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Israeli Prime Minister and head of the Likud Party Benjamin Netanyahu casts his vote in the fourth elections in two years, together with his wife, Sara Netanyahu, at a voting station in Jerusalem, on March 23, 2021. Photo by Marc Israel Sellem/POOL.

Initial Israeli exit polls shows Netanyahu has path to sixth term as prime minister

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Initial exit polls from Israel’s national election on Tuesday indicate that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, along with support from his right-wing bloc—if the Yamina Party is included—would have a narrow Knesset majority, giving...
More than 30,000 boxes of matzah will be delivered by JDC volunteers to the Jewish elderly in the former Soviet Union during the second year of the coronavirus pandemic, March 2021. Credit: JDC.

JDC offers annual Passover food packages, educational activities via Zoom

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The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), is reaching widening global audiences this Passover with hundreds of online events, holiday content and its century-old tradition of delivering matzah to Jews in need. While in-person activities...

From Booze Smuggler to ‘Righteous Among Nations’

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“Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.” This quote, taken from  the Talmud, is the subject of the 2018 film The Mover by veteran Latvian director Dāvis Sīmanis. It tells the true story of a...
Israel Elections 2015 Ballot Box Photo: Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Israel

The people’s choice

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Waking up on election day is always exciting. The site of ballot boxes carrying the state emblem reminds me of days long ago, when we were not allowed to wave the Israeli flag. I was...
The national drive to improve reading skills and levels of education among children is fueling interest in children’s books. (Photo: Kalimat Publishing)

What I’ve learned teaching Jewish texts in the UAE

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In 2011, on one of my first trips to the United Arab Emirates, I sat in on a class taught by then-New York University president John Sexton on law and religion at NYU Abu...
London Metropolitan Police officers. Credit: Ian Stewart/Shutterstock.

Police arrest man who assaulted pregnant Jewish woman outside London

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Metropolitan Police in London arrested a man on Monday seen on video attacking a young Jewish woman last week in the heavily Jewish neighborhood of Stamford Hill. In the video, a man estimated to be...
Photographs of Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones, 2018. Credit: Kazuhisa OTSUBO from Tokyo, Japan, via Wikimedia Commons.

Google taps seasoned Israeli to lead chip-design team

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Google announced on Monday that it’s appointing Uri Frank as vice president of engineering to lead a team developing server chips in Israel. Google stated that it seeks to develop systems on chip (SoC), where...
California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaking with attendees at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention at the George R. Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr.

Lawfare Project to Gov. Newsom: Ethnic-studies curriculum violates civil-rights laws

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The Lawfare Project is urging California Gov. Gavin Newsom to prevent the implementation of its recently approved Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum over concerns that it could violate federal and state civil rights laws. In a...
Illustrative image. Credit: David Whelan via Wikimedia Commons.

Hackers unlock files from 2020 breach, exposing personal info of nearly all Israeli voters

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The personal information of nearly all Israeli voters was exposed online on Monday, a day before the country’s general election, financial daily Calcalist reported Tuesday. According to the report, the leaked data, which includes registered voters’ addresses,...
Iranian youth taking selfies on Aug. 12, 2020. Credit: Faranak Bakhtiari via Wikimedia Commons.

Young Iranians pose a threat to the regime, warns Revolutionary Guard Corps

The weekly Sobh-e Eghtesad, the official newspaper of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Political Bureau, calls young Iranians born in the 1990s and the first decade of the 21st century a “serious threat” to the...