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How an Iranian asylum seeker raised over $1 million for the Pittsburgh synagogue, By Josefin Dolsten (JTA)

By   /  November 12, 2018  /  anti-Semitism, friends/enemies, International, Judaism  /  No Comments

Nov. 9, 2018G Khashayar “Shay” Khatiri doesn’t like taking too much credit for the money he raised for the Pittsburgh synagogue where a shooting took place last month. “It’s not my fundraiser,” Khatiri, 29, said in a phone interview with JTA on Thursday. “It’s the fundraiser that I started, but it belongs to everybody who donated.” […]

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‘I AM THE JEWISH NURSE’, by Meagan Flynn (Washington Post via National Post)

By   /  November 7, 2018  /  anti-Semitism, International, Judaism  /  No Comments

Nov. 6, 2018 ARI MAHLER TELLS ALL IN A POWERFUL FACEBOOK POST For days he was known only as “The Jewish Nurse,” the person whose compassion captivated the world in the days after the mass shooting at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh left 11 Jewish people dead. Click here for full article

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Israeli-Ethiopian is Best Female Director at TIFF (Michael Orman’s Good News Israel newsletter)

By   /  September 24, 2018  /  International, Judaism, Movies, Pop Culture  /  No Comments

Sept. 24, 2018 Israeli-Ethiopian is Best Director.  Aalam-Warqe Davidian won the “Best Female Director” award at the Toronto Film Festival. Her debut “Fig Tree”, in Amharic with Hebrew and English subtitles, takes place in Ethiopia at the end of the Ethiopian Civil War. Davidian, 38, made Aliya from Ethiopia at the age of 11. Click here […]

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Fight Jewish Stereotypes by Sanctifying God’s Name, by Levi Welton (Algemeiner)

By   /  August 26, 2018  /  International, Judaism  /  No Comments

Aug. 23, 2018 In the summer of 1966, Stephen Carter, who is today a prestigious law professor at Yale, moved with his family to a new neighborhood in Washington, DC. They were one of the only African-American families in a predominantly white neighborhood. Carter writes: My two brothers and two sisters and I sat on […]

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Welcome To The Dysfunctional Relationship Between Israelis, American Jews, by Yossi Klein Halevi (Jewish Week, ?from TOI)

By   /  August 22, 2018  /  International, Israel, Jewish Community, Judaism, Mid. East news, Terrorism  /  No Comments

May 30, 2018 Navigating contradictory geographies. American Jews live in the safest and most accepting diaspora Jews have known; Israelis live in the most dangerous region on the planet. Click here for full article

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Israel Is Proud of Who We Are – Naftali Bennett (NYT via Daily Alert)

By   /  August 16, 2018  /  Israel, Judaism  /  No Comments

Aug. 16, 2018 Israel Is Proud of Who We Are – Naftali Bennett We Israelis are proud of who we are. We are proud of our Jewish traditions and identity, and we are proud of the equality and freedoms for all our people. Last month our government passed the Nation State Law, which reaffirms the centrality […]

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Soul-Searching After a Rabbi Was Detained in Israel, by Daniel Gordis (Bloomberg News)

By   /  July 23, 2018  /  Human Rights, Israel, Jewish Community, Judaism  /  No Comments

July 23, 2018 Is this the sort of nation Israelis want? Click here for article

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For these I weep, by Dr. Mordechai Kedar (INN)

By   /  July 20, 2018  /  History, Israel, Judaism  /  No Comments

July 18, 2018 The oft-quoted verse from Lamentations 1:16, read on eve of the 9th of Av fast, is as apt today as it was when the Prophet Jeremiah said it while mourning the destroyed first Holy Temple. Click here for full article on Israel’s problems today

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A DOSE OF NUANCE: IF AMERICAN JEWISH PROGRESSIVES REALLY SEEK CHANGE…by Daniel Gordis (J. Post)

By   /  July 20, 2018  /  friends/enemies, International, Israel, Judaism, Mid. East news, U.N. & NGOs  /  No Comments

July 18, 2018 It is that utter lack of interest in what actually interests the citizens of Israel that has to change. Israel is composed of Orthodox Jews who (aside from a few statistically meaningless exceptions) are opposed to any change to the long-standing status quo and the mass of secular Israelis who, while not opposed to […]

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After ISIS, Secrets Of Jewish Mosul Emerge From The Rubble, by Seth J. Frantzman and Omar Mohammed (Forward via Mosaic)

By   /  July 16, 2018  /  History, Islamic fundamentalism, Jewish Community, Judaism, Mid. East news, Terrorism  /  No Comments

July 9, 2018 Islamic State (IS), like the Taliban, systematically destroyed ancient religious sites in the places that came under its control—some because they were associated with non-Muslim religions, others because they were venerated by Muslims in a way that IS deemed idolatrous. Alongside the physical destruction resulting from the war itself, this policy has […]

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