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  • White House rejects plea for Pollard release

    By  Tom Tugend

    April 10, 2012 | 11:04 am

    The White House on Monday evening rejected fervent Israeli and American appeals to commute the life sentence of Jonathan Pollard and release him after 26 years in prison.

    National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor told reporters that the Obama administration “has no intention... read on

  • Become an Inspiration Addict

    by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

    April 5, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    In my senior year of high school, I drank the juice of inspiration, and all of a sudden everything in the world started to matter. I used to think inspiration could be found anywhere, but I learned there are indeed bad books, pointless movies, and invites worth turning down. These... read on

  • The Revolutions of Chabad and AJWS!

    by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

    April 4, 2012 | 6:06 pm

    This is the story of two Jewish organizations. Neither receives the proper credit they deserve for the global diaspora revolutions they are inspiring.

    Chabad-Lubavitch is politically right-wing, religiously ultra-Orthodox, and prizes Jewish ritual above all else, working to raise... read on

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  • The Shoes We Wear: A Statement of Identity and Values

    by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

    April 3, 2012 | 5:44 pm

    How beautiful are thy feet in sandals.

    - Song of Songs 7:2

    A few days ago in the Argentinian shantytown where we were volunteering, a four-year-old boy said he liked my zapatos (shoes). Our shoes can reveal much about our socio-economic status, as I have been told many times while... read on

  • “Jacob and Jack” combines laughs and soul

    By  Tom Tugend

    April 3, 2012 | 12:57 pm

    “Jacob and Jack” is part backstage farce, part Yiddish soul, part time travel and, mixed together, a barrel of fun.

    The play by James Sherman (“The God of Isaac,” “Beau Jest”) is set in Chicago in 1935, and then 75 years later in the present, with each of the six... read on

  • Gerald Estrin, U.S. and Israel computer pioneer, dies at 90

    By  Tom Tugend

    April 3, 2012 | 10:44 am

    Prof. Gerald (Jerry) Estrin, a computer pioneer in the United States and Israel, died March 29 at his home in Santa Monica at age 90.

    Both Estrin and Thelma, his wife of 70 years, were born in New York City, earned their Ph.D.s in electrical engineering at the University of... read on

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