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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in the blue tie, meet with the boy Moshe Holtzberg and his nanny Sandra at an event at the Nariman Chabad house in Mumbai, the site of the 2008 shooting that left Holtzberg's parents dead, July 5, 2017. (Atef Safadi/AFP/Getty Images)

10 years after the Mumbai massacre, a murdered Chabad couple’s son flourishes in Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — “Everything is good.” Sandra Samuel is riding on a bus from Afula in northern Israel to the city apartment in Jerusalem that she shares with four other women from India and has agreed to talk to a reporter. She is coming from a weekly visit with her “Moshe-boy.” Ten years ago, everyone...

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A view of the snow that wreaked havoc on New York City and New Jersey's transit systems, Nov. 15, 2018. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

New York’s ‘Snowvember’ and the kindness of friends and strangers

(JTA) — I don’t mean to get mushy about what for tens of thousands of people was a miserable night — and certainly won’t complain about an ugly snowstorm when dozens have died in California wildfires — but Thursday night’s “Snowvember” taught me a lot about the kindness of friends and strangers and the strength...

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William Goldman at a New York Knicks game in New York City, Dec. 23, 2003. (Ray Amati/Getty Images)

William Goldman, who wrote ‘Princess Bride’ and ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,’ dies at 87

(JTA) — William Goldman, a novelist and screenwriter who twice won the Oscars for his work on “All the President’s Men” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” died at the age of 87. Goldman, who was Jewish, passed away Thursday night in his Manhattan home, surrounded by family and friends at the age of...

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Alan Arkin, left, and Michael Douglas star in "The Kominsky Method," the latest from "Big Bang Theory" creator Chuck Lorre. (Mike Yarish/Netflix)

Michael Douglas and Alan Arkin mine aging for laughs in Chuck Lorre’s latest, ‘The Kominsky Method’

(JTA) — “The Kominsky Method” is the wisest and saddest new comedy on television. That might be its biggest problem. The protagonist of the eight-episode Netflix series that debuts Friday is Sandy Kominsky (played by Michael Douglas), a Jewish Tony Award-winning actor who landed with a thud in Hollywood. He no longer acts for a...

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In his home near Brussels on Oct. 26, 2018, Mischael Modrikamen holds up an anti-Semitic caricature favored by anti-Israel circles in Belgium. (Cnaan Liphshiz)

A Jewish lawyer is Steve Bannon’s main ally in uniting Europe’s right

BRUSSELS (JTA) — Europe has pro-Trump populists far more powerful and better known than Mischael Modrikamen, the leader of Belgium’s small People’s Party. There is Marine Le Pen of France’s National Front, who clinched more than a third of the votes – about 10 million of them — in the 2017 presidential elections with her nationalist and anti-Islam platform. Or Mateo...

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Stabber shot by Dutch police was seeking Jewish and Christian victims, prosecutors say

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A Syrian asylum seeker shot by police officers in The Hague after stabbing three people was looking for Jewish or Christian victims, prosecutors said. On Wednesday, prosecutors said the officers lawfully and justifiably discharged their weapons in the May 5 shooting of the man who has been identified in the Dutch media...

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Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett arrives to an education conference at the Wohl Center in Ramat Gan on November 15, 2018. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90

Early elections in Israel? Netanyahu says he’s ‘confident’ his coalition partners won’t topple the government

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that he is confident his coalition partners would not topple his government. Netanyahu’s office issued a statement amid early election talk within the Jewish Home party, which can force Israel to go to the ballots a year earlier than planned by leaving the country’s governing coalition....

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Stan Lee poses with a book of "Spider Man" comics in 1991. Along with Spider Man, Lee created characters such as Iron Man, Thor and The Incredible Hulk. (Gerald Martineau/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Stan Lee gave comic books permission to be more Jewish

(JTA) — When Stan Lee died on Nov. 12 at 95, he left behind a vast legacy. Between 1961 and 1969, his greatest sustained burst of creative activity, he co-created a vast array of iconic characters, including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Avengers, the Incredible Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther, Daredevil, Nick...

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New York state councilman sorry for suggesting Orthodox Jews aren’t ‘normal’

(JTA) — A councilman in upstate New York apologized for a text that juxtaposed Orthodox Jews with “normal” ones. Peter Bradley, a member of the Clarkstown Town Council in Rockland County, apologized on Nov. 12 and again the following day at a council meeting for the statements he made on Nov. 2, less than a...

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Argentina arrests 2 brothers with suspected links to Hezbollah

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Police in Argentina arrested two brothers suspected of ties to Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement based on information provided by local Jews. The men, in their 20s, were arrested Thursday in the capital, Buenos Aires. Police discovered a small arsenal that included a rifle, one shotgun and a number of pistols, among...