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Tucson congresswoman Giffords back for debt-limit vote

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2011

A US congresswoman who was shot in the head seven months ago was cheered as she cast her first vote since the attack.

Gabrielle Giffords, a Jewish Democratic Party representative for Tucson, Arizona, was in Washington to vote on the debt-limit bill, which averted a financial disaster for the US with just hours to go.

Ms Giffords was accompanied by her astronaut husband Mark Kelly.

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Family 'ran $7m drugs and sex ring'

By Ellen Tumposky, July 28, 2011

A Russian Jew and his wife ran a high-end prostitution ring that catered to Wall Street customers who would spend up to $10,000 a night for sex and drugs, according to prosecutors in Brooklyn.

Mikhail Yampolsky and his wife, Bronislava, were among 17 people indicted last week after an investigation into their business, High Class NY.

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Nazi 'Angel of Death' Mengele's diaries bought by Jewish collector

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2011

An Orthodox Jewish man has paid more than £150,000 for the diaries of a man held responsible for murdering and maiming thousands of people during the Holocaust.

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Easy riding settlers go West Bank to West Coast

By Nathan Jeffay, July 21, 2011

It is Easy Rider, settler-style.

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Man indicted for murder, kidnap of Brooklyn boy

By Jennifer Lipman, July 21, 2011

A medical examination into the death of a murdered Chasidic child has revealed that he was drugged by his killer.

According to New York officials, before Leiby Kletzky was smothered he was given a cocktail of a muscle relaxant, an anti-psychotic substance and pain medications.

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Second tragedy for millionaire Jonah Shacknai

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2011

The son of a millionaire pharmaceutical mogul has died just days after the gruesome death of his father's girlfriend.

Max Shacknai, the son of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp chief executive Jonah Shacknai, was said to have fallen down the stairs at the family's San Diego mansion last week.

The six-year-old was taken to hospital but could not be resuscitated.

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Couple face jail for 'kidnapping' man who wouldn't give wife religious divorce

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2011

A New Jersey couple appeared in US federal court on Monday on charges of kidnapping a man who would not grant his wife a religious divorce.

David and Judy Wax were released on bail but if they are indicted by a grand jury they could face life sentences. Their lawyers said the parents of eight would both plead not guilty.

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Rabbinical college criticised for Israel memorial email

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

The chair of an organisation dedicated to supporting the families of Israel's war casualties has expressed concern about a proposal by a US rabbinical college to "broaden" commemorative ceremonies.

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Michele Bachmann: a lesson in bad yiddish

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Michel Bachmann, a darling of America's Christian right, runs into a spot of trouble with a very well-known Yiddish word. Watch the clip at 1.35 for more:

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The New York rabbi and the Shabbat sex scandal

By Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2011

A rabbi and his wife are engaged in a court battle over his alleged involvement with prostitutes and her role in a sting operation to catch him.

Long Island rabbi Avraham Rabinowich, who is even alleged to have hired prostitutes on Shabbat – after services - was secretly filmed by a private investigator. The investigator had been hired by his wife Dr Amora Rachelle during a custody fight.

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