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Matisyahu Goes Blonde in Jerusalem

The 32-year-old ultra-Orthodox rapper Matisyahu has surfaced in Jerusalem with a new bottle-blonde hair, AFP reports. He is sporting a completely new image, with bleached...

Meet Josh Mandel, Rising Ohio Jewish GOP Rock Star

Meet Josh Mandel, who won the Ohio GOP primary and will take on Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, in the fall. A new-age GOP, his fiscal policy comes down to this: he says the country needs to undertake "sweeping regulatory reform." Mandel is a strong supporter of Israel—He and his wife Ilana were married in Jerusalem in 2008. In February 2009, during Operation Cast Lead, the Israeli government thanked Mandel for his staunch support.

Modern-Day Miracle? Williamsburg Anti-Religion Billboard Doesn’t Hang on Purim

David Silverman, president of American Atheists, responds angrily: “The Jews have stopped the billboard. It’s really ugly bigotry. As a former Jew, it’s repugnant to see Jews act like this.”

Rage over Chief Rabbis’ Prohibition of Entrance to Temple Mount

The Arab side in the dispute over Jewish right of access to the holiest Jewish site, has now been taken up by Israel's Chief Rabbis, who emphatically prohibit emphatically any entrance by a Jewish person onto the Temple Mount. The unexpected ruling, on the eve of Purim, is being met with strong objections from senior Rabbis who have been visiting the holy mountain since 1967.

Hungarian Jewish Writer Seeking Canadian Asylum May Not Be Jewish

Ákos Kertész, winner of the Hungary's prestigious literary award, arrived in Montreal Sunday seeking asylum, saying elements in his home country are threatening his life. But a fellow Hungarian immigrant says that Kertész may not be Jewish, and Hungarians are angry at him because he called them "genetically servile," comparing them to pigs.

Pro-Palestinian Jewish Author Facing Indian Deportation for Muslim Extremist Ties

After immigrating to Israel from England in 1999 at age 50, Susan Nathan has become an outspoken pro-Palestinian advocate, appearing in the Swedish Human Rights festival and the Stockholm Olof Palme Centre, as well as forums sponsored by the Arab American Association. She came to India for medical treatment, but her visa expired and the government wants her out on suspicion of contact with extremist Muslim organizations.

President Obama to AIPAC: ‘When the Chips are Down, I Have Israel’s Back’

President Obama: "I do not have a policy of containment, I have a policy of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons." He also hailed himself as Israel's greatest friend, and said he plans to honors Israeli President Shimon Peres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor.

Peres to AIPAC: ‘Iran Will Not Develop a Nuclear Weapon’

President Peres said "there is NO space between" Israel and the US, and insisted that Obama's "commitment to Israel is deep and profound." Regarding peace with the Palestinians, he said "the principle of the 'The Two State solution' was "a paramount Israeli interest."

Atheists Target Religious Jews in Williamsburg

"You know it’s a myth … and you have a choice," the billboards declare, in Patterson in English and Arabic, and in Brooklyn in English and Hebrew. Next to the text on the Arabic billboard is the word Allah, and on the Hebrew sign is the Hebrew word for the Tetragrammaton, which Jews are not permitted to pronounce. Including the "Shem ham'forash" in the Hebrew billboard is particularly provocative, since it is sacred and so may not be erased in print, presenting protesters with a dilemma.

ADL Praises Mormon Church Prohibition of Holocaust Victims’ Posthumous Baptism

"Without exception," reads the letter from LDS President Thomas S. Monson and other church leaders, "church members must not submit for proxy temple ordinances any names from unauthorized groups, such as celebrities and Jewish Holocaust victims. If members do so, they may forfeit their new family-search privileges. Other corrective action may also be taken."

Shabbat Across America Unites Thousands of Jews

Beginning Friday night, March 2, hundreds of communities across the continent will take part in an historic national Jewish event to celebrate what unifies all Jews — Shabbat. More than 500 colleges and synagogues will take part in the medley of traditions across the United States and Canada, with 40,000-50,000 Jews expected to participate.

Plagued by Charges of Ineptness and Corruption, Olmert to Keynote at J Street Conference

Although J Street describes itself as a pro-Israel organization that supports peace between Israel and its neighbors, many Israelis and US Jews, including many public figures, have said that J Street is anti-Israel, particularly in relation to the security challenges facing the Jewish state. Several US Jewish leaders have objected to J Street's position on Israel, and have publicly disassociated themselves from the organization.

