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West Point’s Jewish choir sings for the president and diversity

by Edmon J. Rodman, JTA

December 20, 2011 | 10:35 am

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama listening to a Chanukah performance by the West Point Jewish Chapel Cadet Choir in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Dec. 8, 2011. Photo by Pete Souza/Official White House Photo

It doesn’t get more “only in America” than this: A Christian president with an African-born Muslim father throws a Chanukah party at the White House, and the featured act is the West... read full article

  • Recipe: Square doughnuts [VIDEO]

    Recipe from "Fresh & Easy Kosher Cooking" by Leah Schapira/ Artscroll

    December 19, 2011 | 11:36 am

    I’ve been searching for a doughnut with two main requirement.

    1. It has to taste good even an hour after I fry it.
    2. It had to be easy, so that I don’t need to pull out my mixer.

    Ingredients:

    4 cup flour
    1/4 cup sugar
    2 1/4 tsp dry yeast (1 packet)
    2 eggs
    1 1/4 cup warm...

  • Apres le beard: Matisyahu takes the stage in Boulder

    by Dvora Meyers, JTA

    December 19, 2011 | 10:42 am

    When Matisyahu, the 32-year-old Chasidic reggae superstar, appeared onstage for the first time since shaving his trademark beard, no one in the audience at the Boulder Theater seemed surprised.

    The news of his shaving had been widely discussed since the star tweeted a photo of...

  • Miss Sixty founder dies

    JTA

    December 16, 2011 | 11:57 am

    Wicky Hassan, a Libyan-born Italian Jew who founded the popular Miss Sixty fashion brand, has died in Rome.

    Hassan died Friday after a four-year battle with cancer. He was 56.

    Born in Tripoli, Hassan arrived in Rome with his family in the late 1960s when thousands of Libyan Jews...

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  • Christopher Hitchens: A rabbi remembers a friend and fellow debater

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    December 16, 2011 | 11:02 am

    In his brilliant history of early modern England, “The Ends of Life,” historian Keith Thomas quotes a translator named George Petrie who wrote in 1581, “The only way to win immortality is either to do things worth the writing, or write things worth the reading.”  Christopher...

  • Christopher Hitchens, contrarian who embraced and battled Judaism, dead at 62

    by Ron Kampeas, JTA

    December 16, 2011 | 7:44 am

    Christopher Hitchens, the atheist and iconoclast who discovered in adulthood that he was of Jewish descent, has died.

    Vanity Fair, where much of Hitchens’ work appeared, announced his passing late Thursday night on Twitter. He was 62 and suffering from esophageal cancer.

    Hitchens,...

  • Joe Simon, co-creator of Captain America, dies at 98

    JTA

    December 15, 2011 | 5:46 pm

    Joe Simon, the co-creator of Captain America and a leading figure during the golden age of comic books, has died at 98.

    Simon’s family announced his death Thursday on Facebook, and told The Associated Press that Simon had died Wednesday night in New York following a brief illness....

  • Jerusalem, behind the veil of piety

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    December 13, 2011 | 5:38 pm

    Jerusalem is always in the headlines, or so it seems, but the same city on a hill has commanded the attention of the Western world without interruption since biblical antiquity.  That’s why Jerusalem is the subject of enough books to fill a library, the latest of which is Simon...

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