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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...
Feb 16, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
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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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Quebec Orthodox Jews fight bill banning Muslim veils
by JTA
Oct 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
TORONTO -- Quebec's Orthodox Jewish community is fighting a bill that would ban women from wearing a Muslim face veil when receiving government services. Quebec's proposed legislation would ban the...
Congress notified of Saudi arms deal
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Oct 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
The U.S. Defense Department has notified Congress that it is planning to sell $60 billion in advanced military equipment to Saudi Arabia. Israel does not object to the sale, the assistant secretary...
Rescued Chilean miners invited to spend Christmas in Israel
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Oct 21, 2010 | 1 1 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
The 33 rescued Chilean miners were invited to spend Christmas in Israel by Israel’s tourism minister. Stas Misezhnikov invited the miners for a one-week, all-expenses-paid trip with their wives to ...
New Chabad House in Mumbai will feature memorial
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Oct 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
The new Chabad House in Mumbai will feature a memorial to the emissary couple slain in the 2008 attacks in the Indian city, according to tentative plans. The plans for the new Nariman House, on the...
China agrees to investigate companies helping Iran
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Oct 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
China agreed to investigate U.S. findings that some of its companies were assisting Iran in its efforts to develop nuclear weaponry. “We did provide some information to China on specific concerns a...
Female scribes finish writing historic Torah scroll
by Sue Fishkoff
JTA
Oct 21, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
SAN FRANCISCO — It took seven years to write and just a few days to sew together, but on Oct. 15 the first Torah scroll written entirely by a group of women was attached to its wooden poles and dec...
Two Israelis to receive U.S. science medal
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Oct 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Two Israeli scientists have been chosen to receive the U.S. National Medal of Science. Yakir Aharonov and Amnon Yariv will be among 10 scientists to receive the award from President Obama at a mid-...
Cost overruns force N.Y. synagogue to halt construction
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Oct 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
A leading Modern Orthodox synagogue in New York City has halted construction on its new building due to financial problems. The president of Lincoln Square Synagogue, which is on the Upper West Sid...
Rabbis launch campaign for Women of the Wall
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Oct 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
SAN FRANCISCO -- A group of North American rabbis has launched an online campaign to support women who want to pray at the Western Wall with Torahs and prayer shawls. The 28 rabbis, calling themsel...
Israeli father and daughter found shot in Mexico
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Oct 19, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- An Israeli man and his daughter were found dead in their home in Mexico City amid signs of violence. The bodies, riddled with gunshot wounds and signs of violence, were discovered Sund...