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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

Obama learns his lesson about Jewish toddlers

Ron Kampeas Or maybe Shabbat’s a lot more fun than the seder when you’re 4. ... [Link]

Obama: I have same high expectations of Israel as I do of U.S.

Ron Kampeas President Obama says his criticism of Israel is born of the high regard with which he holds Israel — and the expectation he has that Israel live up to the values it shares with the United States... [Link]

Lady Gaga accepts ADL award on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation

Gabe Friedman Pop star Lady Gaga accepted an award from the Anti-Defamation League on behalf of her nonprofit Born This Way Foundation. ... [Link]

World Bank: Gaza economy on ‘verge of collapse’

Gabe Friedman Gaza’s economy, stifled by the highest unemployment rate in the world, blockades, poor governance and a series of military conflicts, is headed towards a “collapse,” a new report by the World Ba... [Link]

Obama: I criticize Israel because I care about Israel

Ron Kampeas Defending Jews from anti-Semitism is necessarily entwined with criticizing some of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians, President Barack Obama told a Jewish audience. ... [Link]

Dutch restaurant says it erased Israel from map for culinary reasons

Cnaan Liphshiz The owners of Rotterdam’s Le Souq say they replaced Israel with ‘Palestine’ on a map because of their passion for Palestinian food. ... [Link]

How to build an American shtetl — See: Bloomingburg, N.Y.

Uriel Heilman Shalom Lamm is developing a playbook for setting up an American shtetl. The problem is some of his new neighbors in Bloomingburg claim he used bribery, fraud and corruption of public officials to do s... [Link]

Switzerland defends funding for Israeli leftist group

Cnaan Liphshiz Breaking the Silence is scheduled to bring an exhibition to Zurich with federal, municipal support. ... [Link]

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