Residents walk past debris of destroyed houses in Palo, Leyte province, on November 25, 2013.(NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

• Worry over the rising trend of ‘knockout’ attacks in Brooklyn, N.Y. mixes with fears among the Jewish community that they are being specifically targeted. [NYT]

• The 148-person Israel Defense Forces emergency medical team has left the Philippines after 11 days of typhoon relief. [JTA]

• An archeological dig preceding construction on a planned expansion of Route 38 near Jerusalem has led to the discovery and excavation of a 10,000-year-old house. [Times of Israel]

• A Norwegian official said Jews and Muslims circumcise their children out of ignorance, and would stop the practice if they knew the pain and risk involved. [Haaretz]

• Shelly Yacimovich lost last week’s Labor party elections to Isaac Herzog, but she has announced plans to stay in politics. [Jerusalem Post]