Sigal Samuel is a Senior Editor at Open Zion. Before joining The Daily Beast, she contributed to The Jerusalem Post and The Walrus, among other publications. Follow her @SigalSamuel.

Bloody Battle

Israeli politician Pnina Tamano-Shata was barred from participating in a blood drive on the grounds that she has 'the special kind of Jewish-Ethiopian blood.'

Online Atonement

Many Jews find it hard to get through High Holiday prayer services without yawning. But this year, some are using online culture to create new ways of staving off boredom, writes Sigal Samuel.