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Jerusalem’s light rail merges past, future

Jerusalem’s light rail merges past, future

JERUSALEM is arguably the world’s most complex city. It is a place of sanctity for three faiths; a site of antiquity; home to a diverse population; and capital of a nation with an ancient heritage and forward-looking vision.

Reconciling the myriad challenges this multi-faceted city presents might seem daunting, if not completely overwhelming. However, for Jerusalem Transportation Masterplan (JTM), what began as a formidable task — creating a new transportation system that would complement the city’s uniqueness — has become an exceptional success story, not only in moving thousands of people around the capital, but also in terms of urban revitalization, environmental sustainability and even cultural cohesiveness.

Last Updated ( Monday, 20 October 2014 13:23 )

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Stitching history from the Holocaust

Stitching history from the HolocaustWASHINGTON — Was the Jewish “lady tailor” who ran a Prague dressmaking shop a potential Nazi spy? The Roosevelt administration apparently thought so. The Jewish Museum Milwaukee recently opened a remarkable exhibit about the late Hedy Strnad, a Jewish-Czech dressmaker who with her husband, Paul, attempted to immigrate to the US on the eve of the Holocaust. The exhibit has its roots in a December, 1939 letter sent by Paul to his cousins in Milwaukee asking them to help seek permission for...
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Who requires what for conversion?

ORTHODOX Number of converts: Unknown. Over the last seven years, approximately 1,275 conversions have been certified by conversion courts affiliated with the Rabbinical Council of America, but plenty of Orthodox conversions take place outside the RCA’s system. Ritual: Approval by a three-judge religious court comprised of three Orthodox men (usually rabbis), male circumcision (or, for circumcised men, symbolic drawing of blood at the place of circumcision) and ritual immersion in a mikvah. ...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 October 2014 09:22 )

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Is a lunar eclipse on Sukkot an ominous sign?

Is a lunar eclipse on Sukkot an ominous sign?LOS ANGELES — As we usher in Sukkot, will there be a blood moon rising? John Hagee, the San Antonio pastor who wrote the book Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change, would have us believe so. Hagee predicts that because of a cycle of four lunar eclipses called a tetrad — two this year and next on Passover and Sukkot — that something big is about to happen, like the Rapture. The eclipse will be seen throughout much of the world on Oct. 7 and 8 — the latter the eve of Sukkot. It...
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South African anti-apartheid activist argues for Israel

South African anti-apartheid activist argues for IsraelBenjamin Pogrund, holding a cup of coffee in one hand and a muffin in the other, surveys the empty computer room at Holiday Inn Cherry Creek. He nods. “I think this will do.” Now 81, Pogrund smashed the prohibition on reporting about blacks in apartheid South Africa at the Rand Daily Mail. Despite threats, surveillance and imprisonment, he wrote major investigative articles on apartheid as a journalist and later deputy editor. Together with editor Laurence Gandar, Pogrund revolutionized re...
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British youth soccer player charged for anti-Semitic taunts

Marcy Oster A player in a British youth soccer league who allegedly heaped a Jewish team with anti-Semitic abuse was charged with “discrimination on the grounds of religion” by the Football Association. ... [Link]

Ban says U.N. will investigate weaponry in its Gaza agencies

Marcy Oster United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said an independent Board of Inquiry will look into the cases of U.N. agencies hit by artillery during the Gaza conflict, as well as instances in which wea... [Link]

French Jewish leader indicted for calling Dieudonne ‘professional anti-Semite’

Cnaan Liphshiz Roger Cukierman, president of France’s largest Jewish group, was indicted for calling the comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’Bala a “professional anti-Semite.” ... [Link]

Monica joins Twitter. Should we listen?

Anthony Weiss The Jewish woman who, with some justice, described herself as “the first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet” returned to the cybersphere on Monday.... [Link]

Netanyahu reportedly withdraws support for conversion bill

Marcy Oster Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly has withdrawn his support for a bill that would allow local rabbis to oversee conversions. ... [Link]

Jerusalem elects two chief rabbis

Marcy Oster The Jerusalem City Council elected two new chief rabbis, including Rabbi Shlomo Amar, the former chief rabbi of Israel. ... [Link]

Converts say Freundel’s abuse of power extended beyond mikvah peeping

Uriel Heilman Rabbi Barry Freundel didn’t just make conversion candidates take practice dunks in the mikvah where he allegedly spied on them in the shower — he also compelled them to do clerical tasks a... [Link]

Assertion by Austrian official voids conviction on restitution fraud, Jewish author says

Cnaan Liphshiz Austria has no claims against a Jewish author who was convicted of defrauding the republic out of Holocaust restitution funds, a government official said. ... [Link]

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