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Will Tom Friedman Ever Give Up the Israeli Concessions Paradigm?
 
Obama Negotiated with Cuba ‘Behind Everyone’s Back,’ Lawmakers Charge

December 18, 2014 - 8:51 PM
 
Netanyahu ‘Will Not Allow’ PA’s UN Resolution to Endanger Israelis

December 18, 2014 - 7:33 PM
 
Unique 65-Foot Long Entrance Discovered at Herodian Hilltop Palace

December 18, 2014 - 3:32 PM
 
Sydney Chabad Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Canceled ‘Out of Respect’

December 18, 2014 - 2:31 PM
 
Israeli-Americans Stranded in Bus Strike

December 18, 2014 - 1:47 PM
 
Youth Arrested for Threatening Eli Yishai

December 18, 2014 - 1:35 PM
 
Putin Blames ‘Outside Factors’ for Falling Ruble

December 18, 2014 - 1:26 PM
 
Hamas Holds Live-Fire Training Hours after EU Takes It off Terror List

December 18, 2014 - 1:12 PM
 
Alan Gross Credits Jewish Efforts for His Release From Cuba [video]

December 18, 2014 - 12:23 PM
 
Moshe Feiglin Drops Out of Likud PM Race

December 18, 2014 - 11:06 AM
 
The Jewish Hipster Party

December 18, 2014 - 10:14 AM
 
Terror Threat Puts Kibosh on Sony’s NYC Film Release

December 18, 2014 - 2:30 AM
 
Harvard Boycotts SodaStream (Despite Company’s Surrender)

December 18, 2014 - 2:16 AM
 
Israel’s FM Liberman Declines Swedish Meeting Request Over PA Recognition

December 18, 2014 - 1:35 AM
 
US Re-Defines ‘Unilateral’ to Justify PA Burying the Oslo Accords

December 17, 2014 - 10:16 PM
 
‘Freedom of Speech’ Under Abbas-led Palestinian Authority

December 17, 2014 - 8:01 PM
 
Alan Gross Freed From Cuban Jail

December 17, 2014 - 5:32 PM
 
Boy Arrested Trying to Recreate Chanukah on Temple Mount

December 17, 2014 - 3:45 PM
 
European Jewish Leaders: Court Decision on Hamas ‘Legitimizes Murder’

December 17, 2014 - 2:04 PM
 
Jeb Bush Uses Hanukkah And Christmas Greeting To Launch Presidential Bid

December 17, 2014 - 1:21 PM
 
Netanyahu Rejects EU Court’s ‘Technicality’ to Whitewash Hamas

December 17, 2014 - 1:15 PM
 
Fear and Loathing in the Palestinian Authority

December 17, 2014 - 12:23 PM
 
Haredi Israelis Get the Most Benefits and Are the Deepest in Debt

December 17, 2014 - 12:16 PM
 
EU Court ‘Temporarily’ Removes Hamas from List of Terrorist Groups

December 17, 2014 - 11:41 AM
 
Centuries before Hanukkah: Remains of 8,000-Year Old Olive Oil Found in Galilee

December 17, 2014 - 10:57 AM
 
Palestinian Authority Going to force Advance Goal of ‘State of Palestine’

December 17, 2014 - 7:55 AM
 
Sony Hackers Issue First Terror Threat to US Movie-Goers … From North Korea?

December 17, 2014 - 6:01 AM
 
NYC Pulls Cops from Homicide to Secure Swelling Protests

December 17, 2014 - 4:30 AM
 
Jews Blamed for Mosque Fire, Report Reveals Electrical Cause

December 17, 2014 - 2:54 AM
 
132 Children Slaughtered in Pakistani Taliban Attack

December 17, 2014 - 1:22 AM
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Religion
Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv
 

Posted on: July 18th, 2012

News & ViewsJewish

There is great concern in Haredi circles following a severe deterioration in the condittion of Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, who has been hospitalized for the past six months in Shaarey Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem.

Reform Wedding (illustration image).
 

Posted on: July 4th, 2012

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While the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) does not have statistics on how many of its 2,000 Reform rabbis in North America officiate at intermarriages, when pressed, Rabbi Hara Person, director of CCAR Press, estimated "it's about half." A resolution proposed at CCAR's 2008 annual convention called for dropping the official opposition to intermarriages. The resolution was tabled but the practice is now commonplace.

