On Lag B’Omer, Kabbalah’s ‘Patron Saint’ Inspires Pilgrimage, Donations

As millions of people worldwide — celebrities like Madonna among them — turn to Kabbalah in hopes of solving their problems, hundreds of thousands of Israelis are going one step further by appealing directly to the man some consider to be the author of mystical Judaism’s most important text.

Who Are the Jews Behind Palin in 2012?

When Sarah Palin was asked by Barbara Walters late last year whether she supported a freeze on settlement growth in the West Bank, Palin issued an emphatic no. But her reasoning confounded many: “More and more Jewish people will be flocking to Israel in the days and weeks and months ahead. And I don’t think that the Obama administration has any right to tell Israel that the Jewish settlements cannot expand.”


Remembering Kent State as an American Tragedy With a Jewish Face

At 11 p.m. on May 3, a group of marchers will begin a candlelight vigil at Kent State University in Ohio to recall what is for many a distant echo from another era.


Why the COP Is Taking a Moderate Approach to Obama

The growing sentiment within the organized Jewish community was unmistakable. Amid recent fears of a crisis in relations between Washington and Jerusalem, key players were calling on the community to take off its gloves.

Oren Speaking at Brandeis Creates a Commencement Controversy

Two months after being aggressively heckled by Muslim students in a high-profile incident at the University of California, Irvine, Israel’s ambassador to the United States is getting a chilly advance reception at a school one might have expected to be friendlier turf: Brandeis University.

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