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Stephen M. Flatow

10 ‘humiliating’ minutes at an Israeli checkpoint
Palestinians cross the Kalandia checkpoint on their way into Jerusalem June 10, 2016. Credit: Flash90. Remember John Howard Griffin’s 1961 book “Black Like Me,” about a white journalist who posed as an African-American in order to experience what life was like for blacks in the South? An American journalist recently undertook a Palestinian version of that experiment.
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Jane Eisner

What Does It Mean That Jared Kushner Might Be the Most Influential Jew in the World?
Throughout American history, there have been Jews who have held important positions in the White House as advisers to various presidents. And there have been family members of sitting presidents — wives and brothers, in particular — who have wielded enormous political power from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
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Dershowitz:”Obama stabbed Israel in the back!”
Harvard Law Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz was interviewed on Fox News on December 26, 2016 regarding the latest U.N resolution against Israel where the U.S. abstained. Following is a transcript of Dershowitz: That’s not the way policy should be made, to get even in the lame duck period when there are no checks and balances and you don’t have to worry about an election. It’s the most undemocratic thing a president can do, to tie the hands of his successor during the lame duck period.
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Marcy Oster

The Association of American Jewish Federations Demands Netanyahu respect Kotel's
multi-use agreement
The Jewish Federations of North America board of trustees sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu underscoring the “growing sense of urgency” on the part of American Jews to see the agreement to create an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall fully implemented. The letter was approved by the board on Monday during JFNA’s annual General Assembly, which is being held through Tuesday in Washington, D.C.
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Josh Nathan-Kazis

Thousands Sign Jewish Letter Pledging Solidarity With Muslims and Immigrants
An open letter from American Jews pledging solidarity with immigrants and Muslims during the Donald Trump administration has attracted more than 21,000 signatures in the past 24 hours. The letter, drafted and posted online by the Jewish social justice group Bend the Arc, promises support to “everyone who is threatened by the President-Elect and his administration.”
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Remembering the 1929
Hebron massacre
Perhaps Schissel summed it up best: “I think it’s impossible to understand the reality we face today, without knowing the history of Hebron.” Before the mid-1980s, if a crowd gathered at the site of the Avraham Avinu synagogue in Hebron, they would have found crumbling walls and a sheep pen. The synagogue, build in 1540 by returning Sephardi Jewish exiles from the Spanish Inquisition, was abandoned after the infamous 1929 massacre.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday.

At UN, Netanyahu invites Abbas to Knesset, Abbas blames Israel for peace impasse
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas offered starkly different visions of how to achieve peace, with Netanyahu inviting Abbas to speak to the Israeli Knesset, while Abbas solely blamed Israel for the current impasse on peace. The Israeli leader blamed the ongoing conflict with the Palestinians on their refusal to accept Israel as a Jewish state, not settlements.
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Saudi official warns Iran: Attack us at your own risk
A senior Saudi official, responding to Iranian criticism of Riyadh's management of the haj pilgrimage, urged Iran to end what he called wrong attitudes towards Arabs and warned it against any use of force in its rivalry with the kingdom. Mecca province governor Prince Khaled al-Faisal, in remarks likely to be seen as a reference to Iran, added that the orderly conduct of the pilgrimage this year "is a response to all the lies and slanders made against the kingdom."
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Michael Laitman

Why are there anti-Israel Jews?
No other country must defend against its own people’s passion to destroy it. The world hates us because we hate each other. Let’s simply stop. When the State of Israel was established, shortly after the end of World War II, the overwhelming majority of Jews were overjoyed. They were filled with hope for a safer future after the atrocities of the Holocaust. In the eyes of the world, the Jews were perceived as a tiny, persecuted nation that deserved to live in peace in its own country like any other nation. Much has changed since then. The world has become increasingly critical of Israel. In recent years this criticism has become outright hostility, to the point that politicians and state officials openly question the judgment that led to the creation of Israel in the first place.
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India to tap Israeli radar tech to thwart terrorism in volatile Kashmir
Representatives from India's Border Security Force are reportedly due to visit Israel later in August as part of the acquisition of the detection system. India is preparing to install Israeli radar technology in the jungles of the volatile Kashmir Valley as part of operations to stop terrorists infiltrating from Pakistan. Representatives from India’s Border Security Force are due to visit Israel later this month as part of the acquisition of the detection system, a senior security officials told India Today TV this week. During the trip, the Indian personnel are set to receive training on the system’s operation.
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Mudar Zahran

If Israel Disappears
Mudar Zahran is a Jordanian-Palestinian who resides in the U.K., the secretary general of the Jordanian Opposition Coalition and a researcher at the University of Bedfordshire. We Arabs have wasted seven decades of our existence awaiting Israel’s demise. It is time to think of the future, and whether Israel’s "disappearance" should be our ‎ultimate wish.‎ Since 1948, we Arabs have been taught that all we need to do is get rid of the Jewish state, and ‎everything else will go well after that. Our dictators took full advantage of this idea.
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Alix Wall

Wedding of lesbian firebrands, both 76, is a celebration of Jewish and ‘Aquarian’ traditions
After 18 years together, Shoshana Dembitz and Abigail Grafton are enjoying their right to make their relationship official When Shoshana Dembitz and Abigail Grafton first met, they spent several long moments gazing into each others’ eyes. But this wasn’t a love-at-first-sight occurrence. Rather, the two were attending a Shabbat service in which participants were split into pairs to look into each others’ eyes, an exercise to create intimacy within the group, as well as facilitate seeing God within one another. After services, Dembitz gave Grafton a ride home — and with it, her phone number.
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Report: Israel has conducted drone strikes against terrorists in Sinai
According to a former Israeli official quoted by Bloomberg, the Israeli drone strikes against militants in the Sinai peninsula were carried out with Cairo's blessing. Israel has conducted numerous drone strikes against terrorists in Egyptian territory in recent years, Bloomberg quoted a former senior Israeli official as saying on Monday. The report came amid improved ties between the countries which saw Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Sunday. Shoukry's visit marked the first by an Egyptian foreign minister to Israel since 2007.
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Rachel Shukert

“I do consider myself Jewish” David Beckham
There’s the old joke about the book entitled The Jewish Sports Hall of Famebeing a pamphlet. Last week, it added another page—albeit one marked with a slight asterisk—focused on a legendary footballer and fashion icon: David Beckham. According to the UK’s Jewish Chronicle, in a recent interview event at London’s JCC with broadcaster Kirsty Young, the international sports star went into more detail about his relationship with his maternal grandfather, Joseph West, and his relationship with Judaism.
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Linda Gradstein

