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Pope To Visit Israel In May

01/08/2014
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Pope Francis will visit Israel in May as well as Jordan and the West Bank.

The pontiff made the formal announcement of his long-anticipated trip from his Vatican window before a crowd who had gathered in St. Peter’s Square on a rainy Sunday.

Kerry Leaves Israel Without Agreement

01/08/2014
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 Israel published plans to build nearly 300 West Bank apartments as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up a visit to the Middle East without an official framework agreement between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators.

Discovering Holy Blue

01/07/2014
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A spiny, 3-inch snail made big news in Jerusalem the other day.

During an all-day conference at the Begin Heritage Center, some 350 people heard lectures by an all-star international lineup — including rabbis and scientists, lawyers and political leaders — discussing the murex trunculus, and what comes out of it.

Ptil Tekhelet

Why Recognition Of Jewish State Is Fundamental To Peace

01/07/2014
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has apparently bought into Jerusalem’s demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state — not as a precondition to peace negotiations, which are well under way again, but as a necessary outcome of them. A senior Palestinian official reportedly dismissed this position cavalierly, comparing it to recognition of America as a state of white Christians. Usually, one hears a more sophisticated and nuanced response from Palestinian leaders, namely, that it is not up to them, but rather up to the Israeli people to define the nature of their state.

Martin Raffel

Ari Lesser- Israel Apartheid?

Hip hop Israel defender Ari Lesser takes on the Israel-apartheid comparison used by Jimmy Carter and others. "If you think that's apartheid it's because/You don't know what Apartheid really was."  Please see Alan Zeitlin's recent interview with Ari Lesser here.

In A First, Reform Rabbis On Israel's Payroll

01/03/2014
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Israeli government money was transferred for the first time to the Reform Movement in Israel to pay the salaries of four community Reform rabbis.

The transfer of the more than $86,000 on Wednesday comes 18 months after Israel’s Supreme Court approved an arrangement to enable non-Orthodox rabbis who lead congregations to receive state salaries like their Orthodox counterparts.

Rabbi Miri Gold: Sued Israeli government for funding access.

Wiesenthal Center Lists Top 10 Anti-Jewish Slurs Of 2013

01/02/2014
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Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is number one on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s list of Top Ten Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs.

Referring to Israel as the “rabid dog in the region,” Khamenei also said: “Its leaders look like beasts and cannot be called human,” according to the list released on Tuesday.

Every Move A Gamble

Three key interrelated efforts are underway on Iran, Syria and Israeli-Palestinian peace.

12/31/2013
Editor And Publisher
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At the outset of this new year, I’m reminded of the line from “All About Eve,” the classic 1950 film about ambition and betrayal on Broadway: “Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”

Gary Rosenblatt

The Year Ahead: Jewish Security in Europe

12/31/2013
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Is Europe becoming, for the first time since the 1930s, a place that is inhospitable to Jews? American Jews should pay attention in 2014 to four discrete anti-Jewish expressions.

The Year Inclusiveness Prevailed

Forget the Pew naysayers: A new, big-tent kind of Jewish community is being forged.

12/31/2013
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The year gone by was a very good one for the Jewish people — and an even better one for the Jewish Message.

Joshua Hammerman
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