Despite Protests, Mainstream Haredi Leaders Talk About Sabbath Work Deal

On the surface, it looks as though Jerusalem is caught in a battle between old and new, as high-tech companies open factories with coveted jobs, while leaders of the large ultra-Orthodox population are adamant that the plants remain idle on Saturdays in observance of the Sabbath.


Mayer Kirshenblatt, 93, Merchant Who Became an Artist of Memory

Knowing Mayer Kirshenblatt, who died November 20 at age 93, was a rare privilege. Through him and his family, I learned about his hometown and a way of life — each remarkable in its own right, as was Kirshenblatt himself.


Top Moments in Madoff Pop Culture

Bernard Madoff caused a lot of heartache with his titanic Ponzi scheme. It seems only natural that a scandal of this magnitude would creep into the larger culture. After considerable mental strain, the Forward has dug up some notable examples. Determining their taste, or lack thereof, is up to you.


‘Jeopardy’ Does Jews’ Clues In the Holy Land

I’ll take Israel for $2,000, Alex. That’s what contestants on “Jeopardy!” were saying November 23, when the famous quiz show included a Double Jeopardy category titled “A Journey Through Israel.”


The ‘Crime’ of Praying with a Tallit, and a Plea for Tolerance

Fifth-year medical student Nofrat Frenkel was recently arrested for wearing a talit at the Kotel. Authorities said she was “performing a religious act that offends the feelings of others.” In this essay, Frenkel writes about her arrest.

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