Is the Arab Peace Initiative back on the table?
Despite international efforts, there have been no substantive Israeli-Palestinian negotiations for more than five years. While Israel has always insisted that only direct bilateral talks can lead to a peace agreement, Arab states say they are more interested in a regional peace agreement, and that the outline of a deal was offered in 2002.
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Billy Crystal at Muhammad Ali funeral: I was his Jewish ‘little brother’
Comedian Billy Crystal imitates Muhammad Ali during his memorial service, Friday, June 10, 2016, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Comedian reveals how The Greatest helped him raise funds for a Hebrew U. peace theater group, quit a sports club that didn’t accept Jews Comedian Billy Crystal hailed his “big brother” Muhammad Ali as “a tremendous bolt of lightning” at a funeral service Friday, revealing that Ali helped him raise money for an ongoing Hebrew University Israeli-Palestinian theater project, and that his longtime friend stop using a sports club when he realized it didn’t welcome Jews.
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Report: Hezbollah digging tunnels, placing rockets on border for next conflict with Israel
The paper describes the level of sophistication the tunnels are being built with, noting that they include underground ventilation systems which prevents moisture from damaging equipment. Lebanese terror organization Hezbollah is preparing for its next conflict with Israel by digging terror attack tunnels, tracking IDF movement and positioning its large arsenal of rockets along the northern border with Israel, Lebanese daily newspaper as-Safir reported Saturday.
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Raoul Wootliff

Netanyahu tells French PM he rejects Paris peace bid, but offers to meet Abbas
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with his French counterpart, Manuel Valls, in Jerusalem on Monday, May 23, 2016 (Kobi Gideon/GPO) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected Monday the French initiative for an multinational conference to relaunch Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, telling French Prime Minister Manuel Valls that direct negotiations were the only path forward toward a lasting agreement.
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Sam Kestenbaum

Donald Trump Courts the Orthodox Vote With Magazine Exclusives
On the eve of Donald J. Trump’s win in Indiana — and emergence as the presumptive Republican nominee — two of the country’s major Orthodox magazines boasted exclusive interviews with the presidential hopeful. Ami Magazine and Mispacha, Orthodox weeklies printed in Israel and the United States, carried cover stories of the business magnate and Republican frontrunner. Mispacha led their cover with: “Can he close the deal of a lifetime?” For some Orthodox Jewry, Trump already has.
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Against orders, some diplomats saved Jews during Holocaust
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Representatives of the Chinese, El Salvadorian and Albanian governments gathered at the American Jewish Committee office in Jerusalem on Monday to discuss responses among members of the diplomatic community to the Holocaust, highlighting the role of consuls and ambassadors who took it upon themselves to save Jews despite orders to the contrary.
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ADL to Trump: Come up with something other than ‘America First’
The Anti-Defamation League called on Donald Trump to abjure the term “America First,” noting its unsavory World War II-era association with anti-Semitism. “The undercurrents of anti-Semitism and bigotry that characterized the America First movement – including the assumption that Jews who opposed the movement had their own agenda and were not acting in America’s best interest – is fortunately not a major concern today,” the ADL said in an April 28 statement.
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Katz: We can’t count on US at UN
US President Barack Obama’s administration has not been supportive enough of Israel at the UN and elsewhere, Intelligence Services Minister Israel Katz charged on Tuesday night in an interview with The Jerusalem Post. Katz will be coming to New York next month to address The Jerusalem Post Conference on May 22. While he is in the US, he intends to seek Democratic and Republican support for legislation in Congress backing proactive sanctions on Hezbollah and whoever helps the terrorist group with money or weapons.
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Khamenei: US is main enemy, ‘Zionist regime’ a close second
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday that the United States is the Middle East’s main enemy, with the “Zionist regime” a close second. Speaking at a meeting in Tehran on Sunday with the head of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Ramadan Abdullah, Khamenei said that looking at the turmoil in the region in a “macro” sense, the US was clearly to blame, with Israel following closely behind. PIJ is an Islamist terrorist organization. In comments carried by Iranian websites, some of which were then posted to Khamenei’s Twitter page, the Iranian leader unleashed a series of anti-US and anti-Israel remarks.
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Stuart Winer

Poll: Most Israelis think any of the candidates would be better for Israel than Obama
Most Israelis think the next US president — whoever that may be — will be better for Israel than Barack Obama has been, and while a majority would prefer to see Democratic candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton in the White House over Republican candidate Donald Trump, most believe Trump would get along better with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to a poll released on Sunday.
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David Holzel

Will Conservative Jews bite into newly expanded Passover options?
ROCKVILLE, Maryland (Washington Jewish Week via JTA) — On Passover, Lynne Sandler will be passing on the beans and rice. Sandler, a member of Conservative Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria, Virginia, said she won’t take advantage of her movement’s ruling in December that permits eating a category of food called kitniyot that includes rice, beans and other legumes. These foods have always been eaten by Sephardi Jews on Passover, but have banned by Ashkenazi rabbis since the 1200s. “We won’t be doing anything different this year,” Sandler said. “We’ve lived our lives without it.”
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Carmit Sapir Vitz

Group of Israeli Orthodox rabbis urges greater acceptance of homosexuals
Rabbis from the nonprofit Beit Hillel present a document urging greater acceptance of LGBT members within the Orthodox realm. In an unusual move, a body of Orthodox rabbis on Sunday night took a step toward encouraging the acceptance of homosexuals within their communities. At a conference titled “Halacha and containment – the religious community’s relations to homosexuals” in Ra'anana, rabbis from the nonprofit Beit Hillel presented a document urging greater acceptance of homosexuals within the Orthodox realm.
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Tamar Pileggi

UN censors Israeli exhibition featuring Zionism and Jerusalem
Three out of 13 displays put together for the exhibition were disqualified by the UN including one about Jerusalem, another about Israeli Arabs and a third about Zionism. An exhibition initiated by Israel’s permanent mission to the United Nations with the organization StandWithUs and expected to open at the UN headquarters on Monday, was partially censored by the international body this weekend.
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Tamar Pileggi

Israel recently warned Belgium of lax airport security
Israel reportedly warned Belgian officials of the numerous security failings at the Brussels airport weeks before a series of deadly bomb blasts ripped through the site on Tuesday. Israeli security officials tasked with assessing safety measures at various international airports that operate flights to Tel Aviv found “significant shortcomings” at Zaventem Airport, Channel 2 reported Wednesday.
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Rebecca Shimoni Stoil

