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National Hadassah president speaks

National Hadassah president speaks

Expect no sob stories from Marcie Natan.

That’s just not the way the national president of Hadassah rolls.

The top executive of the mammoth women’s Zionist organization might well have a handful of such stories — the nearly three years she has spent as president have been far from peaceful — but she prefers to regard them as challenges rather than problems.

She is not soft-peddling Hadassah’s issues.

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In Israel, haredi men going to work

In Israel, haredi men going to workTEL AVIV — When Moshe Friedman turned 31, he made what was for him a radical decision: He left school and launched a start-up. Plenty of Israelis jump from graduate school to the high-tech sector, but for Friedman the leap was longer. A descendant of rabbis, he had studied at leading haredi Orthodox schools where many of his peers would spend decades, never intending to work. Friedman soon found himself caught between two worlds. Largely secular venture capitalists were reluctant to fund his...
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Putting magic into mitzvah

Putting magic into mitzvahWASHINGTON — When he was three years old, Daniel Rosenthal’s Uncle Joe taught him how to make a quarter disappear and reappear from behind his ear. Eager to learn more, he begged his uncle to teach him other tricks as well. “The sense of amazement and mystery,” said Rosenthal, now 17. “I fell in love with magic; it’s so amazing.” By the time he was 5, he was performing professionally at parties, “and I was teaching my uncle tricks.”

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Website by Israeli Arabs for Israeli Arabs

Website by Israeli Arabs for Israeli ArabsNAZARETH, Israel — After Israel’s 2006 war with the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah devastated the country’s northern region, most Israelis focused on rebuilding their towns and creating better defense infrastructure. Arab-Israeli journalist Ghada Zoabi turned her focus to the media. Though Israel has well-established protocols for civil defense that instruct civilians to head for reinforced shelters in advance of rocket attacks, 18 Israeli-Arabs died in the conflict, most of them whi...
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Rhode Island teen fills big shoes

Rhode Island teen fills big shoesWASHINGTON — Nicholas Lowinger was five years old when his mother took him to play with some children living in a nearby Rhode Island homeless shelter. Despite being so young, he soon noticed that many of the children were wearing shoes that were either too big or too small, were falling apart or had to be shared with someone else. “I knew I had to do something more,” Lowinger said, recalling how he donated his own gently worn shoes. In 2010, Lowinger had his chance when tasked with com...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 03:51 )

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Cruzing for Jewish support

Ami Eden It was a big Jewish week for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. The Republican presidential hopeful headlined the annual ZOA dinner and, while in New York, held private meetings with Jewish machers. ... [Link]

Why did Israel’s president just oppose a government-backed bill?

Ben Sales The matter is of such gravitas that Reuven Rivlin decided it merited wading into the political fray, even though that’s not part of what the largely ceremonial president of Israel is supposed to... [Link]

Sarkozy calls for no vote on Palestine motion

Marcy Oster The French Parliament is scheduled to debate the nonbinding motion on Nov. 28, and to vote on the motion on Dec. 2. ... [Link]

Rabbis condemn N.J. rabbi Steven Pruzansky’s anti-Arab rhetoric

Uriel Heilman The Orthodox Union said it “cannot countenance a response to terror that resorts to wholesale demonization, advocates for the collective punishment of Israeli Arabs, or calls for the destruction... [Link]

Swedish lawmakers nix bill requiring parents to pay for circumcision

Cnaan Liphshiz Attempts to compare practice to female genital mutilation drew heated opposition during the country council debate. ... [Link]

Israel revokes residency permit of Jerusalem synagogue attacker’s wife

Marcy Oster Interior Minister Gilad Erdan announced that Nadia Abu Jamal will be required to leave Israeli territory and will be stripped of any financial benefits she receives from the state. ... [Link]

Polish town reconsidering plan to turn Jewish cemetery into apartment complex

Marcy Oster The mayor of Grodzisk Mazowiecki has suspended action on the plan pending clarification of the cemetery’s boundaries. ... [Link]

Police: Terrorism behind deadly fall of Israeli construction worker

Marcy Oster Nathaniel Arami fell 11 stories from the side of a high-rise building where he was doing exterior work when both of his rappelling cables snapped; police initially called it an accident. ... [Link]

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