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Articles from the January 8, 2021 edition

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 By Boaz Bismuth    News    January 8, 2021

Home at last: Jonathan Pollard arrives in Israel

(Israel Hayom via JNS) - Jonathan Pollard landed in Israel early Wednesday morning, one month after his parole restrictions were lifted and five years after he was released from U.S. federal prison... Full story

 By Gabe Friedman    News    January 8, 2021

Those we lost in 2020: Remembering the rabbis, pioneers and innovators

(JTA) - There's no way to tally all those we lost in 2020, a year when we mourned even our ability to carry out time-tested rituals of grief. Among those who died this year were some of the Jewish...


Israel leads world in vaccines

(JNS) - Israel vaccinated its millionth citizen against COVID-19 on Friday, just three days after announcing the 500,000th Israeli had received the first dose of the vaccine. Israeli Prime Minister... Full story


How Fox News depicts 'Palestine'

(JNS) - A graphic on Fox News last week showed "Palestine" as a country, despite it not being an independent nation. The graphic appeared during the Dec. 23 broadcast of "America's Newsroom" during a...


Yard displays are a sign of the times

Starting a business in the age of Covid may sound risky but a Winter Park couple, Evan and Susanne Roberts, saw it as an opportunity. They launched Sign Greeters, a company that installs large,...


From darkness to light - Rabbi tells his story

As part of their monthly guest speakers via Zoom "Physically Apart - Emotionally Together", Chabads of Greater Orlando and North Orlando invite you to hear the fascinating story of Rabbi Motti Fliksht... Full story


JFS Orlando's 10 favorite things in 2020

Even though three quarters of 2020 was under quarantine, JFS Orlando had many things to be thankful for. These are the agency’s 10 favorite things: 10 The Pearlman Emergency Food Pantry provided enough food for more than 175,000 meals to about... Full story

 By Aaron Bandler    News    January 8, 2021

StandWithUs calls on UC Merced to discipline 'anti-Semitic' professor

(Jewish Journal via JNS) — The pro-Israel educational organization StandWithUs sent a letter to the University of California Merced on Dec. 24 calling on it to take action against professor Abbas Ghassemi over his use of “anti-Semitic...

 By Shahar Klaiman    News    January 8, 2021

Saudi authorities remove anti-Semitic, anti-Zionist content from textbooks

(Israel Hayom via JNS) — Saudi authorities have been removing anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist content from the country’s textbooks for the coming school year, a report by the Jerusalem-based Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in...


When Israel and Arab nations unite, world should take note, says UN ambassador

(JNS) — Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan reflected on 2020 and how “Israel’s future looks brighter than ever” in his address on Sunday night at the Zionist Organization of America’s Virtual Superstar Gala. Erdan,... Full story


A toxic race curriculum has no place in Jewish schools

(JNS) — Just how far are Jewish institutions willing to go to accommodate the principles of critical race theory and its “cancel culture” view of American and Jewish history? In the case of Brandeis University Press, even that respected... Full story


An Abrahamic family reunion

(JNS) — Of all the efforts that U.S. President Donald Trump made on behalf of the Jewish people, the most meaningful and lasting may be the orchestration of peace agreements between Israel and its Arab neighbors. The benefits of those accords for s...


America's indispensable ally

Let us forget for a moment that Israel is not the nation-state of the Jewish people. Let us fantasize that it is not engaged in an intractable conflict with Palestinian Arabs who refuse to recognize or make peace with the legitimacy of an indigenous...


Will Biden learn from Trump and keep making America secure again?

(JNS) — “Build Back Better” was Joe Biden’s campaign slogan. How different is that, really, from “Make America Great Again”? Both BBB and MAGA suggest the need for restoration, for reversing deterioration and decline, for fixing what’s...


Jesus the Palestinian unicorn

In the year of the pandemic, it’s no wonder that horrible things continue to come back in ways that are threatening and objectively wrong. This year, maybe because of the virus and people being stuck at home with nothing better to do, a gross lie...


Achievements in 2020 in the battle against anti-Semitism

(BESA Center via JNS) — While the number of anti-Semitic incidents worldwide increased in 2020, there were several positive developments in the fight against this hatred. The decision this year by the European Court of Justice that the Flemish and...


What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS (Please note, because of the coronavirus, some minyans have been canceled or held virtually.) Chabad of North Orlando is holding in-person minyans. Chabad of South Orlando — Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Satu...

 By Shira Hanau    News    January 8, 2021

Cuomo promises consequences

(JTA) - After an Orthodox-owned health clinic appeared to be administering COVID-19 vaccines to members of the public contrary to state guidelines, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the investigation... Full story


How Pixar's 'Soul' borrows from an ancient Jewish idea

(JTA) - Pixar's "Soul," released on Friday on Disney+, is a tender balm of a movie about an aspiring jazz musician who dies on the day he gets his big break. Watching "Soul," which is set in a richly...


This 118-year-old Jewish bakery in India is a hit on Christmas

MYSORE, India (JTA) - From the flashing outdoor lights that deck out Park Street, to the bustling pop-up Christmas market at the central rotunda of the sprawling New Market, Christmas has always been...

 By ISRAEL21c    News    January 8, 2021

You can kill Covid with a flick of a switch, study shows

As the world continues to race toward a vaccine for Covid-19, new Israeli research shows that the humble light bulb could become a major player in the fight against the pandemic. Researchers have... Full story


Scene Around

If it gets any colder, I'm moving to Florida! ... (I shouldn't complain. I get to wear a jacket and hide my tummy!) Anyway, I must say, the more I research for this column, the more I find reasons to...


For the few Jews in West Virginia, one of America's most struggling states, the pandemic has offered silver linings

WHEELING, W.Va. (JTA) - Surrounded by silver crucifixes and Christmas ornaments, Samuel Posin and Joan Berlow Smith sell vintage jewelry and myriad tchotchkes at their church-turned-boutique gift...

 By Shahar Klaiman    News    January 8, 2021

Right livid with Gantz

(Israel Hayom via JNS) — Prominent figures on Israel’s right are furious with Defense Minister Benny Gantz for telling London-based Saudi news outlet Asharq Al-Awsat in a recent interview that he does not envision full regional peace without th...


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