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Grand Rabbi of France in plagiarism scandal

France's highest Jewish religious authority, Grand Rabbi Gilles Bernheim, was hunkering down away from the media on the weekend after admitting to plagiarism in a book he authored. The scandal broke early in the week, when the French news magazine L'Express revealed Bernheim's 2011 book, "Forty Jewish Meditations", contained purloined writings. After initially denying the accusation, Bernheim, 61, issued a statement on Wednesday from Jerusalem admitting the plagiarism, but blaming it on an unidentified "student" he said had assisted him with research and writing.

Coalition agreements signed with Jewish Home, Yesh Atid: Netanyahu scw/kir

URGENT ¥¥¥ Israel govt deal likely to be inked Thursday eve: Lapid

The political parties who are to form Israel's next government are likely to sign a coalition agreement on Thursday evening, the head of the new centrist Yesh Atid party said. "It's apparently the end. Or actually the start," Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid wrote on his Facebook page, saying the signing of the deal was "likely to be tonight." jjm-scw-hmw/bpz

Pope helped reduce anti-Semitism worldwide: chief rabbi

Pope Benedict XVI improved ties between Judaism and Christianity which helped reduced anti-Semitism around the world, the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel said on Monday following the pontiff's shock resignation. "During his term, the relations between the Chief Rabbinate and the Church, and Judaism and Christianity, became much closer, which brought to a decrease in anti-Semitic acts around the world," a spokesman for Rabbi Yona Metzger told AFP expressing hope that his successor would continue in the same vein.

Pope helped reduce anti-Semitism worldwide: chief rabbi

Pope Benedict XVI improved ties between Judaism and Christianity which helped reduced anti-Semitism around the world, the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel said on Monday following the pontiff's shock resignation. "During his term, the relations between the Chief Rabbinate and the Church, and Judaism and Christianity, became much closer, which brought to a decrease in anti-Semitic acts around the world," a spokesman for Rabbi Yona Metzger told AFP expressing hope that his successor would continue in the same vein.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Pope helped reduce anti-Semitism worldwide: chief rabbi

Pope Benedict XVI improved ties between Judaism and Christianity which helped reduced anti-Semitism around the world, the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel said on Monday following the pontiff's shock resignation. "During his term, the relations between the Chief Rabbinate and the Church, and Judaism and Christianity, became much closer, which brought to a decrease in anti-Semitic acts around the world," a spokesman for Rabbi Yona Metzger told AFP expressing hope that his successor would continue in the same vein. jjm-hmw/hkb

Police quiz 10 women for praying at Western Wall

Israeli police on Monday took 10 women for questioning after they wrapped themselves in men's prayer shawls and prayed at the Western Wall, one of Judaism's holiest sites, in the Old City of Jerusalem. "Around a hundred women gathered at the Kotel (Western Wall) this morning, they wrapped themselves in the fringed prayer shawls (which are reserved for men) and began praying which has been banned by the Supreme Court," police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP. "At the end of the prayer, 10 of them were taken for questioning while the rest just dispersed," she said.
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