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Tzohar Launches Campaign to Improve Israeli Rabbinate, Rabbinic Services

8 Elul 5772 – August 26, 2012
Among the items that Tzohar is calling for will be to elect new rabbinical court judges who would be more open to the needs of the general public, not just the religiously observant sectors; and new guidelines for managing the marriage, divorce and conversion processes in Israel – three areas that have been particularly alienating to secular Israelis.

Torah Scrolls Returned to Polish Village

5 Elul 5772 – August 23, 2012
Two Torah scrolls, one complete and one incomplete, were found in Poland's Sokolow Podlaski district. The Torah scrolls found Aug. 20 are believed to have...

Don’t Be Fooled By BDS Campaign’s Failures

5 Elul 5772 – August 22, 2012
For more than a decade, anti-Israel activists have sought to shoehorn Israel into the nomenclature of apartheid-era South Africa through the use of a tactic named BDS (boycott, divestment, sanctions). Apartheid was a universally decried racist system. BDS activists argue that Israel is the second coming of apartheid South Africa and must be treated the same.

Adelson Gives $500,000 to Shmuley Boteach Super PAC

4 Elul 5772 – August 21, 2012
Boteach: "I treasure the Adelsons’ support. They have been dear friends for a long time and were among the earliest backers of my campaign. Not only are they heroes in the Jewish community for their mega-philanthropy, but they are among the most generous and sophisticated political donors in the country...This donation is a game changer.”

Republican Congressman Skinny-Dipped in the Sea of Galilee

3 Elul 5772 – August 20, 2012
Rep. Kevin Yoder, 36-year-old first-term Republican from Kansas: “A year ago, my wife, Brooke, and I joined colleagues for dinner at the Sea of Galilee in Israel. After dinner I followed some Members of Congress in a spontaneous and very brief dive into the sea and regrettably I jumped into the water without a swimsuit."

Canadian Singer Wins International Hallelujah Song Contest

Canadian singer songwriter Evan Malach won an international Hallelujah music competition. Malach, 27, sang the Israeli rock classic “Canaanite Blues” before a live audience in...

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini Accepts Israeli Invitation, Defying South Africa’s Policy

29 Av 5772 – August 17, 2012
Earlier this week, King Goodwill Zwelithini of Zulu accepted the invitation from Israel’s ambassador to South Africa, Dov Segev-Steinberg, to visit Israel early next year, according to the Israeli embassy in Pretoria, despite his government discouraging such visits. The king is a staunch enemy of Inkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi, a Zulu politician who founded the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP).

The Tide Is Turning: New Settlement Authorized in Samaria

27 Av 5772 – August 14, 2012
The community, home to over 100 families and located approximately 18 miles from Tel Aviv, was founded in 1998 on state land. It was identified as an illegal outpost in Israel's Sasson Report published in 2005, but the Netanyahu government decided in April to retroactively legalize its status.

El Al Dithers on Honoring Cheap Fares

21 Av 5772 – August 9, 2012
An El Al spokesperson said the airline had not decided whether or not to honor round-trip tickets to Israel that were offered erroneously for...

Adelson Suing the National Jewish Democratic Council for Defamation

21 Av 5772 – August 8, 2012
Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson's lawyers sent a warning letter to the NJDC and to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee last week, after both groups had called on Republicans not to take money from Adelson following an allegation by a fired employee that the billionaire had approved of prostitution at his facilities in Macau, China. The allegation first appeared in an Associated Press account of the lawsuit filed by Adelson's former employee, Steven Jacobs, who had managed Adelson's Macua business until being fired in 2010.

Some See IOC’s Israeli Member Alex Gilady as Villain in Minute of Silence Defeat

Was the only Israeli on the International Olympic Committee instrumental in stopping a tribute to the Munich 11 at the opening ceremony of the...

British Judge Permits 10 Year-Old Jewish Girl to Convert to Christianity

18 Av 5772 – August 6, 2012
The Decision comes after the girl's mother applied for a court order in November 2011 to prevent her ex-husband from having the girl baptized.

Former Mossad Chief: ‘If I Were an Iranian, I Would Be Very Fearful of...

15 Av 5772 – August 2, 2012
Efraim Halevy, former head of the Mossad, made the statement to the New York Times on Thursday. Later in the day, he told Israel Army Radio that Iran's "math is off if they think they have open-ended immunity."

90,000 to Gather in N.J. Metlife Stadium for the Completion of the Talmud

14 Av 5772 – August 1, 2012
Ninety-thousand Jews will gather in Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., to celebrate Siyum HaShas, the completion of a Talmud study program that occurs...

Congress Boosts Sanctions—Which Are Working—But President Gets to Roll Them Back Selectively

Under the final version of the enhanced sanctions bill, the president has considerable leeway to postpone sanctions on insurers in order to give them time to comply. Also omitted from the final version are sanctions that congressional hard-liners had sought on individuals associated with SWIFT, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications, as long as the body continues to deal with Iran's central bank.

Video of Jewish Gymnast’s Parents’ Anxiety Goes Viral

13 Av 5772 – July 31, 2012
A clip from NBC showing Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman’s parents’ reaction to her uneven bar routine has garnered close to 100,000 hits on You Tube.

Terrorist Chief of Palestinian Olympic Committee Calls Minute of Silence Requests ‘Racism’

8 Av 5772 – July 26, 2012
Jibril Rajoub, head of the Palestinian Olympic Committee, called the campaign to hold a minute of silence for the 11 Israelis murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympics “racism,” according to the Times of Israel. What the Times of Israel omitted is the fact that Rajoub has been one of the most dangerous and violent PLO terrorists, known for acts of murder and torture against Jews and Arabs alike.

Obama Campaign: President Will Visit Israel During Second Term

6 Av 5772 – July 24, 2012
When pressed by reporters on Obama's perceived disfavor towards Israel – which appeared to manifest most notably in his failure to visit Israel in his first term despite coming to the region to visit Saudi Arabia and Egypt – campaign spokesman Colin Kahl said that "Being a friend of Israel shouldn't be judged by a travel itinerary...I don't think this is a serious policy difference; it's basically a distraction."

Michelle Bachmann Doubles Down on Muslim Brotherhood Infesting US Government Charge

1 Av 5772 – July 20, 2012
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is making fresh allegations of ties between an Islamist movement and vast parts of the U.S. government.

ADL Criticizes Anti-Abortion Center’s Western Wall Motif

29 Tammuz 5772 – July 19, 2012
The wall will be fronted with 60 white cross "that symbolize the 60 million little baby boys and girls have been murdered since 1973 in America alone."

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