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Concessions On Both Sides In City’s New Bris Policy

De Blasio drops consent form, Orthodox leaders agree to DNA testing for mohels suspected of giving babies herpes.

02/24/2015
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The de Blasio administration and a coalition of rabbinical leaders have seemingly met in the middle over the controversial circumcision ritual of metzitzah b’peh.

Each side has made concessions in the agreement, reached Tuesday, with the city dropping the parental consent form requirement and rabbinical leaders agreeing to ask mohels suspected of infecting infants with herpes following the ritual to undergo DNA testing that could lead to them being banned for life from the practice.

More than 100,000 chasidic and black hat Jews in Brooklyn believe a bris isn’t kosher without metzitzah b’peh. Getty Images
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Trial Provides Glimpse Into PA Funding for Terrorists

Testimony traces how the authority glorified — and paid — terrorists and their families.

02/24/2015
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Monday’s decision by a Manhattan federal jury ordering the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Liberation Organization to pay $655.5 million in damages for their part in six terror attacks between 2002 and 2004 that killed 33 and wounded 450 came after six weeks of testimony that shined a light on how the PA used financial rewards to encourage suicide bombings in Israel.

The case of female suicide bomber Wafa Idris, who appeared on this Time magazine cover, figured in the trial.  Content.time

Orthodox Groups Divided On New Pre-K Rules

Option to hold class six days a week called a good first step by some, unreasonable by others.

02/24/2015
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The de Blasio administration announced rule changes aimed at making it easier for Jewish schools to participate in its signature free universal preschool program. But Jewish organizations are divided on just how helpful these changes will be.

The city’s new rules will allow preschools to operate six days a week. But how many will want to?  Michael Datikash/JW

‘Gateway To The Community’

New Rochelle program for new moms seen as a point of connection.

02/24/2015
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The yoga class was perhaps not quite as tranquil as most. While the students stretched and twisted, there was the unmistakable background sound of crying and fussy babies.

Reaching a new constituency: “It’s nice to meet other moms,” says a BabyU participant.  Merri Rosenberg/JW

As PLO Victims Proclaim Justice, Collecting Millions May Be Elusive

Process likely to be complicated by political pressure, given PA’s standing.

02/24/2015
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The door has now been opened for a fresh look at pending civil suits in Israel against the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Liberation Organization — as well as possible new suits here — after a Manhattan federal jury Monday found the groups liable for six terror attacks in Israel between 2002 and 2004 that killed and injured Americans.

A Manhattan federal court verdict Monday holds the PA and the PLO liable for six attacks that killed 33 people. Getty Images
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Jeb Charting Path On Foreign Policy

Putative presidential candidate navigates between brother and father.

02/24/2015
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Washington — As clearly as Jeb Bush has stated that he does not want his foreign policy chops assessed against that of his brother — or his father — his choice in advisers has only made things murkier.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.Getty Images

Non-Orthodox Struggle For Place In Rockland

Bid to create an alternative to chasidic dominance. ‘It’s not just the bad stuff you read about in the papers,’ says federation leader.

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Ramapo, N.Y. — Between economic challenges and declining affiliation rates, it has been a rough few years for the non-Orthodox Jewish community in Rockland County.

New Square, an all-chasidic village in Rockland County, is one of many Orthodox hamlets in the area whose rapid growth has helpe

Senate Dems Ask Netanyahu For Private Meeting To Clear Bad Feelings

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Washington — Two top Senate Democrats urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet privately with the party caucus to alleviate bad blood arising out of his upcoming speech to Congress.

Hollande: Anti-Semites Have No Place In France

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French President Francois Hollande said the country would protect its Jews against rising anti-Semitism.

Trial Provides Glimpse Into PA Funding for Terrorists

Testimony traces how the authority glorified — and paid — terrorists and their families.

02/23/2015
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Monday’s decision by a Manhattan federal jury ordering the Palestinian Authority and the Palestinian Liberation Organization to pay $655.5 million in damages for their part in six terror attacks between 2002 and 2004 that killed 33 and wounded 450 came after six weeks of testimony that shined a light on how the PA used financial rewards to encourage suicide bombings in Israel.

The case was filed by 10 American families under the Anti-Terrorism Act, enacted following the Achille Lauro hijacking. This was the first trial to test the effectiveness of the law.

The PLO and PA were found liable for supporting six attacks in Manhattan Federal Court, above, on Monday. Getty Images
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