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Protesters rally in front of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Jerusalem residency, calling for his resignation.
The decision to halt protests during lockdown shows national solidarity
BARTENDER MOULI AZRIELI attends to his guests at Fink’s bar and restaurant in 1999.
Remembering Fink's in Jerusalem, politicians, celebrities dined there
By GEORGE MEDOVOY
FILE PHOTO: A student takes classes online with his companions using the Zoom app at home
We're zooming in to Jewish services, but somehow tuning out
By LEVI SHEMTOV
IRAN’S SUPREME LEADER Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses a video conference call in Tehran in September, 2020.
Iran’s virtue-signaling with the Palestinian cause
By SALEM AL KETBI
Teen depression
Advice for making Aliyah with mental illness
By JACOB L. FREEDMAN
Letters
Letters to the Editor September 21, 2020: BFFs: Israel, UAE, Bahrain
SHI’ITE PILGRIMS wear masks as they flagellate themselves with iron chains ahead of Ashura, in Tehran last month.
Ayatollahs are entrenched because we are silent - opinion
By LEV TSITRIN
AFTER NAVIGATING an involuntary crash course in online learning, educational institutions are now recognizing that they will eventually deploy these strategies alongside off-line experiences in the post-COVID future.
Great education can bring together online and off-line experiences
PEOPLE LOOK at ‘The Tribute in Light’ installation in Jersey City on the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Years after 9/11 and apologetic tropes for terrorism go on, let's speak up
By MAX KLINGER
El Al plane
A letter to El Al’s new owner, Eli Rozenberg
COMMUNICATIONS MINISTER and Derech Eretz Party chairman Yoaz Hendel.
Knesset Cabinet approves fiber optics enterprise
By YOAZ HENDEL
Israeli police officers take out ultra-Orthodox Jewish men from the Ponevezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak, as part of an effort to enforce lockdown in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, April 2, 2020.
The coronavirus and Israeli Kulturkampf
By YEDIDIA STERN
HEARING THE shofar is one of the core aspects of the Rosh Hashanah prayers
Keeping it simple: The Shofar and investments
By AARON KATSMAN
A man blowing the shofar at the Western Wall days before Rosh Hashanah
What can we do together on Rosh Hashanah?
By BENJI LEVY
BORDER POLICE patrol a nearly empty city center during a partial lockdown in early April
Ehud Olmert to 'Post': Rosh Hashanah is Without joy or hope
Belkin Laser: Glaucoma care in a matter of seconds
Calculating taxes
Your taxes: Corona business update
By LEON HARRIS
A MAN prays outdoors in Jerusalem in April.
Do we want to be alone?
By AARON KOLLER
PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump, Bahrain’s Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani and United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed wave from the White House balcony on Tuesday.
Left-wing trying to pour cold water on the peace accords -opinion
‘JOSHUA FIGHTING Amalek,’ print from the Phillip Medhurst Collection of Bible illustrations at St. George’s Court.
Biblical scenes are playing out before our eyes
The flags of the United Arab Emirates, Israel and Bahrain are screened on the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City on September 15.
My Word: Prayers, peace, politics and a pandemic
Walking in Jerusalem ahead of the September lockdown.
This Rosh Hashanah, let’s strive to be better
President Donald Trump talks to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from the Truman Balcony at the White House during the signing ceremony of the Abraham Accords, Sept. 15, 2020
Trumping Palestinian lies and Tehran’s agenda
People walk with face masks on Jaffa street in Jerusalem on September 4, 2020
Lockdown is an opportunity to take responsibility over coronavirus
CELEBRITY CHEFS and a burn victim collaborate in the cooking of a delicious meal.
Grapevine September 18, 2020: Eyes on Jerusalem
A BOY prepares to eat an apple with honey, as is traditional on Rosh Hashanah.
The chapters of history are written in our homes - opinion
Women of the Wall celebrating Rosh Chodesh Elul.
Lessons for the upcoming Elul
By BETH KISSILEFF/JTA
Why is the shofar blown during Elul? It forces the ‘ba’al tekiah’ to rehearse.
How the Shofar is used on Shabbat
YAHYA SINWAR, the leader of Hamas in Gaza, has proven more than once he is pragmatic and is willing to deal with Israel.
