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Israeli Poverty Report; KISS Gets Inducted

Plus Dr. Ruth and Hugh Hefner, and more in the news

Stephanie Butnick
December 17, 2013
Gene Simmons. (Paul Kane/Getty Images)

• Damaged Torah scrolls found in Iraq by U.S. soldiers have been buried in New York. [JTA]

• More than 1.7 million Israelis are living below the poverty line, a new government report reveals. [Times of Israel]

• Last night’s 92Y debate on “What it means to be pro-Israel in America” ended in a heated exchange, with panelist and Commentary editor John Podhoretz walking off the stage. [Haaretz]

• An Israeli court has wrested control of IDB Holding Corp. from controlling shareholder Nochi Dankner, following a contentious legal battle over the company’s ownership. [AP]

• After years of KISS fans rallying support for their cause, Gene Simmons and his bandmates join this year’s inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. [Today]

• “Hugh Hefner knows me, but not in the biblical sense of the word,” Dr. Ruth tells Playboy. [Playboy]

Stephanie Butnick is deputy editor of Tablet Magazine and a host of the Unorthodox podcast.

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