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A young Jewish man raises an Israeli flag in the Arab Quarter of the Old City, 2009. (Abir Sultan/Flash90)

Whither Israel, post-1967?

Landmark anniversaries — such as next Wednesday’s commemoration of 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem — are great opportunities to gaze at the past...

Smartphone apps for the Jewish life. (Lior Zaltzman)

Apps for religious life

NEW YORK — These days there are smartphone applications for pretty much anything, from ordering food to finding a date to reporting anti-Semitic incidents. But what...

Lag b'Omer festivities on Mt. Meron in northern Israel, 2015. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

From caves to shaves: the Lag b’Omer Top 10

By Deborah Fineblum Lag b’Omer isn’t one of the best-known Jewish holidays — though some may notice that the men whose faces have grown fairly fuzzy following...

Cnaan Liphshiz, his wife and eldest son in a tulip field near Amsterdam, 2016.

Becoming an EU citizen: Boarding a sinking ship?

AMSTERDAM — Considering Marine Le Pen’s historical gains in the French presidential elections, the Dutch far-right’s rise and the assault on ritual slaughter in...

Staff Sgt. Joana Chris Arpon

For Filipina, IDF service is very personal

JERUSALEM — Staff. Sgt. Joana Chris Arpon isn’t Israeli, or even Jewish. Her service in the Israel Defense Forces is personal. Arpon, 20, is the daughter of Filipino...

Dancers perform during a celebration of the Ohr Natan congregation of Bukharian Jews in Queens. (Tom Williams/Roll Call)

Bukharian community is ‘bursting’

By Rachel Delia Benaim NEW YORK — The restaurants are packed on the wide boulevard in the Queens borough of this city known as the Bukharian Broadway. At Da Mikelle,...

The infamous 'Burning Pit' used by the Nazis to burn the remains of their Jewish victims in the Ponar forest near Vilnius. (Ezra Wolfinger/WGBH)

Astonishing escape: Holocaust tunnel verified

YOM HASHOAH 5777 LOS ANGELES — A one-hour TV program which aired this week on PBS links an incredible Holocaust escape story to advanced scientific techniques....

L-r: Staff Sgt. Maya, Sgt. Noam, Brig. Gen. (Res.) Gila Klifi-Amir

Israel: Only country where women are obliged to serve

Israel’s female soldiers seem to break barriers on a consistent basis. In January, new figures revealed that the number of women serving in combat roles in the IDF’s...

Yoel 'Yuli' Edelstein speaks on the 30th anniversary of his release from Soviet prison. (Aharon Krohn/TPS)

From Soviet prison to Knesset Speaker

At a distance and in person, it is hard to imagine Yoel (Yuli) Edelstein anywhere but in the Knesset. In contrast to other prominent Russian immigrants such as former...

Hosting a seder: if only it were this composed. (Rebecca Siegel/Flickr)

Hosting a seder: If you don’t laugh, you’ll cry

PASSOVER EDITION 5777SECTION B PAGE 6 NEW YORK — The 30-day period between Purim and Passover is often fraught, especially for Jews — especially if, against all...