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First openly gay Orthodox rabbi ordained in Jerusalem

By SAM SOKOL

JERUSALEM (JTA)- A gay rabbinical student denied ordination by a liberal seminary in New York was welcomed into the rabbinate in Jerusalem, breaking a longstanding taboo against homosexuality in the Orthodox community.

Daniel Landes, a prominent American-Israeli rabbi, granted semichah, Hebrew for ordination, to Daniel Atwood alongside...
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Al Jazeera suspends 2 journalists for video questioning Holocaust

(JTA) — The Al Jazeera Media Network has suspended two journalists for making a video in which they said the Holocaust is “different from how the Jews tell it.”

On Sunday, the Qatar-based network distanced itself from the Arabic-language video posted a day prior on AJ+, an online channel owned...
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An American-Israeli soldier died by suicide. She’s the third this year.

(JTA) — A 19-year-old American woman serving as a combat soldier in the Israeli army died by suicide last week.

Michaela Levit, 19, is the third Israeli “lone soldier” to die by suicide this year. Lone soldiers are largely expatriates who serve in the Israel Defense Forces while their parents...
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The winners and losers of Israel’s 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

 — Most Americans, unless they’re Jewish or into Israeli geopolitics, probably don’t know or care that the Eurovision just took place in Tel Aviv. For those who don’t cross American cultural borders, Eurovision could best be explained as “European Idol,” the “Super Bowl” of song contests in which European...
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Earthquake in Israel rocks Haifa

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale was felt throughout Israel.

The temblor at about 8 p.m. Wednesday was centered about 125 miles off the coast of the Mediterranean Sea between the northern Israeli cities of Haifa and Hadera, according to Israel’s Geophysical Institute.

No injuries...
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Republicans launch bid to force House vote on BDS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Republicans want to force a vote on a controversial bill meant to oppose the anti-Israel boycott. The bill, which earlier this year passed the Senate, has been held up in part because the Democrats, who control the U.S.

House of Representatives, say it poses a threat to...
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Israeli drug manufacturer Teva at center of anti-trust lawsuit brought by 44 states

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli company Teva is a key target in a lawsuit brought by 44 states claiming that 20 drugmakers colluded to divide up the market in an effort to avoid competition and raise prices.

Teva’s U.S. branch was named in the lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District Court...
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Rashida Tlaib says her Palestinian ancestors made a ‘safe haven’ for Jews after Holocaust

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — Rep. Rashida Tlaib said in an interview that she “loves the fact” that her “Palestinian ancestors” were part an attempt “to create a safe haven for Jews” after the Holocaust.

The freshman Michigan Democrat made the comments in an interview Saturday on the Yahoo News...
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Bar Rafaeli owes Israel $2.25 million in back taxes

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli court ordered supermodel Bar Refaeli to pay about $2.25 million in back taxes.

The verdict in the Central District Court in Lod was handed down last month but the full ruling was published on Sunday, the Kan national broadcaster reported. Refaeli also was ordered to pay...
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‘Chop off their heads,’ children sing at a Muslim center’s event in Philly

(JTA) — Children at a Muslim center in Philadelphia sing they will “chop off their heads” — an apparent reference to Jews — in a video uploaded by the center to Facebook.

The Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations is investigating the April 17 program at the Muslim American Society’s chapter...
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