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Aussie Chabad Turf War Heads to Religious Court

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A rabbinical court in New York will determine the fate of a controversial Chabad rabbi in Melbourne who has been dismissed from his post amid allegations of improper conduct.Read More


Israel Virtually Stops African Immigration

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Israel has stopped the unapproved influx of African migrants across its border with Egypt, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday after months of intensive counter-measures on the once porous desert frontier.Read More


Bibi Skeptical on 'Right of Return' Concession

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced scepticism on Sunday at an apparent concession from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on a major sticking point in any future peace negotiations.Read More


Syrian Tanks Enter Golan Amid Chaos

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Three Syrian tanks entered the demilitarised zone in the Golan Heights between Israel and Syria on Saturday, an Israeli military spokeswoman said.Read More


Rahm Emanuel Clashes With Teachers Again

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is headed for another clash in coming months with unionized teachers over whether to close dozens of schools, after a bitter teachers strike temporarily shut down the nation’s third largest public school district in September.Read More


Marathon Scrapped To Speed Sandy Recovery

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New York City has canceled its annual marathon, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, as Sunday’s race had become a lightning rod for residents frustrated by the disastrous aftermath of megastorm Sandy.Read More


Jewish Volunteers Step Up for Sandy Victims

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After Sandy struck, Jewish groups quickly went into overdrive to help those affected. Volunteers are helping hand out food and clothing, and fixing up damaged homes.Read More


20 Million Tweets as Sandy Struck

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Twitter users flocked to the micro-messaging network this week as Hurricane Sandy swept through the eastern U.S. seaboard, sending more than 20 million tweets about the storm between Saturday and Thursday, the company said.Read More


Once-Potent Kadima Faces Israel Oblivion

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Israel’s once dominant Kadima party faces eclipse at a January election, with polls suggesting the movement created by former prime minister Ariel Sharon could be replaced by new and revived forces at the helm of centre-left opposition to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Read More


Long Road to Normalcy for Frazzled New Yorkers

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New York authorities have made a big push for normalcy after megastorm Sandy, but for many residents dealing with water-logged homes, power outages, gasoline shortages and painfully slow commutes, things are far from that.Read More





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  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
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