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I advocate for stronger yeshivas and nothing about that is anti-Orthodox – JTA News

| February 5, 2020

NEW YORK (JTA) What do murderous anti-Semites and yeshiva education activists have in common? Nothing at all. But you wouldnt know that from recent comments by prominent members of the haredi Orthodox community, who have taken to connecting the recent spate of anti-Semitic attacks to those who advocate for improved curricula at Hasidic yeshivas, including myself and others whose entire elementary and high school education took place within such schools

As defense chief, Lieberman railed against ultra-Orthodox draft evasion. His office gave them deferments – Haaretz

| February 5, 2020

Yisrael Beiteinu party leader Avigdor Lieberman depicts himself as a leader of efforts to curb draft exemptions to ultra-Orthodox yeshiva students. He even scuttled the formation of two coalition governments over the issue, but a Haaretz investigation found that, while he was defense minister, his office arranged military exemptions for hundreds of ultra-Orthodox men. Lieberman denies the allegations, but according to the accounts, his term as defense minister, from 2016 to 2018, was a golden age of sorts for well-connected ultra-Orthodox men seeking to avoid the draft

This Tu B’Shevat, cleanse the mind through ‘forest bathing’ – The Jewish News of Northern California

| February 5, 2020

When she faces a big life or career decision, Samantha Kanofsky seeks advice from the trees. For example, after graduating from Pomona College with a degree in environmental studies in 2009, Kanofsky moved back to her hometown of Berkeley.

Hidden stories of the Yiddish Press – Psuvanguard.com

| February 5, 2020

How do cultural myths homogenize individuals within that culture? How do we express the variance within American Jewish culture

How Zionism Keeps us in the Game – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com

| February 5, 2020

Photo Credit: Wikimedia {Originally posted to the Abu Yehuda website} Anshel Pfeffer, a very smart guy and one of the few writers that regularly appears in Haaretz who is worth reading, does not believe in Zionism. He doesnt oppose it, he just thinks talking about it is a kind of category mistake: You cannot be either a Zionist or an anti-Zionist, just as you cannot be a veteran of Iwo Jima unless you were born at least 90 years ago and fought in that battle. Zionism isnt an ideology

Scribblings: How the Soviets promoted openly antisemitic anti-Zionism – Australia-Israel Jewish Affairs Council

| February 5, 2020

In this column in January 2017, I discussed some research done on archived KGB documents by noted Israeli investigative journalist and author Ronen Bergman. Basically, Bergman showed that during the Cold War, Soviet efforts to support the Arab war on Israel and spread extreme propaganda demonising Israel and Zionism were not simply cynical efforts to gain Arab support and damage the interests of US allies

Afghan Taliban Statements On Donald Trump’s Peace Plan For Palestine: ‘Zionist Terrorists Are Supported By The Tyrants Of This Age (America)’ – Middle…

| February 5, 2020

The following report is now a complimentary offering from MEMRI's Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM). For JTTM subscription information, click here. The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban organization) has issued the following two statements opposing the peace plan announced by U.S.

Roytenberg: Register to vote in the World Zionist Congress elections – Canadian Jewish News

| February 5, 2020

The year 2020 is an election year. Im not writing about the American election, but about an election that should be of interest to Jews all over the world

FISCHBERGER: The Cognitive Campaign To Co-Opt Zionism – The Daily Wire

| February 5, 2020

In the United States, The Cognitive Campaign to Co-opt Zionism is in full force. This is a movement, sometimes intentional, sometimes unintentional, consisting of one simple goal: The complete separation of Judaism and Zionism, which is the belief in the right of the Jewish people to a state in the territory defined as the historic Land of Israel

The Upcoming World Zionist Congress Elections – The Jewish Press – JewishPress.com

| February 5, 2020

The World Zionist Congress consists of 500 delegates elected from around the world including the United States and meets in Jerusalem every five years to allocate some $1.1 billion in funds. Since delegates typically vote in favor of allocations that support their delegate slates policy preferences, the makeup of the delegate body is crucial to the success of the various interests in play in Israeli society.


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