US democracy at stake amid campaign violence, major Jewish group warns
American Jewish Committee appears to take on Trump a day after the Republican front-runner warned of riots if GOP blocks him. WASHINGTON — Threats of political violence endanger the viability of American democracy, the American Jewish Committee warned Thursday, a day after Republican frontrunner Donald Trump predicted that there would be “riots” if his party tried to edge him out through a brokered convention.
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Video shows Catholic priest snorting cocaine in room full of Nazi memorabilia
"The house was lovely but we were stunned to see the Nazi stuff. It was all over the house. At one point Stephen put on a cap and did the Nazi salute," one source told The Sun. A Catholic priest based in Northern Ireland was caught on camera snorting cocaine in a room filled with Nazi memorabilia, The Sun reported Sunday.
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Iran offers financial reward for families of potential Palestinian 'intifada martyrs'
According to Iranian ambassador to Beirut, every family of a martyr will receive $7,000, while a family whose home was demolished by the IDF will receive $30,000. The Islamic Republic of Iran announced on Wednesday its support for the "Jerusalem intifada" that Israel has been witnessing for the past five months, declaring that it would give financial rewards to families of Palestinian terrorists.
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Rachel Sharansky Danziger

30 years after Glienicke Bridge
Thirty years ago today, my father, Natan Sharansky, crossed a bridge. The bridge was Glienicke Bridge, of Steven Spielberg’s “Bridge of Spies” fame. When my father walked onto it he was a prisoner in the Soviet block, though a free man in spirit.
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Eli Karmon

How Palestinians hurt the Palestinians
In his remarks to the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently condemned “stabbings, vehicle attacks, and shootings by Palestinians targeting Israeli civilians.” He even condemned “the continuing rocket fire into Israel from militant groups in Gaza.”
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The nightmare scenario that has worried Israel for month
On December 30th, a Amjad Sakri, the assailant who shot and wounded three Israel Defense Forces soldiers in an attack on a checkpoint north of Ramallah on Sunday morning, is the second member of the Palestinian Authority security services to commit an attack since the current wave of violence began in October.
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Tamar Pileggi

Rabbi Angel Kreiman z"l Memorial
On December 30th, a ceremony was held in the Eshtaol Forest for the dedication of a grove in the KKL Forest in the name of Rabbi Angel Kreiman z"l. Rabbi Kreiman was a pioneer. He was the first graduate of the Seminario Rabinico Latinoamericano Marshall T. Meyer as well as the first president of the Union of Latin American Rabbis, now the Rabbinical Latin American Assembly.
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Jancis Robinson

Chile’s other revolution
As a writer of wine reference books, I am truly scared by Chile and its pace of change. I asked two people to bring me up to speed on the newest wine regions there – writer and broadcaster Peter Richards, the Master of Wine who knows most about Chilean wine, and Michael Cox, the UK head of Wines of Chile. Between them they managed to come up with seven new areas where vines have recently been planted and of which I had never heard.
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Khaled Abu Toameh

Palestinian Authority, Hamas, Responsible for Torture
Dr. Ammar Dwaik (center), Director General of the Independent Commission for Human Rights, reports a dramatic rise over the past two years in the number of complaints about torture in Palestinian prisons run by Hamas and the Palestinian Authority. (Image source: ICHR) For the mainstream media and human rights organizations, human rights violations are news only when they come with a "made in Israel" sticker on them.
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Dog-friendly Tel aviv holds party for man's four-legged friends
 
Why has Israel become a burgeoning Kurdish interest?
How Golda Meir’s biography became a best-seller in Iraqi Kurdistan and why people there are so interested in Israel. In recent years, Iraq in general and Iraqi Kurdistan in particular have shown increasing interest in Jews and Jewish history and culture. While this pertains to a comparatively minor part of society there, it marks an interesting shift in the way the Jewish story is perceived in this part of the world. However, if you really want to know what people think, walk into their bookstores.
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Raphael Ahren

Trump and Netanyahu - a match made in heaven?
On January 20, 2017, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will finally have a Republican president sitting in the White House. Netanyahu has often been called a Republican himself, and many observers of US-Israel relations believe he is eagerly awaiting Inauguration Day, when for the first time in his 10 years at the helm of the Jewish state there will not be a Democratic president of the US. On the face of it, Donald Trump’s victory seems to be a dream come true for the Israeli prime minister.
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Final burial place of Jesus revealed after hundreds of years
Hidden by marble for centuries, the stone slab believed to have held Jesus's remains has finally been exposed. The assumed final resting place of Jesus Christ was exposed for the first time in centuries, National Geographic reported on Wednesday. The stone slab which has traditionally been recognized as that on which Jesus's body was lain after his crucifixion has been concealed by marble casing since 1555 CE or earlier in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City.
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Pride and affirmative prejudice: Donald Trump and the Jews
A 'Jerusalem Post' special report explores differing perspectives on the Republican presidential nominee's decades-long relationship with the Jewish community. Near the end of his debt-ridden ownership of the Plaza Hotel, Donald Trump summoned Abe Foxman to breakfast at its iconic Palm Court. The real estate tycoon had a bone to pick with the Anti-Defamation League. Foxman, then ADL’s national director, sat waiting for half an hour at the owner’s usual corner table. Trump finally walked in blustering, hand outstretched.
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Ronn Torossian

Opinion: The War for Israel
on College Campuses
Sadly, on many college campuses, anti-Jewish sentiment is strong and is often masked merely as opposition to Israel. College students are indoctrinated from day one against the Jewish state, and are often exposed to one-sided and false information. The Jewish community must prepare its youth and give them the tools they need to fight back as proud Jews. There are a lot of exciting things about starting college: no more curfews, indulging in food and drink, meeting new people. There are scarier thoughts, too: moving far from home, picking a major, fitting in and starting “real life.”
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Gilead Sher and Robert Mnookin

“If you have to divide people or territory, divide the territory "
they say in Israel
“If there is something that deprives me of sleep it is the fissures in Israeli society,” former Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon declared, just after he resigned in May. That same day Ehud Barak, who preceded Yaalon as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s defense minister from 2009 to 2013, accused Netanyahu of embracing a “divide and rule” approach. The deepening divisions in Israel called out by its two most recent defense ministers are also reflected in America. They were on display at the Republican and Democratic conventions during intense debates over platform language concerning the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
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Michael Laitman

