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The bad faith behind Zionist activists latest try to win the left – Forward

| February 7, 2021

On Monday, Rudy Rochman, a bombastic, keffiyeh-wearing Zionist activist, will debate famed academic Noam Chomsky. Its a mismatched and bizarre pairing: a world-renowned linguist whose ideas on Zionism and the state of Israel have shaped leftist discourse for decades versus a glorified college activist whose works include the YouTube videos Avatar Jewish Connection and Breaking Down Seth Rogens Internalized Anti-Semitism. The fact that this event is happening at all demonstrates the unfortunate success of Rochmans approach to activism, which stands in contrast to traditional Zionist advocacy.

Bayit Yehudi is over – Does their public need a party anymore? – The Jerusalem Post

| February 7, 2021

Last Thursday night at midnight, a key political entity in the State of Israel that has in one form or another played a role in every Knesset since 1956 was eliminated from the national political map.The Bayit Yehudi Party, the successor to the National Religious Party, failed to unite with another political faction and, due to disastrous polling numbers, decided not to run in the upcoming elections.The political heir of the NRP whose leaders, such as Haim-Moshe Shapira, Yosef Burg and Zvulun Hammer, made lasting contributions to the Jewish state and which has represented the religious-Zionist community for decades will now not be represented in the next Knesset.How did this venerable and fixture of Israeli politics fall so low?In truth, developments leading to this outcome have been long in the making.The old National Religious Party always faithfully served its constituents by focusing on religious issues; preserving the status quo on religion and state, including personal-status issues; and guaranteeing the viability of the religious-Zionist school system and yeshivas.In the last two decades it also focused heavily on advancing the cause of the settlements, which religious Zionists pioneered. But its sphere of influence and the aspirations of its leaders remained focused on these narrow sectarian issues.

Will the America-Israel Alliance Survive the Biden Administration? – watchjerusalem.co.il

| February 7, 2021

JerusalemAmericans have long recognized a fundamental brotherhood that exists between the State of Israel and the United States. The view that Israel has a right to exist in its historic homeland, and should be supported by American power as it faces calls for its destruction, is shared by most American voters.

Israel and the Temple Mount’s five Muslim rivals – JNS.org

| February 7, 2021

(February 7, 2021 / JNS) Everyone knows about the Jewish-Muslim tussle over claims to rule Jerusalem, with its Palestinian lie that Jerusalem has no role in Judaism, and also the pro-Israel rebuttal that the Koran does not mention Jerusalem.

‘The Vigil’: An ex-Hasidic man’s harrowing night with the dead J. – The Jewish News of Northern California

| February 7, 2021

A young man has to stay up one night guarding the corpse of a stranger, having agreed to wait for the mortician.

Abraham Twerski, Who Merged 12 Steps and the Torah, Dies at 90 – The New York Times

| February 7, 2021

What distinguished Rabbi Twerski from many other Orthodox therapists was his willingness to look outside his community.

In Orthodox communities where pregnancy is prized, vaccines and variants leave women confused and afraid – JTA News – Jewish Telegraphic Agency

| February 7, 2021

(JTA) For much of the last year, the young mothers of Lakewood, New Jersey, have experienced the pandemic as much as a nuisance as a matter of life and death. Thats not to say the community hasnt experienced its share of outbreaks; it has.

Taking Action to Repair Our World – IDN InDepthNews | Analysis That Matters

| February 7, 2021

By Ramu Damodaran The writer is Chief, United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) hosted in the Department of Global Communications. This OpEd first appeared in the #WhyWeCare, @ImpactUN on February 5. NEW YORK (IDN | UNAI) Nostalgia for the present is a phrase I once heard (or think I have), and it came to mind when reading a response received to last weeks (January 29) column and its looking back on CTAUNs quarter-century of affirmation and affection

Opinion: QAnon, conspiracy theories are no joke – DW (English)

| February 7, 2021

If, just a few years ago, someone had stated in public that a global elite was kidnapping children and torturing them to harvest their blood to make an elixir of youth, they would have been directed to the nearest psychiatric ward. Yet according to a British poll, some 10% of US citizens saythey believe in at least some elements of this absurd theory known asQAnon. The conspiracy theory has also been doing the rounds in Germany and, according to the Amadeu Antonio Foundation, which sets out to combat far-right ideologies and racism, it has already attracted some 150,000 supporters.

Closing the Circle on Portuguese Citizenship for Descendants of Sephardi Jews – The Jewish Voice

| February 7, 2021

By: Meyer Harroch New York Jewish Travel Guide sat down with Ms. Rita Mayer Jardim, Attorney at Mayer Jardim, to ask a few questions about Portuguese Citizenship for descendants of Sephardi Jews


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