Today in History, July 8: 2011: Dan Shapiro was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Israel by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today.

HEADLINE NEWS

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'Hamas Aiding ISIS in Egypt to Prepare for Next War with Israel'

One year since Operation Protective Edge, IDF official says Hamas using ISIS in Sinai to reopen arms smuggling tunnels.

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Watch: Never-Before-Seen Recording from Deadly Gaza Battle

Among the declassified recordings are the dramatic minutes of IDF radio exchanges during a Hamas ambush in Rafiah in which three IDF soldiers were killed, among them 23-year-old officer Lt. Hadar Goldin, whose body was seized by Hamas and has yet to be recovered.

Iran Nuclear Talks Extended Again

The Iran nuclear talks have been extended again to allow negotiators time to reach a final deal.

Obama: The Fight Against ISIS Will be Long

President Obama says the coalition battling ISIS would intensify its campaign, but warns there could still be setbacks.

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Jewplexed: Just a Torah on the Moon? Think Bigger!

Is putting a Torah on the Moon a lunatic idea?

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Jewplexed: The Jewish Stars of the Stars and Bars

As Jewish Americans, you would think we could quickly say "not our flag" regarding the Confederate flag - but for some of us it was and still is.

Michael Oren's Ally

Avrech: A Look Inside "Ally"

As bad as things looked between Obama and the Israelis from the outside, it was even more poisonous on the inside, according to Michael Oren's new book about the American-Israeli divide.

Do Palestinians really exist?

Avrech: What is Palestine? Who Are The Palestinians?

Guess who said that the Palestinian people do not exist?

CATCH OF THE DAY

7 things you didn't know about the kotel

CNN Says Dome of the Rock on Verge of Extinction

CNN tells its audience to check out the Dome of the Rock before it disappears, blatantly leaving out the fact that it is one of the most protected heritage sites in the Middle East.

Features

Greek Jews situation in Greece

Greek Jews, Holocaust Survivors Brace for More Turmoil

Among those particularly hard hit are the poor and elderly members of the Jewish community, including many Holocaust survivors

7 things you didn't know about the kotel

7 Things You Didn't Know About the Kotel

The Western Wall is one of the holiest and most mysterious places in the world. Here are 7 things you may not have known about the Kotel!

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Greek Jews situation in Greece

Greek Jews, Holocaust Survivors Brace for More Turmoil

Among those particularly hard hit are the poor and elderly members of the Jewish community, including many Holocaust survivors

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American Woman Wearing Kippah Reportedly Denied Entrance to Western Wall

An American woman wearing a kippah was barred from entering the Western Wall plaza.

Pope Francis Emphasizes Jewish-Christian Commonalities

The Pope emphasized commonalities between Judaism and Christianity.

Nicholas Winton, Rescued 669 Children in the Holocaust, Dies at 106

Sir Nicholas Winton, known as the “British Schindler” has passed away at 106.

Holidays

14 great quotes about israel from US presidents

15 Things American Presidents Had to Say About Israel & The Jews

Here are 15 memorable quotes from American Presidents about Israel and the Jews.

pre and post tisha bav recipes

Pre And Post Tisha B'Av Recipes

When my father would sit down to the Seudas Hamafsekes, the final meal before the fast, he would dip his egg into ashes, and with tears streaming down his face, he would force himself to eat.

Tisha B'Av Tips on Safe Fasting

The fast of Tisha B'Av, is the day of lamentations marking the anniversaries of the destruction of the First and Second Temples.

Soul Food, July 8

When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.-Abraham Lincoln