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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stepping off a helicopter after flying from Amman, Jordan, to Ramallah, West Bank, to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abba, July 19, 2013. (State Department photo/ Public Domain)
July 21, 2013

  Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations will resume, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced. “The representatives of two proud people today have decided that the difficult road ahead is worth traveling,” Kerry said in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Friday, where he was on his sixth visit to the region since assuming his job in CONTINUE »

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BY JTA Wire Service
July 19, 2013

JERUSALEM (JTA) — U.S. Olympian Aly Raisman lit the torch at the opening ceremony of the 19th Maccabiah Games, which features a record number of nearly 9,000 athletes. Thursday night’s ceremony at Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem featured pyrotechnics and performances with hundreds of dancers and popular Israeli singers, as well as electric violinist Miri Ben-Ari. CONTINUE »

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A new report offers a glimpse of what the U.S. could be up against from foreign missiles
BY David Holzel
July 18, 2013

A Pentagon report on the ballistic and cruise missile threat has raised concern with its assessment that “Iran could develop and test an capable of reaching the United States by 2015.” But analysts caution that this conclusion omits crucial context about Iran’s missile. The National Air and Space Intelligence Center released the CONTINUE »

Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor addresses the head of the U.N. Security Council
July 16, 2013

16 July 2013 Excellency, This morning, mortar fire shook the early quiet for the communities of Northern Israel. The fasting and prayers of thousands of Israelis commemorating the Jewish holiday of Tisha B’Av were interrupted by a barrage of mortar shells fired from Syria. At the same time, and in a grave violation of the CONTINUE »

Machzorim For Lund - 7.14.2013
BY Cantor Thom King
July 14, 2013

In last week’s article, I wrote about the “kippa walks” that have taken place in Malmö, Sweden to help combat the anti-Jewish sentiment in that city. The week before, you read about Maynard Gerber, the hazzan-mohel who performs numerous circumcisions for a grateful Muslim community. This week, you meet another unique individual who is making CONTINUE »