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Ultra-Orthodox Men Ditch All-Black Attire as Fashion Trumps Tradition

By JTA

Young men affiliated with the Chabad Hasidic movement are in some cases breaking dramatically with their community’s sartorial codes.Read More


Vatican Plans 'Torah' Art Exhibit in Venice Show

By JTA

For its first pavilion at the prestigious Venice Biennale international art festival, the Vatican is presenting an exhibit inspired by the first book of the Torah, rather than by a New Testament theme.Read More


Israel Plans to 'Legalize' 4 Illegal Settlements in Snub of Peace

By Reuters

Israel plans to declare legal four unauthorised West Bank settler outposts, a court document showed on Thursday, days before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry returns to the region to try to restart peace talks.Read More


Tzipi Livni Defends Women's Egalitarian Prayer at Western Wall

By Revita Hovel (Haaretz)

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni told Religious Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett on Wednesday night she would not support changes to the law governing the holy sites that he is promoting to limit the activities of Women of the Wall.Read More


Columbia Seeks To End 'Whites Only' Fellowship

By Reuters

Columbia University has joined an effort to have restrictions removed from a decades-old scholarship offered only to white students.Read More


Confessed Killer of Etan Patz To Stand Trial

By Reuters

A New Jersey man who confessed to the 1979 killing of Etan Patz should stand trial for murder and kidnapping in the 6-year-old boy’s disappearance, a judge ruled on Wednesday.Read More


Iran Nuclear Talks Fail To Break Deadlock

By Reuters

The United Nations’ nuclear agency failed to persuade Iran on Wednesday to let it resume an investigation into suspected atomic bomb research, leaving the high-stakes diplomacy in deadlock.Read More


Palestinians Clash With Israel on 'Nakba Day'

By Reuters

Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday during demonstrations to mark 65 years since what they call the Nakba (Catastrophe) when Israel’s creation caused many to lose their homes and become refugees.Read More


Venezuela's Nicholas Maduro, Protege of Hugo Chavez, Claims Jewish Heritage

By JTA

Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro, denying that his government has an anti-Semitic bent, said his grandparents were of Sephardic Jewish descent.Read More


Pamela Geller's Invitation to Speak in Toronto Angers Board of Rabbis

By JTA

The Toronto Board of Rabbis criticized the Jewish Defense League of Canada for inviting Islam critic Pamela Geller to speak in the city.Read More


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