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Coronavirus: Restaurants, event halls, grades 7-10 to open Sunday

Coronavirus commissioner warns that Purim infractions might lead to Passover lockdown, asks to wait with new round of openings as R rate climbs to 1.

At the ceremony marking the 100th ordination of a graduate from Hebrew Union College’s Israeli Refor

Conversion ruling inevitable clash of democracy with sectarian monopoly

During those fifty years, calls for greater religious pluralism for non-Orthodox Jews in Israel have grown ever louder,

AVICHAI MANDELBLIT

A-G institutes lengthy approval process for foreign vaccine aid

Israel has already donated about 22,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Coronavirus: Post-pandemic tourism hopes breed excitement, skepticism

Royal Caribbean will begin cruises from Israel as a test case, while locals are bitter and skeptical of government plans

01/03/2021
Reform Jews pray in Jerusalem [Illustrative]

Can't blame court: Knesset failed to settle conversion for 15 years

he court’s decision on Monday basically balances out the existing situation, recognizing conversions performed in Israel as well.

01/03/2021

Israel Elections: Israel needs leadership with empathy - analysis

Winston Churchill was blessed with this trait in abundance.

01/03/2021

Shira Haas to star in new show about Golda Meir

Barbra Streisand will executive produce Lioness, a drama series about the life of Meir.

Coronavirus: High Court limits Shin Bet surveillance of citizens

After March 14, Shin Bet can use surveillance only for citizens who don't cooperate or recall whereabouts to assist in epidemiological probes.

The IDF West Bank Courts continues to be disrupted by political and legal battle.

IDF to ask court to respect reprimand of commander of suicidal soldier

Appeal comes after district court blocked disciplining the commander

UAE Ambassador to Israel Muhammad Mahmoud Al Khaja with Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi

First-ever UAE ambassador to Israel presents credentials

Ashkenazi: We have a historic opportunity to present a model of warm, comprehensive peace.

Anti-Netanyahu protest leader Amir Haskel attacked

"This is what Netanyahu's culture of incitement and division looks like."

By HADASSAH BRENNER
01/03/2021

Iranian, Israeli judo bromance to be subject of US miniseries

MGM and Tadmor describe this as a story of bravery and friendship against all odds, infused by the spirit of sportsmanship.

Netanyahu trial initial witness list set finalized

Prosecution filed final documents with the court

Nurit Zarchi wins Israel Prize in Literature and Poetry

Zarchi has written more than 100 books in a variety of fields, including poetry, fiction novels and children literature, as well as essays and articles.

Sa'ar: Palestinians must be stopped from seizing control of Area C

In the past he has attacked Netanyahu for not doing enough to halt illegal Palestinian building in Area C, and he continued in that vein on Sunday.

Gov't fails to fix unconstitutional surrogacy law, requests more time

The state claims that the government and Health Ministry were too busy dealing with the coronavirus outbreak to take the time to deal with fixing the law.

01/03/2021

IDF identifies reservist who died in car crash

He was posthumously promoted to the rank of Staff-Sgt.-Maj.

01/03/2021

Who finds better deals shopping online? Men or women?

The study included an analysis of 66 million online transactions.

Central public library planned for Jerusalem

New central public library planned for Jerusalem

Residents will be able to borrow thousands of books from the library as well as have access to multimedia systems and internet access.

Israel to provide COVID vaccines to Sinai peacekeepers, official says

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said 2,400 doses would be provided but did not elaborate on the terms or the timing of the handover.

By REUTERS
01/03/2021
Tel Aviv Magistrates Court shortly before hearing of Yarin Sherf, suspected of raping a 13-year-old

Yarin Sherf, accused of rape of 13-year-old, has arrest extended four days

Sherf is a known figure on the TikTok platform and has previously sent messages to women in a blatant and insulting manner.

By ALON HOCHMON/MAARIV
01/03/2021
Erman Skyman, (R) the Superintendent of the Tel Aviv police coastal patrol unit and Shlomo Maman, 44

Coastal Police rescues mother, five children from high tide

The family had set out earlier on a cruise, but lost control of the motor when a rope got tangled in it.

A political misfire from King Abdullah following Gantz meeting - analysis

All of this contact between the Israeli center-left and Jordan is in the context of King Abdullah refusing to speak with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

A poster illustrating the chained marriage of Rivka, 41, who has been refused divorce by her husband

Agunas are 'strangled' in abusive marriages - so they protested

"The pain in my heart is deep as I remain in a state of perpetual waiting," said Rivka, 41, one of the women featured on the posters in the protest.

