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  • ‘Secular Yeshiva’ answers young Israelis’ questions

    By Dina Kraft

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Ofri Bar-Am, 19, folds her legs underneath her on a library couch and peers closely at a photocopy of the biblical passage describing the oldest recorded case of sibling rivalry in history, Cain and Abel.

    A student at the first secular yeshiva in Israel, Bar-Am underlines phrases,...

  • Gaza’s Ties to Jewish History

    By Dina Kraft

    August 4, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Modern Israeli settlement in the Gaza Strip resumed only after the 1967 Six-Day War, but even with those settlements set to be evacuated, Jewish roots in the sandy strip of land where Egypt, Israel and the Mediterranean Sea meet run deep.

    Opinions differ on whether the area was or...

  • Vote Generates Mix of Hope, Wariness

    By Dina Kraft

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Edna Bar-Or wants to be optimistic about the prospects for peace after this week's Palestinian elections, but like many Israelis, she is not sure she can.

    "I very much hope it will bring good," said Bar-Or, 55, surrounded by stacks of laundry and hangers full of pressed shirts at...

  • Orthodox Stress Strong Israel Ties

    By Dina Kraft

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    North American Modern Orthodox Jews say they can explain their connection to Israel in one word: Torah.

    "It's an organic existence. An Orthodox Jew grows up and believes that Eretz Yisrael and the people of Israel are one. The fulfillment of Torah is Eretz Yisrael," said David...

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  • Madonna, Marla Do Tashlich in Tel Aviv

    By Dina Kraft

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Pop diva Madonna was among the praying, swaying and singing masses of kabbalah enthusiasts who made the pilgrimage to Israel for the High Holidays, seeking spiritual transformation through a brand of Jewish mysticism.

    The "Material Girl" was celebrated by an Israeli public hungry...

  • Israel Trip Reunites

    By Dina Kraft

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The two men walk as one -- in steady step, shoulder to shoulder, their words a torrent of Yiddish.

    There is much to catch up on since the former neighbors and schoolmates last met. That was more than 60 years ago, when the transports, fear and separations that characterized Jewish...

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