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Revolution: Knesset Approves Marriage for Straight Couples

25 Heshvan 5774 – October 29, 2013
Haredi MK Gafni has long embraced the tactic of resisting unfavorable registration by throwing a tantrum.

Revolutionary Marriage Reform Law Spells End to Haredi Domination

A seemingly minor law on where couples can register for marriage permits passed the Knesset and opens a new era in which Israelis will not be at the mercy of Haredi rabbis’ demands.

Mounting Evidence: Beit Shemesh Votes Stolen, Election Tainted

24 Heshvan 5774 – October 28, 2013
"She could not recall her children's names. We called the police and they took her for questioning. It turned out this was her second vote."

Pope Pledges to Further Jewish-Catholic Dialogue

23 Heshvan 5774 – October 27, 2013
Pope Francis reaffirmed his commitment to fighting discrimination and furthering Jewish-Catholic dialogue. During an audience at the Vatican Thursday with a 60-member delegation from the...

Former UK Chief Rabbi’s Future: ‘Working With Students’

22 Heshvan 5774 – October 26, 2013
Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks told an audience at Eastern College on Thursday, Oct. 24, that he intends to dedicate the rest of his life working with students. He said he wants to support and encourage students to do great things for others.

Thousands to Celebrate Shabbat Chayei Sarah in Hebron

22 Heshvan 5774 – October 25, 2013
Tomorrow, together with literally tens of thousands here in Hebron and Kiryat Arba, we will read in the Torah how Abraham, almost 4,000 years ago, purchased the Caves of Machpela for us, his children.

Haredi and Zionist Beit Shemesh Residents Demanding a Split

Following accusations of election fraud in the city just outside Jerusalem, both sides agree they'd be much better off without one another.

German ‘Bling Bishop’ Suspended by Vatican

20 Heshvan 5774 – October 24, 2013
The Vatican suspended indefinitely Germany's "bling bishop" on Wednesday, for his luxury lifestyle, following calls in Germany for his dismissal. "The Holy See deems it appropriate...

5,200 to Attend Annual Chabad Gathering in New York

Originally published at Chabad.org. Chabad Lubavitch emissaries will begin arriving in New York next week from all parts of the world for the Kinus Hashluchim—the...

After Mayoral Loss, the Buzzards Are Flying over Lieberman’s Head

Failure is an orphan in the Shas-Lieberman campaign aftermath – and winners in Israel don't get the "gracious" thing.

‘They’re Reform, Nebech’

As an individual, I would never dream of expressing this kind of judgment about the religious choices of a fellow human being, much less a Jewish person.

Israel Displays Rare Biblical Manuscripts for First Time

20 Heshvan 5774 – October 23, 2013
More than 200 of the rarest and most important Biblical manuscripts and texts were on display Wednesday night in an historical “Book of Books”...

Deri Loses 2 out of 3 Major Races, Jewish Home Wins Sephardi Enclaves

In an election that failed to alter the top of the municipal map, all the important changes took place in small places.

American Muslims Attacked During Hajj

19 Heshvan 5774 – October 22, 2013
American Shia Muslims were attacked in Saudi Arabia during the hajj. Their crime? They are Shia instead of Sunni Muslims. Plus, they are Americans.
Israel's gay pride parade passes in front of the Knesset. But Israeli gays are not "kosher" enough for some West Coast LGBT.

Bills in the Works for Homosexual Marriages and Buses on Shabbat

The warped “Jewish and democratic” equation is about to be bent out of shape again with Yesh Atid bills to allow homosexual “unions” and public bus transportation on the Sabbath.

Netanyahu Will Not Meet Pope during Rome Visit

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not meet with Pope Francis during a visit to Rome, as the Israeli leader’s office had announced. The Vatican reportedly...

Yishai Visits Beilis and the Baal Shem Tov in the Ukraine

The hook that finally got me to Ukraine was a conference about antisemitism. Yes, it is ironic, and maybe bold: a conference about antisemitism in Ukraine.

Motorcyclists Open Fire on Coptic Wedding Party in Cairo

17 Heshvan 5774 – October 21, 2013
Long-running hostility and violence towards Egyptian Copts by Muslims continued when gun-wielding motorcyclists attacked a church wedding party on Sunday in northern Cairo

Nearly One-Third of Syria’s Christians Have Fled Their Homes

17 Heshvan 5774 – October 20, 2013
Nearly one-third of Syria’s native Christians have fled their homes during the Syrian civil war, according to Syrian Christian leader Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch...

My Sincere Apologies to the Turkish Nation, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

You may not know it, but my name is mud in Turkey, and it's all because I insist on writing my opinion. It's a curse.

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