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Kfar Etzion resident Myron Joshua hugs a Palestinian friend at a Jewish-Muslim iftar in Gush Etzion. (Mordechai Vardi)

Palestinians, settlers celebrate iftar in the West Bank

On an early June evening, Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem, approximately 60 people sit on a garden patio under an awning, waiting for the sun to disappear over the...

Rabbi Yisroel Engel, left, and Rabbi Richard Rheins

Shiva: What it means, how to act

Shiva, the Hebrew word for seven, connotes the seven days Jews traditionally mourn for and honor a loved one who has died. The Biblical source of the ritual originated...

Israeli soldiers approaching the Dome on the Rock in Jerusalem, June 7, 1967. (Newsmakers/Getty)

Six days . . . five things

JERUSALEM — The three paratroopers casting eyes upward at the Western Wall. The troops reveling in the waters of the Suez Canal. The sweeping views of a Galilee no...

KAM Isaiah Israel Synagogue (Raymond Boyd/Getty)

More shuls are getting rid of mandatory dues

NEW YORK — “Voluntary dues” may sound like an oxymoron, but the idea may soon be coming to a synagogue near you. According to a new study by the UJA-Federation of...

Malik Swinton on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

US veterans seek healing in Israel

By June Glazer About 20 veterans commit suicide across the US each day, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. An organization providing spiritual healing,...

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...