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Posted on: August 3rd, 2012

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Some 90,000 people packed MetLife Stadium to celebrate the completion of the page-a-day Talmud cycle in the largest-ever Siyum HaShas. The gathering Wednesday evening, which was simulcast to some 60 U.S. cities and more than 20 countries, marked the completion of the 7 1/2-year cycle it takes to complete the Talmud (known collectively as Shas) […]

Secretary Panetta (L) and Minister Barak in front of an Iron Dome rocket defense shield battery outside Ashkelon in southern Israel last Wednesday.
 

Posted on: August 2nd, 2012

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In private conversations Panetta expressed frustration at the lack of confidence expressed by Netanyahu and Barak.

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Posted on: August 2nd, 2012

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A bipartisan slate of 58 members of Congress signed a friend of the court brief in a case involving a 9-year-old boy who was born in Jerusalem but was denied a request to have Israel listed on his passport as his place of birth. Menachem Zivotofsky was born in western Jerusalem. Neither President Obama nor […]

 

Posted on: August 2nd, 2012

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A hearing on a motion to dismiss a consumer fraud case against the company that produces Hebrew National products has been scheduled for Nov. 30 in a federal court. The hearing will be held at the U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. ConAgra Foods Inc., which owns the Hebrew National brand, on July 26 filed the […]

 

Posted on: August 2nd, 2012

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(New Jersey Jewish News) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed into law new sanctions against Iran that prohibit public contracts with any company or person that invests in Iran’s energy and finance sectors. Christie shared the announcement of the new legislation in remarks at a gala in Whippany on Tuesdasy celebrating the merger that […]

 

Posted on: August 1st, 2012

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Ninety-thousand Jews will gather in Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., to celebrate Siyum HaShas, the completion of a Talmud study program that occurs once every seven-and-a-half years. The attendants will be finishing a study program called Daf Yomi, “page of the day,” a daily regimen of learning the 2,711 pages of the Babylonian Talmud […]

 

Posted on: August 1st, 2012

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Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered the Israeli Defense Forces to draft Haredi men as it does other Jewish Israelis. The order came as the Tal Law, which allowed many Haredi men to defer army service, expired on Wednesday. Israel’s Supreme Court overturned the law in February. Israeli law mandates that Jewish Israelis enter the […]

Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak (L) met U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.
 

Posted on: August 1st, 2012

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Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said on Wednesday that if Iran does not negotiate acceptable limits on its nuclear program, it could face U.S. military action in tended to stop it from developing a nuclear bomb.

 

Posted on: August 1st, 2012

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Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have made it possible for many special-education students to be placed in private schools using public funds, the NY Post reports. Under the school districts would have been obligated to consider a child’s religion when placing them in a school. Under the current law, families […]

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Posted on: August 1st, 2012

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Aly Raisman, a Jewish American, won the floor exercise in helping the U.S. women's team to the gold medal in the gymnastics competition in London.

President Barack Obama holds a Cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, July 26, 2012.
 

Posted on: August 1st, 2012

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Under the final version of the enhanced sanctions bill, the president has considerable leeway to postpone sanctions on insurers in order to give them time to comply. Also omitted from the final version are sanctions that congressional hard-liners had sought on individuals associated with SWIFT, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications, as long as the body continues to deal with Iran's central bank.

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Posted on: August 1st, 2012

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A memorial service at Hebrew University in Jerusalem marked the 10th anniversary of a fatal bombing there that killed nine, including five Americans. “A decade has passed since the attack, and it is not only a time to mourn, but also a time to reflect upon the mission entrusted to us,” said university President Menachem […]

Aly Raisman's parents reeling over their girl's performance.
 

Posted on: July 31st, 2012

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A clip from NBC showing Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman’s parents’ reaction to her uneven bar routine has garnered close to 100,000 hits on You Tube.

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Destruction left behind in Givat Egoz.
 

Posted on: July 31st, 2012

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Around 1 AM Monday night, large Border Guard and Civilian Administration forces arrived on a bus and in several other vehicles at two outposts in Gush Talmonim in the Benjamin region. They also brought with them a tractor.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) and Gaza strip de facto Prime Minister Ismael Hanyah (C), during a meeting between Fatah and Hamas in Cairo last February.
 

Posted on: July 31st, 2012

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Gaza's Hamas government has given the green light to the Palestinian Central Election Commission to begin updating voter registration data in the Gaza Strip—an electoral requirement not undertaken since the 2006 parliamentary election, in which Hamas received a majority of votes in the PA controlled parts of Judea and Samaria as well as Gaza, according to the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. Last Sunday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Turkey's state-run news agency that efforts to achieve reconciliation between his Fatah party and Hamas have reached "a deadlock."

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Posted on: July 31st, 2012

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Jonah Lehrer, a staff writer for The New Yorker, resigned hours after Tablet Magazine published an article revealing that he had fabricated Bob Dylan quotes in a recent book. “This was a lie spoken in a moment of panic,” Lehrer, 27, said in a statement Monday announcing his resignation. Three weeks ago Michael Moynihan, author […]

The Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva.
 

Posted on: July 30th, 2012

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More than 40 ‘Hidden Jews’ from Poland will participate in an unprecedented seminar organized by Shavei Israel on July 30 through August 2 in Lublin, Poland, dedicated entirely to the study of Talmud.

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Posted on: July 30th, 2012

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Israel's government seeks a commercial bank to grant credit to businesses created by new immigrants and returning residents.

Haredi Neztah Yehuda Battalion recruits complete the final stages of a 40 kilometer journey with stretchers through the night, Feb. 2010.
 

Posted on: July 30th, 2012

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Last Thursday the recruitment began at the "Netzach Yehuda" Haredi battalion of the Kfir Brigade, as more than 200 anxious ultra-Orthodox recruits arrived at the processing center. Last year, some 380 soldiers joined the regiment, and according to official data from the Department of Manpower, the current cycle will see an increase of 33% in the number of recruits.

 

Posted on: July 30th, 2012

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A Michigan prison inmate has filed a federal lawsuit over the prison’s lack of kosher meals. Bradley Sleighter, 54, has been an inmate in the Kent County jail in Grand Rapids since January, where he is serving a nine-month sentence for retail fraud. He said in a lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in […]

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