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  • Repaired Sderot-area home takes second hit from Gaza rocket

    August 31, 2012 | 9:26 am

    A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel hit a house near Sderot on Friday morning, but no one was injured.

    Israel Radio reported the same house had sustained a direct hit in the past.

    Friday’s hit caused some damage to the property, according to the report. Rescue forces...

  • Jews in the Bible Belt’s small towns face curiosity, ignorance

    August 30, 2012 | 2:13 pm

    Sometimes, Benjamin Rosenthal thinks about leaving the small town of Indianola, Miss., pop. 11,000, where he spent most of his life.

    He wants to go somewhere bigger, with more Jews.

    “It’s very easy to lose your identity in the Bible Belt in a town when you are the religious...

  • Jimmy Carter calls Rachel Corrie case ruling ‘unacceptable’

    August 30, 2012 | 12:12 pm

    Former President Jimmy Carter called “unacceptable” a court ruling that declared the State of Israel is not responsible for the death of an American activist.

    “The killing of an American peace activist is unacceptable. The court’s decision confirms a climate of impunity,...

  • New Orleans area Jews prepare for a wet, powerless Shabbat

    August 30, 2012 | 12:00 pm

    Of all the unknowns being discussed as Hurricane Isaac approached New Orleans, members of Congregation Shir Chadash knew one thing for certain.

    “Nobody wanted to be the person that said, ‘Oh let’s not move the Torahs this time,’” said Rabbi Ethan Linden. “We sort of went...

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  • Edith Frankie

    By Jane Ulman

    August 29, 2012 | 4:48 pm

    “Hey, you Jew. Open up the door.” It was 4 a.m. on a Sunday morning, just before Passover 1944, when two gendarmes in the village of Chiesd, Transylvania, banged on the door where 12-year-old Edith Izsak lived with her parents, three siblings and two young cousins. “Take all the...

  • Designer Galliano reportedly sues Dior over firing for anti-Semitism

    August 29, 2012 | 3:18 pm

    Designer John Galliano reportedly has filed an $18.7 million lawsuit against Christian Dior, the fashion house that fired him for anti-Semitic speech.

    On Tuesday, the website of the London-based The Daily Telegraph reported that Galliano “is believed” to have lodged an...

  • Leiby Kletzky’s killer sentenced to 40 years to life

    August 29, 2012 | 3:13 pm

    Levi Aron, the Brooklyn store clerk who pleaded guilty to killing 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison.

    Aron, 37, was sentenced Wednesday in Brooklyn Supreme Court. He did not address the court.

    He pleaded guilty earlier this month to kidnapping,...

  • Paws of Love: Fur healing’s sake

    August 29, 2012 | 1:24 pm

    Ari Gould, 6, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia three years ago. In addition to the physical pain he has endured, the disease and the stressful medical procedures that followed have also left him socially isolated.

    The steroid treatments he receives once a month...

  • John Hagee: Christian pastor with a Zionist message

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    August 29, 2012 | 12:51 pm

    It’s become a standard part of John Hagee’s stump speech, the story of how the evangelical pastor and founder of the 1.2 million-member Christians United For Israel (CUFI) first got started on the path of Israel advocacy.

    It began with a trip to the Holy Land in 1978 — “I went to...

  • Migron must be evacuated in a week, Israel’s high court rules

    August 29, 2012 | 10:47 am

    Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that the West Bank outpost of Migron must be evacuated by Sept. 4.

    All 50 families must leave the outpost, the court ruled Wednesday in response to a petition filed by the families requesting a delay in the eviction until the modular homes being built...

  • Australian Jews balk at ‘Breaking the Silence’ abuse reports

    August 29, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Australian Jewish officials lashed out at a group of former Israeli soldiers who reported abuses they witnessed while serving in the Palestinian territories.

    The front pages of the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne’s The Age newspapers on Monday carried a report on the Aug. 24...

  • Kipah-wearing teen wows ‘America’s Got Talent’ semis [VIDEO]

    August 29, 2012 | 10:23 am

    Edon Pinchot, a kipah-wearing Jewish day school student, won cheers from the live audience and the judges in the semifinals of “America’s Got Talent.”

    Pinchot, 14, of Skokie, Ill., performed One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful” on the popular NBC reality show and...

  • Thou shall not have images ... on buses ... neither men nor women

    August 28, 2012 | 4:58 pm

    Fearing costly vandalism aimed at buses carrying advertisements that include images of women; to avoid legal issues of discrimination if only images of men appear; and to side-step head-on collisions with Jerusalem’s ultra-Orthodox community; Egged, Israel’s public bus...

  • GOP senators plan resolution promising support should Israel strike Iran

    August 28, 2012 | 3:37 pm

    Republican senators plan to introduce a non-binding resolution pledging military, economic and diplomatic backing for Israel should it strike Iran.

    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told JTA on Tuesday that he and Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) were drafting the resolution for introduction...

  • Gilad Shalit marks first birthday since being freed

    August 28, 2012 | 3:34 pm

    Gilad Shalit marked his first birthday since being freed from Hamas captivity.

    Shalit turned 26 on Tuesday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Shalit to wish him a happy birthday.

