Stav Shaffir is still idealistic. A year-and-a-half after entering the Knesset, following her co-leadership of Israel’s largest ever mass protests against economic inequality, the 31-year-old redhead’s passion still shines brightly through wide grey-blue eyes.22
Israel’s former prime minister Shimon Peres doesn’t use a smartphone or even read news on the internet. But at 92 years old, the statesman is now among Israel’s biggest tech champions.
Thousands are predicted to march in the Jerusalem Pride March on July 21, which will mark one year since an ultra-Orthodox man murdered 16-year-old marcher Shira Banki and wounded six others at the 2015 parade. But Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat, will be nowhere in sight. Barkat said he will not be joining out of deference to ultra-Orthodox sensitivities.20
Shiloh, West Bank — On a Thursday in June, a group of Christian tourists from San Jose, California, stood in a shady grove in Shiloh, a Jewish settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.77
If you’re an evangelical and you support Donald Trump, isn’t that, well, not very Christian of you?
Wearing blue shirts that read “Occupation is not Our Judaism,” a group of 45 American Jewish activists protested in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron on July 15 in a demonstration that ended in the detention of six people by the police, five with dual American-Israeli citizenship and one Canadian-Israeli.70
Israel’s supreme rabbinical court rejected Wednesday a conversion by a prominent American rabbi who sponsored Ivanka Trump’s conversion to Judaism, reaffirming a widely criticized ruling by a lower court.82
Non-Orthodox Jewish organizations in Israel plan to soon sue the Israeli government in order to secure a space at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site, for mixed-gender prayer, the groups said in a letter released July 11.
It’s Fourth of July weekend, and you and your family are visiting the beach on Amity Island. Suddenly, a massive great white shark appears offshore and begins attacking unsuspecting tourists and pulling them under the frothing tide and… _spying on them!
According to ethnographers and Israeli geneticists who have investigated the matter — and even most members of his own ethnic group in India — Hanoch Haokip’s claim to be descended from one of Israel’s so-called “Lost Tribes” is, at best, highly debatable.7
For the last 28 years, the Western Wall Jewish holy site has been the staging ground of a battle between pluralistic Jews who want equal prayer rights for men and women and ultra-Orthodox Jews who want to maintain the strict, gender-segregated status quo at the wall. Now, another Jewish sector has fired an opening salvo into the ongoing intra-Jewish battle: Orthodox nationalists9
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