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Midday: Workfare, Not Studyfare!

Plus hot mommies, and more in the news

Marc Tracy
December 29, 2010
The hottest Jewish mommy.(Raising Kvell)
The hottest Jewish mommy.(Raising Kvell)

• There is some backlash in Israel over the paying of benefits to ultra-Orthodox who spend their days studying rather than working. [NYT]

• It doesn’t help that three haredi non-profits are accused of embezzling millions from the state in phony stipends for yeshiva students. [Ynet]

• WikiLeaks revealeth: The U.A.E. considered keeping the assassination of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh quiet. Which would explain why al-Mabhouh’s death was originally reported as having been caused by cancer. [Arutz Sheva]

• The IDF killed a Hamas militant near the Gaza border fence, where tensions still simmer. [AP/NYT]

• Jewish-American liberals are beginning to have trouble stomaching Israeli occupation and Palestinian disenfranchisement! Wait, what’s the news hook? [NY Jewish Week]

• List! The 20 most stylish Jewish mommies in history. Tablet Magazine contributor Mayim Bialik comes in at five! [Raising Kvell]

• Avi Cohen, among the greatest Israeli soccer players ever, died at 54 after a car accident. [Haaretz/Forward]

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Marc Tracy is a staff writer at The New Republic, and was previously a staff writer at Tablet. He tweets @marcatracy.