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Isi Leibler. Photo: Courtesy.

The moral courage of Isi Leibler

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The death in Jerusalem of Isi Leibler at the age of 86 has robbed the Jewish world of one of its towering figures at a time when it is particularly ill-equipped for such a...
The newly renovated synagogue for use by the Tomer division of the Givati Brigade at a training base in the Negev Desert, Feb. 17, 2021. Credit: IDF.

OU to offer ‘Back to Shul’ grants to spur attendance, communal re-engagement

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One of the most profound ways the coronavirus pandemic impacted the Jewish community in the past year was the initial closure of and subsequent limitations on synagogues. Now, as more congregants have been vaccinated and...

A Cloak and Dagger Israeli Spy Thriller

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Damascus Cover, a 2016 film adapted from the 1977 novel of the same name by Howard Kaplan, is currently streaming on paid Amazon Prime. Kaplan, a native of Los Angeles, has lived in Israel and traveled...
Mark Turner, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

What is it with J Street and anti-Semites?

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Why does J Street keep honoring and defending individuals who have made anti-Semitic remarks? The latest is former President Jimmy Carter, who will receive an award from J Street at its upcoming convention on April...
Kristen Clarke, June 30, 2009. Credit: Flickr/New America via Wikimedia Commons.

The Jewish establishment thinks credible charges of anti-Semitism are a ‘smear’

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As numerous surveys of public opinion have shown, ours is a time when politics have essentially replaced the role that religion used to play in the lives of most Americans. But recently, it’s become...
Prince Philip and his sister, Princess Sophie, lay a wreath at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem on Oct. 31, 1994. Credit: Beni Birk/The National Library of Israel.

Jewish community marks loss of Prince Philip, beginning with prayer

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As the United Kingdom honored Prince Philip, who died on April 9 at the age 99, with a gun salute, flags at half-staff and the many who paid tribute outside of Buckingham Palace, Sabbath...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas seen during a tour in the West Bank city of Ramallah, May 15, 2020. Photo by Flash90

Palestinian elections could jeopardize Fatah’s rule in the West Bank

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Should Palestinian elections go ahead in the territories, Fatah’s rule in the West Bank could be significantly jeopardized, an Israeli expert on the Palestinian arena has warned. Michael Milshtein, head of the Palestinian Studies Forum...
Jagmeet Singh (center), leader of Canada's New Democratic Party. Source: NDP/Twitter.

Canada’s third-largest party endorses boycott of Israel

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Members of Canada’s progressive New Democratic Party (NDP) have voted overwhelmingly to endorse a boycott against Israel during its recent party convention. At its virtual party convention on April 10, the NDP—the third-largest party in...
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken welcoming Israel's 73rd Independence Day celebration. Source: Screenshot.

Blinken: US commitment to Israel ‘ironclad,’ welcomes more normalization agreements

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that America’s commitment to Israel is “ironclad,” and that he—and the Biden administration—supports more normalization agreements. Blinken appeared as part of a virtual event hosted by Israel’s embassy...
Crowds back out in Tel Aviv after a year of grappling with coronavirus lockdowns, April 4, 2021. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

On its 73rd Independence Day, Israel’s population hits 9.3 million

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Ahead of Israel’s 72nd Independence Day, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) has published the nation’s latest population figures. The Jewish state is home to 9,327,000 people, among them 6.894 million Jews (73.9 percent of...