News that Israel might be home to an oilfield of its own created great excitement in the Jewish state this summer. But growing concern among citizens about who stands to benefit from the country’s natural resources has cast a shadow over that late August discovery.
Sixty-six years ago, Theodore Bikel, then a young actor in what would become the State of Israel, co-founded Tel Aviv’s Cameri Theatre. Today, Bikel is one of America’s iconic Jewish actors and folk singers, and is taking sides in a debate involving his fellow actors at the Cameri.
With 25 miles between him and the coast of France, James Meier, a trim 66-year-old, jumped off a boat idling near Dover and into the cold waters of the English Channel. It was 3 a.m., and after more than a year of chasing the unexpected in training drills, he found himself immersed in what seemed like infinite water.
For nine months now, Dmitriy Salita, the Russian-Jewish welterweight, has been telling anyone who will listen that the reason for his humiliating loss to Amir Khan in England last December was the hostile, jeering, “anti-Semitic” environment in the Newcastle arena.
It’s prime time at Israel’s yeshivas. Working men who have taken a bit of vacation to study, and full-time bokhers, pore over religious texts to get focused in preparation for the High Holy Days.
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