Was the attack on the Israeli cargo ship successful?

Some link this incident to the unsuccessful attempts by Iran and its proxies to avenge the death of senior Iranian figures, such as top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.

01/03/2021

How did Israel go from Start-up Nation to Stranded Nation? - analysis

Thousands of Israelis are sleeping on airport floors and benches, posting pictures to Facebook and Instagram that are reminiscent of Steven Spielberg’s “The Terminal.”

Travelers at Ben-Gurion Airport in March - to bring tourists back to Israel is not an act of lunacy.

Will foreigners be allowed to enter Israel by Passover? - Explainer

Countries using different vaccination protocols and documentation methods make it hard to open borders.

European UNSC members: IDF must halt razing of Palestinian Humsa tents

Demarche issued to Israel, UN says 185% increase in demolitions.

Volunteers struggle to clean oil spill as new stains keep arriving

Pollution levels at Rosh HaNikra beach went up on Sunday to moderate-heavy as new stains washed ashore.

Israeli policemen detain a protester during clashes in the Israeli-Arab town of Umm el-Fahm

Umm el-Fahm freezes policing activities after violent weekend

Umm al-Fahm Mayor Dr. Samir Mahamid, who was injured during Friday's protest, has claimed that the police statement was "misleading at best."

Shushan Purim marked by traffic jams, illegal gatherings, maskless meals

Hundreds of people have begun walking with their families to Jerusalem on foot along the edges of the highway, after being turned away at checkpoints.

Greek tanker not source of oil spill – Israeli environmental ministry

The "Minerva Helen" was until now one of the main suspects in the incident.

28/02/2021

KKL-JNF board in uproar over ‘undemocratic vote’ to buy Palestinian land

The KKL-JNF said in response that on Thursday the KKL-JNF’s board of directors approved a specific budget totaling NIS 138 million.

MyHeritage CEO: Our acquisition rewards our workers and helps us grow

The genealogy testing company was just acquired by US investment firm Francisco Partners for an estimated $600 million.

28/02/2021

UAE ambassador set to arrive in Israel tomorrow

Austrian Chancellor, Danish PM to visit to discuss COVID vaccine production with Netanyahu.

Shushan Purim celebrations amid ongoing coronavirus outbreak in Jerusalem, Feb. 28, 2021

Confirmed COVID patient found while dispersing underground Purim parties

In body-camera footage released by the Yiftach Distric Police, the woman can be seen reacting to the information, telling the officers that her isolation period had already finished "ages ago."

IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kochavi saluting at a commander-changing ceremony of the 8200 intel

Iran behind attack on Israeli-owned ship, Kochavi confirms

The IDF chief said that "the State of Israel is constantly dealing with multiple threats. All of our fronts are active, and all these fronts require updated, real-time intelligence."

28/02/2021

Israel designates PFLP international branch as a terrorist organization

According to a Defense Ministry press release, representatives of the organization are active in many countries in Europe and North America.

28/02/2021

Weizmann Institute, Mohamed Bin Zayed University launch joint AI program

Joint research projects by teams from the two institutions will form the core of the program.

Noa Kirel hits all the right notes in ad honoring Kishon’s ‘The Policeman’

It was the second Israeli film, and the second film by Kishon, to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Coronavirus vaccination: Over 8 million doses administered in Israel

The fund’s general immunization rate is 74% of its members over the age of 16, it said.

Jerusalem man arrested for allegedly abusing his dog

The Jerusalem city vet was brought in to treat the dog.

Park Hama'ayanot

In shadow of COVID, Tourism Ministry to provide free 'open air' tours

There will be around 1,600 free tours available over the course of the month • "Go out for a walk and thereby help the guides and the tourism industry,” tourism minister says

A general view of a Mobileye autonomous driving test vehicle, at the Mobileye headquarters

Driverless vehicle testing to be promoted in new legislation in Israel

The draft for the legislation will concern itself with giving the minister the authority to set guidelines on how testing for these vehicles will be conducted.

Tel Aviv bars

Passover reliefs could be at risk as thousands break Purim guidelines

More than 30 people die from COVID-19 over Shabbat | Just over half of Israel’s population has had at least one dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

A gray whale seen off the coast of Israel

Sperm whale spotted off Israeli coast in rare sighting - watch

Steps are being taken to ensure that the whale was not harmed by the oil spill that brought tar to Israel's shores.

