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Purim Spiel: All the News That Fits, We Print

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The following stories are part of the Jewish Exponent's annual Purim spiel.

National News

Biden’s First Military Action: Strike on Iranian-backed Tgets in Syria

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President Joe Biden ordered an airstrike on Iranian-backed militias in Syria, his first military action.

NBC Pulls ‘Nurses’ Episode After Orthodox Portrayal Creates Backlash

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NBC pulled an episode of the show “Nurses” that aired on the channel on Feb. 9, responding to pressure from Jewish groups that said it contained an anti-Semitic storyline about Orthodox Jews.

Rapper Azealia Banks Ignites Social Media Storm with Wedding Announcement

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Incendiary rapper Azealia Banks announced her engagement to artist Ryder Ripps by posting a photo on Instagram of a ring with a menorah on it and writing “I’m Jewish now.

Arts

‘‘Til Kingdom Come’ Investigates Evangelical Support for Israel

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It takes Yael Eckstein three days to get from her home in Israel to Middlesboro, Kentucky, but it’s a journey she is happy to...

Comedian Jackie Hoffman Is Ready for This to End

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Jackie Hoffman’s used to being onstage or in front of the camera, so this pandemic thing isn’t sitting well with her.

Rapper Azealia Banks Ignites Social Media Storm with Wedding Announcement

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Incendiary rapper Azealia Banks announced her engagement to artist Ryder Ripps by posting a photo on Instagram of a ring with a menorah on it and writing “I’m Jewish now.

Israel to Pay $50M to Families of Children Who Disappeared in State’s Early Years

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The Israeli government approved a plan Monday to provide compensation of up to $60,000 to some of the families of children who went missing while in state care in the 1950s. 

Shlomo Hillel, Who Spearheaded Mass Aliyah of Iraqi Jews, Dies at 97

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Shlomo Hillel’s life spanned the length and breadth of Israel’s immigrant story and he played a critical role in many of its chapters.

AJC Wants ‘Saturday Night Live’ to Apologize for Vaccine Joke

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The American Jewish Committee is circulating a petition asking “Saturday Night Live” to apologize for a joke that suggested Israel is vaccinating only its Jewish population.