Thursday, January 23, 2020

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Iranian Troops Join Russians in Syria Fighting

Israeli security sources claim Quds Force sending hundreds of elite troops in unprecedented cooperation with Russia to save embattled Syrian regime.

Qasem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s elite Quds Force, has sent hundreds of ground soldiers into Syria in the past few days,

New Survey Finds That Israel’s Progressive Jews Are Equal in Number to Haredi Jews

(Tazpit) A statistical survey conducted by Smith Consulting Co. for the NGO, “Hiddush—For Religious Freedom and Equality” has revealed the changes in the  distribution of Israeli Jewish citizens according to the different religious denominations they identify with.

The Hiddush NGO publishes its

City of Jerusalem Preparing for Historic Hakhel Gathering on Sukkot Holiday

Jerusalem—The annual celebration of Sukkot is always a magical experience in Israel’s capital. Between haggling for the arba minim (four species) in the shuk, joining Chasidic simchat bet hasho’eva celebrations in Me’ah She’arim, attending the annual birkat hakohanim (priestly blessing) along with thousands of

Senate Math Gives Iran Deal Foes a Choice: Keep Opposing, or Start Enforcing

When she became the 34th U.S. senator to publicly support the Iran nuclear deal, thereby stripping Congress of its power to block the Obama administration-brokered accord, Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) altered the political calculus for the deal’s opponents. This is even despite Sen. Ben Cardin, her state’s junior senator,

World News Briefs

Dutch Holocaust Survivors Robbed and Beaten

(JNS.org) An elderly Jewish couple spoke publicly this week regarding the robbery and beating they suffered in their home in Amsterdam on August 4, in what is now being referred to as an anti-Semitic attack. Shmuel (87) and Diana (86) Blog,

Israel’s Farmers Need Help to Complete ‘Eighth Year’ of Shmitah Cycle

Many people assume that Shmitah, the Torah-mandated sabbatical year during which planting, harvesting and other agricultural activities are prohibited in the Land of Israel, is a 12 month endeavor, beginning with Rosh Hashanah of the seventh year and concluding with Rosh Hashanah of the eighth

Jews of Russia’s Volga Region Gather to Rededicate Synagogue

In Kazan, the capital of the Tatarstan Republic, the largest Jewish event of the year is about to begin, this September 3–6, drawing hundreds of Jews from throughout the greater Volga and Urals area, including Kazan, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod, Chelyabinsk and Yekaterinburg—which together comprise the third-largest Jewish

Understanding the ‘Lone Wolf Terrorism’ in Israel

There was an interesting twist to news media coverage of the most recent Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israelis.

The stabbings, car-rammings and other Arab attacks were “isolated” incidents, the Associated Press declared. New York Times correspondent Diaa Hadid emphasized, in the second

NY and CT Leaders Divided on Iran Deal

Members of Congress still have about three weeks remaining, until September 17, to consider their votes on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement made among the P5+1. Some elected officials have already come out strongly with how they plan to vote, while others have been reticent about stating a

World News Briefs

Matisyahu Faces Down BDS and Rocks Spanish Festival

(haaretz.com) An American Jewish musician, who was controversially bared from a reggae festival in Spain before being invited back to play, performed to catcalls from some pro-Palestinian protesters on Sunday, though the

Congressman Eliot Engel Discusses Freedom of Religion in Kosovo

Congressman Eliot Engel visited the Kosovo Foreign Ministry in late June to discuss freedom of religion with Christian, Muslim and Jewish community leaders. The group, InterFaith Kosovo, is the inspiration of Deputy Foreign Minister Petrit Selimi. Together with Congressman Engel, these community leaders discussed their

New Circumstances Demand New Halachic Views: A Response to Rabbi Mordechai Willig

The recent piece (“Trampled Laws,” originally published by Torahweb.org and reprinted by the Jewish Link of NJ on August 13, 2013) by Rabbi Mordechai Willig, which lamented Open Orthodoxy and traced its rise back to the revolution in women’s Torah study over the past decades, is worthy of serious thought from numerous perspectives.

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