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  • Giant pro-Palestinian, pro-BDS flag hung from New York bridge

    5 hours ago

    A pro-Palestinian flag is hung from the Manhattan Bridge while pro-Palestinian demonstrators march across the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan, N.Y. on Aug. 20. Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

  • Jewish student assaulted at Temple University

    9 hours ago

    Hillel, the campus student group, is expressing “outrage” over an attack on a Jewish student at Temple University on Wednesday and is calling on the university to ensure the safety of its Jewish students.

    At the same time, the school’s chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine...

  • When God Cries

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    19 hours ago

    In the absence of light we call night
    my children fall into the trusted dreams of tooth fairies and twirling ballerinas
    and through the sizzling silence
    I hear God crying.

    The tears are not kosher, nor halal, nor salty, nor of the cross.

    Pharaoh killed Hebrews’ first born...

  • Journey to Uganda: Hunger, thirst and happiness

    By David Suissa

    1 day ago

    It was  a scene that repeated itself every time we arrived at a new village in rural Uganda. First, the villagers, who were expecting us, came running toward us as we unloaded our tired bodies from our large, rickety van after hours of slogging on dirt roads — roads that made you...

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  • Jewish Journal’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    2 days ago

    The Jewish Journal does the Ice Bucket Challenge and we would like to challenge Jeffrey Goldberg, Tom Friedman, David Brooks and Howard Stern to do it next!

    To donate, please visit www.alsa.org.

  • Under a Tree in the Wilderness

    Zoe Ariana Van Raan

    2 days ago

    She killed herself under a tree in the wilderness, with the intention of not being found until well after the process of bodily death was complete. Days later I stood in front of her casket.

    In the final few months of her life she sought out a Jewish community and declared...

  • Interview with Pastor John Hagee, founder of ‘Christians United for Israel’

    3 days ago

    Last month Christians United for Israel (CUFI) – the largest pro-Israel organization in America with nearly 1.8 million members (and 1.2 million Facebook followers – 15 times as many as AIPAC) – held its ninth annual Washington Summit, with 4,800 delegates from all 50 states....

  • No sign of Gaza talks breakthrough as cease-fire nears end

    4 days ago

    Talks in Cairo on ending the Gaza war showed no signs of a breakthrough on Monday, with Israel and the Palestinians entrenched in their demands hours before the expiry of a five-day cease-fire.

    The truce is due to run out at 5.00 p.m. EDT. A Palestinian source quoted by Egypt's...

  • Israeli wedding of Jew, Muslim draws protesters amid war tensions

    4 days ago

    Israeli police on Sunday blocked more than 200 far-right Israeli protesters from rushing guests at a wedding of a Jewish woman and Muslim man as they shouted "death to the Arabs" in a sign of tensions stoked by the Gaza war.

    Several dozen police, including members of the force's...

  • The Passing Of Leibel Fein

    By Rabbi Joe Blair

    5 days ago

    Baruch dayan haemet (blessed be the true judge).

    Earlier this week, the death of Leonard “Leibel” Fein was announced. Much has been said about Leibel Fein, and his many accomplishments, by many who knew him, and can speak from personal experience of him. I am not one of those...

  • Sunday Reads: Does Netanyahu get America?, ‘Supporting the moderates’, King David’s Jerusalem

    By Shmuel Rosner

    5 days ago

    US

    Aaron David Miller imagines what the foreign policy of a Hillary administration would have looked like had she won in 2008 –

    But on substance, Clinton’s policies would probably not have diverged fundamentally from the ones the president pursued while she was his secretary...

  • Look Wendy, I can fly!

    By Marcus J Freed

    6 days ago

    What happens when the funniest man on earth kills himself? We rush to make sense of out of the seemingly nonsensical. Humans like things to fit into a logical order. Tragedies confuse us. We ask ‘why?’, as if the entire universe should fit into our limited understanding.

    Can...

  • It’s over for the Jews of Europe

    1 week ago

    It is now almost three years since I moved with my family to the United States. Life for a Jew in the USA is markedly different to the European experience. American Jews are proud of being Jewish, understandably, and they project that pride without equivocation. The idea that you...

  • We Were Bold for Reproductive Justice: Rallying with the Be Bold Road Trip

    By Maya Paley

    1 week ago

    This blog post was originally posted on the NCJW Insider Blog.

    I spent this past Saturday at the first stop of the All Above All Be Bold Road Trip, a national campaign to speak out for reproductive justice and bring attention to the need to guarantee abortion coverage for low...

  • London theater will host Jewish film fest after all

    1 week ago

    A London theater that refused to host a Jewish film festival because of the event’s Israeli government funding has reversed course.

    The Tricycle Theatre decided to continue serving as a venue for the UK Jewish Film Festival after the theater’s initial refusal earlier this month...

