Michele Chabin is an author at Religion News Service.
Second coronavirus lockdown in Israel frustrates many religious Jews’ plans for High Holidays
JERUSALEM (RNS) — The three-week shutdown is timed not only to take advantage of the slow pace of the High Holiday period, but is also an acknowledgment that crowded religious institutions were a coronavirus breeding ground this past winter.
Orthodox Jewish students embrace gap year in Israel, despite COVID-19
JERUSALEM (RNS) — COVID-19 can’t keep 17,000 international students from taking a gap year in Israel.
In Jerusalem, thousands of Israeli women mark the end of 7 years of daily Talmud study
JERUSALEM (RNS) — This past week, a group of women gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate the completion of a Daf Yomi cycle — more than seven years of daily Talmud study.
Women’s group brings Torahs to Western Wall, faces backlash from conservatives
JERUSALEM (RNS) — Several hundred schoolchildren, seminary students and adults gathered at the Western Wall to protest Women of the Wall members who brought Torah scrolls to pray with in the women’s section.
Demi Lovato’s controversial trip to Israel included exploring Jewish roots
While in the Holy Land, Lovato and her mother met with an expert on Sephardic Jews, who are descended from Jews expelled from Spain and Portugal 500 years ago.
Archaeologists uncover mosaic floor from 5th century church near Sea of Galilee
JERUSALEM (RNS) — A fire that destroyed an ancient Holy Land church near the Sea of Galilee around 700 CE appears to have preserved the church’s beautiful mosaic floor, which includes depictions of baskets, loaves and fish as well as inscriptions.
Exhibition in Jerusalem challenges perceptions of modestly dressed women
JERUSALEM (RNS) — Featuring women from different cultures, the multimedia investigation of modest dress shows that the common denominator is a thirst for spiritual meaning.
Rabbis express concern about excesses of Purim celebrations
JERUSALEM (RNS) — For many Jews, the holiday of Purim has become too commercialized, and alcohol, according to one rabbi, ‘has become the star of the holiday.’
The little-known Jewish holiday that draws Israelis outdoors
JERUSALEM (RNS) Sukkot, which both secular and religious Israelis celebrate, is so ubiquitous that almost every Israeli restaurant and Jewish-owned mall constructs a sukkah for its customers.