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An Evening of Firebomb and Stoning Attacks

Posted on: August 16th, 2012

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UPDATE: Israeli TV reports that there is a possibility that the attack on the bus was a misthrow, and the taxi was not the target. Ha’aretz is now reporting that police are investigating whether the van was actually hit by a firebomb, or if the car overturned for “other reasons”.   A Palestinian taxi was […]

Mayim Bialik (Amy Farrah Fowler)
 

‘Big Bang’ Star Mayim Bialik Nearly Loses Thumb in Car Accident, Gets Artscroll Siddur from Hospital Rabbi

Posted on: August 16th, 2012

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Mayim Bialik sustained serious injuries in a car accident in Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon.

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View of the Hebrew University campus at "Mount Scopus." Hebrew U. was ranked 53rd in the world.
 

Three Israeli Universities Rank in Top 100

Posted on: August 16th, 2012

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (#53), the Technion Israel Institute of Technology (#78), and the Weizmann Institute of Science (#93) ranked in the top 100 universities in Shanghai Jiao Tong University's authoritative 2012 Academic Ranking of World Universities. Significantly, this is the first time that more than one Israeli university made the top 100.

Yelena Shmulenson and Allen Lewis Rickman in "A Serious Man."
 

Jewish Fringe Hit Couple to Star in Audrey Tautou Film (Video)

Posted on: August 16th, 2012

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The actors, best known for their work in the prologue to the Coen brothers’ Oscar-nominated “A Serious Man”, will complete their Festival run before filming begins.

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David Yerushalmi, staunch opponent of Sharia law, is on the SPLC, MPAC and CAP list of "haters."
 

Southern Poverty Law Center Joining Pro-Hamas, Hezbollah, Groups in Blasting ‘Haters’ – Mostly Jews

Posted on: August 16th, 2012

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The Center's views have now been stretched so far that, in the name of tolerance and equality, the SPLC is partnering with, on the one hand, a Muslim group whose followers revere and support Hamas and Hezbollah, and a far-left think tank whose writers were spewing accusations of dual loyalty and other anti-Semitic canards just a few months ago.

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Demjanjuk’s Estate Bids Again to Restore his Citizenship

Posted on: August 16th, 2012

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The estate of convicted Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk again has asked an appeals court to help posthumously restore his U.S. citizenship. In a filing Monday, Demjanjuk’s estate asked the full 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati to take up the case. In June, a three-judge panel of the court ruled that Demjanjuk’s […]

 

Ryan Meets Adelson, Discusses a Certain Mid-Eastern Country

Posted on: August 16th, 2012

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Just four days after being tapped by presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney as his running mate, Paul Ryan met with Sheldon Adelson, a major donor to Republican causes in an effort to defeat President Obama. Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman, met Tuesday with Adelson and other major Republican donors at the casino magnate’s Venetian hotel in […]

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‘Purple Poll’ Showing Romney Leading Obama, Ryan Improving Ticket

Posted on: August 16th, 2012

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So, did the Ryan appointment give Mitt Romeny the predicted 3+ points edge? You bet your hanging chad it did (as of August 15).

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Two Grad Missiles Hit Eilat

Posted on: August 16th, 2012

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Two missiles hit Eilat Wednesday evening in an open area near a residential neighborhood. More details to follow.

 

Welcome Back Kotter’s Horshack, 63

Posted on: August 15th, 2012

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Actor Ron Palillo, who played the obviously Jewish character Arnold Horshack in the 1970s sitcom “Welcome Back Kotter,” died on Tuesday in Florida. He is the second “Sweathog” to pass away this year. Robert Hegyes, who played the Jewish Puerto Rican student Juan Epstein, died in January at age 60. The 63-year-old Palillo died in […]

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Shipping Firms Accused of Helping Iran

Posted on: August 15th, 2012

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Three U.S. lawmakers urged the Obama administration to take action against two ship registry companies that they claim have violated Iran sanctions. Sens. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) sent a letter Tuesday to President Obama asking him to designate the United Arab Emirates-based Tanzania Zanzibar International Register of Shipping and the Singapore-based Tuvalu […]

 

Rabbis Protest Mobile App of the ‘Protocols’

Posted on: August 15th, 2012

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A European rabbinical group is protesting a mobile app of the notorious anti-Semitic text “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Brussels-based Conference of European Rabbis, said in a statement Tuesday that he would contact Apple to urge that the company remove the app. JTA’s calls to Apple were […]

U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey at Tuesday's press conference.
 

Panetta: Iran Diplomacy Window Still Open, Israel Won’t Strike

Posted on: August 15th, 2012

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U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said at the Pentagon news conference on Tuesday that he doesn't believe that Israel has made a decision to attack Iran's nuclear sites, adding that international sanctions are increasing pressure on Iran to make concessions, the Pentagon has announced. Negotiations with Iran have stalled, with the latter still refusing to give the global powers access to all its nuclear facilities.

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Panetta(l) and Barak(r) deliver statements in Ashkelon. An Iron Dome rocket shield is behind them. Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012.
 

Sacramento-Ashekelon: Sister Cities

Posted on: August 15th, 2012

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To a packed Council Chamber, the Sacramento City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night to name Ashkelon as a sister city.

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Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut
 

EU Now Includes City in Pre-1967 Israeli Territory in ‘Forbidden Zone’

Posted on: August 14th, 2012

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An EU directive will impose customs duty on products made in the cities of Modiin and Maccabim-Reut, built on what was no-man's land between 1949 and 1967.

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Ministerof Science and Technology Rabbi Professor Daniel Hershkowitz
 

‘Jewish Home’ Chairman: Bennet Is an Opportunist, His Plans Are Empty Spin

Posted on: August 14th, 2012

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"The zigzaggy conduct of Naftali Bennet is classic opportunism, and the public will judge him for it, his plan is nothing but empty spin,” said on Monday Minister Daniel Hershkowitz, head of the "Jewish Home" Knesset faction. Hershkowitz was referring to the candidacy of MKs Zevulun Arlov and Naftali Bennet, and quoted an opinion piece published last weekend by Mekor Rishon's pundit Sofia Ron-Moria, where she quipped that she "won’t buy a used car from Bennet or Orlov."

New Home Front Minister Avi Dichter (R), with Police Major General Yohanan Danino.
 

Former GSS Chief Dichter to Lead Home Front Office

Posted on: August 14th, 2012

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After feverish searches by the prime minister's office for some former senior IDF official to be appointed as Minister for the Defense of the Home Front, late Monday on night, following all-night meetings with the prime minister and the minister of defense, the appointment of MK Avi Dichter was finalized.

New recruits at the military induction center near Tel-Aviv
 

Haredi Rabbis Decided: Yeshiva Students May Go to Recruitment Centers, But ‘Must Not Sign Anything’

Posted on: August 14th, 2012

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Against the background of the expiration on August 1 of the Tal Law, which attempted to manage Haredi recruitment, the Moetzes Gdolei HaTorah (Assembly of Torah Sages), the supreme rabbinical policy-making council of several Haredi organizations in Israel convened Monday night in Bnei Brak at the home of leader of the Lithuanian sector, Rav Steinman, to solidify the policy of military conscription.

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Zev Wolfson
 

Philanthropist Zev Wolfson, Supporter of Torah Institutions, Dies at 84

Posted on: August 14th, 2012

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A world renowned philanthropist, Wolfson helped spread Torah through kollel and outreach programs with many catering specifically to secular Jews in an effort to bring them closer to traditional Judaism.

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