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Daily Briefing Jul 5: Western Wall fracas; exclusive National Security Council study

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday. Political correspondent…

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How Israeli songs became integral to Taiwan’s national folk dancing tradition

YILAN, Taiwan (JTA) — It was a cool spring day in Yilan, a town on Taiwan’s northeast coast known for its picturesque rice fields and delicious spring onions. On a…

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Without naming him, Lapid seeks to portray Netanyahu as Israel’s national nemesis

Yair Lapid is no longer bound by the ideological constraints of an eight-party, radically diverse coalition. That partnership has collapsed, the Knesset dispersed on Thursday, and elections were set for…

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Jewish lawmaker becomes first female speaker of French National Assembly

France’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday chose Yael Braun-Privet, a Jewish lawmaker, to serve as its speaker. Braun-Privet, whose Jewish grandparents fled Germany to France in the 1930s, is…

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Israeli national youth soccer team upsets France to reach 1st European final

Israel’s under-19 men’s soccer team has reached its first-ever European final game, defeating France in the semifinals by a score of 2-1. The national youth soccer team made history on…

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Norwegian Jews seek changes to national calendar that ignores most of their holidays

JTA — Norway’s Jewish community said it will petition the country’s Supreme Court unless observant Jews get more of their holidays recognized in the national calendar system. The current law…

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Swiss-Turkish national indicted in Switzerland for ‘jihadist-motivated’ murder

GENEVA — A Swiss-Turkish dual national has been indicted in Switzerland over a “jihadist motivated homicide,” as well as for an arson attack in the name of the Islamic State…

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MLB’s Gabe Kapler follows a Jewish sports tradition with National Anthem protest

JTA — Gabe Kapler likes going against the grain. The 46-year-old Jewish manager of the San Francisco Giants is relatively young for a professional coach. He’s active on social media…

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White House defends Biden plan to visit ‘pariah’ Saudi Arabia as national interest

WASHINGTON, United States — The White House on Monday defended plans for US President Joe Biden to meet with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, despite US intelligence determining that he had…

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120,000 enjoy warm weather and long Shavuot weekend at national parks, beaches

Some 120,000 visitors enjoyed Israel’s national parks and beaches on Saturday during the long weekend for the Shavuot holiday. Nature reserves and parks with water bodies were particularly popular amid…

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