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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 […]

Former Saudi Intelligence Chief Reveals Secret Relations with Israel

February 21, 2019, by

Former Saudi Intelligence Chief Turki Al-Faisal has revealed secret relations between Israel and a number of Arab nations dating back as far as 25 years. Israeli journalist Barak Ravid says that Al-Faisal agreed to speak to a program called “The Secrets of the Gulf,” which explores the secret relations between Israel, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and […]

In Brussels, Formerly Vibrant Synagogues are Dying

February 15, 2019, by

Thirty years ago, the Sephardic Synagogue on Pavillion Street was packed with children and teens, playing for hours and scampering around the synagogue’s spacious yard. Now, the building once occupied by the congregation is deserted and the yard is overgrown with vegetation in what has become one of the Brussels’ seediest areas. Coinciding with increasing anti-Semitism, government-led crackdowns […]

Search Underway for More Dead Sea Scrolls

February 15, 2019, by

In the year 790, a Bedouin hunter’s dog chased its prey into the mouth of a cave in the rocky cliffs near the Dead Sea. Inside, the hunter discovered jars containing scrolls written in Hebrew, including books of the Bible. These events are recorded in a letter written by Timothy I in 800 CE, anticipating the 1946 […]

Man Arrested in Murder of Israeli Woman, 19

February 12, 2019, by

Arafat Irfaiya, 29, of Hebron was arrested early on Saturday morning on suspicion of sexually assaulting and murdering Ori Ansbacher, a 19-year-old Israeli woman. Forensic evidence found at the scene of the crime connected Irfaiya to the murder. According to reports, Irfaiya reenacted the murder for authorities on Sunday morning. The Israel Security Agency, AKA the “Shin […]

Sausage Museum Proposed for Buchenwald Shows “Lack of Historical Awareness”

February 8, 2019, by

An organization called Friends of the Thuringer Bratwurst had announced plans to move the Bratwurst Museum to a new site that was once part of the Buchenwald concentration camp, sparking protest. The Nazis imprisoned nearly a quarter of a million people in Buchenwald between 1937 and 1945. Around 700 Jewish women were held prisoner in […]