Why are there anti-Israel Jews?
No other country must defend against its own people’s passion to destroy it. The world hates us because we hate each other. Let’s simply stop. When the State of Israel was established, shortly after the end of World War II, the overwhelming majority of Jews were overjoyed. They were filled with hope for a safer future after the atrocities of the Holocaust. In the eyes of the world, the Jews were perceived as a tiny, persecuted nation that deserved to live in peace in its own country like any other nation.
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Israeli-designed glass bridge opens as world's highest, longest in China
Haim Dotan, a Tel Aviv-based architect and urban designer, initially did not want to build the skywalk in the picturesque Zhangjiajie mountains. China this week opened what is said to be the longest and highest glass-bottom bridge in the world, and it was designed by an Israeli architect. Designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan, the bridge is suspended across Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon in Hunan Province's scenic Zhangjiajie National Park some 300 meters (984 feet) above ground.
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Verena Dobnik

Automatic voting against Israel at UNESCO? Not anymore
Israel was caught flatfooted in April when UNESCO’s 58-member executive board adopted a resolution with language that essentially expunged any Jewish connection to the Temple Mount. Israel’s embassies and consulates abroad were not mobilized to defeat the proposal, angry letters were not sent to the members of the executive committee, and friendly countries were not contacted to press other nations to vote down a resolution that simply falsified history.
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Elie Wiesel, the survivor who endured, educated, was never silent, never gave up
NEW YORK (AP) — The frail, dapper man who sometimes greeted reporters in his Madison Avenue office spoke in an almost hushed voice, but with urgency, his hands gesturing gently for emphasis. Elie Wiesel’s smile was wry, diffident, a thin facade over the sadness imprinted in the weary eyes and deep creases of a face that mirrored his brutal past. The Auschwitz survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner, who died Saturday at age 87, was an ongoing reminder of one man’s endurance of the Nazi Holocaust. His words, destined to last far into the future, are a testament to some of the most unfathomable atrocities in recorded history.
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'Son of Hamas' tells Jerusalem Post conference: Islam is the problem
Mosab Hassan Yousef – the “Green Prince” – who worked as an Israeli spy, said “the Jewish nation is dear to me and when I see nations fighting against the Jewish people it hurts me.” Speaking at The Jerusalem Post’s annual conference in New York on Sunday, Yousef noted that at one point he was working for and being paid by Israel, the US, the PA and Hamas, all at the same time. Yousef, the son of West Bank Hamas leader Sheikh Hassan Yousef, helped the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) thwart attacks from 1997 to 2007.
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From Hezbollah to Israeli army: The extraordinary journey of a father and son
When 120 young Israeli soldiers lined up outside the President’s Residence in Jerusalem on Thursday to receive citations for their distinguished service, leaders lauded and paid tribute to their exceptional personal tales. But few of those stories could compare with that of Amos Sinai, a young soldier in the Golani Brigade who was one of the recipients of the commendation.
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Sibling survivors of Shoah die within hours of each other
Sophie Helcman, who saved her brother during the Holocaust, died in Jerusalem while his coffin was being flown to Israel. They were buried together. “She would have lived to 100, but her mission was to take her brother up to heaven and watch over him,” Jerusalem resident Felicia Mizrachi related about her 94-year-old mother, Sophie Helcman. The Holocaust survivor died last month only days after Sol, the younger brother she saved during the Holocaust. The two siblings were buried in a double funeral in Jerusalem.
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Katz: We can’t count on US at UN
US President Barack Obama’s administration has not been supportive enough of Israel at the UN and elsewhere, Intelligence Services Minister Israel Katz charged on Tuesday night in an interview with The Jerusalem Post. Katz will be coming to New York next month to address The Jerusalem Post Conference on May 22. While he is in the US, he intends to seek Democratic and Republican support for legislation in Congress backing proactive sanctions on Hezbollah and whoever helps the terrorist group with money or weapons.
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Bible may be older than previously thought, hi-tech analysis indicates
Scholars have long debated how much of the Bible was composed before the destruction of Jerusalem and the Kingdom of Judah, in 586 BCE. While experts agree that key biblical texts were written starting in the 7th century BCE, the exact date of the compilation of these books remains in question. Now, a groundbreaking new study by Tel Aviv University (TAU) published in the Proceedings of the [US] National Academy of Sciences this week, sheds important new light on the debate.
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'Sanders must apologize for the lie that he spread about Israel'
Science, Space and Technology Minister Ophir Akunis said on Saturday that US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders should apologize to Israel for misstating the number of Palestinian casualties during the 2014 war with Gaza. "Sanders has spread horrible lies against the State of Israel and he needs to apologize as soon as possible," Akunis said at a cultural event in Rishon Lezion.
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Top Brussels rabbi: Belgian authorities know nothing about security
Menachem Hadad says soldiers deployed outside Jewish institutions told him they had no bullets in their rifles Amid revelations of perceived failures in Belgium’s handling of terror threats, a prominent rabbi from Brussels said Belgian authorities “have no understanding of security issues.”
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Latin American MPs sign resolution supporting Israel and opposing boycotts
Lawmakers from 13 Latin American and Caribbean countries signed a resolution affirming their support of Israel and calling to fight boycotts, a document obtained by The Jerusalem Post Thursday confirmed. The parliamentarians met at the Israel Allies Foundation’s Second Annual Latin America Summit on Israel, which took place in Miami last week. Among the politicians attending were MK Michael Oren (Kulanu), US Congressmen Ed Royce (R-California), and Eliot Engel (D-New York), chairman and ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
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Analysis: A weakened Turkey seeks Israel's help to break growing isolation
Turkey finds itself in conflict with Russia and Iran, at odds with Egypt's Sisi and has lost its standing with NATO and the US. Even if Israel and Turkey soon announce an end to their diplomatic crisis, which began almost six years ago as a result of the Mavi Marmara flotilla ship incident, relations between the two countries will not go back to how they once were.
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Exclusive: Main German bank closes top BDS-linked account
There is a growing backlash against BDS in Germany. The Munich-based DAB Bank is slated to discontinue the account of one of the top BDS campaign websites in Germany, the Jerusalem Post has learned. The BDS-Kampagne [Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Campaign] group’s website lists DAB Bank Munich as the financial institution for electronic money transfers.
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'Europe's Jews are worried - and for a good reason'
The Weimar Republic, Germany’s flawed experiment in democracy in the 1920s, has become today’s paradigm for the failure of state and society. By the end of Weimar, the government seemed to have lost control — vigilantes from the political extremes claimed they were keeping the streets safe while beating up vulnerable minorities, above all Jews.
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bbi Deborah Waxman

