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Israelis growing hungry for vegan diet

Israelis growing hungry for vegan diet

By Ben Sales, JTA World News Service TEL AVIV (JTA) — The music pounded, the liquor flowed, dancers filled the floor and khinkali meat dumplings and kababi skewers — staples of traditional Georgian cuisines — sat on almost every table. That was back in February, before Nana Shrier, the owner of the hip Tel Aviv bar(…)

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For Ramallah’s man in The Hague, ICC drive is reluctant duty

For Ramallah’s man in The Hague, ICC drive is reluctant duty

By Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA World News Service THE HAGUE, Netherlands (JTA) — Loading a newly released video of a beheading in Syria on his smartphone, Nabil Abuznaid, the Palestinians’ ambassador here, shakes his head in disbelief. “Look at those animals,” he says, referring to the fighters from the ISIS jihadist group who carried out the(…)

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Hitler used crystal meth, report says

Hitler used crystal meth, report says

  (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Adolf Hitler used the highly addictive drug crystal meth as part of his medical regimen of 74 medicines, according to a Daily Telegraph report on Saturday.   Citing a 47-page document compiled by U.S. military intelligence on World War II, the report said Hitler took crystal meth in 1943 before(…)

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Temple Mount attack foiled after police storm Al-Aqsa mosque

Temple Mount attack foiled after police storm Al-Aqsa mosque

(JNS.org) Jerusalem Police units stormed the Al-Aqsa mosque compound early Monday and prevented dozens of masked assailants from carrying out a planned attack, Israel Hayom reported. The assailants had gathered on the Temple Mount with rocks and fireworks. Overnight, the assailants gathered weapons and prepared Molotov cocktails inside the mosque. They barricaded the mosque by nailing shoe racks(…)

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Conversion to Judaism: denomination by denomination

Conversion to Judaism: denomination by denomination

By Uriel Heilman, JTA World News Service (This is part of a special report on conversion in America. Read our other pieces about who’s converting to Judaism, and about the 10 questions about Jewish conversion you want to know but are afraid to ask.) ORTHODOX Number of converts: Unknown. Over the last seven years, approximately 1,275 conversions have been(…)

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So you want to convert to Judaism…

So you want to convert to Judaism…

By Uriel Heilman, JTA World News Service I understand you’re considering converting to Judaism. Shalom aleichem! What sort of conversion would you like? If Orthodox, the answer is no, no, no. Tradition dictates that prospective converts be rebuffed three times as a test of their true commitment. For a more welcoming denomination, try Reform Judaism.(…)

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Ralph Goldman, ex-JDC head and a builder of Israel, dies at 100

Ralph Goldman, ex-JDC head and a builder of Israel, dies at 100

  (JTA) — Ralph Goldman, a former leader of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and a central figure in Israel’s establishment, has died at the age of 100.Goldman, who served under David Ben-Gurion as Israel’s envoy to the United States, died Tuesday in Jerusalem, where he had lived for several decades.Goldman first became involved(…)

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BDS plea to anthropologists garners 360 names

BDS plea to anthropologists garners 360 names

(JTA) — More than 350 anthropologists from around the world have endorsed a boycott of Israel and its academic institutions.The statement was posted Oct. 1 on the website jadaliyya.com with 231 signatories and a call for others to add their names to the list. By last Friday, the list had reached 360 names.“As a community of scholars(…)

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Religious observance protects Jewish teens from suicide, study finds 

Religious observance protects Jewish teens from suicide, study finds 

(JTA) — Religious Jewish teens are far less likely to attempt suicide than their secular Jewish counterparts, a new study finds.The study, led by researchers from Tel Aviv University’s Sackler School of Medicine and Clalit Health Service’s Geha Mental Health Center, and published last week in the journal European Psychology, bolsters previous research that religious(…)

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Israel’s Health Ministry warns against gay conversion therapy

Israel’s Health Ministry warns against gay conversion therapy

(JTA) — Israel’s Health Ministry issued a warning declaring that therapies aimed at changing patients from gay to straight are not supported by medical evidence and could be harmful.Signed by Health Minister Yael German, Sunday’s decision adopts the position of the Council of Psychologists and the Israel Psychological Association.The Health Ministry statement warns that gay(…)

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10 questions about Jewish conversion you want to know but are afraid to ask

10 questions about Jewish conversion you want to know but are afraid to ask

By Uriel Heilman, JTA World News Service (This is part of a special JTA report on conversion in America. Read our other pieces about who’s converting to Judaism, and about the denomination-by-denomination breakdown of how the different denominations do conversion.) Must coverts pass a test to become a Jew? Generally, no. Across all the denominations, rabbis are more interested in(…)

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