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From left: David Benaym, Noam Leibman and Rudy Rochman in Nigeria. Credit: “We Were Never Lost.”

How three Israeli filmmakers wound up becoming the story in Africa

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Three Israeli documentary filmmakers arrived home safely from Nigeria at the end of last week, after what they described as 20 “hellish days” detained under inhumane conditions by the government’s Department of State Services (DSS)...

Adventures in Yiddishland. Postvernacular Language and Culture by Jeffrey Shandler

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Adventures in Yiddishland examines the transformation of Yiddish in the six decades since the Holocaust, tracing its shift from the language of daily life for millions of Jews to what the author terms a...

Una de las mas antiguas mikves

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En SICILIA - SYRACUSA se deskuvriyo una de las mas antiguas mikves de Europa... Era en el anyo 1999. Un lugar absolutamente sorprendente i muy misteryozo por diszir la verdad.... El mikve se topa en...
Iran's president-elect Ebrahim Raisi. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The Biden administration has a Raisi problem

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Ebrahim Raisi will be sworn in as the eighth president of the Islamic Republic on Thursday. According to the Iranian press, dozens of foreign delegations will attend the ceremony in Tehran, even amid a...
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Delta News Hub.

Why Cuomo will resign: He endorsed the investigation that found him guilty

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Five months ago, with his back to the wall and facing calls from his own allies to resign, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had a ready answer to the accusations of sexual misconduct that...
Shontel Brown. Credit: Shontel Brown/Facebook.

Pro-Israel voters likely tipped scales in favor of Shontel Brown’s ‘stunning upset’ in Ohio,...

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Pro-Israel and establishment Democrats secured a major victory on Tuesday as their favored candidate, Cuyahoga County council member Shontel Brown, handily defeated former State Sen. Nina Turner on Tuesday to become the Democratic Party’s...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett leads a Cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, Aug. 1, 2021. Photo by Emil Salman/Flash90.

In face of Delta variant, Israel reverts to stringent COVID-19 restrictions

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Israel’s ministerial committee approved new restrictions on fighting the spread of COVID-19, announced the Prime Minister’s Office on Wednesday. They are set to be instituted on Aug. 8 as a result of the uptick in...
Wendy Sherman signs her appointment papers to become the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State at a ceremony at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 2021. Credit: State Department Photo by Mark Stewart.

Incoming Israeli national security adviser meets with US counterparts

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Eyal Hulata, the incoming Israeli national security adviser, met with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman on Tuesday, during which, according to a U.S. State Department readout of the meeting, the two discussed a number of...
Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Gilad Erdan, in his first address to the Security Council, Oct. 26, 2020. Source: Facebook/Gilad Erdan.

Israel’s UN envoy demands Security Council sanction Iran for maritime attack

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Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan called on Tuesday for the U.N. Security Council to “condemn and sanction” Iran over an attack on an Israeli-managed oil tanker in the Arabian Sea on July 29. “Iran’s...
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan speaks at a webinar, “A Festival of Hate: How to Defeat the Durban Strategy—A Primary Vector of 21st Century Anti-Semitism,” Aug. 3, 2021. Source: Twitter.

Erdan, Cotler decry upcoming UN Durban commemoration

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Ahead of the United Nations commemoration next month of the 20th anniversary of the Durban Declaration, the Combat Anti-Semitism Movement (CAM) held a webinar on Tuesday to decry the participation of members states at the event,...