Media

Maurice Levy's inspiration: his grandfather rabbi

By Anna Sheinman, March 22, 2013

Maurice Lévy, one of the most powerful men in global advertising, has named his rabbi grandfather as his greatest inspiration.

Mr Lévy is chief executive officer of the French Publicis Groupe, one of the three largest advertising companies in the world, with a £5bn revenue last year.

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Website provides Torah help for porn addicts

By Anna Sheinman, March 21, 2013

A website has been created to help Orthodox Jews struggling with addictions to porn, sex or masturbation find support in the Torah.

Guard Your Eyes — which bears the slogan ‘Maintaining Moral Purity In Today’s World’ — offers Torah-inspired assistance for those they term “caught in the shmutz”.

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Playboy launches in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2013

The publisher of a new Hebrew-language magazine says it can offer Israelis the kind of in-depth coverage of culture and sport not found in the country’s mainstream media. But it is unlikely to be this aspect that piques readers’ interest.

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Top award for Hungarian ‘hate’ journalist

By Sandy Rashty, March 21, 2013

Israel’s ambassador to Hungary has called on the government to revoke an award given to an allegedly antisemitic TV presenter last Friday.

Ferenc Szaniszlo, who works for the privately-owned Echo TV, was presented with Hungary’s top journalism prize, the Tancsics Award.

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Yes, I’m professional — what’s the problem?

By Sandy Rashty, March 8, 2013

Leeds quizzer extraordinaire Barry Simmons has made it through to the finals of BBC Radio 4’s Brain of Britain 2013 – but not everyone is rejoicing.

The BBC confirmed that “there have been five official complaints from people who think it’s unfair that [Mr Simmons] is allowed to compete”.

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The media, military and modern Israel

By Yoel Cohen, March 4, 2013

The odds were against it. At the outset, November's Operation Pillar of Defence appeared similar to previous IDF operations, including Cast Lead in 2008, and the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident. In both, the Palestinians were cast as the underdog and the instinctively sympathetic Western media had the script written as soon as the first shots were fired.

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Racist death threat for Polish TV bosses

By Nissan Tzur, March 1, 2013

Two members of Poland’s National Broadcasting Council have received antisemitic death threats following their decision not to renew the license of ultra-Catholic TV station Trwam.

All television stations in Poland have had to re-apply for their operating licences as part of a national switch to digital broadcasting.

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From Saudi, a tribute to the state of Israel

By Tazpit News Agency, March 1, 2013

London-based pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat has come up with a surprising take on the Holy Land.

Dr Amal Al-Hazzani, an assistant professor at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, described the recent Israeli elections “as something of an exception in the Middle East” in an article titled “The Israel We Do Not Know”.

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Chief Rabbi defends Rupert Murdoch during Israel tour

By Jenni Frazer, February 14, 2013

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks made an unexpectedly robust defence of media tycoon Rupert Murdoch this week, declaring that Israel did not have “a better or more significant friend in the world” than Mr Murdoch.

Lord Sacks spoke during his last official visit to Israel as chief rabbi, in a mission to the northern projects of the UJIA.

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A Scarfe won’t Ward off the cold

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 12, 2013

Look, I know we're all supposed to be beside ourselves with anger over That Cartoon. I know That Cartoon has given rise to a communal uproar - a rare instance of almost total communal unity, our righteous outrage dutifully articulated by the Board of Deputies, the JLC, CST and so on.

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