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Is Kosher Switch really kosher for Shabbat?
It promises a revolutionary innovation that could transform Jewish Sabbath observance. By changing the way a light switch works, the patented Kosher Switch offers a novel — and, its backers say, ko...
Apr 23, 2015 | 1 1 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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In L.A.’s Koreatown, Wilshire Boulevard Temple bets big on the past for its future
The time has long since passed when the Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s address on its namesake boulevard was considered glamorous. Now the surrounding blocks are the clamorous heart of Koreatown, with...
Apr 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Le Pen picks fight with father amid party’s surging Jewish support
At 27, David Rachline is the youngest senator in the history of France’s Fifth Republic and a rising force within the country’s third largest party. A university dropout and the son of a Jewish Soc...
Apr 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
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In one room in Jerusalem, 2,700 years of history
JERUSALEM — When Amit Re’em embarked on a 1999 excavation of an abandoned Ottoman prison in the Old City of Jerusalem, he didn’t expect anything revolutionary. The dig was primarily aimed at inspec...
Apr 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend
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First in line for Portuguese citizenship: Jewish dreamers and fortune seekers
Hunched over a monument for thousands of Jews killed in a 1506 massacre in Lisbon, Danielle Karo (not her real name) felt a swelling in her eyes. To Karo, an American poet and business analyst who ...
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Portraits of Irish Holocaust survivors present nation with a teachable moment
When Irish artist Diana Muller first presented her works in progress — paintings of some of her country’s few remaining Holocaust survivors — to the Irish Jewish Museum in Dublin City, museum vice ...
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In Indiana, an uncomfortable turn in the spotlight
The talk at Rabbi Michael Friedland’s seder table in South Bend, Ind., was about Memories Pizza in the small Indiana town of Walkerton. Not that the celebrants already had tired of unleavened food ...
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Is ‘Mein Kampf’ a learning tool or too offensive and dangerous to reissue?
Given the current climate of rising anti-Semitism in Europe and elsewhere, is it too offensive and dangerous to reissue Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” autobiographical manifesto? Critics of the book’s...
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Natural gas lights a brighter future for northern Israelis
Jobs are coming to northern Israel in the country’s fledgling natural gas industry, and Erez College is opening the door to those new careers. People have long joked that after 40 years in the dese...
Apr 09, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Pew study: In North America, Muslims to overtake Jews by 2035
NEW YORK — In 20 years, there will be more Muslims in North America than Jews, according to a new Pew Research Center report. The report, which was released April 2, also found that more American J...
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No longer newcomers, Israelis in Europe get organized
Whenever he would fly from his native Israel back home to the Netherlands, Serge Lypcyz would bring a heavy load of Hebrew-language books with him. Lypcyz and his Israeli friends in Amsterdam depen...
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Jewish refugees safe from war, but facing economic crisis in Kiev
KIEV — In a crowded room of the Tolkachov family’s tiny apartment here, a couch and twin bed sit kitty-corner from each other, sandwiching a small crib. In another corner, a wooden table is clutter...
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Meet Omer Mei-Dan: Israeli BASE jumper, stuntman and orthopedic surgeon
BOULDER, Colo. — Omer Mei-Dan has jumped off more cliffs than he can count — not to mention helicopters, skyscrapers and bridges. Just don’t call him a skydiver. An orthopedic surgeon and extreme s...
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British Jews weigh fight after court ruling on 'Who is a Jew'
by Winston Pickett, JTA
Feb 05, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
That question has bitterly divided the Jewish community in Britain following the Supreme Court ruling a month-and-a-half ago striking down a Jewish school’s policy of limiting admission to the chil...
The Jewish agenda in Washington for 2010
by JTA
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON -- Following President Obama's State of the Union address and the start of the new congressional year, JTA asked Jewish organizations operating in Washington the following questions: "Wh...
Survivor's grandson buys Mengele diary
by JTA
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
The grandson of a Holocaust survivor reportedly bought the diary of the notorious Josef Mengele. The 180-page journal was sold for an undisclosed sum Tuesday "to an East Coast Jewish philanthropist...
Jewish Agency blames Russian gov't for cancellation
by JTA
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- The Jewish Agency for Israel has canceled plans to hold its upcoming board meetings in St. Petersburg over concerns that the Russian government would not allow the gathering to take pla...
Israel’s reply to Goldstone suggests a more civil approach
by Ron Kampeas
JTA
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — The Goldstone wars continue, but beneath the shouting a diplomatic track has emerged. The Israeli government last week published a reply to the U.N. Human Rights Council’s report on th...
Berlusconi feels pain of Shoah victims, Gaza Palestinians
by JTA
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM – Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi expressed his empathy for Israel and the Palestinians during the final day of a three-day visit to Israel. "Today, the safeguarding of Israel's ...
Jewish-themed and Israeli films are in running for Academy Awards
by JTA
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
Three Jewish-themed films and an Israeli film are in the running for Academy Awards. “Inglourious Basterds,” a Jewish revenge fantasy in which a squad of Jewish GIs wipes out the Nazi leadership, w...
Israel hits Gaza tunnels in response to barrel bombs
by JTA
Feb 04, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- Israel destroyed two Gaza smuggling tunnels in response to Hamas' attempt to attack Israeli targets in the Mediterranean Sea. Israel's Air Force on Tuesday night struck the tunnels use...
J.D. Salinger, reclusive author and grandson of rabbi, dies
by JTA
Jan 29, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- J.D. Salinger, author of "Catcher in the Rye," recluse and grandson of a rabbi, has died at 91. Salinger, whose signature novel became an American classic and remains required reading a...
Hezbollah gains a toehold inside U.N. Security Council
by Kenneth Bandler
Jan 28, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
NEW YORK -- Sheik Hassan Nasrallah is not likely to take a seat at the U.N. Security Council’s horseshoe table, but the Hezbollah terrorist organization he has led since 1992 now has a toehold insi...