Report Finds Shortsighted Politicians Are a Major Cause of Israel’s Water Crisis

For years, environmental activists have told Israelis to blame the country’s water shortage on politicians, not just on low rainfall. Now, a committee of experts commissioned by politicians themselves has reached the same conclusion.

Declining To Be Counted: Many Factors Affect Ultra-Orthodox Failure To Fill Out Census

How many ultra-Orthodox Jews does it take to fill out the U.S Census? Given the low response rates from Brooklyn’s Hasidic enclaves, the answer remains unclear.

Poles Commemorate Warsaw Uprising in Marek Edelman’s Style, With Silence

Hundreds of young people, mostly non-Jews, milled around Warsaw’s Jewish cemetery on a sunny spring day, slightly unsure about what they were supposed to do next. Their schools had sent them there April 19 in response to an appeal by a number of Jewish and civic organizations. They had come to honor the late Marek Edelman, the last surviving commander of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, on the anniversary of the beginning of the 1943 revolt — and to carry forward a tradition of his.

A Face Worth Watching

As most television-watching Americans know, Joan Rivers’s face is a canvas that has been worked and reworked by makeup artists and plastic surgeons alike. But her new film, which is currently screening at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival, delves beneath appearances and into the vulnerability of a 76-year-old Jewish funny girl who still gets her feelings hurt.

Music Of the Heart

In happier times, singers Achinoam Nini and Mira Awad would have been an easy sell: a pair of Israelis, one Jewish and one Arab, singing a heartfelt peace anthem called “There Must Be Another Way.” When the duo performed the song at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest — the annual pop competition voted on by TV viewers across Europe — Awad became the first Arab to represent Israel, joining Nini on lyrics in English, Arabic and Hebrew.

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