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Israel’s Shas Party Gets Controversial New Leader

Rabbi Shalom Cohen has likened Modern Orthodox Jews to Amalek

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Rouhani Flaunts Nuke Breach; Weiner Gets A Play

Plus Israeli brain drain rates top in the West, and more in the news

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Why Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Mattered

600,000 people attended his funeral in Jerusalem yesterday. Here’s why.

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600,000 Attend Ovadia Yosef’s Funeral

The influential rabbi draws the country’s largest funeral crowd in history

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Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Dies at Age 93

The influential and divisive spiritual leader of Israel’s Sephardim leaves contradictory legacy

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A Yom Kippur Playlist for 5774

Featuring Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, and Idan Raichel

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Stop Yeshayahu Leibowitz!

By failing to name a street after the controversial philosopher, the city of Jerusalem proved he was right

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The Human Rights Watch Internal Battle on Iran

Leaked email shows Kenneth Roth comparing mullahs to Shas

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Disasters

This week in Israel: borders are breached, a truck runs amok, Netanyahu tests the waters, Barak stands accused, and rabbis fireproof the Sabbath

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Sundown: Israel’s Birthday

Plus, the second annual flotilla, Shas says don’t smoke, and more

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What Israel Lost in the Fire

Prestige hurt, but Turkish diplomacy is back

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Daybreak: After Hamas Attack, Massive Arrests

Plus ambition we can maybe believe in, and more in the news

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Daybreak: Peace Talks Polka

Plus political rabbi gets U.S. scold, and more in the news

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The Unwelcome Mat

Today’s rabbinic culture is closing the door to converts, and ignoring its own history in the process

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Today in the Tyranny of the Ultra-Orthodox

Intel to hire shabbos goyim; a woman arrested at the Western Wall

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The Messiah Comes From the East

Sephardic rabbi predicts Sephardic savior