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NFL Players Back Out of Israel Trip, But a Handful Still Go

Five out of an original 11 active NFL players are currently in Israel, enjoying a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee

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Burger King Israel Is Your Titillating Id

The fast food chain is offering Israelis sex toys when they buy an ‘Adult Meal’ for Valentine’s Day. For Hanukkah, it was a burger-doughnut. It’s all good.

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Jewish Trees, Ranked

For Tu B’Shevat, the 13 greatest trees in Jewish history, from the palm groves of Ein Gedi to a humongous, ancient sycamore in Netanya—and the burning bush

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Natalie Portman Teaches Hebrew—With Style and Grace, of Course

The actress, nominated for an Oscar for her role in ‘Jackie,’ is a sort of First Lady to the stars: an example of class onscreen or, well, when teaching Hebrew slang

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The Aboriginal Rights of the Jewish People

Do the Jewish people have legal ‘rights of entry, sojourn, and settlement’ to the land of Israel?

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Tel Aviv’s Summer Concert Scene Is Lit

From Radiohead to Justin Bieber to Guns N’ Roses, the stars are a-comin’ to Israel

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War and Palestine

The great screenwriter remembers a wartime visit to the Holy Land

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An Open Letter to Robert Kraft

From a lifelong New England Patriots fan who wonders about your friendship with President Donald Trump

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Israel Approves Plan to Take in 100 Syrian Orphans

A first for Israel during the Syrian civil war, which rages on

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How the State of Israel Abuses Holocaust Survivors

With millions of dollars earmarked for their care, how is it possible that even in Israel some Shoah victims are living and dying with indignity?

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Shall We Wake the Prime Minister, Habibi?

American politicians love to talk about ‘3 a.m. phone calls,’ but Israeli leaders actually receive them

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Group of Venezuelan Jewish Converts Denied Immigration to Israel

Israel’s Interior Ministry is not allowing a cohort of nine Venezuelan Jewish converts to make aliyah, claiming their engagement in the dwindling Jewish community has not been sufficient 

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No One Is Afraid of AIPAC

The flagship pro-Israel lobbying organization failed to stop Obama’s Iran Deal. It may lose even more influence under Trump.

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New Zealand’s Settler Problem

A Colonialist state founded on the theft of Maori land blames Israel for its own crimes 

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Turkey and Israel Trust Each Other Again, Maybe

As in the late 1950s, common enemies may make strange bedfellows, or even friends, of Erdogan and Netanyahu

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Israeli Artist Who Lost Life’s Work in Fire Ready to Start Again

Yoram Raanan lost 2,000 works of art when his Beit Meir studio went up in flames. But he’s ‘looking at the positive’—and the Talmud—for peace of mind.

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Biebs Returning to Israel With ‘Purpose’

Justin Bieber is performing in Tel Aviv in May. No word yet as to which Hebrew tattoo he’ll get this time around, or whether or not he’ll meet with Bibi in the Holy Land.

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A Cut Above

This week on Unorthodox, NPR Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington and the butcher committed to ethical kosher meat

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Golden Bibi Effigy Pops Up in Rabin Square, Only To Be Torn Down

An Israeli guerrilla artist wowed Tel Avivians by erecting a golden statue of Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, leading Israel’s left and right into public disagreement

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The ‘SufganiKing’ Is Burger King’s Meaty, Sugary, Deep-Fried Monstrosity

Burger King Israel gets festive with its hamburger-donut sandwich, for adventurous folks who enjoy a bit of sweetness with their pain and suffering. And we’re kinda diggin’ it.

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Ontario Stands Up to BDS, ‘One of the Main Vehicles for Spreading Anti-Semitism’

Ontario’s legislature passed a motion rejecting the BDS campaign against Israel, becoming the first Canadian province to do so

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The Democratic and Republican Party Elites Have Both Collapsed. Is Fatah Next?

How municipal Palestinian elections backfired on Mahmoud Abbas

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The Chosen Ones: An Interview With Maira Kalman

The writer and illustrator on celebrating Judaism, the ‘magical place’ that is Tel Aviv, and why it’s essential to have a sense of humor

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While the World Is Distracted, the International Criminal Court Is Quietly Bleeding Members

The departure of Russia, South Africa, and others from the supra-national body could have serious implications for Israel and the world

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The Lost and the Saved

A photographic journey in search of an Israeli family she never knew she had

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Jack of All Trades

This week on Unorthodox, ‘Alexa’ editor David Kaufman and Jack Daniels’ in-house historian Nelson Eddy

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The Book That Obama Won’t Read, But Hillary Clinton Should

Sixty years after the Suez Crisis, two new histories of the Egypt-Israel conflict try to garner lessons on the Mideast and American power in a changing world

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We Need to Talk About Israel

Is it possible to write a book about Israel where conflict is not the fulcrum of the Jewish state’s history?

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Dread, Prayer, Hope, and Forgiveness

Yom Kippur in Israel is a complicated yet often peaceful time. But the specter of violence is always felt.

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