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The 'Jerusalem Committee' Reconsidered

Ahmed Charai | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Ahmed Charai

In the West, policymakers traditionally have not viewed such multi-government bodies in the region to be particularly helpful. But this year, there are grounds for hope that the Al-Quds Committee will make a meaningful contribution to peace efforts in the Holy Land.

5 Sacred Places for a Spook-Free Halloween

Joy Pecknold | Posted 12.21.2013 | Travel
Joy Pecknold

October's rife with talk of ghosts, goblins and ghouls, but not everybody's down with the undead. For those looking for the flip side to a haunted hotel experience -- more deities than demons -- here are five divinely-linked destinations for a more sacred sojourn.

A Resolution for the Jewish New Year

Judy Bolton-Fasman | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Judy Bolton-Fasman

Although women have been granted the right to wear tallitot at the Wall, the future for a pluralistic Judaism there is dubious in light of the Mendelblit plan. Yet Hallel Abramowitz-Silverman is optimistic.

The Wall Does Not Belong To Us

Simi Lichtman | Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion
Simi Lichtman

The media is wild over the Women of the Wall controversy, and it's not hard to understand why. It deliciously combines women's rights issues, religion and, media's favorite topic, the Middle East, all in one bite-sized package of scandal.

Springtime Ritual on Martha's Vineyard: Going to Dairy Queen

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 06.04.2013 | New York
Jack Schimmelman

Dairy Queen to the youth of Martha's Vineyard is what the Wailing Wall is to my tribe. It is a prayer. It is an awakening. When DQ opens, everyone is assured that soon they will be able to stow away their winter gear until the next shock of ice.

Pope a Free Agent at the End of the Month

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 04.14.2013 | Comedy
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

Pope Benedict XVI, leader of the Roman Catholic Church, has broken his contract with the Holy See. As with married couples, the Pope had a "'til deat...

Sara Silverman's Sister One Of Ten Women Arrested At Wailing Wall

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 02.14.2013 | Religion

Israeli police arrested 10 women, including the sister and niece of comedienne Sarah Silverman, for wearing prayer shawls while praying at Jerusalem's...

Someone Left $500 Million At One Of Judaism's Holiest Sites

AP | Posted 12.19.2012 | Money

JERUSALEM -- Worshippers usually leave notes to the Almighty at one of Judaism's holiest sites. But half a billion dollars? Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch,...

My Experience with Terrorism: Up Close and Personal in Jerusalem

Fernando Espuelas | Posted 01.29.2013 | World
Fernando Espuelas

When the incoming missile attack siren sounded I was paralyzed. Some 50 feet from the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, the world's holiest site for Jews, I was in the middle of a mass stampede.

Rahm Emanuel In Israel For Bar Mitzvah Of Son Zach Emanuel: Nationalists Plan Protests

AP | ARON HELLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

JERUSALEM — President Barack Obama's chief of staff, who has stirred anger among Israeli hard-liners, is visiting Israel to celebrate his son's ...

Israel Diary: Dispatch From The Holy Land

Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rachel Sklar

I write this from balmy and bustling Tel Aviv, where I landed last Thursday morning, marking my first-ever visit to Israel.