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  • 5775: Old conflicts, new hopes in the new year

    By Arthur Cohn

    October 1, 2014 | 2:52 am

    Israel turned 66 years old in 5774, the year that just passed. Some 8.2 million people live in Israel, of which 24,000 immigrated in the past year. Some 178,000 babies were born, and 42,000 people died. Jews make up 75 percent of the population; Arabs make up 20.7 percent. When...

  • ‘Baby boomerangers’ head back to Israel

    July 2, 2014 | 3:29 pm

    As Israel hosted more than 3.5 million tourists in 2013 — a record-breaking benchmark that included over 600,000 Americans — program operators and attendees have noticed a new niche demographic gaining interest in seeing the Holy Land.

    Call them “baby boomerangers,” Jews in...

  • Israelis, Palestinians vie for Latino support during Pope’s visit

    By Simone Wilson

    May 27, 2014 | 1:43 pm

    The first Latin American pope brought a wave of Latino love with him on his trip to the Holy Land last weekend.

    At Pope Francis’ public prayer at Manger Square on May 25 in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, near the site where Jesus is believed to have been born, Spanish was being...

  • Anti-Christian slogans alarm Church before Pope’s Holy Land visit

    May 8, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    The Roman Catholic Church in Jerusalem, preparing for a visit by Pope Francis later this month, has expressed alarm over threats to Christians scrawled by suspected Jewish extremists on church property in the Holy Land.

    In an incident on Monday, "Death to Arabs and Christians and...

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  • U.S., Middle East church leaders laud Kerry for peace moves

    March 20, 2014 | 1:36 pm

    U.S. and Holy Land church leaders commended U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry for advancing a framework for Israeli-Palestinian peace.

    The praise from 40 leaders – all but three from the United States — representing several denominations came in part because of the opportunities...

  • My first trip to Israel

    December 19, 2013 | 11:34 am

    For decades I dreamed of what my first trip to Israel would be like. I expected to go with my family. Maybe our best friends would travel with us. Perhaps my cousins . . . But as it turned out, the first time my feet touched ground in the Promised Land I was with a group of women,...

  • Lady Gaga set to play Israel this summer

    December 3, 2013 | 12:01 pm

    Pop superstar Lady Gaga has plans to perform in the Holy Land in the summer of 2014, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.

    The show, which will be Gaga’s second in Israel, will likely take place in Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park, and will likely not feature a kosher meat dress, although that...

  • Miley Cyrus to play Israel

    November 11, 2013 | 10:19 am

    Bust out the foam fingers, Israel! Yep, Miley Cyrus is coming to town.

    The large-tongued woman who got the term twerking into the Oxford Dictionary will perform in the Holy Land this summer, Channel 2 reports.

    The details are still thin, but it looks like the show will...

  • Uri Herscher’s center of gratitude

    By Susan Freudenheim

    October 18, 2013 | 11:18 am

    One day in early March 1954, Uri Herscher, just 12 at the time, ran away from his parents. His father, Joseph, a cabinetmaker, and mother, Lucy, a laundress, were having trouble making ends meet living in Israel. Together with Uri and his younger brother, Eli, they were meant to...

  • Abbas meets pope, invites him to visit Holy Land

    October 17, 2013 | 10:37 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday invited Pope Francis to visit the Holy Land, matching an invitation from Israel.

    The pontiff, who has made many appeals for peace in the Middle East since his election in March, has already told Israel he will visit and is...

  • Plastic surgery gets lift

    July 2, 2013 | 1:18 pm

    In Los Angeles, facelifts, breast augmentations, tummy tucks and nose jobs are about as common as juice bars and bad traffic on the 405. 

    While Los Angeles and the United States in general are known as a hotbed of cosmetic surgery, things aren’t so different in Israel. In fact,...

  • Best place to avoid a zombie apocalypse?

    By Ryan E. Smith

    July 2, 2013 | 11:36 am

    Max Brooks, son of the comedian behind “Blazing Saddles” and “The Producers,” is convinced that Jews are uniquely positioned to face a zombie apocalypse. And he’s not joking.

    “Gentiles don’t understand how truly dangerous the world is. Jews do. It’s part of our national culture,”...

  • Israel Festival brings L.A. a taste of Tel Aviv

    April 23, 2013 | 3:56 pm

    Eden Bennun craved a taste of Israel. Growing up in Kfar Saba and Rishon LeZion as a child gave her a love of Israel’s smells, sounds and foods.

    That’s why she made her way to the Celebrate Israel Festival at Rancho Park along with about 10,000 other Angelenos (down from...

  • Obama says U.S. firm in commitment to Israel’s security [VIDEO/SLIDESHOW]

    March 20, 2013 | 5:13 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama said at the start of his first official visit to Israel on Wednesday that the U.S. commitment to the security of the Jewish state was rock solid and that peace must come to the Holy Land.

    "I see this visit as an opportunity to reaffirm the unbreakable...

  • What do I think about Zionism as a Turkish Muslim?

    March 5, 2013 | 11:55 am

    For the last couple of years — and especially the last couple of days — my Jewish friends all over the world have expressed their concern whether anti-Semitism is on the rise in Turkey. First of all Turkey has a population over 70 million. There is a great deal of diversity and...

