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  • Israel OKs larger Egyptian force to fight jihadis

    2 days ago

    Israel has reportedly given Egypt the green light to use advanced military force against Islamic militants in the Sinai and has closed a southern Israeli highway as a precaution.

    Militants in the Sinai Peninsula affiliated with the Islamic State mounted coordinated attacks on...

  • Hamas terror cell planning attack arrested in West Bank

    2 days ago

    Forty members of a Hamas terror cell said to be planning an attack in the West Bank were arrested.

    The arrests took place over the past several months, Israel’s Shin Bet security service said Wednesday in a statement. The Israel Defense Forces issued a similar statement.

    ...
  • Hebrew word of the week: Artsot ha-brit (The United States)

    2 days ago

    Students ask me: “What does artsot ha-brit, “the United States” have to do with brit, brit (milah), a “circumcision ceremony”? Then they add, jokingly: “Not everybody here is Jewish or circumcised.” 

    English often prefers adjectives as qualifiers, as with the United Nations, the...

  • Anti-Israel tweeting prof. hired by American University of Beirut

    2 days ago

    Steven Salaita, whose appointment as a professor at the University of Illinois was rescinded over his anti-Israel tweets, announced that he will teach in the fall.

    Salaita has been hired as the Edward W. Said Chair of American Studies at the American University of Beirut, he said...

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  • Mexican TV anchor Zabludovsky, symbol of government spin, dies at 87

    2 days ago

    Influential Mexican journalist Jacobo Zabludovsky, seen for years by critics as an unofficial mouthpiece for the government, died on Thursday morning after suffering a stroke in hospital.

    Zabludovsky was from 1971 to 1998 host of "24 Hours" a nightly news show on the dominant...

  • Home of Har Nof synagogue terrorist sealed

    2 days ago

    The home of one of the Palestinian terrorists who murdered four rabbis and a policeman in an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue was sealed by the Israeli military.

    The eastern Jerusalem home of Uday Abu Jamal, 22, who was killed by police during the November 18, 2014 attack, was...

  • Poem: Echo Locating

    2 days ago

    If you are lucky

    you will find your echo,

    not the cartoon version,

    perched on a canyon’s edge

    with the empty yelling

    & cheeks like apples,

    but the space that extends you,

    fills the void

    & becomes you

    the way twigs return to a tree,

    nest-warm.


    First published in “The Breath Before Birds Fly” (2013).

    M.E. Silverman is poetry editor at Blue Lyra Review and review editor of Museum of Americana and author of the chapbook “The Breath Before Birds Fly” (ELJ Press, 2013).

  • Paul Rudd ponders how he will be remembered with Walk of Fame star

    2 days ago

    As audiences gear up to see Paul Rudd become Marvel's smallest superhero in "Ant-Man," the actor candidly reminisced about the legacy he was leaving on Wednesday as he received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

    Rudd, 46, best known for films such as "This is 40" and...

  • Bibi’s Bakery is his newest production

    2 days ago

    Since moving to Southern California in 1999 to become a writer and performer, Dan Messinger has acquired some L.A.-specific wisdom. “Being a producer, I would argue, prepares you for almost anything,” he said. 

    The affable, bearded and bespectacled owner of the kosher Bibi’s...

  • Rising number of local governments set targets to cut emissions

    2 days ago

    Twenty local governments, representing areas producing 5 percent of global climate-changing emissions, have committed to targets to cut those emissions, with the majority also setting goals for renewable energy, a platform uniting them said on Thursday.

    The Compact of States and...

  • In Paris, planned Jewish center touted as proof community is staying

    2 days ago

    Elsewhere in the world, unveiling plans for a new Jewish cultural center might merit little more than a cocktail reception. But in this city, where Jews have been the target of rising anti-Semitic violence, the event was significantly more elaborate, with French-Jewish leaders...

  • New flooring leads to discovery of ancient bath in Jerusalem village

    2 days ago

    A Jerusalem family has found a 2,000-year-old Jewish ritual bath under their house while renovating the living room floor, Israel's Antiquities Authority said on Wednesday.

    Pottery vessels inside the rock-hewn bath helped archaeologists date the discovery to the 1st century. The...

