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December 24, 2009

Dec. 24: JTA vs. Robert Downey Jr., Wacky Israel Stories

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JTA needs you more than Robert Downey Jr. does In a few hours, you’re going to shell out for Chinese food and a movie.  Surely the JTA Daily Briefing is as valuable to you as wonton soup and a remake of Sherlock Holmes. Help us reach our online fund-raising goal. Any size donation is appreciated. Click here to Donate » Featured Stories Wild and wacky Israeli tales from ’09 Daniella Ashkenazy collected offbeat snippets of daily life in Israel in 2009. (Avi Katz) Israel is not just the place of stories about settlement freezes and army operations. This unique country of 7 million people has its fair share of zany tales; here are a few from 2009. Read more » What’s a Jew to do on Christmas Eve? These days, there’s much more for Jews to do on Christmas than watching movies and ordering Chinese food. Read more » Editors’ Picks A rabbi’s fall (Jewish Star) A look at the alleged sex scandal that brought down an Orthodox conversion guru. Pondering the Auschwitz sign theft (N.Y. Times) How could security be so lax that a couple of knuckleheads were able to stumble their way through stealing the “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign? Parsing Jimmy Carter’s apology (American Thinker, Washington Post) Different views on whether the former president’s apology to the Jewish community was sincere and did the job. Jewish prof explains Santa’s secret (North Carolina State University, YouTube) So you don’t believe in Santa? Maybe Larry Silverberg, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at North Carolina State University, could convince you. ©2008 JTA, Inc. Reproduction of material without written permission is strictly prohibited. To unsubscribe, click here. Breaking News About 200 teens soon to be drafted into the Israeli army sent a letter to the defense minister saying their loyalty to the Torah comes before military orders. Poland’s culture ministry has set aside money to improve security at the Auschwitz memorial site. At least half of the Kadima party’s lawmakers are negotiating a move to the Likud party, Israeli media are reporting. Police charged two men in the assault of a Jewish man in the old Ghetto district of the Hungarian capital. The recent increase in anti-Semitic incidents in Argentina is “deeply troubling,” B’nai B’rith International said. An Israeli man was shot dead by Palestinian attackers in the West Bank. Thousands of Christians will attend Midnight Mass at Bethlehem’s Church of the Nativity. The director general of the Jewish Agency will step down to take a position with Israel’s Education Ministry. Israeli victims of rocket attacks from Gaza have asked a Belgian court to try Hamas officials for war crimes. An Israeli exploration company announced it found gas and oil during drilling under the city of Rosh Ha’Ayin. Israel’s government warned its citizens not to travel to certain parts of Africa because of a terrorist warning. President Obama signed a defense appropriations bill that includes $202 million in defense cooperation with Israel.

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