In addition, civil marriage is banned in Israel, meaning that in the small number of cases where Jews and Arabs want to wed, they can do so only by leaving the country for a ceremony abroad. Yuval Yonay, a sociologist at Haifa University, said the number of interracial marriages was "too small to be studied." "Separation between Jews and Arabs is so ingrained in Israeli society, it is surprising that anyone manages to escape these central controls." The team in Petah Tikva, a Jewish city of 200,000 residents, was created in direct response to news that two Jewish girls, aged 17 and 19, were accompanying a group of young Arab men when they allegedly beat a Jewish man, Leonard Karp, to death last month on a Tel Aviv beach. The girls' involvement with the Arab youths has revived general concern that a once-firm taboo against interracial dating is beginning to erode among some young people.
Not only are they human, they are a soul, a spark of the divine. Understanding how to think about (and refer to) our friends searching for their soul mates is one thing, but understanding how to act is another. You always have your compassion, love and warmth to share.
I came across the following story in a friend's Facebook status the other day: I experienced the most frustrating situation today.
I was walking by a restaurant and saw an old man lying on the sidewalk, clearly recently collapsed, with his cane by his side.
In the early 1900s Shalom Schwarzbard became active in the radical socialist movement in Russia and was a member of the Jewish self-defense units during the pogroms of 1905-1907.
Shortly thereafter, Shalom Schwarzbard left Russia. He travelled through Lemberg (Lwów, now L'viv, Ukraine), Budapest, Vienna, Italy, and ended up in Paris, France in 1910, where he worked at various watchmaker workshops.