With prospects for diplomatic engagement between the United States and Iran dimming, congressional leaders have set September as the deadline after which harsh sanctions against the Islamic Republic will be rolled out.
Among the first sites that tourists visit during a tour of Jerusalem is the Wailing Wall, whose name stems from the old Jewish practice of coming to the site to mourn the destruction of the Temple. Even non-Jews place notes in the wall’s crevices to express their respect and awe for the Jewish holy site.
The scene is early 1950s New York: Many European Jews were living on the Lower East Side, spending most of their time raising families, creating businesses and dancing to Latin music.
An Israeli “happiness” expert is bringing his popular Harvard University course to American TV audiences.
For centuries, visitors to the Old City of Jerusalem have made their way to the Western Wall to offer up their prayers. Recently, performing this sacred Jewish rite has become as easy as downloading an iPhone application, now that the Western Wall has its very own page on the micro-blogging site Twitter. Started by 25-year-old Alon Nil, the service allows users to submit prayers publicly or privately, which a team in Israel prints and puts in crevices in the Wall.
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