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At a Berlin church, Muslim refugees converting in droves

Kirsten Grieshaber

Mohammed Ali Zonoobi bends his head as the priest pours holy water over his black hair. “Will you break away from Satan and his evil deeds?” pastor Gottfried Martens asks the Iranian refugee. “Will you break away from Islam?”

900 US rabbis sign petition opposing Iran deal

WASHINGTON - Hundreds of US rabbis from the major streams of Judaism signed on to a petition urging Congress to oppose the Iran nuclear deal.

New partnership minyan is a sign of “frustration” over lack of progress for women in United Synagogue

Simon Rocker

A partnership minyan has been relaunched in Finchley, indicating the spread of the new-style services across London despite the opposition of the Orthodox establishment. At partnership minyans, women may read from the Torah and lead some of the prayers as well as men.

Government panel to look
into connecting with gentiles
of Jewish descent

Michael Freund is calling this initiative “crucial to the future of Israel and the Jewish people. The government announced the formation of a special committee to investigate the relationship between the state and gentiles, many of Jewish descent, who have shown an interest in Israel and the Jewish people.

Revolutionary Rooftop Farm Grows Organic Veggies Sans Soil In The Heart of Tel Aviv

Eunice Lim

Buying organic and locally grown produce is a raging trend that is here to stay. And a new project in Israel called “Green in the City” is taking the trend to a whole new level, literally.

The Secret Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians

Khaled Abu Toameh

According to the researcher, many Palestinians captured by Shiite militias in Iraq have been brutally tortured and forced to "confess" to their alleged involvement in terrorism. Since 2003, the number of Palestinians there has dropped from 25,000 to 6,000.

Obama: If Congress kills Iran deal, rockets will fall on Tel Aviv

Raphael Ahren

WASHINGTON — If the US Congress shoots down the Iranian nuclear deal, America will eventually be pressured into a military strike against Tehran’s nuclear facilities, which will in turn increase terror against Israel, US President Barack Obama told Jewish leaders Tuesday, a source who was present at the meeting said.

Dichter on Jewish terrorism:
Why does a baby need to die
for there to be change?

Former Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) head and minister of public security Avi Dichter, who serves on the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, spoke out Tuesday on the need to constantly fight Jewish terrorism with the same tools being used to confront Palestinian terrorism.

Dichter on Jewish terrorism: Why does a baby need to die for there to be change?

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Fifty of the most prominent Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and Independent rabbis in Los Angeles have signed this letter to congress and the senate. Please read their letter and share it with your friends. They are unified on this issue: "we strongly support and heed the Jewish Federation’s recent call to action to express our collective opposition to this dangerous agreement."

Leading Rabbi Deals Big Blow
To Agunah Court

Hannah Dreyfus

In its first year, the New York-based International Beit Din (IBD), headed by Rabbi Simcha Krauss, a widely respected rabbi here and in Israel, has resolved nearly 20 cases of agunot, chained women, freeing them from their loveless marriages.

Regev to Merkel: Don't let pianist Daniel Barenboim play in Iran

European news outlets are reporting that the Berlin Philharmonic and the Iranian government are in talks about a possible concert which would take place in Tehran.

Here they grew roses in Auschwitz for consumption in Germany

These never-seen-before images show the haunting, derelict greenhouses of Auschwitz - where Jewish women grew flowers and vegetables for the camp’s murderous Nazi chiefs.

Defiant Matisyahu sings ‘Jerusalem’ at Spain festival

Jewish American singer Matisyahu took part in a Spanish music festival on Saturday and performed his monumental hit “Jerusalem” in front of a large crowd, only days after organizers apologized for initially canceling his appearance amid pressure by pro-Palestinian groups.

Discovery Of Melanoma Trigger Could Stop Skin Cancer In Its Tracks

Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, and melanoma – which accounts for 2 percent of skin cancer cases – is responsible for nearly all skin cancer deaths. Melanoma rates in the US have risen rapidly over the last 30 years, and although scientists have identified key risk factors, melanoma’s modus operandi continues to elude the world of medical research.

Mr. President, Rockets Have Already Fallen on Tel Aviv

Benyamin Korn

“Rockets will fall on Tel Aviv,” President Obama warned on August 4, claiming that if his Iran deal is rejected, military conflict will inevitably ensue. Mr. Obama seems to be betting that the rest of us have forgotten that Iranian rockets already fell on Tel Aviv last year.

