An organization of Modern Orthodox rabbis who performed alternative religious wedding ceremonies for non-religious couples has been banned from registering the couples as married.
Israel's Supreme Court rejected an appeal by an Irish Nobel laureate who was refused entry to Israel because of her involvement in a Gaza-bound flotilla.
South African judge Richard Goldstone is being barred from attending his grandson’s bar mitzvah.
Polish journalist Hanna Krall's "The Woman From Hamburg: And Other True Stories" (Other Press, $19) is based on interviews she did that in some way involved the Holocaust. But when one of the 12 stories was recently featured in The New Yorker's fiction issue, an accompanying note explained that her writing is indeed factual.
The 60-something Krall was a reporter for Polityka from 1957 to 1981 when martial law was imposed and her publications were banned. Her award-winning books have been translated into 15 languages, (the English version is by Madeline G. Levine). Yet the boundary between fact and fiction can seem blurred in her work, for Krall writes in an unadorned but intimate style, moving in fractured time, creating a rhythm that might resemble contemporary fiction.