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Israel’s Newfound Popularity in Syria

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 12:00am
Mosaic


Since 2013, Israel has been providing humanitarian aid to Syrian civilians near its border and has brought thousands of Syrians to its hospitals for treatment. It has also provided some covert military aid to Syrian rebels, in addition to launching sporadic attacks on Syrian and Iranian positions. As a result, many Syrians have changed their attitude toward the Jewish state. Elizabeth Tsurkov writes:

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Ex-Hasidic Woman Becomes Britain’s First Orthodox Female Rabbi

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 12:00am
In Haaretz, from JTA



Dina Brawer, who was born in Milan to Moroccan-born parents, will take the title of 'rabba'


Dina Brawer became Britain’s first Orthodox female rabbi.

She received her semicha, or rabbinic ordination, on Monday in London from British-born Israeli academic and rabbi, Dr. Daniel Sperber, after he administered a two-hour exam.

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LETTER FROM AMERICA: BREAKTHROUGH IN CANADA

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 12:00am
BY MICHAEL M. COHEN  for JPost


The impression is of a one way street where Israelis and Palestinians only receive and have nothing to offer.


Do you think the situation in Gaza is bad? Yet a group from Afghanistan and Pakistan met to learn about cooperation between Israelis and Palestinians. What ensued will surprise you.

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Jewish Irish population rises almost 30 per cent due to foreign investment

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:00am
by Ben Welch for TheJC.com


The increase has been attributed to the influx of young Jewish professionals working with high-tech U.S. multinational companies


After long-term decline, the Jewish community in Ireland has grown by almost 30 per cent in five years.

According to the 2016 Irish census, 2,557 Jews now live in Ireland, with more than half in Dublin.

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Anne Frank House Barred Jewish Employee From Wearing ‘Kipah’

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 12:00am
From JNS


Of all the places on earth, the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam prohibited its Jewish employees from wearing kipot, head coverings worn by observant Jews that are also referred to as yarmulkes. The outrageous policy was changed only recently after a local media outlet intervened.

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Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day)

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:00am
From shiva.com


Following World War II and the establishment of the state of Israel, four new holidays, referred to as ‘modern’ Jewish holidays have been added to the Jewish calendar. Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), Yom HaZikaron (Memorial Day), Yom HaAtzmaut (Independence Day) and Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) are observed as national holidays in Israel, and recognized around the world by Jewish communities.

Yom HaShoah, also known as Yom Hashoah VeHagevurah, literally means the “day of remembrance of the Catastrophe and the Heroism.” It is commemorated on the 27th day in the month of Nisan. The observance is held one week after the seventh day of Passover. It also falls one week before Yom Hazikaron, the memorial day for Israel’s fallen soldiers.

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Teaching Hebrew in Saudi Arabia

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:00am
By Elhanan Miller for Tablet Magazine 


Hebrew studies are now legitimate in the desert kingdom, but demand is low—so far


A strange post made the rounds on Saudi Arabian social media in recent weeks. It claimed that the Israeli national anthem, “Hatikvah,” included a line lauding Jews for coming to the Land of Israel to intimidate the Canaanites, Babylonians, and Egyptians and chop their heads off.

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Jewish Teacher Fired from Quaker School for Making Nazi Joke

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 12:00am
By Mark Oppenheimer for Tablet Magazine


This is what happens when well-meaning philo-Semites and assimilated Jews, the kind of people who run schools like Friends Seminary, have more respect for imagined Jewish sensitivities than for Jews’ actual history and culture


If there is one lesson to be learned from the sad, strange tale of the firing of Ben Frisch, it is surely this: If you want to make a Hitler joke in the classroom, do it at a Jewish day school.

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