Standing up for religious pluralism in Israel
On a recent evening in Scarsdale, N.Y., I was at the Mid-Westchester JCC, speaking on a panel to a packed and spirited room. We’d been invited to discuss marriage equality and Jewish values, and the tone was certainly celebratory. We acknowledged we have farther to go, but in light of the Supreme Court’s decision last year on gay marriage, we’ve certainly come a long way.
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Tamar Pileggi

As deal kicks in, PM credits Israel with deferring Iran nukes
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said Israeli efforts had put a nuclear bomb out of Iran’s reach for the time being, a day after the implementation of the landmark accord and the removal of sanctions from the Islamic Republic was announced.
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Matt Lebovic

Uncovering Holocaust perpetrators where few have looked
With new access to archives and other primary sources, historians are supplanting archetypal images of Aryan Nazi men as the Holocaust’s sole perpetrators. Previously obscured perpetrator “sub-groups” are being exposed one portrait at a time, ranging from women who guarded death camps to Dutch bounty hunters of Jews in hiding.
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Holocaust film, 'Son of Saul'
wins Golden Globe
The film tells the tale of how a Jewish "Sonderkommando" death camp worker finds a corpse he thinks is his son's and decides to bury him. Following numerous film festival wins including the jury's Grand Prix in Cannes, Holocaust drama "Son of Saul" took home best foreign language film at the Golden Globes on Sunday.
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First Yeshivat Maharat graduate to call herself ‘rabbi’ hired by Orthodox synagogue
The first graduate of Yeshivat Maharat to take the title “rabbi” said she has been hired by an unnamed American Orthodox synagogue. Lila Kagedan, who was ordained this summer by the seminary created by Open Orthodox Rabbi Avi Weiss to train Orthodox female clergy, told the London-based Jewish Chronicle this week that she was recruited to join the staff of a congregation she declined to name.
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B’nai B’rith International Welcomes Inclusion of Yom Kippur as a Recognized Holiday at U.N. Headquarters
B’nai B’rith International welcomes the confirmation of Yom Kippur as a recognized holiday at the United Nations headquarters. Yesterday, member states decided on the ways in which Yom Kippur would be practically observed by the world body in New York.
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Khaled Abu Toameh

When Will Obama and the West Listen to Hamas?
There's a misleading debate over accepting Obama's first batch of Syrian migrants, the vast majority of whom are Sunni Muslim economic migrants, not refugees, and unlike the genuinely persecuted Christians and Yazidis whom we are not taking in, face no actual persecution. The media bellows ceaselessly that the Sunni Muslims are just like the Jews during the Holocausts.
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Avi Issacharoff

Israel raises Hezbollah rocket estimate to 150,000
Israeli officials believe that the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah has amassed around 150,000 rockets, including a number of long range Iranian-made missiles capable of striking Israeli cities from north to south.
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Cathryn J. Prince

The stunning tale of the escape of Aleppo’s last Jews
How Israeli-American businessman Moti Kahana arranged a secret operation to transport the Halabi family from Syria to Turkey, and why one member is ineligible to make aliyah alongside her mother and sister.
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Analysis: Abbas holding back a new intifada, but for how long?
http://www.periodiconuevasion.com.ar/includes/mostrarfot.php?tbl=a&anchomax=300&id=956Throughout the current wave of violence, and away from public rhetoric, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas continues to be perceived by Israel's defense establishment as a key restraining factor, though there is concern within quarters of the IDF that Abbas's ability to hold back a new intifada is growing weaker.
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Michael Douglas gives Yom Kippur speech
http://www.periodiconuevasion.com.ar/includes/mostrarfot.php?tbl=a&anchomax=300&id=956Film star Michael Douglas delivered a speech at a temple in a New York City suburb on Yom Kippur. Douglas — who this summer received the Genesis Prize, informally known as the “Jewish Nobel” — spoke to more than 1,000 worshipers Tuesday night at Temple Shaaray Tefila, the New York Post reported.
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'Yom Kippur War shows it's almost impossible to predict conflict,'
Rivlin says

Speaking at a special state ceremony honoring the fallen of the war, the president said that it was incumbent upon Israelis to continue to criticize their leadership. The tragedy of the Yom Kippur War in which the nation was caught unprepared remains an open wound, President Reuven Rivlin said on Thursday at the memorial service on Mount Herzl Military Cemetery commemorating the 42nd anniversary of the war.

The partnership: How a bold American imam and his skeptical Israeli host bridged the Muslim-Jewish chasm

David Horovitz

Since 2013, dozens of young US Muslim leaders have traveled to Israel to learn about Judaism, Zionism and Israel. This is the full story of their high-risk, taboo-shattering initiative — a vital step, they hope, toward Muslim-Jewish healing in America and beyond

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.

Dr. Ely Karmon

The Demise of the Caliphate:
Quo Vadis ISIS?
As the two coalitions against ISIS, the one led by the United States (is it indeed a coalition?) and the other one led by Russia and Iran, are close to defeat the organization on its territorial basis in Iraq and Syria and conquer the two major stronghold cities, Mosul and Raqqa, politicians, military experts and academic pundits are asking themselves what will be the future of its scattered forces and especially the impact of its "ideology" on future events in the Greater Middle East and beyond.
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Yonatan Sredni

World AIDS Day: Israel’s PrePex Device Will Circumcize Millions to Cut HIV Risk By 60%
More than two-thirds of all people living with HIV, some 24.7 million in total, live in sub-Saharan Africa, according to amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one of the benefits of circumcision, the removal of the foreskin of the penis, is a lower risk of HIV transmission. “There is compelling evidence that male circumcision reduces the risk of heterosexually acquired HIV infection in men by approximately 60 percent,” the WHO states.
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In ‘historic’ first, women pray with Torah scrolls at Western Wall
Scuffles as liberal Jewish leaders join Women of the Wall to demand implementation of compromise plan at holy site Tussles broke out at the Western Wall Wednesday morning, during the first of a series of events planned by liberal Jewish groups for the day in protest of the ongoing restrictions on non-Orthodox worship at the foot of Judaism’s holiest site. Video footage appeared to show at least 100 people joining the march and prayer service. The Israeli Reform movement said in a press release that “dozens” of Torah scrolls were carried into the women’s section.
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Rebecca Shimoni Stoil