  • $1 coffee chain taps into Israeli anger over high cost of living

    2 days ago

    With a $1 cup of coffee, Avi Katz is starting to do something Israelis have been demanding for years and politicians have failed to achieve – lower the cost of living.

    In 2011, hundreds of thousands of Israelis took to the streets to protest against the high cost of essentials...

  • Orthodox groups brace for consequences of same-sex marriage ruling

    2 days ago

    The name that keeps coming up when Orthodox Jewish groups consider the consequences of the U.S. Supreme Court decision extending same-sex marriage rights to all states has little to do with Jews or gays.

    Bob Jones University, the private Protestant college in South Carolina, lost...

  • Israel signs $111 million deal to upgrade Argentinean tanks

    2 days ago

    Argentina’s army signed a $111 million contract with Israel to upgrade 74 tanks made in Argentina.

    The deal to upgrade the Argentinian Medium Tanks, or TAM, was signed in Buenos Aires by the Argentina’s Minister of Defense Agustin Rossi and Mishel Ben-Baruch, director of the...

  • Olmert appeals conviction, sentence in Talansky Affair

    2 days ago

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert appealed his conviction and prison sentence for accepting cash-filled envelopes from an American-Jewish businessman in the so-called Talansky Affair.

    Olmert asked Israel’s Supreme Court to delay the start of his eight-month prison term...

  • Alan Gross never debriefed after release from Cuba

    2 days ago

    Alan Gross, the Jewish-American government contractor who was jailed in Cuba for five years as a spy, was never debriefed after his release from prison and return to the United States, according to a new report.

    No U.S. government official has debriefed Gross since his release...

  • Michael Oren wanted Obama to credit Israeli rescuers in Haiti — before they arrived

    3 days ago

    UPDATE: This version of a blog post JTA sent yesterday updates with an interview with Amos Radian, who at the time was the Israeli ambassador to the Dominican Republic with responsibility for Haiti. Radian, now retired, arrived in Haiti overland with a security guard on Wednesday,...

  • I believe in Torah, halachah and equality

    3 days ago

    On June 26, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that it is unconstitutional for a state to ban same-sex marriage. The issue still divides America, though the latest Pew Research Center survey numbers say 54 percent of Americans favor gay marriage, and only 36 percent...

  • Muslims and Jews forge friendships over dinner

    3 days ago

    Some Jews wore kippot, while Muslim fellows wore hijabs and niqabs as 300 members of the two religious communities came together over an iftar dinner June 25 during Ramadan at Wilshire Boulevard Temple. 

    The break fast — which featured kosher and halal foods — was much more than...

  • Ex-Hadassah chapter treasurer sentenced for theft

    3 days ago

    A suburban Chicago woman who stole $21,000 from a Hadassah chapter she served as treasurer was sentenced to two years of probation.

    Rozann Morowitz, 68, of Wheeling, Illinois, paid back the money she took from the Buffalo Grove Hadassah chapter when she was treasurer from 2011 to...

  • Lawyer in Bank of China terrorism lawsuit to guide Gitmo closing

    3 days ago

    The Obama administration named as its official in charge of shutting down the Guantanamo Bay detention facility a lawyer representing the family of a teenager killed in Israel.

    Lee Wolosky “will assume lead responsibility for arranging for the transfer of Guantanamo detainees...

  • Torah portion: Be prepared, Parashat Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9)

    3 days ago

    I remember years ago being with Michael Meade, one of the greatest storytellers in North America, when he shared the Irish folk belief that before a raconteur can truly tell a story to a group, he must prepare for it by telling another, different tale. Judaism has always recognized...

  • Israel, top Latin American bank sign pact for R&D, trade

    3 days ago

    Israel signed a cooperation agreement with Inter-American Development Bank, the largest investment authority in Latin America and the Caribbean Islands.

    The IDB funds some $12 billion in projects annually.

    “Implementing the agreement will give Israeli companies access to...

  • Local rabbis speak up about the drought

    3 days ago

    The Catholic pope is not the only one seeing moral messages in the issue of climate change and in valuing the Earth’s natural resources. Many rabbis are teaching restraint, particularly in California, where the drought, currently in its fourth year, is causing civic leaders to...

