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More crimes and embarrassments

Two stories from this week: “Ex-Israeli Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger indicted on corruption.” “Senior rabbi of Sydney yeshiva, Rabbi Yossi Feldman, resigns over testimony on sexual abuse.”

On the corruption front, the charges against the former chief rabbi include fraud, money laundering, profiting from donations to charitable causes and taking $2.6 million in bribes to sway his opinion on matters he decided as chief rabbi, such as conversions to Judaism and rabbinic appointments; as well as ties with business moguls in exchange for personal gain.

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Fanning the flames of anti-Semitism

Chemotherapy administered. Patient dies. How could it be? wonder medical professionals. We only wanted to kill the cancerous cells. Marijuana-laced edible sold. Customer eats it. Nothing happens. Customer eats more. Crazed customer kills somebody. How could it be? wonder marijuana salesmen. Don’t you know? Don’t eat more than one at a time. Wife’s birth pangs begin. Husband speeds to the hospital. Gets in crash, kills someone. How could it be? wonders the husband. I only meant to get her...
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Egypt and Jordan answer ISIS

Jordan doesn’t waste time. Jordan knows an enemy when it sees one. ISIS burned to death one of Jordan’s pilots. Jordan retaliated at once. Egypt doesn’t waste time. Egypt knows an enemy when it sees one. ISIS beheaded 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians. Egypt did more than retaliate. It did that, but it also announced that it was forming an effort to destroy ISIS, at least next door in Libya.
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Netanyahu before Congress: The last chance to limit nuclear Iran and nuclear proliferation

We are very sympathetic to critics of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to appear before Congress March 3, two weeks before Israel’s election and a few weeks before the deadline for the conclusion of the US-Iran nuclear negotiations. The downsides are many: • Netanyahu appears to be a Republican partisan, endangering the critical bipartisan American support of Israel. • Netanyahu appears to be exploiting his good relations with the US Congress for domestic political ...
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Martin Gilbert, 1937-2015

An historian’s historian, Martin Gilbert included the individual voice and brought history even to those unwilling or unable to read it. As was once observed of the late Harry Austryn Wolfson, the historian of philosophy, so it may be observed of Martin Gilbert, the British historian who died last week: He was a committee.
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Woman arrested for sexual abuse of teenagers at a bar mitzvah

Gabe Friedman A 32-year-old woman reportedly exposed her breasts to several guests at a bar mitzvah party before performing oral sex on a 15-year-old boy. ... [Link]

ADL slams Lena Dunham’s New Yorker piece

Gabe Friedman The Anti-Defamation League has called Lena Dunham’s recent controversial piece in the New Yorker “tasteless” and “offensive.” ... [Link]

Is U.S.-Israel crisis a speed bump or sign of a long-term conflict?

Ron Kampeas President Obama’s comments this week suggest he has not heeded the calls of leading pro-Israel lawmakers and Jewish organizational leaders to tone down his disagreement with Israel. ... [Link]

Y.U. medical school staff receives employment warning

Gabe Friedman Over 2,500 employees at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine could be laid off as a result of Montefiore Health System’s takeover of the medical school’s operations. ... [Link]

Reid endorses Schumer for minority leader

Ben Harris The retiring Senate minority leader predicted that Sen. Charles Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate and a leading pro-Israel voice in Congress, would win the post without opposition. ... [Link]

France to work on UN draft resolution on Israel

Cnaan Liphshiz Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters he plans to move forward with drafting a Security Council resolution on the Israel-Palestinian conflict. ... [Link]

Toulouse rabbi told to remove kippah at voting station

Cnaan Liphshiz Rabbi Avraham Weill complained to police of the alleged discrimination. ... [Link]

WATCH: Check out this year’s leading Passover parody videos

Julie Wiener If there had been just one “Uptown Funk” parody for Passover, Dayenu. But there are two. ... [Link]

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