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Brit
 

Posted on: July 3rd, 2012

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The Jewish Hospital in Berlin has suspended all religious circumcisions of children following a ruling delivered by a German court banning the practice.

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Rabbi Ratzon Arusi
 

Posted on: June 28th, 2012

JudaismJudaism 101

JERUSALEM – A leading Orthodox rabbi in Israel has a revolutionary proposal for the harvesting of organs from a clinically dead patient. At present, his proposal not only has no support from other rabbis, it is also against Israeli law – but he is not fazed.

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Posted on: June 28th, 2012

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Head of the Religious Community of Islam in Germany Ali Demir predicted that a ban on circumcisions in Germany would lead to the development of "circumcision tourism in neighboring countries in Europe." ADL's Abe Foxman called on Germany's parliament to change the law, lest Jews again feel unwanted in Germany.

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Shas MK Eli Yishai speaking with Kadima MK Yochanan Plesner.
 

Posted on: June 27th, 2012

News & ViewsIsraelIDF

The Plesner Committee, tasked with crafting an alternative to the Tal Law for haredi service in Israel, is reportedly drafting a proposal which would defer the enlistment of haredi men till age 22, offer financial incentives to yeshivot that have younger enlistment rates, and begin to levy economic sanctions on haredim who don't enlist by age 23.

Religious Circumcision
 

Posted on: June 26th, 2012

News & ViewsGlobal

A Cologne district court ruled on Tuesday that parents may not have their sons circumcised for religious reasons, essentially criminalizing religious circumcisions.

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A "wonderful, diverse group of Camp Sdei Chemed girls" being both modest and cute.
 

Posted on: June 14th, 2012

News & ViewsNews Briefs

The Lakewood, NJ, Bnos Yaakov elementary school is not happy over the fact that an internal letter to its students has been published online. It contains a story with a disturbing notion of purgatory for girls who don't obey the laws of tzniyut (modesty).

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Reform Jewish Service Wikipedia
 

Posted on: May 30th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

The Israeli government announced on Tuesday that, for the first time, it will pay the salaries of a small number of Reform and Conservative rabbis who are considered leaders in their communities, and will also recognize them as rabbis.

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Ronald McDonald
 

Posted on: May 28th, 2012

News & ViewsMiddle East

Saudi Muslims have launched several campaigns against McDonald's in "response to the savage attacks on the noble Prophet," under banners like "Help your Prophet!" and "Together in support of the Prophet."

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Mincha prayer at Citi Field during the Asifa.
 

Posted on: May 21st, 2012

News & ViewsMedia

More than 50,000 ultra-Orthodox Jewish men packed Citi Field in Flushing, Queens, on Sunday, for the Asifa, a gathering decrying the dangers of the Internet. Organizers have also rented the nearby Arthur Ashe Stadium for the overflow crowd. Event spokesman Eytan Kobre said the group wants to teach families how to use technology responsibly.

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Chief Judge of the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court Rabbi Eliyahu Abergel.
 

Posted on: May 18th, 2012

News & ViewsReligion

In a precedent setting decision, the Chief Judge of the Jerusalem Rabbinical Court Rabbi Eliyahu Abergel this week freed a woman from her aguna status (separated from her husband but unable to marry another) and annulled her marriage because the witnesses who signed the ketubah were not Shabbat observers. The plaintiff's husband had fled Israel to Florida and was refusing to sign a get.

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US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro visits the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem (January 2012)
 

Posted on: May 15th, 2012

News & ViewsIsraelIDF

On the issue of ultra-Orthodox military service, 41% of those surveyed said they would be moderately or very interested in joining the Haredi IDF program, while 59% said they had either little or no interest. Still, the percentage of interest is substantially higher than the current annual rate of Haredi enlistment in the IDF.

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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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Antonio Mennini Catholic Church
 

Posted on: May 3rd, 2012

News & ViewsJewish

A Vatican representative has issued a call for the world’s foremost religions to unite to take a stand against gay marriage. Archbishop Antonio Mennini, the “Apostolic Nuncio” (Vatican representative) to Great Britain has proposed enlisting the help of all Christian denominations, as well as Jews and Muslims, to oppose the proposition of legalizing gay marriage […]

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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.
 

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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