Quantcast

Jewish Journal

aa No Author

  • Hamas leader’s daughter received medical treatment in Israel

    15 minutes ago

    A daughter of the leader of Hamas in Gaza was admitted to an Israeli hospital for emergency medical treatment this month after she suffered complications from a routine procedure, two sources familiar with the case said.

    Ismail Haniyeh's daughter's week-long admission to a...

  • Achieving teshuvah in the Orthodox Jewish community

    50 minutes ago

    Three groups of Orthodox Jews have made several prominent appearances in the media over the last few weeks: The East Ramapo Central School District was profiled on National Public Radio because Chasidic Jews living in the district have wrested control of a majority vote on the...

  • Obama must take action on LGBT rights overseas

    2 hours ago

    When I was a young man, still in the closet, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, one of the most prolific authorities on Jewish law of the 20th century, described gay people as rebels against God.  Grossly misinformed about the phenomenon, Rabbi Feinstein posited that homosexuals were possessed...
  • Israeli emigration to Berlin: It makes sense

    2 hours ago

    The uproar in Israel about the so-called “Milky” affair has two distinct aspects. First, it calls attention to Israel’s current economic situation which has caused both real and perceived problems, especially for young people. The other, and rather darker, issue is that it has...
  • ADVERTISEMENT
    PUT YOUR AD HERE
  • Rudy Giuliani among N.Y. pols to protest Met’s ‘Death of Klinghoffer’

    2 hours ago

    Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be among several New York politicians who are expected to protest at the premiere of “The Death of Klinghoffer” at the New York Metropolitan Opera House.

    Among the politicians expected to join the rally are Reps. Eliot Engel and Peter King along...

  • Anat, don’t ram a bus into Israel’s new-found unity

    3 hours ago

    It’s not common for a society to undergo a mindset shift in the space of four months. Yet that’s exactly what happened in Israel this summer.
     
    The Israel of October 2014 is not the same country we lived in just a few short months ago. Most of us didn’t do anything to make it...
  • Kosher butcher in Germany admits selling non-kosher meat for years

    3 hours ago

    A kosher butcher in Frankfurt, Germany, admitted in court that he sold doctored tons of non-kosher meat for years as glatt kosher.

    A verdict is expected next month in Frankfurt District Court in the case against the owners of the now-bankrupt Aviv kosher butcher store.

    Leslie...

  • Rivlin: Violence an epidemic in Israeli society

    3 hours ago

    The epidemic of violence permeates every sector of Israel, the country’s president, Reuven Rivlin, said in an address.

    “It is time to honestly admit that Israeli society is ill – and it is our duty to treat this disease,” Rivlin told the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities...

  • Ex-Nazis were paid millions in Social Security, probe finds

    3 hours ago

    Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in Social Security payments after being forced out of the United States, an investigation by The Associated Press found.

    The payments were made possible by a legal loophole that gave the U.S....

  • Amended charges have suspected JCC shooter facing possible death sentence

    3 hours ago

    The alleged gunman in a shooting spree at two Jewish agencies in Kansas City is facing a potential death sentence after prosecutors amended charges against him.

    Prosecutors in Johnson County, Kansas, on Friday dismissed a charge of first-degree murder against Frazier Glenn...

  • Parents’ loss leads to underachieving students’ gain through Israel’s unique Niot Project

    4 hours ago

    When Roi Rose, a senior at Dror High School in Jerusalem, was in 10th grade, he seriously considered dropping out of school. 

    “I had one foot out the door,” Rose admits today. “I was struggling with schoolwork and didn’t get a lot of help. It was hard.”

    Rose’s life began to...

  • Recognizing Palestine:  When “Yes” was the Unacceptable Answer

    5 hours ago

    The New York Times ran an interesting, but not particularly illuminating debate about recognizing Palestine and the ultimate partition of the historic Land of Israel (a.k.a.  historical Palestine) into a Jewish State and an Arab State.  Much ink is being spilled about Sweden’s...
  • No magic bullet: Technology has much to offer in the classroom, but it can’t fix everything

    5 hours ago

    I’m sold on technology in the classroom. I really am. I mean, books, paper and pens are a form of technology — they’re just a comparatively inert and messy form. 

    I’m not sentimental about physical books. I’m sure when they came around, some poor slob was sitting in a corner...

  • The ‘B’ Word: Jewish day schools take steps to prevent bullying

    5 hours ago

    It’s tempting to think bullying would never happen among nice Jewish kids at a nice Jewish day school. But the statistics tell another story. 

    More than one-third of all youths overall have been bullied, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And a 2010 study...

  • Net gains: Sports programs can score big for Jewish day schools

    5 hours ago

    To understand the place of athletics at a Jewish day school, attend a recruitment open house and watch the children’s eyes. As they listen to the descriptions or tour the stations set up to display the school’s programs and activities, look for the moments when the spark of...

  • U.S. denies it prevented FBI from aiding search for Israeli soldier

    6 hours ago

    A U.S. official denied a report published by Israel Hayom that the U.S. prevented the FBI from aiding Israel in the search for IDF soldier Oron Shaul, who was initially feared kidnapped during Operation Protective Edge. Shaul was later deemed to be killed in battle.

