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This Passover, a song of thanks

It’s hard to believe that only a year has passed since Passover of 5780 (2020). Since the late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Gafner of blessed memory reinstated the tradition of the Priestly Blessing some 50...

First ever book about the Jewish festivals for emerging Jewish communities released in time...

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“Hands-On Jewish Holidays”, a book about the Jewish festivals specifically targeted to emerging Jewish communities, those communities who are discovering Jewish ancestry and wishing to reconnect to the traditions of their ancestors, has been...

Steal Some Time to Watch ‘The Book Thief’

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The Book Thief is a historical fictional novel published in 2005 by Australian author Markus Zusak. It is his most popular work having been translated into 63 languages selling over 16 million copies worldwide. The...
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Combating anti-Semitism benefits the Arab world

The Abraham Accords marked a historic turning point after decades of Arab and Muslim anti-Semitism. This year, for the first time, International Holocaust Memorial Day was observed by Arabs from the Accords states, as well as...
Official website of Ali Khamenei, Supreme leader of Iran, CC BY 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The Iran-China deal is cause for Israeli concern

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While Israel was busy with the domestic political imbroglio surrounding last week’s Knesset elections, a strategic threat that could threaten the country’s very existence was developing. If the Iranian-Chinese alliance reaches its full potential, the Middle...
Thousands of people cross the Brooklyn Bridge as part of the “No Hate, No Fear” Jewish Solidarity March in January 2020 in response to anti-Semitic attacks in and around New York City. Credit: Lev Radin/Shutterstock.

In partnership with AJC, hundreds of US mayors sign pledge to combat anti-Semitism

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American Jewish Committee and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) announced on Monday that more than 525 mayors across the United States have joined their national effort to combat anti-Semitism. The two organizations are calling...
A view of the Iron Dome air-defense system. Credit: Rafael Advanced Defense Systems.

Bahrain appoints its first-ever ambassador to Israel

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The announcement by the Israeli Defense Ministry earlier this month of successful trials of an upgraded version of the Iron Dome air-defense system represents the latest step in a lengthy arms race. The current upgrade...
Khalid Al Jalahma. Credit: Bahrain Foreign Ministry.

Bahrain appoints its first-ever ambassador to Israel

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Bahrain has announced its appointment of the country’s first-ever ambassador to Israel, following the establishment of formal relations in September as part of the Abraham Accords. Khalid Al Jalahma will head the Gulf country’s diplomatic...
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Canadian Jews remain most targeted for religious hate crimes, report finds

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Jews remained by far the most targeted religious group for hate crimes in Canada, according to the Canadian government’s annual survey of police-reported hate crimes. The report found that there were 1,946 police-reported hate crimes in Canada...
Knesset member Bezalel Smotrich speaks during a meeting of Israel's right-wing bloc at the Knesset in Jerusalem on Nov. 20, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Religious Zionist Party officially endorses Netanyahu for prime minister

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Israel’s Religious Zionist Party leader Bezalel Smotrich announced on Tuesday that he plans to recommend that Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin task Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with forming the next government. “Based on the prime minister’s commitment that...