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In June, I went to the Western Wall for the bar mitzvah of a cousin from Ohio who was studying in Jerusalem. It was my first visit to the Wall since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bar mitzvah was probably a more meaningful rite of passage for the bar mitzvah “boy” because he decided to become a bar mitzvah in his early 20s, rather than at 13.

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Jewish men cover with prayer shwals hold the four plant species - palm leave stalk, citrus, myrtle and willow-branches as they take part in th…

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“I was shocked to hear … senior officials from the former government discussing other communities within the United States as the main relations of the Israeli government,” said Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, referring to former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer on evangelical Christians.

The post Taking jab at previous government, Lapid aims to prioritize relations with Diaspora Jewry appeared first on JNS.org.

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Jewish priests, or kohanim, perform the Priestly Blessing at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City during morning prayers on the second day…