Hamas officials are the masters of negotiation - opinion
By GRISHA YAKUBOVICH
PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY President Mahmoud Abbas gestures during a meeting to discuss the UAE’S deal with Israel to normalize relations, in Ramallah last month.
Who is betraying whom with the UAE-Israel agreement?
BAHRAIN’S FOREIGN MINISTER Abdullatif Al Zayani (left), Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump and UAE Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed gather on the balcony of the White House on Tuesday before the signing of the Abraham Accord.
The agreement may have advanced Shimon Peres' vision of peace
By NADAV TAMIR
Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden at a campaign event in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., July 14, 2020.
Netanyahu should have met with Joe Biden during US visit
ONE OF the smartest men in the entire Middle East must be Mohammed bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.
The conspiracy theory of the UAE-Israel agreement
AMERICAN DEMOCRACY is under assault and the course of the nation’s history will be decided in the next several weeks, in the choice to reelect US President Donald Trump or not.
Does Donald Trump ‘endanger’ Jews? - opinion
The flags of the United States, Israel, United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are projected on a section of the walls surrounding Jerusalem's Old City. September 15, 2020
Back home, a muted celebration - comment
BANK HAPOALIM’S (from left) Roni Garfunkel, Naama Halevi-Peer, Ronit Meiri and Ofer Semo deliver food packages for Rosh Hashanah, September 2020
Grapevine, September 16, 2020: Focus on Jerusalem
THERE IS now a broad social realization that the elderly are the main risk group that needs to be protected.
We can do more to help the elderly cope with the COVID-19 crisis
By ILIA STAMBLER
Letters
Letters to the Editor, September 16, 2020: While my Qatar gently winks
Orthodox Jews pray while performing the Tashlich ceremony, on a hill over the beach in Kiryat Yam, near Haifa, September 30, 2019. Tashlich ("casting off"), is a Jewish custom performed on the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, at a water source. It is customary to throw pieces of brea
CoroRosh Hashanah: 5780 has been a year to absorb - and to sift
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz.
This Rosh Hashanah, pray for a true unity government
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed and Bahrain's Foreign Minister Abdullatif Al Zayani standby prior to signing the Abraham Accords with US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, US, September 15, 2020.
To Israel, the UAE and Bahrain: Mazal Tov. Mabruk.
Left: Layla Khaled, one of two hijackers of an American T.W.A. jetliner in Damascus 8/29, smiles after returning to her guerrilla base in Jordan. October 17, 1969. (Getty Images) Right: Khaled speaks at the O.R. Tambo international Airport, on February 6, 2015, in Johannesburg.
Why did a university invite a Palestinian terrorist to speak?
By MOSHE RAAB
A woman wearing a mask plays a melancholy melody on her flute in downtown Jerusalem
This Rosh Hashanah we need to respect others - and wear a mask
HEARING THE shofar is one of the core aspects of the Rosh Hashanah prayers
Understanding God's role as we enter lockdown before Rosh Hashanah
Children are returning to school in Israel amid the coronavirus pandemic. August 24, 2020.
Following new gov' decisions, it's up to us now to beat the coronavirus
Pomegranates seen piled up at Machane Yehuda market, just in time for Rosh Hashana.
Rosh Hashanah and the art of self re-creation - living vs. existing
The TikTok logo is seen on a screen over Times Square in New York City, U.S., March 6, 2020
The problem with normalizing TikTok - opinion
A YOUNG WOMAN picks through the ruins of a demolished home in the Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran in the Negev in 2017.
Justice for Umm Al Hiran would be true apology - opinion
A WOMAN passes a mural depicting US President Donald Trump and text reading ‘Kosovo is Serbia,’ in Belgrade, Serbia, on September 4
Trump’s Balkan agreement does Israel more harm than good - opinion
By ARTHUR KOLL
Special needs children and volunteers from Kav Lachayim plant trees with KKL-JNF on Tu Bishvat. Yoav Devir, KKL-JNF
The disabled need more help during the High Holy Days - opinion
Computer keyboard [illustrative].
