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Thousands gather at Western Wall for Sukkot Priestly Blessing

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Thousands gathered at the Western Wall on Wednesday morning for the traditional Sukkot Priestly Blessing. Present for the ceremony were Israel’s Ashkenazi and Sephardi chief rabbis, David Lau and Yitzhak Yosef, as well as Rabbi...

A Jewish Perspective on the Pandemic

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Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel, spiritual leader of Temple Beth Shalom in Chula Vista,  has created a pearl of a book that I highly recommend. It is a fascinating, encompassing, very erudite and broad in...
Michael Herzog. Credit: Danny Kitri

Israel’s new ambassador to US seeks to heal rifts and build bipartisan support

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The Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) bid farewell last week to its longtime senior fellow Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Michael Herzog, who was recently appointed Israeli’s Ambassador to the United States. Participating in the event were former...
Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The Houthis and the Jews

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The following are remarks that the author delivered to the European Organizations Union for Peace in Yemen and the Yemeni Coalition of Independent Women, at the conference, “Terrorism & Violations of the Rights of...
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi addresses the 2021 U.N. General Assembly by video, Sept. 21, 2021. Source: YouTube

Iranian president condemns US sanctions, ‘Zionist occupier’ in UN address

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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, addressing the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly by video on Tuesday, called for an end to ongoing American sanctions, describing them as the United States’ “new way...
Harshit Godha in his Indo-Israel Avocado nursery. Photo by Tanmay Godha.

Israeli avocado plants are growing in India

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In 2016, undergraduate business student Harshit Godha ran across an article that inspired a dream: establishing one of India’s first commercial avocado orchards. Wanting to learn from Israeli experts how to do this in his hometown of...
Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Source: Screenshot.

Pro-Israel leaders, senior officials hold counter-conference to protest upcoming Durban IV

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A group of pro-Israel academics, activists, government officials and members of the media held a virtual conference strongly criticizing the Durban conferences against racism, which from its first and most notable conference in Durban,...
The Machane Yehuda outdoor market in Jerusalem was bustling as Israelis prepared for the upcoming Sukkot holiday on Sept. 20, 2021. Photo by Eliana Rudee.

Snapshots of Sukkot

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Sukkot is a week-long holiday in Israel (as opposed to eight days in the Diaspora), with the first and last days as Yom Tov and national holidays in which businesses are closed. This year,...
Credit: Andrii Koval/Shutterstock.

Survey finds nearly two-thirds of Jewish students feel unsafe, half hide identity

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A new survey has found an alarming level of anti-Semitism experienced by Jewish students on college campuses, with students who claim a strong sense of Jewish identity and connection to Israel feeling unsafe and...
Saul Friedlander in 2008. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Holocaust survivor awarded Balzan Prize honoring scientific achievements

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A historian and Israeli-French-American Holocaust survivor was one of the recipients of this year’s international Balzan Prizes, which recognizes distinguished scholars, artists and scientists. Saul Friedlander, 88, was awarded the prize for Holocaust and Genocide Studies for...