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Macron visits Holocaust Memorial a week before presidential run-off

French centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron visited the Holocaust Memorial in Paris on Sunday, one week before he faces off against far right leader Marine Le Pen in the country’s presidential election. Amid worries about rising nationalism, and on the day France remembers thousands of Jews who were deported to Nazi death camps, Macron warned the […]

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Weekly Torah portion: Tazriah

Look at It, but Not at Him! Look at Him, but Not at It! By Rabbi Yaakov Marks SAN DIEGO — Tzoraas is a misunderstood phenomenon. The Torah describes it as various discolorations that can happen to clothing, houses, or a person’s body. A trained Cohen examined the object or person and depending on the […]

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The Conservative member of parliament who went all the way for Israel

Though British MP Andrew Percy always had an affinity for the Jewish state, he didn’t imagine that it could be more than that — until he converted to Judaism By Jenni Frazer LONDON — Andrew Percy is a successful Conservative politician. He’s a Member of Parliament and Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, a campaign to […]

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CBI will honor Berk, Bernstein and Mills on May 6

SAN DIEGO  (Press Release) — Beth Israel will celebrate three honorees at its annual fundraiser this year, Eat, Pray, Sing!.  Rabbi Michael Berk will be honored for his ten years of dedicated service as Senior Rabbi, Rabbi/Cantor Arlene Bernstein will be recognized for 20 years of service as cantor and most recently as rabbi as well, and […]

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Genizah treasures to go on exhibit

CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND (Press Release)– Treasures from the world’s largest and most important collection of medieval Jewish manuscripts – chronicling 1,000 years of history in Old Cairo – will go on display in Cambridge this week for a six-month-long exhibition at Cambridge University Library. Discarded History: The Genizah of Medieval Cairo opens to the public on […]

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Jerusalem hotels: Unlikely hotbeds of furtive, meticulous romance

In lobbies throughout the capital, young ultra-Orthodox men and women sit down every evening to participate in a carefully rehearsed dating ritual By Tracy Frydberg Just inside the ornate glass doors stands a cluster of modestly dressed young women, not too overtly scanning the crowd. The objects of their attentions are sitting restlessly in the […]

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Who will tell their stories? “We will!” students answer

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – One of the nightmarish questions we Jews ask ourselves is “After all the Holocaust survivors have passed on, who will tell their stories?” Following a Havdalah service on Saturday night at Tifereth Israel Synagogue, a group of pre-teens and teens affirmed in unison: “When they are gone, we […]

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Thousands pray at Joshua’s tomb

More than 8,000 Jews arrived Thursday night to pray at the tomb of the Biblical Prophet Joshua the son of Nun in the Samaria town of Kifl Hares. Among the worshipers were 250 immigrants from France, the prayer was organized by the director of the Samaria Regional Council’s holy sites division. The worshipers were accompanied […]

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Visiting Jerusalem during Passover, Easter

By Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal EN ROUTE TO SAN DIEGO — I am writing this onboard a Swissair flight to Los Angeles. After we arrive at LAX we will pick up a rental car and drive to San Diego. (I understand why it is more economical to fly out of LAX, but it is nevertheless frustrating.) Every […]

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Netanyahu faces coalition anger over Israeli court’s Shabbat ruling

Tel Aviv (dpa) – A Supreme Court ruling in Israel allowing some shops to remain open on the Jewish Shabbat has prompted anger from within Prime Minister Netanyahu’s ruling coalition, local media reported Thursday. About 160 shops in Tel Aviv, a highly secular coastal city, can remain open on the Jewish Shabbat according to the […]

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‘If there is danger to life, it is an obligation to force-feed’

The hunger strike now being held by jailed terrorists comes with various ramifications, starting with the expected rioting on Palestinian streets and possibly beyond, and extending to the question of the Israeli government”s ability to stand up to this sort of struggle. Among other things, a hunger strike like this leads to the question of […]

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25,000 Jews celebrate Passover in the Patriarchs’ city

Over 25,000 Jews visited the Patriarchs’ city of Hevron over Pesach (Passover). The visitors toured various historical sites in the city, enjoyed the “Lagaat Banetzach” (literally, “to touch eternity”) exhibit, and were even able to visit rarely-open sites, such as the grave of the first Biblica Judge, Otniel ben Knaz and the ancient “Kasbah” neighborhood. […]

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Matzah is more fattening than you think

How is this bread different from all other breads? It contains almost twice as many calories By Times of Israel staff Matzah, eat with care. (photo credit: Sophie Gordon / Flash 90) It shouldn’t come as a surprise that people complain of weight gain of Passover, a festival defined by the eating of unleavened bread, […]

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Trump: ‘State of Israel a monument to Jews’ faith and endurance’

In his weekly speech on Friday, US President Donald Trump said, “This week, Jewish families across our country, and around the world, celebrate Passover and retell the story of God”s deliverance of the Jewish people. “The story of the Exodus is a story of freedom. It is the story of an incredible people who were […]

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