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The top 14 Jewish newsmakers of 5776

The top 14 Jewish newsmakers of 5776

From the first Jew to win a presidential state primary to the world's oldest bar mitzvah, here are the members of the tribe who drove the news this year.

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Former Israeli president Shimon Peres in Tel Aviv, Nov. 30, 2015 (Tomer Neuberg/ Flash90)

Shimon Peres’ condition deteriorates dramatically

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announcing Israel's agreement with Turkey at a press conference in Rome, Italy, June 27, 2016. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

Netanyahu, following debate, tells Cabinet it does not matter who is elected US president

Trump and Clinton debate

Iran is a contentious issue in first Clinton-Trump debate

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United States

Rachel Weisz as writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt in "Denial."
(Laurie Sparham/Bleecker Street)

How Rachel Weisz learned to play a Holocaust scholar

Before the London-born actress donned a red wig and delivered striking defenses of the Holocaust and free speech, she learned how to sound like the historian — a Jewish woman from Queens.

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Israel & Middle East

An illustrative image of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking on the phone in Tel Aviv, Israel, Jan. 17, 2013. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

In debate over soldier accused of manslaughter, Netanyahu is straddler in chief

Opinion polls reveal a political logic to Netanyahu’s simultaneous support for Elor Azaria and the army.

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Leonard Cohen

Israel asks Cohen to perform in Nazareth


Despite Protests, Hadassah Defends Decision to Give Honor to Hillary Clinton

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Joseph Harmatz

Joseph Harmatz, leader of Jewish ‘Avengers’ of Nazis, dies at 91

The Holocaust survivor was among the last living members of a group who poisoned more than 2,200 former Nazi SS officers in 1946.

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From 70 Faces Media


Chinese Candied Apples for a Unique Rosh Hashanah Treat

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Betty Boop’s Secret Jewish Past


83-Year-Old Ruth Bader Ginsburg Does 20 Push-Ups a Day. Holy Sh*t.

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Life & Culture

Benjamin Netanyahu caused quite a stir when he attended a performance of "Hamilton" in New York City, Sept. 24, 2016. (Screenshot from Twitter)

Netanyahu gets cheered and booed at ‘Hamilton’ performance

Israel's prime minister received “a lot of applause” but also “a few loud boos.”

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