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Fractious Budapest community faces another chasm

Fractious Budapest community faces another chasm

BUDAPEST — An anti-corruption whistleblower elected to head the Budapest Jewish community has sparked a crisis among the highest officials of Hungarian Jewry at a time of heightened tensions with the government.

The conflict, one of the fractious community’s most vociferous and colorful fights in years, erupted shortly after the election last month of David Schwezoff as CEO of the Budapest community.

Within days, Schwezoff announced that he had filed a police complaint alleging that hundreds of thousands of dollars had been embezzled from the Hungarian capital’s historic Dohany Street Synagogue, a claim denied by other Jewish leaders.

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 November 2014 10:29 )

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Rabbi’s extreme views on Arabs find mixed reception

Rabbi’s extreme views on Arabs find mixed receptionNEW YORK — If Rabbi Steven Pruzansky of Teaneck, NJ, had his way, Arab rioters and stone throwers would be shot with live ammunition. Arabs would be barred from the Temple Mount for six months. Any village from which two or more terrorists originated would be razed and its residents deported. Arab terrorists would be executed, their bodies cremated and buried with dead pigs, their families deported and their homes destroyed or given to Jews. “There is a war for the land of Israel that is b...

Last Updated ( Friday, 28 November 2014 10:19 )

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Israel

Israel demolishes home of light rail terrorist

JERUSALEM — Israel demolished the home of the Palestinian terrorist who drove his vehicle into a light rail station last month, killing two. The Israel Defense Forces razed the home of Abdelrahman Al-Shaludi in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan early on Nov. 18. The five-story building housed the extended Shaludi family, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported. While the terrorist’s home was razed, the rest of the building also was damaged, according to Maan....
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Israel

Thousands attend funeral of Druze officer killed in Har Nof

Thousands attend funeral of Druze officer killed in Har NofJERUSALEM — Thousands, including busloads of Orthodox Jews, attended the funeral of the Druze police officer killed in the terror attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem. The Nov. 19 funeral for Zidan Saif, 30, came hours after morning prayer services were held in the Har Nof synagogue where Palestinian terrorists killed four worshippers the previous day. The funeral took place in the presence of political leaders and religious leaders representing a variety of faiths. Israeli President Reuven R...
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National

St. Louis Jewish take on Ferguson

St. Louis Jewish take on FergusonFERGUSON, MO., is ablaze with fury over the St. Louis County grand jury’s Nov. 24 decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for killing unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014. The moment St. Louis prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced the jury’s ruling, Ferguson erupted in tears, disbelief and anger. Despite pleas for peaceful protests from Brown’s parents and many residents, rioters burned and looted stores in the suburb.
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Key congressional committees approve anti-BDS amendments

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Orthodox rabbis join the conversation on LGBTQ inclusion

Gabe Friedman For the first time, prominent rabbis and renowned mental health researchers engaged in a public discussion about homosexuality and Orthodoxy. ... [Link]

Israeli filmmaker wins top honor at Buenos Aires festival

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From the Archive: First rumblings in the battle for pluralism at the Western Wall

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FBI chief apologizes for Holocaust comment on Poland

Cnaan Liphshiz Comey’s apology, which came on Monday at the urging of the Polish foreign ministry, follows his op-ed about the Holocaust, which was published last week by the Washington Post. ... [Link]

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Cnaan Liphshiz A devout and private man, Joaquim Carreira first received recognition for his heroism only last year. ... [Link]

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