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A land flowing with milk, honey … and water
Desalination innovation infiltrates Israel’s economy Even as one of the world’s smallest countries, Israel is in its second decade of progress toward tackling one of the world’s largest problems: w...
May 05, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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As congregations shrink, cantors become rabbis — and work as both
MIAMI — After 30 years as a cantor, Mark Kula, who spent more than two decades at a Miami-area Conservative synagogue, became a rabbi. To make this happen, Kula didn’t have to withdraw from his lon...
Apr 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs April 28
Israeli-American coach David Blatt reportedly on potential list for Lakers post David Blatt, the Israeli American who was fired this season as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, reportedly is u...
Apr 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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No experience necessary: Meet the Orthodox lawyer advising Trump on Israel
NEW YORK — If Donald Trump wins the White House, he’ll probably be the first U.S. president whose top adviser on Israel used to do guard duty at a Jewish settlement in the West Bank armed with an M...
Apr 28, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pro-Israel, pro ‘peoplehood’ rabbis form new Reconstructionist group
The 2015 decision of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College to ordain rabbis with non-Jewish partners was the “straw that broke the camel’s back” for Rabbi Carol Harris-Shapiro. “I formally left ...
Apr 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs April 14
Austrian government writing law to seize Hitler’s birthplace The Austrian government reportedly is drafting a law that would transfer ownership of Adolf Hitler’s birthplace to the state. The owner ...
Apr 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Could ties with Muslim powerhouse Indonesia be Israel’s latest pivot east?
At a time when Israel is seeking to boost its ties with Arab and Muslim countries in order to counter the threats posed by Iran and terrorist groups, could the world’s largest Muslim country become...
Apr 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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Humanitarian aid or political meddling? Israel, EU clash over Palestinian buildings
MAALE ADUMIM, West Bank — In a ramshackle village off a dirt road in the West Bank’s central hills, near an inhabited shack with a cloth roof and tin walls, stands an outhouse bearing a peeling sti...
Apr 15, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Who is Donald Trump’s Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner?
NEW YORK — Jared Kushner has many claims to fame. He’s married to Ivanka Trump, daughter of the Republican presidential front-runner. He’s the scion of a philanthropy-minded Jewish family from New ...
Apr 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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How Coca-Cola made processed food Passover friendly
In the 1930s, Rabbi Tobias Geffen of Atlanta began to investigate the hidden ingredients inside mass-produced foods and to evaluate whether those ingredients conflict with kosher laws. He set a pre...
Apr 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Shmura matzah for Passover: The real reason it’s so expensive
NEW YORK — It costs more per pound than filet mignon. It might be burnt or taste like cardboard. It’s so delicate it often breaks in the box, rendering it unfit for Passover ritual use. Yet every y...
Apr 15, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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The world’s largest seder — in Nepal — will go on, despite slow earthquake recovery
When the ground started to shake beneath Rabbi Chezki Lifshitz’s feet, he was praying near a doorway at the Chabad House of Kathmandu, where he lives with his wife, Chani, and their six children. L...
Apr 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
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At Israel’s mikvahs, women claim verbal abuse and unwanted touching
JERUSALEM — Without warning, the ritual bath attendant pulled off Naava Shafner’s towel. She was standing, naked, in front of a woman she didn’t know. Then the attendant began interrogating her. Sh...
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Globe Briefs March 31
by JTA reports
Mar 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Printers at Princeton, other college campuses hacked with anti-Semitic message Printers at a half-dozen college campuses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island were hacked with an anti-Semitic, racist f...
From left to right, Israelis sour on ‘opportunist’ Donald Trump
by Ben Sales, JTA
Mar 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — He’s crude. He’s blunt. He’s inauthentic. He is not a man of peace. Left and right, religious and secular, Arab and Jew, Israelis don’t have many kind words for Donald Trump, the Republi...
At Babi Yar, locals revive plans to memorialize Jewish victims
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Mar 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
KIEV, Ukraine — On a muddy path in Babi Yar Park, Vladimir Proch negotiates deep puddles as he shadows two rabbis and a group of Ukrainian officials. An 87-year-old Holocaust survivor, Proch lives ...
Jerusalem, maybe next year: Passover bookings seeing sharp decline
by Ben Sales, JTA
Mar 30, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — By now, Gil Azoulay would have expected his hotels would be 80 percent booked for Passover. Instead, Azoulay — who runs a chain of boutique hotels — has roughly half his rooms still avai...
Globe Briefs March 24
by JTA reports
Mar 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
Jewish group on Brussels attacks: ‘Shots at the heart of Europe’ Jewish groups expressed shock and anger following a series of attacks that left at least 34 dead in the Belgian capital. Kenneth Ban...
Battling Zika, Brazil’s Jews turn to bug repellent and indoor activities
by Marcus Moraes, JTA
Mar 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
RIO DE JANEIRO — Despite recent summer temperatures here topping out at 42 degrees Celsius (109 Fahrenheit), Milena Rozenbrah has become accustomed recently to dressing in pants and long sleeves wh...
From Poland, Jewish Community thrives in Costa Rica
by Simone Shapiro, Chronicle Correspondent
Mar 24, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s a familiar story: Times are tough in Eastern Europe. The father makes his way across the ocean to America to try to build a better life for his family. He establishes himself, sends for the wi...
The Jewish translator behind Elena Ferrante — and Primo Levi
by Erica Brody, JTA
Mar 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — It was back in the fall, at an event at BookCourt in Brooklyn, when translator Ann Goldstein was first asked for her autograph by an eager reader. Goldstein was caught by surprise. After...
Globe Briefs March 17
Mar 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Bill restricting non-Orthodox mikvah use in Israel advances A bill that would bar Conservative and Reform conversions from taking place at public ritual baths in Israel passed an initial Cabinet co...
Non-Jewish activists link arms with Hungarian Jews in ‘symbols war’
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Mar 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Hungarian officials likely anticipated some Jewish opposition to their decision to erect a monument in Budapest to a Holocaust-era lawmaker who promoted anti-Semitic legislation. What they probably...