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Daily Archives: February 19, 2021

King Ahasuerus and Haman at the “Feast of Esther.” Credit: Rembrandt Painting, Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, via Wikimedia Commons.

Masking all of our fun on Purim? Well, sort of …

Purim begins at sunset on Feb. 25, the 14th day of Adar. The most jubilant holiday in the Jewish calendar, it’s a celebration of good over evil; the defeat of Haman and his heinous...

IfNotNow smears IHRA definition as a ‘threat’ to progressivism

The self-proclaimed Jewish-American “progressive” organization IfNotNow hosted a discussion on Jan. 27 about “how the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism has been destroying the progressive movement.” The word “discussion,” may, in fact, be too generous a term for...
Rush Limbaugh. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Spitfire, sure, but Rush Limbaugh also saw the need for Israel’s defense

In spitfire fashion, Rush Limbaugh engaged millions of people daily for hours on his talk-radio show, which at the end of his career was broadcasted on more than 650 radio stations. The controversial figure,...
The TAU-SAT1 nanosatellite, which is approximately the size of a shoebox and weighs less than six pounds. Credit: Tel Aviv University.

Israeli nanosatellite hitches ride on NASA rocket to International Space Station

A nanosatellite from Tel Aviv University will begin its travel to the International Space Station when it is launched from Wallops Island, Va., on a NASA resupply spacecraft on Saturday. The TAU-SAT1 nanosatellite, which is approximately...
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi. Credit: Alexandros Michailidis/Shutterstock.

Could Italian support for Israel influence other EU countries?

When Arab diplomats praise Israel in public forums, it’s a real indicator that times have changed. Omar Alshamsi, the United Arab Emirates’ ambassador to Italy, told an online forum that the Abraham Accords “marked a...
Betty Grebenshikoff (left) and Ana María Wahrenberg speak on Zoom after 82 years. Credit: USC Shoah Foundation.

82 years later, reunited childhood friends torn apart by Holocaust Zoom regularly

Two Jewish friends from Berlin who believed that each other had been killed during World War II and the Holocaust recently reunited with the help of the USC Shoah Foundation. After Ana María Wahrenberg and...
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Credit: Hans Pennink/Shutterstock.

Cuomo directs hate-crimes task force to investigate graffiti at Jewish center

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered the State Police Hate Crimes Task Force to provide assistance in an investigation of anti-Semitic graffiti found outside a Jewish center in Queens, N.Y. “I am disgusted by the swastika...
Professor Ariela Lowenstein. Credit: The University of Haifa.

Israel Prize announces two University of Haifa professors as 2021 winners

Two professors from the University of Haifa have been announced recipients of the prestigious 2021 Israel Prize: Professor Ariela Lowenstein for work in the field of sociology and criminology, and Professor Nitza Ben-Dov for...
U.S. Secretary of State Tony Blinken meets with U.S. President Joe Biden at the U.S. State Department on Feb. 4, 2021. Credit: U.S. State Department Photo by Ron Przysucha.

Biden administration: Ready to restart talks with Iran on nuclear deal

The Biden administration made its first major step towards reviving the Iran nuclear deal on Thursday, announcing that it has agreed to meet with Iran and other world powers involved in the 2015 agreement. “The...
An illustration of the Arrow-4 missile interceptor. Credit: Israel Ministry of Defense Spokesperson’s Office/Israel Aerospace Industries.

Israel, US developing next-generation Arrow missile interceptor system

The Israel Missile Defense Organization (IMDO), in partnership with the U.S. Missile Defense Agency, is developing the Arrow-4 missile interceptor system, Israel’s Defense Ministry announced on Thursday. The Arrow-4 will be the next generation of...