Hobnobbing: At left, Israeli Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya?alon, left, chats with Rep. Eric Cantor, the House Republican whip, at the ZOA dinner. At right, ZOA president Morton Klein, left, with Netanyahu confidante Sheldon Adelson and his wife, Miriam.

From the Right: ZOA Faithful Challenge Israelis on Freeze

Israel’s hawkish strategic affairs minister was met with a chorus of boos at the annual dinner of the Zionist Organization of America when he invoked his government’s recent partial moratorium on Jewish settlement expansions in the West Bank.

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From the Left: J Street Moves To Center on Iran Sanctions

The new Iran sanctions bill approved December 15 by the House of Representatives not only moved the United States one step closer to ratcheting up the pressure on Tehran, it also revealed a slight reshuffle in the political map of the Jewish community’s left wing.

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The newly unveiled monument to the 40,000 Jews sent to the Treblinka death camp (Courtesy of Krzysztof Galica).

Driven by Memory

Sigmund Rolat was a penniless orphan when Soviet troops freed him from a Nazi slave-labor camp in Czestochowa, Poland in January 1945.

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A Prayer: A text fragment from a ceremony held in the 18th or 19th century and recovered from the Cairo Geniza.

A Ghostly Trace of the Jewish Occult

A newly discovered piece of stained, wrinkled paper conjures up the details of a Jewish exorcism that appears to have been performed sometime in the 18th or 19th century.

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Encompassing Mind: Yosef Yerushalmi ruled over Jewish his- tory from his perch at Columbia University.

Yosef Yerushalmi, 77, Polymath Historian

The world of Jewish studies lost a towering figure on December 8 with the death of Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi at the age of 77. Yerushalmi was arguably the leading scholar of Jewish history in the post-Holocaust age, renowned for his rare combination of erudition, analytical brilliance, and literary elegance. His wide-ranging studies left a profound imprint on a generation of students, over whom he presided with a unique Old World authority. But his work also resonated with a wider lay readership in this country, Europe, and Israel, for whom he translated often-arcane scholarly questions into central issues of contemporary identity.

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