Costco selling ‘Illustrated Torah’

The retail giant Costco is selling a special edition of the Torah. “The Illustrated Torah,” published by Gefen Publishing House of Jerusalem in conjunction with The Studio in Old Jaffa and the Jewish Publication Society, is on sale at select stores throughout the United States. “Because many Jewish and Christian consumers do not have access to a local Jewish bookstore […]

Charity funding anti-Israel profs

A Manhattan-based Islamic charity is funding anti-Israel, pro-Iran professors at Columbia and Rutgers universities, the New York Post reported. The Alavi Foundation has aggressively given away hundreds of thousands of dollars to Columbia and Rutgers for Middle Eastern and Persian studies programs that employ professors sympathetic to the Iranian dictatorship, the newspaper reported. “We found evidence that the government of […]

Abe Pollin dies; owned Wizards

Abe Pollin, a longtime supporter of Israel and Jewish causes, has died. Pollin, best known as the owner of the Washington Wizards basketball team and its arena, the Verizon Center, died at his home in Bethesda, MD, following a battle with a rare neurological disease. He was 85. Along with serving on the boards of AIPAC, Hillel and The Israel […]


Rabbinical student takes boxing title

A Jewish boxer who is studying to become a rabbi captured the world super welterweight championship. Yuri Foreman of Brooklyn defeated champion Daniel Santos of Puerto Rico by decision in Las Vegas to win the World Boxing Association 154-pound title. Foreman, 29, became the first Israeli fighter to win a world boxing championship. He spent the 25 hours before the […]

Palin joins other GOP prospects in slamming Obama on Israel

WASHINGTON—As Sarah Palin embarked on a tour for her just published book “Going Rogue,” she became the latest prospective Republican presidential candidate to criticize the Obama administration’s policy on Israel. In an interview with ABC News, the former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate told Barbara Walters that Jewish settlements “should be allowed to be expanded upon” because “more and […]

Project documents stories of Jewish refugees from Arab countries

SAN FRANCISCO—Joseph Samuels, born Yosef Sasson in Baghdad, was 18 when he fled Iraq for the new state of Israel. It was 1949, and life was becoming increasingly difficult for Jews in Iraq, as it was throughout the Arab world. The Sasson family’s good relations with their Muslim neighbors changed with Israel’s creation in 1948, and Yosef’s parents urged him […]

Counting on a miracle in today’s world?

O Chanukah, O Chanukah, the Festival of Lights; Instead of just lasting one, it lasts for eight crazy nights. Why? Why does this non-festival Festival attract so much prominence and attention? Is it because it rides the coattails of the birthday celebration of that renegade rabbi? Is it because its traditional celebration calls for the giving of gift money, which […]


DOROTHY (nee Wiseman) BISNOW, 87, of Cherry Hill, died on Nov. 10. Wife of the late Julius Bisnow. Mother of Rochelle and Nelson Tobolsky, Arlene and Joe Orman and Iris and Dr. Harvey Benn. Sister of Ethel Shapiro and Sidney Wiseman. Grandmother of 11 and great-grandmother of eight. Dorothy owned and operated her own knitting store and then went on […]

Will Israel’s soldiers carry out their orders?

JERUSALEM—Top Israeli political and military leaders are increasingly worried about several recent incidents involving soldiers publicly declaring their refusal to evacuate Jewish settlers from the West Bank. The incidents involved soldiers in the Kfir Brigade, which serves mainly in the West Bank and incorporates a sizable number of religious soldiers from Jewish settlements. First, in late October, during a swearing-in […]


Reports of deal are ‘misleading’

Reports about a deal to secure the release of a captured Israeli soldier are misleading, the Prime Minister’s Office said. Reports circulated that a deal to release Gilad Shalit was imminent. “Many details coming from abroad and in foreign media are being published lately, but they are not credible and some of them are even intentionally distorted,” the Prime Minister’s […]