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  • From the Archive: Highs and lows in Nepal-Israel relations

    After last week’s massive earthquake in Nepal, Israeli aid workers were among the first to arrive, and with more than 260 Israeli soldiers, doctors and rescue experts working in the disaster zone — Israel had the largest of all the international aid teams on the ground, according to the Israeli Consulate in New York. The… More ▸

  • Jewish artist’s Lincoln portrait gets a brief moment in the sun

    Most days, a little-known 19th-century portrait of Abraham Lincoln by Solomon Nunes Carvalho (1815-1895) is tucked away in archival storage at Brandeis University’s Rose Art Museum. But on Tuesday, the deeply allegorical portrait, painted in 1865 by the American-Jewish artist, made a rare public appearance, the first in a decade. The painting is the only known… More ▸

  • Haredi Orthodox Israelis dodge draft law

    So, the Israel Defense Forces won’t be drafting haredi Orthodox Israelis, after all. That’s the upshot of a coalition deal Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will reportedly sign with United Torah Judaism, Israel’s Ashkenazi haredi Orthodox party. The agreement, which Likud and UTJ could ink as soon as Wednesday, would repeal a spate of religion-state reforms… More ▸

  • Bloomberg’s Genesis Prize money goes to work

    During a ceremony announcing the winners of the Genesis Generation Challenge, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wanted to set aside any confusion: “No, the [Genesis Prize] award will not go only to a ruggedly handsome international heartthrob named Michael,” he jested. Bloomberg last year won the inaugural $1 million prize, bestowed by the Genesis Prize… More ▸

  • The world’s smallest Bible, now on view at the Israel Museum

    You’ve never seen the Bible like this before. That is, if you can actually see this version. For the 50th anniversary of the Shrine of the Book wing of the Israel Museum, which houses the Dead Sea Scrolls, the museum has launched an exhibition on the “nano bible,” or the world’s smallest Bible, created by… More ▸

  • Why the Boston Marathon’s last-place runner earned his medal

    Twenty hours after the start of Monday’s Boston Marathon, Venezuelan long-distance runner Maickel Melamed crossed the finish line, prompting an impromptu City Hall ceremony in his honor later that morning. Melamed finished far behind the marathon’s winners, but he nonetheless received a medal. That’s because Melamed, who is Jewish, has lived since birth with a medical condition… More ▸