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  • My First Passover Memory in Iran

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    4 hours ago

    A gasp.  The door flings open.  A stranger walks in.  The crowded room falls into silence.  Hunchbacked, cane in hand, covered in a white Arabic sheet head to toe, only eyes piercing and an imposing white beard, he carries a young child on his back.  The service stops for a...

  • Did the Exodus happen?

    By Dennis Prager

    13 hours ago

    With Passover here, it is a propitious time to address the central issue of the holiday: the Exodus. Specifically, did the Exodus happen?

    My friend Rabbi David Wolpe announced some years ago that it didn’t matter whether the Exodus occurred. In his words, writing three years...

  • Secret Schalit negotiations unveiled

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    13 hours ago

    Back in 2006, a 19-year-old Israeli soldier named Gilad Schalit was the victim of a weapon of disequilibrium.

    Since Hamas could not defeat the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in open battle, their operatives entered Israel through an underground tunnel from Gaza, snatched the young...

  • Raising the Jewish slacker

    13 hours ago

    “The Triple Package: How Three Unlikely Traits Explain the Rise and Fall of Cultural Groups in America,” a book published earlier this year, has garnered a lot of attention. “Tiger Mom” Amy Chua and her Jewish husband, Jed Rubenfeld, argue that three cultural traits account for the...

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  • Thank you.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    14 hours ago

    I’m back.


    Last time I was here was the summer of 2011, when I worked as an Israeli delegate at Camp Coleman in Cleveland, Georgia. That summer, I felt proud of the possibility granted me by the Jewish Agency to represent my country abroad, and educate young children and fellow...

  • White supremacist charged with murder in Kansas shootings

    14 hours ago

    The suspect in the killing of three people at two Jewish facilities near Kansas City over the weekend could face the death penalty on state murder charges filed Tuesday, prosecutors said.

    Frazier Glenn Cross, 73, who also goes by the name Glenn Miller, likely will face federal...

  • Israeli motorist killed in West Bank shooting, IDF says

    14 hours ago

    An Israeli man was killed in a shooting attack on a civilian car near the city of Hebron in the West Bank on Monday, the eve of the Jewish holiday of Passover, military sources said.

    Israeli media reported the car was carrying a family to see relatives for the Passover seder...

  • Sinai Temple’s Atid Launches Video Campaign to Attract Young Crowd

    By Nicole Behnam

    3 days ago

    In a world that depends on flyers, brochures, and similar promotional devices to garner attention for events, Sinai Temple’s Atid decided to step up their approach. Based on the popularity in recent years of Jewish-themed parody songs, Atid has launched a video marketing campaign...

  • A Passover’s Promise

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    3 days ago

    Every morn, a wedding proposal
    Out of shackles of bondage
    A procession on golden sands
    A tamed sun, lashes softened by clouds
    A shimmering night, audienced by flickering stars
    Sweet mana showering our covered heads.

    The cracklings of  matzha beneath my molars
    Resonate as...

  • Israelis and Palestinians Commemorating Remembrance Day Together

    By Jeremy Elster

    4 days ago

    For the past 8 years, an Israeli-Palestinian NGO called Combatants for Peace has held an alternative Remembrance Day/Yom HaZikaron Ceremony in Tel Aviv. The mission of the alternative commemoration is to recognize bereaved Israeli and Palestinian families who have suffered from...

  • Acharei Mot: Cleansing Past Misdeeds

    By Beit T'shuvah

    6 days ago

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    My brother Neal called me this morning and suggested I write about a character from this week's Torah Portion. It is the "Ish Ati," the man who takes the goat for Azazel out to the wilderness. Since I didn't write about it in my weekly Torah Drash, I...

  • Passover: Using Our Time Wisely.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    1 week ago

    Time.  Time is all we have.  It is running out.  The desert sands drop a grain at a time through the narrowness of the hour glass.

    “Why, as the inventors of the world’s first fast food, Matza, do we eat it during the longest meal of the year, the Seder?”

    As refugees to the...

  • Ya’ase Shalom: They Shall Make Peace

    By Jeremy Elster

    1 week ago

    After 8 months of negotiations, peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority have broken down. US Secretary of State John Kerry laid most of the blame on Israel's refusal to relsease the fourth group of Palestinian prisoners and the approval of new homes in occupied...

  • Don’t Passover the Moment

    By Chava Tombosky

    1 week ago

    There are so many mundane tasks that can consume us on an every day basis. Between answering emails, calling the plumber for that leak in the bathroom, folding laundry, rushing to drop off carpool, rushing to pick up carpool, organizing the garage for the umpteenth time, meeting...

  • Am I an e-slave?

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    1 week ago

    I am not the right person to preach on electronic servitude, given my tons of incoming mail and messages and a touch of OCD. As I’m writing this, in between tweets and Facebook updates, I have stopped to answer e-mails. More than once. They pile up, you see, and I like a clean...

