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Close vote in Israel extends tiny ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties’ outsized sway

JERUSALEM (RNS) — Besides its effect on the everyday lives of Jewish Israelis, the influence of haredi parties promises to exacerbate tensions between the Israeli government and non-Orthodox Diaspora Jews.
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Netanyahu is not Israel

Yes, I am sad. I am disappointed. That is why I am doubling down on Israel.
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How Netanyahu’s win could further polarize American Jews

(RNS) — If in the past, American Jews united behind Israel’s premier regardless of personality or party, Netanyahu has opened up a huge gulf with American Jews, who trend liberal and tend to vote Democratic in U.S. elections.
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How the White House is courting evangelicals on its Israeli-Palestinian peace plan

JERUSALEM (RNS) — A March 7 meeting at the White House is just one of a series of meetings, dinners, lunches and coffees the Trump administration has had with evangelical leaders as it prepares to release its peace plan. …


For Israeli lunar lander, faith provides inspiration and challenges

(RNS) — An engineer says SpaceIL and SpaceX had many ‘long discussions’ about moving the launch date so it didn’t overlap with the Jewish Sabbath. …


Rabbis express concern about excesses of Purim celebrations

JERUSALEM (RNS) — For many Jews, the holiday of Purim has become too commercialized, and alcohol, according to one rabbi, ‘has become the star of the holiday.’
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Rabbi with a gift for fundraising among evangelicals mourned as friend

(RNS) — Yechiel Eckstein was the spark that ignited an appreciation and even love for Israel and for the Jewish people among evangelicals.
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Trump’s State of the Union garners mixed reactions among faith groups

(RNS) — “We can make our communities safer … our faith deeper and our middle class bigger and more prosperous than ever before,” President Trump said.
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Israeli Christians protest artwork depicting Ronald McDonald as ‘McJesus’

JERUSALEM (RNS) — The controversy has raised questions about the limits of artistic freedom in Israel, which prides itself on being both a progressive country and the home to holy sites of three world religions.
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