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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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
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...
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From left to right, Israelis sour on ‘opportunist’ Donald Trump
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...
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What Pope Francis synagogue visit says about Catholic-Jewish relations
by Ruth Ellen Gruber, JTA
Jan 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
When Pope Francis crossed the Tiber River to visit to Rome’s Great Synagogue on Sunday, he became the third pontiff in history to do so. But his 1.5-mile journey to the towering Tempio Maggiore sho...
Rabbi Lila Kagedan poised to make history with job at Orthodox shul
by Uriel Heilman, JTA
Jan 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK — When Rabbi Lila Kagedan spends her first Shabbat at the Mount Freedom Jewish Center in Randolph, N.J., later this month, she will be making history. A recent graduate of Yeshivat Maharat...
In poor Paris suburb, crime and extremism spur internal Jewish exodus
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Jan 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
LA COURNEUVE, France — At this Paris suburb’s only Jewish facility, Rabbi Prosper Abenaim serves sweet tea to his synagogue’s most frequent and reliable guests: machine gun-toting troops of the Fre...
As Turkey reaches out to Israel, Jewish groups move to embrace rival
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Jan 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Less than a month after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan signaled a readiness to mend ties with Israel after years of antipathy, a delegation of American Jewish leaders has embar...
Bernie Sanders surging in the polls, but are Jews feeling ‘the Bern’?
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Jan 20, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — Talk of a Bernie Sanders presidency has suddenly become a lot more serious. Recent polling shows the independent Vermont senator and Democratic presidential hopeful dramatically improv...
Globe Briefs January 21
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‘JFR’ Jacob, India’s highest-ranking Jewish military officer, dies at 92 Lt. Gen. Jacob-Farj-Rafael “JFR” Jacob, an Indian Jew who had a storied career in India’s military, has died at 92. (Some re...
Why U.S. lawmakers want Germany to take another look in its museums
by Jas Chana, JTA
Jan 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
In a letter emblazoned with the insignia of the U.S. House of Representatives, 29 members of Congress reprimanded the German state of Bavaria for neglecting its historical responsibility to victims...
French Jews leaving in record numbers — but not for the reason you think
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Jan 14, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
PARIS — Last year may have been traumatic for France and its Jews, but it was a pretty good one for Rudy Abecassis. In a year that began with the Charlie Hebdo shooting and the subsequent killing o...
Jewish foundation seeks to convert gentiles, saying ‘We all want Judaism to grow’
by Suzanne Pollak, Special to The Chronicle
Jan 14, 2016 | 1 1 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
Maybe it’s the centuries of living under Christian and Muslim rule. Maybe it’s the history of forced conversion. Maybe it’s that there’s no religion requirement for the Jewish afterlife. Whatever t...
Advancing NGO bill, Israel’s Cabinet fires another shot at its critics
by Ben Sales, JTA
Jan 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — Its backers call it a victory for transparency. Opponents say it smacks of dictatorship. Either way, a new bill requiring certain Israeli nongovernmental organizations to publicly declar...