China wants more Israeli tourism

By Jennifer Lipman, June 15, 2010

Israeli backpackers have become a familiar sight around Asian destinations like Thailand and India. Now China wants to be part of the lucrative Israeli tourism market.

The Chinese tourism minister, Shao Qiwei, has announced plans to encourage tourism links between the two countries.

Following a meeting with his Israeli counterpart in Shanghai, he described the country as an intriguing holiday spot and said that the two countries will hold a joint tourism conference.


Why the Torah is green

By Rabbi Ariel Abel, February 5, 2009

In February 2008, a fig tree was mauled in Bodh Gaya, India. Allegations focused on a thick branch of the tree that was mysteriously lopped off and sold in Thailand in 2006. The branch reappeared for sale on the black market; accusations of corruption followed. Apparently, police never resolved the case; it was hard to conclude whether the tree had been legitimately pruned, or whether the nefarious activities of the black marketeers were to blame. Nowadays, the tree is surrounded by protective railings.


'Moishy cried for his mother.'

By Anshel Pfeffer and Leon Symons, December 4, 2008

Shimon and Yehudit Rosenberg knew that their daughter, Rivka, and son-in-law, Gavriel Holzberg, were dead. But they still insisted on celebrating Shabbat in a joyful atmosphere.


Zaki Cooper in Colombo

By Zaki Cooper, November 6, 2008

The Rabbi shows off a photo from his collection. It's of a man - dressed as a Tibetan monk - wearing a kippah and lighting a menorah.

"This man was born a Jew but now practises as a Buddhist monk. He is not the only one. I have met a few."

For Rabbi Mendi Crombie and his wife, Talia, reaching out to "Jew-Bu's" is only part of their assignment in Sri Lanka. They came to the country two years ago to set up the Chabad centre in Colombo - a difficult job because - unlike India - Sri Lanka has no indigenous Jewish community.


Finding the faith in India

By Francesca Segal, September 26, 2008