New dolphin sighted at Eilat harbor, sparking hope of a romance - watch

Nature lovers hope the dolphin is male so that he may pair with a female of his species also sighted in the area.

With Green Passport program unfolded, Israelis plan vacations

Top destinations include the United Arab Emirates, Morocco, Spain, the Seychelles and the Maldives as well as a number of ski resorts that still offer the last days of snow.

From Finland to Tel Aviv: Israelis wave flags and call on Netanyahu to go

Pro-Netanyahu youth drives into protest crowd in Kiryat Ono.

Oil spill in Mediterranean: Additional slick confirmed, might hit Israel

Combining IAF drones and satellite images, experts say the slick could hit Israel in days.

Family of killed IDF soldier donates organs, saves dying COVID-19 patient

The family of the late soldier, Yonatan Granot, decided to donate his organs, saving the lives of five people.

New immigrants arrive at Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport on Purim, February 26, 2021

Aliyah flights from Ethiopia, Ukraine land in Israel despite coronavirus

Ben-Gurion Airport was shut on Jan. 25 to all commercial flights due to the government’s concerns over the entry of COVID-19 variants into the country.

Israeli collected information on Iron Dome for Hamas - Shin Bet

Mohammad Abu Adra's background allowed him to move freely between Rehovot in Israel and Rafah in Gaza via the Erez crossing.

Russia looking for Eli Cohen's remains as part of prisoner swap - report

Russian forces have been digging for more than three weeks in the cemetery at the Yarmouk refugee camp.

27/02/2021

Amid Syria strikes, CENTCOM Air Force chief visits Israel

Following the visit, Norkin said that the "strategic cooperation with American forces enables us to learn and grow.

27/02/2021
 Tel Aviv Synagogue

Great Synagogue of Tel Aviv to get a facelift

Construction on the synagogue is expected to begin mid-2022 and should be complete by 2025.

Satellite footage points to another oil slick making its way to Israel

The Environmental Protection Ministry is investigating the report and its credibility.

By YUVAL BAGNO/MAARIV
27/02/2021

IDF suggests followers ‘use’ Hezbollah-hired shepherd's look for Purim

The tweet comes after the recent prisoner swap in which shepherds were handed back to Syria.

Israeli vaccine refuseniks fear exclusion as economy reopens

"Whoever does not get vaccinated will be left behind."

By REUTERS
27/02/2021

Tel Aviv Municipality holds concert for vaccinated seniors

Seasoned Israeli pop-rock singer Nurit Galron performed for the crowd of 300 vaccinated seniors, which took place at the Wohl Amphitheater.

Bezalel, Shalva NGO and TOM make Purim costumes for kids with disabilities

The initiative to make the costumes began after caretakers and parents mobilized on Zoom in order to coordinate the task by meeting with some of the children.

Jerusalem judges travel to hospital to arrange divorce for blind couple

The complexity of the situation was due to the hatband having had a severe stroke six years earlier.

Israeli policemen detain a protester during clashes in the Israeli-Arab town of Umm el-Fahm

Joint List MK injured during weekly Umm al-Fahm protests, four arrested

The weekly protests usually attract hundreds of participants. And while clashes with police are not uncommon, this week's protest was exceptional in their scope.

Masa students vaccinated against COVID-19 thanks to Health Ministry, MDA

While the young Jewish students are not Israelis, they spend months in Israel, and so the decision to offer them the vaccination was made.

UAE's ambassador to Israel expected to arrive Monday for first visit

Upon arrival, the new ambassador is expected to undergo a coronavirus test and await results.

Hundreds of Fellowship volunteers visit 1,500 lonely elderly on Purim

Hundreds of Fellowship volunteers visit 1,500 lonely elderly on Purim

The operation will take place in 22 cities across the country and under strict adherence to coronavirus safety rules and Ministry of Health guidelines.

Yarin Sherf named as suspect in alleged rape of 13-year-old at corona hotel

The hotel, designated for youth at risk and welfare recipients, is wired with many security cameras which will hopefully provide police with a clearer picture of the incident.

Cyprus

Cyprus' hotels want to open for Israelis during Passover - Will they?

“We are asking for the deal to come into force earlier, so hoteliers can prepare the reopening of their businesses two weeks before the arrival of tourists from Israel.”

The Instagram application is seen on a phone screen August 3, 2017.

Instagram's Reels and Music features to arrive in Israel

These short videos can be customized to include a thumbnail, a description, and hashtags.

