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Hundreds of thousands to flock to Israel’s north; Profiles of the 45 who lost their lives
JERUSALEM—One year after 45 participants lost their lives in the midst of the traditional all-night Lag BaOmer religious celebration near the hallowed resting place of revered second-century sage Rabbi Shimon ben Yochai, hundreds of thousands of celebrant...
Manhunt continues for two terrorists, residents of Jenin area
JERUSALEM— The three victims of a terror attack in the predominantly religious Israeli city of Elad on Thursday were named early Friday as Yonatan Havakuk, 44, Boaz Gol, 49, and Oren Ben Yiftah, 35, all fathers who together leave behind 16 orphans. A manh...
Terrorist shot dead in Jaffa after an hours-long manhunt
Two 27-year-old childhood friends who were out for a drink on a beautiful early-spring evening in the heart of Tel Aviv and a 35-year-old Paralympic coach and father of three were murdered when a terrorist opened fire on Dizengoff Street, always packed wi...
Shooters still at large
At least two people were killed and eight wounded, some critically, when one or more gunmen opened fire on Tel Aviv’s bustling Dizengoff Street, which is typically packed with people at restaurants and bars on weekday evenings. Officials were asking resid...
Gunmen armed with automatic weapons killed by police
Two terrorists with automatic weapons opened fire at passersby at a bus stop near several restaurants in the northern Israeli city of Hadera, killing two and wounding six others, some critically. The gunmen were shot dead by police at the scene. Two of th...
Rabbi Moshe Krivitski ran a Colel Chabad soup kitchen for more than 10 years
Rabbi Moshe Krivitski, a Chabad-Lubavitch emissary in the Nachal Beka neighborhood of Beersheva who ran the city’s Colel Chabad soup kitchen for more than 10 years, was among the four victims of a terrorist attack in Israel on Tuesday morning. He leaves b...
A photographic memory, humble spirit and panoramic mastery of Torah sources
JERUSALEM—Automobile traffic was shut down in much of central Israel on March 20 as hundreds of thousands of mourners traveled from around the nation by bus and train to Bnei Brak as Rabbi Shmaryahu Yosef Chaim Kanievsky, one of the generation’s leading L...
Crisis presents unique challenges that Colel Chabad intends to rise to
JERUSALEM—For most of its 300-year history, Colel Chabad, the oldest charity in the Holy Land, has served Jewish refugees, immigrants and the displaced from around the world. Over the centuries, most who arrived in the land of Israel desperate and impover...
Bringing the joy of the holiday to more people than ever before
From the asphalt avenues of major cities to the cobblestoned streets of small towns and villages; from massive sports stadiums to rural private homes; from 15,000 large public menorahs to the small shining lights of 700,000 tin ones distributed this year ...
It is kindled for 43rd year in outdoor ceremony on White House Ellipse
In what many scholars have credited for bringing the message of Chanukah into mainstream American public consciousness, the annual lighting of the National Menorah in Washington, D.C., took place for the 43rd year on the first night of the holiday. “The E...
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