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  • Israeli government wants to play Robin Hood

    JERUSALEM, May 7 (JTA) — The Israeli government is proposing sweeping tax reforms aimed at addressing the widening gap between rich and poor in Israeli society. The reforms, proposed Thursday by the Finance Ministry and approved by the Israeli government on Sunday, are Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s first major economic policy move since he came…

  • At age 52, Israel suffers identity crisis

    JERUSALEM, May 1 (JTA) — As Israelis prepare to fire up their grills for their Independence Day barbecue ritual on Israel’s 52nd birthday next week, the existential debates that dominate the public agenda are almost sure to get lost in the clouds of smoke. But amid the smog that will descend upon the country, there…

  • Israeli court tackles conversion issue

    JERUSALEM, April 5 (JTA) — Israel’s Supreme Court is poised to resume deliberations on an issue that has long strained relations among Judaism’s religious streams — the recognition of non-Orthodox conversions performed in the Jewish state. A decision on whether the conversions are legitimate will bring to a head a debate that has for years…

  • Hackers in Israel: We can protect the Net

    They came to Tel Aviv from out of cybershadows the world over, wearing name tags like Nothingmuch, Cyphunk and Blacktiger. The message from the international hackers’ conference: “Hackers are very important for the Internet community as a whole, because t

  • Hackers in Israel: We can protect the Net

    They came to Tel Aviv from out of cybershadows the world over, wearing name tags like Nothingmuch, Cyphunk and Blacktiger. The message from the international hackers’ conference: “Hackers are very important for the Internet community as a whole, because t

  • Papal visit sent a powerful message

    JERUSALEM, March 27 (JTA) — For Jews around the world, even skeptics of Catholic-Jewish reconciliation, it was hard not to be moved by two historic moments during Pope John Paul II’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The first was the sight of the 79-year-old pope staring silently into the eternal flame at the Yad Vashem…

  • Papal visit sent a powerful message

    For Jews around the world, even skeptics of Catholic-Jewish reconciliation, it was hard not to be moved during Pope John Paul II’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Standing in front of the Western Wall, the pope quietly read a prayer of reconciliation, then s

  • Israeli’s resignation sparks debate

    JERUSALEM, March 20 (JTA) — Yossi Alpher, who recently resigned as director of the American Jewish Committee’s Israel office, has unleashed a scathing criticism of organized American Jewry’s support for Israel on political affairs. Like much of the behind-the-scenes work done by American Jewish officials, Alpher’s comments did not draw much public attention in Israel….

  • Israeli’s resignation sparks debate

    JERUSALEM, March 20 (JTA) — Yossi Alpher, who recently resigned as director of the American Jewish Committee’s Israel office, has unleashed a scathing criticism of organized American Jewry’s support for Israel on political affairs. Like much of the behind-the-scenes work done by American Jewish officials, Alpher’s comments did not draw much public attention in Israel….

  • Pope packs 2000 years of baggage

    Pope John Paul II’s upcoming historic pilgrimage to Jerusalem carries different symbols for different people. Some 100,000 Catholic followers will arrive to join the pope’s spiritual journey, the Palestinians will watch for political signals and Diaspora