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Shalit Family Endures ‘Continuous Nightmare’

By Rebecca Dube

Asked how he and his wife managed to cope as they approach the three-year anniversary of their son’s kidnapping by Hamas, Noam Shalit was characteristically blunt.Read More


New Converso Rabbi Hopes To Help Others Follow His Jewish Path

By JTA

Of all the rabbis ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary on May 21, few have journeys to the rabbinate quite as unlikely as Juan Mejia.Read More


Latest Study Supports View That Iran Attack Unlikely To Work

By Nathan Guttman and Larry Cohler-Esses

As Israel continues to proclaim its readiness to launch a military attack on Iran should American diplomacy fail to stop Tehran’s drive for nuclear capabilities, an increasing number of analysts and some political leaders are publicly questioning Jerusalem’s confident portrayal of its chance for military success.Read More


Appreciating Elon, The Writer Who ‘Put a Name on a Moment in History’

By J.J. Goldberg

Amos Elon, the Israeli journalist and author who died in Italy on May 25 at age 82, was described for decades as Israel’s leading public intellectual — the writer who, more than any other, explained Israelis to themselves and to the world. And yet, he spent his final years in self-described “exile” in Italy, despairing of Israel’s future. His passing received more notice in Europe and America than in Israel.Read More


Si Frumkin, 78, Soviet Jewry Activist

By JTA

Leading Soviet Jewry and human rights activist Si Frumkin has died. Frumkin, who founded the Southern California Council for Soviet Jews in 1968 and helped make it a mainstream American cause, died May 15 after battling cancer. He was 78.Read More


An Unfulfilled Vow to Vatican Continues To Vex Ties as Pope Heads for Israel

By J.J. Goldberg

When Israeli President Shimon Peres proposed on May 3 that Israel let the Vatican take control of several local Christian sites, he was attacked by Cabinet ministers and political foes who accused him of groveling before foreigners and undermining Israel’s sovereignty. One Jerusalem Post reader suggested online that Israel give Peres to the Vatican instead.Read More


Religious Zionists Challenge March of the Living’s Value

By Nathan Jeffay

It looked like a sight certain to delight every Religious Zionist. Just after midday April 29, Israel Independence Day, 3,000 flag-waving Jewish youngsters, many of the boys wearing yarmulkes, marched to the Western Wall from central Jerusalem.Read More


Hopes Dashed as Obama Avoids Calling Mass Killings of Armenians ‘Genocide’

By Rebecca Spence

This year, on Armenian Remembrance Day — when the mass killing of more than 1 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire is commemorated — Armenian-American activists had high hopes that a president who ran on a message of change would indeed change the pattern of previous administrations. That is, they hoped President Obama would use the term “genocide” to describe the human tragedy that occurred nearly a century ago.Read More


The Benefits and Costs of Anti-racism

By J.J. Goldberg

When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stood up in Geneva on April 20 to address a United Nations conference on racism, the much-ballyhooed Durban II, he took what was supposed to be an international campaign against bigotry and turned it into a showcase for his own malignant breed of hate.Read More


Egypt’s Escalating War on Hezbollah

By J.J. Goldberg

After months of relative passivity, Egypt effectively declared war in mid-April on Iranian-backed terrorist groups operating in its backyard, executing an unprecedented wave of arrests of alleged terrorists, smugglers and arms-makers linked to Hezbollah and Hamas.Read More





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