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Ukrainian Member of Parliament and President of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee Oleksandr Feldman and hip hop star Shyne speak with the media at the Global Winds of Change conference in Kiev.
 

International Religious and Cultural Leaders Convene in Kiev for Interfaith Forum

Posted on: April 30th, 2012

News & ViewsReligion

‘Global Winds of Change’ Conference addresses role of religion in democracies and changing societies.

Rinkle Kumarib's case has become the focus for Hindus seeking rights in Pakistan.
 

Forcibly Converted Hindu Women Opt to Stay with Husbands, But Story Remains Murky

Posted on: April 20th, 2012

News & ViewsGlobal

Three young Hindu women who were kidnapped, forcibly converted to Islam and married off to Muslim men, chose this week to live with their husbands instead of their families. It has been rumored that the three women had been threatened by Pakistan People's Party parliamentarian Mian Mithu with "dire consequences" if they decided to return to their parents.

Prominent Turkish intellectual and religious leader Adnan Oktar.
 

Prominent Turkish Muslim Leader Sends Passover Blessings to the Jewish Nation

Posted on: April 8th, 2012

News & ViewsMiddle East

Adnan Oktar (also known by his pen name Harun Yahya), a prominent Turkish intellectual and religious leader with mass following, has communicated and met personally over the past decade with many Orthodox rabbis from Israel and abroad, expressing his friendship to the Jewish nation and his reverence to the Torah. Oktar has sent the Jewish Press his blessing to the Jewish nation on the occasion of Passover.

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The slaughtered "Pascal" goat's blood was collected in a gold vessel to be sprinkled on a makeshift altar, in the middle of a JCC basketball court.
 

Pascal Sacrifice ‘Exercise’ Yields Majestic Street Theater in Preparation for Passover, Redemption

Posted on: April 3rd, 2012

News & ViewsJewish

The air at the event in Jerusalem was rife with the kind of excitement one finds in rock concerts. The thick crowd pushed, shoved, pressed, retreated temporarily, then pushed as relentlessly and eagerly as before. If the core idea of the entire event was to urge our Redemption from above by starting it down below, then this one had to have cut through a whole bunch of "klipot."

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Harpsichordist Barbara Cadranel in front of her controversial mezuzah.
 

International Harpsichordist Ordered to Remove Mezuzah from her Doorpost

Posted on: April 1st, 2012

News & ViewsJewish

Barbara Cadranel, a renowned harpsichordist who delights audiences around the world with her unique interpretation of Baroque as well as contemporary music, says she's feeling "violated." The attorney for her Condo Association says his client permits residents to display religious objects on the outside of their doors, but not on "the frame around the door." One neighbor suggested the mezuzah could be a fire hazard…

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Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone speaking at Finsbury Park Mosque.
 

Video: London Mayor Wannabe Will Make London ‘Beacon’ of Islam

Posted on: March 21st, 2012

News & ViewsGlobal

Speaking at last Friday's prayer at the North London Central Mosque, also known as Finsbury Park Mosque—and formerly controlled by convicted terrorist recruiter Abu Hamza al-Masri—Ken Livingstone, the Labor party's candidate for mayor of London, pledged to "educate the mass of Londoners" about Islam.

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ZAKA Volunteers with family members and official in front of the school in Toulouse.
 

French, Israeli, ZAKA Volunteers Secured Full Jewish Burial in Israel for Toulouse Victims

Posted on: March 20th, 2012

News & ViewsGlobal

The bodies of the four victims of yesterday’s shooting attack at the Otzar Hatorah school in Toulouse will be flown back to Israel for burial later Tuesday night, arriving in Israel at 4 a.m. local time. The funeral is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. in Jerusalem. “The Jewish community in France is still in shock and cannot fully comprehend the scope of the disaster.”

ZAKA ambulance takes bride to wedding hall near Kiryat Vishnitz.
 

Innovative Bride Cuts through Funeral Crowd in ZAKA Ambulance

Posted on: March 15th, 2012

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A young woman in Bnei Brak, Israel, had a problem Wednesday: she was about to get married, but the streets outside the wedding hall, situated next to Kiryat Vishnitz, also in Bnei Brak, were packed with thousands of Vishnitz Hasidim who came to pay their last respects to the Vishnitzer Rebbe. She called the ZAKA (a humanitarian volunteer organization) hotline.

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Methodist Church Unanimously Rejects Divestment Resolution

Posted on: March 14th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

The United Methodist General Board of Pension and Health Benefits (GBPHB) voted unanimously againt divestment in three companies which do business in Judea, Samaria, and the Golan Heights, according to a report by the Israel Action Network, a project of the Jewish Federations of North America and the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

Jews walking on the outskirts of Temple Mount, March 4, 2012.
 

Rage over Chief Rabbis’ Prohibition of Entrance to Temple Mount

Posted on: March 7th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

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.

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Magen Executive Director David Morris fights child abuse with education.
 

New Group Combating Child Molestation in Ultra Orthodox Enclave

Posted on: March 5th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

"Magen" is a new Child Protection Agency operating in Ramat Beit Shemesh, whose Haredi vs. National Religious and Secular clamorous encounters made headlines a month or so ago. But Magen deals with a quieter, more sinister aspect of life in this area. Founded two years ago, Magen now reports the presence of at least 36 suspected child abusers in the community of Ramat Beit Shemesh.

Provocative billboards to be posted in Muslim and Jewish neighborhoods Monday (Hebrew sign was altered to spare readers' feelings).
 

Atheists Target Religious Jews in Williamsburg

Posted on: March 4th, 2012

News & ViewsJewish

"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.

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