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Globe Briefs September 23
British gov’t minister warns municipal councils considering Israel boycott A British Cabinet minister threatened to take investment decisions away from municipal councils if they choose to boycott ...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend
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Obama’s $38B aid package to Israel comes with caveats: It’s generous, but on his terms
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s near parting gift to Israel, a guarantee of $38 billion in defense assistance over a decade, distills into a single document what he’s been saying throughout e...
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Israel’s World Baseball Classic team expects to feel at home playing in Brooklyn
What is likely the strongest squad of Jewish players ever assembled figures to have a home-field advantage, too, as Team Israel aims to reach the next round of the World Baseball Classic. The club’...
Sep 22, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs September 16
184 U.S. synagogues pledge to welcome, support refugees Some 184 Jewish congregations and communities in the U.S. signed a pledge of support for refugees, promising to take action to help those see...
Sep 16, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
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As Chabad grows in Africa, hardy rabbis encounter crime and spirituality
Rabbi Shmuel Notik was on his way to blow the shofar on a Friday evening in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi when six men armed with knives intercepted him on a dark street. Notik — a follower of the ...
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Donkey redemption a rare ritual in Judaism
CHERRY HILL, N.J. — The Torah is specific when it describes what a Jew should do about his first fruits, his first harvest and his first-born male children. Is it any wonder that it is equally prec...
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Poll: Israeli Jews favor Hillary, but say Trump is better for Israel ‘policy’
JERUSALEM — Most Israeli Jews would prefer Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump as the next president of the United States — even though more of them think Trump would be better for the “Israeli gover...
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Muslims look to Jewish example in campaigning for school days off
NEW YORK — When Jessica Abdelnabbi-Berrocal wanted her local public schools in Jersey City, N.J., to close for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha in September, she looked to her Jewish heritage. Th...
Sep 07, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend
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Globe Briefs September 9
Defense minister: Israel to follow court order to demolish Amona settlement Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said the Jewish state will raze the West Bank settlement of Amona by the Dec. 2...
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Bernie Sanders’ new movement endorses candidates with a range of Israel views
WASHINGTON — A Florida state senator caught up in a boycott-Israel controversy. A Wisconsin state representative who combated anti-Israel bias on his campus. The diversity of Israel-related outlook...
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Why do Florida’s Orthodox Jews support Trump? Because they fear Clinton
NEW YORK — Rebecca Raab was shopping recently in a South Florida Costco, wearing the trademark Orthodox outfit of a long skirt and baseball cap, when an employee waved to her and said “Shalom! We’r...
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Anti-immigrant and white supremacist, maybe. But is the alt-right anti-Semitic?
WASHINGTON — Can you go alt-right without going anti-Semitic? The movement that has emerged from conservatism — and in some ways has turned against it — appears to be nudging its way into the Ameri...
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Once a prop for anti-Semites, the Talmud makes a comeback in Russia
A century ago, passages from the Talmud were translated into Russian to be used as evidence in the anti-Semitic show trial of Menahem Mendel Beilis, a Jew charged with — and eventually acquitted of...
Sep 02, 2016 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
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Ban upheld on ‘peaceful’ aid to terror groups
by JTA
Jun 24, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a federal law forbidding support for peaceful activities to terrorist organizations. In the case of Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, the court on Monda...
Banana lovers take heart; help for rainforests is on the way
by Editors of E/The Environmental Magazine
Jun 24, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend
Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that bananas are taboo for anyone who is concerned about rainforest destruction? Even if I seek out “fair trade” or organic bananas, am I feeding the demand, which is cau...
In Venice, a Jewish disconnect between locals and visitors
by Ruth Ellen Gruber
JTA
Jun 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend
VENICE, Italy -- It was a Friday afternoon in the heart of the historic Venice Ghetto, and I was chatting with the city's chief rabbi, Elia Richetti, when his cellphone beeped. "It's a text message...
Rubashkin sentenced to 27 years
by JTA
Jun 22, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend
Kosher meatpacking executive Sholom Rubashkin was sentenced to 27 years in a federal prison for his conviction on federal financial fraud charges. U.S. District Judge Linda Reade filed the sentenci...
Israelis key to Central African nations' development
by Larry Luxner
JTA
Jun 20, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 31 31 recommendations | email to a friend
MALABO, Equatorial Guinea -- On a barren, 60-acre tract of land overlooking the Gulf of Guinea, bulldozer operators turn the earth while sweaty construction workers take a lunch break in the shadow...
Thousands of haredim protest in Jerusalem
by JTA
Jun 18, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
JERUSALEM -- Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews gathered in Jerusalem to protest a Supreme Court order to integrate Ashkenazi and Sephardi girls in a West Bank school. Thousands more rallied ...
American Jewish groups want Turkish relief group designated as terrorist organization
by JTA
Jun 17, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend
American Jewish groups are calling on the State Department to designate a Turkish relief group, a main organizer of last month’s Gaza flotilla, as a terrorist organization. In a letter to U.S. Secr...
Yoffie, longtime leader of the Reform movement, will step down in two years
by JTA
Jun 17, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend
The longtime leader of the Reform synagogue movement, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, announced that he will be stepping down in two years. Yoffie, 63, president of the Union for Reform Judaism for the past 14 ...
Yeshiva students arrested in connection with Bedouin mosque vandalism
by JTA
Jun 17, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
Four 18-year-old yeshiva students were arrested in connection with the vandalism of a Bedouin mosque. The teens, who study at a yeshiva in the nearby Kfar Hasidim, were arrested Wednesday evening, ...
Nonbinding rules for the restitution of property seized by the Nazis
by JTA
Jun 17, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend
Some 43 countries have agreed on nonbinding rules for the restitution of property seized by the Nazis during the Holocaust. The rules were presented Wednesday in Prague by Czech Prime Minister Jan ...