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Daily Archives: March 31, 2021

Sephardic Passover customs include Bibhilu, a Moroccan ritual. Photo courtesy of Rabbi Daniel Bouskila

Sephardic envy at Passover time

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Passover is here, and I am triggered. Every Ashkenazi Jew gets a little Sephardic-envy this time of year thinking about all the rice our fellow Jews will be eating while we suffer through a kitniyot lockdown....
Cole and Ella Emhoff, stepchildren of U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris, attend the 59th presidential inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, 2021. Credit: DOD Photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Carlos M. Vazquez II.

How many American Jews are there, and does it really matter?

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This past weekend, the White House Passover seder was hosted by America’s Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff. The Brooklyn, N.Y.-born lawyer is the first Jew to be a spouse of a vice president, as well...

America and North Korea: Seeking Plausible Nuclear Objectives

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“Deterrence is concerned with influencing the choices that another party will make, and doing it by influencing his expectations of how we will behave.” Thomas C. Schelling, The Strategy of Conflict (1960) Though America’s current president began on...
The University of Toronto. Credit: Marc Bruxelle/Shutterstock.

Canadian Jewish students call on universities to adopt anti-Semitism definition

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More than 140 Jewish students have signed an open letter calling on Canadian post-secondary institutions to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition of anti-Semitism. It would “help administrators better identify and meaningfully combat” anti-Semitism on campus, reads...
A still from the PBS documentary “Til Kingdom Come.” Credit: PBS.

PBS postpones ‘Til Kingdom Come’ on Israel, evangelicals pending review of material

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PBS has postponed its broadcast of the documentary “Til Kingdom Come” after the media watchdog group CAMERA raised concerns over factual errors. “In response to communication from CAMERA, PBS notified our senior staff on March 26 that...
The Iron Dome defense system fires to interecept incoming missiles from Gaza in the port town of Ashdod, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012. Credit: Tsafrir Abayov/Flash90.

A decade on, Iron Dome continues to be game-changer

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“I don’t want to create the illusion that the Iron Dome defense system will provide a complete or comprehensive solution. The system is still in its experimental phase and in any case, we can’t...
An 11-month-old Japanese baby and her grandmother, left homeless by the tsunami, is treated by Israel Defense Forces Lt. Col. Dr. Amit Assa, a pediatrician, Lt. Col. Orly Weinstein, an eye specialist, and Capt. Galit Bidner, a certified nurse. March 29, 2011. Credit: IDF.

‘We will never forget Israel’s help’

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March 11, 2011 began as an ordinary winter day with gray skies for the 12,000 people living in the fishing village of  Minamisanriku. None of them knew that within several hours their world would...
Palestinian children look at the image of PLO chief Yasser Arafat and terrorist Marwan Barghouti during a demonstration in the southern Gaza Strip calling for the release of prisoners held in Israeli jails on Oct. 6, 2011. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

Marwan Barghouti to run against Mahmoud Abbas’s faction on separate ticket

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Convicted Palestinian arch-terrorist Marwan Barghouti, who is serving five life sentences for his involvement in deadly terrorist attacks on Israeli civilians during the Second Intifada, will run his own list of candidates against members...
Amos Ben Gershom (GPO)

President Rivlin received the official results of the elections to the 24th Knesset in...

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President Rivlin: “The main consideration that will guide me in selecting a candidate to entrust with forming a government is the chance of the selected Knesset Member to form a government that will secure the...
Israelis at the Taba border crossing after it was reopened for travelers on March 30, 2021. Photo by Flash90.

Taba crossing to Sinai reopens after year of COVID-19 closure

Hundreds of Israelis flocked to the Taba border crossing between Israel and Egypt Tuesday morning, as it reopened following a year-long closure due to the COVID pandemic. According to authorities, up to 300 Israelis will...