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• The Israeli Air Force conducted a massive air exercise Monday night, just as talks begin regarding Iran’s nuclear program. [Times of Israel]

•Benjamin Netanyahu expressed an uncharacteristic interest in animal rights during a recent cabinet session, leading Israel media to speculate as to what prompted the change of heart. [Haaretz]

• Remember the recent study that found more frequent strains of E. coli in kosher chicken than non-kosher chicken? It was prompted by a curious 10th grader. [JTA]

New York Daily News reporter Oren Yaniv stopped by the Brian Lehrer Show to discuss the recent arrests of two rabbis for consipiring to kidnap and torture Jewish men who refused to grant their wives a Jewish divorce. [WNYC]

• London’s new Mixed Up Chorus is an interfaith choir aimed at bringing people together through music. Plus, they sing Lou Reed songs. [Religious News Service]

• Bette Midler was awarded the Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Leadership for her work with New York City parks and community gardens. [Forward]