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Are All These Christians’ Complaints of Persecution Just So Much Empty Whining?

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The headlines are alarming: “Catholic-Owned Company Wins Religious Freedom Court Decision,” “Death Toll Rises to 65 in Boko Haram Attack on Students,” “Little Sisters Catholic Charity Victimized By Obamacare,” “Christians Sought Out, Murdered in the Kenyan Mall Massacre,” “Judicial Watch […]

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ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour: Not your ordinary Christmases

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Christmas has unique memories for international journalist Christiane Amanpour, the ABC News Global Affairs Anchor. As a small child, she remembers wonderful times, “my family with a Christmas tree and presents and a family gathering.” But her father was Muslim. Her mother […]

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Complex disputes may close Mughrabi Bridge walkway giving Jews access to Temple Mount

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Jewish access to their most holy site, Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, may be cut off after the city’s engineer, Shlomo Eshkol, ruled the temporary Mughrabi Bridge has become unsafe — and the Muslim fraternity that oversees the sensitive area forbade any repairs. The […]

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Orthodox sect livid over ice cream cone lickers

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  An ultra-orthodox Jewish sect is targeting Jerusalem ice cream stores — squirting glue in their locks, breaking windows and worse. Why? The ultra-orthodox Sikrikim say that they are disgusted by people licking ice cream in public — and that […]

Israeli author Yoram Kaniuk wins court battle to be ethnic Jewish, but not religious

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Israeli writer Yoram Kaniuk has won his battle in Tel Aviv District Court to be recorded in Israel’s population register as having “no religion” while still being listed as ethnically Jewish. Kaniuk, who was born and raised in Tel Aviv, fought heroically […]

Now that he’s out of Iran, synagogue dares to reveal hiker Josh Fattal is one of their own

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When hiker Josh Fattal was finally released after being held for two years in Iran, his friends and family — and particularly his synagogue — could finally reveal a secret kept under wraps even by the news media. Iran — an Islamic […]

Washington Post: Have a rockin’ Rosh Hashanah! (And watch Rick Perry dance!)

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Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins this week at sundown Wednesday, notes Elizabeth Tenety in the Washington Post‘s On Faith section. During the one-day holiday, Jews will welcome in the year 5772 — and kick off more than a week of traditional observances, […]

Dutch soccer fans under fire for singing pro-Jewish chants

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European soccer fans are a different breed, so when the followers of Holland’s premier team, Ajax, began filling stadiums with songs that “We are the super-Jews,” most observers just rolled their eyes. However, some were not amused. A group called BAN, which is an […]

Israel announces “Jewish News 1″ broadcast alternative to al-Jazeera

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The first-ever Jewish news network will begin broadcasting tomorrow. “Jewish News 1 was born as an alternative to the world’s leading news networks – CNN, Fox News and Sky News,” reports Andy Sennitt for the Media Network. “But its main […]

Jews, Palestinians have close genetic ties, say researchers

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As many as 90 percent of Palestinians in some areas have close genetic ties to Jews, according to researchers. Ariella Oppenheim Ph.D., a researcher at Hebrew University and the Hadassah Medical School labs, has published the result of DNA studies […]

Jewish columnist marvels at the continuing vitriol aimed at Mel Gibson

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Why is there such knee-jerk hatred of Mel Gibson? Is it because he can never be forgiven for making an incredible success of The Passion of the Christ? Or can there be redemption? It would seem not, considering the chorus of […]

Jewish Chronicle: Is Obama losing the Jewish vote?

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After scandal-scarred incumbent Anthony Weiner resigned from his seat, Democrats and many political sages confidently predicted that the district he represented — New York’s 9th, a rock-solid Democratic district – would stay in the Democratic fold. “They were convinced that […]

NY Post: Hog-riding Rebbe’s Riders seek Jewish bikers who’ve strayed onto the road to hell

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“A tough-looking, leather-clad gang of Hasidic Jewish bikers who call themselves “Rebbe’s Riders” are cruising the tri-state area of New Y0rk, New Jersey and Connecticut, bringing the truth of the Torah to other motorcycle-riding Jews they meet on the road. […]

Their heritage guides the Sekulow family’s fight to protect America’s religious freedom