  • Our freedom from ourselves

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 week ago

    Passover is a time of tacky text messages and Facebook statuses. Just like every other holiday, I find myself being carried away through a swirl of wishes and witty sentences which combine holiday songs' lyrics. This year, though, a status written by a good friend of mine caught my...

  • POW’s journey to forgiving the unforgivable in ‘The Railway Man’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    1 week ago

    Jonathan Teplitzky is the Jewish-Australian director of the new film “The Railway Man,” based on Eric Lomax’s searing, best-selling 1996 memoir of his incarceration and torture in a Japanese prisoner of war (POW) camp during World War II. The movie, like the book, also details...

  • Land Day, Women’s Activism, and a March for Peace: Updates from Israel Social TV

    By Jeremy Elster

    1 week ago

    This week in the Social Order:

    + Land Day Commemoration in Jaffa - Statistics on the ongoing Israeli actions to confiscate Palestinian assets since 1967.

    + Israeli Historian and social activist Professor Ilan Pappe gave a lecture about the "One Democratic State" solution.

    +...

  • Alan Gross goes on hunger strike in Cuban prison

    1 week ago

    American-Jewish contractor Alan Gross has launched a hunger strike to protest his imprisonment in a Cuban jail and the lack of American assistance.

    “I began a fast on April 3rd in protest of the treatment to which I am subjected by the governments of Cuba and the United States,”...

  • Everyone has Special Needs at Passover

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    1 week ago

    The Passover seder can be an anxiety-producing holiday for many parents of children and teens with special needs. Often there are family or friends present you haven’t seen for while, and they may not understand the accommodations your child needs to feel comfortable and fully...

  • Bechol Dor Va’Dor: How You Can Make a Difference this Passover

    By Maya Paley

    1 week ago

    In every generation one is obligated to view oneself as though one personally came out of Egypt.” –Haggadah

    Bechol dor va dor chayav adam lir’ot et atzmo ke’ilu hu yatza mi’mitzraim.

    I sing that song every year during the Passover Seder. It has always had an effect on me,...

  • A reminder: Don’t pass over the post-seder meals

    1 week ago

    Planning Passover meals is always a wonderful challenge. For the seders, most of us focus on traditional family recipes because they are tried and proven, and because everyone likes them (and often asks for these favorites dishes).

    But what about the remaining six days of meals?...

  • Western Wall cleaned for Passover

    1 week ago

    The Western Wall was cleared of notes in advance of Passover.

    Workers used sticks Sunday to remove the hundreds of thousands of prayers and requests written on slips of paper that worshippers stuff into the cracks between the wall’s stones.

    The papers will be buried out of respect for their contents.

    The Western Wall also is cleared of the notes prior to Rosh Hashanah.

  • A Father’s Last Wish

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 weeks ago

    Mathew was an experienced surgeon. But despite his rank and all supporting diplomas, he could not hold back his tears. Few life events bring to clarity our priorities like the death of a loved one.

    Before his father died, Matt stepped out of his busy schedule to ask the old man...

  • Top 10 Rolling Stones Shavuot songs

    2 weeks ago

    The good news? The Rolling Stones will play Tel Aviv in June. The bad news? A large portion of Israelis won’t be able to go.

    The concert, scheduled for June 4, falls at the end of Shavuot — making it near impossible for holiday-observant Israelis to go see Mick, Keith and...

  • Maimonides, the man and the exceptional genius

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    2 weeks ago

    To call someone “the greatest” in any field is to invite argument. Human achievement and its evaluation are an uncertain business and make such triumphalism suspect.  Yet, there is one man who is consistently, invariably referred to as the greatest Jewish scholar of the last 2,000...

  • Pat Robertson: Jews too busy ‘polishing diamonds’

    2 weeks ago

    Televangelist Pat Robertson said Jews are too busy “polishing diamonds” to do weekend chores.

    Conservative activist Rabbi Daniel Lapin appeared on the “700 Club” Monday with Robertson to discuss what makes Jews successful.

    “What is it about Jewish people that make them prosper...

  • Does Adelson buying another newspaper imperil Israeli media?

    2 weeks ago

    What happens when one man controls three major Israeli news outlets?

    That’s the question Israeli media experts are asking just days after Sheldon Adelson, the American casino magnate and Republican mega-donor, purchased the respected conservative weekly Makor Rishon for nearly $5...

  • Germany’s Kiefer says Jewish collectors boosted career

    2 weeks ago

    German artist Anselm Kiefer, many of whose huge canvases examine the legacy of the Third Reich, attributes much of his success to Jewish collectors in New York who latched onto his art early in his career when his fellow Germans were not all that interested.

    Kiefer spoke on...

  • Follow The DJ

    By Tera Greene

    2 weeks ago

    Short and sweet.

    I am launching my website, http://www.djnovajade.com, tomorrow, April 1, 2014. 

    DJing is my profession, though many of you know that I am also a speaker and writer (duh!), among other things.  So, as I take my career to the next level, I am using my gifts in...

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