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Natan Sharansky Warns of Dark Days for Jews of France

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Natan Sharansky Warns of Dark Days for Jews of France
On their 40th wedding anniversary, Avital and Natan Sharansky went sightseeing in Paris. Instead of romantic hideaways, she showed him places where she organized protests on his behalf.Read More


Russian Oligarchs Sing Record Longest 'Hallelujah'

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Mikhail Fridman sings Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ in effort to make record books / Russian Jewish Congress Read More


Krakow Chief Rabbi Irks Many Poles With 'Don't Like Jews' Remark

By Cnaan Liphshiz

Krakow Chief Rabbi Irks Many Poles With 'Don't Like Jews' Remark
On the way to his first appearance as Krakow’s new chief rabbi, Eliezer Gurary passed a group of young demonstrators holding signs with messages of affection for Jews. Not everyone is so pleased with him.Read More


French Chief Rabbi Rocked by $120K Orthodox Divorce Shakedown Video

By Cnaan Liphshiz

French Chief Rabbi Rocked by $120K Orthodox Divorce Shakedown Video
A month ago, Michel Gugenheim seemed to have succeeded in helping France’s rabbinate recover from the scandal that ended the tenure of its previous chief rabbi.Read More






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  • Does #Hamas have to lose for there to be peace? Read the latest analysis by J.J. Goldberg.
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  • "Israel should not let captives languish or corpses rot. It should do everything in its power to recover people and bodies. Jewish law places a premium on pidyon shvuyim, “the redemption of captives,” and proper burial. But not when the price will lead to more death and more kidnappings." Do you agree?
  • Slate.com's Allison Benedikt wrote that Taglit-Birthright Israel is partly to blame for the death of American IDF volunteer Max Steinberg. This is why she's wrong:
  • Israeli soldiers want you to buy them socks. And snacks. And backpacks. And underwear. And pizza. So claim dozens of fundraising campaigns launched by American Jewish and Israeli charities since the start of the current wave of crisis and conflict in Israel and Gaza.
  • The sign reads: “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Zionists are not under any circumstances.”
  • Is Twitter Israel's new worst enemy?
  • More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the current ground operation in #Gaza.
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