December 4, 2012 Many Jewish families celebrate with foods such as latkes and donuts that are fried in oil, to honor a holiday miracle. But some Jews also eat dishes like blintzes and kugels that are made with cheese. How did cheese make it onto the menu? The story starts with a beautiful widow.
December 4, 2012 Israel's ambassadors to Britain, France, Denmark, Spain and Sweden were summoned to hear criticism of the plan. The criticism in the U.S. was more muted.
December 4, 2012 After the U.N. voted to give Palestinians "observer state status," Israel announced plans to expand settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Patrick Chappatte doesn't see the U.N. recognition as helpful to the peace process, while Emad Hajjaj has the same opinion of Israel's building plans.
December 1, 2012 The U.N. General Assembly voted this week to upgrade Palestinians' status to "non-member observer state." It's a significant step, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad says. But Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren says the move is actually a step back in the peace process.
December 1, 2012 "Ours is not a bloodline, but a text line," say father-daughter author team Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger. Their new book, Jews And Words, explores the significance of text in the Jewish tradition. "For thousands of years, we Jews had nothing but books," Oz says. "They became part of the family life."
November 30, 2012 Israel announced the plans a day after the U.N. voted to upgrade Palestine to a non-member observer state. The United States called the plans "counterproductive."
November 30, 2012 The country's ultra-Orthodox Jews control kosher certification, but some restaurants are raising objections and forming their own rival certification association. The dispute is part of a wider debate over how Israel should manage the relationship between church and state.
November 29, 2012 The move gives the area the same status as the Vatican, but more importantly, it gives it access to other U.N. bodies like the International Criminal Court. This is a victory for the Palestinian Authority and a diplomatic setback for Israel and the United States.