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  by Jordan Sekulow Special to Beliefnet When interfaith prayer is too controversial[1] for a memorial service in New York, it’s worth asking: how has America’s treatment of public religion changed? “Hundreds and thousands of families turned to God more […]

Washington Post: Jerusalem holy to Christians and Muslims, but central to Jews

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“Many of us who travel to Israel frequently risk becoming jaded,” writes Menachem Z. Rosensaft in the Washington Post‘s On Faith section. “We lose sight of Israel’s true significance.” Rosensaft is an adjunct Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, a […]

Turkish Prime Minister invites Christians, Jews to reclaim property seized 75 years ago

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In an unexpected move, the Turkish government is releasing hundreds of properties seized 75 years ago from Jews as well as Christians in Turkey’s Greek, Armenian and Syriac communities. “The times when citizens in our country were oppressed for their beliefs, their ethnic […]

NY Times: Summer camp caters to Jewish kids of color

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Camp Be’chol Lashon (“In Every Tongue”) in the hills of California’s Marin County about 35 miles north of San Francisco is an ordinary youth camp, “right down to poison oak and bug juice,” according to Samuel Freedman writing for the New […]

With Jewish new year six weeks away, kosher meat shortage looms

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U.S. kosher food distributors are stockpiling supplies for the Jewish New Year because of fears there will not be enough meat, reports Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu reporting for Israel’s Arutz Sheva radio.  Citing Kosher Today newsletter, Gedalyahu reported that soaring demand is partly due to […]

“The Muslims Are Coming” comedy act features Christians and Jews, too

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“I just returned to New York after an eye-opening, exhausting and inspiring two weeks traveling across the American South with the stand-up comedy tour The Muslims Are Coming,” reports Dean Obeidallah for the Cable News Network. “We performed in Alabama, […]

NPR: Argentine Jewish gauchos are a reminder of 1890s Russian pogroms

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Rural Argentina is not where one would expect to find entire villages of Russian Jews. However, National Public Radio’s Juan Forero recently visited several such hamlets in a remote corner of the Argentine Pampas — broad grasslands very suited for cattle ranching. […]

Federal judge: matzoh not a constitutional right

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A U.S. federal judge has ruled that a Jewish inmate in a New York jail does not have a constitutionally protected right to matzoh and grape juice, according to the British news service Reuters: Christopher Henry, who was convicted of […]

What makes a Jew? China and the world’s other Jews ignore tiny Kaifeng community

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Few people have ever heard of China’s tiny Jewish community, which is not recognized by the Chinese government nor by most Jews. The topic comes up as the Wall Street Journal tackles China’s problems with religious freedom this week, reports Dr. Terry Mattingly’s […]

New York Post: Employee sues, says Anti-Defamation League is “racist”

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The Anti-Defamation League, which is known for defending Jewish civil rights, is being sued by a New York area employee who charges that the league’s promotion practices are discriminatory against non-Jews. Tonietta Moffett says the non-profit won’t make her an […]

Washington Post: Rabbi says Ground Zero cross should stay

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“Ground Zero is a graveyard,” writes Rabbi David Wolpe in the Washington Post‘s On Faith section. “Yes, it is a national site and a place of competing interests, and a reminder of a peril facing our country and the world. […]

Chief rabbi, Greek Orthodox patriarch join mufti for Ramadan fast-breaking

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It was not your ordinary dinner. Whirling dervishes twirled while waiters offered candied dates as appetizers. And there, sitting together were Turkey’s Chief Jewish Rabbi İsak Haleva, Greek Orthodox Church Patriarch Bartholomeos and Istanbul’s Muslim Mufti Mustafa Çağrıcı. The event was Tuesday […]

Israel National News: Netanyahu Reportedly Accepts 1967 Lines if Palestine Drops Statehood Bid

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A report released on Tuesday said that Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to President Barack Obama’s formula for peace with Palestine based on the pre-1967 lines with land swaps if Palestine drops its bid for statehood in September. It’s expected […]

Jerusalem Post: Many challenges for non-Jewish parents raising their kids Jewish

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Lisa Shimel, who is not Jewish, used to celebrate Christmas with her Jewish husband until their first child was born; now they’ve added Chanukah, reports Deb Morandi works at Jewish Family Services, where she introduces intermarried families to Judaism, though […]

Jerusalem Post: Washington is not clear regarding Palestine’s UN rejection says Abbas

