Matisyahu Shaves His Beard and Fan Base

December 14, 2011

Matisyahu, the world’s most famous Chassidic reggae “superstar” has just shaved his trademark beard. The people who care about the man and his music have become polarized. Matisyahu’s Twitter pictures and Facebook post were ambiguous and cryptic about the future of his religious life. And if anyone bothered to take a look at the whole picture instead of sharing half baked opinions on the Huffington Post, they’d have realized that this far more than some simple story about a Chassidic Jewish man named “Matthew Paul Miller” deciding to simply shave his beard. There is a great deal more that hangs in the balance of how this reggae opera ultimately plays out. Read more

Prince Charles Scoffs at Visiting Israel

November 17, 2007

Senior aides to Britain’s Prince Charles said there is “no chance” the prince would ever visit Israel as such a visit would boost Israel’s international image. Read more

Jewish Povery Rate Higher in US than Israel

November 17, 2007

Every day at 6 P.M. 72 Jews come to the Ezra Center in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. They come to eat dinner. Although the meal is provided by a respectable caterer and served in a place called Uptown Cafe, this is unmistakably a soup kitchen. Read more

Anti-Semitism Grows in the Netherlands

November 17, 2007

Anti-Semitic incidents in the Netherlands have leapt by 64 percent last year, according a report by a veteran Jewish non-profit organization. Read more

France Arrests Islamic Militants

November 16, 2007

French authorities have detained seven suspected Islamic militants who allegedly trained to fight in Iraq by firing weapons in the woods of eastern France, police officials said Friday. Read more

Police Arrest Sexual Abuser Rabbi In Israel

November 16, 2007

Police arrested on Friday a self-styled rabbi, a spokesman said, twenty-three years after New York police charged him with sexual abuse. Read more

PA Wants Recognition But Still Denies Israel

November 16, 2007

Senior Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat appeared to soften his position Thursday but still rejected Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s call for explicit Palestinian recognition of Israel as “the Jewish state,” saying he was baffled as to why Olmert wanted to “poke us in the eye” over the issue. Read more

Arabs Should Return Land to Expelled Jews

November 16, 2007

Hundreds of thousands of Jews who left their homes in Arab countries following the establishment of the State of Israel. The government should negotiate for their rights and return of their lands as part of any future peace agreement with the Palestinians, the president of the World Organization of Jews from Arab Countries said Thursday. Read more