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TRUST the Jewish News to drop the ball. The news­pa­per car­ries a prom­i­nent head­line laud­ing the Is­raeli foot­ball team as Eng­land’s “saviours” for beat­ing Rus­sia. It goes on to de­scribe Eng­land’s “sec­ond chance” for Euro 2008 qual­i­fi­ca­tion and cites then-man­ager Steve McClaren as “the most re­lieved man of all”.

It seems bliss­fully un­aware that Eng­land ac­tu­ally crashed out of Euro 2008 by los­ing to Croa­tia. Red card.

Hamodia in­ter­views the Chief Rabbi of Is­rael, tack­ling such thorny is­sues as es­tab­lish­ing con­ver­sion in law.

“The mat­ter of con­ver­sion is wide open,” Rabbi Shlomo Amar tells the re­li­gious pa­per.

“To­mor­row the min­is­ter in charge can ac­knowl­edge Re­form con­ver­sions, and no one will stop him. For this rea­son, I am fight­ing with all my strength to have con­ver­sion de­fined by law. This would solve many prob­lems, present and fu­ture.” Watch out for fire­works.

And are Jewish ba­bies seek­ing a sub­tle re­venge? The Jewish Tri­bune re­ports an in­ci­dent in Jerusalem in which a sandek — the man who holds the baby dur­ing a cir­cum­ci­sion — was in­jured dur­ing a brit mi­lah.

Rav Sholom Yosef Eliashiv’s hand was cut by the mo­hel’s knife and re­quired stitches. De­spite con­cern for the heavy bleed­ing and his age, the rabbi is said to be “re­cov­er­ing well”.

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