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Israeli mikvahs must allow non-Orthodox conversions, Supreme Court rules

Israeli mikvahs must allow non-Orthodox conversions, Supreme Court rules

In a landmark decision, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled that mikvahs in the country must open up to non-Orthodox conversion rites.

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New citizenship law has Jews worldwide flocking to tiny Portugal city

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Israeli Airbnb guest refused by British host because of ‘aggressive settlers’

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Ted Cruz campaign defends pastor who said God will send hunters for Jews

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United States

Comedian and inclusion advocate Pamela Schuller (Courtesy of Pamela Schuller)

Op-Ed: I’m not your mitzvah project

For people with disabilities, there’s a critical difference between being tolerated and being valued, writes an inclusion advocate and stand-up comedian.

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Israel

Libby Kahane, wife of the slain extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane, now has a grandson in prison for heading an extremist group. (Courtesy of Libby Kahane)

Kahane’s widow: Jewish extremists ‘have nothing to do with’ Kahane’s ideology

Libby Kahane says her grandson, who has been held without charge in Israel for leading a Jewish extremist group, has failed to live up to her slain husband's way but is an easy scapegoat.

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You can now buy a ‘Jewish prayer shawl’ at Old Navy

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Coen brothers have bone to pick with Israel boycotters

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World

Mordechai Ronen, who was a prisoner at the Auschwitz concentration camp when he was an 11-year-old child and lost his mother, father and sisters there, breaking into tears as he walks through the camp, which is now a museum in Oswiecim, Poland, Jan. 26, 2015. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Survivor to SS guard on trial: ‘Soon we will both stand in front of the highest judge’

Leon Schwarzbaum directly confronted Reinhold Hanning, who is charged with being an accessory in the murder of at least 170,000 people at Auschwitz.

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The Small Town Jew Who Pioneered Sex-Change Surgery

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Life & Culture

The view from the swimming pool of the Beresheet Hotel in Mitzpe Ramon, Israel (Facebook)

What the $55,000 Israel trip for Oscar nominees looks like

The 10-day customizable getaway lets the Hollywood elites experience all the luxury Israel has to offer – from crater-side boutique lodging to Tel Aviv fine dining.

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