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Israel’s Junior Mr. Universe credits Orthodox upbringing for success

Israel’s Junior Mr. Universe credits Orthodox upbringing for success

Kobi Ifrach no longer prays three times a day or follows all the Jewish dietary laws, abiding instead by the strictures of bodybuilding.

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Shmuley Boteach tweets photo with Bannon, gets into one-sided feud with ‘Ellen’ producer

The celebrity rabbi warned Andy Lassner that he knows his "secrets" after the producer said Boteach's tweet showed he only cares about fame.

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Israel & Middle East

An aerial view of Israel's largest settlement, Maale Adumim, March 12, 2008. (David Silverman/Getty Images)

Bill to legalize West Bank outposts on Palestinian land passes first reading in Knesset

The bill, which the attorney general maintains is in violation of local and international law, must pass two more readings to become a law.

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Former porn star Jenna Jameson plans to move to Israel

Jameson will move into the Herzliya home of fiancé Lior Bitton.

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