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More Than 400 Jewish Clergy Press Netanyahu on E1

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More than 400 American Jewish clergy asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to go ahead with new construction in a corridor connecting eastern Jerusalem to the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim.Read More


Richard Engel's Syria Kidnap Drama

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NBC’s Richard Engel revealed harrowing details of his five days as a captive of a Syrian armed group, telling of endless threats and mock executions by the kidnappers.Read More


Grieving Newtown Reopens Schools After Rampage

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The schools of Newtown, which stood empty in the wake of a shooting rampage that took 26 of their own, will again ring with the sounds of students and teachers on Tuesday as the bucolic Connecticut town struggles to return to normal.Read More


After Newtown, Hollywood Still Quiet on Guns

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Pick a social cause and you’ll often find a Hollywood celebrity speaking out. Gay marriage (Brad Pitt), Darfur (George Clooney), the environment (Robert Redford or Leonardo DiCaprio). Gun control? Not so much.Read More


Tougher U.S. Line on Iran Seen Since Election

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U.S.-led efforts to curb Iran’s nuclear programme have resumed since President Barack Obama’s re-election and include preparation for possible military action, a senior Israeli official said on Tuesday.Read More


Sen. Inouye, Friend of Israel, Dies at 88

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Democratic Senator Daniel Inouye, a decorated World War Two veteran who lost an arm in battle and represented Hawaii in Congress since its statehood more than a half century ago, died on Monday at age 88.Read More


Bloomberg Wants Action as Pro-Gun Lawmakers Waver

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New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined those affected by past mass shootings to push for gun control laws. Some pro-gun lawmakers showed signs of wavering.Read More


U.N. Sees Risk of Escalation in Golan

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A U.S. and Russian-drafted U.N. Security Council resolution to extend a peacekeeping mission in a demilitarized zone between Syria and Israel warns that tensions between the neighbors could escalate as Syria’s civil war spills into the area.Read More


An Uncle's Memories of Noah Pozner

By Forward Staff

At the funeral of six-year-old Noah Pozner, his uncle Alexis Haller read the eulogy below: Read More


Former Chief Rabbi of Ireland To Become Chief Rabbi of Britain

By JTA

Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, the spiritual leader of one of the largest congregations in London and a former chief rabbi of Ireland, was named Britain’s chief rabbi-designate.Read More





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