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BY Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA
October 29, 2014

A little over a year after a French court forced Twitter to remove some anti-Semitic content, experts say the ruling has had a ripple effect, leading other Internet companies to act more aggressively against hate speech in an effort to avoid lawsuits. The 2013 ruling by the Paris Court of Appeals settled a lawsuit brought CONTINUE »

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BY Joshua Runyan
October 23, 2014

The Helmsley Charitable Trust has announced more than $9.6 million in grants to four Israeli institutions, bringing the trust’s philanthropic investment in the Jewish state to a total of $131.8 million since 2009. “These grants demonstrate our continuing philanthropic approach toward Israel,” Helmsley trustee Sandor Frankel said in a statement. “They strengthen Israel’s scientific, technological CONTINUE »

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BY JTA
October 16, 2014

A new website on convicted Soviet spies Julius and Ethel Rosenberg provides access to a collection of more than 500 letters between the couple while they were imprisoned. The website, hgar-srv3.bu.edu/web/rosenberg-archive, was launched last week by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Center at Boston University. Maintaining their innocence until the end, the Rosenbergs were executed on CONTINUE »

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BY Ben Sales/JTA
October 9, 2014

With its panoramic views of Jerusalem, plush seating area and decorative elements, this could be almost any other room at the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel. Except the floor is made of AstroTurf, the walls are made of transparent cloth, and the roof is a bamboo mat. Welcome to one of a dozen private sukkahs built on CONTINUE »

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BY Ben Sales, JTA
October 2, 2014

The small cardboard box in Elyashiv Drori’s palm looks like it’s full of black pebbles. Closing the box quickly, he explains that it cannot be open for long. The pebble-like pieces, which were uncovered in an archaeological dig near Jerusalem’s Old City, are, in fact, remains of a kilo of grapes stored nearly 3,000 years CONTINUE »