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Daily Archives: June 15, 2021

Jewish Stories Are Everywhere — Especially in Books

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It’s my joy to review for this publication many current books — especially memoirs, biographies, and novels — but occasionally when there are none left on the pile to review, I have the opportunity...

Verter fun der Vokh – World Blood Donor Day

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העלפֿט‮ ראַטעווען עמעצן ‮דאָס לעבן – גיט בלוט אויב איר‮ קענט נאָר, און וואָס‮ אָפֿטער! Help to save someone’s life – give blood if you possibly can, as often as you can! anemia: די אַנעמיע; די/דאָס בלוטאָרעמקײט antigen: דער אַנטיגען, ־⁠ען apheresis: דער אַפֿערעז blood bank: די...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (front row, left), Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (front row, right) and Israeli ministers pose for a group photo of the newly sworn-in Israeli government, at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on June 14, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Recovery from Netanyahu withdrawal won’t be easy

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If the tone of discourse in the Knesset during the session in which Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his “government of change” were legally confirmed seemed intemperate and unnecessarily hysterical, it’s hardly surprising. The culture...
Yahya Sinwar, leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, at a Hamas rally in Beit Lahiya, May 30, 2021. Photo by Atia Mohammed/Flash90.

Hamas’s goals, strategy and miscalculations

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The conflict between Hamas and Israel last month was provoked by the terror group to achieve a series of political goals, on the domestic front, in the regional theater, in the international domain and...
Canadian flag. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Damage to kosher restaurant in Montreal one of multiple hate crimes in 2021

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A kosher restaurant in Montreal is temporarily closed after it was vandalized on Sunday night in what is believed to be a hate crime. According to a press release issued by B’nai Brith Canada, “On...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett seen after a group photo of the newly sworn-in Israeli government, at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on June 14, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Jewish, pro-Israel organizations welcome Israeli government, offer words of support

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Following a vote of confidence in the Knesset on Sunday, leaders from organizations with an interest in Israel from the United States and around the world sent congratulations to the new democratically elected Israeli...
Israeli Minister of Finance Avigdor Lieberman arrives at the President's Residence in Jerusalem for a group photo of the newly sworn-in Israeli government, June 14, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israeli Finance Minister Lieberman describes budget as ‘national task’

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Israeli Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman met on Monday with key members of his staff for an initial discussion on formulating a two-year state budget for 2021-22. Noting that passing a budget would be a critical...
Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Credit: Alessio Cozzani/Shutterstock.

Harvard petition supporting Israel, Jewish community gets hundreds of signatures

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More than 900 Harvard University students, faculty members and affiliates have signed a petition “in support of Israel and the Jewish community.” The “Harvard Israel Initiative,” which as of Tuesday afternoon had garnered 905 signatures and counting,...
Shoppers at a supermarket in Tel Aviv on June 14, 2021, after the Israeli Health Ministry announced the end of the obligation to wear a mask in closed public places. Photo by Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90.

Israel lifts indoor mask requirement as COVID-19 recedes

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Israel lifted its indoor mask requirement on Tuesday, taking another step towards returning to life pre-COVID-19. According to the Israeli Health Ministry, masks will still be required for employees and guests at elder-care facilities who...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, President Reuven Rivlin and ministers pose for a group photo of the country's 36th government, at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, June 14, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Nine ‘firsts’ you should know about Israel’s new government

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For the first time in 12 years, Israel’s Likud Party and its head, Benjamin Netanyahu, have moved from the prime minister’s seat to the opposition in the Knesset. The new government, sworn in Sunday night,...