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Joining the IDF as a lone soldier

Joining the IDF as a lone soldier

Hillary Marcus has always had strong ties to Israel, both personal and familial, but it wasn’t until 2009 — when Israel went to war in Gaza — that those ties became what she now calls a connection.

Her three-week visit to Israel, in December, 2008 and January, 2009, coincided — literally to the day — with the military operation the Israelis called Operation Cast Lead, a response to Palestinian rocket attacks.

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Noy takes Christian Zionists to Israel

Noy takes Christian Zionists to Israel In 1979, the Association for the Welfare of the Israeli Soldiers sent sabra Elisha Noy to Denver to check out Faith Bible Chapel, which had invited AWIS’ chairman to speak at its Israel Awareness Day celebration. Usually invitations are interpreted as a gesture of endorsement — but the Israelis weren’t so sure.
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Investors find 'unpolished' diamond in Akko

Investors find 'unpolished' diamond in AkkoMUHAMMAD ABU Marwan takes me through the artsy living room of Arabesque: An Arts and Residency Center in the Old City of Akko, Israel, with the noble air of an effendi, as if he were the proud owner. Leading me into a beautifully tiled, luxurious guest room furnished with antiques, he explains how the room was once a stable for his son’s horses.
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Michal Peleg-Uziyahu: Outgoing shlicha

Michal Peleg-Uziyahu: Outgoing shlichaON AN early morning at JEWISHcolorado, Michal Peleg-Uziyahu arrives clutching a cup of coffee but never takes a sip. Her rapid-fire words, a delicious blend of decaf and the real stuff — heavily accented English and Hebrew — omit the opportunity. Peleg-Uziyahu, who became Israel’s shlicha (emissary) to Colorado in 2011, is leaving her Denver-based post in mid-June of this year. Spurred by memories, accomplishments and intimations of the future, the “almost” 38-year-old Israeli from t...

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Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein: Humble and towering teacher

Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein: Humble and towering teacherRabbi Aharon Lichtenstein was awarded the Israel Prize last year on Israel Independence Day for his towering knowledge of Talmud, his mastery of the Western canon (he was then the youngest person to receive a PhD in English from Harvard), and his capacity to speak to contemporary issues. A leading figure in Israeli intellectual life, a head of the hesder yeshiva in Gush Etzion, Israel, and a revered mentor to both his disciples and his readers in Israel and abroad, Rabbi Lichtenstein died earli...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 April 2015 15:11 )

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GOP-Trump joint finance team includes 5 Republican Jewish donors

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee announced a fund-raising team that includes five current or former Republican Jewish Coalition board members. Of 20 members ... [Link]

Warmonger or humanitarian? Getting to know Avigdor Liberman, Bibi’s enigmatic pick for defense minister

Ron Kampeas Yes, there’s the Avigdor Liberman who wants to behead bad guys, mandate loyalty oaths and pay Arabs to leave the country — the one who makes fun of the disabled and who dodged a fraud charge.... [Link]

‘Game of Thrones’ welcomes Israeli actress-singer

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Russian-Israeli actress Ania Bukstein recently joined the cast of the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones.” Bukstein, a Moscow native who immigrated to Israel at 8, plays Red Priestess Kinva... [Link]

At Museum of the Jewish People, an iconic exhibit of miniature synagogues breaks new ground

Lisa Keys TEL AVIV (JTA) — In 1978, when Beit Hatfutsot-Museum of the Jewish People opened, it did something big. But it did it in the smallest way possible. Among the museum’s first exhibits was a gallery ... [Link]

UK golf ‘full’ of anti-Semitism, Jewish ex-BBC chair claims

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A British media mogul who headed the BBC has accused the United Kingdom’s golf scene of being “full” of anti-Semitism, saying a prominent club banned him in the 1980s because he is J... [Link]

Israeli Foreign Ministry failing in fight against BDS, report says

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Israel’s Foreign Ministry is badly mismanaging the fight against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, according to a state comptroller’s report. In a report released Tuesday, ... [Link]

We can help Kosovo become fertile ground for religious pluralism

Andrew Silow-Carroll HOBOKEN, N.J. (JTA) — Kosovo is a “newborn” country, a majority Muslim state that fought for its independence from Serbia only eight years ago. Yet it has erected a Holocaust memorial outsid... [Link]

Spanish Jews threaten legal action against lawmaker for ‘foreign agent’ comment

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Spain’s main Jewish group threatened legal action against a local lawmaker for calling a community leader “a foreign agent.” Benet Salellas espoused “the most repugnant ... [Link]

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