    “This is a particularly happy birthday,” Netanyahu reportedly told Shalit. “It is a birthday of...

  • Migron not evacuated as scheduled

    August 28, 2012 | 3:22 pm

    The Migron outpost in the West Bank was not evacuated as scheduled.

    The eviction had been scheduled for Tuesday, the same day that the Israeli Supreme Court conducted a hearing on a petition filed by the residents requesting a delay in the eviction until the modular homes being...

  • France opens murder inquiry into Yasser Arafat’s death

    August 28, 2012 | 3:16 pm

    French prosecutors have opened a murder inquiry into the death of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

    Arafat’s family filed legal action in July asking French authorities to look into claims that he had been poisoned. Traces of radioactive polonium were found on Arafat’s...

  • Families of Burgas victims attend memorial ceremony, visit attack site

    August 28, 2012 | 1:29 pm

    The families of the Israelis killed in a terror attack at the airport in Burgas, Bulgaria, attended a ceremony for the victims.

    The memorial was held Tuesday at the Great Synagogue in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. The families of the five victims of the July 18 attack visited the...

  • Paul Auster’s haunting view of aging

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    August 28, 2012 | 12:41 pm

    Paul Auster is best known and often praised for his postmodernist novels and short stories, including “The New York Trilogy” and “Sunset Park,” but his lifetime of literary achievement actually began with a 1982 memoir, “The Invention of Solitude,” his first published...

  • Israel bracing for ‘more tense and Islamist’ region in the coming year

    August 28, 2012 | 11:15 am

    Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Director of Military Intelligence Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, in his annual intelligence assessment to Chief of General Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz and the IDF general staff, warned on Monday that Israel will face an increasingly volatile region in the coming...

  • In Rachel Corrie suit dismissal, one small question is key

    August 28, 2012 | 10:53 am

    The verdict by an Israeli court in the case of Rachel Corrie, an American activist killed in Gaza by an Israeli military bulldozer in 2003, may have captured international attention and touched on a range of ethical issues at the center of Israel’s military operations. 

    But at...

  • Turkish minister: Religious freedom no longer guaranteed in Germany

    August 28, 2012 | 10:36 am

    Turkey’s minister for European affairs, Egemen Bagis, has called circumcision bans in Germany “a danger for liberty.”

    In an Op-Ed published Tuesday in the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, Bagis wrote that recent court rulings in Germany against circumcision mean that “Turkey...

  • Nine Jewish teens indicted in attack on Palestinians

    August 28, 2012 | 10:26 am

    Nine Jewish teens were indicted in the attack on three Palestinians in Jerusalem that left one of the victims seriously injured.

    The teens were indicted Tuesday in Jerusalem District Court for the Aug. 16 incident, which police called a “lynch.”

    One of the teens, Shimon Siman Tov,...

  • Amid roasted pigs, country music and rabbinical blessings, Romney seeks to define himself

    August 28, 2012 | 10:19 am

    Whole barbecued pigs, cheerleaders and elegies to skinny-dipping farmers’ daughters.

    That was the organized noise Sunday night at the opening bash of the Republican National Convention at Tropicana Field, the home of Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg.

    For...

  • Michigan St. student says attack at party was anti-Semitism

    August 28, 2012 | 10:14 am

    A Jewish student at Michigan State University said he was attacked at an off-campus party in what he is calling a hate crime.

    Just before the assault, which broke his jaw, Zach Tennen said his attackers asked him if he was Jewish, according to reports.

    Tennen, 19, a resident of...

  • Israeli planes bomb Gaza weapons sites

    August 28, 2012 | 10:09 am

    Israel’s Air Force bombed a weapons manufacturing site and a weapons storage facility in the northern Gaza Strip.

    The early Tuesday morning strikes were in retaliation for recent rocket attacks on southern Israel, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement.

    Three Kassam rockets...

  • Rabbi Meir Soloveichik to offer opening invocation at Republican convention

    August 27, 2012 | 3:24 pm

    Rabbi Meir Soloveichik is scheduled to deliver the opening invocation at the Republican National Convention.

    “It is an extraordinary privilege to deliver an invocation at a cherished ritual of American democracy,” said Soloveichik of the invocation, which he is scheduled to...

  • Egyptian court sentences 76 in Israeli embassy attack

    August 27, 2012 | 11:02 am

    An Egyptian court sentenced 76 citizens in last September’s attack on the Israeli Embassy in Cairo.

    Seventy-four of the convicted protesters were given one-year suspended prison sentences on Sunday. One was sent to a juvenile detention center, while a former police officer who fled...

  • On the eve of evacuation, Migron projecting tranquility

    August 27, 2012 | 10:48 am

    Off a rough, paved road atop a mountain, on the thin stucco wall of a trailer home, black graffiti proclaims “Private Jewish land.” And underneath, in red, “Migron.”

    The trailer home is among dozens in Israel’s largest settlement outpost, deep in the central West Bank and...

  • Israel opens schools with record number of students

    August 27, 2012 | 10:18 am

    Israeli schools opened for more than 2 million students, a record for the country.

    The number of students included 145,374 first-graders, including Moshe Holtzberg, whose parents were murdered in the November 2008 terrorist attack on the Chabad House in Mumbai, India.

    Many cities...

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