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    Israel is holding a Palestinian terrorist accused of undergoing military training in Iran. The Shin Bet announced Monday that it is holding a Palestinian who was detained by Israeli forces in the Gaza Strip last month, and who confessed to training in Iran. The Palestinian belongs to a Gaza-based armed offshoot of Fatah. According to… More ▸

  • With Rock Music, Islamic Teachings, Ex-premier Fights for Moderate Islam

    In its telling, the story of a notorious lynching of Jews is not unusual. The storyteller, however, is: Abdurrahman Wahid, the former Indonesian president, and a leading Muslim scholar. In an interview with JTA, Wahid, who traveled to the United States and then Israel in recent weeks to preach his message of Muslim tolerance, revealed… More ▸

  • Jews and Power

    The Jewish culture folks over at Nextbook are putting on the latest installment of their Festivals of Ideas series Sunday in New York. Among the literati lined up to talk about Jews and Power: Cynthia Ozick, Shalom Auslander, Ruth Wisse, and Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg. Nowhere on the Web page, however, is it noted the irony… More ▸

  • A brief interview with Nathan Englander

    Nathan Englander today at the President’s Conference JTA’s Israel correspondent Dina Kraft speaks with author Nathan Englander who participated in a panel discussion on Jewish literature today at the President’s Conference in Jerusalem. Audio sound funny? Upgrade your Flash player. To subscribe to JTA’s Behind the News podcast, click here. More ▸

  • Commander of Exodus, Yossi Harel, Dies at 90

    On Monday, a white-haired former shipmate propped a gold-fringed, pale blue flag of the legendary Exodus ship next to the coffin of its commander, Yossi Harel. A short distance away sparkled the azure Mediterranean Sea, whose waters Harel sailed four times on clandestine journeys between 1945 and 1948, bringing a total of 24,000 Holocaust survivors… More ▸

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    A reprint of the famous of Sarajevo Haggadah made its debut at the Bosnian capital’s national theater. The publisher, Rabic book house, reprinted the Sarajevo Haggadah in Bosnian and English and presented it Saturday. The original Sarajevo Haggadah was written by an unknown author in Barcelona, Spain, between 1350 and 1370. The Haggadah was known… More ▸

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    An overflow crowd stood outside a suburban New York synagogue for the funeral service of its prominent rabbi and rebbetzin killed in a fast-moving house fire. Rabbi Jacob Rubenstein, the religious leader of the Young Israel of Scarsdale, and his wife, Deborah, were killed in the middle of the night Saturday. Their service was held… More ▸

  • Trip Flap Has Netanyahu Claiming a Smear Campaign by Foes

    Two years after Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Britain to defend Israel, the opposition leader and former prime minister is defending himself. An Israeli television expose over the weekend revealed that Netanyahu rang up a sizable bill while on a speaking tour of London during the 2006 Second Lebanon War. Channel 10 reported that the weeklong… More ▸

  • Leader of Darfur Project Wins a $100,000 Humanitarian Prize

    The simplest innovations sometimes lead to the greatest rewards, as Rachel Andres learned this week when she was named the 2008 recipient of the $100,000 Charles Bronfman Prize. The annual prize is awarded to a person or team of people younger than 50 whose Jewish values spark humanitarian efforts that help improve the world. Andres… More ▸

  • Oscar Buzz Revs Up for Israeli Film

    Joseph Cedar, the Orthodox director of the Oscar-nominated Israeli film “Beaufort,” has resolved a thorny Shabbat dilemma. Traditionally, on the day before the awards ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences holds a high-profile public symposium for the five finalists vying for the Oscar for best foreign-language film. This year the symposium is… More ▸