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Ping Pong Prodigy Won't Play on Shabbat

By Forward Staff

Ping pong prodigy Estee Ackerman, an 11-year-old from Long Island, was disqualified from her final event at the 2012 US National Table Tennis Championships in Las Vegas when her match fell on the Jewish holy day of rest and she chose not to play, the New York Post reported.Read More


Lapid Vows To Shake Up Israel's Orthodox

By Reuters

In a matter of months, Yair Lapid has turned from heartthrob television news anchor into a rising star of Israeli politics, leading a new centrist party into elections on Jan. 22.Read More


Congress Skips Vote on Sandy Aid Package

By Reuters

The U.S. House of Representatives adjourned on Tuesday night without acting on a $60.4 billion Superstorm Sandy disaster aid bill, prompting angry denunciations from members from the states hardest hit by the storm.Read More


Reluctant House Passes Fiscal Cliff Deal

By Reuters

The United States averted economic calamity on Tuesday when lawmakers approved a deal to prevent huge tax hikes and spending cuts that would have pushed the world’s largest economy off a “fiscal cliff” and into recession.Read More


Pennsylvania Will Sue Over NCAA Ban

By Reuters

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett said on Tuesday he will file a federal lawsuit against the NCAA over sanctions it levied against Pennsylvania State University in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal.Read More


Eric Cantor Seeks To Block Fiscal Cliff Deal

By Reuters

Washington’s last-minute scramble to step back from a “fiscal cliff” ran into trouble on Tuesday as Republicans in the House of Representatives balked at a deal to avert a budget crisis.Read More


Celebrating Slavery's End, 150 Years Later

By Reuters

Congregants at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church cried out in testimony, prayer and song at a New Year’s Eve service recalling the vigils held by blacks 150 years ago as they awaited President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.Read More


Pope Calls for 'Year of Peace' in 2013

By Reuters

Pope Benedict said in his New Year’s message on Tuesday he hoped 2013 would be a year of peace and that the world was under threat from unbridled capitalism, terrorism and criminality.Read More


Right-Winger Arrested for Praying at Temple Mount

By JTA

Likud Party activist Moshe Feiglin was detained and later released by Israel Police after praying on the Temple Mount.Read More


Historic Shuls Battle Over $7.4M Torah Bells

By JTA

Two historic congregations are feuding over a $7.4M set of ritual Torah bells. Touro Synagogue wants to sell the decorations but Shearith Israel objects.Read More


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