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Netanyahu: Israel Is Returning to Africa in Big Way

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flies to Uganda, the first stop of a four-day trip that will also include visits to Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Uganda on Monday, the first stop of a four-day trip that will also include visits to Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia.

Prior to his departure...

New Jersey Undergrads Kick Off Summer With ‘Spiritual Super Charge’ in Israel

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Jerusalem—As their classmates headed home after a long academic year, 300 elite undergraduate students—including 26 from New Jersey—boarded flights for the Jewish homeland to kick off the summer with an identity-building experience unlike any other.

Run by MEOR (www.MEOR.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring, educating and empowering Jewish students at top universities across the country, the 18-day MEOR Israel program affords students the opportunity to explore their heritage through classes with dynamic teachers on topics such as Jewish leadership, relationships and philosophy while exploring Israel’s rich and varied historic, geographic, recreational...

Israeli Leaders Condemn Istanbul Airport Terror Attack

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(JNS.org) Israeli leaders have expressed their condolences to Turkey a day after Tuesday’s bombing terror attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, in which at least 41 people were killed and scores of others were injured. The Islamic State terror group is suspected to have carried out the attack.



Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on “civilized nations” to fight against “the scourge of terrorism,” and President Reuven Rivlin called the attack a “cowardly, murderous act.” The attack came amid the Israeli diplomatic-security cabinet’s approval of the recently struck reconciliation agreement between Israel and Turkey.

The attack “is an example of the most...

Israeli Ministers Officially Approve Reconciliation Deal With Turkey

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(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Israeli diplomatic-security cabinet on Wednesday approved the recently struck reconciliation agreement between Israel and Turkey. Following a five-hour debate, the cabinet ministers voted 7-3 in favor of the agreement.

Israel’s cabinet approval of the agreement came a day after a shooting and bombing attack, suspected to have been carried out by the Islamic State terror group, killed 41 people at Turkey’s Ataturk Airport in Istanbul.

Yisrael Beiteinu party leader and Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman voted against the agreement, as did Habayit Hayehudi party leader and Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet...

Consumer Alert: Potentially Problematic Tefillin Straps

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Me’ah She’arim, Jerusalem—One of the arguably most important possessions of any observant Jewish male over the age of 12 years and 11 months (or even earlier, for some of Sephardic or German descent) are his tefillin, or phylacteries. Sourced originally as Halacha L’Moshe MiSinai, the production of tefillin is often a complicated and expensive process, mainly due to the nuanced requirements of the writing of the scrolls within and the shaping of the external boxes, and, with time, a lot of work is required to keep them in working order. In fact, tefillin boxes so easily become pasul (not kosher), that most sofrim (Jewish ritual scribes) advise having them checked inside and...

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