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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...
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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...
Apr 06, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Walking in My Family’s Footsteps: Odessa, a city important in Jewish history
by Ben G. Frank, Special to The Chronicle
Nov 03, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Since the Ukrainian-Russian crisis broke out last year, I have often thought of Odessa. You may love it or dislike it, but no other city in Russia resembles Odessa, this cosmopolitan city in the Uk...
Globe Briefs October 29
by JTA Reports
Oct 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Fire at historic New Jersey synagogue believed to be accidental A fire that destroyed a historic synagogue in New Jersey appears to be accidental, according to a preliminary investigation. The fire...
Current grand mufti denies presence of Jewish Temples at Jerusalem holy site
by Melissa Apter
Oct 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Countering historical evidence and a publication released decades ago by a precursor to his office, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem denied the historical presence of Jewish temples atop a contested ho...
In Israel, Chanukah season is already here
by Ben Sales, JTA
Oct 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
TEL AVIV — After more than three weeks of feasts, prayers and days off from work and school, Israel’s busy holiday season — from Rosh Hashanah through Simchat Torah — finally ended earlier this mon...
Will Justin Trudeau’s win erode Canada’s support for Israel?
by Josh Tapper, JTA
Oct 29, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
TORONTO — The election of Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau as prime minister represents the first change in Canadian government since Stephen Harper and his Conservatives assumed power in 2006. ...
How Jerusalem is coping with the attacks: police and pepper spray
by Ben Sales, JTA
Oct 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM — “No pepper spray, no tear gas, no nightsticks,” sighed Itzhak Mizrahi to three disappointed men, as if it were a mantra he’d recited dozens of times. The glass-topped display case in Ma...
Globe Briefs October 22
by Compiled from JTA reports
Oct 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
Kerry to meet with Netanyahu, Abbas in bid to curb violence Secretary of State John Kerry said in Paris that he will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Pr...
In Putin’s policing of Middle East, some see a boon for Israel
by Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Oct 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
As a defiant Russia again flexes military muscles in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, Cold War analogies are, perhaps, unavoidable. The deployment last month of Russian warplanes in Syria laid b...
On Syrian refugee crisis, Jewish community moves from words to action
by Eitan Arom, JNS.org
Oct 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Will Recant pulls both heartstrings and purse strings for a living. As the head of the Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief, a consortium of 49 national Jewish organizations, he has been at the cen...
Everyone’s talking ISIS at the UN, leaving Netanyahu glaring
by Ron Kampeas, JTA
Oct 07, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
All anyone attending the United Nations General Assembly opening seemed to want to talk about was the threat posed to the world by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. That was much to the constern...