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Calf (illustration)
 

Posted on: May 2nd, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

Students of tractate Bava Kama would probably pay special attention to this item, reported by the Israeli website Mynet.com. Yael Cohen, 18.5, sustained external injuries in her stomach and legs, after being gored and thrown across a fence by a vigorous, young Bull. She says that usually the young bulls are afraid of humans and wouldn't dare, but this one came up and began to ram her against the fence.

 

Posted on: May 2nd, 2012

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The debate over the merits of circumcision, which seems to have stirred up a lot of talkback action on the Jewish Press website, may be taking a turn in yet another unexpected direction. According to the website AllAfrica, the Government of Uganda is planning to circumcise 4.2 million men aged between 15 and 49 by […]

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Holocaust Days of Remembrance and Traditional Coconut Pyramids
 

Posted on: May 1st, 2012

News & ViewsYori's News Clips

Here's the text that accompanies this image on the Pentagon-run website DefenseImagery.mil: "During the Holocaust Days of Remembrance U.S. Air Force Capt. Jennifer McGee, with the 12th Contracting Squadron, helps Madison Angelito and Alex Barner make coconut pyramids, a traditional Jewish dessert, at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas." There are Days of Remembrance? More than one? Needs checking. Also: traditional Jewish coconut pyramids? Whose tradition? Help...

First Temple period Seal with the inscription ...למתניהו בן הו
 

Posted on: May 1st, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

Israel Antiquities Authority: The seal, discovered during excavations of the drainage channel between the City of David and the Jerusalem Archaeological Garden, "is engraved with the name of its owner: 'Lematanyahu Ben Ho…' ('למתניהו בן הו...' meaning: 'Belonging to Matanyahu Ben Ho…')."

 

Posted on: May 1st, 2012

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The website Bowery Boogie reported that the building at 100 Norfolk Street, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, has been sold for an all-cash sum of $8.8 million (6% above ask). The unconfirmed buyer, believed to be Brooklyn-based Urban-Scape, negotiated air rights from adjoining buildings and will be constructing a 44,000 square-foot condo (12 […]

Meretz activist receiving cold water from a settler.
 

Posted on: May 1st, 2012

News & ViewsEye on "Palestine"

After being told that the Meretz activists who came to see their homes were looking to stop at a Palestinian store to buy water, residents of the Bet El neighborhood welcomed their guests with cold water and cookies.

President Obama (with friend) is losing popularity with U.S. Jews.
 

Posted on: May 1st, 2012

News & ViewsPolitics

A new AJC survey of American Jews shows President Obama would win a majority of the Jewish vote in a contest against Gov. Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee. Obama would gain 61 percent and Romney 28 percent, with 11 percent undecided.

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The youth who was accused of harassing a Jewish girl.
 

Posted on: May 1st, 2012

News & ViewsEye on "Palestine"

After a teenage boy on Monday afternoon had been harassing a Jewish girl in a playground at Jerusalem's French Hill neighborhood, the girl escaped from the playground and called her father, who called the police. But the arriving cops ended up arresting the girl's father on suspicion of attacking the Arab boy.

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Posted on: May 1st, 2012

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Several French anti-racist organizations are suing Google for allegedly pushing “unsolicited and systematic associations between famous people and their Jewishness” – real or presumed – through the indispensable feature, the auto-complete function Since 2008, the Google search engine has been anticipating what users are about to type next in the search box, offering its “Suggest” […]

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A Soldier in the Sun
 

Posted on: May 1st, 2012

News & ViewsPhoto of the Day

A silhouetted soldier extends his arms to the sky. Here’s hoping for a sunny day wherever you are on the planet.

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Posted on: May 1st, 2012

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Imams and Islamic associations are encouraging French Muslims to go to the polls in Sunday’s presidential race, and make a difference. One million strong, they are likely to make enough of a difference to unseat President Nicolas Sarkozy. Muslim officials are careful not to officially endorse either of the runners in the second election round, […]

 

Posted on: May 1st, 2012

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A Bluffton, SC, seventh-grade teacher is being charged by police with pulling her student under a table and telling him “this is what the Nazis do to Jews.” AP reported that the 12-year-old student complained that he was on his way to sharpen a pencil last week, when he felt the hand of his teacher, […]

 

Posted on: May 1st, 2012

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A Norwegian sociologist who pioneered the discipline of peace studies and conflict resolution made anti-Semitic and anti-Israel statements during a public lecture and in an article. Johan Galtung, called the “father of peace studies,” also made anti-Semitic and anti-Israel remarks in an email interview with Haaretz. Galtung claimed that there is a possible connection between […]

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Posted on: May 1st, 2012

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Israel’s Foreign Ministry criticized as “absurd” the country’s inclusion on a list of countries that restricts the activities of human rights and advocacy groups. Monday’s response came after the United Nations’ high commissioner for human rights placed Israel on a list that includes Egypt, Belarus, Venezuela, Algeria, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe. Israel is the only democratic […]

On their separate ways? Avigdor Lieberman (R) and Benjamin Netanyahu.
 

Posted on: May 1st, 2012

News & ViewsPolitics

After the Israeli Supreme Court struck down the Tal Law, which sought to encourage over time the inclusion of Haredim in military service, the court, for all intents and purposes, has required the state to draft some 60,000 Haredi youths this August. As Knesset factions are preparing for new, early national elections, Haredi enlistment will likely serve as the battle field where many voters' choices will be made.

Mourning
 

Posted on: April 30th, 2012

News & ViewsPhoto of the Day

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with his son Yair, at the funeral of the Prime Minister’s father, Benzion Netanyahu, in Jerusalem on April 30, 2012. Benzion Netanyahu died at the age of 102, early Monday morning, in his home in Jerusalem.

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Israeli soldiers gather at the side of graves at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem.
 

Posted on: April 30th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

The Chevra Kadisha Forum, in a letter to Home Front Defense Minister Matan Vilnai, challenged the Interior Ministry's plan, which mandates temporary burial in coffins at temporary cemeteries as well as the option of transferring bodies to cooling facilities until they can be identified and final resting places can be arranged.

 

Posted on: April 30th, 2012

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An artificial heart has been permanently implanted in a patient in Israel for the first time. Up until now, artificial hearts have been used in Israel to help a damaged heart continue to pump until a donor organ could be located. The operation on a 63-year-old cardiac patient, who was also in organ failure, occurred […]

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Dr. Hatem al-Haj says circumcision is "an honor" for women.
 

Posted on: April 30th, 2012

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Dr. Hatem al-Haj, PhD, MD, a senior committee member of the Association of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA), has recently published a 41-page Arabic-language paper titled "Circumcision of Girls: Jurisprudence and Medicine," explaining why female circumcision is recommended and even "an honor" for women.

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Posted on: April 30th, 2012

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel began building a security wall along its border with Lebanon. The work, which began Monday and is expected to last several weeks, is being carried out with the coordination of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, or UNIFIL, and the Lebanese army, according to reports. Its purpose, the Israel Defense Forces […]

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