TECH TALK:The next step in the evolution of finance
Rabbi Yitzhak Neriya
Stem cells, like Rosh Hashanah, give the opportunity to be reborn
By YITZHAK NERIYA
Israeli initiative aims to protect urban wild plants, September 2020
Israeli initiative aims to protect urban wild plants
By RACHELI WACKS , ZAVIT/SCIENCE , ENVIRONMENT NEWS AGENCY
Demonstrators protest the government's mismanagement of the fight against COVID-19 and demand the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in front of his Jerusalem residence, Aug. 29, 2020.
A critical look at the Balfour demonstrations
Kingdom of Bahrain flag
Important dates to know on Israel-Bahrain relations
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh speaks before the start of the weekly cabinet meeting in Ramallah, West Bank May 11, 2020
Palestinian rejectionism of the UAE-Bahrain-Israel deal and peace
‘A HONEY or caramel aftertaste.’ Researchers Dr. Elaine Soloway of the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies (left), along with Dr. Sarah Salon of Hadassah Medical Center, moments after picking the dates.
Dates from time of Maccabees & Jesus are revived, bring Jewish, Arab unity
Letters
Letters to the Editor September 14, 2020: Right behind Bahrain
Bank Hapoalim
Preventive treatments amid the coronavirus pandemic
By DUDU LEVY REICH
Demonstrators protest the government's mismanagement of the fight against COVID-19 and demand the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in front of his Jerusalem residence, Aug. 29, 2020.
Israel – Who do we think is calling? - opinion
By EITAN COOPER
ILAN GAZIT and Nissim Shalom of The Council of Youth Movements and the Pioneer Federation with their prize trophy as President Reuven Rivlin and Baruch Levy, president of the National Council for Volunteerism, stand in the background in the garden of the President’s Residence.
Grapevine, September 13, 2020: People who care
Yad Vashem Security guard stnds at the empty Hall of Names in the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum
Trump has paid only lip service on Holocaust restitution
By ARON MOR
SECURITY FORCES escort a group of religious Jews during a visit to the Temple Mount last month.
Is it time to ‘normalize’ the Temple Mount?
By NAVE DROMI
CALLING THEMSELVES ‘Women of the Wall,’ they turn up at the beginning of each Jewish month for morning prayers, not to pray quietly alongside other women, but to begin a loud communal service with their own leader chanting the prayers and disturbing the devotion in that relatively small area.
Religious life in Jerusalem and Women of the Wall
FORMER BOLIVIAN president Evo Morales in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in March.
The legacy of Evo Morales
By JUDAH WAXELBAUM
Brine water flows into the Mediterranean Sea after passing through a desalination plant in the coastal city of Hadera
Desalination: Why the future of water innovation is informal and local
A PALESTINIAN man stands in front of a house in the village of Al-Walaja in 2018 after it was demolished by IDF troops.
The EU’s discrimination of Israel continues over housing demolitions
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu removing his mask
Netanyahu needs to shorten his trip to the US
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (C) shakes hands with an unidentified UAE official upon his arrival at al-Bateen Air Base in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates September 19, 2019.
The United Arab Emirates: Profile of a state on the move
By MORAN ZAGA
NATIONAL SECURITY Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat makes his way to board a plane to leave Abu Dhabi, UAE, on September 1.
The EU must adapt to the paradigm shift in the Middle East
By YOSSI LEMPKOWICZ
Did they ever get along?
The Netanyahu-Gantz government is a failure, pure and simple – opinion
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz (L) and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) sit in an empty hall in front of President Reuven Rivlin and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein at the swearing in of the 23rd Knesset, March 16, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic shows the importance of planning ahead
Calculating taxes
Don’t think too much about your investments – opinion
By AARON KATSMAN
Calculating taxes
How the coronavirus pandemic is changing how we do business – opinion
By MARK FITZSIMMONS
Take a break. Take care of your mental health.
Hillel's Tech Corner: Eleos helps therapists amid US mental health crisis
PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu stands next to his wife, Sara, after speaking to supporters at his Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv on March 3.
Olmert to 'Post': Netanyahu opposing UAE-US arms deal normalizes lying
IT WOULD be a very big deal if the US distributed a vaccine that had not been properly tested.
The dangers inherent in a 'miracle' coronavirus vaccine – opinion
By GWYNNE DYER
US SENIOR Presidential Advisor Jared Kushner, US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien and Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat disembark at Abu Dhabi International Airport, UAE, August 31.
