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Medical Marijuana Gets Blessing of Orthodox Rabbi — But Don't Get High

By JTA

An Israeli Orthodox rabbi ruled that distributing and smoking medicinal marijuana are kosher, but using weed for fun was “forbidden.”Read More


Ron Dermer Named Next Israeli Ambassador to U.S.: Reports

By Nathan Guttman

Ron Dermer, Benjamin Netanyahu’s close adviser known for his strong ties with Republican politicians, will reportedly be Israel’s next ambassador to the United States.Read More


John Kerry Steps Up Peace Push in Israel

By Reuters

Secretary of State John Kerry accelerated his Middle East shuttle diplomacy on Friday in the hope of persuading the Palestinians to resume direct peace negotiations with Israel stalled over its West Bank settlements.Read More


British Orthodox Jews Will Help Protect Mosque

By JTA

An Orthodox Jewish patrol group in London said it would protect a mosque after a rise in hate crimes against Muslims.Read More


Hungary Ruling Party Founder Made Foreign 'Cohens' Slur About Jews

By JTA

Rejecting a defamation suit, Hungary’s highest court found that a cofounder of the country’s ruling party had made anti-Semitic statements.Read More


Senate Immigration Bill Includes Camp Counselor Provision

By JTA

The immigration overhaul passed in the U.S Senate includes provisions that protect a visa program used by Jewish summer camps and that makes permanent a law that facilitates immigration for victims of religious persecution.Read More


Brandeis Wins Apology From Babson for 'Happy Holocaust' Signs

By JTA

Babson College formally apologized to Brandeis University for the anti-Semitic behavior of its men’s soccer team 35 years ago.Read More


YouTube Removes Video Asking Alicia Keys To Cancel Concert in Israel

By JTA

YouTube removed a video calling on Alicia Keys to cancel a concert in Tel Aviv.Read More


Deborah Lipstadt Slams Claims Conference Leaders Over Handling of Fraud Probe

By Paul Berger

Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt has hit out at the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany’s handling of a $57 million fraud.Read More


Chief Rabbi Candidate David Stav Lashes Back at Ultra-Orthodox

By JTA

David Stav has based his campaign to become Israel’s next Ashkenazi chief rabbi on a message of inclusion, friendliness and tolerance.Read More


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