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A Jewish blacksmith from Vermont has created a menorah that is featured on this year's US Hanukkah stamp.
 

Posted on: November 25th, 2013

News & ViewsJewish

Hanukkah seems to be politically correct this year. So is the African American holiday Kwanzaa, both of which were honored with new US postage stamps. The Christians struck out this year – and are angry.

 

Posted on: November 25th, 2013

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It now is official. This year’s rare coincidence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving will be known as “Thanksgivukkah” where the Boston Tea Party took place, retiring Mayor Thomas Menino  declared. The proclamation notes the special “diversity of all its citizens” and the values embodied by both Hanukkah and Thanksgiving, including “unity, hope and gratitude.” Thanksgiving and […]

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Posted on: November 25th, 2013

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Apple has made short shrift of recent denials of Israel’s PrimeSense gesture recognition company that it is being bought out and has and confirmed on Monday it is paying $359 million for the firm. “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” said Apple […]

Rescinded Reform Rabbi Keren Alpert (L), and Reform Rabbi Daniel Sime (R) on Rosh Hashana. She was too busy to take the distance-learning course and they ordained her anyway, and then, what a shanda.
 

Posted on: November 25th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishAssimilation

She became a rabbinic associate in 2008 at the temple, then agreed to enroll in a distance learning-program, but didn't.

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Posted on: November 25th, 2013

News & ViewsNews Briefs

A nominee for the top court in Massachusetts is facing opposition in part because of his affiliation with the Anti-Defamation League. Joseph S. Berman, 49, a regional leader of the New England ADL and a commissioner for the national ADL since 2006, was nominated as a judge for the state Superior Court in October by […]

 

Posted on: November 25th, 2013

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President Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the United States would consult closely with Israel as talks with Iran go forward. “Consistent with our commitment to consult closely with our Israeli friends, the president told the prime minister that he wants the United States and Israel to begin consultations immediately regarding our efforts […]

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Amrit Marajh was arrested and charged with the "knockout" attack on an Orthodox Jewish man in Brooklyn on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013
 

Posted on: November 25th, 2013

News & ViewsJewishAntisemitism

Some law enforcement officials fear labeling "Knockout" a hate crime as it may inspire more copycat attacks, while several public officials have pushed for wider discussion of the trend and increased penalties.

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Billionaire Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal on his airplane throne, sitting under the logo of his company. Alwaleed has no confidence in Obama when it comes to Iran.
 

Posted on: November 25th, 2013

News & ViewsEye on "Palestine"

Saudi Arabia is loudly silent on the deal with Iran, but its royal billionaire prince who owns part of Twitter and Apple says “we” are concerned. And guess who is “We”? Saudi Arabia and Israel.

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Posted on: November 24th, 2013

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The student-run Harvard Ichthus Christian blog website apologized for an anonymous post by a Jewish convert to Christianity who wrote that Jews deserve to be persecuted for killing Jesus. The apology was issued on Friday, and the original post that was published last Wednesday has been removed from the site. “(W)e sincerely apologize for breaching […]

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.Netanyahu at Conference
 

Posted on: November 24th, 2013

News & ViewsMiddle EastIran

What was achieved last night in Geneva is not an historic agreement; it is an historic mistake.

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President Obama shaking hands with Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman. The latter said this morning that "when you see the smiles on the faces of the Iranians, it's clear that victory is theirs.
 

Posted on: November 24th, 2013

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Naftali Bennett said that "if in five years a nuclear suitcase explodes in New York or Madrid, it will be because of this deal."

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The team that breathed new life into the declining Islamic Revolution: President Barack Obama talking with Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Advisor Susan E. Rice, with Phil Gordon, White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Gulf Region, left, looking on.
 

Posted on: November 24th, 2013

News & ViewsGlobal

It's 1938, the Munich Treaty signed, countdown to Sept. 1, 1939 has begun.

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The White House logo
 

Posted on: November 24th, 2013

News & ViewsMiddle EastIran

The official text from President Obama on the P5+1 deal with Iran.

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Shmuel Perl, 24, a victim of another knockout assault, speaking to a Shomrim interviewer early Friday morning.
 

Posted on: November 23rd, 2013

News & ViewsJewishAntisemitism

A man allegedly hit Perl square in the face, making him the latest victim of the vicious assault that's been terrifying New York City’s Jews.

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Posted on: November 22nd, 2013

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An email from an athletic trainer at the U.S. Air Force Academy pledging to “talk about Jesus Christ” at work does not reflect Air Force policy, the academy said, but the official will not be disciplined. “Mr. Allen Willoughby does not speak for the Air Force’s Academy and we absolutely do not tolerate proselytizing among […]

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Posted on: November 22nd, 2013

News & ViewsMiddle EastIran

Israel’s proposal that Iran totally dismantle its nuclear capacity in exchange for sanctions relief would likely lead to war, a top White House official said. The official, in a conference call Wednesday with think tanks and advocacy groups sympathetic to the Obama administration’s Iran strategy, outlined the proposal that the major powers will put to […]

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Posted on: November 22nd, 2013

News & ViewsMiddle EastIran

U.S. Senate leaders pledged to revisit intensified Iran sanctions after the Thanksgiving holiday. “The Senate must be prepared to move forward with a new bipartisan Iran sanctions bill when the Senate returns after Thanksgiving recess. And I am committed to do so,” Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the majority leader, told The Hill, a Capitol Hill […]

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My liberal Orthodox shul on the Lower East Side is a warm place for gays – but not for the gay agenda.
 

Posted on: November 22nd, 2013

News & ViewsJewishJudaism

There is no such thing as a homosexual person, man or woman, in halacha. There are only homosexual acts.

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Posted on: November 22nd, 2013

News & ViewsMiddle EastIran

A poll showed majority support for the Obama administration strategy of easing sanctions on Iran in exchange for a partial rollback of its nuclear program. A CNN poll released Thursday and conducted by ORC international showed 56 percent of respondents favored “an interim deal that would ease some of those economic sanctions and in exchange […]

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Brandeis University President Fred Lawrence was dissatisfied with Al-Quds President Sari Nusseibeh's "apology."
 

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

News & ViewsEye on "Palestine"

Two days after severing its connections with Al-Quds University following its president's "unacceptable and inflammatory" verbal attack, Brandeis University also removed the Al-Quds President from the Advisory Board of a Brandeis Center for Ethics and Justice

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