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 By Maayan Jaffe    Features    July 10, 2015

Moon-bound Torah project might not be a fairytale

“The Torah is going to the moon.” It sounds like a phrase straight out of a Jewish fairytale or children’s book, but the real-life Torah on the Moon initiative is not as pie in the sky as one might think. French-Israeli entrepreneur Haim...

 
 By Maayan Jaffe    Features    July 3, 2015

After mulling suicide, Jewish author promotes laughing your way to wellness

Depression is laughable. It's a bold statement. But it is one that Jewish author John Shuchart of Leawood, Kan., thinks could positively impact the 14.8 million American adults who suffer from...

 
 By Maayan Jaffe    News    June 26, 2015

Israel crisis averted in Missouri as biology professor's anti-Zionist course nixed

A University of Missouri (MU) fall 2015 honors tutorial that pro-Israel students felt would promote bigotry and misinformation on their college campus has been cancelled. “Perspectives on Zionism,” which was scheduled to be taught by...

 
 By Maayan Jaffe    Features    June 5, 2015

After decades of IOC silence, slain Israeli Olympians headed for recognition

"We have given the best years of our lives to remember-to remember the tragedy of what happened... Now we are starting to see some light from all of our efforts." Such is the sentiment of Ilana...

 

Is Cuba rapprochement a bellwether for Obama's forthcoming Mideast policy?

Jewish-American aid worker Alan Gross arrived home to celebrate Chanukah after five years in a Cuban prison, prompting the Jewish world to both celebrate and breathe a collective sigh of relief. But analysts say Gross’s humanitarian release and...

 
 By Maayan Jaffe    News    November 7, 2014

Israel's new pioneers work to transform the Negev desert through farming

In southern Israel, the next generation of Jewish pioneers is making the desert bloom. A group of young, Zionist, idealistic adults are cultivating a previously uninhabited area in the northwest...

 

Off and on the Orthodox path

Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the days in between them mark the season of "teshuva"-which in Hebrew literally means "to return," but in the context of the High Holidays refers to repentance. A...

 
 By Maayan Jaffe    News    August 8, 2014

Pro-Israel Muslims seek alternative to radical Islam as a means for peace

Jews around the world were inspired last month when Arab-Israeli teenager Mohammad Zoabi cloaked himself in an Israeli flag and spoke into a bedroom video camera, "I am an Israeli and will remain an...

 
 By Maayan Jaffe    News    July 25, 2014

Families grapple with lasting effects of Israel-Gaza conflicts

"I feel so vulnerable when I am driving my car," said Ehud Zion Waldoks of Beersheba. "I am constantly preparing to stop abruptly, to leap out and grab my daughter and run for cover. I am calculating...

 
 By Maayan Jaffe    News    July 25, 2014

Cemetery excavations reveal complicated Jamaican Jewish past

Marina Delfos is on a mission. Working with a group of people who come to Jamaica each year through Caribbean Volunteer Expeditions and a handful of local volunteers, she is helping to take inventory...

 
 By Maayan Jaffe    Features    June 20, 2014

20 years after Rebbe's death, Jewish movements increasingly emulate Chabad

Many questions surrounded the future of the Chabad-Lubavitch branch of Hasidism after the death of its seventh and final leader-"the Rebbe," Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson-on June 12, 1994....

 
 By Maayan Jaffe    Features    May 30, 2014

Negev-based boutique cheese maker offers travelers a tasty Shavuot

Standing alone against the desert landscape, Kornmehl Goat Cheese Farm & Restaurant is modest, lacking artsy adornments and embellishments that tourists often favor. But situated about 30 miles...

 
 By Maayan Jaffe    Features    May 16, 2014

A Boy Scout's guide to lighting your bonfire on Lag B'Omer

On Lag B'Omer, the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer and the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar, the Jewish community is aflame with celebration. People frolic around bonfires in traditional...

 
 By Maayan Jaffe    Features    May 2, 2014

Yom HaZikaron: Israeli families discuss what it means to lose a soldier, a son, a sibling

Some 22,000 Israeli soldiers have died since the establishment of the Jewish state, including 40 soldiers between March 2013 and March 2014, according to the Israel Defense Forces. "We in Israel are...

 
 By Maayan Jaffe    News    April 25, 2014

Rocket-induced trauma inflicts deepening wounds on Israeli society

Fifteen seconds. That's how long a resident of Sderot has from the time a Code Red alert is announced until a Palestinian rocket strikes the town or is intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense...

 
 By Maayan Jaffe    News    March 7, 2014

Jewish world jams together, but what kind of music will it produce?

Jam session. Flash poll. A tapping into our collective mind. Almost three weeks ago, from Feb. 16-19, 2,135 people-61 percent between the ages of 18 and 34-participated with world Jewish leaders in...

 

Ben-Gurion researcher may have a cure for Type 1 diabetes

While methods of insulin administration have improved and modes of measuring how much insulin to give are far superior than they were in the 1920s, when insulin was discovered, there have been no...

 
 By Maayan Jaffe    News    January 24, 2014

Americans with Israeli bank accounts could face troubling tax season

Americans with Israeli bank accounts may be in for a financial nightmare in just several months if they haven't filed their taxes properly. According to Charles M. Ruchelman, a member of the Washingto...

 

Female IDF soldiers shatter contemporary infantry lines

From the inception of the Jewish state to the present, Israel's military has been anything but a male-dominated institution. On May 26, 1948, Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion established the Israel...

 

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