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Conservative Jews Praise Obama After Meeting

By Forward Staff

A group of rabbis from the Conservative movement praised President Barack Obama after holding an informal meeting May 29 at the White House.Read More


Orthodox Rabbis Want Couples To Sign Pre-Nup

By JTA

An Orthodox rabbinic group is requiring its members to use a prenuptial agreement in the weddings in which they participate.Read More


Israel Recognizes Reform and Conservative Rabbis

By Haaretz

In an unprecedented move, Israel has announced that it is prepared to recognize Reform and Conservative community leaders as rabbis and fund their salaries.Read More


London Activists Disrupt Israeli Theater Production

By JTA

Pro-Palestinian activists protested against an Israeli theater company’s production of The Merchant of Venice at the Globe Theater in London.Read More


Missing American Tourist Found Dead in Israel

By JTA

The body of an American tourist missing since last week was discovered near Beit Shean.Read More


Barney Frank's 'Trayvon' Graduation Quip Falls Flat

By Forward Staff

Congressman Barney Frank’s joke about a hoodie and a black recipient of an honorary degree fell flat at a college graduation.Read More


Light Rail Ends Rallies at Jerusalem Square

By Haaretz

Jerusalem’s Zion Square, which has served as the backdrop for boisterous protest rallies for decades, will no longer host demonstrations because of the contract between the Jerusalem municipality and CityPass, which operates the city’s light rail system.Read More


Israel Suggests It Launched New Cyberattack

By Haaretz

Vice Prime Minister and Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon hinted on Monday at possible Israeli involvement in the Flame bug, which was revealed to have targeted computers in Iran and the West Bank on Monday.Read More


Reform Temple in Turmoil Over Rabbi's Departure

By JTA

One of the world’s best-known Reform temples reportedly is in turmoil over the unexpected departure of its rabbi.Read More


New Computer Virus Hits Iran and West Bank

By Haaretz

Internet security company Kaspersky Lab announced on Monday that it had uncovered a ‘cyber-espionage worm’ designed to collect and delete sensitive information, primarily in Middle Eastern countries.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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  • "I fear that we are witnessing the end of politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I see no possibility for resolution right now. I look into the future and see only a void." What do you think?
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  • "We will do what we must to protect our people. We have that right. We are not less deserving of life and quiet than anyone else. No more apologies."
  • "Woody Allen should have quit while he was ahead." Ezra Glinter's review of "Magic in the Moonlight": http://jd.fo/f4Q1Q
  • Jon Stewart responds to his critics: “Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on this. But just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas.”
  • "My bat mitzvah party took place in our living room. There were only a few Jewish kids there, and only one from my Sunday school class. She sat in the corner, wearing the right clothes, asking her mom when they could go." The latest in our Promised Lands series — what state should we visit next?
  • Former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror: “A cease-fire will mean that anytime Hamas wants to fight it can. Occupation of Gaza will bring longer-term quiet, but the price will be very high.” What do you think?
  • Should couples sign a pre-pregnancy contract, outlining how caring for the infant will be equally divided between the two parties involved? Just think of it as a ketubah for expectant parents:
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