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Rabbi Gunther Plaut Dies at 99

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Rabbi Gunther Plaut, a major figure in Reform Judaism, died in Toronto.Read More


Syria Ready for Chemical Attack on Rebel City

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Syria’s military has begun stockpiling chemical weapons and equipping its soldiers with gas masks near the rebel city of Homs, opposition sources reported on Thursday.Read More


Nearly Half of Americans Back Strike on Iran: Poll

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A poll showed that nearly half of likely voters believed the United States should use military force to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.Read More


Asher Grunis Named Israel's Top Judge

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The Knesset’s Judicial Selection Committee approved Justice Asher Grunis as the new Supreme Court President on Friday, after the veteran judge stood at heart of a months-long political storm.Read More


Larry Greenfield Named New Head of JINSA

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Larry Greenfield, a longtime Republican Jewish activist, was named national executive director of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs in Washington.Read More


Journalist Double Dips as Bibi Speechwriter

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A columnist for casino mogul Sheldon Adelson’s Israeli newspaper is also receiving a salary from the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office for speechwriting and other services, according to an Israeli television station.Read More


Hebrew-Language Charter School Approved in D.C.

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The application for a proposed Hebrew-language charter school was accepted by the District of Columbia Public Charter School board.Read More


Report: Mossad Is Training Iranian Dissidents

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Mossad officials are training Iranian dissident activists to assassinate Iranian nuclear scientists, a NBC News report citing U.S. officials said on Thursday. The report noted, however, that Washington was not directly involved in the alleged attacks.Read More


Gilad Shalit's Family Honored at Paris Gala

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Former captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and his parents met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the presidential palace in Paris.Read More


Napolitano: No Imminent Threat to Jewish Groups

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and top U.S. security officials told Jewish community leaders there is no imminent threat of an attack on Jewish targets in the United States.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?
  • "'What’s this, mommy?' she asked, while pulling at the purple sleeve to unwrap this mysterious little gift mom keeps hidden in the inside pocket of her bag. Oh boy, how do I answer?"
  • "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:
  • Many #Israelis can't make it to bomb shelters in time. One of them is Amos Oz.
  • According to Israeli professor Mordechai Kedar, “the only thing that can deter terrorists, like those who kidnapped the children and killed them, is the knowledge that their sister or their mother will be raped."
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  • Woody Allen on the situation in #Gaza: It's “a terrible, tragic thing. Innocent lives are lost left and right, and it’s a horrible situation that eventually has to right itself.”
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