Son of Two Mothers: Father Romauld Jakub Wksler-Wasznikel was born a Jew to Batia Weksler, left, but was raised a Catholic by Emilia Waszkinelowa, right.

A Polish Priest’s Dream of Aliyah

When Romuald Jakub Weksler-Waszkinel applied to immigrate to Israel as a Jew under the Law of Return last October, Israeli authorities delayed responding to his request for months.

Holding Firm: Obama praised Netanyahu for accepting a two-state solution, but continued to call for a total settlement freeze.

After Bibi’s Speech: A Shift To Quiet Talks

The Obama administration now seems poised to ease its public pressure on Israel following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s acceptance of a two-state solution to his country’s conflict with the Palestinians.

Flaunting Their Strengths: Israel feels its GLBT movement is something worth celebrating.

Waving Israel’s Rainbow Flag Abroad

In stark contrast to the U.S. Army’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on homosexuality, the latest edition of the official Israel Defense Force’s magazine B’Machane has a center spread on gay and lesbian officers. A picture shows a new officer getting his stripes, his commander’s hand on one shoulder and his life partner’s hand on the other.

An Infamous Conversion: According to the Talmud, Roman Emporer Nero fled Rome and converted to Judaism.

When Bad People Want To Be Jewish

Can someone be too evil to convert? That’s one question raised by the reported conversion to Judaism of former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor, who is currently awaiting trial on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity in The Hague. Taylor’s wife, Victoria, told the BBC that the accused war criminal is “now a Jew. He’s practicing Judaism.”

Cliffhanger: The Blue Bay Hotel, built atop a cliff near Netanya, and the beach near where dune rock collapse killed a camper.

Is Seaside Construction Causing Israel’s Cliffs To Crumble?

A debate about whether construction along the Israeli coastline is playing a key role in causing more seaside cliffs to collapse has been reignited by the death of a camper whose tent was pitched below a sand pillar that crumbled.