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Dairy on Shavuot — what’s it all about?

Although everyone agrees that the food of choice for Shavuot is cheese, there are differences of opinion as to why it is a custom. Some derive the practice directly from...

David Ben Gurion reads Israel's Declaration of Independence May 14, 1948 in Tel Aviv. (Zoltan Kluger/GPO/Getty)

70 years of Israel [VIDEO]

Next Monday, May 14 will mark 70 years (in the Gregorian calendar) since David Ben-Gurion declared Israel’s independence. It’s amazing how far that young state has...

Mahmoud Abbas speaking to the Palestinian National Council, April 30. (Flash90)

Abbas, heed the Saudi prince: ‘Shut up’

What a week for Israel. Here’s a brief rundown: On Sunday, Haaretz and Times of Israel published reports that when it comes to the Palestinians, the Saudi crown prince...

Natalie Portman (Phillip Faraone/Getty)

Does it matter what Natalie Portman thinks about Israel?

If someone is famous, does it make their opinion more important? Take the case of Natalie Portman’s recent rejection of the Genesis Prize in protest of Israeli PM Bibi...

10 ways to celebrate Israel in the Diaspora

Israel is celebrating 70 years of statehood! If you’re living in the Diaspora and are feeling left out — don’t! There are plenty of local events happening in the...

Illuminated Haggadah, Pressburg 1773.(Godong/UIG/Getty)

Favorite seder questions

Have you ever noticed that the same questions pop up every year at the seder? We got to wondering about this. Is it because there are no satisfactory answers? Is it...

Patrón goes kosher for Passover

From IJN Passover Foods; By Aly Walansky, The Nosher While we love our families, any long and drawn out holiday dinner with them often requires a lot of alcohol kept...

Clockwise, from upper left: Rainbows, Black & Whites, Hamantaschen and Duvshaniot.

Jewish cookies ranked

Come two weeks, and most cookies will be off the menu. So now is the perfect time to indulge! And what better way than working yourself through the Nosher’s ranking of...

Prince William (Chris Jackson/Getty)

Another first: Prince William to visit Israel

This year is beefing up to have a lot of firsts for Israel. In May, the Giro d’Italia will have its “Big Start” in Israel, the first time a major cycling race has...

Purim characters depicted on the cover of a 1955 'World Over' children's magazine. (Magnes Collection of Jewish Art, UC Berkeley)

Just what is Shushan Purim?

Today, Jews across the world are celebrating Purim — with one very notable exception: Jerusalem. In that most Jewish of cities, Purim will only be celebrated tomorrow,...