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'We've been told where to live, we've been put in ghettoes'
Unsettled by Jewish history, a California lawmaker takes on his state’s housing woes
Co-chair of Sacramento’s Jewish Caucus, State Senator Scott Wiener cites his upbringing as inspiring legislation that will allow religious institutions to build homes on their land
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...
Prominent GOP donors in Israel: Judicial fight keeps us from investing here
Haviv Rettig Gur
Why the new state budget both favors and hurts Haredim… and deeply threatens Israel
Haredim once had fewer children and high employment rates. Government policies changed that. As the community grows, it’s getting harder to justify living at someone else’s expense
Budget dedicates billions for West Bank roads, settlements and illegal outposts
NIS 3.5 billion to be invested in upgrading or paving new roads, including routes for settlers to bypass Palestinian towns; hundreds of millions more to go into settlement projects
Netanyahu’s fat man, thin man and the burden of the new state budget
Jerusalem planners give initial approval to Jewish enclave in Palestinian Abu Dis
Support for Iran rising in Latin America, ex-Colombian president warns on Israel trip
What Haredi mothers want
By law, my son receives 55% of the state funding allocated to Israel’s non-ultra-Orthodox students, and we’re the ’bloodsuckers’?!
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
Faydra L. Shapiro
This Jew is binge-watching The Chosen (maybe you should too)
The TV drama all the Christians were talking about presents the most intensely Jewish Jesus and Gospels we’ve ever had
When Martin Amis took on the Holocaust
The late English novelist fought his way through ’a forest of taboos’ to create his provocative novella, Time’s Arrow
Protest leader says ‘grassroots’ initiative raised NIS 50m to fight judicial overhaul
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
Russian speakers relish a user-friendly Shavuot, and its pro-conversion message
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
Between bloodbaths, Jerusalem’s Crusader-era Christians, Muslims coexisted in peace
In ‘Jerusalem Falls,’ Prof. John Hosler analyzes what happened in the Holy City between the battles of the Middle Ages – and finds unexpected religious tolerance
Legacy of 12th-century rabbi, doctor and thinker Moses Maimonides on display in NY
Cathryn J. Prince
Massive history book charts how the Jewish Diaspora reached all corners of the globe
No ‘Fiddler’: Fun-loving bubbie goes from shtetl to Cuba to NYC in grandson’s novel
Epidemic wipes out all Eilat Bay urchins; coral reefs face suffocation by algae
Experts rush to understand cause of mass die-offs in Red Sea of keystone species that feeds on algae, as pathogenic parasite spreads quickly, killing the creatures within 48 hours
Israeli study reveals potential method for reducing symptoms of autism
Brew your own ancient beer: Yeast from 3,000-year-old Philistine beer jug now on sale
Israeli multi-disciplinary research team’s first yeast strain available on preorder for December shipping; Israel Museum and Shikma Brewery launch limited edition commercial batch
Ancient Egyptian sarcophagi undergo CT scans in Jerusalem hospital to reveal craft
Family building a house in northern Israel destroys 1,800-year-old burial cave
The song that binds me to Israel
Not giving up on the Zionist miracle means believing that Israel is a place whose wonders have yet to cease — even now
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