A Royal Bat Mitzvah in Cambodia

Jan. 15 2020

Born in Washington, DC to the then-Cambodian ambassador to the U.S., Susie Koroghli (née Thay) is the granddaughter of King Monivong, who ruled the country until his death in 1941. Raised in the U.S. as a Buddhist, Susie eventually converted to Judaism and married Ray Koroghli, a Persian-American Jew. They recently traveled to Cambodia to celebrate the bat mitzvah of their daughter Elior, as Menachem Posner writes:

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More about: Bat mitzvah, Judaism, Southeast Asia

The Knesset Has Resumed Its Business, but Both Sides Have Broken Unwritten Rules

March 27 2020

Yesterday, eleven months of political stalemate in Israel appeared to have come to an end as the sitting prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and his main rival, Benny Gantz, agreed to form a unity government together with some of the smaller parties. This development has fractured Gantz’s Blue and White party into its constituent factions. Meanwhile, the resignation of Yuli Edelstein as interim Knesset speaker—a position meant to be occupied for just a few hours, but which he has held for nearly a year—has allowed the Knesset to resume business as usual.

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More about: Benjamin Netanyahu, Benny Gantz, Israeli politics, Knesset