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New Shabbos App Creates Uproar Among Orthodox Circles

Developers claim app will eliminate problems the iPhone poses on Shabbat, but rabbis don't buy it.

10/02/2014
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Don’t want to give up your iPhone on Shabbat? There’s an app for that.

Screen shot from Shabbos App's draft Kickstarter page. Via shabbosapp.com
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Reading The Tealeaves At The UN

Abbas attacks Israel, but Netanyahu’s mind elsewhere.

10/01/2014
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In the end, there was much to talk about at the U.N. General Assembly but few genuine surprises.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking this week at the UN General Assembly. Getty Images

Paula Abdul Invites You For Shabbos

Former American Idol judge says 'Yes!' to the Shabbos Project.

10/01/2014
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International singing star and former American Idol judge Paula Abdul just sent you a Shabbos invitation.

Paula Abdul commits to joining the Shabbos Project on Oct. 24-25. Getty Images

Survivors Can’t Get Justice In Hungary: Lawyers

In Chicago court, growing anti-Semitism cited in restitution cases.

10/01/2014
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In April, Hungary’s far-right Jobbik party — described by the president of the European Jewish Congress as an “unabashedly neo-Nazi party” — won more than 20 percent of the vote in Hungary’s parliamentary election.

Far-right Jobbik party leader Gabor Vona after winning 20 percent of the country's parliamentary election. Getty Images

Firebomb Thrown At Kiev’s Oldest Synagogue

09/30/2014
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Kiev’s oldest synagogue was the target of a firebomb that burst into flames outside the building.

At U.N., Abbas Attacks Israel, But Netanyahu’s Mind Elsewhere

09/30/2014
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In the end, there was much to talk about at the U.N. General Assembly but few genuine surprises.

Muslim Custom Puts All Ritual Slaughter At Risk, Belgium Official Says

09/29/2014
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The Muslim custom of killing sheep at temporary slaughterhouses jeopardizes all ritual slaughter in Belgium, a Cabinet minister there warned.

New YIVO Project Digitizes, Reunites Ransacked Pre-War Archive

Trove on Jewish life in Eastern Europe and Russia is going public.

09/29/2014
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Imagine 1,000 years of Jewish history at your fingertips.

The Vilna Project, a seven-year international effort to digitize YIVO’s pre-war archives, launched last week. Getty Images
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Whose Genocide Trumps Whose?

At Canada’s new human rights museum, the Holocaust gets special treatment, and not everyone is happy about it.

09/24/2014
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Toronto — On the fourth floor of the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights, visitors will find a gallery called “Examining the Holocaust,” which is devoted entirely to the story and lessons of the Shoah. On the same floor, in a smaller, adjacent space, a gallery called “Breaking the Silence” examines a cluster of five genocides officially recognized by the Canadian government: the Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia; the Armenian and Rwandan genocides; the Holodomor, or the starvation of millions of Ukrainians in the early 1930s; and, once again, the Holocaust.

Exterior of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, which opened lat week. JTA

Uman Fines Jewish Community For Pilgrims’ Unlicensed Tent City

09/24/2014
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Representatives of the Uman Jewish community in Ukraine paid the city approximately $15,000 in fines for erecting an unlicensed tent city for holiday pilgrims.

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