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  • Red heifer declared impure after white hairs found on tail

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 21 (JTA) — A red cow named Melody, once thought to have fulfilled a biblical requirement, was declared impure last week. The declaration came after a rabbi detected white hairs on her tail. According to Jewish scripture, the ashes of a red heifer are required to purify Jews before they can enter the…

  • Jewish bachelor finds love, but she won’t go to Alaska

    NEW YORK, Mar. 3 (JTA) — The Alaskan Jewish bachelor who came to New York to find a bride is considering something he never thought he’d do: Move to the Big Apple. Jay Ramras, 33, came to New York four months ago from Fairbanks, Ala., at a relative’s suggestion. With approximately one-third of the nation’s…

  • Music triumphs over politics at Israel jubilee celebration

    PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 27 (JTA) — Music triumphed over politics as a sellout crowd of 15,000 people gathered here over the weekend to celebrate Israel’s 50th anniversary. The jubilee event, titled “Hear, O Israel” and expected to be the largest in the country, featured a powerful program of classical music performed jointly by the Israel Philharmonic…

  • Accord reached on exhibit

    NEW YORK, March 10 (JTA) — Thank goodness for footnotes. Some Ellis Island officials and some Jewish groups had objected to the term “concentration camp” being part of the title of an exhibit, slated to open next month at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, about the involuntary incarceration of Japanese Americans in the United States…

  • Poland’s new government vows action on restitution

    NEW YORK, Feb. 9 (JTA) — Poland’s deputy prime minister has promised Jewish officials that the new Polish government would press forward on issues of restitution to the Jewish community. In meetings in Warsaw last week, Janus Tomaszewski, the new deputy prime minister and minister of interior, said the government would create a mechanism to…

  • Israel drops Viagra ban

    JERUSALEM, June 7 (JTA) — Israel has dropped its ban on the sexual impotency pill Viagra. Israel’s Health Ministry said it was again permitting doctors to prescribe the drug after it received clarifications from its maker, Pfizer, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regarding the deaths of six Americans who were taking the drug….

  • Israeli company launches offering

    NEW YORK, March 11 (JTA) — Israel’s Silicon Valley is making waves on Wall Street. An Israeli software company plans to launch in the coming weeks what would be the largest initial public offering for an Israeli firm in the United States, according to the Israeli daily Ha’aretz. Amdocs, which develops telecommunications software, including programs…

  • Russian Jewish children narrowly miss bomb blast

    NEW YORK, May 13 (JTA) — A Lubavitch synagogue in Moscow has been severely damaged by a bomb. No one was injured in the attack, which occurred at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday night, according to a spokesman for Lubavitch World Headquarters in New York. But the explosion occurred just minutes after some 70 children and their…

  • U.S. to deport Lithuanian

    NEW YORK, June 23 (JTA) — The United States is one step closer to deporting an 80-year-old man who served in a Lithuanian mobile killing squad during World War II. A federal appeals court in Chicago unanimously affirmed last Friday a 1995 court decision to strip Kazys Ciurinskas of his U.S. citizenship. The U.S. Justice…

  • Mordechai Strigler, editor of Yiddish Forward, is dead

    NEW YORK, May 14 (JTA) — Mordechai Strigler, a prolific Yiddish writer who was editor of the Yiddish Forward, has died at age 76. Born in 1921 in Zamosc, Poland, Strigler was sent to study in a yeshiva at age 11. In 1937 he began work as a rabbi and teacher in Warsaw. When the…