Author: Daphna Berman

Arrests at the Western Wall

16:20 15 November in Latest

  Police detained six members of a women’s prayer group at Jerusalem’s Western Wall this morning, reportedly for refusing to remove their prayer shawls. The group, Women of the Wall, gathers regularly for Rosh Hodesh and held a special prayer service for the residents of Israel’s southern...

Egypt, Israel and a Gaza War

18:59 14 November in Latest

Israel’s Gaza strike, which killed the head of Hamas’ military wing, Ahmed Jabari, may cause a “very significant escalation and could cause a real rupture” in the already fragile relationship between Israel and Egypt, a leading Middle East expert said. “It could mean the beginning of...

The Benefits of Being Neurotic

17:15 14 November in Latest

Neuroticism may actually have health benefits, a new study has found. Contrary to researchers’ hypothesis, neurotic behavior, when paired with conscientiousness, was actually associated with lower levels of interleukin-6 (IL-6), a biomarker for inflammation. Over the course of five years, participants with high neuroticism also had...

The Rainbow of Jewish Life

01:12 13 November in Latest

More than 50 percent of Jewish non-profits are taking “significant steps” to welcome members of the LGBT community, according to a study released yesterday. The Jewish Organization Equality Index (JOEI) was conducted by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT)...

A Jewish Nancy Pelosi?

16:03 09 November in Latest

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee and the first Jewish congresswoman elected from Florida, is eying the much-coveted minority leader position if Nancy Pelosi decides to step down, according to reports. Pelosi, 72, has yet to publicly declare her plans, but a...

Religion and the Vote

14:40 08 November in Latest

President Obama won the Catholic vote by a 2-point margin, while Mitt Romney won support among white Catholics by a 19-point margin, according to analysis of exit polls released yesterday. The analysis, conducted by Faith in Public Life, aimed to shed light on the way that faith...