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Pope shuns bulletproof vehicles for Mideast trip, Vatican says

by Philip Pullella, Reuters

May 15, 2014 | 11:42 am

Pope Francis leaves Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on May 7. Photo by Tony Gentile/Reuters

Pope Francis is shunning bulletproof vehicles during his trip to the Middle East this month, insisting that he use a normal car and be allowed to be as close to people as possible, the... read full article

  • Barring ‘bastards’: Israel’s marriage blacklist said to break privacy laws

    by Ben Sales, JTA

    May 5, 2014 | 12:16 pm

    When she decided to split up from her husband, she went before an Orthodox rabbinical court and, after two perfunctory hearings and little discussion, received a religious writ of divorce.

    It was only months later that the woman learned that the court had flagged her as an...

  • Elie Wiesel talks passing the torch

    By Jared Sichel

    April 23, 2014 | 3:12 pm

    As the author and renowned Holocaust speaker Elie Wiesel concluded an April 11 roundtable at Chapman University, Justine Volkman, a senior at the school, shed a few tears. Asked why, she didn’t mention any of Wiesel’s dozens of inspiring works or the fact that his health today is a...

  • Celebrating the newest Roman Catholic Saints

    By Michael Berenbaum

    April 23, 2014 | 10:58 am

    Ordinarily, Jews have little interest in whom the Roman Catholic Church canonizes as saints. Yet, on the Sunday after Easter, the day that coincides with Yom Ha-Shoah, the 27th of Nisan, two men, Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, will be elevated to sainthood, and both of them...

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  • Mimouna: In my mind I’ve gone to Marrakech

    By Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

    April 18, 2014 | 10:26 am

    Tirbah u’tissad — may you prosper and succeed. This Judeo-Arabic blessing is the manner in which North African Jews greet one another just moments after Passover formally ends, on the night we call “Mimouna.”

    For many Jews, the night Passover ends is typically the night to turn...

  • Local rabbis participate in Qatar interfaith dialogue

    By Ryan Torok

    April 18, 2014 | 10:14 am

    Two local rabbis were among the approximately 12 Jewish leaders from around the world who took part in last month’s 11th Doha Interfaith Conference in Qatar.

    Rabbi Reuven Firestone, a professor of medieval Judaism and Islam who teaches at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute...

  • Tijuana to Tefilah

    By Jared Sichel

    April 17, 2014 | 5:19 pm

    As I stepped out of the van into the chilly, pre-dawn Tijuana air, I could just barely make out the shadows of the pedestrians nearby, all of them stepping over puddles and street trash, walking in the same direction. 

    I watched as two girls, Chaya Leibkinker, 16, and her sister,...

  • Believing is Seeing (Exodus 33:12-34:26)

    by Rabbi Mike Comins

    April 16, 2014 | 2:57 pm

    The reading for Shabbat Chol HaMoed, the Sabbath of the intermediate days of Pesach (and Sukkot), describes one of the more exciting moments in Torah: the closest encounter any human has with God.

    Following the sin of the Golden Calf and Moses’ advocacy for the people, he makes a...

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