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Masorti Movement Holds First Portugal Conversion


For the first time in the history of the Masorti movement, its rabbis performed conversions to Judaism in Portugal.Read More

Lag B'Omer Bonfires Burn Out of Control Across Israel


Bonfires lit throughout Israel in honor of Lag b’Omer burned out of control, as thousands remained stranded in Meron after celebrating at the gravesite of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai.Read More

Israeli Banknotes All Feature Ashkenazi Jews


Israel’s Cabinet authorized newly designed bank notes to be issued at the end of this year, despite concerns that all of the bills will feature Ashkenazi Jews.Read More

Moroccan Jews Plan Return to Cape Verde for Cemetery Dedication


Descendants of Jews from Cape Verde plan to rededicate a burial plot in the West African island state next week, largely thanks to funding by the king of Morocco.Read More

Dutch Jews Irked by Yom Kippur Conflict With Queen Beatrix Farewell


A Dutch chief rabbi said his community was “vexed” because a farewell event for the Dutch queen was scheduled on Yom Kippur.Read More

Women Plan To Read From Torah Scrolls in Western Wall Push

By Reuters

Women seeking equal prayer rights at the Western Wall are planning a further challenge to Jewish Orthodox tradition at the site after a court ruling bolstered their cause, an activist said on Sunday.Read More

Steven Spielberg's 'Obama' Debuts at White House Roast

By Reuters

President Obama poked fun at the media and himself at an annual White House roast. The highlight was Steven Spielberg’s trailer for an upcoming mock epic ‘Obama.’Read More

Rabbi Michael Broyde's Disturbing Fall in 'Sockpuppet' Scandal

By Debra Nussbaum Cohen (Haaretz)

Rabbi Michael Broyde was a star of mainstream Orthodoxy.Read More

Tamerlan Tsarnaev Caught on Wiretap Discussing Jihad Against Israel

By Reuters

The older suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings spoke to his mother about “jihad” and discussed going to the Palestinian territories in a 2011 phone call secretly recorded by Russian officials, CBS News reported on Saturday.Read More

Israel's Credibility on Line Over Iran Threats

By Reuters

Israel risks a loss of credibility over both its “red line” for Iran’s nuclear programme and its threat of military action, and its room for unilateral manoeuvre is shrinking.Read More

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