Cannabis Heals Bone Fractures, Makes New Bones Even Stronger

In earlier research, the same research team discovered that cannabinoid receptors within our bodies stimulated bone formation and inhibited bone loss. This paves the way for the future use of cannabinoid drugs to combat osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases.

New Survey of Jewish Americans Shows Opposition to Iran Deal Increases With More Knowledge of Arguments

Dovid Efune

The more Jewish Americans know about the Iran nuclear deal the less they like it, a new poll first seen exclusively byThe Algemeiner showed. The survey of 1,034 people was conducted by Olive Tree Strategies on behalf of pro-Israel advocacy group The Israel Project.

On stage in Jerusalem,
Matisyahu is all about the music

Eric Cortellessa

In a brief but passionate performance on Friday night, closing the final night of the week-long Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival, Matisyahu thrilled in the city he’s sworn in song never to forget.

The Orthodox Community Must Embrace Its Gay Children

Rabbi Chaim Marder

The horrifying stabbings and murder of Shira Banki at the recent Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem are in no way representative of the Orthodox Judaism I live and breathe. Yet, that horrifying incident should give all of us in the Modern Orthodox community pause, and cause, to rethink the stance we take, and the message we send about homosexuality and LGBT Jews.

Israel’s first special needs ‘integration village’ puts down roots

Marissa Newman

In an idyllic mountainous region in the Galilee, a veritable Garden of Eden for special needs integration may soon crop up on the landscape: Last month, Israel’s top building committee approved land for a community called Shibolet, a town designed for a mixed population of Israeli families and high-functioning special needs adults, clearing a major hurdle in its development.

The secret Jews of Ethiopia

Jews of Kechene, Ethiopia pretend to be Christians as they secretly practice Judaism in remote synagogues.

2,000-year-old ritual bath unearthed at Jerusalem kindergarten construction site

Tamar Pileggi

Excavation work for a new kindergarten in Jerusalem unearthed an almost-intact, 2,000-year-old Jewish ritual bath bearing extraordinary inscriptions, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Wednesday..

New weapon in the war against superbugs?

Abigail Klein Leichman

Israeli researchers zero in on a protein that viruses use to kill bacteria, holding out hope of a new drug that could treat people infected with deadly resistant strains.

Praying for Pluralism

by Alli Cohen

During my first year as a HUC-JIR rabbinical student, which was spent on the Jerusalem campus, I began to see my homeland in a new light, a light that sadly wasn’t pleasing to the eye. I was angry and hurt that my own Jewish homeland didn’t accept the type of Jew that I was, and I was inspired to do something about it.

Only In Israel

Veronika Nocky

During the past six years of living in this crazy little Middle Eastern country called Israel, I’ve experienced all kinds of things, for better and for worse. Some of the things one gets to experience here are so unique that people like to refer to these experiences as OII (Only In Israel).


 
 

Vatican tells Palestinians it won’t join UN flag bid

The Vatican on Tuesday reportedly requested it be taken off a UN General Assembly Draft resolution prepared by Palestinian diplomats calling for the flags of Palestine and the Holy See to be flown at the world body’s New York headquarters.

Middle Israel: Modern Orthodox rebels with a cause

The rabbinical mutiny this week against the Chief Rabbinate is about more than the conversion crisis that triggered it. ‘God,” said two of the Talmud’s sages, “exiled the Jews among the nations only so they will be joined by converts.”

Will new conversion court rend or repair the fabric of Israeli society ?

Amanda Borschel-Dan

With a recalcitrant state conversion program and a growing class of ‘religionless’ FSU immigrants, a group of respected national Zionist rabbis are promoting conversion ‘as it should be’

 
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So what is 'cultural' Judaism?

Simon Rocker

A few years ago a member of a Progressive community in north London put a new idea to it. She was happy to turn up to synagogue on Saturday, but worship didn't do it for her. High choral or happy-clappy guitar, she wasn't searching for any kind of service, but she did have a serious interest in Jewish study.

Who is now an Orthodox Jew?

Andrew Rosemarine

"Who is a Jew?" is a fundamental question for us. Is it merely a matter of personal choice? Do you have to be practising? Or does it depend on whether you have a Jewish ancestor? Views differ, but not in the Orthodox tradition - until now.

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