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Hasidic radicals bellow down Tel Aviv’s streets

Hasidic radicals bellow down Tel Aviv's streets

The monotonous din of traffic permeated the air on Tel Aviv’s Sheinkin Street on a recent Friday afternoon, when, suddenly, a large white cargo van whipped around the corner, blasting music from a pair of huge roof-mounted loudspeakers. A few people walking on the crowded sidewalks stopped to stare as five bearded young men wearing white-knit, tassel-topped yarmulkes leaped out, dancing to the thud of electronic bass beats.


Pasta for Shabbat: Israel’s Italian Jewish community

Pasta for Shabbat: Israel's Italian Jewish community

The synagogue at 27 Hillel Street, in the heart of Jerusalem, is no ordinary synagogue. It is the fulcrum of Israel’s unique Italian Jewish community. The Italian-Jewish identity is a complicated one: sometimes painful and contradictory, and always with a special Italian flair. But recently, the Italian synagogue was given an ultimatum, one that could threaten this vibrant community.


Torn between two worlds and an uncertain future

Torn between two worlds and an uncertain future

Armenians have lived in Jerusalem for more than a millennium but war and emigration have taken a toll on this ancient Christian community.


The downside of social media

The downside of social media

The March 15 Palestinian youth quickly learned to use Facebook and Twitter to organize their movement. They are now learning to tackle the “evils” of social media.


Nonviolent resistance in the Holy Land

Nonviolent resistance in the Holy Land

In a region riddled with violence and an urge to settle the score as opposed to forgive and make peace, there are still many people and groups who advocate for nonviolence.


Abortion issue heats up in the Holy Land

Abortion issue heats up in the Holy Land

When Mali Aharon became pregnant in 2005, she stood, figuratively speaking, at the same way station her parents had, paralyzed by fear. She was broke, alone and didn’t know what to do. But as an Israeli, she had options.


Amid conflict, churches place faith in divestment

Amid conflict, churches place faith in divestment

Some say that church organizations that invest their holdings in companies that do business with Israel are contributing to what they see as the degradation of the Palestinian people.


The flight of the faithful: Local Christians leaving the Holy Land

The flight of the faithful: Local Christians leaving the Holy Land

Every Easter season, Christian pilgrims flock to the Holy Land to reconnect to their religious roots. In 2010, more than two million visited the region, and even more are projected this year. But while tourism in the Holy Land is on the rise, the number of local Christians is on the decline. Dennis Murphy reports.


Dual identities: Indian Jews in Israel

Dual identities: Indian Jews in Israel

After 2,000 years, Jews of Indian origin have come full circle. Just as they struggled to keep their Jewish culture alive in India, they are now struggling to keep their Indian culture alive in Israel. Raksha Kumar documents the dual identities of Indian Jews in Israel.


We are Egypt

We are Egypt

The unfinished film “We are Egypt,” directed by Lillie Paquette, is a reminder that the Egyptian revolution did not happen overnight; it was simmering throughout the past two years. It also gives faces and names to those unknown heroes who were instrumental in starting the revolution through Facebook and Twitter.


Captives freed; lessons learned

Captives freed; lessons learned

Just 10 days after they were released from captivity in Libya, four New York Times correspondents shared behind-the-scenes stories and lessons learned with students at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism Thursday evening.


Violence returns to Jerusalem

Violence returns to Jerusalem

After three years of relative calm, a serious terror attack strikes Jerusalem.


Witnessing a Jerusalem bombing

Witnessing a Jerusalem bombing

Both Arabs and Israelis point to bullet holes in Old City walls, each one a testament to a war, a skirmish, a killing. These holes are never filled; they are preserved as monuments to deaths gone by.


Getting to the Holy Land: March 10, 2011

Getting to the Holy Land: March 10, 2011

Standing on the Mount of Olives with the city stretching as far as we could see, sixteen of us – each a tourist, pilgrim and journalist – was made fully aware that we were no longer in New York City.