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• Ron Kampeas notes that Eric Cantor seems to have skipped every Jewish event in the Obama White House, including last week’s ceremony awarding Shimon Peres the Medal of Freedom. [Capital J]

• Rocket and mortar fire has escalated in southern Israel. At least five are injured. [JPost]

• This is a great story on the rise of abortion politics in Israel. [JTA]

• The Chris Brown vs. Drake feud as explained by adorable owls. [6nobacon]

• Russia and Syria have denied Iranian media report that they will join China and Iran in the Middle East’s largest joint war games. The only way to win is not to play. [Haaretz]

• A long read by Cynthia Ozick on the decline of American Hebraism. [TNR]

• The talks in Moscow have ended with apparently nothing to show for it. They will reconvene in Istanbul. [Haaretz]