The normalization deal with the UAE and the pivotal role of the US
By DAVID ROET
DEMONSTRATORS IN San Francisco protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu near the Golden Gate bridge.
Long-distance Israeli nationalism and ‘crime minister’ Netanyahu – opinion
By ELDAD BEN AHARON
MK BEZALEL SMOTRICH speaks during a Knesset plenary session on August 24.
Israel is the Jewish state, but Judaism does not belong to anyone
By DROR MORAG
LEKET ISRAEL volunteers and President’s Residence workers pack food boxes for families in need, at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem in April.
3 charities to make coronavirus-related contributions, boost positivity
NOA KIREL
Grapevine September 11, 2020: A Peres park
Vandalized statues are seen outside the Surrogate’s Court, across from the ‘City Hall Autonomous Zone’ supporting Black Lives Matter, in Manhattan in June.
My Word: Identity crises, culture clashes and being canceled
US President Donald Trump delivers remarks at Basler Flight Service in Oshkosh, Wisconsin
Trump's Nobel Peace Prize nomination is futile – opinion
Demonstrators protest the government's mismanagement of the fight against COVID-19 and demand the resignation of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in front of his Jerusalem residence, Aug. 29, 2020.
Israelis are great at protesting, not at turning protests into real change -opinion
By NOA BALF
THEN-US vice president Joe Biden embraces Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem in 2016.
Netanyahu should meet with Biden during his trip to the US
US PRESIDENT Donald Trump tours a pharmaceutical manufacturing plant, amid scientific concern about White House pressure to approve a vaccine before it is proven safe and effective.
Beware Trump's October surprise ahead of November elections – opinion
THE MAIN concern of most Palestinians today is clearly the worsening economic reality. A market in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip.
Israel-UAE deal far from the worries of average Palestinians – opinion
Illustrative photo of Israeli money
We need to rethink the citizen wealth fund – opinion
PROGRESSIVE JEWISH candidate Alex Morse singled out ‘the squad’ – Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib – for praise and has not a word of condemnation, even though they are the only members of Congress openly calling for a boycott of Israel.
Is it time for US Jewry to stop caring if elected reps. are Jewish?
WOMEN PRAY at the Western Wall Tunnels.
Women of the Wall – your sisters invite you to dialogue – opinion
A PALESTINIAN leadership genuinely committed to the welfare of their people, unlike PA President Mahmoud Abbas, could take the proposals in ‘Vision for Peace’ as a starting point for negotiations.
The Palestinian people deserve better than their current leaders – opinion
RABBI PINCHAS GOLDSCHMIDT says that beyond the 57 women freed in Israel, more than 25 women were freed in rabbinical courts in Europe simply due to the very existence of the Israeli law.
How Israel's Rabbinical Court saves agunot in the Diaspora – opinion
President Reuven Rivlin is seen among flowers in the Emek Hefer region.
Grapevine, September 9, 2020: Happy birthday, Mr. president
International Criminal Court is seen in The Hague, Netherlands September 27, 2018
The ICC and the antisemitism critique - opinion
By EMMANUEL ALTIT , JENNIFER NAOURI
Letters
Letters to the Editor, September 9, 2020: Lame blame game
Palestinian demonstrators take part in a protest in solidarity with Mohammad El Halabi, World Vision's manager of operations in Gaza who was accused by Israel of funnelling millions of dollars in aid money to Hamas, organised by foundations and societies benefiting from World Vision in Gaza City Aug
Mohammad al-Halabi: A Palestinian Dreyfus?
By DAOUD KUTTAB
Naomi Hassebroek holds her son Felix while working with her husband, Doug Hassebroek, at their home, in Brooklyn, New York, in March 2020
Our Days of Awe nurture shirt-off-your-back givers, not takers
As a masked woman looks on, Roni Ben-Ari and Yonatan Meushar celebrate their wedding at Ein Hemed, which is offering free, small-scale weddings for young couples due to restrictions imposed by the government to fight coronavirus on March 18
Now is the perfect time to legalize civil marriage in Israel
Fire at library in Neve Shalom, September 7, 2020
Neve Shalom fire - a wake-up call for coexistence and peace - opinion
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