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Daily Archives: September 7, 2021

Blowing shofar in the Gulf to mark the arrival of the Jewish New Year 5782. Credit: Association of Gulf Jewish Communities.

As Gulf opens to Jewish life, Muslims spark interest in learning about High Holidays

With Jews around the world set to begin the High Holiday season, the small Jewish communities in six Gulf states, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, are planning...
Israeli children on the first day of the school in Jerusalem, Sept. 1, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Jewish world population increases to 15.2 million with 45.3 percent living in Israel

The number of Jews worldwide stands at roughly 15.2 million, according to statistics released by the Jewish Agency for Israel on the eve of the Jewish new year 5782. That number is up from 15.1...
People pay their respects at a memorial in front of the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh to the 11 Jewish victims of a mass shooting a week earlier, Nov. 4, 2018. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

In addressing anti-Semitism, honesty matters

A couple of years ago after giving a speech, I was confronted with what struck me as a bizarre query during the question-and-answer period. Why, I was asked, hadn’t then-President Donald Trump ever expressed...
Medical staff at Beersheva's Soroka Medical Center during a 12-hour operation to separate Siamese twins joined at the skull. Credit: Soroka Medical Center.

In Israeli first, doctors separate twins with conjoined skulls

Doctors at the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheva have made Israeli medical history, successfully separating twins that had been conjoined at the head. The 12-hour operation was carried out on Thursday and involved 50 staff...
Israel Defense Forces soldiers with Tavor rifles. Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Unit.

After just a decade in use, IDF retires ‘futuristic’ Tavor rifle

For years, the Israeli “Tavor” was marketed as the rifle of the future, and many of the Israel Defense Forces infantry fighters proudly carried it, enthusiastic about its convenience and futuristic look. Just 10 years...
A watchtower at Gilboa Prison in northern Israel, on Feb. 28, 2013. Photo by Moshe Shai/Flash90.

Hunt underway for six Palestinian terrorists who escaped prison in northern Israel

A wide-scale manhunt was underway in Israel on Monday morning, after six Palestinians escaped from a high-security prison in the country’s north. The escapees were soon identified by authorities as members of terrorist groups. Five...
Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz (D-5th District) hosted a meeting at the Museum of Tolerance with members of the Los Angeles Police Department, who offered suggestions to Jewish leaders and community members regarding security prior to the High Holidays, Sept. 1, 2021. Credit: ©City of Los Angeles.

Los Angeles police offer security tips to Jewish leaders ahead of High Holidays

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz hosted a meeting on Sept. 1 at the Museum of Tolerance with presentations by members of the Los Angeles Police Department to Jewish leaders and community members regarding synagogue and...
Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer offering a message on Israel’s 66th anniversary. Source: YouTube.

Dermer: ‘World won’t stop Iran from acquiring nuclear bomb’

Ron Dermer, who until recently was Israel’s ambassador to the United States, is warning that despite their promises, the United States and the international community will not prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. “In...
U.S. Special Representative to Iran Robert Malley, former CEO of the International Crisis Group and former National Security Council official during the Obama administration. Source: Screenshot.

Malley: US ‘can’t wait forever’ for Iran to rejoin nuclear talks

The United States is prepared to be patient with Iran regarding the negotiations over a return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but “can’t wait forever,” according to U.S. Special Representative to...
Newly elected Israeli President Isaac Herzog seen at the Israeli Knesset on the day of the presidential elections, in Jerusalem, June 2, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israeli president, Jordanian king meet in Amman to discuss mutual ties

Israeli President Isaac Herzog met with Jordan’s King Abdullah last week at the king’s palace in Amman. The two leaders discussed “core issues in the dialogue between our states,” including an agreement to import agricultural...