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King Herod Exhibition Tracing the Life of a Builder and a Murderer

5 Adar 5773 – February 14, 2013
Lionized as “the greatest builder in human history,” King Herod was also demonized for his cruelty and his shady religious origins.

Italian Singer Won’t Perform at Sanremo Festival on Shabbat

The Sanremo competition is the most popular of its kind in Italy and receives worldwide attention.

Orthodox Seeking Federal Funds for Sandy-Struck Synagogues UPDATED

3 Adar 5773 – February 13, 2013
The law will correct a defect in the current FEMA legislation by making clear that houses of worship are to be included amongst the nonprofit recipients of federal disaster relief aid

Plague of Locusts Returns to Egypt

2 Adar 5773 – February 12, 2013
Locusts, 10 Plagues, Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood, Bible, Passover, agriculture,

Rabbinical Assembly Unhappy about WOW Arrests

Two Conservative rabbis were among the women arrested.

Sarah Silverman’s Reform Rabbi Sister, Niece, Detained at the Kotel

2 Adar 5773 – February 11, 2013
One of the paratroopers in attendance announced that, after they had liberated the Kotel, everyone was welcome to pray there.

Police Arrest 10 Women of the Wall as Liberating Paratroopers Watch

WOW spokesperson said police behavior was "sneaky," or at least confusing, seeing as they arrested the women after they had already cleared the area.

The Pope to Quit Feb. 28

The vast majority of popes serve until they die, and they stick it out despite their ill health.

NGOs to Promote Social Change in Israel through ‘Forgotten Mitzvahs’

30 Shevat 5773 – February 10, 2013
"Our joint goal is to have the Torah guide our agenda in all areas of life."

Paratroopers to Join Women of the Wall in Rosh Chodesh Prayers (Update)

30 Shevat 5773 – February 9, 2013
The law prohibits "religious ceremony not according to local custom."

Jews Win Right to Carry on Shabbat on Long Island (+ Video)

26 Shevat 5773 – February 5, 2013
U.S. judge dismisses Long Island eruv lawsuit.

Ed Koch: Fiercely Jewish But Buried in a Churchyard

He explained at the time that he could not bear the idea that his body would have to leave New York City. "This is my home, the idea of having to go to New Jersey was so distressing to me."

Northern Most Bar/Bat Mitzvahs Celebrated in Murmansk

24 Shevat 5773 – February 4, 2013
On the day of the ceremony, the entrance to the Jewish Agency building in the city was blocked by snow.

Will Kerry Search for His Roots in Israel?

24 Shevat 5773 – February 3, 2013
John Kerry’s name today would have been John Kohn, or maybe Yonatan Kohn, if his great-grandfather had not converted to Catholicism, and assuming his parents would have survived the Holocaust.

Rav Ovadia: Women who Wear Talit Are Transgressors

"Women are absolved of saying the Shma Israel – they needn't make the blessing, much more so to wear a talit and make a blessing over it."

Atheist Birthright Founder and Rabbi Buchwald to Do Battle

20 Shevat 5773 – January 30, 2013
Jewish Outreach founder Rabbi Ephraim Buchwald and Birthright’s co-founder, self-declared atheist Michael Steinhardt have agreed “to wrestle out” their beliefs in a debate.

Israeli Haredim Becoming Black Hat Professionals

19 Shevat 5773 – January 29, 2013
A new Israeli government survey sheds light on mainstream media slander of Haredim and points to a growing trend of Haredim studying law and business.

Rabbis Tweak Inaugural Readings to Make them ‘Jewier’

17 Shevat 5773 – January 27, 2013
Gina Campbell, the cathedral’s director of worship, “encouraged all the religious leaders to be faithful to their own traditions.”

Indonesian Muslims Rejects Ban on Female Circumcision

13 Shevat 5773 – January 24, 2013
The government is unable to make good on a ban that's been on the books since 2006.

Lapid: Let Conservatives and Reform in

The (Conservative) Rabbinical Assembly shares remarks, photos from Yair Lapid’s address to its 2012 convention.

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