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  • Israeli Government Gets on With It

    By Dan Baron

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Israel is resigning itself to politics without Ariel Sharon.

    Shock gripped the Jewish state last week when Sharon was hospitalized with a massive stroke, turning to fears for the worst when he underwent repeated surgery.

    Doctors said it could take time to ascertain whether Sharon...

  • Violent Crime Rises in Israeli Society

    By Gil Sedan

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Suddenly, I receive a telephone call: My brother, Avinoam, is dead. 'Impossible,' I say to myself: 'Avinoam, my kid brother, murdered?'"

    It was a lovely April day when the young couple went down to the popular Nirvana beach in Haifa with their two dogs for a stroll and a cup of...

  • Will Violence Again Flare Up in 2006?

    By Dan Baron

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Will the Palestinians start the new year with a renewal of violence?

    That has been the question asked by many nervous Israelis in the final weeks of 2005, as the "truce" declared by Palestinian terrorist groups early last year came to an end.

    True, there was never a complete...

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  • Love ‘n’ Bloomers

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The tomb of a venerated rabbi has become the apparent final resting place for the underwear of hundreds of Israeli women looking for husbands.

    Israel's Maariv newspaper reports that authorities have collected around 400 pairs of knickers and bras from the grilles of the tomb's window...

  • The Treasures on Top of the Mountain

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    By many accounts, it ranks just below Jerusalem as one of Israel's most beloved treasures. It holds United Nations Education, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) status as a World Heritage Site. Conde Nast Traveler magazine even named it the "World's Best Monument."

    Masada,...

  • Skip Beaten Path for Zipline Adventure

    By Jack Weiss

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    High above Kiryat Shemona, the Bekaa Valley to our left and the Golan Heights straight ahead, my wife and kids jumped from a cliff and sailed hundreds of feet on a zipline.

    Waiting to leap were two young Orthodox men. The first pushed off, his payot flapping in the wind as he held on...

  • Qumran Offers Look at Legacy of Scrolls

    By Lisa Alcalay Klug

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Descending eastward from the rolling hills on the outskirts of Jerusalem, the sapphire-colored Dead Sea appears like a jewel set in the dusty brown Judean Desert. As you breathe in the thundering stillness, it's easy to imagine why the ancient Essenes chose this place for their...

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