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Deputy minister blasts chief rabbi’s ‘fake news’ on US Jews – The Times of Israel

| July 11, 2017

A former Israeli ambassador to the US on Monday slammed as fake news claims by Israels Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau that 85 percent of American Jews had never visited Israel. Three times as many Jews have visited as Rabbi Lau claims, Michael Oren told The Times of Israel. The most recent comprehensive study of American Jewish life the 2013 Pew study shows that 43% of American Jews have visited Israel, and that number is increasing over time.

Chief Ashkenazi rabbi says he didn’t know of ‘blacklist’ of Diaspora rabbis – The Times of Israel

| July 11, 2017

Israels Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau said in a letter that he did not know of the existence of a blacklist of Diaspora rabbis and that it should not have been released to the public. The chief rabbi was shocked to discover this list, read the letter written by an aide on behalf of Lau and issued Sunday

‘Ministers are silent as haredi soldiers are attacked’ – Arutz Sheva

| July 11, 2017

Haredi soldiers learning Torah Flash 90 MK Yisrael Eichler (United Torah Judaism) recently said on the Kol Belz radio program that "The Sephardim are going to the army because, unfortunately, their level of study is weaker. There are many of them there [in the army]." MK Eichler's statement was one of the attacks on haredi IDF soldiers which prompted MK Amir Ohana (Likud) to slam the haredi leadership for its attitude towards IDF soldiers from their community. Speaking at the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee last week, Ohana said that "the blood that will be spilled here ...

Analysis: Now it’s their turn – i24NEWS

| July 11, 2017

Regardless of who will be elected to be the new head of Israels Labor Party in the second round Amir Peretz or Avi Gabbay one fact is already known: the person to replace Isaac Herzog is of Moroccan origin. So what

Check out an unexpected performance from Richard Gere, now on demand – MyStatesman.com

| July 11, 2017

Heres a look at an interesting new release available to rent from cable and digital providers and a few titles that have recently hit streaming services. Video on Demand Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer: In his English-language debut film, Israeli director Joseph Cedar introduces us to Norman (Richard Gere), a seemingly well-connected but nebbish man who can talk himself into just about any situation. He spends most of his time on the phone, pulling favors and acting as a middleman in order to move up the food chain of the rich and powerful in New York City.

Radiation and ringworm: a tale of social policy, racism, and health care – Mondoweiss

| July 10, 2017

Image of Mizrahi children subject to experimental ringworm treatment in Israel, from the documentary The Ringworm Children On June 14, 2017, the Israeli newspaper, Israel Hayom, published an extraordinary report documenting medical experiments on mostly Yemenite children who subsequently disappeared; those who died were autopsied without parental consent, the parents were often not allowed to see their dead children, and no death certificates were provided. Since Operation Magic Carpet, 1949 to 1950, when 49,000 Jewish Yemenites were airlifted to Israel to grow the Jewish population and counteract the procreating Palestinians, there have been three official inquiries exploring egregious and unethical patterns of behavior towards Yemeni children by the medical and social service communities. Previous Israeli committees concluded that no children were kidnapped, although some children died or were adopted by Ashkenazi families without the birth parents consents.

Cannons found off Israeli coast may have been used to fight 16th-century pirates – The Times of Israel

| July 10, 2017

Three bronze cannons found off the coast of Megadim in northern Israel shed light on how the Venetian weapons industry innovated tools to help merchants fight off pirates hundreds of years ago. As reported in an article in the August edition of the Journal of Archaeological Science, the three cannons were likely part of the arsenal of a sailing merchantman, whose ship was wrecked off the shore of Haifa in the last quarter of the 16th or the early 17th century, during the first half of the Age of the Sail (15711862). The three long-barreled bronze cannons were first discovered and surveyed during 19721973.

The top five global concert tours, ranked by average box-office gross per city. Includes the average – Youngstown Vindicator

| July 10, 2017

Published: Mon, July 10, 2017 @ 12:00 a.m. The top five global concert tours, ranked by average box-office gross per city. Includes the average ticket price for shows worldwide.

Prominent Orthodox Rabbis From US Among Those on Israeli Chief Rabbinate’s Blacklist – Haaretz

| July 9, 2017

The rabbis, whose rulings on 'who is a Jew' the Rabbinate doesn't recognize, include Nefesh b'Nefesh's director Israel's Ashkenazi chief rabbi shocked that list was published without his approval Israels Chief Rabbinate has published a blacklist of 160 rabbis from around the world, including many Orthodox rabbis, whose rulings on the question of "who is a Jew?" it does not recognize. Among the prominent names in the new blacklist are Rabbi Avi Weiss, an Open Orthodox rabbi and the founder of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah in New York, and Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, the co-founder and executive director of Nefesh bNefesh, the organization that handles all immigration to Israel from North America.

FBI: Stolen Kosher bakery van used in Miami bank heist – The Jerusalem Post mobile website

| July 9, 2017

Police tape.. (photo credit:REUTERS) Zak Stern was just trying to distribute his regular deliveries of bread this past Thursday in Miami. But a bank robber stole one of the kosher restaurateurs Zak the Baker vans while the bread was still inside and used it in a holdup at a local bank that day


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