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December 31: Rabbi Kaiman and Interfaith Marriage

Reform Rabbi Arnold Kaiman, who conducted numerous interfaith marriages in the Midwest during the 1970s, at a time when few rabbis would do so, died at 74 on this date in 2007. Kaiman, raised...
The FIDF National Mission participants visited the IDF Zikim Search and Rescue unit in November 2019. Source: FIDF/Facebook.

‘IDF is the Jewish people’s army’: New FIDF CEO sees mission to connect Diaspora...

From the milking shed in his father’s upstate dairy farm to the pulpit of a high-profile Beverly Hills synagogue to guiding the Orthodox Union (OU) through a period of great growth, Rabbi Steven Weil...
A rally in Jerusalem held in solidarity with Jews in the Diaspora following a wave of anti-Semitic attacks. Jan. 5, 2020. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Achievements in 2020 in the battle against anti-Semitism

While the number of anti-Semitic incidents worldwide increased in 2020, there were several positive developments in the fight against this hatred. The decision this year by the European Court of Justice that the Flemish and...

What a Jewish teacher learns in United Arab Emirates

A Jewish American working in the United Arab Emirates fears hostility but finds humanity in this debut memoir. Fleeing divorce and midlife crisis, journalist Eden left Ohio in 2008 to take a teaching job at the...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Bahraini Foreign Minister Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani hold up the Abraham Accords, during the signing ceremony at the White House, Sept. 15, 2020. Photo by Avi Ohayon/GPO.

An Abrahamic family reunion

Of all the efforts that U.S. President Donald Trump made on behalf of the Jewish people, the most meaningful and lasting may be the orchestration of peace agreements between Israel and its Arab neighbors....

December 30, 1066: The Granada Massacre

A Muslim mob stormed the royal palace in Granada, Spain on this date in 1066, crucified Joseph ibn Naghrela, the Jewish vizier to the Berber king, and massacred more than a thousand Jewish families....
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomes Jonathan Pollard to Israel at Ben-Gurion International Airport, Dec. 30, 2020. Pollard is a former U.S. Navy analyst who served 30 years in prison after being convicted of spying for Israel. Photo: Courtesy.

Home at last: Jonathan Pollard arrives in Israel

Jonathan Pollard landed in Israel early Wednesday morning, one month after his parole restrictions were lifted and five years after he was released from U.S. federal prison after serving 30 years for spying for...
IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot speaks at a conference at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya on Jan. 2, 2018. Credit: Flash90.

Former IDF chief Eizenkot to sit out Israel’s 2021 election

Former Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot announced on Wednesday that he has decided not to enter politics at this time. Eizenkot was a much sought-after candidate by parties ranging from Gideon Sa’ar’s...
Source: Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Wiesenthal Center releases list of 2020’s 10 worst anti-Semitic incidents

The Simon Wiesenthal Center on Tuesday unveiled its list of 2020’s top 10 worst anti-Semitic incidents. Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean and director of Global Social Action Agenda at the Wiesenthal Center, said that while it was...
Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit at a ceremony for outgoing State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan in Jerusalem, on Dec. 18, 2019. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Jerusalem court orders attorney general to produce authorization for PM probes

In a decision that could have significant political ramifications, the Jerusalem District Court on Tuesday ordered prosecutors to hand over Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit’s authorization for police investigations into Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Prosecutors have...