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Victory: Super city feeling

Victory: Super city feeling

ORANGE YOU glad you live in Denver?

OK, it’s a lame — make that very lame — joke.

But appropriate and timely this week in Denver, in wake of the Denver Broncos’ stunning and (to the “experts”) unexpected victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 last Sunday.

On Tuesday, when more than a million Broncomaniacs greeted their homecoming heroes in a huge parade and rally downtown, the city itself seemed dyed in orange, nicely seasoned with deep blue.

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National

Post-Soviet Jews meet in LA for a different Limmud

Post-Soviet Jews meet in LA for a different LimmudFOR ONE weekend at the Westin Pasadena hotel in the Los Angeles area, hallway conversations were conducted mostly in Russian and Hebrew, with English taking a back seat. Jan. 29-31 marked the inaugural convention on the West Coast for Limmud FSU, an organization dedicated to sparking a cultural renaissance among Jews who trace their roots back to the former Soviet Union.
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International

New arrangement at Western Wall

New arrangement at Western WallTEL AVIV — Israel’s government on Sunday, Jan. 31, approved a compromise to expand the non-Orthodox Jewish prayer section of the Western Wall. The non-Orthodox prayer section at the Wall will become much larger and more accessible. Orthodox control of the Orthodox section will also be solidified. The deal, a copy of which JTA obtained ahead of the Cabinet vote, still contains a few unknowns.
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Israel

Nawi case pits left against right in Israel

Nawi case pits left against right in IsraelTEL AVIV — The footage, aired on a respected Israeli news show, appeared damning: a left-wing activist, driving through the West Bank, casually describing how he has turned Palestinian real estate brokers over to Palestinian authorities, subjecting them to a possible death sentence. Asked what happens to the Palestinians involved in the deals he admitted to setting up, Ezra Nawi says the PA “captures them and kills them.” Selling land to Jews is a capital crime under Palestinian law....
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Israel

Palestinian teen murders mother before her six children

Palestinian teen murders mother before her six childrenJERUSALEM — A day after witnessing her mother’s brutal murder, Dafna Meir’s teenage daughter spoke before hundreds who had come to mourn her. Dafna Meir, 38, a mother of six, was stabbed to death on Sunday, Jan. 17, near the entrance of her West Bank home. “It’s hard for me to think we will not laugh together or fight anymore, that you won’t accompany me to the IDF induction ceremony, down the aisle, and to the maternity ward,” Renana Meir, 17, said at a Jerusalem cemetery, calli...
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JTA News

Drake has a crush on Sarah Silverman

Gabe Friedman News flash: The most famous Jewish rapper on earth has a crush on one of the most famous Jewish comedians on earth. As explained on “Late Night with Seth Myers” Thursday night, Drake recently post... [Link]

Netanyahu’s government may be near collapse, report says

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government may be on the verge of collapse according to Israel’s Channel 10. In a report Friday night, the TV station quoted unnamed “party leaders... [Link]

Arab states have reportedly hand-picked Palestinian leader to succeed Abbas

Julie Wiener (JTA) — The United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan are reportedly planning to have former Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan replace Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Citing unnamed senior ... [Link]

Captain America is a secret Nazi, and people are going crazy about it

Andrew Tobin The new Captain America comic book includes an epic reveal, and some people are not happy about it. When fans ran out to grab Marvel Comics’ “Captain America: Steve Rogers #1” on its relea... [Link]

US health firms, Haifa hospital team up to ‘incubate’ digital medicine start-ups

Andrew Silow-Carroll (JTA) — IBM Watson Health and Medtronics are teaming up with an Israeli hospital to create a high-tech “incubator” to encourage innovations in digital medicine. Rambam Health Care Campus in... [Link]

Steven Spielberg, in Harvard commencement speech, says anti-Semitism on the rise

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Speaking at Harvard University’s commencement, filmmaker Steven Spielberg said he was “wrong” as a kid to think anti-Semitism “was fading.” Spielberg, whose 99-year-old father Arno... [Link]

Transgender Israeli Arab wins historic Tel Aviv pageant

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A Christian Arab-Israeli ballet dancer won Israel’s first-ever transgender beauty pageant. Ta’alin Abu Hanna, 21, was named “Miss Trans Israel” in Tel Aviv Friday, the Jerusalem Post... [Link]

NY Times removes quotation marks from Israeli ‘occupation’

Gabe Friedman (JTA) — The New York Times removed quotation marks originally used around “occupation” in one of its news stories. The word appears in the phrase “Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and ... [Link]

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