Hagee: Pro-Israel evangelicals will ‘storm’ US voting booths
WASHINGTON - Almost 400 miles away from Cleveland, sweltering in a Washington, DC heat wave, thousands of potential voters stood on their feet, opening their arms in testimony, waving American and Israeli flags and vowing that for Zion’s sake, their voices would be anything but silent. Christians United for Israel’s annual summit was booked years in advance of the announcement that the Republican Party would hold its nominating convention in Cleveland the same week, but the powerful grassroots-based organization sees itself as playing a central role in the drama that continues to unfold in the 2016 elections cycle – and beyond.
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How do you stop a lone wolf terrorist?
The truth is, even the best intelligence in the world can’t spot and foil “lone wolf” terror plans. It is easy in retrospect to criticize the salient failures of the French police and security services which led to the terror attack in Nice on Thursday. The plastic road blocks set up along the promenade could not stop the heavy truck driven by the terrorist from killing 84 people and wounding hundreds. But the truth is, even the best intelligence in the world can’t spot and foil “lone wolf” terror plans. Security services can plant agents inside terror cells, listen to militant preachers in mosques who try to radicalize young people, bug phone lines and break in into their computers.
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Khamenei: US is main enemy, ‘Zionist regime’ a close second
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Sunday that the United States is the Middle East’s main enemy, with the “Zionist regime” a close second. Speaking at a meeting in Tehran on Sunday with the head of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), Ramadan Abdullah, Khamenei said that looking at the turmoil in the region in a “macro” sense, the US was clearly to blame, with Israel following closely behind. PIJ is an Islamist terrorist organization. In comments carried by Iranian websites, some of which were then posted to Khamenei’s Twitter page, the Iranian leader unleashed a series of anti-US and anti-Israel remarks.
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Incredible material wealth in Gaza, the sad thing is that there are only 2 libraries and 900 mosques
A professor at the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington in Seattle visited Gaza City for six hours a few weeks ago, and he was astonished that after reading years of propaganda about how poverty stricken Gazans are, they really aren’t.
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UN's Israel envoy says report is a distortion of the truth
NEW YORK - Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon demanded that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon revise a report disseminated by his office ahead of International Women’s Day and in which Israel is blamed for the situation of Palestinian women.
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Paris municipality passes anti-BDS resolutions
One of the resolutions said the City of Paris “opposes publicly all attempts to isolate Israel from the collective of nations.” The Paris City Council adopted two nonbinding resolutions condemning attempts to boycott Israel, which are illegal in France.
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David Stein

Israeli influences going global (whether you like it or not)
It’s no secret in the 21st century that when large audiences and businesses take to an idea or a concept, more often than not something strange happens - the concept drives the success of new ideas that in themselves are based on the original plan. Although this sounds confusing, the Israeli economy and creative industries are a microcosm for this phenomenon.
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Seth Rogovoy

The Secret Jewish History of David Bowie
Bowie sings 'Here are we, one magical movement from Kether to Malkuth' in 'Station to Station,' perhaps the only usage of kabbalistic terminology in Hebrew ever by a major international pop singer. David Bowie dies after 18-month battle with cancer. Madonna had nothing on David Bowie when she came out as a devotee of Kabbalah in 1998.
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Thousands of medieval documents and Jewish books waiting to be rescued in Cairo
Inside a library of a synagogue in downtown Cairo, hundreds of Judaic books dating from the medieval ages to 20th century are shelved, unread and un-indexed. Despite a center dedicated to their preservation, government ministries have stalled, eschewing responsibility for what would be an expensive project to review and record the manuscripts digitally.
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Yaakov Lappin

Israel completes trial of David's Sling missile defense system
"Revolutionary" new air defense system, designed to shoot down guided threats, will become operational at start of 2016. The Defense Ministry and Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency completed on Monday the last phase of trials for the David's Sling air defense system, and the Israel Air Force is expected to take possession of the system in the first quarter of 2016.
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Argentine Rabbi Appointed Minister in Newly Elected Macri Government
Sergio Bergman, who will start his new position on December 10, is believed to be the only rabbi serving as a government minister outside of Israel. Argentinean lawmaker Rabbi Sergio Bergman has been chosen to serve as Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development.
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Paul Berger

What Was Albert Einstein’s True Relationship to Judaism – and Zionism?
There's a misleading debate over accepting Obama's first batch of Syrian migrants, the vast majority of whom are Sunni Muslim economic migrants, not refugees, and unlike the genuinely persecuted Christians and Yazidis whom we are not taking in, face no actual persecution. The media bellows ceaselessly that the Sunni Muslims are just like the Jews during the Holocausts.
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Daniel Greenfield

50% OF GAY, 48% OF NEW YORK CONGRESSMEN VOTED AGAINST SYRIAN REFUGEES
There's a misleading debate over accepting Obama's first batch of Syrian migrants, the vast majority of whom are Sunni Muslim economic migrants, not refugees, and unlike the genuinely persecuted Christians and Yazidis whom we are not taking in, face no actual persecution. The media bellows ceaselessly that the Sunni Muslims are just like the Jews during the Holocausts.
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Haviv Rettig Gur

Analysis: Losing Palestine
http://www.periodiconuevasion.com.ar/includes/mostrarfot.php?tbl=a&anchomax=300&id=956The terrorism of the past month is not a new surge in Palestinian opposition to Israel, but a howl against the pervasive Palestinian sense that resistance has failed Even four weeks into this latest surge in violence, in the fast succession of stabbings and protests and funerals and pronouncements, it can be hard to figure out exactly what this round of terror attacks is actually about.
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Jewish Groups Urge Passage of Gun Control Legislation
http://www.periodiconuevasion.com.ar/includes/mostrarfot.php?tbl=a&anchomax=300&id=956Major Jewish organizations are lining up behind President Barack Obama’s call on Congress to pass effective gun control legislation in wake of the horrific shooting and the killing of at least nine students at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, on Thursday.
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Ronen Shnidman

Why are non-Jewish American celebs buying real estate in Israel?

http://www.periodiconuevasion.com.ar/includes/mostrarfot.php?tbl=a&anchomax=300&id=956From Madonna’s kabbalistic lyrics to Ashton Kutcher’s tech portfolio, celebrities find many reasons to invest in the Holy Land.
After Kanye West performed in Israel on Wednesday night, he presumably had to sleep in a bed that he didn’t own. The declared presidential candidate may not have to suffer that indignity on his next trip to the Holy Land.

