Fri March 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Bulgaria Expresses 'Regret' For Holocaust Deportation Of Jews

For the first time, the Bulgarian National Assembly is expressing "regret" for deporting more than 11,000 Jews to German death camps.

The declaration passed today is truly bitter sweet, because while it calls the deportations a "criminal act," it also praises Bulgarian citizens and politicians for saving more than 48,000 Jews during the Holocaust.

The BBC explains:

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Thu March 7, 2013
The Salt

Plague Of Locusts Has Israelis Asking: Are They Kosher For Passover?

Originally published on Fri March 15, 2013 2:54 pm

An Israeli cook displays locusts at a restaurant in Jerusalem, at a 2010 event promoting locusts as a tasty kosher treat.
Olivier Fitoussi AP

A swarm of locusts that has devastated crops in Egypt made its way into neighboring Israel this week. And with Passover just around the corner, many news outlets couldn't resist noting the shades of the biblical tale of Exodus, when the insects were one of 10 plagues that descended upon Pharaoh and his people.

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Sun March 3, 2013
Movie Interviews

Film Hoists 'Hava Nagila' Up Onto A Chair, In Celebration Of Song And Dance

Originally published on Sun March 10, 2013 6:43 am

Jenny Jimenez Katahdin Productions/More Horses Productions

Whether you love it or you hate it, you know it: "Hava Nagila." Maybe you grew up listening to Harry Belafonte's rendition, or found yourself in a chair being hoisted into the air by a singing crowd at your wedding or bat mitzvah. The kitschy Jewish standard lends itself particularly well to group singalongs and celebrity covers — but where did it come from?

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Sun March 3, 2013
The Salt

Family Keeps Jewish Soulfood Alive At New York 'Appetizing' Store

Originally published on Mon March 4, 2013 12:28 pm

Russ and Daughters, which opened on the Lower East Side in 1914, specializes in smoked fish.
Courtesy of Jen Snow, Russ and Daughters


Mon February 11, 2013
Middle East

Women In Prayer Shawls Detained At Judaism's Holiest Site

Originally published on Thu February 21, 2013 7:40 am

Rabbi Susan Silverman (center, left), the sister of American comedian Sarah Silverman, along with her teenage daughter Hallel Abramowitz (center, right), are arrested by Israeli police as they leave the Western Wall in Jerusalem, on Monday.
Jim Hollander EPA/Landov

Police in Jerusalem on Monday detained 10 women for wearing the tallit, a Jewish prayer shawl traditionally worn by men, while praying at the Western Wall.

The Women of the Wall have been fighting for years for permission to worship in the manner that men do at the Western Wall, the holiest site in Judaism for prayer. The stone structure is part of the retaining wall that surrounded the Second Jewish Temple, which was destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70.

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