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  • Studying the Talmud Women at Talmud Event Share in Joy of Celebration

    The eighth and ninth floors of Madison Square Garden, usually reserved for less-wealthy sports fans, were home for a few hours this week to a few thousand women attending the celebration of the completion of daily Talmud study. Crowding in for single-sex elevator rides, the girls, wives, mothers and senior citizens attending Tuesday night’s event… More ▸

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    Sixty-three settler families have agreed to leave the Gaza Strip, an Israeli official said. According to figures released Wednesday by Disengagement Authority chief Yonatan Bassi, 63 families from the mostly secular settlements of Peat Sadeh, Nisanit and Elei Sinai have taken up government relocation packages before this summer’s Gaza withdrawal. More ▸

  • In Ten Commandments Case, U.S. Justices Seek Middle Ground

    Jewish scholars say there are some circumstances in which they would find the public display of the Ten Commandments on government property acceptable — but not the cases now before the Supreme Court. In oral arguments on two separate Ten Commandments cases Wednesday, the justices seemed to be looking for the line that divided acceptable… More ▸

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    Peter Zvi Malkin, a Mossad agent who helped bring Adolf Eichmann to trial in Israel, has died. Malkin died Tuesday at 77 in New York. His body is being flown to Israel for burial by the Israeli government, according to Arye Mekel, consul general of Israel in New York. More ▸

  • Uruguay Inaugurates a New President Who Names Jews to Government Posts

    When Dr. Tabare Ramon Vazquez was sworn in this week as the first leftist president in Uruguayan history, the country’s 23,000-strong Jewish minority pondered the age-old question: Is this good for the Jews? The short answer, according to community leaders interviewed by phone from Sao Paulo, is yes. They say Uruguay’s Jewish community has nothing… More ▸

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    The Supreme Court sought to decide the constitutional limits on the public display of the Ten Commandments on government property. In oral arguments for two cases Wednesday, justices questioned how the government could acknowledge the Ten Commandments’ role as part of the founding of American law and government without endorsing religion. More ▸

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    A new campaign urges the U.S. State Department to intervene to help boost college study programs in Israel. Caravan for Democracy, a program of the Jewish National Fund, Media Watch International and Hamagshamim, launched the campaign with a news conference on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. More ▸

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    The Palestinians want to negotiate for their statehood in the West Bank and Gaza Strip within a year. “If the United States wants to help end this conflict, it should bring the Israeli and Palestinian sides to the negotiating table within six months to a year to start final-status negotiations,” Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ahmed… More ▸

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    The Republican Jewish Coalition criticized remarks by a U.S. senator, who compared Republican political tactics to Adolf Hitler’s. Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) said Tuesday on the Senate floor that Republican efforts to forbid a filibuster on judicial nominations was like Hitler’s efforts to gain support for Nazi policies in the German Reichstag. More ▸