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The Brooklyn Man Who Set Out to Track Every Jew Lost to Covid – The New York Times

| June 11, 2021

What did you do during the pandemic? Tzali Reicher, who is 24 and lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, met his future wife, got married, traveled among three continents and embarked on a project to track every Jew who died of the coronavirus. He counted colleagues, neighbors, people he admired, including the rabbi he hoped to pray with at his wedding

Bennett is an ‘evil’ and ‘wicked’ Reform Jew who will rot, say haredi MKs – The Jerusalem Post

| June 11, 2021

In a ferocious attack on Tuesday, the leaders of the haredi (ultra-Orthodox) parties United Torah Judaism and Shas denounced Yamina leader and likely incoming prime minister Naftali Bennett as evil. They said his government would uproot religion and called on him to remove his yarmulke.Speaking in the Knesset in a joint press conference, Interior Minister and Shas leader Arye Deri, UTJ chairman MK Moshe Gafni and Housing and Construction Minister Yaacov Litzman (UTJ) said reforms to religion-and-state issues laid out in coalition agreements drawn up by the nascent government would destroy the Jewish character of the State of Israel

America must rethink its unique and contradictory advocacy of Israels Jewishness – Brookings Institution

| June 11, 2021

As a new Israeli government takes shape, the Biden administration must rethink its messaging about Israel and the Palestinians, especially in the absence of a clear path to ending their conflict.

LAUSD Teacher Resigns from Union Over Pro-BDS Motion: I Feel Unsafe As a Jew – Jewish Journal

| June 11, 2021

A teacher at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has resigned from the United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) union as a result of the union taking up a motion supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

A violation of the Jewish spirit Analysis – Ynetnews

| June 11, 2021

The ultra-Orthodox parties in the Knesset held an emergency meeting earlier this week.

Debt owed to Jewish refugee art – Church Times – Church Times

| June 11, 2021

AFTER the Second World War, there was an almost unprecedented expansion of the number of church buildings containing works of art, as churches were repaired or built with new work installed in them. This was a time of impassioned artistic activity, in which the catalyst for the Church was, to a significant extent, migr artists, many of whom were Jewish. This remarkable generation of refugees from Nazi-dominated Europe contributed artworks that greatly enriched British culture and churches

A Jew is a Jew is a Jew: What rising antisemitism is teaching the diaspor – The Jerusalem Post

| June 1, 2021

It has all the makings of a blockbuster disaster film: 1. The confluence of seemingly unrelated events taking place in different parts of the world; 2. The rising temperature that augers widespread destruction; and 3.The obliviousness of the vast majority of those who would be most impacted.No, its not an alien invasion nor a climate change disaster film, its the synopsis of what is increasingly awaiting Jews throughout the Western world, particularly in the places where they have traditionally felt most comfortable.One has to be willfully obtuse to not see the steady unfolding of ominous events, ranging from random attempted lynchings in the streets of Blue cities (not strongholds of white supremacy), to cynically manipulated pronouncements in prominent media, to unhinged rants by celebrities and muscle flexing progressive Democrats in Congress.Some in England see residual Corbynism resurfacing, while in Western Europe, the pretext of supporting Hamas has meant that any and all Jews are fair game.There are many attempts at trying to explain why its all so intense, and why now.

Fear stalks streets of Israeli city where Jews and Arabs mixed freely – Reuters

| May 16, 2021

In the mixed Arab and Jewish city of Acre, the holiday festival of Eid al-Fitr that marks the end of Ramadan would normally see families mingling freely and taking their children to fairs and on boat rides along the coast. But fear and mistrust pervaded the Israeli port's nearly deserted centre on Thursday, as one resident issued a warning not to speak Hebrew in the old part of the city and a second demanded to see a third's identity papers. Often held up as an example of Arabs and Jews living alongside each other in relative calm, Acre is an ancient city on the Mediterranean coast with two other names - Akko in Hebrew, and Akka in Arabic.

Dont just tweak antisemitic in style guides call it what it is: anti-Jewish – The Boston Globe

| May 16, 2021

A thank you to Jeff Jacoby for describing the origins of the term antisemitism and how it became anti-Semitism when it entered the English lexicon, creating the implication that Semite denotes a race rather than a linguistic family which, interestingly, includes Hebrew and Arabic (Canceling anti-Semitism, Ideas, May 9) No Jew would think to call himself or herself a Semite. (With a Jewish father and Swedish-American mother, would that make me a semi-Semite?) The Associated Presss decision to change the phrase to antisemite and antisemitism in its Stylebook is welcome, but the change in hyphenation and capitalization, for most people, is an academic point.

If you think American Jews should be angry with Biden over Israel, youre antisemitic – The Independent

| May 16, 2021

I have never visited Israel, and have no particular desire to do so. I dont have family or close friends there. I dont see it as a refuge


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