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  • Do we believe in sacred space?

    August 16, 2016 | 11:51 am

    When you think of a sanctuary, what do you think of? Your synagogue? Your kid’s day school? Your grandmother’s house?

    Now what about tragedy? Do you think of a loss of a friend? Terrorism? The Shoah?

    We’ve just finished the three-week mourning over two destroyed Temples. It’s...

  • Struggling with mourning on Tisha b’Av? Join the oh-so-Jewish club of ‎confusion

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 27, 2012 | 8:29 am

    Last week, I had lunch with President Shimon Peres at his residence. A ‎fascinating two-hour break from my usual schedule, talking mostly ‎about history and its lessons – or whether it had any. I was really a ‎sidekick at this event, the President wanted to meet a young and...

  • Is Jesus really Kosher?

    February 24, 2012 | 10:07 am

    Shmuley Boteach’s “Kosher Jesus” (Jerusalem and New York: Gefen, 2011) is a bold attempt by a person of great ability with no formal training in New Testament studies or the study of Second Temple Judaism to present a Jewish treatment of the founder of Christianity, his...

  • Second Temple artifacts uncovered in Jerusalem

    August 8, 2011 | 8:59 am

    Artifacts from the Second Temple period were found in Jerusalem.

    A sword in a scabbard that belonged to a Roman soldier and an engraving of the Temple’s menorah on a stone object were discovered in recent days during excavation work in the 2,000-year-old drainage channel discovered...

  • U.S. professor arrested for trafficking stolen antiquities

    May 18, 2011 | 1:09 pm

    A retired history professor from the United States was arrested for allegedly smuggling stolen antiquities from Israel and selling them illegally.

    The American man sold among other things, bronze and silver coins from the Second Temple period and a 1,500-year-old clay oil lamp.

  • VIDEO: Archaeologists excavate 2100-year-old wall in Jerusalem

    September 5, 2008 | 5:03 am

    A 2,100-year-old section of the wall surrounding Jerusalem, dating from Hasmonean times, has been unearthed on Mount Zion, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Wednesday. The excavations have revealed part of the expanded southern city wall, from the Second Temple period, when ancient Jerusalem was at its largest.


  • Shuls to observe Tisha B’Av through study, films

    August 6, 2008 | 11:23 pm

    Tisha B'Av -- the ninth day of the month of Av -- is a day of fasting and mourning to commemorate some of the greatest tragedies to befall the Jewish people, among them the destruction of both Holy Temples in Jerusalem and the expulsion from Spain in 1492. But despite this litany of...
  • Yeshiva student apologizes, Obama’s prayer returned to Western Wall

    July 27, 2008 | 6:18 pm

    Updated July 27

    The yeshiva student who pried Barack Obama’s prayer note from the Western Wall apologized Sunday.

    Identified only by the first initial of his name, Alef, and with his face obscured, the student went on Israel’s Channel 2 television to confess that he took the...

  • Obama's note at the Western Wall asks for God's guidance [VIDEO]

    July 25, 2008 | 3:20 pm

    The Western Wall rabbi has condemned an Israeli newspaper for publishing a note Barack Obama left in the Wall.

    Sen. Obama (D-Ill.), the presumptive Democratic nominee, visited Israel this week, and before leaving early Thursday morning, prayed at the Wall, the largest remnant of...

  • 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,...