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'When I see a need, I develop a platform'
How a young Harvard dropout and friends are set to level-up global humanitarian aid
The ‘whiz kid’ who developed the world’s first COVID-tracking site is ramping up his organization, Internet Activism, and helping victims of Turkey’s earthquake and Ukraine’s war
As Israel implodes, does nobody in Netanyahu’s Likud have the guts to defy him?
This Editor’s Note was sent out earlier 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. The surprise is not the unraveling of practical and moral leadership by the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The surprise...
Likud’s Edelstein backs pausing judicial overhaul, says other MKs feel the same
Israel’s judicial overhaul: What is the coalition planning and where does it stand?
Plan will give politicians the power to appoint judges, block courts from reviewing almost all legislation and ministerial appointments; coalition wants to complete within a month
Who chooses judges: The evolution and planned radical overhaul of judicial selection
In Netanyahu’s Israel, from fiery riots to boardroom bedlam, chaos reigns
Haviv Rettig Gur
A ‘pogrom’ in Huwara and a fake state budget in Jerusalem all tell the same story of a government losing control on all fronts
Top Abbas aide: Israel hasn’t fulfilled Aqaba promise to transfer withheld PA funds
Sharansky: No, Israel is not becoming Russia, but we need broad consensus on reforms
The former Prisoner of Zion and minister under Netanyahu does not support the sweeping judicial overhaul as is, but nor does he believe it spells the end of Israeli democracy
National Library wasn’t consulted on government plan to control its board, head says
Year into war, Ukraine’s envoy looks for Israel to scrap fence-sitting policy
Reform Judaism head: Critics say US Jews can’t have an opinion, then seek our help
Judah Ari Gross
Nightmares and pipe dreams: A visit to Huwara
The families told us of their dilemma: stay in their smoke-filled houses or flee and face the hordes rampaging outside
There is just one word that I – a right-wing, religious voter who supports judicial reform – would chant at a protest
Huwara could open Israel to war crimes charges
If the authorities don’t launch an investigation into Sunday night’s rampage, the International Court may do so instead
The New York Times’ Jesus problem
Accuracy about biographical details of a historical figure central to a leading world religion shouldn’t be too hard
Bride’s joy turns to sorrow after Elan Ganeles killed driving to her wedding
Maayan Rockland’s childhood friend flew to Israel to be part of her happiest day; family shielded her from tragic news during celebration
‘He wore his heart on his sleeve’: Friends remember Elan Ganeles
Texan who posed as Hasidic Jew and adopted 9 boys charged with sexually abusing kids
Suspect changed name to Hayim Cohen, fabricated Jewish backstory, courted media attention and allegedly assaulted minors over years, raising questions about ignored red flags
'I am calm, even as the entire country isn't'
What Matters Now to Haviv Rettig Gur: Taking advantage of this ‘moment of decisions’
This week in What Matters Now, ToI’s senior analyst explains why PM Benjamin Netanyahu must see the judicial overhaul through to stay in power – but still finds room for optimism
Kibbutz pickleballers have a ball while courting more team members
The racquet game is slowly gaining local fans, and so too are walking football and Mamanet, as mature Israelis seek out team sports that are easier on the joints
A Holocaust survivor fought antisemitism on TikTok and now he’s a social media star
Gidon Lev and life partner Julie Gray go online to promote their memoir on Gidon’s life after growing up in the Theresienstadt ghetto, and suddenly find themselves educating youth
Dutch church leaders take back Holocaust-related reference to Palestinians
To promote disability inclusion, El Al makes man with autism a crew member for a day
'Israelis think Iran is like the Third Reich'
Is Iran really the existential threat Israel claims it is? This author thinks not
JP O’ Malley
In his new book ‘Fear and Insecurity,’ Jonathan Leslie says Israeli politicians are blowing Iranian nuclear aspirations out of proportion – and they’re doing it for the votes
Rehov Charlotte: An ‘under-the-table’ experience that will have you asking for more
Having studied and worked in some of Europe’s top hospitality schools, French immigrant Charlotte Hadjaj is taking dining ‘out’ to a whole new level – and patrons are eating it up
Kosher, now maybe halal: Aleph Farms gears up for rollout of cultivated steak
Unfounded: Ancient Darius inscription shard isn’t authentic – Antiquities Authority
The new Jewish American Girl dolls are Jewish enough
The Hoffman twins, who observe Hanukkah and Christmas, offer a relatable storyline for interfaith and non-Orthodox girls
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