The artifacts depicting Judaism’s sacred seven branched candelabra used in the Temple in Jerusalem, are being loaned by nearly 20 museums around the world, including Paris’ Louvre & London’s National Gallery.
The Vatican and Rome’s Jewish community on Monday presented an ambitious exhibition on the menorah which will bring together 130 works featuring the iconic Jewish candelabrum, an ancient symbol of the faith.
The show on the seven-candle Hebrew lamp will run simultaneously from May 15 to July 23 at the Vatican museums and the synagogue complex in a city which once housed one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world. Continue Reading »
Here’s a look into a few great ‘Jewish moments’ of Bob Dylan, the 15th Jewish Laureate of the Nobel Prize in literature.
By Gabe Friedman
JTA – Maybe the times are a changin’? Bob Dylan became the first person considered primarily a musician to win the Nobel Prize in Literature when he was bestowed the prestigious honor on Thursday. The Bard — as he is known affectionately by fans, underscoring how he is often seen equally as a poet and musician — became the fifteenth Jew to win the literature prize, joining the ranks of Saul Bellow, Isaac Bashevis Singer and Patrick Modiano. Continue Reading »
The Biella Torah, written 8 centuries ago and is still in use by a Jewish congregation in northern Italy, has been identified as the oldest Torah scroll in use.
By Shoshana Miskin
A synagogue in the Italian town of Biella stores what has been identified as the world’s oldest Torah scroll still currently in use.
Carbon-14 dating conducted by the Geo-chronology laboratory of the University of Illinois dated the scroll to around the year 1250 CE.
“This is exciting news that is of extraordinary importance for Italian Judaism,” said Dario Disegni, President of the Foundation for the Preservation of Jewish Heritage in Italy. Continue Reading »
WATCH trailer of Seth Rogan wearing a knitted sweater featuring a big Star of David in a new comedy, ‘The Night Before.’
•Kate Winslet is a brutal mafiosa who wears a Star of David in the thriller ‘Triple 9.’
• Christian Bale, Vin Diesel, & even Miley Cyrus have also been photographed sporting the Jewish symbol, turning it into a ‘must’ Hollywood accessory.
By Amir Bogen
The Star of David is the ultimate Jewish symbol. It has followed our tribe through the ages, and ended up on the flag of the State of Israel. Every time we see it we feel a sense of belonging and familiarity. Continue Reading »
Constitutional court’s decision in favor of an EJA-led petition against the ban, that would have been implemented in 2015, came just in time.
European Jewish Association director: ‘This is an important day for all European Jews.’
Poland’s constitutional court on Wednesday allowed the resumption of kosher slaughter in the country, ruling in favor of a petition to overturn a ban implemented last year.
Kosher slaughter will remain lawful in Poland. – Photo: EPA
“Jewish communities all over Europe can sigh in relief,” said a statement by the European Jewish Association (EJA), which led the drive to reallow kosher slaughter in Poland. Continue Reading »
Mumtaz Halawa a Kuwaiti Muslim in Canada, begins a dialogue with a Jewish man, was shocked to find out he was Jewish after years of being educated to hate Jews.
He was born as a Muslim in Kuwait, never heard a good word said about Jews, and then suddenly, in the middle of his life, Mumtaz Halawa’s entire world turned over. He discovered that he was Jewish.
Orot “Mordechai Halawa”
After quite a difficult crisis, he immigrated to Israel and changed his name to Mordechai. Until this very day, he has yet to tell his father – a member of the al-Masri family from Nablus who lives in Jordan – about the change has gone through. Continue Reading »
New home genetic tests kit could deliver answers for those who feel an affinity for Jews and closeness to Israel.
Millions of people around the world may discover Jewish roots with the increasing availability of home genetics tests and concurrent growth in popularity of genealogical websites, according to a Jerusalem think tank.
Uri Perednik poses with Ethiopian Jews in Addis Ababa. – Photo: Courtesy
The Jewish People Policy Institute, an independent body founded by the Jewish Agency in 2002, focused on Jewish continuity that conducted research regarding this issue, announced on Wednesday that earlier this summer it had recommended to the government, as well as Diaspora communities that they work to connect with people discovering that they have Jewish ties. Continue Reading »
Civil marriage bill falls hard in landslide vote; Israel’s PM Binyamin Netanyahu attends to personally place his opposing vote.
By Hezki Ezra
The Knesset rejected Labor Mk Stav Shafir’s Civil Marriage bill Wednesday, which lost to a landslide vote of 19 for and 52 against.
Both Yesh Atid and Likud wholeheartedly rejected the civil marriage bill; surprisingly, even many members of Justice Minister Tzipi Livni’s left-leaning HaTnua party also abstained from voting. In addition, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu himself entered the voting hall to cast his opposing vote.
Shafir was reportedly shocked at the outcome, accusing several MKs and Ministers – specifically Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Culture Minister Limor Livnat (Likud), and Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) of reneging on promises to support the civil marriage bill. Continue Reading »
Both Labor & Likud Knesset members join effort to push controversial legislation to open up Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount compound that’s currently permitted for Muslims only.
By Akiva Novik
Labor and Likud MKs have joined forces on a new bill that proposes to allow Jews to pray at the Temple Mount compound – for the first time since the destruction of the Second Temple, as Jews are currently barred from praying at the site.
Palestinians praying at Temple Mount – Photo: AFP
MK Miri Regev (Likud) and MK Hilik Bar (Labor) are expected to introduce the bill for discussion in the Knesset. Continue Reading »
Looking at the responses generated by Chelsea Clinton’s announcement, it’s anybody’s guess.
Chelsea Clinton’s announcement Thursday afternoon that she and Jewish hubby Marc Mezvinsky are expecting their first child has set off a fairly predictable wave of reactions Jewish-wise, not unlike the interest their 2010 wedding generated.
Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky. February 9, 2011.- Photo: AP
Interfaithfamily.com quickly seized the pregnancy as an “opportunity to share with ALL expecting parents” its various resources for new interfaith parents, including a booklet called “To Circumcise or Not: That is the Question.”
Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, The Jewish Press chose this headline: “Chelsea Clinton Pregnant With Non-Jewish Child.” Calling the former first daughter “America’s poster child for intermarriage,” the Brooklyn-based Orthodox newspaper noted that in marrying four years ago the pair was “effectively pruning away that 3,300 year old Jewish branch of the Mezinsky family.” (And apparently also pruning away the “v” from the groom’s name.)
The Jewish Press also reminded its readers of Rabbi David Stav’s apparently clairvoyant question posed to Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs at a meeting back in November about Israel’s adherence to Orthodox standards: “Do you want me to recognize Chelsea Clinton’s child as a Jew?”
Under the traditional policy of matrilineal descent, adhered to by Orthodox and Conservative Jews, the child will not be Jewish unless s/he undergoes a conversion, but Reform and Reconstructionist Jews will recognize the baby as a Jew if s/he has a Jewish upbringing. Continue Reading »