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  • More Wary Than Concerned, Golan Residents Prep for Fight

    In a cherry orchard on the eastern edge of the Golan Heights, Ronen Gilboa waves in the direction of the Syrian border about a mile away. Like many Golan residents who face the prospect of renewed Syrian rule over the territory in a future Israel-Syria peace deal, Gilboa, 45, shrugs at the news of relaunched… More ▸

  • At Shavuot, Professing a Love of Torah and for the Scroll

    In a knowledge world ruled by books and pages and digitized memory, why do Jews hold onto the scroll? As Shavuot and its focus on receiving the Torah approach, I must ask: Could it be that rolled along together somewhere in our minds with the love of Torah is the love of scroll? We are… More ▸

  • Music from Israel Striking Chord with Jews in U.S.

    Singing in unintelligible gibberish as her hands strike the darbuka drum with frantic intensity, the short, pretty brunette at center stage holds the audience transfixed as she reaches the song’s crescendo. When she sounds her final note, the audience rises for a standing ovation. Though it is her New York debut concert, Israeli singer-songwriter Din… More ▸

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    Watchdog groups are condemning a new anti-evolution film that suggests Darwinism gave rise to Nazism and the Holocaust. “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” a documentary hosted by Jewish television personality Ben Stein, opened in more than 1,000 theaters April 18 and grossed $5.3 million its first 10 days. Produced by Premise Media, which is devoted to… More ▸

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    A Jewish Ukrainian theater director received one of his country’s top honors. Mykhail Reznikovych received the Order of Merit of the first grade from President Victor Yuschenko, who congratulated the director on his 70th birthday at a ceremony Friday in Kiev. Reznikovych has served as the director of the Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Theater of… More ▸

  • Content of Belgian-sponsored Palestinian Festival Irks Jews

    Belgian Jewish leader Joel Rubinfeld had a queasy feeling last year when he first heard about a state-sponsored Palestinian cultural festival planned for Belgium. Now, he says, his worst suspicions have been confirmed. A preview of the festival last month in Paris featured posters that called for a boycott of Israel and compared Israeli raids… More ▸

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    A reprint of the famous of Sarajevo Haggadah made its debut at the Bosnian capital’s national theater. The publisher, Rabic book house, reprinted the Sarajevo Haggadah in Bosnian and English and presented it Saturday. The original Sarajevo Haggadah was written by an unknown author in Barcelona, Spain, between 1350 and 1370. The Haggadah was known… More ▸

  • Sixty Years of Successes, Despite Israel’s Craziness

    — Being in Israel in the 21st century, one often wonders what Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism, would think of this modern-day state if he could see it. The malarial swamps of prestate Palestine have been replaced by rapidly growing cities with glitzy shopping districts, carefully landscaped parks and six-lane highways that run between… More ▸

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    Prominent Jews will have a chance to contribute to a major summit on Australia’s future, despite its clash with Passover. Following protests by the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd agreed to hold a pre-summit meeting for 50 eminent Jews so the community could be involved in the 2020 Summit being held… More ▸

  • The other Frank girl

    The New Jersey Jewish News reports on a new musical comedy that looks at life in the annex from the perspective of Anne Frank’s little sister. (What’s next – “Long Night,” a comic romp on Auschwitz from the perspective of an inmate having to listen to Elie Wiesel moralize all the time?): What if Margot,… More ▸