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Jul 03rd

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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

Israel OKs larger Egyptian force to fight jihadis

Uriel Heilman Israel has given Egypt the green light to use advanced military force against Islamic militants in the Sinai and has closed a southern Israeli highway as a precaution. ... [Link]

Spoilers alert: Six guys to watch the day after an Iran deal

Ron Kampeas These six people could determine the success of a nuclear deal with Iran. ... [Link]

When Nicholas Winton, the British rescuer of Jews, was rebuffed by the U.S.

Uriel Heilman The story of Nicholas Winton, who saved more than 600 children on the eve of the Holocaust, also lays bare stark contrasts between the British and American responses to the Nazi onslaught. ... [Link]

What shocked a European Jew on his first trip to America

Cnaan Liphshiz JTA reporter Cnaan Liphshiz had visited Jewish communities in 40 countries around the world. When he landed in New York, he was in shock. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: How should Orthodox leaders respond to the gay marriage ruling?

Uriel Heilman A son imagines how his father, longtime RCA leader Rabbi Steven Dworken, would have reacted to the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling. ... [Link]

Palestinians march on anniversary of Abu Khdeir lynching

Marcy Oster The Palestinian teenager was kidnapped and burned alive by Jews following the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teens last summer. ... [Link]

Polish art museum features naked tag game in gas chamber

Uriel Heilman A Polish art museum has resumed an art installation featuring a video of naked men and women playing tag in a gas chamber. ... [Link]

Iron Dome upgraded, details not forthcoming

Marcy Oster The upgrade will “expand and improve the performance capabilities of the system in the face of an unprecedented range of threats,” the Defense Ministry said. ... [Link]

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