Tag: The Times of Israel

NFL star Antonio Brown’s mansion has a synagogue in it

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown owns an enormous mansion in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Inside, along with the dozen bedrooms and private movie theater, sits an in-home synagogue.

Brown isn’t Jewish, but he showed off the house (more accurately, one of his multiple houses) and impressive sneaker collection in an interview with Complex magazine on Monday.

“I got a lot of Jewish friends, and a synagogue is where you bless up,” he said when asked about it.

He may have Jewish friends who frequent the synagogue, but the house was originally built by Yizhak and Liat Toledano. Brown bought…

Israel to waive construction permits for US Embassy in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s National Council for Planning and Construction will waive the usual rezoning approval and construction permits for the work in turning the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem into the American embassy.

The council on Tuesday said it would authorize the waiver in order to allow the work to be completed before the planned May 14 move of the embassy from Tel Aviv. The move is timed to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel’s founding.

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump said he may be present for the opening of the embassy in Jerusalem.

Personal seal of prophet Isaiah believed to be uncovered in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An impression of what is believed to be the 2,700-year-old personal seal of the prophet Isaiah was uncovered in Jerusalem.

Isaiah lived during the eighth century BCE and prophesized about the return of the Jews from the Babylonian exile.

Israeli archaeologist Eilat Mazar of the Hebrew University reported on her discovery Thursday in the Biblical Archaeology Review magazine.

The impression of the seal, or bulla, was found during excavations in the area just below the southern wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The seal was found about 10 feet from where a seal of King Hezekiah was found…

Palestinian trying to attack Israeli soldiers dies after being shot and beaten by troops

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian man died after he was shot in the West Bank while attempting to attack Israeli troops and beaten by soldiers after he was downed.

Yassin Omar al-Saradih, 33, ran at a soldier with an iron bar while the troops were conducting an operation in Jericho looking for wanted men, the Israel Defense Forces said.

Footage captured by a security camera shows the man throwing rocks at a soldier, then running at him holding the bar. The Palestinian falls after he is shot in the legs, then soldiers hit the man with their rifle butts…

Israel says it thwarted an Islamic State plan to bomb Australian flight

(JTA) — The Israeli army said it provided intelligence that prevented a plot by the Islamic State to bomb an Australian flight in August.

An unnamed senior army officer said Wednesday that the Military Intelligence Unit 8200 had thwarted the planned attack, according to The Times of Israel.

“The unit provided exclusive intelligence that led to the prevention of an air attack by the Islamic State in 2017 in Australia,” the officer said. “The foiling of the attack saved dozens of innocent lives and proved Unit 8200’s position as a major player in the intelligence fight against the Islamic State.”