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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...

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....

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...

Poppy, date, chocolate are still king

TEL AVIV — Cheesecake, amaretto or goat cheese and onion jam? Those are just some of the new hamantaschen options this year at Roladin, a popular Israeli bakery chain....

These sycamore tress on King George St. in Tel Aviv predate the city. (Margaux Stelman)

Five must-see historic trees in Israel

By Michael Brown JERUSALEM — Trees have stories, and Israel’s trees have lots of stories. Scattered throughout the country, scores of ancient and historic trees help...

Eden Levi, 16, is assisted in lighting the Chanukah candles at Jerusalem's Cinema City. (Hillel Maeir/TPS)

Jerusalem teen celebrates personal miracle on Chanukah

JERUSALEM — In nearly every way, 16-year-old Eden Levi is a typical Israeli teenager. With a polka dot baseball cap turned backwards, she says she enjoys everything...

Album cover for "Dreidel I Shall Play" by composer Samuel E. Goldfarb. (Courtesy of Myron Gordon)

‘I have a little dreidel’: Origins of a song

By Albert Stern Within the Jewish musical canon are several songs that seem to have always existed — tunes we all know and pass down from one generation to the next....

A display of Menorah Candle Company Chanukah candles.

Guess where all those millions of candle boxes come from

CHANUKAH EDITION SECTION E PAGE 13 By Judy Lash Balint SDEROT — The Menorah Candle Company, manufacturer and exporter of millions of Chanukah candles worldwide, is one...

Bummed by Clinton loss? It is still Thanksgiving

It was just last week, on the night of Nov. 8, that my family had all anxiously exchanged text messages as we watched the election results trickle in. State by state, my...