The Jerusalem Report

The Jerusalem Report is an editorially independent biweekly newsmagazine that offers original journalism from Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world. Founded in 1990, The Jerusalem Report consistently aims to bridge the gaps between Israel and the Diaspora, and honestly assess Israel's relations with its Arab neighbors.

This Jewish American couple collected 13,000 Jewish artifacts

Deanne and Arnold Kaplan have been collecting Jewish artifacts in their Pennsylvania home for years, a unique and exquisite documentary of Jewish life.

By DAVID GEFFEN
29/07/2021
 Zohar Argov with Barbara Ann Quinlan.

The American lover of Zohar Argov and her Jewish roots

Barbara Ann Quinlan, born to a devout Roman Catholic family in New York, discovered her Jewish roots when she decided to study abroad in Poland. She met Argov at an Israeli nightclub in 1982.

By ORA CUMMINGS
29/07/2021
 A portrait of Thomas Paine by Laurent Dabos, National Portrait Gallery, circa 1792.

Society will be driven by choice, not environmentalism

In the end, people will perform good actions on behalf of others out of choice, not out of the predeterminism dictated by environmentalism.

By MEIR LIBERMAN
29/07/2021
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett holds a news conference in Jerusalem on July 14.

Israeli government must prioritize PR

The first thing Israel needs to do is to acknowledge the problem and admit the image has been handled poorly. Then it needs to raise public relations importance.

Simoliigood. Lior Shalev believes the protein-rich algae will shape the future of clean food.

The benefits of Spirulina: Water, COVID, meat-alternative

Simpliigood, a Tel Mond-based company, is processing and disseminating spirulina across Israel.

Children are seen celebrating the last day of school in Jerusalem, on June 30, 2021.

What skills do children need to survive in the 21st century?

A wave of disruptive technologies are changing entire industries. These are the skills to survive them.

By SHLOMO MAITAL
28/07/2021
A schoolgirl gets a corona test at the Meuchedet Medical Center in Jerusalem on July 22.

COVID led schools the wrong way - here's how we fix it

There is a critical skills gap emerging, between the skills that industry wants and needs when hiring workers and the skills that potential employees have acquired in school.

By SHLOMO MAITAL
28/07/2021
Ultra-Orthodox worshippers pray on Tisha Be’Av, the saddest day in the Jewish calendar, at the Weste

Does calling someone a 'pig' sound different in Yiddish?

Porush meant that Reform Judaism is dangerous because Reform Jews “show” some Jewish practices but do not observe “all” of them.

Artist Ori Reisman’s painting, ‘Slaughtered Chicken,’ on exhibition in Tel Aviv.

Despite other interpretations, Judaism does not tolerate animal abuse

Hiding behind the claim that eating meat was not forbidden, is not the Judaism that strives to rectify the world and do the moral, good and right thing in the eyes of God.

By YAEL SHEMESH
28/07/2021
A man barbecues meat on Independence Day in Jerusalem.

Judaism is not a vegetarian religion

It is disingenuous for anyone to make the claim that it is mandatory by Jewish law, or even ethos, to accept vegetarianism.

By RABBI YOEL SCHONFELD
28/07/2021
Gali Savaryego tends to Nir, a calf with an artificial leg and eye cover that protects him from flie

Rebranding Tu Bishvat via an environmental lens

Tu Bishvat is an opportunity to study how factory-farming violates Torah doctrines concerning animal welfare and environmental protection.

Writer and activist Ori Shavit.

How many Jewish vegans do you know?

Here's a list of prominent rabbis and community leaders who have come out in support of veganism, from Rabbi David Rosen to Franz Kafka.

28/07/2021
Freedom Farm co-founder Adit Romano caresses Shirley, a blind turkey, named before it was discovered

Here's why Jews should be vegans

To be healthier, have a healthier planet, reduce the suffering of animals reduce the wasteful use of scarce resources, and be more consistent with basic Jewish values, Jews should be vegans

By RICHARD H. SCHWARTZ
28/07/2021
A self-armed local looks for looters inside a supermarket following protests that widened into looti

Israel has always rescued Jews - it's time to do it for South Africa

I wonder if Israel can seize this opportunity to regain our respect and admiration once again, to fly to South Africa and to airlift our brothers and sisters home.

By JENNA LEWINSKY
28/07/2021
Singers from the Israeli Opera perform Madame Butterfly at Park Hayarkon in Tel Aviv.

Exploring Tel Aviv's opera-paved history as new Israeli Opera season opens

With the weight of the coronavirus finally letting up a bit, the Israeli Opera is back and better than ever.

By JANE BIRAN
28/07/2021
Zedekiah is chained and brought before Nebuchadnezzar, from Petrus Comestor’s ‘Bible Historiale’ cir

What Jewish history teaches us about the need to defend the land of Israel

As a student of history, I will not dismiss the kings and warriors who fought to defend their sovereignty. That includes Zedekiah.

By RABBI ELI KAVON
28/07/2021
Zedekiah is chained and brought before Nebuchadnezzar, from Petrus Comestor’s ‘Bible Historiale’ cir

What Jewish history teaches us about the need to defend the land of Israel

As a student of history, I will not dismiss the kings and warriors who fought to defend their sovereignty. That includes Zedekiah.

By RABBI ELI KAVON
28/07/2021
UAE Ambassador to Israel, Mohamed Al Khaja, and Israeli President Isaac Herzog cut a ribbon during t

14 Days: UAE Embassy

Israeli news highlights from the past two weeks.

28/07/2021
Mourners visit a makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life synagogue

The world can't handle Jews defending themselves

In Pittsburgh, the Jewish community was helpless to defend itself. But the Israeli army was able to inflict great damage on Israel’s attackers.

By Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum
28/07/2021
Batya (Betty) Brodsky Cohen toasts her mother, Fania, on her 100th birthday in Jerusalem on November

An open letter to my Partisan, Holocaust-surviving Jewish mother

Fania (Fanny) Dunetz Brodsky joined the Bielski Jewish Partisans during the Holocaust. After immigrating to New York after the war, she made aliyah at the age of 88.

By BATYA COHEN
27/07/2021
Jewish worshipers celebrate Jerusalem Day at the Western Wall in 2019.

What is it about the beauty of Jerusalem?

When I came to Jerusalem 50 years ago, I was afraid to be an immigrant in a new city. It took many, many years before I felt part of the landscape, one of the passing parade.

The TV series on the history of South African Jews launched on July 11.

Jewish South African history and legacy explored in new documentary

A new documentary Johanessburg-based producer Mark Wade 'Legends & Legacies: A Story of a Community' examines South African Jews' trials, tribulations and triumps.

27/07/2021

Linking Zionism with Nazism: The story of the time-traveling trope

The Anti-Defamation League in the USA reported 17,000 tweets using variations on the phrase “Hitler was right” between May 7 and 14, at the height of the war.

By HENRI STELLMAN
15/07/2021

Book review: A hopeful novel about a marriage battling with Alzheimer’s

They marry and have a daughter, Sarah, who becomes a doctor. Spence also has a son from an earlier, brief marriage, named Arlo after Arlo Guthrie.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
15/07/2021

Book review: Israel’s Failed Responses to the Armenian Genocide

The title, Israel’s Failed Responses to the Armenian Genocide, tells it all in a nutshell. It is the story of denial, deception, hurt feelings and bad faith.

By JACK NUSAN PORTER
15/07/2021
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