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President of the Palestinian National Authority Mahmoud Abbas said that the US has not been clear on whether they will reject Palestine UN bid to become a state in September based on the pre-1967 lines. A report from the Jerusalem […]

Christian Leaders Send Letters to Obama on Iran’s Human Rights Violations

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Christian leaders on behalf of an estimated 25 million Americans sent letters to President Obama urging him and other dignitaries to take immediate steps to stop violating human rights, supporting terrorism and developing a nuclear program. A press release issued […]

Netanyahu Looks to Bulgaria for Diplomatic Support

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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Bulgaria this week to sway votes against Palestine’s bid to become a state. Netanyahu, who appeared to gain Romania’s support to oppose Palestine’s quest for statehood after his visit to Bucharest Wednesday, praised the […]

Could there be a third option in San Francisco’s circumcision debate?

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For several decades, opposition to circumcision has been building in the United States and within the American Jewish community. This year, the people of San Francisco will see on their ballots a proposed ordinance banning circumcision entirely, with no exception […]

Orthodox basketball player allowed to cover her arms

By MICHELE CHABIN c. 2011 Religion News Service JERUSALEM (RNS) The international basketball federation has decided to permit an Orthodox Jewish basketball player to cover her arms during competitions in accordance with her religious beliefs. FIBA made the decision several […]

Crisis pregnancy group reflects Jewish divide on abortion

By DEBRA RUBIN c. 2011 Religion News Service SILVER SPRING, Md. (RNS) Saraleah was 19 and a part-time student when she discovered she was pregnant. She didn’t know how it could have happened — until she flashed back to a […]

Israel sees slow but growing acceptance for gay Orthodox

By MICHELE CHABIN c. 2011 Religion News Service TEL AVIV, Israel (RNS) Though never short on spectacle, this year’s annual gay pride festival was even more colorful with a parade float, sponsored by Google, representing the country’s religious gay and […]

Evangelicals wade into circumcision debate

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) The National Association of Evangelicals is siding with Jews and Muslims in opposition of a proposed ban on infant male circumcision in San Francisco. “Jews, Muslims, and Christians all trace […]

Commentary: Advice for the gentleman from New York

By CATHLEEN FALSANI c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) New York Rep. Anthony Weiner’s cybersex scandal is an opportunity for schadenfreude born in late-night-talk-show-monologue heaven. Oh, Anthony. What a spectacular shande, he of the unfortunately appropriate surname. So many jokes, […]

Religious Leaders Call a Strike On Tobacco

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Religious leaders are hoping to hit a home run in a campaign to get Major League Baseball players to ban tobacco use on fields and dugouts of the national pastime. […]

Feature: Bob Dylan’s Religious Mystique Endures

By RON CSILLAG c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) Through the 1960s, Bob Dylan was hailed as a prophet, first of folk music, then of rock ‘n’ roll — at least by those who forgave him the heresy of having […]

Star Trek’s Spock Describes His Jewish Roots

By ADELLE M. BANKS c. 2011 Religion News Service ROCKVILLE, Md. (RNS) The V-shaped hand sign that made actor Leonard Nimoy famous as Mr. Spock may have seemed to be from a planet far away. But the “Star Trek” star […]

Commentary: John Paul II, The Jewish Saint

By A. JAMES RUDIN c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) When the Vatican beatifies someone and places the person just one step away from sainthood, it usually attracts scant attention among Jews because it is correctly perceived as an internal […]

Holocaust Conviction Began in Cleveland

By JOHN CANIGLIA c. 2011 Religion News Service CLEVELAND (RNS) The case that led to John Demjanjuk’s conviction in Germany on Thursday (May 12) was laid out 10 years ago in a Cleveland courtroom, where lawyers sparred over his wartime […]

Update: Jewish Paper Apologizes for Cropping Out Clinton

By MICHELE CHABIN c. 2011 Religion News Service JERUSALEM (RNS) An ultra-Orthodox Jewish newspaper in Brooklyn has apologized to the White House and State Department after the paper deleted Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton from a White House photograph […]

Jewish Newspaper Erases Clinton from Photo

By MICHELE CHABIN c. 2011 Religion News Service (RNS) An ultra-Orthodox Jewish newspaper in Brooklyn deleted Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton from a White House photograph of top officials monitoring the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The Yiddish-language […]

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