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The Priestly blessing at the Western Wall, but no women priests - yet.
 

Peres: Torah Does Not Ban Women Wearing Tallis at Western Wall

Posted on: April 17th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

President Peres showed off his lack of knowledge of Jewish law and told the NY UJA, “The Torah does not ban women from wearing a tallis.”

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Magda Haroun
 

New Head of Egypt’s Jews Rejects Israel’s Synagogue Renovation Help

Posted on: April 17th, 2013

News & ViewsMiddle EastEgypt

"A mother of two university graduate daughters, Magda Haroun is fluent in Arabic, French, English and moderate Italian."

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A baseball signed by Sandy Koufax displayed in National Museum of American Jewish History.
 

Museum Seeks Jews’ Memories of Baseball

Posted on: April 16th, 2013

News & ViewsJewish

Do you remember where you were when Sandy Koufax said he would not play on Yom Kippur. The National Museum of American Jewish History is looking for you.

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The scene at the Boston Marathon following the deadly explosions.
 

On the Scene, Boston Rabbi Offering ‘Some Sense of Serenity’

Posted on: April 16th, 2013

News & ViewsJewish

“You can imagine the pandemonium. Everyone was running, and glass was flying around."

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draft Torah draft center
 

Satmar Sets up ‘Draft Refugee’ Panel to Send Yeshiva Youth to US

Posted on: April 15th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim

This really is Independence Day! Satmar sets up an emergency panel to hustle IDF Draft Refugees’ out of Israel lest they be contaminated by serving the country. Let them be America’s problem.

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British Jewish Crime Boss Sues Prison for Kosher Meals

Posted on: April 15th, 2013

News & ViewsGlobalEurope

An orthodox British Jew serving time in jail for trying to smuggle millions of dollars worth of cocaine is suing prison officials for discrimination by denying him kosher food, the London Sun reported. Simon Price, 68, complained of “institutionalized anti-Semitism” and charged that although inmates are allowed to cook their own meals, he was given […]

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plastic-man-on-airplane
 

‘Plastic Bag’ Airplane Passenger a Kohen Staying Pure?

Posted on: April 12th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim

Look up in the sky? Is It a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Plastic Man – the Orthodox Jew who wrapped himself in plastic on an airplane, apparently because he is a very scrupulous Kohen.

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Lesley Sachs, director of "Women of the Wall," being detained by police.
 

WOW Claiming Groundbreaking Court Ruling

Posted on: April 11th, 2013

News & ViewsJewish

Judge Sharon Larry Bavly stated that there was no cause for arresting the women.

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Lesley Sachs, director of "Women of the Wall" being told by police to remove her talit.
 

Four Women of the Wall and Haredi Man and Woman Detained

Posted on: April 11th, 2013

News & ViewsJewish

Meretz MKs Tamar Zandberg and Michal Rozin attended the ceremony.

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Gordon, Schulman Appointed to U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council

Posted on: April 10th, 2013

News & ViewsJewish

Illinois Rabbi Samuel N. Gordon and public relations executive Maureen Schulman are the newest members of the U. S. Holocaust Memorial Council, appointed on Tuesday by President Barack Obama. Rabbi Gordon is the founding rabbi of Congregation Sukkat Shalom in Wilmette, Ill. and is vice president of the Central Conference of American Rabbis. He also […]

Archaeologist Benyamin Storchan standing at the bottom of the steps in the immersion chamber.
 

A Rare Second Temple Period Mikveh Discovered in Jerusalem

Posted on: April 10th, 2013

News & ViewsArchaeology

Israeli archaeologists love highway contractors. Excavation for new roads frequently digs up history, and this time they struck it rich, finding a rare mikveh from the late Second Temple Period.

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Lesley Sachs, director of "Women of the Wall," being detained by police.
 

WOW to Celebrate Rosh Chodesh Iyar as Usual

Posted on: April 10th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishHaredim

They will be joined by MKs Tamara Zandberg and Michal Rozin.

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Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky
 

Sharansky to Suggest Women’s Kotel Prayers Away from Main Plaza

Posted on: April 9th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

Sharansky says the Western Wall is long enough for women to have their own minyan and Torah reading. The Women of the Wall leader accepts the compromise. Will the Rabbinate big enough to agree?

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Senior research microscopist Joseph G. Barabe.
 

Archeological Chemists Authenticate Ancient Text with Egyptian Wedding Certificate

Posted on: April 9th, 2013

News & ViewsArchaeology

Barabe’s team was part of an effort organized by the National Geographic Society to authenticate the Gospel of Judas.

 

Airline Glatt Kosher Demand Doubles

Posted on: April 8th, 2013

News & ViewsGlobalEurope

The number of travelers requesting kosher meals continues to rise, and requests for glatt kosher meals has more than doubled in the past five years, according to one source. Several travel agents reached by KosherToday concur that the number of travelers requesting kosher food has risen throughout the world and the airlines and the airline […]

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Ceramic model of church unearthed near Ashkelon
 

Rare 1,500-Year-Old Wine Press and Church Model found in Israel

Posted on: April 8th, 2013

News & ViewsArchaeology

The ancient port of Ashkelon was a key point for trading Israeli wine. Archaeologists have unearthed a huge wine press and rare ceramic church model near the city’s old highway.

Marriage in the Jewish community
 

US Jewish Women’s Council Wants Israel to Certify Civil Marriages

Posted on: April 8th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

Do Israeli orthodox rabbis have a “monopoly?” Should Diaspora Jews try to pull Israel’s domestic strings? The National Council of Jewish Women seems to say “yes” to both questions.

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NY Daily News ‘Kosher’ Headline is Treif

Posted on: April 8th, 2013

News & ViewsGlobalEurope

A New York Daily News headline writer needs a quick course in kosher dietary laws after an overly cute headline tried to get across the message that moose lasagna is not kosher if pork is used. As most Jews and many non-Jews know, Jewish law forbids eating milk products and meat products together. Even if […]

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Poland’s Kosher Meat Supply Disappearing after Ban on Slaughter

Posted on: April 8th, 2013

News & ViewsGlobalEurope

Poland’s Jewish community has about a one month supply of kosher meat left, following a ban on ritual slaughter that went into effect at the beginning of the year, Piotr Kadlcik, president of the Union of Jewish Religious Communities in Poland, told the JTA on Monday from Warsaw. The status of ritual slaughter in Poland […]

Excavation in progress at Tell Khaiber, Iraq
 

Archaeologists’ Discovery May Be in Abraham’s Home City of Ur

Posted on: April 5th, 2013

News & ViewsArchaeology

“Terah took Abram his son, and Lot…and Sarai… from Ur…to go to the land of Canaan.” No one has ever found Ur – until now, with a “breathtaking find” of a 4,000-year-old public building near Ur.

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