Monday, August 20, 2018 -
Print Edition

Features

Western Wall employees remove notes from between the stones of the wall before Passover, March 20. (Hillel Maeir/TPS)

Passover cleaning at the Western Wall

By Mara Vigevani If you wonder what happens to the hundreds of thousands of notes placed into the cracks of the Western Wall, here’s the answer: Twice a year, before...

Firefighter Yaakov Guttman at the Tel Aviv-Jaffa fire station.

Firefighter triumphs over learning disabilities

By Elizabeth Kratz Students with special needs often feel overwhelmed and helpless; many roadblocks can appear to block their way to success and cause them to think that...

Purim costumes at Brurya in Tel Aviv.

In Israel, Purim is a unifying force

Queen Esther and Uncle Mordechai, King Ahasuerus and that rogue Haman. All of them (and even poor old deposed Queen Vashti) would be flummoxed by the sheer volume of...

An etching of Sabbatai Sevi (Wikimedia Commons)

Muslims’ reverence for the eccentric Sabbatei Sevi

ULCINJ, Montenegro — Throughout 1988, Jusuf Lika had debilitating migraines and sensory disruptions that doctors blamed on the chemicals in the darkroom where he had...

A group of graduates from Brandies class of '17. (Mike Lovett/Brandeis University)

How to land your first job after college

BOSTON — Perhaps no question irritates college seniors more than this query: “What are you going to do after graduation?” Liberal arts majors who don’t have a...

Lester Wolff (Drew Angerer/Getty)

At 99, ex-congressman Lester Wolff holds forth

MUTTONTOWN, NY — Lester Wolff served eight terms in the House of Representatives, which is slightly above average for lawmakers. But he has a distinction few of his...

L-r: Gabrielle Birkner, Rebecca Soffer

Jewish journalists confront ‘Modern Loss’

By Lori Silberman Brauner NEW YORK — When Gabrielle Birkner and Rebecca Soffer met in 2007, the two Jewish journalists found they had much more in common than their...

Rabbi Osher Litzman, under the canopy in black, performing a Jewish wedding in Seoul, South Korea.

Olympics won’t be Jewish desert

SEOUL — Though the Jewish community in South Korea is small, Jews visiting the country to compete in or watch the Winter Olympic Games won’t have to skimp on kosher...

A holographic image of Sam Harris Kildeer. (Ron Gould)

Speaking to a Holocaust survivor 100 years from now

By Ellen Braunstein SKOKIE, Ill. — In an otherwise darkened theater, viewers gasped when they saw what appeared to be a seated 83-year-old man wearing a light green...

Rabbi Avram Mlotek, right, at his Base Hillel home in New York City.

Base Hillel is another entry point for young Jews

NEW YORK — At a small stove in the kitchen, a man exploring conversion to Judaism is frying tofu with red onions. Chatting with him is a woman who works for a...