How Kidneys Are Bought And Sold on Black Market

Six months ago, Ronen came to the United States from Israel on a life-or-death mission. He needed a kidney transplant, or he would die.

Advocate For Privatization: Benjamin Netanyahu, center, with security guards in northern Israel on July 20.

Knesset Won’t Put a ‘For Sale’ Sign on Israeli-Owned Land

An unlikely alliance of settler leaders on the right, Arab parties on the left, student groups, Likudniks and many others across the political spectrum has united to scuttle a plan by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to privatize state-owned land.

A Snapshot in Time Rukhl Schaechter writes about a collection of historic postcards written by tourists visiting the Western Wall in Jerusalem early in the 20th century. The messages were not all positive. An American named Bella wrote on the back of this postcard in 1927: ?This is a picture where they go to wail. It is so funny.? See story on Page 10.

Diplomats Don’t Eat Treyf, and Other Issues

It was during a midnight repast of shrimp couscous at a gay bar in Tel Aviv that I discovered Israel’s Foreign Ministry does not reimburse diplomatic staff for non-kosher, work-related meals in Israel. But that was just the beginning of my problems.

Arson? Investigators believe a fire that destroyed a building on the site the Svker Hasidic sect?s Catskills summer camp was deliberatetly set. The sect has defied a New York State Health Department order to evacuate the camp for numerous health and safety violations.

Catskills Standoff Over Rundown Camp

A standoff is simmering at a summer camp run by a Hasidic sect that is defying a mandatory “Order to Evacuate” issued by New York State for numerous safety violations.

Vladimir Yedidowich: Founded the Russian-language Forward after serving as an officer in the Soviet Navy.

Velvl Yedidowich, 83, Editor of Russian Paper

When the Forward Association launched the weekly paper in 1995, it joined a crowded media market of two dozen Russian-language newspapers in the New York metro area alone and grew to be the third-largest in circulation. It was an outspoken Jewish voice in the Russian-speaking community, when only one other publication, the Lubavitch-affiliated paper, identified itself as Jews speaking to other Jews.