    “There was...

  • Uncovered California

    7 hours ago

    For those who have just perked up, whose eyes opened wide, sorry, this column contains no nudity or salacious content.  Parts of it may be obscene, yes, but not for the reason the words “Uncovered” together with “California” might portend. This is a family website, after all....
  • Born with religion in my blood

    8 hours ago

    I wish I could tell the story of someone who struggled to find their footing in the Jewish community. Of someone who was stuck to fight a battle between religion and popular belief; forced towards a subject they simply were not passionate about. But that, while it may seem a more...
  • Joining Islamic State is about ‘sex and aggression,’ not religion

    3 days ago

    It is easy to look to religion for an explanation of why young men - and some women - become radicalized. But it is psychology, not theology, that offers the best tools for understanding radicalization-and how best to undo it.

    The appeal of Islamic State rests on individuals'...

  • Secretary Ban: “Being born in Gaza is not a crime”-but what Hamas did to its people is

    3 days ago

    UN Secretary General Ban just visited Gaza and Israel. He expressed shock of the devastation visited upon the people of Gaza as well as the damage done UN facilities during this summer’s conflict.  

    “I met so many of the beautiful children of Gaza. More than 500 hundred were...

  • Rabbi Avi Weiss to step down as rabbi of Hebrew Institute of Riverdale

    3 days ago

    Rabbi Avi Weiss, spiritual leader of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, announced that he will step down as rabbi of the congregation.

    Weiss, who has pushed a religiously progressive agenda, made the announcement Thursday during holiday services. Weiss said his retirement would...

  • Israel holds Ebola identification training exercise at Ben Gurion airport

    3 days ago

    Israel is holding an Ebola identification training exercise at Ben Gurion Airport.

    The exercise Friday will simulate the arrival of a passenger with Ebola, including initial questioning as well as evacuation and hospital treatment.

    On Thursday night, Israeli Prime Minister...

  • Islamic State flying three jets in Syria

    3 days ago

    Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said on Friday, saying it was the first time the militant group had taken to the air.

    The group, which has seized swathes of...

  • Obama appoints Ebola ‘czar’; Texas health worker isolated on ship

    3 days ago

    President Barack Obama appointed a former White House adviser as U.S. Ebola "czar" on Friday and a Texas health worker who may have had contact with specimens from an Ebola patient was quarantined on a cruise ship amid growing concerns about the spread of the virus in the United...

  • Apple’s new iPads sport modest upgrades; minis start at $399

    4 days ago

    Apple, Inc. introduced a faster, slimmer iPad Air 2 on Thursday, tacking on modest improvements such as a fingerprint sensor to its mainstay tablet in time for what is expected to be a hotly contested holiday season for mobile devices.

    Pre-orders start Friday for the larger iPad...

  • Yale student at Connecticut hospital being tested for Ebola

    4 days ago

    A Connecticut hospital is testing a Yale University student with Ebola-like symptoms who traveled to Liberia last month and a preliminary diagnosis could come in as little as two hours, Governor Dannel Malloy said on Thursday.

    The patient is one of two Yale University graduate...

  • Joan Rivers died of complication during medical procedure

    4 days ago

    Comedian Joan Rivers, who passed away last month at the age of 81, died of a complication during a medical procedure that caused oxygen deprivation to the brain, the New York Chief Medical Examiner's Office said on Thursday.

    "The cause of Ms. Rivers' death is anoxic...

  • Palestinian teen killed by Israeli forces in West Bank, medics say

    4 days ago

    Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian boy in a village in the West Bank on Thursday, local medics and residents told Reuters.

    Bahaa Badr, 13, was shot in the chest as Israeli forces entered Beit Liqya near the dividing line with Israel and were pelted with stones by local...

  • D.C. rabbi Barry Freundel arrested, charged with voyeurism

    4 days ago

    Rabbi Barry Freundel, the longtime spiritual leader at Kesher Israel in Washington, D.C., was arrested and charged with voyeurism after the synagogue board alerted the authorities.

    Freundel, 62, was taken away Tuesday in handcuffs after uniformed officers and plainclothes...

  • White House shifts into crisis mode on Ebola response

    4 days ago

    Rising public anxiety about the Ebola virus has forced the White House to shift into crisis mode and cancel two days of planned political events as President Barack Obama strives to show he has control over stopping the spread of the deadly disease.

    Just three weeks ahead of...

  • Hamas leader urges Muslims to defend Jerusalem shrine from ‘Israeli seizure’

    4 days ago

    The leader of the Palestinian group Hamas on Thursday called on Muslims to defend the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, saying Israel was trying to seize the site, revered in Islam and Judaism and focus of a Palestinian uprising in 2000.

    Khaled Meshaal, speaking in the Qatari...

  • Ramped up air strikes stall Islamic State advance on Kobani

    4 days ago

    Two days of heavy air strikes by U.S. warplanes have slowed an advance by Islamic State militants against Kurdish forces defending the Syrian border town of Kobani.

    Last week Turkish and U.S. officials said Islamic State were on the verge of taking Kobani from its heavily...

