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Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin attend a tree planting ceremony in Israel, Jan. 23, 2020. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Israeli president to Prince Charles: Let critically ill child come to Israel for treatment

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin appealed to England’s Prince Charles on Tuesday to allow a critically ill child to be brought to Israel for medical treatment. In May, a British court ruled that Alta Fixler,...
Rabbi Zsolt Balla. Source: Screenshot.

German military to get chief rabbi for first time in 100 years

For the first time since World War I, the German military is set to appoint a chief rabbi. The move, an initiative of German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, is designed both to serve the...
Israeli archeologist Eilat Mazar. Source: Screenshot.

The Jewish woman to whom the stones spoke

Everything in Israel is about politics. But nothing is more intensely political than archeology. That’s because the moment you stick a shovel in the earth of a place like Jerusalem and start digging, you...

Rabbanut requires kosher restaurants to rename their lamb and asado bacon to ‘facon’

Crave Gourmet Street Food, a kosher restaurant in Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda market, told its customers last month that it would be changing the name of its famous lamb bacon to “facon” in accordance with...
San Francisco's Frena Bakery. Source: Google Maps screenshot.

San Francisco’s only kosher bakery praised for hiring former prisoners

The sole kosher bakery in San Francisco has made headlines for hiring formerly incarcerated employees. The nickname for Isaac Yosef’s Frena Bakery is the “Lifer Bakery.” Yosef has hired more than 25 ex-prisoners at his bakery...
Cole and Ella Emhoff, stepchildren of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, attend the 59th presidential inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2021. Credit: DOD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Carlos M. Vazquez II.

How many American Jews are there, and does it really matter?

This past weekend, the White House Passover seder was hosted by America’s Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff. The Brooklyn, N.Y.-born lawyer is the first Jew to be a spouse of a vice president, as well...
The national drive to improve reading skills and levels of education among children is fueling interest in children’s books. (Photo: Kalimat Publishing)

What I’ve learned teaching Jewish texts in the UAE

In 2011, on one of my first trips to the United Arab Emirates, I sat in on a class taught by then-New York University president John Sexton on law and religion at NYU Abu...
These phylacteries were found in a bunker unearthed in the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto. Courtesy: Shem Olam Faith and the Holocaust Institute.

Hidden bunker discovered in Warsaw Ghetto

A bunker containing 100-year-old tefillin (phylacteries) hidden from the Nazis in World War II has been discovered in the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto. In recent years, Polish authorities have begun to demolish buildings inside...
Women from the Cochin Jewish community perform on stage during a culture event at Bar-Ilan University. Photo by Victor Yitzhak, Cochin Jewish Heritage Center.

Meet the Cochin Jews: Israel’s oldest Indian community

Whatever way you look at it, the Jewish community of Cochin is an ancient one. If you rely on traditional lore, the Jews of the city of Cochin in southwestern India can trace their roots...
Sheldon and Dr. Miriam Adelson with a Birthright group. Photo: Courtesy.

Love and generosity: A farewell tribute to Sheldon Adelson

On a Friday morning, slightly more than six months ago, we convened a transatlantic Zoom call. There we were, the deputy editor of Makor Rishon, Orly Goldklang from Ofra, myself from Jerusalem, and Sheldon and...