Is Hebrew a Language To Bind Us, or To Bore Us?

It’s common for young Jews to study Hebrew until the age of 13 — and then never interact with the language again. Now, some are offering ways to counter this so-called ‘bar mitzvah syndrome.’

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Orthodox Conversion Rebels Challenge Rabbinate on Marriage

In the latest challenge to Israel’s supreme religious authority, several Orthodox rabbis have begun to perform weddings for converts who are not recognized by the Chief Rabbinate.

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An Island Haven for Turkey’s Jews

Buyukada, an idyllic island near Istanbul, has served as a summer getaway for Turkey’s Jews for more than a century. Tia O’Brien explores how it has remained an oasis of calm even as anti-Semitism spreads.

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Is Israel Cracking Open Door to Sex Selection?

For most of its history, Israel barred couples from choosing the sex of their future children. But in recent years, a new law has allowed the Ministry of Health to crack open the door to sex selection.

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Not a Cymbalist: Helga Weiss-Hoskova at home in Prague in front of one of her pieces of art.

74 Years After Terezin, This Survivor Is Still Drawing What She Sees

Helga Weiss-Hoskova was deported with her family to the Terezin concentration camp in 1941. Amidst the suffering and death, she started drawing. At 85, she’s still at it.

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