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The Other Half of the Half Shekel

25 Shevat 5777 – February 21, 2017
This Shabbat, we read what is known as Parashat Shekalim, which deals with the half shekel coin that was collected from males over the age of 20. Why only a HALF shekel coin?

Judge Hands 100 Shekel to Destitute Thief

21 Heshvan 5777 – November 22, 2016
The defendant had been indicted on stealing seven beer bottles from a convenience store in Jerusalem while attacking the vendor and threatening him with a knife.

Save Money on Coffee

23 Tammuz 5776 – July 29, 2016
Not just in Israel... A coffee shop own put up a sign for coffee. "Coffee" - 9 Shekel "Coffee, please" - 8 Shekel "Good Morning, may I have...

Shekel-Dollar Rate Sinks after Interest Rate Left Unchanged

12 Tishri 5776 – September 24, 2015
The shekel-dollar rate plummeted to 3.92 Thursday afternoon after the Bank of Israel announced it is leaving the interest rate unchanged next month. Before the...

Shekel-Dollar Rate Hits Three-Year High at 4.01

15 Adar 5775 – March 6, 2015
The dollar was trading at 4.01 shekels shortly before noon Friday, the highest rate since 2012. The Bank of Israel reported Friday that it bought $1...

Shekel-Dollar Rates Tops 3.91

9 Kislev 5775 – December 1, 2014
It has been a one-way trip for the shekel since July, when the rate was 13 percent lower.

Shekel Dollar Rates Breaks Year High at 3.64

22 Elul 5774 – September 16, 2014
The higher rate is good news for Israelis with dollar accounts and for U.S. tourists.

Bank of Israel Introduces New NIS 50 Note

16 Elul 5774 – September 10, 2014
The Bank of Israel has introduced a new fifty shekel note bearing the likeness of Russian-born Hebrew poet Shaul Tchernikovsky.

Shekel-Dollar Rate Soars to 3.60 for First Time in a Year

10 Elul 5774 – September 5, 2014
The shekel-dollar rate continued its sudden rise Friday and was quoted at more than 3.605 shekels to the dollar for the first time a...

Israel to Sell $500 Million of Natural Gas to Jordan

20 Adar I 5774 – February 19, 2014
Israel’s new position of being energy self-sufficient is merging with Jordan’s more dependent on Jerusalem.

Sinking Shekel-Dollar Rate Good News for Israelis Visiting the US

29 Tevet 5774 – January 1, 2014
How low can you get? The shekel-dollar rate sank to a 28-month low Tuesday, and a dollar now is worth only a tad more...

Strong Shekel, Weak Oil Drive Down Price at the Pump

25 Tishri 5774 – September 29, 2013
Israeli motorists will enjoy a relatively large drop in the price of gasoline in October following a sharp drop in the price of crude...

Easing of Fears of Attack in Syria Sinks Shekel-Dollar Rate

8 Tishri 5774 – September 11, 2013
The shekel-dollar rate sank to a two-year low Wednesday, reaching to as low as under 3.56 shekels to the dollar, after President Barack Obama...

Turmoil in Egypt May be Driving Up Shekel-Dollar Rate

13 Elul 5773 – August 19, 2013
One dollar bought slightly more than 3.57 shekels Monday morning as the shekel lost some of its recent strength, possibly because of the violence...

Two Chassidic Yeshivas Capitulate, Will Teach Core Curriculum

9 Elul 5773 – August 15, 2013
Cuts in funding, together with severe cuts in child support, will likely force the majority of Haredi yeshivas to buckle under.

Shekel-Dollar Rate Sinks Below 3.53

3 Elul 5773 – August 8, 2013
The American dollar’s worldwide weakness helped drive down the shekel-dollar rate to below 3.53 shekels to the dollar Thursday, the lowest level since September...

Google to Buy Waze for $1.3 Billion

2 Tammuz 5773 – June 9, 2013
Google out-navigates Facebook. Google will pay $1.3 billion for Waze. Coming on top of $2 billion purchase of Iscar, and rumors of SodaStream next in line, Big Business is far from boycotting Israel.

Report: PepsiCo Offered $2B for ‘Settlements’ Labeled SodaStream

28 Sivan 5773 – June 6, 2013
If you can’t beat’em, join’em. PepsiCo is reportedly bidding $2 billion buy out the Israeli SodaStream firm. A buyout could jeopardize the factory in Maaleh Adumim because of the boycott movement.

World Financial Honchos to Attend $30,000 Bye-Bye Bash to Fischer

22 Sivan 5773 – May 31, 2013
Former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Larry Summers will join several other world financial leaders on June 18 for a $30,000 farewell party for...

Dizzy Dollar Dumps the Shekel

14 Sivan 5773 – May 22, 2013
The shekel-dollar rate has soared 4 percent in the past two weeks, with the latest jump today (Wednesday) prompted by expectations that the Bank...

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