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  • EU official lauds Israel for treating injured Syrians

    November 13, 2013 | 1:18 pm

    A European Union official based in Israel praised the Jewish state for providing medical treatment to Syrian civilians injured in their country’s civil war.

    EU Ambassador-designate Lars Faaborg-Andersen on Wednesday visited the Ziv Medical Center in Safed to see the care being...

  • No Western Wall bat mitzvah for Paula Abdul after all

    November 7, 2013 | 11:34 am

    Paula Abdul canceled her much-hyped bat mitzvah at the Western Wall, opting instead for a low-key ceremony in the town of Safed, The Times of Israel reports.

    Per Israel’s Tourism Industry, which hosted the former “American Idol” and “The X-Factor” judge, the switch was due to jet lag. But the officiating rabbi, Eyal Riess of the Tzfat Kabbalah Center, claims it was to avoid the media.

    Either way, the deed is done. Mazel Tov!

  • Orthodoxy and ethics

    By Dennis Prager

    August 14, 2013 | 10:56 am

    One of the most prominent Orthodox rabbis of our time, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, chief rabbi of Efrat, related the following story in the July 12-18 issue of the International Jerusalem Post:

    “Let me tell you a true incident which for me is a metaphor of our times. A young man...

  • Civilian airspace in northern Israel closed over fears

    May 5, 2013 | 5:00 pm

    Israel closed the airspace in its North to civilian traffic following attacks on Syrian targets that were believed to be carried out by the Israeli military.

    The closure comes after the Israeli military moved two Iron Dome missile defense batteries to northern Israel near Safed...

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  • Six Syrian rebels hospitalized in Israel returned to Syria

    February 27, 2013 | 9:50 am

    Six wounded Syrian rebels who were treated in an Israeli hospital after being wounded in their country's civil war were repatriated.

    The men were released Wednesday from Ziv Hospital in Safed and returned at an undisclosed location for their own safety, the Israel Defense Forces...

  • Jailed in Israel, Marwan Barghouti says he’ll be president of Palestine

    December 27, 2012 | 1:27 pm

    Marwan Barghouti, a convicted terrorist jailed in Israel, said he will be the president of a Palestinian state.

    Barghouti also said in an interview reported Wednesday night on Israel's Channel 10 and conducted jointly with the Haaretz newspaper that he would not promise that...

  • Dybbuks, demons and exorcism in Judaism

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    June 27, 2012 | 3:34 pm

    “Civilized people lose their religion easily, but rarely their superstitions.”
    — Karl Goldmark

    Rabbi Isaac Luria, one of the greatest of Jewish mystics, would walk in the hills of 16th century Safed and point out to his students the souls of the dead, often standing on their...

  • Probe launched into Safed rabbi’s anti-Arab comments

    November 22, 2011 | 11:49 am

    Israel’s attorney general has opened a criminal investigation on suspicion of incitement to racism against the chief rabbi of Safed.

    The probe of Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, who signed a religious ruling against renting apartments to non-Jews, stems from anti-Arab comments he made several...

  • Vandalism on Safed synagogues being probed as retaliation for mosque arson

    October 12, 2011 | 11:58 am

    Police are investigating vandalism on four synagogues in Safed as possible retaliation for a mosque arson in northern Israel.

    The words “Death to Jews” were spray-painted on the synagogues and a car Tuesday night in the northern Israeli city.

    The mosque arson took place on Oct. 2...

  • Actors play doctor in Israel during week-long tour

    By Hollywood Jew

    June 20, 2011 | 1:22 pm

    Stars from “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Raising Hope” and “Rookie Blue” were treated to a weeklong tour of Israel courtesy of America’s Voices in Israel and El Al, Israel Airlines.  Kevin McKidd and Sarah Drew (aka Dr. Owen Hunt and Dr. April Kepner on ABC’s “Grey’s...

  • Safed teens indicted for torching Arab cars

    March 31, 2011 | 1:22 pm

    Two Jewish teens from Safed have been indicted for setting fire to two cars owned by Arab students.

    The teens were indicted Thursday for torching the cars as revenge for the murder of five members of the Fogel family in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Itamar. They deny the...

  • Arab-owned cars set afire in Safed

    March 16, 2011 | 11:08 am

    Two cars owned by Arab students at the Safed Academic College were set alight following a campus event to promote dialogue between Jews and Arabs.

    Anti-Arab graffiti also was spray-painted on the walls of the college following Tuesday night’s event, according to reports. “Arabs get...

  • Safed rabbi refuses police summons over anti-Arab letter

    January 3, 2011 | 10:04 am

    The Chief Rabbi of Safed, Shmuel Eliyahu, said he would refuse to respond to a police summons for questioning on suspicion of incitement to racism.

    Eliyahu reportedly did not present himself to Jerusalem police on Sunday, as ordered, over a letter signed by nearly 50 municipal...

  • Find distributors of anti-Arab leaflets, Safed police ordered

    November 8, 2010 | 9:28 am

    The Israeli prosecutor’s office has ordered Safed police to investigate anti-Arab leaflets that were distributed throughout the city.

    The prosecutor’s office on Sunday ordered the arrest of the fliers’ distributors, who likely would be charged with incitement to racism and insulting...

  • Safed banking on Rosh Hashanah visitation by Madonna

    By Larry Luxner

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Madonna talks about the importance of Rosh Hashanah. Caution strong language
    When it comes to spirituality, Safed lacks nothing. But the Israeli mountain town (also spelled Tzfat) has been struggling economically since last year's war with Hezbollah.

    That's why local tourism...

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