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Ian Housman

Traveler & Birthright Alumnus

  The Times of Israel
Three Syrian mortar shells explode on Israeli Golan

One injured in stabbing attack in central Israeli town

Fighting terror with a teddy bear

Arab states call on Abbas to restore calm as West Bank protests dwindle

Miami to sleep with the fishes, climate change study shows

  Moment Magazine
Q&A: Ethiopian-Israeli Holocaust Museum Volunteers

Religion & Violence // A Moment Symposium

When 400 Rabbis Marched on Washington

Q&A: Abbas’s UN “Bombshell”

Q&A: Animal Rights Activist and Holocaust Survivor Alex Hershaft - Home
One injured in stabbing attack in Ra'anana

Iranian parliament passes bill approving nuclear deal

Analysis: A speech more about diplomacy than terror

Analysis: A capital on edge

Erdan: Government must express its sovereignty in Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem

  Editorial and Opinion Feed
Ross Urges Israel To Be ‘Proactive’ With PA

Chain Of Command

Clamoring To Serve?

Proud Of Raisman

Brooklyn Energy Video - The Middle East
U.S. Training Elite Afghan Troops

Disarray in Middle East Imperils Obama's Policy Plans

Oil’s Decline Threatens Iraq’s Fight Against ISIS

Brooklyn Men Arrested in Plot to Join ISIS

Jury Finds Palestinian Authority, PLO Liable for Attacks headlines RSS
New tensions threaten Arab businesses recovering from trauma of Gaza war

Tel Aviv residents save the city's oldest ficus tree

Young woman killed, two others hurt in West Bank stabbing attack

Four Syrian nuclear scientists shot dead near Damascus

Netanyahu 'invites' Arab protesters to move to Palestinian Authority

Merry Shpitzvinkel!

Hanukkah: Fighting the Darkness with Light

Lights: An Inspiring Hanukkah Music Video

Hanukkah’s Last Light

Hanukkah: Rock of Ages

  Jew or Not Jew
Rob Lowe

Fish and Chips

Zack Norman

Ruth Dreifuss

Trevor Rosenthal

  Jewish Telegraphic Agency
In Putin’s policing of Middle East, some see a boon for Israel

Op-Ed: On Conservative Judaism, why all the talk about failure?

Palestinian man killed after stabbing Israeli soldier, grabbing his gun

3 ex-Bank Leumi execs to return millions in bonus money

Op-Ed: How to teach kids to support Jewish causes

Jewcy is Taking a Summer Sabbatical

OMGWTBIBLE: Luzer Twerksy on Leaving Orthodoxy, Acting, and—Yes—Torah

I Went to India, And I Found “Shanti”

OMGWTFBIBLE: In Which We See the Backside of God. Literally.

OMGWTFBIBLE: Have You Ever Read the Bible on Weed?

  Jewish Ideas Daily - Daily Features
You Only Live Twice

Religion and State in Israel

The Ten Commandments

Come Swing with Me

Secularism and Its Discontents

  Tablet Magazine
Why Putin’s Syria Gambit Aims at Something Bigger Than Syria

'Daf Yomi': When Making a Vow, Consider Where You Stand

Marina Rustow Shares the 411 on the Geniza Work That Made Her a MacArthur ‘Genius’ Fellow

Jerusalem Man With Nunchucks Subdues Terrorist on City Bus

Scholars Debunk ‘Times’ Article on Temple Mount











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