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Gotta Love Those Israeli Rabbis

I will never again pull an all-nighter, or even half-nighter, if I can help it!

Last night, I was up past 1 a.m. trying to finish writing an article about Israel education and advocacy in the United States. Whenever I write about Israel, my head starts spinning and my own opinions dart all over the ideological spectrum depending on what I’ve read most recently.

This morning, I dragged myself out of bed with a headache that no amount of caffeine can remedy, a complete incapacity for thinking clearly about anything, and the joy of this delightful headline: “Dozens of Israeli rabbis forbid renting to gentiles.”

WikiLeaks: U.S. Accuses Syria of Arming Hezbollah

12/06/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The United States accused Syria of arming Hezbollah with advanced ballistic missiles, a new document released by WikiLeaks showed.

The document was released by the site Tuesday, the same day that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange turned himself in to London police and was arrested under a European Arrest Warrant over allegations of sex crimes in Sweden. Assange was denied bail by a British court .

Dozens of Israeli Rabbis Forbid Renting to Gentiles

12/06/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Dozens of Israel's municipal chief rabbis have signed on to a religious ruling that forbids renting homes to gentiles, and more specifically to Arabs.

Downtrodden Anne Pollard Brought to Israel for Help

12/05/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The former wife of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard was brought to Israel for assistance.

Anne Pollard and her elderly father arrived in Israel on Monday after being found living in a one-bedroom apartment in New York in dire financial and physical condition.

Pollard reportedly called the Israeli Consulate in New York requesting help and saying that she had not eaten in six days. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, upon being apprised of the situation, ordered her to be taken care of.

After Israel’s Deadly Fire, Mourning, Vows to Rebuild and Finger Pointing

12/05/2010 - 19:00
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JERUSALEM (JTA) -- In the aftermath of the deadliest fire in Israel’s history, Israelis this week set to the task of burying the dead, cleaning up and figuring out what exactly went wrong -- and who is to blame.

Mike Huckabee At Bet El Dinner

12/05/2010 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Former Arkansas governor and 2008 Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee got a standing ovation when Dr. Joseph Frager introduced him at the 28th annual dinner of American Friends of Bet El Yeshiva Center on Dec. 5.

“I’ve never had that kind of reception from Baptists, so I am very glad to be here,” the former Baptist minister, Arkansas governor and presidential aspirant said.

“I think Joe announced my candidacy for president. Thank you Joe, but I’m not yet ready to do so.”

Rabbi Dr. Richard Weiss, wife Sandy and daughter Eliana with Mike Huckabee and Eugen Gluck at a Bet El dinner. Photo by Tim Boxe

DiCaprio Converting to Judaism?

12/05/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) -- Leonardo DiCaprio is rumored to be considering converting to Judaism for his longtime girlfriend, Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli.

The possible conversion by DiCaprio, a non-practicing Catholic, is a sign that the popular American actor and Refaeli will marry, the Daily Mail reported Sunday.

"Leo’s sudden intense interest in Israel, its culture and religion is the clearest sign yet that he intends to marry Bar," said an anonymous source quoted in the London newspaper.

Israeli Lebanon War Movie Wins European Film Award

12/05/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An Israeli war movie about the First Lebanon War won two awards at the European Film Awards.

"Lebanon," based on director Samuel Maoz' memories as a tank gunner during the war, won the discovery award for the director and an award for cinematography at the awards ceremony in Tallinn, Estonia, on Saturday.

Despite Fire Aid, Turkey Expects Israeli Apology for Gaza Flotilla Raid

12/05/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Turkey still expects an apology from Israel for its interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla that led to the deaths of nine Turkish nationals, despite its assistance during Israel's recent massive fire.

Turkey sent firefighting assistance to Israel over the weekend to help control the forest fire in Israel's north that killed 42 people. But Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said Sunday that Turkey still demands an apology for the raid on the Mavi Marmara, and that Israel pay damages to the families of those killed and wounded.

Carmel Fire Death Toll Rises

12/05/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The number of Israelis killed in a massive fire in the Carmel Forest rose to 42 with the death of Haifa Police Chief Ahuva Tomer, who died trying to save fire victims.

Tomer, the highest ranking female police officer in the Israel Police, died Monday. She was burned over 90 percent of her body last week, after trying to assist prison guard cadets riding in a bus that caught fire while on its way to evacuate a prison in the path of the blaze. Most of the bus' passengers died in the fire, as well as three volunteer rescuers.

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