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Seven siblings killed in New York fire

By Sebastien Malo, March 23, 2015

The Orthodox community in Brooklyn, New York, is in shock after seven siblings lost their lives in a fire.

Hundreds turned up to mourn at the funeral on Sunday.

It is believed that the fire started after a food-warming plate used for Shabbat malfunctioned.

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Jewish MP walks out of Australian parliament over PM Tony Abbott's Nazi slur

By Naomi Firsht, March 20, 2015

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott caused uproar in the country's parliament when he compared the Labour party leader to Joseph Goebbels, prompting a Jewish MP to walk out.

Labour frontbencher and leading member of Melbourne’s Jewish community Michael Danby walked out of prime minister’s questions when Mr Abbot likened Labour leader Bill Shorten to the Nazi propaganda minister.

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After the tragedy, a new simchah for Hannah

By Rosa Doherty, March 19, 2015

The batmitzvah girl whose simchah was called to an abrupt end after the shooting of a synagogue guard in Copenhagen last month has been given the chance to celebrate in peace.

Hannah Bentow and her family were holding a party at Denmark's central synagogue last month when Omar El-Hussein shot and killed volunteer security guard Dan Uzan, who was stationed at the entrance.

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Tears at the tills as Paris store reopens

By Amy Labarriere and Naomi Firsht, March 19, 2015

Burned-out candles and dead flowers still litter the streets at Porte de Vincennes, ongoing signs of the death and destruction that hit this unremarkable Paris neighbourhood two months ago.

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Lego creator is bricking it for Pesach

By Josh Jackman, March 19, 2015

Children have played with Lego for decades, but now they can add a Jewish element to their fun, with a Seder plate, tzedakah box and IDF soldier (right) all on offer.

Yitzy Kasowitz, a professional Lego builder from Minnesota in the United States, is selling the models as part of his Jbrick project.

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Concern over hate in Malmö

By Nathalie Rothschild, March 19, 2015

Barack Obama's antisemitism envoy has warned of the likelihood of "tragic incidents" unless Europe does more to protect Jewish communities.

Ira Forman made the comments this week while visiting Sweden to assess the country's efforts to prevent attacks on Jews.

In Malmö, the southern Swedish city that has acquired an international reputation for antisemitism, Mr Forman said: "I think people

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Watch it! App helps prayer

By Josh Jackman, March 19, 2015

It has not even gone on sale yet, but the new Apple Watch has already attracted the attention of a software producer rushing to make the first Jewish app for the device.

New York-based technology firm RustyBrick is preparing to launch an app which will alert wearers of the watch to prayer times and the where-abouts of kosher restaurants.

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Letter from: Phnom Penh

By Francis Wilmer, March 19, 2015

Rabbi Bentzion Butman takes a seat behind his desk. In his office the air conditioning pumps out cool air.

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White House rethink on peace talks after Netanyahu election victory

By Rosa Doherty, March 18, 2015

The White House is concerned by what it said was "divisive rhetoric" used by Benjamin Netanyahu in the Israeli election campaign.

On Tuesday, Mr Netanyahu went back on his commitment to a Palestinian state and earlier promised to continue building settlements in the West Bank.

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Dieudonné avoids jail after sympathising with terrorist

By Naomi Firsht, March 18, 2015

Antisemitic French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala has been handed a two-month suspended sentence for likening himself to a Paris terrorist.

Dieudonné caused outrage when he posted a video of himself on Facebook saying “I feel like Charlie Coulibaly” shortly after the attacks on a kosher supermarket and satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in January.

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