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The Forward Misinforms Readers to Promote Anti-Circumcision Agenda

The Forward says circumcision rates in Israel are dropping, with no data to support their claim, but two surveys prove the rates are actually rising.

New Poll: Lapid Receives 27 Seats, Netanyahu Only 22 in Wake of ‘Supermarkets Law’

Shas, which initiated the Supermarket Law, is not benefiting from it for the time being, and is expected to win only 4 seats (down from 7) – barely passing the threshold, if that.

Shabbat Supermarket Law Squeaks Through by 58 to 57

MK Yulia Malinovsky, whose coalition party Yisrael Beiteinu broke rank and voted against the bill, asked the Likud members from the podium Monday night when did they become a Haredi party.

IDF Soldier Injured as his Car Hit by Stones in Ramat Beit Shemesh

The driver was lightly injured and evacuated by Magen David Adom (MDA).

Survey Shows More Haredi Women Hold Driver’s License as Social Integration Booms

The poverty rate among Haredi Israelis fell to 45% in 2016, its lowest level in more than a decade.

Poll: Most Jewish Israelis Admit Jerusalem Is Divided, But Vast Majority Won’t Hear of...

Almost three out of every four Israeli Jews (72%) think that even with a stable peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, Jerusalem should remain united as the capital of Israel.

Report: Religious Jews’ Ascent to Temple Mount Up 75%

Today a Jew who goes up to the mountain feels that he is welcome."

Tzohar and Rabbinate Collaborate on Marriage in Tel Aviv

“This will allow us to positively contribute to helping these couples build healthy new relationships and families in accordance with Halacha and the laws of the State of Israel."

Knesset Committee Survey of Street Modesty Signs Cut Short over Security Concerns

Deputy Knesset Speaker MK Yisrael Eichler (United Torah Judaism) compared the women's committee's visit to Beit Shemesh to a visit by supporters of Rabbi Meir Kahane to Umm al-Fahm.

Pro-BDS Flags, Guillotine, Featured in Left’s Anti-Netanyahu Rally

Roaming in the crowd on Rothschild Boulevard, Amit Brin, a designer, was so good at diverting attention from the serious issues at hand – a prime minister at war with police investigators – he might as well have been on the Likud payroll.

Petach Tikvah Chief Rabbi Launches Kashrut Revolution with Independent Supervisors

"As consumers, the strict adherence of everyone to a valid kashrut certificate will help this important move take place."

State to Ask Court for Extension on Non-Orthodox Conversions

Former Justice Minister Moshe Nissim, appointed by Netanyahu to formulate government policy on conversions, only began to work on his assignment in November.

Gaza Border Kibbutz to Admit Orthodox Members

The kibbutz, which on the eve of Passover, 2008, suffered the worst bombardment by mortar shells since the Israeli disengagement from Gaza (they insisted on celebrating the seder at the kibbutz dining hall), is expecting that "turning into a mixed kibbutz will facilitate growth and development."

Northeastern India’s ‘Lost Jewish Tribe’ Lights First Candle of Hanukkah

A DNA testing done in 2003 and 2004 of several hundred men of this group showed no evidence of Middle Eastern ancestry.

Youth Who Burned Down Auxiliary Building of Kinneret Church Sentenced on Eve of Hanukkah

It is fitting, perhaps, that the fire connected with the arson of a church in Israel is belabored just ahead of the national Jewish celebration of the Maccabim rebellion against the Syrian occupiers and their Helenized Jewish collaborators.

Shabbat Mini-Market Bill Finds its Knesset Majority

Up to the last minute, it wasn't clear the bill had a chance of passing in the Knesset.

Survey: 55% of Israelis Reject US Jews’ Involvement in their State’s Affairs

The Arab sector was almost evenly divided on the subject, with a slight advantage for those who believed that Israel should take into account the positions of American Jews: 48% were in favor of such consideration and 46% opposed it.

Cabinet Passes Mini-Market Shabbat Bill

Minister Aryeh Deri said, "We want to prevent a change to the status quote, to prevent the Shabbat from turning into a national shopping day."

Knesset to Empower Labor Minister to Consider Jewish Law in Permitting Shabbat Works

"These works are carried out in the open and cause severe harm to the Jewish character of the State and severely hurt the feelings of millions of religious and traditional citizens in the State of Israel."
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New Israel Fund Orchestrates Conservative Movement’s Shame Campaign Against Netanyahu

Close to 300 clerics from Jewish communities around the world, organized by the New Israel Fund, sent a letter to Netanyahu letting him know of their “outrage at the treatment of non-Orthodox Jews.”

Birthright Drops Reform Program, Claims Kids Prefer Orthodox Tours

Birthright brought 48,000 Jewish kids ages 18 to 26 to Israel in 2017, but not through the Reform movement, apparently.

Netanyahu Weathers Litzman Storm, Shabbat Crisis Over

The one area where the Haredim had to capitulate to a higher power was soccer matches on Shabbat.

Dozens Arrested in Jerusalem Anti-IDF Demonstrations

The Yerushalmi Faction opposes any cooperation whatsoever with the IDF, even to obtain needed deferrals from the draft for the many eligible yeshiva students who qualify in Israel.

Knesset Gives Preliminary Approval to Arab MK’s Bill Reversing Talmudic Sages on Goats

MK Zahalka argued that goats are actually good for the environment, as they thin out the forests, making them easier to control in case of a fire.

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