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Sunday, November 13, 2022
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No bar mitzvah scenes, but Judaism saturates this movie
Spielberg’s very Jewish memoir film ‘The Fabelmans’ is one of the best of his career
Out in NY and LA on Nov. 11 and countrywide the next week, the star-studded autobiography is its acclaimed director’s genesis story, full of references Diaspora Jews will love
In rare plea, Conservative Jewry tells Netanyahu: Don’t make Ben Gvir a minister
Judah Ari Gross
Mercaz Olami, the Zionist umbrella arm of Conservative-Masorti Judaism, warns appointing far-right lawmaker to a cabinet post would threaten Israel-Diaspora ties
Under shadow of far-right’s rise, Jewish Agency head extols Jewish unity
Judah Ari Gross
Israel could be en route to a tyranny of the majority
This Editor’s Note was sent out 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. All four parties in Benjamin Netanyahu's incoming coalition are interested in reducing the power of the Supreme Court by legislating a so-called...
Lapid urges united opposition in face of emerging coalition’s ‘madness’
Liberman calls for chief rabbi’s ouster for demanding High Court override law
'May this tusk root out the lice of the hair and the beard'
Ivory lice comb – a dating head-scratcher – may hold earliest Canaanite sentence
With a paucity of contemporary Bronze Age examples for comparison, scholars believe relatable 7-word inscription is first recorded complete proto-Canaanite sentence in Holy Land
Where’s the outrage over Smotrich’s outrageous Shin Bet conspiracy claims?
As a former Shin Bet agent, I know the claims are baseless. So do our political leaders, but they’re too busy handing out jobs to condemn the falsehoods
It’s time to promote advancement of ultra-Orthodox working women
The government encourages Haredi men who are absent from the employment pool to join it, but what if it offered incentives for training to the women instead?
Choosing a kinder, gentler religious Zionism
With the ascent of parties that uphold a harsh version of Judaism, I worry for the soul of my religion and seek a Torah whose ’ways are ways of pleasantness’
Antisemitism and Europe’s God problem
When a Kristallnacht commemoration documented the rising violence against Jews in Europe but didn’t explain it, I had no choice but to figure it out myself
'Emancipation was often two steps forward and one step back'
Opening on Election Day, NYC exhibit traces global history of Jews’ civil rights
Cathryn J. Prince
‘How Jews Became Citizens’ at NYC’s Center for Jewish History gives access to a trove of ancient documents showing the ever-changing status of local Jewish communities
Judah Ari Gross
Bid to scrap Law of Return grandchild clause likely to fail, but part of wider fight
The far-right Religious Zionist party and ultra-Orthodox parties have issued a fresh demand in their coalition negotiations with Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu -- to remove the "grandchild clause" of Israel's Law of Return and thereby to restrict immigration only to people born to Jewish parents, not those with a Jewish grandparent, or who have...
Likud, religious allies said to agree on near-doubling stipends for yeshiva students
Dramatic rise of Smotrich and Ben Gvir fueled by voters willing to ‘hold their nose’
Tour the well-fortified Tel Gezer, the biblical Canaanite holdout that wouldn’t fall
Aviva and Shmuel Bar-Am
One of the rare sites with written evidence matching it to its Bible location, the massive 32-acre park is free for all and boasts layers of history down to King Solomon’s time
Israeli envoy lashes Kyiv for backing UN panel call on ICJ to opine on ‘annexation’
Israel's ambassador to Ukraine lambasted Kyiv on Friday for its support of a resolution by a United Nations committee that calls on the International Court of Justice to "urgently” weigh in on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and Israeli "annexation." Ukraine was one of 98 countries that voted in favor of the resolution at the...
Lapid, Gantz slam UN panel’s call on ICJ to probe Israeli ‘occupation, annexation’
UN panel asks Int’l Court of Justice to urgently weigh in on Israeli ‘annexation’
Price: Good reason Kahane Chai still designated terror group
US blasts ‘abhorrent’ celebration of Kahane after prospective minister attends
Public rebuke by State Department spokesman is first by Biden official aimed at far-right lawmaker Ben Gvir, who is aiming to become next police minister
Ben Gvir hails racist Kahane, is booed for saying he doesn’t want to expel all Arabs
Ex-security official foresees ‘major disaster’ if Smotrich made defense minister
'It's not like reading a history book'
TikTok influencer Montana Tucker makes Holocaust docu-series for Gen Z
After losing thousands of followers for posting about her family’s Holocaust story, social media star Montana Tucker pushes back against haters with ‘How to: Never Forget’ series
4th COVID shot boosts antibodies for 13 weeks, Israeli study finds
Research shows defense against infection fades by 15 weeks, but protection against serious illness may be longer, according to researchers at Sheba Medical Center
Cases still low but new COVID strains spreading, with ominous echoes of past winters
Israeli hospital: New tech gave instant DNA info on tumors, jump-starts treatment
'It’s about finding friends among unusual suspects'
From Auschwitz to Iftar: Danish Muslim-Jewish biker club revs up interfaith dialogue
Uniting over a common love of motorcycles, members of MuJu & Co. hit the road to fight bigotry, including guarding over a Jewish cemetery in Copenhagen every Kristallnacht
Israeli climate finance experts gather some of world’s top brains at COP27 event
YK Center, named for insurance and risk management expert Prof. Yehuda Kahane, holds global financial solution summit that opens window onto big ideas to fund climate repair
Netafim to introduce carbon credits for rice growers using drip irrigation
Israel’s DeserTech partners with UN to help African nations build ‘Great Green Wall’
'Our goal is to tell their story as they would tell it'
Film shines a spotlight on Israel’s tiny Samaritan community fighting for its future
Trifecta of published book, film that opened Nov. 8 and ongoing exhibit examines how unique people struggle to ensure survival without compromising their unique religious practices
'He's alive, but he doesn't feel like it'
Hunted by the mafia, Italian author teams up with Israeli artist in graphic memoir
In new cooperative work ‘I’m Still Alive,’ Roberto Saviano and Israeli Asaf Hanuka depict the author’s life on the run since famously exposing the Camorra crime syndicate
Times Will Tell
Podcast: Israeli pop star songwriter brings message — in Arabic — to latest single
US-born Eytan Peled writes songs in English, Arabic and Hebrew, and wants to bridge worlds with his music
'It's not a novel. Everything in it is true'
Teen weaves grandmother’s Holocaust experience into a compelling young adult read
After her father’s death, Suzette Sheft realized the importance of recording family history, and passes the lesson on with surreal nonfiction work ‘Running for Shelter,’ out Nov. 9
In wartime Ukraine, synagogues keep lights on to mark Kristallnacht
Photographer’s images of Ukraine bear witness to war zone
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