Archaeologists Uncover the Bimah of Vilna’s Great Synagogue

A team of researchers excavating the destroyed main synagogue in what is now the Lithuanian city of Vilnius (formerly Vilna) have found its bimah—the elevated central platform holding a table on which the Torah is read. Jewish Heritage Europe reports:

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More about: Archaeology, East European Jewry, History & Ideas, Holocaust, Lithuania, Synagogues, Vilna

Should Israel Worry about the Sale of Advanced Aircraft to the UAE?

Sept. 24 2020

On Tuesday, the Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz came to Washington and met with his American counterpart Mark Esper to discuss the possibility that the U.S. will sell its top-of-the-line F-35 jets to the United Arab Emirates. Despite the breakthrough in relations between Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi, many Israelis fear that selling the aircraft to the UAE would erode the Jewish state’s qualitive military edge over its neighbors—which the U.S. is required to by an act of Congress to uphold. Shimon Arad explains these concerns:

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More about: Benny Gantz, Israeli Security, United Arab Emirates, US-Israel relations