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Mid-decade update

(Crossposted to Mah Rabu.) Now that we’re into Cheshvan, it’s time for a mid-decade update! Four years ago, we noted that for the entire decade of the 2010s, there are only two patterns of Hebrew years: Rosh Hashanah on Monday…

Will Israel make it to the World Cup?

On a lighter note, as a diversion from all the more serious news in the world, today Israel’s national soccer (or “football”) team faces off against Portugal in a qualifying game for the 2014 World Cup. You may be wondering:…

Notes on the Pew survey

(Crossposted to Mah Rabu.) The Pew Research survey, “A Portrait of Jewish Americans,” released yesterday, has received a lot of attention in both the Jewish and the mainstream media. I don’t have anything more to add about the results themselves;…

Response to H'zon

(Crossposted to Mah Rabu.) I hope everyone had a great New Year of the Trees! Several days ago, the Jewish environmental organization H’zon put up (and sent to their email list) a blog post defending their practice of incorrectly referring…

January Madness results!

(Crossposted to Mah Rabu.) The final Knesset election results are in! (This guide may help if you can’t remember which party is which.) Likud Beiteinu 31 Yesh Atid 19 Labor 15 Habayit Hayehudi (The Jewish Home) 12 Shas 11 United…