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Soft-spoken and methodical, he investigates claims on behalf of Chief Rabbinate
BY Ben Sales, JTA
January 16, 2014

To be married in Israel, immigrants must prove their Jewish ancestry to the country’s Chief Rabbinate. Couples can solicit a letter from their hometown rabbis or present their parents’ Jewish marriage contracts. Sometimes they even bring a Yiddish-speaking grandmother before a rabbinical court. In the end, every claim has to pass through one man: a CONTINUE »

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Controversial resolution passes after BDS panels
BY By Alina Dain Sharon, JNS.org
January 16, 2014

CHICAGO — The Modern Language Association (MLA) delegate committee on Saturday passed Resolution 2014-1, which condemns Israel for denying entry to U.S. academics into the West Bank, in a 60-53 vote. The MLA executive committee will now need to approve the resolution before it goes to a vote among MLA members. The original text of CONTINUE »

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Former Israeli Prime Minister passed away last week
BY David Holzel and Simone Ellin
January 16, 2014

As news of the death of Ariel Sharon spread through the region, local Jewish community and political leaders reflected on the life of the former Israeli prime minister, a fierce warrior and military leader who was known as both the patron of Israel’s settlement drive and the man who uprooted those same communities. Sharon, who CONTINUE »

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Controversial Israeli leader was bane of the left, then the right.
BY David Holzel
January 12, 2014

Ariel Sharon, former prime minister of Israel, a fierce warrior and military leader who was known as both the patron of Israel’s settlement drive and the man who uprooted those same settlements, died Saturday. He was 85 and had been in a coma since suffering a series of strokes in 2006. Sharon was known for CONTINUE »

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Isaac Herzog says he will back Netanyahu in case of peace.
BY David Holzel
January 9, 2014

Since he became head of Israel’s Labor Party in November, Isaac Herzog has positioned himself as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s safety net. If Netanyahu comes home with a peace deal with the Palestinians and his right wing bolts, Herzog will likely come to the prime minister’s aid. And as the leader of Israel’s opposition, Herzog CONTINUE »