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Daily Archives: September 9, 2021

Jewish man in Tallit blowing the Shofar. Credit: MIA Studio/Shutterstock.

The ‘fast’ track to inspiration: 10 tips for a transformative Yom Kippur

“For on this day He will forgive you, to purify you, that you be cleansed from all your sins before G‑d.” — Leviticus 16:30 It may feel longer, but from start to finish, it’s actually under...
Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine (blue) competing in 2021. Credit: International Judo Federation.

Algerian judoka gets 10-year ban for refusing to compete against Israeli in Tokyo

The International Judo Federation (IJF) has banned Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine and his coach, Ammar Benkhalaf, from participating in activities or competitions for 10 years after the athlete withdrew from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic...
Sukkah garland by Rachel via FLickr

Comparing and contrasting Halloween and Sukkot

The month of October unleashes a tension of sorts in our predominantly Jewish Pico-Robertson neighborhood in Los Angeles.  As one walks farther from Pico Boulevard, the ubiquitous sukkot on front lawns give way to macabre Halloween...
Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri in 2001. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Two decades on, the West’s cultural fault line exposed by 9/11 remains

Few of us, if any, will ever forget those terrible images of the 9/11 attacks on America. Twenty years on, it’s painfully clear that many Westerners still don’t grasp the full nature and scope...

2015 Paris Terror Attacks: A Jewish Perspective

For the 20th World Summit on Counter Terrorism Arab terrorism on French soil had predominantly focused on Jewish targets, especially since the October 1980 Copernic synagogue bombing. This launched 73 shootings and bombings against Jews across...
Palestinians demonstrate at the Israeli Hawara checkpoint near the city of Nablus and clash with Israeli security forces in support to the escape of the six Palestinian prisoners from the Israeli prison of Gilboa on Sept. 8, 2021. Photo by Nasser Ishtayeh/Flash90.

Could Gilboa Prison escape help spark another intifada?

The dramatic escape of six Palestinian terrorists from Gilboa Prison in northern Israel on Monday carries the potential of a broader security escalation, a former defense official has cautioned. Col. (res.) David Hacham, a former...
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Wiesenthal Centre Congratulates Italy for “Joining World Democracies and Not Participating in Durban IV”

Paris, 9 September In a meeting of 7 September, the Italian Government has decided to not participate in the forthcoming Durban IV conference, to be held in New York on 22 September. Originally meant to address the...
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow, Sept. 9, 2021. Source: Yair Lapid/Twitter.

Lapid in Moscow: Israel reserves right to act against Iran to prevent nukes

Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said during a state visit to Moscow on Thursday that the Jewish state reserves the right to act to stop Iran’s nuclear program. After meeting with his counterpart, Russian Foreign...
Omar Bar-Lev, Dec. 28, 2011. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Irsaeli public security minister announces inquiry committee into prison break

Israel’s Public Security Minister Omar Bar-Lev announced on Thursday the formation of a government inquiry commission to examine the failures that enabled the escape of six convicted Palestinian terrorists from Gilboa Prison on Monday. The decision was...
An aerial view of the 9/11 Memorial Museum in Lower Manhattan. Credit: Nick Starichenko/Shutterstock.

Jewish community recalls 9/11 with service projects, prayer, concert, memorial walk

Allan Englander usually commemorates Sept. 11 at the Tribeca Synagogue, where he was having breakfast after morning minyan that Tuesday in 2001 when he heard a plane had hit the World Trade Center. “We didn’t believe...