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Tony Blinken testifies in front of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his nomination hearing to be U.S. Secretary of State. Source: Screenshot.

Biden nominees stress that US will not be rejoining Iran nuclear deal anytime soon

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Several nominees for U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s national security team acknowledged on Tuesday that the United States isn’t ready to rejoin the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of...
Israeli soldiers seen near IDF tanks stationed near the Israeli Gaza border on March 26, 2019. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

IDF tanks strike Hamas positions in response to continued rocket fire

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Israeli tanks struck Hamas military positions in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday in response to the firing of a rocket into Israeli territory on Tuesday night, the Israeli military said in a statement. The rocket,...
Police at a temporary roadblock outside Jerusalem on Jan.19, 2021, during Israel's third nationwide lockdown. Photo by Nati Shohat/Flash90.

Israel extends lockdown until Jan. 31 amid rising COVID-19 infection

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The Israeli Cabinet voted on Tuesday to extend the country’s current coronavirus lockdown for an additional 10 days, until Jan. 31, and impose tighter restrictions on travelers entering the country, the Prime Minister’s Office...
President-elect Joe Biden announcing his picks for his national security team. Source: Joe Biden/Facebook.

It’s time to stop counting Jews in the Cabinet

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Jewish Democrats are celebrating this week and with good reason. Their party is about to take back power in Washington and end the presidency of the man they all love to hate: President Donald...
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Thank you, Mr. President. Thank you, dear friend.

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Gratitude is literally written into our Jewish identity. In the Book of Genesis, when our foremother Leah gives birth to her last son, she says: “‘This time I will give thanks to the Lord’; therefore she...
Florida State University. Credit: Flickr.

Florida State University student senate to vote on BDS resolution

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Florida State University’s student senate is scheduled to vote on a resolution on Wednesday that calls on the university to divest from companies that do business in Israel. The BDS resolution calls on “FSU trustees to review...
Sheldon and Dr. Miriam Adelson with a Birthright group. Photo: Courtesy.

Love and generosity: A farewell tribute to Sheldon Adelson

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On a Friday morning, slightly more than six months ago, we convened a transatlantic Zoom call. There we were, the deputy editor of Makor Rishon, Orly Goldklang from Ofra, myself from Jerusalem, and Sheldon and...
MilkStrip is a biotech and wellness company that provides real-time breast-milk decision support at home, informing new mothers about the freshness and nutrition of human milk. Credit: Courtesy.

In Israel, women ‘juggle it all’ with motherhood, degrees, even high-tech startups

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Mastercard’s Index of Women Entrepreneurs announced last month that Israel is ranked as the best country for female entrepreneurs in 2020, rising from fourth place in 2019, with the United States, Switzerland and New...
Jewish prayer. Credit: Pixabay.

OU, Rabbinical Council join call for day of prayer amid ongoing pandemic

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage throughout the world and within Jewish communities—and especially in light of the new virus variants discovered in the United Kingdom and South Africa—public-health guidance dictates continued mask-wearing...
American Jewish reggae singer, rapper, beatboxer and alternative-rock musicianMatisyahu, Dec. 15, 2019. Credit: Kats Cadenza/Katherine Barner via Wikimedia Commons.

Spanish court dismisses charges against anti-Israel group that held up concert

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A Spanish court has dismissed charges of anti-Semitism against an anti-Israel group that temporarily forced the cancellation of a Matisyahu concert almost six years ago. On Jan. 11, the provisional court in Valencia acquitted eight...