  • Will Israelis pay the price for a natural gas ‘monopoly’?

    3 days ago

    Israeli consumers are no strangers to high prices.

    Basic household goods such as food and toiletries cost more in Israel than in all but two countries in Europe, a recent Nielsen research study found. Israeli real estate prices are up nearly 60 percent since 2008. Tel Aviv is the...

  • Iran nuclear talks extended a week

    3 days ago

    Iran nuclear talks have been extended a week past their deadline for a final deal.

    The talks, which were to have reached an agreement by Tuesday, were extended to July 7, Marie Harf, a State Department strategic expert attending the talks in Vienna, said on Twitter.

    U.S....

  • Letters to the editor: Questions for Michael Oren, redefining anti-Semitism and more

    3 days ago

    Three Answers for Rob Eshman

    Rob Eshman notices the absence of Benjamin Netanyahu in Michael Oren’s book (“One Question for Michael Oren,” June 26). He is guilty of perhaps a greater omission, leaving out the abject failures connected to the “leading the way” of both Yitzhak...

  • Obama administration will not enforce anti-BDS law on West Bank settlements

    3 days ago

    The Obama administration will not enforce part of the new law to combat boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel when it comes to West Bank settlements.

    “By conflating Israel and ‘Israeli-controlled territories,’ a provision of the Trade Promotion Authority legislation runs...

  • Obituaries: Week of July 3, 2015

    3 days ago

    Elvin J. Abels died May 30 at 88. Survived by wife Edith; daughter Wendy (Douglas) Eisenberg; son Matthew; 3 grandchildren. Mount Sinai

    Rahmatollah Ahdoot died May 6 at 84. Survived by wife Toby; sons Leon (Lina), Simon (Maral), Albert (Elham); 9 grandchildren. Groman Eden

    Mata...

  • Nicholas Winton, the ‘British Schindler,’ dies aged 106

    3 days ago

    A man who became known as the "British Schindler" for saving hundreds of Czech children from Nazi persecution in the run-up to World War II, has died at the age of 106.

    Nicholas Winton died on Wednesday with his daughter Barbara and two grandchildren at his side, according to a...

  • Islamic State attack in Egypt's North Sinai kills at least 70

    3 days ago

    UPDATED 10:11am/PST: Initial reports said 50 dead in attacks

    Islamic State insurgents attacked several military checkpoints in Egypt's North Sinai on Wednesday in a co-ordinated assault in which at least 70 combatants and civilians were killed -- one of the biggest militant...

  • ‘Color-conscious’ Asian cast to perform classic play about Bronx Jewish family

    4 days ago

    When the latest production of  “Awake and Sing!” — Clifford Odets’ 1935 classic drama about an extended Jewish family living in the Bronx —  opens July 13 at the Public Theater in New York, audiences are sure to be wowed by the experienced actor in the lead role.

    Brash matriarch...

  • Actors Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner announce plans to divorce

    4 days ago

    Hollywood A-list couple Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner on Tuesday announced plans to divorce, a day after their 10th wedding anniversary.

    "After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one...

  • Jewish resort that inspired ‘Dirty Dancing’ to become $250-million yoga retreat

    4 days ago

    Nobody puts Kutsher’s in a corner. After closing in 2013, the former Borscht Belt hotel — famed as the inspiration for the fictional “Dirty Dancing” resort — is to be reincarnated as a $250-million yoga center.

    Indian billionaire Subhash Chandra plans to turn the defunct resort...

  • Islamic State threatens to topple Hamas in Gaza

    4 days ago

    Islamic State insurgents threatened on Tuesday to turn the Gaza Strip into another of their Middle East fiefdoms, accusing Hamas, the organization that rules the Palestinian territory, of being insufficiently stringent about religious enforcement.

    The video statement, issued from...

  • Religious redemption of the LGBT Community

    4 days ago

    When I was in Rabbinical School in New York the early 2000s, I came across a group of women who identified as both Orthodox and Lesbian. They welcomed me into their fold.

    Over the years, as I got to know members of this group, I realized the religious pain and shame that each had...

