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In reviewing ‘Hobby Lobby’ opinion, Jews see reasons to diverge over Neil Gorsuch
WASHINGTON — On June 27, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, based in Denver, handed down a decision that would make history a year later when it was upheld by the Supreme Court: ...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Jerusalem art school fosters design talent among students with disabilities
JERUSALEM — The shrapnel that exploded into Asaf Ventura took a lot away from him: His body and brain were shredded, his right hand was mangled. He was unable to fire his gun, swing his tennis racq...
Feb 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Left-wing groups ramp up protests of Trump’s Israel policies
WASHINGTON — Left-wing Jewish groups have launched a string of protests in response to confirmation hearings for President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Israel and Trump’s meeting with I...
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Globe Briefs February 17
Marine Le Pen: No more dual nationalities for Israelis Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front party, said she favored making it illegal to be a dual citizen of France and ot...
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Rabbi’s expulsion rattles Russian Jews fearful of Kremlin crackdown
Three years ago, Rabbi Ari Edelkopf and his wife, Chana, worked around the clock for weeks to show off their community and city to the many foreigners in town for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The ...
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With full Talmud translation, online library hopes to make sages accessible
NEW YORK — For centuries, studying a page of the Talmud has come with a bevy of barriers to entry. Written mostly in Aramaic, the Talmud in its most commonly printed form also lacks punctuation or ...
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Reform movement’s challenge: protesting Trump and remaining inclusive
NEW YORK — Reform Jewish leaders largely oppose President Donald Trump’s policies — and they haven’t been shy about saying so since his election. They’ve marched in the streets by the thousands. Th...
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How Israel’s travel bans are — and aren’t — like Trump’s
TEL AVIV — Defending his executive order directing the construction of a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, President Donald Trump pointed to Israel as a model, saying “a wall protects.” With ...
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Outside the synagogue, intermarried are forming community with each other
NEW YORK — Leading up to their wedding in 2012, Julianne and Jason Kanter hadn’t really discussed how they would incorporate their respective religions into their home. Julianne was raised by Catho...
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In France’s elections, dramatic upsets turn surprise front-runner into top choice for many Jews
With old favorites knocked out of France’s presidential race and the far-right National Front party making worrisome gains, many Jews are joining fellow voters in supporting Emmanuel Macron, the 39...
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Jews gather at rallies across US urging support for refugees
NEW YORK — More than 100 years ago, Barnett Levine was greeted by the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty as he arrived in the United States, having fled anti-Semitism and pogroms in his nat...
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Dutch Jewish wedding film from 1939 shines light on doomed community
AMSTERDAM — The Jews of Friesland, a region in the northern Netherlands, are not known for stories with happy endings. During the Holocaust, Friesland’s vibrant Jewish community was forever obliter...
Feb 09, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
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JCC bomb threat probe hindered by tech disguises
NEW YORK — A person calls a Jewish institution, makes a bomb threat and hangs up. The call lasts no more than a minute, the caller’s voice is disguised and the call is made to look as if it came fr...
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WikiLeaks: U.S. did not help Dubai assassination investigation
by JTA
Dec 29, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
The United States has reportedly declined a request by the United Arab Emirates to help investigate the assassination of a Hamas leader in a Dubai hotel room. Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was as...
Israeli population in U.S. surges, but exact figures hard to determine
by Sue Fishkoff
JTA
Dec 24, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
SAN FRANCISCO -- The number of Israelis living in the United States grew by about 30 percent over the past decade, according to newly released U.S. Census Bureau figures. Some 140,323 people living...
Siddur going digital, but not for Shabbat
by Sue Fishkoff
JTA
Dec 23, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
SAN FRANCISCO -- A major publisher of Jewish books is moving into the digital age while trying to strike a balance between technology and Jewish observance. ArtScroll/Mesorah Publications, which ca...
Palestinians gain ground in PR, diplomatic war
by Uriel Heilman
JTA
Dec 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- In the long-running Palestinian-Israeli conflict, score some recent victories for the Palestinians. It’s not that Israel has given an inch in the territorial dispute over the West Bank,...
Brouhaha in Texas House a Jewish test case for Tea Party
by Ron Kampeas
JTA
Dec 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- In Texas, the Tea Party passed its first Jewish test even before its legislators had been sworn in. Deeply conservative forces in the Lone Star State firmly repudiated the effort by e...
Seattle buses to carry 'Israeli war crimes' ads
by JTA
Dec 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Buses in downtown Seattle will carry advertisements about "Israeli war crimes" to mark the second year since the Gaza war. The Seattle Midwest Awareness Campaign has paid $1,794 to place the advert...
A cutting-issue rabbi sues the Army: Let me keep my beard
by Adam Kredo
Washington Jewish Week
Dec 20, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- Menachem Stern's bushy black beard is at the center of a federal court case. Stern, 29, a Chabad-Lubavitch rabbi from Brooklyn, N.Y., filed suit recently against the U.S. Army saying ...
Challenging orthodoxies, Shas maverick seeks to put Israeli haredim to work
by Leslie Susser
JTA
Dec 17, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- Not so long ago, few Israelis had heard of Rabbi Chaim Amsellem, a soft-spoken Shas backbencher in the Knesset. Over the past few weeks, however, Amsellem has emerged as a maverick in ...
Kissinger tells JTA: Take remark on gas chambers in context
by Ron Kampeas
JTA
Dec 15, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- It should have been ancient, if unsavory, news: A cavalier reference to gassing Jews, an aside in a conversation nearly 40 years old. But the aside was pronounced by Henry Kissinger, ...
Barriers broken, female rabbis look to broader influence
by Penny Schwartz
JTA
Dec 14, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
NEWTON, Mass. -- Lynne Kern knew at 13 that she wanted to be a rabbi, even though in 1970 there were no female rabbis to act as role models. So Kern became a writer, eventually winning a Pulitzer P...