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Father of 12 Dies from West Bank Attack

March 20, 2019, by

An Israeli father of 12 who was shot during a terror attack in the West Bank has died of his wounds. Rabbi Achiad Ettinger of Eli is the second to die from the attack at the Ariel and Gitai junctions. Rabbi Ettinger had managed to fire four shots at his attacker after being shot in the […]

Dutch Journalist’s Purim Prank Makes Waves

March 20, 2019, by

Dutch Jews were shocked to read a column by the editor of the country’s main Jewish weekly announcing that she is leaving for Israel because of rising anti-Semitism. “I am leaving for the only country where getting called a dirty Jew simply means I have to take a bath,” wrote Esther Voet, editor-in-chief of Nieuw […]

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt Refuse Clause Prohibiting Normalization with Israel

March 14, 2019, by

Saudi Arabia, UAE and Egypt have rejected a statement by the Union of Arab Parliaments calling for an end to normalization with Israel. Marzouq Al-Ghanim, speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly, suggested that the final statement of their 29th meeting include a recommendation to stop normalizing ties with Israel. Speaker of the Saudi Shura Council Abdullah […]

Map at School’s “Multicultural Night” Replaces Israel

March 14, 2019, by

At an Atlanta middle school’s “multicultural night,” a map that showed Palestine in place of present-day Israel. The map was placed on a table dedicated to Palestinian culture at the event held by the Autrey Mill Middle School in Alpharetta. There was no contextual information displayed, nor did the exhibit mention Israel. “We condemn this attempt […]

A Resurgence of Yiddish in Finland

March 14, 2019, by

There are about 1,500 Jews in Finland, 1,200 of whom live in Helsinki. The history of the Jews in Finland begins with the Cantonists, Jewish boys from Czarist Russia who were conscripted into the military from the 17th through the 19th centuries. After being discharged, Russian authorities allowed them to settle in Finland, where a number […]

Israel Ranked 10th Healthiest Country

March 6, 2019, by

The Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index has ranked 169 nations based on life expectancy, sanitation, access to medical care and other factors, imposing penalties for such health risks as tobacco use and obesity. According to this index, Israel is the 10th healthiest country in the world. The Mediterranean diet, common not only in Israel but also in […]

How to Decode a Kosher Label

March 6, 2019, by

Fewer than 2% of America’s population is Jewish but 41% of packaged food in America is kosher. According to the marketing firm Lubicom, there are 35 million non-Jewish consumers of kosher products and the kosher food market is projected to grow 11.6% by 2025. As the world of kosher certification grows, the public’s questions grow […]

Chief Rabbi of Argentina Beaten in Home Attack

February 27, 2019, by

Rabbi Gabriel Davidovich, the chief rabbi of Argentina, was assaulted in a home invasion by a gang who broke into his apartment. The chief rabbi was hospitalized with serious injuries, including nine broken ribs. “We know that you are the AMIA (Jewish center) rabbi,” his attackers shouted before beating Davidovich. The attack happened at approximately 2:00 […]

Will Israel Reach the Moon?

February 22, 2019, by

For decades, the moon was the exclusive domain of the superpowers. The Soviet Union landed Luna 2 on the moon in 1959. The United States landed Ranger 4 three years later. These were both “hard landings” (i.e., crash landings); both countries made “soft landings” (i.e., controlled descents) in 1966, followed by China five decades later, […]

Oxford Students Call to Ban Kosher Meat

February 21, 2019, by

The Junior Common Room, a student association at Oxford University’s Somerville College, has passed a non-binding motion that effectively bans all kosher and halal meat. The ban calls on the college to serve only meat that has been stunned before being killed. This excludes kosher and halal meat, which cannot be stunned before slaughter. “We want all our […]