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Kushner to Lead Diplomatic Delegation to Israel, Morocco

(JNS) Senior adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump Jared Kushner reportedly will lead an American delegation to Israel and Morocco next week for talks in the aftermath of the North African nation agreeing to normalize ties with the Jewish state.

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New Reforms Aim to Bolster Diaspora Jewry’s Ties to Israel

(Israel Hayom via JNS) The Knesset’s Labor, Welfare and Health Committee has approved new regulations aimed at encouraging aliyah and strengthening Diaspora Jewry’s Israel ties.

The reforms will for the first time allow any

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Senior Israeli Rabbis Urge Ultra-Orthodox to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

(Israel Hayom via JNS) Senior rabbis in Israel issued a decree urging the public to receive the coronavirus vaccine, declaring that “according to all acceptable medical parameters, it has been proven that the vaccines are safe.”

The decree was issued by rabbis Chaim Kanievsky, Gershon Edelstein,

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How to Enjoy the Glow Without the Low on Chanukah

Dear Dr. Chani,

I am embarrassed to say it, but Chanukah is really hard for me. I am a mother of five and I always look forward to Chanukah. As Simchas Torah ends, I already begin anticipating it. Then, when we change the clocks and the temperature starts dropping, I imagine the warmth of

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Gap Year, Pandemic Edition

(Courtesy of Bnei Akiva) If you asked Rachel Gelb, a Frisch alumna from Teaneck, currently in her gap year in Israel at Midreshet Torah V’Avodah (MTVA), if this is what she envisioned when applying to programs a year ago, she would respond with a resounding “NO.” She would never have imagined flying to Israel in a mask, being

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A New ‘Gap Year’ Experience

After careful consideration of where to attend seminary for my gap year in Israel, I was suddenly faced with the reality that the pandemic meant my year would be nothing like I had envisioned. I had so many questions. Would I be granted entry into Israel? How would I feel quarantining with students I had never met? After

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Israel and Slovenia Sign Innovation Agreement

(TPS) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week welcomed Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa in Jerusalem, Jansa’s first visit outside of Europe, a fact Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said is “an expression of the warm relations between Israel and

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Pfizer Vaccine Lands at Ben-Gurion

(JNS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was on hand at Ben-Gurion International Airport to welcome the arrival of a plane bearing the first shipment of pharmaceutical giant Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.

Israel inked a $237.5 million deal with Pfizer last month for 8 million doses of the vaccine, sufficient to inoculate nearly half the country’s

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Knesset House Committee Approves Elections on March 16

(TPS) The Knesset’s House Committee approved a bill dispersing the Knesset for its first reading, another step toward the fourth round of elections in Israel in two years’ time.

By a 10-7 vote, the House Committee decided

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Knesset House Committee Approves Elections on March 16

(TPS) The Knesset’s House Committee approved a bill dispersing the Knesset for its first reading, another step toward the fourth round of elections in Israel in two years’ time.

By a 10-7 vote, the House Committee decided

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Israel and Slovenia Sign Innovation Agreement

(TPS) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week welcomed Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa in Jerusalem, Jansa’s first visit outside of Europe, a fact Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi said is “an expression of the warm relations between Israel and

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Moody’s Reaffirms Israel’s A1 Credit Rating

(Israel Hayom via JNS) A recent report by global credit-rating agency Moody’s lauded the Israeli government’s fiscal policy but criticized its inability to pass a state budget.

The 31-page report said that while the agency expects that “the domestic political environment will continue to be highly

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