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Businessman Elisha Wiesel, the son of Holocaust survivor, human-rights activist and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, speaking at the Washington National Cathedral on Oct. 12, 2021 Source: Screenshot.

Honoring his father’s story, Elisha Wiesel sees fighting anti-Semitism inextricably linked to Zionism

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The late Holocaust survivor, human-rights activist and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel became the first modern Jew to have a bust of his face sculpted into the stonework of the Washington National Cathedral’s Human Rights...
Challah-baking in Sydney, Australia, with the Shabbat Project in 2014. Credit: The Shabbat Project.

Shabbat Project returns in-person globally with new energy, opportunities

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After nearly two years of being apart, participants of the international Shabbat Project in more than 1,500 cities and 109 countries worldwide will return to the annual initiative’s in-person Shabbat experiences from Oct. 22-23. Following last year’s...
The “Luzzatto High Holiday Mahzor” was purchased at auction by an anonymous American collector on Oct. 19, 2021. Credit: Sotheby's.

Ancient Jewish prayer book sells for record-breaking $8.3 million

A medieval Jewish prayer book sold for $8.3 million at the Sotheby’s auction house on Tuesday, fetching the highest price ever paid for a Hebrew manuscript. Known as the Luzzatto High Holiday Mahzor, the rare book is named...
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Biden’s bungled border security is a national security crisis

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If I lived in poverty under an oppressive government in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, or Asia, I’d want to go to the United States. So I can’t criticize those hundreds of thousands...
Mayim Bialik. Credit: Storm Santos.

Is Mayim Bialik too Jewish for ‘Jeopardy’?

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It may turn out that a lot of Americans are devoting as much thought to the question of who will ultimately succeed the late Alex Trebek as the host of “Jeopardy!” than they do...
NASA released photos of the crash area by SpaceIL's “Beresheet” spacecraft, which failed to land on the moon, April 11, 2019. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University.

Israel, UAE sign agreement to partner on mission to moon in 2024

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Israel and the United Arab Emirates signed an agreement on Wednesday to cooperate on space exploration—specifically, on the “Beresheet 2” mission to the moon scheduled to launch in 2024. “Beresheet 2” is planning to become...
A view of the entrance to George Washington High School in southeast Denver, taken in spring of 2008. Credit: J. Pock via Wikimedia Commons.

Vandals deface two schools in Denver with anti-Semitic, racist graffiti

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Police units in Denver are searching for the person or person who defaced a public school with swastikas and anti-Semitic, racist and homophobic messages over the weekend, as well as those responsible for the...
Syrian security forces inspect the site of the explosion on a bus in central Damascus, Oct. 20, 2021. Source: Twitter/Sky News.

At least 14 Iranian officers killed in double Damascus bus blast

At least 14 people were killed and several others were wounded in central Damascus on Wednesday morning in an explosion on a Syrian military bus, Syrian state TV reported. According to additional reports from Syrian...
Palestinian laborers with work permits arrive at an Israeli checkpoint to receive a COVID-19 vaccine shot in a temporary medical facility on March 9, 2021 in Jerusalem. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Israel to allow 3,000 more work permits for Palestinians from Gaza Strip

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Israel announced on Wednesday that it is issuing work permits for 3,000 Palestinians from the Gaza Strip to enter the country, bringing the total to 10,000. COGAT, the Israeli defense body that controls Palestinian civil...

Orthodox Jew inaugurated as honorary consul of new Hungarian consulate in Brussels

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A Hungarian consulate just opened in Antwerp with Orthodox Jew Ari Epstein inaugurated as its honorary consul. Epstein, a law and INSEAD business-school graduate, is charged with promoting bilateral relations between Hungary and Belgium,...