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Protestant ‘Empathy’ For Israel Is War Gain

Some of Jewish state’s toughest critics come away from interfaith visit to Jerusalem with more nuanced views.

08/13/2014
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A faculty member at the McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, Rev. David Garber, a Baptist, traveled to Israel last month, during the height of Israel’s war against Hamas in Gaza, feeling troubled by the “asymmetrical power structure in the current conflict and the asymmetrical loss of civilian life.”

Brian Rainey, left, says recent week of ecumenical learning in Jerusalem gave him insight. Courtesy of SHI

Hamas Terror Trial Opens In Brooklyn

Arab Bank is target in first-ever suit against an institution under Anti-Terrorism Act.

08/13/2014
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Hamas, the Islamic terrorist organization that has waged a month-long war against Israel in the Gaza Strip, is now under legal attack in a Brooklyn courtroom.

Scene of the 2001 Sbarro’s massacre in Jerusalem, which figures in the Arab Bank trial. Wikimedia Commons

Abuse Advocates Weigh In On Thompson

After release of Orthodox suspects’ names, Brooklyn DA gets mixed reviews.

08/13/2014
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When Kenneth Thompson unseated longtime Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes last November, advocates for Jewish victims of sex abuse were jubilant.

Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson. Getty Images
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Clash Of Views Over Shooting Of Rabbi

Lubavitch community believes Rabbi Raksin’s death, contrary to early evidence, is a hate crime.

08/13/2014
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Hate crime or robbery gone tragically bad?

In the wake of the murder last week in North Miami Beach of Rabbi Yosef Raksin, 60, a Brooklyn-based member of the Chabad-Lubavitch chasidic movement who was shot to death on his way to shul, there is no clear-cut consensus in the Jewish community.

Hundreds of mourners escorted the hearse bearing the body of Rabbi Yosef Raksin  in Crown Heights. Via Chabad.org

The Lone Women Of The IDF

Of the 108 lone soldiers who made aliyah this week, half are women; criticism of IDF on their minds.

08/12/2014
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Alissa Neubauer, wearing a white tank top, leggings and a thin silver nose-ring, stood in the sprawling baggage check-in line at JFK with her mother and grandmother. While her mother manned the luggage cart piled high with duffels, her grandmother held tightly onto her granddaughter’s arm while crying softly into a tissue.

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Husband Of Rivky Stein Fails To Show For Get Proceedings

08/08/2014
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The husband of Rivky Stein, a New York Jewish woman who launched a social media campaign to attain a religious divorce, did not appear at the religious court as promised.

Ebbing Support For Israel Among Key Groups Stirring Alarm

08/07/2014
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Washington – If the results of a recent focus group and polls are any indication, the gap is growing between Congress and young Americans when it comes to support for Israel.

Hasidic Girl Band Bans Men From Shows

The Bulletproof Stockings score their biggest gig yet--no boys allowed.

08/07/2014
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It’s girls’ night out, no boys allowed.

That’s what the sign over the Lower East side rock venue, Arlene’s Grocery, will read tonight, when the Hasidic all-girl rock band Bulletproof Stockings hits the stage.

All-girl rock Hasidic rockband Bulletproof Stockings performs at Yeshiva University's Stern College. YUObserver.org

Comic Shelter From The Storm

Three N.Y. comics bring their act to troops on Gaza border.

08/05/2014
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Just don’t bomb.

The pre-gig mantra of every comedian from Teaneck to Tel Aviv took on an eerie double meaning late last month for three New York comics who took their act to Israel Defense Forces troops stationed near the Gaza border.

Benji Lovitt performing for IDF soldiers in Ashkelon. Below, right, comics Ari Teman, Lovitt and Danny Cohen. Courtesy of FIDF

Senator To Talk Up Public Service

As professor next year, Lieberman wants to ‘convince more students to get involved.’

07/31/2014
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Two years after he ended four decades as an elected official, and a year after he co-taught a course at the Columbia University Law School about the role of Congress in American foreign policy, Joseph Lieberman is adding another entry to his post-Senate resume.

Joe Lieberman at a Homeland Security Department event honoring him in 2012, shortly before leaving the Senate. Getty Images
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