• A fascinating essay on how female IDF soldiers navigate the boundaries between duty (often as commanders) and not touching male soldiers who are religiously observant. [NYT]

• Citing Iran’s support for the Assad regime and its failure to comply with the demands of UN inspectors, Canada has closed its embassy in Tehran and expelled Iranian diplomats. [BBC]

• Benjamin Ivry writes on the fascinating memoir of an Algerian Jewish prostitute. [Forward]

• The American Jewish Committee called the state of Berlin’s decision to allow circumcision (but only performed by doctors) “too restrictive.” [JTA]

• Miriam Krule reports on actress Mayim Bialik’s new vegan cookbook and the competition in the marketplace. [Jewcy]