40 people died on Thursday as a huge brushfire was raging across the Carmel Mountains near Haifa, resulting in the death of some 40 people and hurting dozens of others, among them prison guards and firemen.
Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz wants to correct what he sees as a major misunderstanding about the history of Jews in this country. "There's a misconception that Jewish life in America started after World War II," he said. "But Jewish life existed more than 100 years before there even was a United States."
Arlene Blum describes her new book, "Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life," as an answer to a question she has often asked herself, as she did on Annapurna in the Himalayas: "What's a nice Jewish girl from the Midwest doing at 21,000 feet, going down a knife-edged ridge all alone?"