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French court returns WWII looted Pissarro painting to owner’s family

A French court on Tuesday ordered the return of a painting by impressionist master Camille Pissarro to the family of a Jewish art collector dispossessed during World War II. The court ruled in favour of the relatives of Simon Bauer, a wealthy businessman whose assets were seized in 1943 by the anti-Semitic wartime French government […]

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Rebbe Nachman coming to Israel?

Will one of the world”s most popular Jewish pilgrimage sites be relocated to Israel? Rebbe Nachman of Breslov, founder of the Breslov Hassidic movement, was buried in the Ukrainian town of Uman 207 years ago. Followers of Rebbe Nachman made regular pilgrimages to his tomb, though the annual tradition was largely abandoned during the Cold […]

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Spain Unveils Europe’s First Feminist Torah Scroll

A Spanish synagogue is unveiling Europe’s first feminist Torah scroll on Saturday, a move many Jews say signals major progress towards making Judaism more egalitarian. According to Orthodox Jewish law, only men are allowed to write a Torah scroll. And in many traditions women are forbidden from even reading the sacred texts. But Jewish women […]

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Popular satire TV show takes on the Torah

By Jessica Steinberg Jews are often known as the People of the Book, and now “Eretz Nehederet,” Keshet’s satire news show poking fun at anything Israeli, is taking on the Bible. Yes, that book. Comedian Shani Cohen is Sivan Rahav-Meir, a religious writer and speaker who is dressed modestly, with a wig and hairband. She […]

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Rabbi Yisrael Rosen, founder of chief rabbinate conversion program, dies aged 76

By TOI staff Rabbi Yisrael Rosen, a pioneer in Jewish religious law and technology and the founder of the Chief Rabbinate’s office for conversion, died Thursday at the age of 76. He is survived by his wife Shlomit, five children and many grandchildren. Rosen was born in Tel Aviv in 1941. He studied in the […]

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State Senator at Odds with Jackson Council Over Orthodox Eruvs

JACKSON-New Jersey State Senator Samuel D. Thompson advised Jackson Township Council members and Mayor Mike Reina against waging a battle with the Orthodox Jewish population in Jackson over the installation of a public eruv, according to a document released by Jackson Township. “I am advised residents in Jackson have requested approval of the township governing […]

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‘We will not allow Israel to be a 24/7 state’

MK Yoav Ben Tzur (Shas) told Arutz Sheva on Thursday that his party would work to enact a law that would ban supermarkets in Israel from being open on Shabbat, in response to a Supreme Court ruling approving the opening of supermarkets in Tel Aviv on Shabbat. The ruling, which was the final ruling handed […]

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Egypt reaffirms commitment to Alexandria synagogue

Egypt”s Ministry of Antiquities reaffirmed on Monday that the Egyptian government has allocated EGP 100 million (more than $5 million) toward the restoration of the ancient synagogue in Alexandria. Yasmin El-Shazly, the General Supervisor of the Department of International Organizations for Cultural and the International Cooperation, also denied reports that the Eliyahu Hanavi Synagogue has […]

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Cherina Eisenberg returns to San Diego as a rabbi

SAN DIEGO (SDJW)– The recently ordained Jewish Renewal Rabbi, Cherina Eisenberg, will be speaking at Tifereth Israel Synagogue on Thursday evening, Noverber 2. Her topic will be, “B’tzelem Elohim: Seeing the Devine In Our Faces.” This free program is open to all the women of the community. On Saturday morning, November 4, Rabbi Eisenberg will  […]

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Tel Aviv municipality closes down Chabad tefillin stand

Inspectors from the Tel Aviv municipality ordered a Chabad rabbi to cease laying tefillin (phylacteries) on passersby and threatened to levy a fine if he would not consent. For many years, Chabad men have set up stands all over Israel, as well as in many other countries, offering to help Jewish men put on tefillin. […]

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Israel to promote solution for ‘chained-wives’ around the world

For the first time in its history, the State of Israel will provide a solution for agunot (women who are unable to remarry because their husbands refuse to grant them a religious divorce), as well as men who find themselves in a similar situation, even if they are not Israeli citizens. Today, the Israeli government […]

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Ukraine: Circumcision for 90-year-old

Jewish history is being made in the Ukraine: In the coming days, a 90-year-old will undergo an historic Jewish ritual of Brit Milah. The historic event will take place at the new medical center that was recently established in the Menorah compound in the city of Dnieper Petersburg. The rabbi and 28-year shaliach (emissary) of […]

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Challah bake Oct. 26 will ready Shabbat San Diego

SAN DIEGO (Press Release)–Shabbat San Diego will be celebrating its fourth year of inclusive, uplifting, spiritually inspirational activities beginning October 26 through October 28. While the San Diego Jewish community will participate together, they will be connected to more than two million others globally from 90 countries also celebrating International Unity Shabbat.   Michelle Lyons, […]

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Talmud as seen by a political scientist

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — For something like 15 years, I’ve been studying Talmud Shabbat mornings for an hour or so with a religious (i.e., Orthodox) neighbor. We’ve been friends for more than 40 years, since we were both at the University of Wisconsin. I’ve commented several times, perhaps not to his delight, and to other […]

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