This morning, Israeli police burst into a house at 5:30 am to detain someone. His crime? He was a Conservative rabbi who presided over non-Orthodox weddings.
Conservative Rabbi Dov Haiyun of…Moriah Congregation in Haifa was taken for questioning following a complaint filed against him by the Rabbinical Court in Haifa for allegedly "marrying those who are not eligible to be married." Today’s incident was the first attempt in Israel to enforce a 2013 law forbidding performing weddings outside the Rabbinate, a law carrying a sentence… >> Read More
Israelis love pregnant women. Its seems that moms-to-be are everywhere — not to mention scores of "helpful" people who want to offer their advice about nausea, diet, where to give birth, and so on…— and Israelis are generous when it comes to giving seats to pregnant women on public transportation. Israeli women can recuperate from childbirth in one of four upscale "baby hotels," and all new mamas enjoy three months of government-mandated maternity leave. And now, being an expectant mother in Israel just got a little bit better:… >> Read More
Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely is a super-mom and a super-lawmaker.
Two weeks ago she gave birth to her third daughter in five years. Despite being out on maternity leave because…as we mentioned, she GAVE BIRTH TWO WEEKS AGO, yesterday, she showed up at the Israeli Parliament to vote on several pieces of legislation, including one bill that would require more ultra-Orthodox men to enlist in the army. The baby, named Noa, was born prematurely, Hotovely said on her Facebook page in a post a week… >> Read More
Prince William's royal visit to Israel has been pretty standard: He visited the Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem, played soccer in Jaffa, and went to the beach in Tel Aviv beach.
Being the helpful…people that we are, we had some suggestions for what Prince William should do when he's in Tel Aviv. But he surprised us all by meeting none other than newly-minted Israeli pop superstar Netta Barzilai! Barzilai — whose catchy, empowering song won the Eurovision contest this year — has become one of Israel's biggest stars. Wearing a… >> Read More
In a historic visit, Prince William — the British royal who's married to Kate Middleton — is traveling to Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Territories later in June.
Sadly, his adorable…kids won't be with him. But, nonetheless, the prince's visit will be one for the record books: He is the first member of the royal family to visit Israel on an official visit. In a statement, Kensington Palace outlined his itinerary. He's visiting Yad Vashem with the British Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, meeting Prime Minister… >> Read More