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Hasmonean Period Stone Bowl Engraved with Rare Hebrew Inscription ‘Hyrcanus’ Discovered

Who was Hyrcanus, whose name is engraved in Hebrew on a 2,100-year-old stone bowl from Jerusalem?

Large First Temple Period Gate-Shrine Excavated in Central Israel

Minister Miri Regev said “the uncovering of these finds joins a long list of discoveries that enlighten us about our historic past, a past that is manifested in our country’s soil and in the writings of the Book of Books.”

Rare Roman Period Frescoes Discovered in Galilee

The New finds precede the earliest mosaics discovered at the site by a hundred years.

Rich Get Richer: Germany Saves $55 Billion on Crisis

The rule of when it rains it pours seems to be working in Germany's favor.

Can Women say Kaddish?

I do not see this as a feminist issue at all. This is a human issue.

Defense Min. Barak: We Didn’t Want to Conquer Gaza

In an interview with Israel Radio, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said that he considered conquering Gaza throughout Operation Pillar of Defense, but did not take the step because he did not want Israel to remain in the region for a long period of time.

Home Front Command Issues New Guidelines for Southern Communities

Home Front Command has issued defense guidelines to residents of the South. In communities between 0 and 4 miles from the Gaza Strip border:...

Rain, Wine and Why it’s all Our Fault: The History of the Rain Libel

We're now entering the period when we begin to pray for rain. Lack of rain was often an excuse to persecute the Jews, specifically those living in Jerusalem. There are quite a few examples from our history of this rain libel, which was very often linked to the 'sin' of drinking wine.

Things to Do on Chol Ha’Moed: Tigers

Here's a bunch of tykes staring at a tiger at the Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo (full name: The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Jerusalem -...

Use Fish not Chicken for Kaparot

Notions of animal cruelty do not apply to fish under Jewish law, so by using a fish for the Kapparot ritual one would avoid causing unnecessary pain to an animal yet still have the benefit of using a live creature for the ritual.

‘Big Bang’ Star Mayim Bialik Nearly Loses Thumb in Car Accident, Gets Artscroll Siddur...

Mayim Bialik sustained serious injuries in a car accident in Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon.

Dairy Free And The Nine Days

The Nine Days are upon us once again. This historically sad period in Jewish history shouldn't be made worse by allergic emergencies. If you (or your child) suffer from milk allergies (or lactose intolerance), planning meals for the nine days can be a challenge.

Milan’s Jews Condemn Meeting of Right-Wing Movements

Milan’s Jewish community has condemned a meeting of European extreme right-wing movements held at a Milan hotel Friday and Saturday. In a statement, the Milan...

The Three Weeks And The Nine Days

One does not have to be superstitious to recognize facts. It is a historical fact that the period between the Seventeenth of Tammuz and the Tenth of Av was plagued by recurring tragedies.

Report: Western Governments Fund Anti-Israel Church Activism

A report by NGO Monitor reveals that several western governments providing funds for Church-based efforts to delegitimize Israel.

Hebrew Inscription Provides Oldest Archaeological Evidence of Jews in Iberia

Discovered in a Roman-era excavation near the city of Silves, Portugal by archaeologists from the German Friedrich Schiller University Jena, the discovery predates the previous oldest evidence of Jews in Iberia by nearly a century.

Jewish Press Radio with Yishai Fleisher: On the Temple Mount

Temple Mount issues include a response to NPR item on the Arab boycott of the Temple Mount, and David Sacks on the period from Passover to Shavuot in relation to the Temple Mount.

Young Olim from U.S. Celebrate Their First Shavuot in Israel

Nefesh B’Nefesh organized a special celebration yesterday in Ein Yael, Jerusalem for new Olim to better prepare them for their first Shavuot in Israel.

Israel Marks Record 345,000 Visitors in April

Some 354,000 visitors arrived in Israel in April 2012, 19% more than in April 2011 and 12% more than in April 2010, Israel’s record...

Q & A: Harsh Punishments (Part III)

Question: I find it very difficult to understand the punishment of death that was meted out to Rabbi Akiba’s students. If he was so great, we can assume that his students were of a superior caliber as well. If so, why did they deserve such a harsh punishment? Zelig Aronson Queens, NY

It’s My Opinion: Countdown

The days after Passover are referred to as sefirot, a semi-mourning period, marking a terrible plague that killed thousands of students of the great sage Rabbi Akiva. Tradition tells us that these deaths were the result of his students not being sufficiently respectful to each other.

Q & A: Harsh Punishments (Part II)

Question: I find it very difficult to understand the punishment of death that was meted out to Rabbi Akiba’s students. If he was so great, we can assume that his students were of a superior caliber as well. If so, why did they deserve such a harsh punishment? Zelig Aronson Queens, NY

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