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Scottish National Poet Demands Boycott of Israeli Dancers

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Scotland’s national poet has joined a group calling for a boycott of the Israeli dancing group Batsheva, set to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival.Read More


Orthodox Flap Rages Over Tefillin Straps

By JTA

Several recent rabbinic rulings that have invalidated certain kinds of tefillin straps as unfit for use are causing an uproar in the Orthodox community.Read More


Witnesses Dispute Jewish Student's Account: Police

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Local police have indicated that witness accounts do not corroborate allegations of a hate crime by Michigan State student Zachary Tennen, whose jaw was surgically repaired following a recent assault.Read More


Oops! Candidate Frets Over 'Negrohood' Crime

By Seth Berkman

Even with tools like spell check and predictive text, a good once-over can never hurt. New York Assembly candidate Ben Akselrod, who is running against Democrat Steven Cymbrowitz in the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of Brooklyn, learned that the hard wayRead More


Jimmy Carter Blasts Ruling on Rachel Corrie Death

By JTA

Former President Jimmy Carter called “unacceptable” a court ruling that declared the State of Israel is not responsible for the death of an American activist.Read More


New Orleans Jews Hunkered Down for Isaac

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New Orleans Jewish institutions remained closed Thursday as the region continued to bear the torrential rains and winds of a new massive storm.Read More


Richard Levin Will Step Down at Yale

By Seth Berkman

Richard C. Levin, who has served as president of Yale University since 1993, announced this morning that he will step down at the end of the school year.Read More


4-Year-Old Boy Dies After Being Left in Car

By Haaretz

A 4-year-old Israeli boy died after being left behind by his Talmud teacher in a ‘burning hot’ locked car for several hours on a 90-degree day.Read More


Tzohar Candidates May Run for Chief Rabbis

By Haaretz

Tzohar, the rabbinical organization that has recently launched a campaign to “strengthen the Chief Rabbinate” is considering running candidates in the upcoming elections for Ashkenazi and Sephardi chief rabbis.Read More


Mitt Romney's Support of Israel Touted in Video

By JTA

The Republican National Convention showed a video highlighting Mitt Romney’s commitment to Israel.Read More





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