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This week in power: Kiev Jews and Israel prize

A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

Ukraine heats up
“Thanks to extermination and emigration, the Jews of Ukraine, who numbered about 2.7 million at the beginning of the 20th Century, are now down to perhaps 250,000 and falling. But their history is playing an oversized role in the drama of revolution unfolding in Kiev, as both sides exploit them and their memory to gain an upper hand in public opinion,” ” target=”_blank”>added JTA.

So what can they do? “Follow in the footsteps of hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian Jews who have already come home to Israel,” ” target=”_blank”>wrote Rabbi Abraham Cooper in the Jewish Journal.

Lichtenstein wins award
Rabbi Dr. Aharon Lichtenstein will receive the Israel Prize in Jewish religious literature, it was ” target=”_blank”>wrote Dr. Tzvee Zahavy on his blog.

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