Mickey Mouse or Jesus Christ? That was the choice I faced on a recent trip to Orlando to write a pair of stories – one about kosher vacationing at Disney World, the other about the biblical theme park Holy Land Experience.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will remain out of prison until he has exhausted his appeals, the country’s Supreme Court ruled.
In visiting Israel, Mitt Romney is following a well-trodden path for his faith. Mormons are regular visitors to the Holy Land, though they vow not to prosletyze.
In 2010, over two-thirds of Israel’s 3.45 million tourists were Christian, and nearly half were self-proclaimed religious pilgrims. It’s rare to find a discriminatory tourism industry these days — dollars are dollars — and fortunately for Israel, the Holy Land is holy for a lot of folks.
Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher are not new to controversy or gossip, but the latest rumors of Kutcher’s infidelities had them packing their bags and heading to Israel. Following reports of marital trouble, the Hollywood power couple jetted off to the Holy Land. The Jerusalem Post reported that the duo has already been spotted visiting the Western Wall.
There is likely no food more iconic across the Middle East than the delicious and nutty chickpea, tahini, lemon and garlic puree that is authentic hummus. In Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon and most other countries in the region, it is a crucial part of social, as well as food, culture, with each country producing its own variations.
It is said that behind every powerful man is a strong woman. In the professional realm, it is conceivable that a woman who begins as a personal secretary could evolve into an “office manager” — and beyond. But whatever her title, her real value to her employer is her steadfast loyalty, her willingness to keep any secrets or flaws under wraps and to act as a gatekeeper and caretaker to the man. She agressively protects and promotes him with unshaking loyalty. For Shula Zaken, that man was Ehud Olmert. Zaken was hired at Olmert’s Jerusalem law office job when she was just 17. And she remained by his side on his professional climb as Knesset member, Jerusalem mayor, Industry Minister and up to the lofty perch of the Prime Minister’s office.
The well-known Rabbi Joseph Telushkin once remarked that the Jewish people laugh “in order not to cry.” Well, for fans of American comedy in Israel, there was certainly a good reason not to cry this Easter season.