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Bonfires of the Faithful
 

Posted on: May 10th, 2012

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Jews of every age and religious denomination across Israel celebrated the holiday of Lag Ba’Omer Wednesday night lighting bonfires and celebrating. The holiday commemorates the end of a plague which decimated thousands in Eretz Israel in the Second Century. The day is also accepted as the yahrzeit of Talmudic sage Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.

President Barack Obama on Wednesday reversed his position on same-sex marriage.
 

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

News & ViewsPolitics

President Obama on Wednesday went on the record with a statement that he now supports same-sex marriage, a reversal of his longstanding opposition. While US public opinion on this issue has seemingly reached a point of no return, the debate within Orthodox Judaism has centered on accepting gays rather than legitimizing the gay agenda. But a few cracks have appeared even in that wall.

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Posted on: May 9th, 2012

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton that Iran must agree to halt all uranium enrichment in upcoming talks. Ashton was in Jerusalem on Wednesday to brief Netanyahu in the run-up to the second round of nuclear talks with Iran scheduled for May 23 in Baghdad. Netanyahu also accused Iran […]

 

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

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The WSJ today reported that the bomber whose plot to blow up a jetliner was foiled was a double agent, providing “vital information” to U.S. and Arab intelligence agencies, this according to officials who celebrated a successful infiltration of al Qaeda’s “most dangerous branch.” The news came one day after the Central Intelligence Agency, working […]

Russian President Medvedev and Iranian President Ahmadinejad
 

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

News & ViewsGlobal

According to the contract signed in 2007, Russia committed to supplying Iran with at least five S-300 air-defense systems. But Russian President Dmitry Medvedev declared in September 2010 that selling the missile systems to Iran would contravene UN Security Council Resolution 1929.

France's president-elect Francois Hollande
 

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

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Jewish reaction was mixed to the election of the Socialist Party’s Francois Hollande as the president of France while Jewish leaders in Greece expressed concern and disappointment after the fascist Golden Dawn party was poised to enter the Greek parliament for the first time.

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Benjamin-Netanyahu-051112
 

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

JERUSALEM – Prime Minister Netanyahu’s bombshell announcement of a unity government agreement with new Kadima Party head Shaul Mofaz gives the Israeli leader an unshakeable government coalition for at least another year.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) and Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz hold a joint press conference at the Knesset Tuesday after announcing a surprise agreement to form a coalition government.
 

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

JERUSALEM – Israelis went to sleep Monday night expecting early elections in September for the 19th Knesset. They woke up to the news that elections would take place as planned in October 2013.

The Quran
 

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

News & ViewsGlobal

Parliamentary committee approves tougher punishment for 'distorting' Quran.

Avigdor Liberman leading a party meeting, May 09, 2012.
 

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

Israel Beytenu Chairman: "The residents who have lived in Givat Ulpana for years are law-abiding citizens. This is not an illegal outpost. It is the state's mistake, and it must take responsibility. There are ways to regulate the matter with legislation."

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Posted on: May 9th, 2012

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Israeli President Shimon Peres praised Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his support of Israel during his 5-day state visit beginning on Monday. “I sense that Canada is always positive, never indifferent, never neutral,” President Peres told attendees at his official welcome ceremony at Rideau Hall, according to a report by Canadian daily Globe and […]

 

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

SectionsHealth and Living

Oplon Pure Science, a Rehovot-based developer of anti-bacterial polymer sheets for packaging, has signed an $8 million contract with the Pepsi Corporation to supply packaging solutions for their products, according to No Camels. The revolutionary Oplon packaging aims to protect foods from the colonization of microbes without the use of chemical preservatives or anti-biotics.  The […]

 

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

SectionsHealth and Living

Chemical components in anti-inflammatory pain relievers, antibiotics, contraceptives and anti-depressants may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke, according to Dr. Ehud Grossman of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Sheba Medical Center. In a recent article published in the American Journal of Medicine with co-author Dr. Franz Messerli of Columbia […]

 

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

SectionsArts

Maurice Sendak, winner of numerous literary awards for children’s book writing and illustration, and author of classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are, passed away Tuesday at the age of 83. Born in Brooklyn to Holocaust survivors Sadie and Philip Sendak, Maurice gained acclaim at the age of 35 for authoring and illustrating Where […]

East End Madrassah
 

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

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A Toronto Islamic school has apologized to the Jewish community after an investigation confirmed that it encourages students to hate Jews and prepare to combat them. Friends of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre for Holocaust Studies in Toronto had submitted a complaint that the curriculum for the East End Madrassah, a Muslim Sunday school conducted on […]

Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren meeting with PM Binyamin Netanyahu
 

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

News & ViewsOn Campus / Education

Oren stressed the importance of treating every question with respect, noting that there is only one question that he refuses to respect. “I won't respect any question that draws a comparison between Israel and the Nazis," he said. "I won't respond to that, at least not respectfully."

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Posted on: May 9th, 2012

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North Carolina approved a constitutional amendment on Tuesday defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, eliminating the possibility of same-sex marriages in the state. Unofficial returns showed voters passing the amendment with 61 percent of the vote, making North Carolina the 30th state to adopt a ban on gay marriage. Campaigning […]

 

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

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More Israelis support the unexpected pact between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz than reject it, according to a News 10 poll. The poll, conducted by “Proyekt Ha’Midgam” (“Sample Project”), found that 44% of the public support Kadima’s joining the broad coalition government. The move was rejected by 37% and 18% did […]

 

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

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The Moody’s credit rating agency lowered its outlook for the credit rating of Israel’s banking system from stable to “negative,” due to the economic challenges it faces in the next 12 to 18 months. However, the agency did not lower the ratings of the banks themselves, and only two weeks ago has ratified the Israeli […]

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Posted on: May 9th, 2012

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Ma’an reports than Egyptian authorities have discovered the body of an army officer who had been shot dead in the northern Sinai late Monday. Military officials identified the victim as 35-year-old officer Abdullah Abdul-Minem. His body was found with a bullet wound in the head in Sheikh Zuweid city near El-Arish. A second officer was […]

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