  • The Journey Towards T’Shuvah

    By Beit T'shuvah

    1 week ago

    By Adam Siegel

    Well, we’ve reached the point of summer when we can’t believe that people are starting to talk about the High Holidays.  As the daylight begins to shorten, members of the Beit T’Shuvah community are beginning their own preparations.

    The High Holidays are a time...

  • Fifty years after Freedom Summer, civil rights volunteers reflect on activist lives

    By tessc

    1 week ago

    At the Freedom Summer anniversary conference in Jackson, Miss., the activists who registered black voters and taught in Freedom Schools under the threat of violence 50 years ago stood up to introduce themselves.

    It took three hours to hear what they did in the Magnolia State back...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Eikev with Rabbi Robert Dobrusin

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Robert Dobrusin of the Temple Beth Israel congregation in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Rabbi Dobrusin has served as Rabbi at Beth Israel since 1988. He received his B.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies from Brandeis University and an M.A. and Rabbinic...

  • The view from Israel: Pondering the chances of a long-term solution

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago

    Just after the start of the initial 72-hour cease fire last week, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) encouraged residents of communities near its southern border who had left during the war to return to their homes. They did — and then quickly discovered that the belief in the advent...

  • The view from Gaza: A bitter resolve

    By Simone Wilson

    1 week ago

    During the past month of fighting in the Gaza Strip — a rectangle of desert and farmland along Israel’s southern coast, home to 1.8 million Palestinians — a small boy with a shy smile lost his big brother. Now, squinting through the scope of an imaginary sniper rifle, he vows to...

  • What we can and can’t do for Israel

    1 week ago

    Rabbi Steven Z. Leder sent the following to his congregants at Wilshire Boulevard Temple.

    Our hearts ache and our minds are confused by the violence in Gaza and Israel and the apparent rise in European anti-Semitism.  Some have asked what I am thinking and what our Temple is...

  • Remembering Leonard Fein

    1 week ago

    Like so many people I know, my first introduction to Leonard "Leibel" Fein was as a younger activist in the Jewish community who heard him speak and suddenly heard articulated with a passion and a brilliance that I could never have attempted, all the reasons why I wanted to change...

  • Call for protest spurs Arab groom, Jewish-born bride to hire security for party

    By tessc

    1 week ago

    An Arab man and his Jewish-born bride hired 14 security guards for their wedding celebration in Israel in response to an anti-intermarriage Jewish group’s call for a protest rally at the hall.

    Mahmoud Mansour, who is Muslim, and Morel Malka, who recently converted to Islam,...

  • Memories of Ravensbrück

    By Tom Tugend

    1 week ago

    By the time she turned 8 and arrived in a cattle car at the Ravensbrück concentration camp for women and children, Eva Katz had survived forced labor in a brick factory and heard the rifle shots that killed her mother.

    At the camp, Eva, along with several other women, was put in...

  • Why doesn’t the world seem to care when Christians die?

    By Rob Eshman

    1 week ago

    When Jews are killed, we make sure the world knows. When Palestinians are killed, the Web explodes. So why is it that when Christians are murdered and persecuted en masse, no one seems to care — not even other Christians?

    We see this mystery playing out in Iraq with the hundreds...

  • Swedish University to archive Ravensbrück survivors’ stories

    By Tom Tugend

    1 week ago

    “We arrived at the Ravensbrück concentration camp in October 1944, were led to a steam bath, and our hair was cut off. We got numbers and a yellow star — for Jewish. My number was 72316,” one liberated woman prisoner testified.

    “Conditions were dreadful — four sleeping in the...

  • S. African union official calls for ‘wrath’ against Jewish leaders

    By tessc

    1 week ago

    A South African union leader called for “eye for an eye” attacks on Jewish communal officials in retribution for civilian deaths in Gaza.

    In a Facebook post Wednesday, Tony Ehrenreich, a trade union official and the 2011 Cape Town mayoral candidate for the African National...

  • Leonard Fein, progressive activist and writer, dies at 80

    1 week ago

    Leonard Fein, a veteran Jewish activist and writer, has died at 80.

    Fein died Thursday morning, announced the Forward newspaper, where he was a longtime columnist.

    A prominent voice of Jewish liberalism and left-wing Zionism, Fein was the author of numerous books on Jewish...

  • While you were in Gaza - a sister of an IDF soldier writes about the past month

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 week ago

    Bareket-Paz Gozlan's brother, Snir, is a soldier at the IDF Combat Engineering Corps. During the past month, he was in Gaza, almost unreachable. Now, upon his return, Bareket decided to share with Israelife's readers her thoughts and feelings during the almost unbearable month.

     ...

  • Answering readers’ comments on “Israel’s Fair Weather Fans” (second round)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago

    I am responding to a very small percentage of comments and questions following my article Israel’s Fair Weather Fans. You can find the first round of responses here. I will repeat the two main points that I tried to make in my original New York Times article: 1. Israel isn’t going...

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