Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyasiv, leader of haredi community, dies at 102


JERUSALEM (JTA) — In an age of sound bites and celebrity seekers, Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, who died Wednesday at age 102, represented a world apart. The head of the Lithuanian haredi Orthodox community in Israel, Elyashiv was a Torah sage who shunned the limelight, dedicating himself single-mindedly...
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Israel political constellation realigns as Kadima quits government


(JTA) – For the second time in just two months, the Israeli political universe was upended when Shaul Mofaz’s Kadima Party voted to quit Israel’s governing coalition. Kadima’s departure, the result of a breakdown in negotiations over reforming Israel’s military draft law to include haredi Orthodox Jews, shatters...
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Obama administration raps Israeli settlements report

(JTA) — The Obama administration criticized an Israeli panel finding that West Bank settlements are legal under international law. “We do not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity and we oppose any effort to legalize settlement outposts,” State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell told reporters Monday evening in answer...
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SEEKING KIN: A Changing of the Genealogy Guard in Israel


BALTIMORE (JTA) — Yitzhak Mann’s brother-in-law reached Israel in 1950 a broken man, his life in Belgium shattered. His wife, daughters and many other kin were murdered in the Holocaust, so in Israel he searched for his lone surviving relative. The brother-in-law submitted his own name to the...
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Haaretz reporter accepts plea bargain

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Uri Blau, the Haaretz journalist who accepted classified documents from an Israeli soldier, has agreed to a plea bargain. Under the deal announced Thursday, Blau reportedly will admit to holding secret intelligence without intent to harm national security and his four-month prison sentence will be commuted to...
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Shamir remembered as mute, but resolute


WASHINGTON (JTA) — When Yitzhak Shamir was Israel’s prime minister, he liked to point American visitors to a gift he received when he retired as director of the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service. It was a depiction of the famed three monkeys: See no evil, hear no evil,...
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Nascent Israeli lacrosse team surprises Europeans

By Adam Soclof

(JTA) — Israel’s national lacrosse team is clinging to a one-goal lead with 20 seconds remaining when the referee blows his whistle — the Wales coach wants a stick check on an Israeli player.

The challenge fails, the stick is legal and the Israelis go...
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JFNA condemns Israeli chief rabbi’s statement

Reacting to a statement aired Tuesday over Israeli radio by Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar, the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) issued a firm condemnation in rebuttal today.  In speaking over Kol Berama, a haredi radio station, Amar was quoted as calling non-Orthodox rabbis detrimental to “the foundations of Judaism.”...
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Protest rally called for Haaretz journalist

The Jerusalem Journalists Association announced plans for a massive protest this Sunday to decry the decision by the Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein to indict Haartez reporter Uri Blau for possession of classified documents. The Department of Justice announced Wednesday that Blau would be charged following allegations which purport Blau...
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Knesset approves sterner anti-smoking measures

Israel’s Knesset approved more anti-smoking measures on Wednesday, May 2.  These new stricter laws will be implemented in one month. Smoking will no longer be allowed at public events, outdoor sites (including the kotel or Western Wall) bus stops, outdoor concert venues, nor within ten yards of a medical clinic or a hospital entrance.  Smoking will...
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