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SodaStream Reportedly Changes Some Labeling To ‘Made In The West Bank’


Jerusalem — SodaStream changed the labels on some of its products to note that they were manufactured in the West Bank, according to an international media group.

One Arab-Israeli Man Buys All The Government’s Chametz Each Year


Ever wonder how the Israeli government gets rid of its chametz, or leavened foods, at Passover?

Israel Details Requirements For Final Nuclear Deal With Iran


Jerusalem — Israel has created a list of modifications it says are needed in a final deal with Iran over its nuclear program.

By The Rivers Of Babylon

Passover, an ancient cuneiform tablet and the idea of exile.

Special To The Jewish Week

For weeks, I’ve been going about the usual get-rid-of-leavening-and-remove-sticky-gunk-from-telephone  Passover preparations.  I tossed out dried apricots that had fossilized in my cabinet, pulled old tissues out of coat pockets and discovered (woo-hoo!) a few crumpled dollar bills, and made a lengthy grocery list ranging from boxes of matzah meal to more dried apricots to purchase for my seder dinners.

A cuneiform tablet like this one is part of Bible Lands Museum show in Jerusalem. Wikimedia Commons

Rabbi Riskin Clarifies Remarks: Iran, Not Obama, Is Haman


Tel Aviv — Rabbi Shlomo Riskin reversed his comparison of President Barack Obama to Haman, saying instead that Iran is comparable to the Purim villain.

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Palestinian Authority Officially Joins International Criminal Court


The Palestinian Authority officially became a member of the International Criminal Court.
A ceremony was held at the Geneva court on Wednesday to mark the P.A.’s ascension.

In Rare Consensus, Israelis Wary Of Iran Deal

Emboldened Tehran would be more aggressive in the region.

Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — It’s rare to hear a consensus in Israel on a foreign policy debate, but on the question of a new nuclear deal with Iran, most politicians and analysts seem to be of a similar opinion: The deal is likely to turn out to be quite problematic from Israel’s perspective.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second from left, and other negotiators during a recent Iran talks session in Switzerland.

‘The Taste Of Freedom’

As a Soviet refusenik, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein never missed a Passover with matzah, even in the gulag.

Staff Writer

They weighed about a pound, came in a plain paper box that had stored sugar, looked like dried cookies and weren’t worth very much.

But to Yuli Edelstein they were priceless.

He would have kosher-for-Passover matzahs for Passover in the Siberian gulag that year, and in the next two years. Each year would be a new adventure, a new “miracle … always a happy ending,” he said.

After his release from the Russian gulag in 1987, Yuli Edelstein prayed at the western wall. Knesset Speaker’s Office

German Leftist Party Introduces Resolution To Recognize Palestinian State


A left-wing opposition party in the German parliament introduced a resolution to recognize a Palestinian state, a position opposed by the current governing coalition.

Israel Freezing Eastern Jerusalem Construction


Jerusalem — Israel is freezing the construction of 1,500 housing units in an eastern Jerusalem neighborhood.

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