Rabbi Rosen: Ahmadinejad Is Amalek and We Must Destroy Him

Once we recognize that the enemy is not acting against us based on rational reasons, but out of a pathological hatred, it is our duty to act on our conclusion and strike at the enemy, disregarding world opinion.

Greece Jews to Receive an Entire $1 million in Emergency Aid from JAFI

The Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency for Israel voted to provide emergency aid to the Jewish community of Greece, to help it address immediate needs in the wake of their country's terrible financial crisis. The $1 million will be spread over two years and help Greek Jewish institutions from going under. That amount will be just $250,000 short each year of the income of JAFI's top earner, Dr. Misha Galperin.

Boxed Out: No Exceptions for Orthodox School in Texas Scheduled to Play Bball on...

The Robert M. Beren Academy has reached the semifinals of its league play, but players and coaches are adamant that they won't play the game, which is scheduled for Friday night. The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools was unmoved by the school's appeal and has replaced Beren with the team it had vanquished to reach the semifinals.

ADL’s Foxman: Farrakhan Speech Dripping with Anti-Semitism

Stop the presses! The 78-year-old retired calypso singer and Nation of Islam leader accused Jews of controlling the government, the media, and finance and entertainment, and repeated many of the past anti-Semitic conspiracy theories that have made him America's foremost promoters of anti-Semitism to a legion of followers. He also thinks "somebody" is plotting an Obama assassination.

Yori’s News Picks from All Over, Tue. 2/28/12

So, what have the children of Jacob and the people who hate them been up to over the past 24 hours? What can I say, it's a violent planet. But even in a violent blue-green ball like ours, some stories still get our goat.

Haredim Close Ranks to Fight IDF Conscription

Many of the participants in an emergency conference last night were adamant on the need to “give up our lives” over the preservation of Torah study, in face of a growing public push for Haredi military service. In the Israeli marketplace of ideas, two views competed this morning: "Don't push them too fast, or you'll get nothing but conflict" – versus "It's time for everybody to carry their fair share of the load." Deputy Health Minister Yakov Litzman was on the money when he accused retired Supreme Court President Beinisch of committing a hit-and-run…

Dr. Pepper Not Kosher – In Israel

The Chief Rabbinate claims that, based on data provided by the Badatz in London, it appears that the products under the name "Dr Pepper" which are made in England and imported to Israel are not kosher.

Heartbreak: Iran’s “A Separation” Beats Israeli “Footnote” at the Oscars

In pre-Oscar television interviews, actors Shlomo Bar-Aba and Lior Ashkenazi, stars of the Israeli Oscar nominated "Footnote," which last night became the tenth Israeli nominee to not win the big prize – were telling anyone who would listen that it was definitely going to be Iran this year. And they were right. The Hollywood elite which decides these things gave the nod to Iran's "A Separation," from what we hear a fantastic family drama, and Director Asghar Farhadi has taken home the Oscar for best foreign language film. While Director Joseph Cedar, an observant Jew, went home empty handed for the second time in his career. Bummer.

Sukkah War Erupts Two Weeks Before Purim

Ya gotta' love the NY Post. Where else will you find a report on a "high-rise holy war" at the Trump Place Condominiums, where "one man's straw Sukkot" is driving the neighbors bonkers?

Comforting The Afflicted: The Life Of Rebbetzin Chana Weinberg

Thanks to her efforts, domestic violence is now on the national Jewish agenda. But the Rebbetzin didn’t simply raise awareness; she opened safe houses across the country, trained volunteers to provide emotional, physical and financial support and always made herself available for comfort, advice, and direction.

Chief Military Rabbi: Religious Soldiers Do Not Have to Hear Female Singers at IDF...

On the heels of the Supreme Court's annulment of the Tal Law, and following weeks of harsh debates over the coerced participation of religious soldiers in IDF sponsored concerts with women singers, the IDF Chief Rabbi admitted Thursday that despite his liberal ruling on the matter, soldiers should be allowed to avoid entertainment they find religiously problematic.

No Kosher Food at Malta Jewish Conference

At least it took a while, since somehow the organizers of this 4-day event for 120 European Jewish young professionals didn't realize they would all insist on eating kosher food. In Malta? It took a few heroic feats to straighten out that one…

Oscars to Sacha Baron Cohen: Stay Home

If they ban him, does he not bleed, at least a little, on the inside? The Oscar folks appear to have had it up to here with the loveable, although as lowbrow as they come, British-Jewish star. Or maybe it was all his own idea. You figure it out.

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