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October 31, 2006
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An Israeli medical center made a Newsweek list of leading foreign hospitals. Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv ranked seventh in the “world leaders” top 10 hospital list assembled in the magazine’s recent edition.

A leading Israeli rabbi challenged the long-standing fervently Orthodox insistence on gender segregation at social celebrations. Ma’ariv on Monday quoted Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, spiritual mentor to the Sephardi political movement Shas, as saying that the mechitza, or partition used to separate men and women at events like weddings, should not be insisted upon if it causes family strife.

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