grounded equal rights for the Arab minority in Jewish law. They wouldn’t know their own camp now
Rivy Poupko Kletenik
Praying for your team to win? The problem isn’t the Supreme Court
When a coach had my school’s students recite Shema before games in the hopes of a divine assist, I had to wrestle with my sense that it was a losing play
Times Will Tell
Podcast: Singing sisters fuse together world music, piyyut and jazz
Yahala and Shani Lachmish talk and sing from their debut album, ‘Savtuna’
In Budapest, an underground ‘Gypsy music’ pub plays on Jewish heartstrings
One of the Hungarian capital’s best-kept open secrets is Giero Pub, a small but charming basement venue with top-notch music – and a tragic family history marred by the Holocaust
How Israel nearly turned Biden’s East Jerusalem visit into a diplomatic incident
Israel was prepared to turn US President Joe Biden's visit to a hospital in East Jerusalem into a major diplomatic incident due to Washington's refusal to allow any Israeli officials to join, a senior administration official revealed to The Times of Israel. The tour of Augusta Victoria Hospital last Friday constituted the first time that...
Biden pressing Palestinians to cooperate on Abraham Accords, but Abbas undecided
Biden holds firm on refusal to open new Abu Akleh probe, despite push from Democrats
What the Saudis think about when they think about peace with Israel
Their newly opened airspace has nothing to do with Israel, they say, and normalization can’t happen until there’s a Palestinian state. But actually, obviously, it’s all about Iran
Biden unfazed by Saudi denial of advancement in Israel ties — senior US official
Biden visit proves a far cry from Israel’s fanciful expectations
In Jeddah, where Israel still taboo, path to normalization feels anything but direct
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- It was well after 11 p.m. on Friday night in the coastal Saudi city of Jeddah, and people of all ages still peppered the sidewalks of Palestine Street. Some were heading west through the muggy heat toward the boardwalk to catch the slightly cooler breeze coming in off the Red Sea. Families...
Saudis arrest man who helped Israeli journalist illegally enter Mecca
'They own the projects. We don't come and impose anything'
Ex-IDF officers band together with Tanzanian villagers to improve life on the ground
25-year old Rafi Ryker founds Afrikan, a volunteer organization that utilizes Israeli ingenuity and leadership skills to help locals build a vision and realize it themselves
Merav Michaeli, recapturing Labor leadership, vows to tackle cost of living
Hours before the results of Labor party’s leadership primary revealed her victory Monday evening, and in anticipation of the transition to a fight in the November general election, Merav Michaeli said that her party’s social democratic vision is an answer to one of the hottest issues: the cost of living. Speaking to The Times of Israel in Tel Aviv, after...
Unchallenged Netanyahu cements Likud chairmanship; leadership primary formally nixed
Lapid: Elections not a choice between me and Netanyahu, but between future and past
It’s a quick ride from Bordeaux red to sparkling Champagne in the Judean Hills
Israel’s Judean Hills and Foothills becomes first appellation of origin for the region, a boon for local wineries and tourism
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