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Israel on verge of creating one chief rabbi role

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 23, 2014

The israeli government has backed a move to disband the twin posts of the Sephardi and Ashkenazi chief rabbis.

Last Sunday, the cabinet’s legislative committee unanimously voted for the proposal, co-sponsored by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Economics Minister Naftali Bennett.


Canberra pro-settler stance makes waves

By Dan Goldberg, January 23, 2014

Britain called in Israel’s envoy last week to protest against Jerusalem’s intention to build more settlements in the West Bank. In stark contrast, Australia’s Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, in Israel last week for Ariel Sharon’s funeral, urged the international community to refrain from branding the settlements “illegal”.


Mother kills both children before suicide

By Dan Friedman, January 23, 2014

It was a suburban tragedy to turn the blood cold.

When Richard Berman, 51, got an email on January 13 from his ex-wife threatening to hurt their 16-year-old son, Alexander, and 15-year-old daughter, Jacqueline, he feared the worst.


Israel plans laser beam rocket shield

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 23, 2014

Israeli defence firms are developing new short-range missile defence systems to protect civilians and military bases in border areas under threat.

The IDF’s Iron Dome has proved capable of intercepting the majority of missiles but is less effective at dealing with rockets and mortar rounds fired from under four miles away.


Hungarian Jews furious over WW2 whitewash memorial

By Valentina Jovanovski, January 23, 2014

Hungary's Jewish community is demanding the government reconsider a planned memorial marking the 70th anniversary of the German occupation, saying it fails to acknowledge the country’s role in the Holocaust.

András Heisler, president of Mazsihisz, the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities, said the plans disregard “the responsibility of the Hungarian government of that time.”


Pope ‘to open archives on Pius XII’

By Isabel de bertodano, January 23, 2014

One of Argentina’s most senior rabbis has confirmed that Pope Francis is likely to open to the public Vatican archives concerning the action of Pope Pius XII during the Second World War.

Rabbi Abraham Skorka, who is rector of the Latin American Rabbinical Seminary in Buenos Aires, has been a close friend of the Pope for many years and stayed with him in the Vatican in September.


Multi-billion funds mull Israel exit

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 23, 2014

The international pressure on Israel to cease settlement-building and reach an agreement with the Palestinians is beginning to directly affect its economic prospects as European investment funds start to rethink their connections to the Jewish state.


Israel to send astronaut into space

By Rosa Doherty, January 22, 2014

Israel has confirmed it has plans to send an astronaut into space.

The Israel Space Agency (ISA) has held talks with the US, European, Russian and Chinese space agencies about dispatching an astronaut to stay on the International Space Station.


French comedian Dieudonne questioned by police over 'assault'

By JC Reporter, January 22, 2014

The antisemitic French comedian at the centre of the row over Nicolas Anelka’s quenelle gesture has been questioned by police in France after allegedly assaulting a bailiff.

Reports say that Dieudonne M'Bala was involved in an incident after bailiffs arrived at his home to demand payment of unpaid fines.


A quarter of JDate survey respondents would marry cheating partner

By Sandy Rashty, January 22, 2014

Men are expected to be the primary breadwinners, wives want to be younger than their husbands and around 25 per cent of people would consider marrying a partner who had cheated on them in their relationship, according to a survey co-led by top Jewish dating website, JDate.

The statistics were taken from a survey of 2,600 men and women, aged 18 to 59, in the United States.