  • What is the Israeli election really telling the Palestinians?

    By Rabbi Marvin Hier

    January 29, 2013 | 11:41 am

    Without a doubt, at the moment, the Palestinians in Gaza and in the West Bank are riding high, flexing their muscles, and feeling very confident about what they view as an impressive string of recent victories.  The leaders of Hamas, for their part, have excited the whole Arab...

  • Birds of a feather flock together

    November 29, 2012 | 10:05 am

    Every winter, hundreds of millions of tourists (some of them no larger than a finger) defy travel warnings to visit the Holy Land. They don’t spend much money in Israel, and some stay for only a few hours. They visit the country’s “pubs” before flying off again.

    They also don’t...

  • John Hagee: Christian pastor with a Zionist message

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 29, 2012 | 12:51 pm

    It’s become a standard part of John Hagee’s stump speech, the story of how the evangelical pastor and founder of the 1.2 million-member Christians United For Israel (CUFI) first got started on the path of Israel advocacy.

    It began with a trip to the Holy Land in 1978 — “I went to...

  • Why a Jewish Democratic leader attacked Sheldon Adelson

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    July 10, 2012 | 9:50 am

    The most unpleasant people I have encountered in politics are those who put party before principle, partisanship before politeness, tribal political doctrine before common human decency. Since beginning my run for Congress I have been approached by Republicans convinced that Barack...

  • Israeli hotels showcase a summer medley of adventures

    May 15, 2012 | 6:43 pm

    Spurred by a record-breaking number of foreign tourists who visited the Holy Land during the first quarter of 2012, Israel’s burgeoning hotel industry is gearing up for a busy summer tourism season by sprucing up their facilities and offering a variety of titillating vacation...

  • Lacrosse blooms in the desert

    April 25, 2012 | 4:17 pm

    “Building a team for 2014 is the exciting part, but it’s all the other work that needs to get done ...” William “Bill” Beroza’s voice trailed off as he imagined the hard road ahead. He’s referring to the next lacrosse world championship, which will take place in two...

  • April 24, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 24, 2012 | 3:57 am

    Sunday night’s report by 60 Minutes on the Christians in the Holy Land has sparked much debate among commentary and opinion writers. We have gathered some of the most interesting in one place. Here’s a sample:

    CBS piece on Christians’ plight in Middle East — in Israel?
    Jennifer...

  • Holy Land interfaith peacemakers offer ‘Jerusalem hug’

    By Roberto Loiederman

    December 14, 2011 | 11:09 am

    The smallish man, an observant Jew named Eliyahu McLean, smiled impishly at the crowd who’d come to listen to his stories of trying to create interfaith peace in the holy land. “We gathered around the walls of the old city, arm in arm, and it just grew,” he said. “Arab...

  • Holy land revealed

    By Tom Tugend

    April 25, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    With the introduction of photography in 1839, pioneer practitioners of the nascent medium flocked to the Holy Land, expecting the glorious biblical scenes imagined by Renaissance painters, but finding instead mainly dusty villages and a largely ramshackle Jerusalem.

    One disappointed...

  • Early Holy Land photos surprise viewers in 1800s

    By Tom Tugend

    April 12, 2011 | 5:45 pm

    With the introduction of photography in 1839, pioneer practitioners of the nascent medium flocked to the Holy Land, expecting the glorious biblical scenes imagined by Renaissance painters, but finding instead mainly dusty villages and a largely ramshackle Jerusalem.

    One disappointed...

  • A Small Piece of Jerusalem’s Past

    By Kelly Hartog

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    If you're planning a visit to Jerusalem, it's a must to visit the model of the Second Temple at the Holyland Hotel in Bayit Vegan. Occupying one-quarter of an acre and at a scale of 1:50, the model is an impressive sight.

    But if you can't make it to the Holy Land anytime soon,...

  • Fine Wine Pours Down From Golan

    By Nathan Chroman

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Add wine to Israel's wondrous list of accomplishments. No, it's not a miracle the Israelis make wine; after all, they and their ancestral ancients have been squeezing the grape since time immemorial. The miracle is that today's wines from the Golan Heights are world-class -- capable...

  • Where Have All the Jews Gone?

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    It was one of those moments that capture a nation's interest. The Powerball Lottery reached $314.9 million and one person, Andrew J. Whittaker from Hurricane, W.Va., was the lucky winner. As the media descended upon him and his wife, Jewell, asking them about everything under the...

  • Truth Diggers

    By Tom Tugend

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Journal readers who were upset when a prominent local rabbi proposed that the biblical story of the Exodus from Egypt wasn't literally true, should be forewarned of possible apoplexy while watching the History Channel's "Digging for the Truth: Archaeology and the Bible."

    The stated...

  • Holy Land Exploration

    By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

    September 27, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    In a compelling collection of 19th and 20th century images and objects, the Skirball Cultural Center's new exhibit of photographs, lithographs and archaeological artifacts tells the story of Israel as, literally, a "holy land" -- a place that has long held fascination for the three...

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