  • Ku Klux Klan plans pro-Confederate flag rally in South Carolina

    4 days ago

    The Ku Klux Klan plans to hold a pro-Confederate flag rally at the South Carolina Capitol, where a man was arrested on Monday night in a confrontation with anti-flag protesters over a symbol associated with slavery.

    The Civil War-era flag has emerged as a flashpoint after a...

  • Ukraine office to help prospective immigrants to Israel prove Jewishness

    4 days ago

    Rabbis from Israel and Ukraine opened an office in eastern Ukraine that will help prospective immigrants to Israel prove they are Jewish.

    The office, which opened last week in Dnepropetrovsk, aims to facilitate the process for those seeking to immigrate to Israel under its Law of...

  • The art of the empty nest

    4 days ago

    When our kids first left for college, my wife and I would separately find ourselves in each of their rooms, gazing at the tchotchkes that filled their shelves. We both felt the emptiness in our lives. Now that they’ve each completed their college educations and moved on to the...

  • Neo-Nazi march in Jewish London suburb ordered moved

    4 days ago

    Police ordered a neo-Nazi demonstration planned for a London suburb with a large Jewish population to be moved.

    The decision to relocate Saturday’s demonstration from the Golders Green neighborhood of the Barnet borough to central London followed weeks of intense conversations...

  • Anti-Semitic attitudes down in France, Belgium and Germany

    4 days ago

    Anti-Semitic attitudes fell in two countries where Jews were attacked over the last year while rising significantly in Italy, Romania and the Netherlands, a new Anti-Defamation League poll found.

    The survey of 10,000 respondents in 19 countries in March and early April was a...

  • Israeli dies from wounds in West Bank shooting

    4 days ago

    One of four Israelis shot in the West Bank on Monday by a suspected Palestinian gunman has died of his wounds in hospital, officials said on Tuesday.

    The night-time attack on a road outside a Jewish settlement was not claimed by any Palestinian faction. Israeli officials said it...

  • Padding the nest egg

    4 days ago

    Diana Deene is 74 years old, but she doesn’t consider herself retired. She runs a marketing business, which she started after her previous job as a psychotherapist stopped paying the bills. She also plans to live until she’s 100, which could be a problem because, she admits, she...

  • U.S. Republican Christie launches 2016 bid, promises straight talk

    4 days ago

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie formally launched his 2016 presidential run on Tuesday, vowing to bridge the partisan divide in Washington with blunt talk and a willingness to tackle tough issues.

    Christie, once seen as a top 2016 White House contender but now viewed as a long...

  • Iran, powers give themselves to July 7 to strike deal

    5 days ago

    Iran and six world powers gave themselves an extra week to reach a final nuclear accord after it became clear they would miss a deadline on Tuesday, with U.S. and Iranian officials sounding upbeat even though obstacles remain.

    With all sides accepting that Tuesday's original...

  • From fear to elation: My mother’s love wins

    5 days ago

    The phone began ringing early this morning. Friends and family wanted to make sure that I had heard about the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states. I was elated. I picked up the phone to call my mom and realized that I could not reach her because she was on...

  • Comedian Jack Carter, friend of Sid Caesar, dies at 93

    5 days ago

    Comedian Jack Carter died June 28 of respiratory failure at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 93. He was also an actor, emcee, singer, mimic, dancer, and director in a career that spanned over seven decades.

    He began his professional career appearing on Broadway in “Call Me Mister.” He later appeared on Milton Berle’s “Texaco Star Theatre” shows, and it was during this time that Carter got his first real break.

    Read more at Variety.

  • Netanyahu was ‘smuggled’ to hospital twice in disguised vans

    5 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was “smuggled” to medical appointments in disguised vans shortly before and after elections.

    Netanyahu, 65, in both cases had routine prostate examinations that found “nothing uncharacteristic for a man of his age.”

    In the first...

  • Mother of 7 children who died in Brooklyn house fire leaves hospital

    5 days ago

    The mother of seven children who died in a March fire in their Brooklyn home was released from the hospital.

    Gayle Sassoon left the hospital on Friday and will continue to recover at the Brooklyn home of her mother-in-law, her husband, Gabriel, told the Kol Barama radio station...

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