  • Am Yisrael Buy: Pro-Israel app aims to counter flurry of BDS ones

    5 days ago

    The latest Israel technology wasn’t developed at the Technion, nor was it hatched by a startup in Tel Aviv. In fact, it didn’t come from Israel at all.

    Am Yisrael Buy, a new app (available on Apple, Android and Windows Phone) designed to help users locate and buy Israeli...

  • Swastikas drawn on Yale dorm steps

    5 days ago

    Swastikas were drawn in chalk on the steps of a Yale University dormitory.

    The swastikas were discovered early Sunday morning on the New Haven, Conn., campus. The Yale Police Department was investigating but had no leads as of Tuesday, the Yale Daily News reported.

    “I condemn...

  • Margo Howard dishes on her four marriages, three of them Jewish

    5 days ago

    When your mother is the world’s most famous advice columnist you wouldn’t think you’d have to learn any lesson the hard way. But Margo Howard — daughter of the late Ann Landers and the niece of Landers’ twin sister Dear Abby (née Esther and Pauline Friedman) — had to marry four...

  • Israelis growing hungry for vegan diet

    5 days ago

    The music pounded, the liquor flowed, dancers filled the floor and khinkali meat dumplings and kababi skewers — staples of traditional Georgian cuisines — sat on almost every table.

    That was back in February, before Nana Shrier, the owner of the hip Tel Aviv bar and restaurant...

  • How Palestinian ‘lawfare’ could backfire

    5 days ago

    When it comes to a long-term solution for our conflict with the Palestinians, there is no unanimity among Israelis. Many feel that the two-state solution is the only realistic option, while others believe that a Palestinian state would endanger Israel and therefore a regional...

  • Rabbi in voyeurism case seen as distant and — until now — morally strict

    5 days ago

    Rabbi Barry Freundel was known to the Washington Jewish community as a champion of moral rectitude. But on Tuesday, the spiritual leader of Kesher Israel congregation for the past 25 years, was charged with the most intimate of transgressions: voyeurism.

    Freundel, 62, was taken...

  • Second Texas nurse with Ebola had traveled by plane

    5 days ago

    A second Texas nurse who tested positive for Ebola after caring for a patient with the virus had traveled by jetliner a day before she reported symptoms, U.S. and airline officials said on Wednesday.

    The worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas had taken a Frontier...

  • Is Pope Francis a model for our rabbis?

    5 days ago

    The shift in tone that Pope Francis is bringing to the Catholic Church has serious repercussions for people who follow that religion – and those of other faith systems. As the most prominent religious figure in today’s world, the actions, ideas, and approach of the pontiff...

  • U.S., Russia agree to share intelligence on common enemy: Islamic State militants

    6 days ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov agreed on Tuesday to increase intelligence sharing between Moscow and Washington on Islamic State militants, focusing on a common enemy even as deep divisions remained over the crisis in Ukraine.

    ...
  • Letter from Dijon, France

    6 days ago

    On my first day traveling in Dijon this past spring, I bounded into the hotel lobby and casually reached for a newspaper lying on the reception desk. The front-page headline of Le Figaro riveted my attention. Quickly, I devoured the story. It described an unprecedented upsurge in...

  • InterfaithFamily launches in Los Angeles

    6 days ago

    A Massachusetts-based initiative to engage interfaith families has received a $250,000 grant over three years from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (JCFLA) to set up shop in Los Angeles.

    InterfaithFamily (IFF) was one of seven recipients of Cutting Edge Grants this...

  • Jewish humor in ‘Tent: Comedy’

    6 days ago

    Actor and comedian Jon Lovitz once offered this reason why so many Jews are funny: “To be funny, you have to suffer, suffer, suffer,” he said. “Jews, blacks, we’ve suffered a lot in the past. That makes us funny, I guess.”

    Maybe this talent is also a survival mechanism; as Milton...

  • Poem: Sigh in Silence

    6 days ago

    Ezekiel 24;17

    said the Lord, this sigh indiscernible,

    although the si- contained is louder than

    the second fiddle, second syllable

    that ebbs into its chopped-off sibilance.

    The first one lasts awhile, the way we wish

    that pleasure would endure, the vowel long,

    it’s...

  • ADL alerts U.S. synagogues to protect against online hackers

    6 days ago

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has issued a security alert to Jewish institutions across the country concerning a potential uptick in the number of online attacks by foreign hackers targeting the websites of synagogues and other Jewish organizations, which could compromise...
  • Sounds, tastes of Middle East, North Africa converge at Clockshop in L.A.

    6 days ago

    How does one spark meaningful dialogue about complex Arab and Jewish Diasporic communities and help bring them to life thousands of miles away from their places of origin? Clockshop, an arts and cultural programming nonprofit organization, is turning to the powerful tools of music,...

  • Palestinian mosque in West Bank torched in suspected arson

    6 days ago

    A mosque was set alight in a suspected arson attack in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday and the name of an Israeli vigilante group called "price tag" was found scribbled on an outside wall, Palestinian officials and witnesses said.

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin condemned the...

ADVERTISEMENT
PUT YOUR AD HERE