Israeli rabbis cite Anne Frank as inspiration for a program calling on Israelis to hide African asylum seekers facing forced expulsion.
“My third favorite sister, you guys!” Sarah Silverman exclaimed, welcoming one of her three sisters, the Jerusalem-based Reform rabbi Susan Silverman, to the talk show “I Love You, America.” In a brief, but stunningly specific, discussion on Sarah Silverman’s new Hulu show that aired around Thanksgiving, the sisters spent eight minutes lying on a bed, chatting about tefillin, sex trafficking and being arrested.
For 25 years, Women of the Wall have met for prayer services at the Kotel at the beginning of each Jewish month. In 2013, their struggle took the global stage, for better or worse.
Funny fact: 42% of American Jews say a sense of humor is essential to being Jewish. That’s twice the number who think you need to observe Jewish law.
The famous Silverman family feels a very special bond to the Western Wall. We go behind the scenes as they prepare for the women’s prayer protest at the Kotel. WATCH THE VIDEO.
The sister of American comedian Sarah Silverman, Reform Rabbi Susan Silverman, one of ten women detained on Monday for participating in prayers at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, has told Haaretz that the group prayer at the site was not a provocation, and that she is opposed to Haredi “hijacking” of the sacred site on “theological and democratic” grounds.
Israeli police detained 10 women at one of Judaism’s most sacred sites on Monday for wearing prayer shawls, which Orthodox tradition sees as solely for men, a spokesman said.
There’s a Silverman involved in the latest pro-Obama ad, but it’s not the one you’re thinking (or hoping) it is.