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New York Times Claims Palestinian Rock Throwing Attack an “Accident”

Why can’t New York Times reporter Diaa Hadid bring herself to acknowledge that rocks don’t just rise up and strike Israeli vehicles without someone i.e. Palestinians, deliberately picking them up and throwing them?

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.

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."

 

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 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.

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?”

 
Terrorist Abbas said was ‘executed’ by Israel shown
alive in hospital
http://www.periodiconuevasion.com.ar/includes/mostrarfot.php?tbl=a&anchomax=300&id=956Ahmad Manasra, one of two cousins who went on a stabbing frenzy in Jerusalem on October 12, 2015 is seen at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem on October 15, 2015. Manasra was hit by a car while fleeing from the scene of the attack. (Courtesy) Photos, videos of Ahmad Manasra, 13, show him conscious, sitting in bed; doctors says he will be well enough to be discharged in coming days.
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Report: Russia purchased
ten Israeli drones

Russia has purchased 10 Israeli intelligence-gathering drones this year, an independent Russian newspaper has reported in recent days.

Amid terror attacks, Krav Magen instructors offer free classes across Israel
http://www.periodiconuevasion.com.ar/includes/mostrarfot.php?tbl=a&anchomax=300&id=956Self defense instructors from the Israeli Krav Magen Association are offering training classes free of charge for those concerned about their safety in Jerusalem and other cities.
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Caroline B. Glick

Crazy like a fox
http://www.periodiconuevasion.com.ar/includes/mostrarfot.php?tbl=a&anchomax=300&id=956No, the Holocaust was not Husseini’s idea. But he was a partner in perpetrating and promoting it. He also made it inevitable. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is crazy like a fox. Netanyahu’s assertion on Tuesday before the World Zionist Congress that the founder of the Palestinian people, Haj Amin al-Husseini, convinced Adolf Hitler to eradicate rather than expel the Jews of Europe was an overstatement of Husseini’s role.
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Ali Waked

Thirty Percent of Gaza’s Electricity Diverted To Hamas Terror Tunnels
Hamas is diverting approximately 30 percent of the electricity flowing into the Gaza Strip in order to power the Islamist group’s newly constructed terror tunnels, a source in Gaza’s energy authority told Breitbart Jerusalem. Hamas is siphoning electricity from the Israeli power lines that provide Gaza with about 60 percent of its electricity, as well as lines entering from Egypt and Gaza’s only power station, the source said.
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Technion ‘mines’ gold crystals
in lab
The Technion researchers’ success in growing a porous crystal in the lab is based on an innovative process developed by Pokroy and Koifman-Khristosov – thermal treatment of thin layers of gold.
Gold – at least an artificial, porous, single crystal of the precious metal – has been “grown” for the first time in the world by scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa.
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The Paradox of Communal Prayer

Esther Sperber

We are in the season of the High Holy Days, when many Jews will be spending significant time in the synagogue. As an architect, I have had a number of opportunities to design synagogues, forcing me to think about the spatial and phenomenological aspects of communal prayer.

 

Ariel Ben Solomon

“The Shi'ite-Sunni conflict is boiling,” former senior Mossad official and PMO adviser tells Post
Saudi Arabia’s execution of Shi’ite cleric Nimr al-Nimr seems likely to escalate sectarian Sunni- Shi’ite violence in the Middle East, experts told The Jerusalem Post on Monday. Gulf Sunni states, with the exception of independent- minded Oman, are expected to publicly back the Saudis, while Shi’ite-dominated Iraq and allied Syria back Iran.
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Michael Wilner

White House defends omission of jews from Holocaust statement
WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration defended its decision to omit any mention of Jews or antisemitism from its statement marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day, noting that Jews were not the only victims of Nazi slaughter.
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Trump urges Israel to ‘stay strong’ till January 20
Netanyahu tweets his thanks as president-elect slams UN resolution on settlements, saying US can’t keep treating Jewish state with ‘total disdain’ President-elect Donald Trump lashed out at the Obama administration on Wednesday over its decision not to veto the recent UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements. Taking to his preferred medium of Twitter, the Republican president-elect said that Washington cannot continue to treat Israel “with such total disdain and disrespect.”
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Christmas tree or Hanukka bush: Do they have their place in a Jewish home?
In December of last year, 26-year-old Julia Katz from Philadelphia was wondering in the aisles of Target, one of her favorite stores, when she came face to face with something she had always wanted to have but was never allowed to: a Christmas tree. “Growing up I remember my dad being very adamant about not having a Christmas tree, not going to visit Santa Claus and I felt very left out from all of my other friends,” she told The Jerusalem Post.
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Hitler's vile cretins
In power, the Nazi war criminals were masters of life and death for millions. In captivity, they proved to be petty and pathetic. PICTURE ANY prominent Nazi, and he will appear something like this: a jackbooted, steely-eyed brute in a crisp uniform who is as much given to casual outbursts of murderous sadism as to barking “Heil Hitler!” with right arm raised in the obligatory salute. It’s a simplistic view of them, yes, but one with the comforting certainties of pigeonholing. Yet the Nazi mass murderers were hardly mere cardboard cutouts of one another.
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Dr. Ely Karmon

Signs of Iranian weakness?
THE IRAN nuclear deal that came into effect in January 2016 (The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) was seen by the country’s leaders as a victory for the Iranian nation. Despite “hostility and trouble” from the United States, Iran extracted major gains from the nuclear talks, the culmination of a long and smart negotiation with the P5 + 1 group of nations. Indeed, Tehran felt emboldened by its achievement and was better positioned to pursue its aggressive aims in the Middle East, stepping up its military presence in Syria and Iraq, intervening in Yemen and intensifying its ballistic missile activities.
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Eric Cortellessa

Why did a Christian bishop give Donald Trump a Jewish prayer shawl?
WASHINGTON — When images of Donald Trump sporting a Jewish prayer shawl during his September 3 visit to a Detroit black church hit the web, the reactions on social media ranged from amusement to shock, and, in some cases, outrage. “You guys, a Jewish prayer shawl – a tallit – is a ritual garment. Meant to be worn only by Jews. This is the worst kind of appropriation,” declared Conservative Rabbi Danya Rutenberg on Twitter. “Wait, did Donald Trump get bar mitzvahed?” asked The Guardian’s Ben Jacobs, while The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg observed that the anti-Semitic alt-right movement supporting the real estate mogul must be “paralyzed by this photograph.”
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Dr. Ely Karmon

