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A plague on both your iPhones for Passover

By Jennifer Lipman, April 14, 2011

An American iPhone application developer has found a way to bring the ten plagues into the 21st century.

Jeff Eagle's "Plague Audio" app features the passage read about the plagues during the Seder, along with sound effects to bring each one to life – from the croak of a frog to the sound of a hailstone crashing to the ground.

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Four cups of gin for Passover?

By Jennifer Lipman, April 13, 2011

Kosher for Passover gin is being widely sold for what is thought to be the first time.

Joining a long list of surprising food and drink items that can now be consumed chametz-free – from pasta to cereal and even bread – the gin was developed by a San Francisco manufacturer and sold on a limited basis last year.

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Newsweek's Sidney Harman dies at 92

By Jennifer Lipman, April 13, 2011

Sidney Harman, the Jewish businessman who bought Newsweek for a dollar last year, has died at the age of 92.

Mr Harman, the Deputy Secretary of Commerce under Jimmy Carter, was diagnosed with leukemia last month.

He died in Washington following complications from his illness. His wife, former Californian Congresswoman Jane Harman, was with him at the time.

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Larry King's smoked salmon bagel shop

By Jennifer Lipman, April 13, 2011

The Jewish television presenter Larry King has gone back to his cultural roots.

The 77-year-old, who gave up his nightly CNN spot after a quarter of a century last year, is now a shareholder in the Beverley Hills franchise of an American bagel business.

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Israel sends help to Belarus train blast victims

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2011

Israel has sent a medical team to Belarus following a bomb blast in the country’s capital which left at least 12 people dead.

More than 200 people were wounded, many of them critically, following the explosion of a radio-controlled device in an underground train carriage on Monday evening.

Officials in the former Soviet republic have described what happened as a terrorist attack.

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Pregnant Natalie Portman's Jewish superstitions

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2011

The Academy Award winning actress Natalie Portman has revealed that she will not find out the sex of her baby before she gives birth later this year, because of Jewish superstition.

Ms Portman, 29, who is expecting her first child with her Black Swan choreographer boyfriend Benjamin Millepied, told US Weekly magazine that she did not want to know before the due date.

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Facebook founder wins Winklevoss case

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2011

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg walked out of a San Francisco courtroom victorious on Monday after winning his latest legal battle with the Olympic rowers, identical twins Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss.

The twins, who studied at Harvard at the same time as Mr Zuckerberg, were denied the right to challenge an earlier settlement over Facebook's origins.

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Nicole Krauss up for Orange Prize for Fiction

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2011

The American writer Nicole Krauss has been shortlisted for this year’s Orange Prize for Fiction, the UK’s only award specifically for women writers.

Ms Krauss is up for the £30,000 prize for her third book Great House, the follow-up to her international bestseller The History of Love.

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WikiLeaks 'disgraceful' for antisemite links, says Guardian writer

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2011

A Guardian journalist has rounded on WikiLeaks as "disgraceful" and said Julian Assange and his colleagues should be ashamed of themselves for giving documents to "known antisemite and crook" Israel Shamir.

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He sent Anne Frank to Belsen, then joined West German intelligence

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2011

The Nazi officer who seized Anne Frank from her hiding place in an Amsterdam attic and deported her to a concentration camp later served in the West German intelligence agency BND, according to a new book.

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