c. 2012 Religion News Service JERUSALEM (RNS) Despite international pressure -- including support from both U.S. presidential candidates -- the International Olympic Committee has refused to include a moment of silence at Friday's (July 27) opening ceremony for Israeli athletes killed by terrorists at the games 40 years ago.
c. 2012 Religion News Service JERUSALEM (RNS) When activist Anat Hoffman learned that the Israeli government had agreed to pay a state-funded salary to several non-Orthodox rabbis -- something their Orthodox counterparts have been receiving for decades -- she recited the Shehechiyanu, an ancient blessing of thanks that Jews intone on special occasions.
c. 2012 Religion News Service JERUSALEM (RNS) Archaeologists have unearthed a trove of artifacts dating back to the time of the biblical King David that they say closely correspond to the description of Solomon's Temple found in the Book of Kings.
In a landmark decision, the Masorti Movement, the Israeli branch of Conservative Judaism, announced that its rabbinical school will begin to accept gay and lesbian candidates for ordination. Board members of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem voted April 19 to enroll gay and lesbian students starting in September.
c. 2012 Religion News Service
JERUSALEM (RNS) The U.S. State Department is advising visitors to Jerusalem to dress modestly when visiting certain neighborhoods, or to avoid the areas entirely, in hopes of not provoking local sensitivities.
The State Department guidance did not specify which neighborhoods are considered problematic, or what, exactly, constitutes "modest" attire.
c. 2011 Religion News Service
JERUSALEM (RNS) An Israeli lawmaker succumbed to public pressure and scrapped legislation that would have given religious officials a say in how the country's electricity is produced and distributed.
Israel's chief rabbis are among the Jews in Israel and abroad who
have strongly condemned an arson attack on a mosque in northern Israel.
The rabbis made a solidarity visit to the Israeli Arab village of
Tuba-Zangariyye, near Galilee, on October 3, soon after vandals torched
JERUSALEM (RNS) Five of the Dead Sea Scrolls that have been stored for
decades in a climate-controlled exhibit at the Israel Museum in
Jerusalem are now available in digital form to anyone with an Internet
Vera Kreidlin boarded an empty No. 56 bus for the 25-minute ride from
a religious neighborhood in the heart of the city to Ramat Shlomo, an
ultra-Orthodox Jewish enclave in East Jerusalem. Dressed in a cotton
shirt and jeans on a sweltering July day, Kreidlin opted for a seat near
the front, three rows behind the driver.
It would have been enough to make Rosa Parks proud.
JERUSALEM (RNS) Jews and Israelis, or passengers carrying any
non-Islamic article of faith, will not be able to fly code-share flights
from the U.S. to Saudi Arabia under Delta Air Line's new partnership
with Saudi Arabian Airlines that is set to begin in 2012.
TEL AVIV, Israel (RNS) Though never short on spectacle, this year's
annual gay pride festival was even more colorful with a parade float,
sponsored by Google, representing the country's religious gay and
JERUSALEM (RNS) An ultra-Orthodox Jewish newspaper in Brooklyn has
apologized to the White House and State Department after the paper
deleted Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton from a White House
photograph of top officials monitoring the raid that killed Osama bin
JERUSALEM (RNS) Israeli officials have installed an $11 million pipe to
ease a weekly water shortage on Fridays as observant Jews prepare for
the Sabbath and Muslims ritually wash themselves before weekly prayers.
JERUSALEM (RNS) American Jews and evangelical Christians are taking
a central role in rebuilding the Carmel region in northern Israel after
a deadly fire decimated large swaths of the Carmel forest and left many
JERUSALEM (RNS) The Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism, is
actually a Muslim shrine, according to an official report published
Monday (Nov. 22) by the Palestinian Authority's Ministry of Information.