Europe, Slowly Waking Up to Islamist Terror
The July wave of murderous jihadist attacks in France and Germany, for many of which Islamic State (IS) took responsibility, proves that Europe is not yet ready to challenge Islamist/jihadist terror. Yet European intelligence services have been aware since 2012 of the massive number of European Muslim and converted citizens going to fight in Syria and Iraq, their radicalization and militarization and the potential threat they represented as returning “foreign fighters.” By April last year, the EU Justice Commission reported that some 5,000-6,000 Europeans were fighting with jihadist groups in Syria. A report by the French Parliament estimated that 1,430 French nationals have traveled to join jihadist groups in territory held by IS in Iraq and Syria.
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Being transgender and Jewish
“There is a place in Judaism for everyone, including transgender people, it just might not be the sect you were assigned at birth,” Hannah Simpson says It was Yom Kippur 2013, a sunny Saturday in Boston. That afternoon, then 29-year old Hannah Simpson was preparing to give a d’var Torah at the Vilna Shul, a historic synagogue in Boston, where she lived for a few years after college. It wasn’t the first time Simpson was going to speak in front of her congregation. She had given talks there on Yom Kippur for two years, but then she had done so as Howard Simpson.
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Past and present Israeli presidents eulogize Saudi King Abdullah
President Reuven Rivlin and former president Shimon Peres each expressed their condolences Friday over the death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah ibn Abdilazīz. Rivlin said he "was an example of balanced and responsible leadership rooted in deep religious tradition." "As a "guardian of holy sites" for Islam, King Abdullah worked to honor the sensitivity and sanctity of Jerusalem and sought to promote his vision for a prosperous region," Rivlin said in the statement. "His smart policy contributed greatly to Middle East stability." Peres, speaking from the Davos for the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, called Kind Abdullah an experienced and wise leader, who had the courage to introduce a peace process for the Middle East.
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ADL to Trump: Come up with something other than ‘America First’
The Anti-Defamation League called on Donald Trump to abjure the term “America First,” noting its unsavory World War II-era association with anti-Semitism. “The undercurrents of anti-Semitism and bigotry that characterized the America First movement – including the assumption that Jews who opposed the movement had their own agenda and were not acting in America’s best interest – is fortunately not a major concern today,” the ADL said in an April 28 statement.
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Raoul Wootliff and Times of Israel Staff

Women of the Wall ‘regretfully’ accepts ban on priestly blessing
The Women of the Wall organization said Thursday that the priestly blessing will not be included after all in its prayer service on Sunday, after initially indicating that it would go ahead with the blessing despite a ruling from the attorney general barring the group from doing so. “Please pay attention that we accept his decision, though regretfully, but shall hold a festive prayer as planned,” a spokesperson for the group told The Times of Israel. “We will not include Birkat Kohanot [priestly blessing] as intended initially.”
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Mideast Christians face ‘apocalypse’ at hands of Islamic State, top UK cleric says
Anglican leader Justin Welby on Friday said Christians faced “elimination” in the Middle East by Islamic State jihadists, labeling the group a modern-day version of the tyrannical biblical king Herod. IS has attacked Christians, Yazidis, Shiites and other minorities across the region, killing thousands and uprooting ancient communities from ancestral lands.
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2015 Top Ten Worst Global
Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Incidents

In 2015, a year of raging anti-Semitism and extreme anti-Israelism, it was difficult to limit the list to Top Ten. Those selected a merely representative of the growing menace that threatens the Jewish people and democratic values such frightening occurrences. Here are the highlights of the Top Ten.
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Ali Waked

Catholics should not try to convert Jews, Vatican says in landmark document
Catholics should not try to convert Jews and should work with them to fight anti-Semitism, the Vatican said on Thursday in a major new document that drew the Church further away from the strained relations of the past.
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Eiffel Tower hanukkia spreads light on the first night of Hanukka
Just weeks after Paris saw some of its darkest days, around 6,000 people gathered to add some much needed light to the city on Sunday by lighting the hanukkia at the foot of the Eiffel Tower, celebrating the first night of Hanukka.
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Sara Miller

Yitzhak Navon, Israel’s fifth president dies at 94
http://www.periodiconuevasion.com.ar/includes/mostrarfot.php?tbl=a&anchomax=300&id=956Yitzhak Navon, Israel’s fifth president, diplomat, key adviser to David Ben-Gurion and respected Labor politician, died Friday night at the age of 94. Navon, the scion of a long line of renowned Sephardi rabbis, was born on April 9, 1921. He was the first Israeli president to be born in Jerusalem, where his family had lived for more than 300 years, tracing its ancestry back to the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492.
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Israeli soldiers could still be closer to the embarrassment and delegitimization process of major war crimes trials than ever before
http://www.periodiconuevasion.com.ar/includes/mostrarfot.php?tbl=a&anchomax=300&id=956How can the International Criminal Court Appeal’s Chamber decision keeping alive the 2010 Mavi Marmara flotilla war crimes allegations be positive for Israel? Friday’s ruling said that ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda must reconsider her decision to close the file without moving forward with a full criminal investigation from the current preliminary stage.
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James Wood

The Art of Witness:
How Primo Levi survived
http://www.periodiconuevasion.com.ar/includes/mostrarfot.php?tbl=a&anchomax=300&id=956Primo Levi did not consider it heroic to have survived eleven months in Auschwitz. Like other witnesses of the concentration camps, he lamented that the best had perished and the worst had survived. But we who have survived relatively little find it hard to believe him.
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Caroline B. Glick

Abbas must be stopped
http://www.periodiconuevasion.com.ar/includes/mostrarfot.php?tbl=a&anchomax=300&id=956All the Palestinian terrorist attacks that have been carried out in recent weeks share one common feature. All the terrorists believe that by attacking Jews they are protecting the Temple Mount from destruction.
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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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

Julie Wiener

My Jewish kids are the product of intermarriage, and other reasons for hope
http://www.periodiconuevasion.com.ar/includes/mostrarfot.php?tbl=a&anchomax=300&id=956Jewish leaders have long warned of the bleak Jewish futures in store for children of intermarriage. But these prognostications were based largely on information from more than a decade ago — when intermarriage was far less common and far less accepted by American Jews than it is today.
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Avi Issacharoff

Hamas seeking to orchestrate suicide bombings, PA says
Hamas is attempting to launch major terror attacks against Israel, including suicide bombings, from the West Bank, a senior Palestinian Authority source told The Times of Israel.
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