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Op-Ed: Are more Jewish women staying single?

More Jewish women are staying single (at least longer than their peers) and have a lower than average birth rate, at least according to one author.

Abbas: Holocaust 'most heinous crime' of modern era

Ramallah - The mass killing of Jews in the Holocaust was "the most heinous crime" against humanity in the modern era, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said Sunday in his strongest remarks yet on the Nazi genocide.

Three dead, suspect caught in shootings at U.S. Jewish sites

Washington - A gunman shot three people dead at a Jewish community center and a retirement community in Kansas, drawing widespread condemnation and consternation on the eve of Passover.

Pastafarianism now an official religion in Poland

The Church of Flying Spaghetti Monster is now accepted as an official religion in Poland after a 2013 ruling was overturned on Tuesday.

Israel's ultra-Orthodox plan huge anti-draft protest

Jerusalem - Jerusalem was bracing on Sunday for a mass protest of ultra-Orthodox Jews enraged over plans to conscript their young men for military service.Police said that "hundreds of thousands" were likely to attend the demonstration alongside the main road in a...

Simon Wiesenthal Center's most wanted Nazi dies, aged 98

Budapest - Laszlo Csatary died Aug. 10, at the age of 98. He was regarded by the Jewish human rights organization, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, as the world’s most wanted Nazi war criminal still at large.

Drew Barrymore removing tattoos prior to converting to Judaism

Drew Barrymore may have a rather wild past behind her, but now she wants to grow up and convert to Judaism, the faith of her husband.

Hungary: A new synagogue for Budapest but anti-Semitism on rise

Budapest - Last Sunday, February 1, the foundation stone for the first new synagogue in Hungary in 80 years was laid in the Csepel district of the Hungarian capital, Budapest against a background of rising anti-Semitism.

Op-Ed: Religious Radicalism — A growing worldwide issue

Violence in the name of religion is on the rise in many parts of the world. Many groups now use religion as a tool to influence, mobilize and unite people in a radicalized manner.

French lawyer sought removal of judge with Jewish name

Lyon - Disciplinary proceedings have been started against French barrister, Alexis Dubruel, based in Lyon, who had demanded that a judge be disqualified from hearing a case, where Dubruel acted for one of the parties, because of the judge’s Jewish last name.

Index to 4.5 million Jewish records from Poland online Special

A website with a name searchable index to birth, marriage and death records of Jews from Poland from 1808 to 1911 exists through the efforts of Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, Stanley Diamond of Montreal, and an international group of volunteers.

Op-Ed: Antisemitism, authoritarianism, conspiracy and porn

An Egyptian preacher has accused 'the Jews' of orchestrating a conspiracy to use Internet pornography in order to corrupt Muslims.

Polish court decree disgruntles Jewish groups

Lobbying from animal rights groups campaigning against practices used in traditional Jewish and Islamic ritual animal slaughter have led to Poland's Constitutional court to reinforce an existing law that could see to these practices being outlawed.

The historical significance of Operation Dove's Wings

Israel has initiated another airlift of Ethiopian Jews that is similar to previous ones it carried out in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Israel's 20-year-old Russian community

The one million strong Russian community that immigrated to Israel during and after the Fall of the Soviet Union has clearly made its mark on Israeli society.

German government seeks to reassure Jews and Muslims

The German government has sought to reassure Jews and Muslims that their religious practice of infant circumcision will be protected, despite an earlier court ruling that the child's right to bodily integrity outweighed the parents' rights.

Omar Sharif denies studying Kabbalah and converting to Judaism

Rumours are circulating that Hollywood film actor Omar Sharif, star of “Doctor Zhivago” and “Lawrence of Arabia,” has taken up studying the Kabbalah and converted to Judaism. Other news reports deny this.

Op-Ed: Scientology in sharp decline as new religions arise in Australia

Sydney - One of the unknown joys of being a middle class country is that you can take religions or leave them. People prepared to call themselves Scientologists totalled 2163 in the current census. 60,000+ call themselves Jedis.

Rabbi Ahron Cohen addresses the New Right on Judaism v Zionism Special

London - Rabbi Ahron Cohen of Neturei Karta was one of the speakers at the 39th meeting of the New Right in Central London this Sunday.

Delete your Facebook account or high school threatens expulsion

Brooklyn - An all-girl school in Brooklyn, New York has handed a stark ultimatum to all 11th grade students found to be using Facebook.

Op-Ed: Religion: Its crimes, fallacies and abuse of women and children

An honest and balanced look at aspects of religion, faith and theocratic influence in modern societies, and a few rational ideas regarding faith and its history.

Early Hitler writings on 'Jewish threat' unveiled in New York

New York - A Jewish human rights organization has unveiled a document by Adolf Hitler believed to contain his first anti-Semetic writings.

Atheist organizations launch ad campaigns during holiday period

Using provocative outdoor billboard and television advertising, atheist organizations are launching messaging timed to coincide with the Judeo-Christian holiday season - in an effort to maximize discussion.

Hillary Clinton: Religious freedom is under threat

Washington - Responding to the U.S. State Department’s Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says "religious freedom is under threat."

Op-Ed: World War III is upon us

Religious difference has been around for as long as we have had religions. Beyond that, religious conflict has occurred for as long as you have had more than one religion. Now it is apparent that religious differences might drive the war.

Poll: In U.S., Religious Prejudice Stronger Against Muslims

A new Gallup poll shows that more than 4 in 10 Americans (43 percent) admit to feeling at least "a little" prejudice toward Muslims.
 

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