Swedish Province Will Ban Circumcision For Boys


A county in Sweden is planning to ban non-medical circumcision of boys, its commissioner said.

Elie Wiesel Calls For Tougher U.S. Stance Against Iran

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Iran must entirely dismantle its nuclear program and renounce its "genocidal intent" against Israel as a precondition for continued talks with the United States, Elie Weisel asserted in a full-page ad in The New York Times Wednesday.

Elie Wiesel: 'Regimes rooted in brutality must never be trusted."   Boston University

IDF Soldier Killed In 'Rogue' Attack At Lebanon Border


An Israeli soldier patrolling Israel’s border with Lebanon was killed by what is believed to be a rogue Lebanese soldier.

Master Sgt. Shlomi Cohen, 31, of Afula, was killed on Sunday night when the Lebanese soldier fired as many as seven shots from a pistol at an army  patrol near the Israeli army outpost at Rosh Hanikra.

No Traces Of Jewish FBI Agent In Iran


There are no traces in Iran of Robert Levinson, the retired American-Jewish FBI agent who vanished in the country six years ago, according to Iran’s foreign minister.

Report Says Robert Levinson, Who Disappeared In Iran, Was CIA Rogue


An American Jewish man who disappeared in Iran in 2007 had been working for the CIA in a rogue operation, an American newspaper reported.

Memorial To Gay Shoah Victims Inaugurated In Tel Aviv Park

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A municipal-funded memorial to gay victims of the Holocaust, both Jews and non-Jews, was inaugurated on Tuesday in Tel Aviv’s Meir Park, according to Haaretz. It is the country’s first.

‘Our Modern Joseph’

South African Chief Rabbi lauds Mandela at Jewish community memorial service.

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The Jewish community of Johannesburg paid tribute this week to the memory of former President Nelson Mandela, who died at 95 on Dec. 5.

Mandela’s Complex Jewish Ties

South African leader’s longtime relationship with Jewish commuity veered between supportive and hostile; close friendships with Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris, Helen Suzman.

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Nelson Mandela’s stunning 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 with Ann Harris at a Ma’Afrika Tikkun Project near Johannesburg. Ma’Afrika Tikkun

Israel, Jordan, Palestinians To Build Red-Dead Pipeline


Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority have unveiled plans to build a pipeline from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, according to the London Jewish Chronicle. Officials were due to sign an agreement today which will see the production of millions of cubic metres of drinking water for the arid region around the Dead Sea.

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.

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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
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