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Bishop Eddie Long Apologizes for Torah Service

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Baptist Bishop Eddie Long has apologized for a church service in which he was wrapped in a Torah scroll and called a king.Read More


Poles Want Day To Honor Righteous Gentiles

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Jewish and historical groups in Poland have called for a day to be devoted to Poles who helped Jews during the Holocaust.Read More


Adelson Could Shift Support to Romney

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Jewish-American casino magnate Sheldon Adelson may shift his support from Newt Gingrich to Mitt Romney in the race for the White House, according to a report published over the weekend in the New York Times.Read More


Abbas To Lead Unity Cabinet

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will head a Fatah-Hamas unity caretaker cabinet, Abbas and Hamas chief Khaled Meshal said in a joint announcement on Monday, in a move that could pave for a long-sought-after reconciliation between the rival factions.Read More


Madonna Will Launch World Tour in Israel

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International pop star Madonna reportedly will launch her new world tour in Israel.Read More


Obama: U.S., Israel Working in 'Lockstep' on Iran

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President Obama said Israel and the United States will work in “lockstep” to keep Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.Read More


Bibi Confirms AIPAC Speech Amid Iran Tension

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will address the AIPAC policy conference as speculation grows about how the United States and Israel will tackle Iran’s suspected nuclear weapons program.Read More


Nevada's Night 'Jewish Caucus' Won by Paul

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Participants in a special Saturday night Republican caucus in Nevada were required to sign a legal declaration stating they could not attend their regular caucus due to their “religious belief.”Read More


Help on Way for Frigid Eastern Europe

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The American Joint Distribution Committee has had to mobilize extra assistance in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union in the wake of extreme winter weather.Read More


Bill Would Help Those Who Quit Haredi Lifestyle

By Haaretz

A new bill advanced by Meretz MK Zehava Gal-On aims to provide financial aid to youths leaving the religious world, similar to that given to new immigrants upon their arrival in Israel.Read More





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