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“Judith with the Head of Holophernes” by Cristofano Allori, 1613, oil on canvas, from the Royal Collection in London. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

How Judith became a Hanukkah heroine

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Holding a sword in one hand and a severed head in the other, she is terrifying and beautiful, a personification of the feminine power to entice, destroy and redeem. This is Judith, a pious Jewish...
A Megillat Esther (“Scroll of Esther”) written by a 14-year-old Jewish girl from Rome was revealed in Israel and will be auctioned off in Jerusalem, November 2021. Credit: Kedem Auction House.

Scroll of Esther written by 14-year-old Italian girl to be auctioned off in Jerusalem

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A Megillat Esther (“Scroll of Esther”) written by a 14-year-old Jewish girl from Rome was revealed this week in Jerusalem. The discovery, especially significant as Scrolls of Esther inscribed during that time period by women are few...
A Jewish-owned shop in Luxembourg before the Holocaust. Credit: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Luxembourg to distribute $1.1 million in restitution to Holocaust survivors

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The World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) announced that the Claims Conference has begun allocating $1.1 million to Holocaust survivors who are currently living in or were persecuted by German Nazis or their allies in...
A Ben & Jerry's ice-cream shop in Australia. Credit: Enchanted_Fairy/Shutterstock.

Republican attorneys general discuss countering Ben & Jerry’s boycott against Israel

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Representatives from 11 Republican state attorney general offices in the United States met in Washington, D.C., this week to discuss how to address Ben & Jerry’s refusal to sell products in the West Bank...
U.S. House of Representatives building and the East Portico of the U.S. Capitol. Credit: Flickr.

Bipartisan lawmakers endorse bill to thwart funding Hamas via cryptocurrency

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A bill aimed to cut off funding of the Hamas terror group that rules the Gaza Strip was endorsed on Wednesday by the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus. The Hamas International Financing Prevention Act would create sanctions...
Experts from the European Union, Egypt, Germany, Israel, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco in the second part of “Regional Climate Innovation Roundtables,” focusing on food security amid desertification in the Middle East, Nov. 16, 2021. Credit: Courtesy.

EU roundtables focuses on desertification, food security across Middle East

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Representatives from the European Union, the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, and Frontier RNG met on Tuesday as part of  “Regional Climate Innovation Roundtables” on food security in the face of desertification with...
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz at a meeting of the Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee in Jerusalem on Oct. 19, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israeli defense minister’s house cleaner arrested on suspicion of espionage

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An individual who worked as a cleaner at Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s home was arrested earlier this month on suspicions of espionage, it was cleared for publication on Thursday. According to the Israel Security...
Miss Universe Andrea Meza from Mexico. Source: Twitter.

Reigning ‘Miss Universe’ rejects calls to boycott Israel-hosted pageant

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The reigning “Miss Universe” came out on Wednesday against the pressure on contestants to boycott the beauty pageant, which is being held for the first time in Israel next month. “Everyone with different beliefs, with different backgrounds,...
A Palestinian stands on a truck loaded with bags of cement after entering the southern Gaza Strip from Israel through the Kerem Shalom crossing in Rafah on May 23, 2016. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/ Flash90.

Qatar, Egypt agree to supply fuel, basic building materials to Gaza Strip

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Qatar and Egypt have signed agreements “to supply fuel and basic building materials for the Gaza Strip,” Qatar’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sultan bin Saad Al Muraikhi made the announcement during...
Steel dies used by Nazi Germany to tattoo numbers on Jewish prisoners' arms during the Second World War. Photo: Yehonatan Shaul.

Owner of controversial Nazi tattoo kit to donate it to Holocaust museum

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The anonymous owner of a tattoo kit said to have been used on prisoners in the Auschwitz death camp informed an Israeli court on Thursday that he plans to donate it to the Haifa...