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Before The Deluge: Jews Of The Mediterranean Islands (Part III)

Findings in catacombs confirm the existence of Jews on Malta from the time of the Roman Empire until late in the Middle Ages. They came from Alexandria to this important crossroads on their way to Italy.

Conference Encourages Shuls and Yeshivas to Open Shop

Like many, yeshivas and shuls have taken a financial hit during this recession. A good way for them to make extra money would be by thinking like entrepreneurs.

On Matzah & Mohels

Pesach means bite-sized sweet kidney mangos and the return of the longon. Shavuot brings back the pomelo. Chanukah means miniature Mandarin oranges. And its always star-fruit for Rosh Hashanah. While our palates might have changed, along with our knowledge of Southeast Asian fruit, when it comes to Pesach it’s really all Osem and Yehuda Matzot for us.

The Virag Family Formerly Of Rafiah Yam; Now Of Nitzan

The family: Yossi (38), Yamit (33) and daughters Tohar (4.5), Romi (2) and a new baby girl. Background: Yamit is the daughter of Ezra and Malka Mordechai, the first couple in Gush Katif. Ezra arrived in Gush Katif as a bachelor in 1974 and was one of three community founders. Yamit was raised in Netzer Hazani, the first established Gush Katif community.

Hashgacha Pratit: The Kidney Donation That Gave More Meaning To Life

Marci Rapp finessed the setbacks with class. She rearranged her business priorities as creator and CEO of MarSea Modest Swimwear and gym clothes with her husband/business partner, Harold, in order to remain on standby as a kidney donor. Her intended recipient had been rescheduled to receive that vitally necessary organ several times. Recurring illness delayed the surgery throughout May and June 2011. On June 14th the life-saving surgery took place.

A Visit To Chevron

It is both disconcerting and reassuring to sit in a bulletproof bus. The double glass, which is impossible to really clean, doesn’t lend itself to photography, so I thought I’d relax on the journey.

Volunteering In Poland Over Pesach

Katowice was the birthplace of both Chovevei Tzion and Agudat Yisrael. Before the Shoah the city had a Jewish population of more than nine thousand.

Mayor Plans First Shul In Ein Gedi In 1,800 Years

Litvinoff said the shul is just one project among several that he has promoted on behalf of observant Jews.

Financially Strapped Jewish Elite Auctioning Their Masterpieces In Israel

In an effort to stave off financial disaster, an elite group of economically- challenged American Jewish businessmen, investment firms and private individuals have put some of their most prized art collectibles up for sale via Israel's Matsart auction house.

The Six-Point Agreement And The Yom Kippur War

Though ostensibly jointly drafted by the United States, Egypt, and Israel, the Kilometer 101 Agreement was criticized by supporters of Israel as driven by the United States and directed by Egypt with Russian prompting.

A Made-In-Israel Chanukah Story

Last year on the seventh morning of Chanukah our phone stopped working. It wasn't completely dead; it was still receiving calls and placing outgoing ones. But there was a funny kind of static on the line.

The Small Wall

The Kotel Hakatan is the “little sister” of the well-known Western Wall, and is reminiscent of the photos and drawings of the way the Kotel looked before 1948. It is located 200 yards further north of the Kotel, and is on the same level as Har HaBayit (the Temple Mount). Since its plaza is much narrower, and the majority of the wall is underground (thereby concealing much of its height), the Small Wall is less impressive than the Western Wall.

The Traveling Salesman Who Saved Israel

A livid Truman screamed at him for violating his specific instruction never to even mention the word “Palestine.”

Jewish Baby With Rare Disease Needs Bone Marrow Transplant

Amanda and Akiva Zablocki, Jewish parents on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, are spending the month of Elul on the phone battling insurance companies. Their one-year old son, Idan (“era” in Hebrew), will soon be undergoing a bone marrow transplant for Hyper IgM, a rare genetic immune deficiency disorder that affects only two in a million people. The family’s Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot will take place at the Seattle Children’s Hospital as they prepare Idan for the surgery.

Save Our Souls

They are trained to show all potential converts tremendous love and compassion. It's all part of their strategy.

Thomas Jefferson: Jewish Student Of Talmud?

While advocating Jewish liberty, however, Jefferson simultaneously held Judaism itself in low regard.

Danny Ayalon: From No-Nonsense Negotiator To Popular Professor

Never pushing any ideology, Ayalon stresses a few key thoughts – particularly that there is a division of responsibilities between Jews in Israel and the Diaspora.

Wyatt Earp’s Mezuzah

Another intriguing “Wyatt Earp Jewish connection” involves the long-standing mystery of the legendary fallout between Wyatt and Doc Holliday.

The Jewish Community In Shanghai During The Holocaust

Amud Aish takes great pride in these professional workshops, enabling children, each on their own level, to relate to the Holocaust.

This Is Jeopardy!

It all began when Netanel decided to sign up for notifications of upcoming tryouts. After taking an online test, he was invited to audition.

The Song Of A Harp

Our harps have 22 strings. This gives musicians a wide musical range and yet stays within Biblical parameters.

From Sorrow To Joy

It is the hallmark of the Jewish people to take tragedy and turn it into cause for celebration.

Henry Stimson Approves Passover Furloughs

Many young Jewish soldiers who were away from home for the first time found that attending a Seder provided an important emotional link to familiar traditions of home and family.

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