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  • Who is a Jew’ heats up again in Israel

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 17 (JTA) — When an American immigrant recently asked the Chief Rabbinate for permission to marry her Israeli boyfriend, the Jewish state’s Orthodox establishment turned her down. In order to marry under Jewish law in Israel, the woman, who didn’t want her name mentioned, would have to re-convert to Judaism, rabbis told her….

  • Slain Ze’evi devoted life to nation

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 17 (JTA) — Known for his strongly anti-Arab views, Rehavam Ze’evi, 75, became the first Israeli Cabinet minister to be slain by Arab terrorists in the history of the Jewish state. A career officer in the Israel Defense Force, Ze’evi first served in the pre-state Haganah underground and in the Palmach, the Haganah’s…

  • Diaspora Jews go to boot camp

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 7 (JTA) — Nadia Kahn, 24, doesn’t fit the typical image of an Israeli soldier in boot camp. She’s petite (5 foot 1), half-Asian (on her mother’s side) and training to be an archaeologist. Yet Kahn spent the last two months wearing baggy army khakis, toting an M-16, sleeping in an army tent…

  • Israelis fly to Russia following air disaster

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 7 (JTA) — Dozens of Israelis have flown to Russia for the grim task of helping identify the remains of relatives who died last week when a Russian airliner exploded in mid-air over the Black Sea. In addition, Israeli experts arrived Sunday in Sochi, Russia — the site near the Black Sea where…

  • Israelis fly to Russia following air disaster

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 7 (JTA) — Dozens of Israelis have flown to Russia for the grim task of helping identify the remains of relatives who died last week when a Russian airliner exploded in mid-air over the Black Sea. In addition, Israeli experts arrived Sunday in Sochi, Russia — the site near the Black Sea where…

  • Car bombing as Israelis prepare for Sukkot

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 1 (JTA) — The Mahane Yehuda market here was bustling on Monday morning before the start of Sukkot, but it wasn’t as packed as it usually is before the start of the eight-day holiday. "People are scared," said Motti, who was selling willow branches for less than a dollar apiece off his flat-bed…

  • Car bombing as Israelis prepare for Sukkot

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 1 (JTA) — The Mahane Yehuda market here was bustling on Monday morning before the start of Sukkot, but it wasn’t as packed as it usually is before the start of the eight-day holiday. “People are scared,” said Motti, who was selling willow branches for less than a dollar apiece off his flat-bed…

  • U.S. terror prompts run on gas masks in Israel

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 25 (JTA) — Oranit Lugassi pushed the carriage holding her 6-month-old daughter into Jerusalem’s Malcha Mall, and looked around for the gas mask distribution center on the second floor. “Can you just watch the baby for a second? I want to grab a number and see how long the wait is,” she said…

  • Israel a key player in war on terror

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 17 (JTA) — As the U.S. ally with the greatest experience fighting terrorism, Israel is likely to play a key role in the planned international war on terrorism. But its role is likely to be less public, working primarily with U.S. intelligence and the Defense Department, terrorism experts say. “There aren’t going to…

  • Israelis mourn U.S. tragedy

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 12 (JTA) — It was a quiet day on Bethlehem Road in Jerusalem, where cars usually clog the narrow street lined with small shops and locals like to chat over coffee at one of several cafes. But the sorrow and sadness over America’s terrorist tragedy was palpable Wednesday, declared as a day of…