Articles from the April 5, 2013 edition

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Tamar field in northern Israel yields natural gas JERUSALEM (JTA)—Natural gas started to flow from a Tamar field that is expected to meet Israel’s domestic needs for at least the next 20 years. The gas, which began flowing from an offshore rig in...

 By Ron Kampeas    News    April 5, 2013

Cyprus verdict could inhibit Hezbollah operations in Europe

WASHINGTON (JTA)—The conviction in Cyprus of a Hezbollah operative plotting to attack Israelis could undercut efforts by the terrorist group to carry out additional attacks outside the Middle East. T...


Finding a balance

Sometimes the right book appears at just the right time. That was the case with Anne Lamott’s “Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers.” The past few months have been difficult for a variety of reasons and I’ve been seeking ways to handle...

 By Debra Rubin    Features    April 5, 2013

Artist probes Jews and history at Rutgers University

In his video, performance art and photography, Shimon Attie reminds viewers of the way history imposes on the present—and demands that they confront the past. Whether depicting the devastating e...


Philip Roth says he has '2 great calamities to face'

The camera opens on a frazzled Philip Roth. He is futzing with the horseshoe of hair he has left, rubbing his face and furrowing his unruly brow as a look of supreme unease settles over his face. For a man who recently announced his retirement, he...  Website


Egg hunt: Amniotic cells offer fertile find

Researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology report that cells from the amniotic membrane part of the placenta normally discarded after a woman gives birth could one day be a source for human eggs. The discovery was published online...

 By Diana Atallah    News    April 5, 2013

West Bank Hebrew language study is growing

Listening to Hebrew songs is officially frowned upon by many West Bank residents, but interest in learning the language of th e “other society that is very close but still far away” is clearly picking up among Palestinians wishing to understand Isr...


The real Jeffrey Tambor

It was the first day of spring, and Jeffrey Tambor was sitting in his car in the snow near his New York home, conducting an interview while his 6-year-old daughter—one of his four children, ages 3 t...  Website


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