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‘Homely’ ancient rock adds evidence of King David’s existence

by Menachem Wecker, JTA

2 days ago

House of David inscription, part of the “Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. (Meidad Suchowolski)

Dimly lit, the stone slab, or stele, doesn’t look particularly noteworthy, especially when compared to the more lavish sphinxes, jewelry and cauldrons one encounters en route to the room... read full article

  • The United States of Ribs

    by Simon Majumdar, Zocalo Public Square

    3 days ago

    It was all about the food. To be honest, it always has been, and probably always will be.

    It was all about the food when I was growing up in a small mining town in the north of England, distracting myself from my grimy surroundings with the smells of Bengali food that wafted from...

  • The spiritual challenge of centrism

    By Yossi Klein Halevi

    6 days ago

    The following is an excerpt from the new preface to Yossi Klein Halevi’s recently reissued book “Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist: The Story of a Transformation” (Little, Brown and Co.). 

    I moved to Jerusalem in 1982 and have now lived in Israel longer than I’ve lived outside it....

  • JWT’s ‘Not That Jewish’ offers the group’s latest fresh, female voice

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    “Not That Jewish,” an autobiographical one-woman show with comedian Monica Piper, recalls Billy Crystal’s similarly heartfelt “700 Sundays.” Both are monologue performances by Jewish comics who grew up in show-biz-oriented families in Brooklyn, where weekends were spent at the...

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  • Exodus at (Cedars-)Sinai

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    In 2003, when John T. Lange was hired as curator of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s vast contemporary art collection, one of his first tasks was to take inventory of the items in the collection’s storage room.

    Rummaging through a stack high up on a shelf, Lange came across...

  • Hero or traitor: The life, murder and afterlife of Reszo Kasztner

    By Michael Berenbaum

    1 week ago

    Before there was Eichmann, there was Kasztner. 

    Now that I have your attention, permit me to explain. 

    The Kasztner trial, as it became known — the formal title of the trial was Attorney General of the State of Israel v. Malkiel Grunewald — was the first of two Holocaust trials...

  • ‘Hi, Hitler,’ It’s Me, Lucie

    By Jonathan Maseng

    1 week ago

    When Lucie Pohl was a young girl, her mother asked her what she’d like to dress up as for a carnival.

    “Hitler,” Pohl said, confidently.  

    “I don’t think that’s a good idea, Lucie,” her mother said. “Is there anything else you’d like to be?” 

    Pohl ended up dressing as a spoon,...

  • The welcome enemy: Nazis in the U.S.

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    1 week ago

    One of the bitter facts of history is that the United States’ immigration quota for Germany and Austria went unfilled during the 1930s when hundreds of thousands of Jews were clamoring to escape the Third Reich. And further, when the war against Germany was finally won in 1945,...

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