• Pope Francis, currently making headlines for his liberal positions on various social issues, told Israeli Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein that he’d like to visit Israel. [Jerusalem Post]
• With his Nobel Prize win in Chemistry, Arieh Warshel becomes the 11th Israeli to win a Nobel—and the fifth in chemistry alone. [Haaretz]
• Paul Berger reports that Yeshiva University’s newest Hebrew teacher pleaded guilty to four counts of lewdness against young boys in 1997. The news follows a series of disturbing revelations about how the university handled student allegations of sexual abuse by faculty and staff from the 1970s to the 1990s. [Forward]
• British politicians are considering reopening the British embassy in Tehran, Iran, which has been closed since late 2011. [AP]
• In a new study, kosher chicken tested had the highest frequency of antibiotic-resistant E. coli—almost two times higher than the non-kosher chicken monitored. [JTA]
• Jury selection has begun in the case against five former employees of convicted Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff. [AP]
Stephanie Butnick is deputy editor of Tablet Magazine and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.