A researcher at Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv has been studying Judaism as it is practiced today by Ethiopian Jews in Africa. The way they honor Shabbat, practice purity laws and sex, he says, is almost identical to the way Judaism was expressed 2,000 years ago.
As Israel looks around the world today, what does it see? How does it regard Russia, Iran, the USA, neighboring Arab states and its stalled peace process with the Palestinians? In a wide-ranging interview broadcast two days in the United States, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed all of these issues and more.
Were there Jews in Israel 2000 years ago? Did Jewish zealots lead a revolt against Rome that led to the destruction of the Solomon's Second Temple in 70 CE? Is the biblical record about Israel and Jerusalem accurate? Once again, according to the archaeology, including its written record in Hebrew, it is.
With ISIS under attack by the Russian coalition in Syria and the US coalition in Iraq, it should be on the run. Instead it is on the offense, launching a terror attack in Cairo yesterday. That attack could be the first strike in Islamic State's promised holiday terror campaign throughout the Middle East - and beyond.
Russia's latest move is deployment of its largest-ever force of ground troops to Syria. With the possibility of more to come, 1,000 troops on their way are not common soldiers. They are special forces, and they come from Chechnya. Like the luminary that informed wise men two thousand years ago, Moscow's star is rising from the north. It is not the same star, however. And its message is quite different.
What was life like in Jerusalem one thousand years ago? Two thousand years ago? How did people do life? What did they look like? The ongoing Temple Mount Sifting Project, has uncovered thousands of clues. Among them are a wide variety of glass bracelets and finger rings worn by adults and children too. Life then, like now, included bling and color.
According to a new report, Israel is not prepared to adequately protect civilians in what most expect will be the nation's next war; namely, a war with Hezbollah in Lebanon in which 1,500 missiles are expected every day for ten days before the attack can be halted.
Although unacknowedged by Jersualem, everyone knows that Israel has recently engaged in an air raid campaign against targets in Syria. So far, it includes two bombing runs last week, and one yesterday morning. Why is Israel doing this, and why now? On Wednesday, without confirming the Israeli sorties, the nation's Defense Minister explained why they are taking place.
The US-led coalition to liberate Mosul from ISIS has petered out. ISIS leaders and troops are strolling back into town without a fight. Meanwhile in Aleppo, ISIS is on the run from a Moscow-Tehran coalition. Why has the US op failed? And when Trump inherits the problem, Jerusalem wonders, will he turn the entire fight against Islamic State over to Putin, and by default Iran?
In the 21st century, when threats develop over a period of years, the challenge is to keep the world from yawning. Speaking at the Saban Forum over the weekend, Israel's Prime Minister and Defense Minister emphasized ongoing threats to peace from Iran and the Palestinian Authority.