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This week in power: Iran deal and Thanksgivukkah

by Danny Groner

November 27, 2013 | 7:56 pm

A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

Iran agreement
The U.S. government announced a deal with Iran over the weekend that will keep their nuclear arms program at bay, at least temporarily, which prompted the Israeli government to label the deal a "historic mistake," as they believe that this won't actually change the political landscape. The White House tried to allay fears this week by meeting with Jewish groups "to explain aspects of the interim sanctions-for-nuclear-rollbacks deal between Iran and major powers."

"The deal’s weaknesses are legion -- the agreement barely shortens the time Iran needs to 'break out' and develop a nuclear weapon. Iran can still maintain its 19,000 centrifuges. It still reserves the right to enrich uranium," warned Rob Eshman in the Jewish Journal. But let's not forget that more parties are involved in this arrangement, said Judie Jacobson at the Jewish Ledger: "What is clear is that there is a lot more than just Israel’s interests at stake and also, and at the same time we see how Israel’s interests are inextricably entwined with the West’s." Stay tuned.

Thanksgivukkah underway
Last night marked a milestone: "For the first time in 125 years — and the last time for about 80,000 years — Hanukkah and Thanksgiving will intersect this Thursday, forming the super holiday known as Thanksgivukkah," reported the Deseret News. It has many people rejoicing with both original songs and unique foods for the rare festival. Some see the chance to tie the two holidays together for a spiritually-uplifting message. “I think it’s a really great opportunity to think about the message of both,” one rabbi told My Record Journal, “and how we can combine the two to highlight the meaning behind the holidays as we head into the new calender year.”

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Danny Groner is a contributing writer to the Jewish Journal. He has worked in journalism since he was a teenager, starting off as an intern for a local publication. During his...

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