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Odd 13th-century Bulgarian worship hall may be country’s sole medieval synagogue – The Times of Israel

| November 24, 2019

What may be the sole archaeological remains of Bulgarias medieval Jewish community are currently being uncovered in the countrys ancient capital of Tarnovgrad (todays Veliko Tarnovo). At a November 11 press conference in Sofia, archaeologist Dr.

DNA Testing: Expect the Unexpected – Psychology Today

| November 24, 2019

This is a post I never expected to write, mostly because I was never really interested in my family background. But my husband wanted to learn more about his ancestry, so last Christmas we swabbed and mailed in our DNA samples. And just like that, I learned that the man who raised me was not my biological father

Remembering the Experience of the Mizrahi: Forgetting History Complicates Peacemaking – International Policy Digest

| November 24, 2019

The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life The decades-long conflict between Israel and Palestine has prompted endless explorations and policy solutions of varying scopes and efficacy. Despite the surplus of literature pertaining to this conflict, little has been written about the experience of the Mizrahi, the ethnically Arab Jews of the Middle East and Northern Africa

Carrier screening: The state of play in the UK Jewish population – BioNews

| November 24, 2019

18 November 2019 The rapid reduction in cost and increased integration of genomic tools into clinical practice, has led to a renewed interest in pre-conceptioncarrier screening as seen in recent Progress Educational Trust events and the annual meeting of ESHRE in June. The UK Jewish population has had experience with pre-conceptioncarrier screening for almost 30 years. Given this, we feel there is a benefit in sharing some of our experiences before the potential expansion to a larger population.

Netanyahu: Minority Govt Backed by Arab List Will be ‘Celebrated in Tehran, Ramallah’ – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com

| November 24, 2019

Photo Credit: Kobi Richter/TPS Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday night assailed the Blue and White party, his arch political rivals, for their apparent willingness to establish a minority government supported by the Arab Members of Knesset (MK), a development he said will be celebrated in Tehran and Ramallah. Netanyahu addressed an emergency event held by his Likud party in Tel Aviv in a fateful moment for the State of Israel. Blue and White leaders Benny Gantz, Gabi Ashkenazi, and Boogie Yaalon decided to form a minority government that will rely on the members of the Joint Arab List, he warned.

The Israeli nation is a fiction – Haaretz

| November 24, 2019

Throughout history, nations have sought to establish a system of common values that would define them as a people. The political philosopher John Rawls called them primary goods that transcend political or ideological controversy. These primary goods are an expression of the identity, historical memory, myths and ethos of each state

Jim Moses: The muddy waters of DNA testing – Sentinel-Standard

| November 24, 2019

Last time I wrote about my family and the differences in our DNA. My wife and I were tested, and then our four children also joined in, so we all have our results from Ancestry DNA.

Is Israel Heading Towards a ‘Preventive War’ Against Iran? – The National Interest Online

| November 24, 2019

On October 10, 2019, during a memorial service in Jerusalem for the fallen soldiers of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke bluntly about the conclusions to be drawn from that war: "Few hours before the outbreak of the war," Netanyahu stated, "when it was already clear that the confrontation was inevitable, Israel did not undertake the necessary measures to neutralize the imminent threat. Israel's reluctance to carry out a preventive strike against Egypt enabled our enemies to take the initiative and inflict on us heavy casualties. I by no means underestimate the difficulties embedded in the decision to undertake a preventive strike

Helena Bonham Carter: ‘My extraordinary grandfather saved thousands of Jews’ – Jewish News

| November 24, 2019

Helena Bonham Carter has praised her extraordinary family, after learning her grandfather helped thousands of French Jews escape the Holocaust. Bonham Carter, 53, who is currently starring as Princess Margaret in The Crown, is one of four actors and actresses exploring their grandparents wartime stories in a new series for Channel 4, starting next week. Sir Mark Rylance, Kristin Scott Thomas and Carey Mulligan also appear in their own episodes of My Grandparents War, which airs from next Wednesday.

McFlys and Unplugged are ready to serve up 80s/90s nostalgia in Five Points South – AL.com

| November 24, 2019

Jeremy Fall and Henry Costa, the LA-based hospitality duo best known for their modern iterations of classic American eateries, have finally brought their new age dining concepts to the South. Mcflys Bird Shoppe (an 80s-inspired chicken tender joint) and Unplugged (a 90s-inspired cocktail bar) opened on Nov. 14 in Five Points South.


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