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• According to a market-research poll, the number one Rosh Hashanah wish among Israeli Jews is a practical one: increased rainfall. (In a rule that would be instructive to beauty pageant organizers, respondents weren’t allowed to choose peace.) [Ynet]
• Jewish charities in Latin America were the hardest hit victims of the Madoff-esque Ponzi scheme allegedly perpetrated by R. Allen Stanford; he may have targeted them specifically. [CBS]
• A Palestine Monitor interview with a Jewish settler in Hebron who believes “the ends justify the means” is relatively even-handed (albeit interspersed on the page with videos of settlers abusing Palestinians). [PM]
• A Swedish official says Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s speech yesterday did not cross the “red line” that would have prompted a full walkout by the European Union, although she understands “there were other reasons for other countries that decided to leave.” [EJP]
Publishers Weekly has an interview with Maggie Anton, who recently published the third installment in her trilogy of romances based on the real lives of Rashi’s daughters. This one’s “like Gone with the Wind, but with the Crusades instead of the Civil War,” Anton says an editor told her. [PW]





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