Thursday, July 24, 2014 Tammuz 26, 5774

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Outside of his home state, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell doesn't get much media attention. But as the 52-year-old — currently the only Jewish governor in the country — readies to be sworn in for a second term, he says he doesn't mind operating relatively under the radar.
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Ben Sales, JTA
In response to recent criticism, Israeli officials are reviewing haredi Orthodox policies restricting religious expression at the Western Wall. But among the Israeli secular majority, such restrictions rank near the bottom of a long list of church-state issues they would like to address.
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Miriam Shaviv | JTA
Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has big shoes to fill. Appointed this week as the 11th British chief rabbi, he will succeed Jonathan Sacks, an internationally renowned author and public intellectual who speaks frequently on moral, philosophical and theological affairs.
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Slightly more than half the members of the U.S. House of Representatives called on President Obama to shut down the PLO office in Washington as punishment for its ascension in U.N. status.
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Those who lead 10-day Taglit-Birthright Israel trips don't get paid and often deal with turbulent moments — but the opportunity to guide wide-eyed young adults on their virgin voyages to the Jewish state are well worth any hassles, they say.
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