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Cost of Marriage, Death and Keeping Kosher Goes Up in Israel

By Yair Ettinger (Haaretz)

Jewish life and death in Israel will cost more, starting next month, as fees rise for religious services such as burial, marriage registration, ritual immersion and kashrut supervision.Read More

Rabbi Calls Ukraine Cross 'Provocation' to Breslov Hasidic Pilgrims


The recent placing of a crucifix near the Uman grave of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov was an act of “clear provocation,” Rabbi Yaakov Bleich, chief rabbi of Ukraine, said.Read More

Rabbi Apologizes to Bar Mitzvah Boy Sam Horowitz for Slam


Rabbi David Wolpe has retracted elements of his previous screed against Sam Horowitz’s lavish bar mitzvah—but has stood by its substance.Read More

Alvin Kushner, Detroit Leader, Dies at 87


Alvin Kushner, the former executive director of what is now the the JCRC of Metropolitan Detroit, has died.Read More

Jerusalem Candidate Vows To Quiet Mosques

By Nir Hasson (Haaretz)

Right-wing activist Aryeh King is playing the race card in his campaign for Jerusalem city council, promising to clean the capital’s parks of Arabs and lower the volume on mosques.Read More

Jewish Writer Removed From Russian TV After Defending Gay Rights

By Haaretz/Allison Kaplan Sommer

Reporter James Kirchik’s appearance on a Russian TV channel was cut short Wednesday, when instead of answering a question on Bradley Manning and Wikileaks, he spoke about Russia’s anti-gay legislation, The Washington Free Beacon website has reported.Read More

Palestinians May Turn to International Bodies To Prevent Settlement Expansion


The Palestinians could turn to international bodies to prevent Israel from expanding settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem, a senior Palestinian leader said.Read More

JP Morgan Isn't Really Similar to Nazis, Bloomberg News Report Finds

By Seth Berkman

A Bloomberg News article that compared a bank deal gone sour to the Nazis destruction of an Italian town during World War II went “too far,” according to a recent review of the incident.Read More

Israel Health Clinic Warn Women Wearing Slutty Religious Clothes to Stay Away

By Haaretz/Allison Kaplan Sommer

Warning signs have been posted on the building of two major health clinics in an ultra-Orthodox Beit Shemesh neighborhood, telling women who are dressed immodestly to stay away.Read More

Bar Refaeli Takes on Roger Waters in Israel Boycott Showdown

By Haaretz/Allison Kaplan Sommer

It’s not every day that a supermodel takes on a rock legend. But Bar Refaeli laid down a challenge to Roger Waters after the veteran musician published an open letter to his colleagues urging them to boycott Israel.Read More

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