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Israel Police busts ultra-Orthodox cult suspected of abusing women and children

Israel Police busts ultra-Orthodox cult suspected of abusing women and children

Israel Police, in cooperation with Jerusalem district officers and social services, arrested nine members of a cult living in Jerusalem and in the Tiberias area over the past few weeks, on suspicion of carrying out emotional and physical abuse of women and children over a two year period, An undercover investigation into the cult was […]

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Jews and Roma talk alliance in Hungary

Jews and Roma talk alliance in Hungary

Roma youth are meeting this week in a small village, Bánk, in northern Hungary to discuss and formulate plans for better cooperation between the two communities in Europe. The project, called Volunticipate, is taking place alongside a larger event called the Bankito Festival, and is being organized by a number of groups, including Marom, a […]

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Masei – Jewish Summer Camp

Masei - Jewish Summer Camp

This Shabbat, we read the final Torah portion from the book of Numbers, Parashat Masei. This section of the Torah begins with an extensive list of the places our ancestors traveled through on their way to the Promised Land. It details their stops and encampments as they walked through the desert wilderness eager to arrive […]

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Parshat Matot & Masei: Science of Speech

Parshat Matot & Masei: Science of Speech

The Parsha of nedarim differs from the rest of the Torah in that Moshe told it directly to the leaders of the Jewish people in a very condensed fashion. This comes to teach us the extraordinary power of speech. Our mouths should be sanctified with pure words. If we pollute it with lashon hara and […]

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Nat’s Number One Son

Nat’s Number One Son

I’d kinda been waiting around for some confirmation on the rumors, but since no one’s denied them in the last few weeks, I may as well let y’all know that Natalie Portman and her thousand-footed husband, Benjamin Millepied, have named their baby Aleph. Aleph. Not, as Life in Israel points out, Alf. For all you […]

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Raising an Ethiopian Jewish Child in Georgia

Raising an Ethiopian Jewish Child in Georgia

In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in November 2001, I pulled up to the gates of the compound of the Beta Israel people (disparagingly known as Falashas [strangers]), hoping to be admitted, along with my brand-new daughter, to Shabbat morning services. Arriving among these religiously-observant and destitute people, of rural origin, by taxi rather than on foot was likely […]

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Bush to Be in NYC to Mark 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Bush to Be in NYC to Mark 10th Anniversary of 9/11

The ceremony at the World Trade Center site marking the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks will be a solemn but stately event that will include former President George W. Bush and a chance for victims’ families to view the names of loved ones etched into the memorial, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. President Barack Obama […]

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We Are Defending His Rights Not His Actions; Levi Aron Lawyers

We Are Defending His Rights Not His Actions; Levi Aron Lawyers

A former NYPD cop and a young overachiever with a total of only eight years’ experience as lawyers are set to defend the city’s most despised killer. The young legal eagles are gearing up for the case of their lives as accused killer Levi Aron is set to appear in Brooklyn Supreme Court Thursday on […]

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Law of Return helps American basketball player fulfill his hoop dreams

Law of Return helps American basketball player fulfill his hoop dreams

Arab MK Ahmed Tibi (Balad) has called on the world to boycott all Israeli companies that help perpetuate the “injustices” of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, in an op-ed published in the New York Times earlier this week. Tibi wrote the op-ed as a direct response to the Knesset’s recent approval of the […]

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Murderer of Kabbalah Rabbi: I Kissed His Hand before Killing Him

Murderer of Kabbalah Rabbi: I Kissed His Hand before Killing Him

The murderer of Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzeira, the Kabbalah rabbi grandson of the Babi Sali Thursday says he kissed the rabbi’s hand before stabbing him. “I don’t know what devil or Satan got into me” at the moment of the murder. Asher Dahan, who is in police custody, told the Hebrew-language Maariv newspaper, “I respect Rabbi Abuhatzeira […]

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US Jews hail decision against San Fran circumcision ban

US Jews hail decision against San Fran circumcision ban

Jewish groups in America have welcomed Thursday’s decision by a California Superior Court judge to remove a proposal aimed at banning circumcision from a San Francisco city ballot scheduled for November. In response to the initiative, a number of Jewish organizations, including the Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco and the Anti-Defamation League, along […]

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