Daybreak: IDF Thwarts Brazen Attack from Sinai
Plus, Syria’s prime minister defects to Jordan
• A terrorist cell in Egypt stormed an army barracks and killed 15 Egyptian soldiers. The group then commandeered two armored cars and breached the Kerem Shalom crossing between Israel, Egypt, and Gaza. Six of the attackers were killed by the IDF after crossing over into Israel. [JPost]
• According to Syrian rebels, Syrian Prime Minister Riyad Farid Hijab (and three other ministers) have defected to Jordan. According to Syrian state news, Hijab was fired. [NYT]
• The Swede: Sweden honored the 100th birthday of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, who saved 20,000 Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust. Little known fact: the only street in Washington, D.C. named for a non-American is Wallenberg Street. [Times of Israel]
• A London rabbi on vacation in Wales drowned while using the sea as a mikveh. [Daily Mail]
• George Johnson reviews a book on Einstein that posits how Einstein’s Judaism impacted his scientific thinking. [NYTBR]
• The bizarre story of Raymond Roth, a man suspected of faking his own death on Long Island last week, continues. After being ticketed for speeding, Roth has returned to New York and is at-large. [NYT]
Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180
WAIT, WHY DO I HAVE TO PAY TO COMMENT?
Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.
I NEED TO BE HEARD! BUT I DONT WANT TO PAY.
Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.
We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.