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New Effort To End Agunot Crisis

A haredi jurist is backing a rabbinic court that will address the problem of husbands who won't grant divorces.

12/09/2013
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In what appears to be a major breakthrough in the long, tortuous effort to solve the problem of agunot (or, chained wives), an international bet din (religious court) is in formation, headed by a highly respected Orthodox rabbi, with the goal of freeing women trapped in broken marriages.

Blu Greenberg at the JOFA conference where the formation of the new rabbinic court was made public. Photo courtesy JOFA

Netanyahu To Skip Mandela Memorial

12/09/2013
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JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not attend a memorial service in South Africa for Nelson Mandela due to the high cost of transportation and security.

Legacy Of A Jewish Apartheid Foe Comes Under Attack

12/06/2013
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As the deteriorating health of Nelson Mandela, the first president of post-apartheid South Africa, dominated citizens’ thoughts and newspaper headlines in recent months, the legacy of another opponent of the country’s former policy of racial discrimination became the subject of debate.

Jewish Leaders Mourn 'Modern-Day Prophet'

Support for PLO didn't diminish Mandela's stature, says ADL.

12/06/2013
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The international Jewish community praised former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at 95 in his Johannesburg home.

Israeli President Shimon Peres called Mandela “a great leader who changed the course of history. He was a passionate advocate for democracy, a respected mediator, a Nobel peace prize laureate and above all a builder of bridges of peace and dialogue who paid a heavy personal price for his struggle in the years he spent in prison and fighting for his people.”

Nelson Mandela Dies At 95

12/05/2013
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Nelson Mandela, the revolutionary South African leader who forged close ties with his country’s Jews in his fight to dismantle the apartheid regime, has died.

Mandela’s Complex Jewish Ties

South African leader's long relationship with community veered between supportive and hostile.

12/05/2013
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Nelson Mandela’s amazing attitude of reconciliation after his release in 1990 from 27 years in prison reassured very nervous South African Jews — and whites generally — that after living with “packed suitcases under the bed” during apartheid, they had a future here after all.

Mandela: Supported Israel, but was closer to the Palestinians. Getty Images

Final Iran Deal Could Include Enrichment, White House Says

12/04/2013
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WASHINGTON — A final deal with Iran on its nuclear program could include a capacity for uranium enrichment, the White House said.

Israeli Medical Team Leaves Phillipines After Treating More Than 3,000

11/26/2013
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The Israel Defense Forces emergency medical team left  the Philippines 11 days after arriving there to aid typhoon victims.

The 148-person medical team vacated the IDF’s emergency field hospital in Bogo City on Monday after treating more than 3,000 patients, including 800 children, according to the IDF spokesperson. The team also conducted 52 surgeries and delivered 36 babies.

Lt. Shai Brovender with newborn delivered with help of medical team. Photo courtesy IDF

17th-Century Haggadah Found In Food Container Sells At Auction

11/25/2013
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Truly, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Iran, Major Powers Achieve Interim Deal On Nuclear Program

Deal “a historic mistake,” Netanyahu says.

11/24/2013
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Iran and the major powers achieved an interim deal to freeze some nuclear activity in exchange for some sanctions relief.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, shakes hands with Secretary of State John Kerry Nov. 24. Getty Images
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