From Purim to Purim: What Israel has learned in a year of coronavirus

NATIONAL AFFAIRS: Coronavirus has upended Israeli life more than any other disaster, and in the process, we've learned more about ourselves and our country, the good and the bad.

26/02/2021

Horror film ‘The Vigil’ brings Jewish demonology to the big screen

Mazziks are invisible, low-level demons that, Director Keith Thomas explains, were created with little “sparks of life” left over from the days of creation.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
26/02/2021

Tel Aviv Grand Slam gold medalist Timna Nelson-Levy living her best life

The Israeli-American 26-year-old judoka spoke to the Jerusalem Post about winning the Grand Slam gold medal, earning Olympic berth.

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
26/02/2021

Israel issues urgent ban on all seafood distribution

Mediterranean oil spill grinds fishing industry to a halt.

By URI COHEN/THE MEDIA LINE
26/02/2021
Shaare Tzedek coronavirus unit

26-year-old with COVID-19 dies suddenly in his home

A second young victim, 23, died later from the virus.

Israel to put on hold program to send vaccines abroad amid legal scrutiny

Health officials: Next stage of coronavirus reliefs could be delayed due to infection spike

Rafael marks milestone in development of I-Derby ER air-to-air missile

In a test series held earlier this week, Rafael completed the development of the ground-based air defense version of the missile.

25/02/2021

Coronavirus electronic bracelet: How does it work?

A pilot project offering returnees from abroad the possibility to isolate at home with the monitoring device instead of in hotels will be launched on Sunday next week.

Mashina’s Iggy Dayan beats to a different drum

There is far more to Dayan than meets the eye, and ears, than his sterling powerhouse work with the megastar rock band.

25/02/2021

Hacker exposes hundreds of students to porno during Purim event

"The teacher told us it's a hacker working from abroad, but it's pretty obvious that a student did it," one student said.

By ELIAV BATITO/MAARIV ONLINE
25/02/2021

Coronavirus: Setting the stage for a return to live performances

The vast majority of artists from across the disciplinary spectrum are itching to get back on stage, and to get away from the sterile setting of Zoom-facilitated presentations.

25/02/2021

After SolarWinds hack, Israel reexamines its cybersecurity

CYBER SECURITY AFFAIRS: Israel is no stranger to the dangers of state-run cyberattacks.

Israel oil spill: How did it happen and what will we do going forward?

ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS: ‘We need to draw a line in the sand’

By MAX KAPLAN-ZANTOPP
25/02/2021
Lockheed Martin Sikorsky's Ch-53K on the tarmac at Berlin Air Show

Defense Ministry chooses CH-53K as IDF’s new heavy-lift helicopters

CH-53Ks are an "urgent" replacement to the aging "Yasur" helicopters.

25/02/2021

David Broza to 'Post' on COVID: No mass music performances until mid-2022

JPost One-on-One weekly 'Zoomcast': David Brinn with Israeli singer-songwriter David Broza - Episode 8

25/02/2021

First COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Honduras from Israel

Honduras and Guatemala, the latter of which has an embassy in Jerusalem, are among the countries that received donated vaccine doses from Israel, diplomatic sources confirmed.

By REUTERS
25/02/2021
Avi Balashnikov, chairman of the Gihon Corporation and Mabati

Bank Leumi to lead financing of the Kidron River Rehabilitation Project

Will lend the Gihon Water and Sewage Corporation and its subsidiary Mabati NIS 450 million in a syndication transaction, out of a total cost of NIS 830 million for the entire project

Orna Alexander, 40 from Montreal to Givat Shmuel and Modi'in, 2002

Aliyah brings one woman from trauma to resilience

The turning point for Orna came when she enrolled in a civilian Krav Maga class to acquire self-defense and combat skills.

By SUSAN DE LA FUENTE
25/02/2021
The Frankelshead off to Russia

Israel: We must not teach history, but instill memory

These are the experiences, like a patchwork quilt, that make up the unique and beloved nation of which we are members.

Jerusalem: The center of world Jewry

Dear matchmaker: Long distance, politics and unauthorized profiles

A weekly column of questions and answers for the Magazine Matchmaker

By ELANA VIVAT
25/02/2021
Bodies brought to Israel in Operation Ayelet Hashachar are laid to rest in Har Herzl in 1992

Sixty years after 46 were lost trying to reach the Holy Land from Morocco

Remembering those who were lost in the fatal tragedy

By NUR YISRAELI
25/02/2021
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