Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef died at age 93 after suffering a number of illnesses. Hundreds of his supporters assembled outside Hadassah University Hospital to grieve, and thousands more are already making their way to Jerusalem to attend his funeral.
Haaretz's Yair Ettinger brings you the life and accomplishments of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, kingmaker of Israeli politics and setter of Jewish law, who inspired a renaissance in Sephardic religious life.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the Iranian people in an interview with the BBC's Persian service. But instead gaining sympathy he angered Iranian youth by saying: "If the people of Iran were free they could wear jeans and listen to Western music." Young Iranians responded with a 'jeans protest' – ridiculing Netayanhu and mocking Israel's intelligence agencies.
Two Americans, James Rothman and Randy Schekman, and Germany's Thomas Suedhof, won the 2013 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine. The Nobel committee said their research deepened our understanding of how cellular transportation contributes to neurological diseases, diabetes and immunological disorders.
Following intense debate, Women of the Wall, the pluralistic group that has been at the forefront of the battle to wrest control of the Western Wall from the ultra-Orthodox, has agreed to back down from its longstanding demand that it be allowed to hold its monthly prayer service at the women's section of the holy site. In a compromise with the government, the organization has agreed to move its Rosh Chodesh morning service to the new egalitarian prayer plaza slated for construction on the other side of the Mughrabi Bridge, as long as a list of conditions they submitted is met.
Almost four and a half years after delivering a moderate speech in which he publicly embracing the two-state solution for the first time, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu returned to the same podium at Bar-Ilan University more hawkish than ever. He declared that "unless Palestinians recognize the Jewish state and give up on the right of return there will not be peace."
Turkey is building a two-meter wall along part of its border with Syria to try and stem illegal migration and smuggling. The wall would span just a fraction of the 900-km (560-mile) border, near an area of frequent fighting, but highlights Ankara's growing concern about the spillover of violence from northern Syria, a battleground for myriad armed groups in a scramble to grab territory.
Canadian journalists John Greyson and Tarek Loubani were prevented from boarding a flight from Cairo to Frankfurt, Germany after their names appeared on a "stop-list" issued by prosecutors. The two were released from an Egyptian prison Sunday morning, after being held without charges since mid-August.
The decision by Get Taxi, the popular mobile phone app, to cancel the surcharge paid the drivers responding to a order has taxi drivers up in arms. Drivers are considering holding a warning strike on Thursday morning in protest.
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