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  • Police shoot Jewish woman at Western Wall

    2 hours ago

    A Jewish woman who police said was dressed in blankets was shot in the leg by an officer at the entrance to the Western Wall area.

    The woman did not stop at the security checkpoint at the holy site’s entrance on Wednesday evening when asked to by security guards, according to the...

  • Anti-Semitic incidents rise in Britain as Gaza conflict rages

    17 hours ago

    Anti-Semitic incidents in Britain have risen to a near record level since the start of an Israeli assault on the Palestinian enclave of Gaza this month, a Jewish advisory body said on Thursday.

    The Community Security Trust, which advises Britain's estimated 260,000 Jews on...

  • The meaning of Tisha b'Av in trying times

    21 hours ago

    This is not the first time war has ravaged the small slip of land that borders the Mediterranean Sea to the west and the Jordan River to the east. Canaan, Eretz Yisrael, Judea, Syria Palaestina, Bilad al-Sham, British Mandate of Palestine, The State of Israel, whatever its name, it...

  • The Case Against A Kosher Casket

    David Zinner

    21 hours ago

    Kosher means fit or proper for ritual use, but unlike the biblical delineation of which foods are kosher, there are no biblical rules to give guidance regarding manufacture of kosher caskets. The Talmud contains dozens of occurrences of Hebrew words that are translated to English...

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  • Marlon Brando and the Jews

    By Danielle Berrin

    22 hours ago

    Marlon Brando the man was often more confounding and bizarre than any character he ever played. 

    Among his many and sometimes contradictory roles — actor, womanizer, political dabbler, sex symbol and star — he was also a reputed and sometimes disputed philo-Semite.

    “I would...

  • 10 truths about the Gaza conflict

    By Rob Eshman

    1 day ago

    You’ve read everything, heard everyone, endured every flaming comment on Facebook, bobbed to every talking head on TV and lent an ear to every opinion from Hussein Ibish to Howard Stern. So, what have you learned?

    For me, it boils down to 10 truths:

    1. This is a fight about...

  • Iran leader calls Israel ‘rabid dog,’ urges arms for Palestinians

    2 days ago

    Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday called Israel a "rabid dog" for its attacks on Gaza, and urged Muslims to arm Palestinians to enable them to counter what he termed genocide.

    About 1,087 Gazans, most of them civilians, have been killed in 22 days of...

  • Hiatus Schmiatus

    By Nikki Tabibian

    2 days ago

    A message from the author:

    My dearest readers and adoring fan (hey Grandma),

    When I began writing Le’chaim To Laughter, I was committed to documenting my memoires as a city gal with nothing but comic relief and hummus to help her get by. Yet, as I turned the page on high school...

  • German police arrest 18-year-old after attack on synagogue

    2 days ago

    German police arrested an 18-year-old man after petrol bombs were thrown at a synagogue in the western town of Wuppertal overnight, they said in a statement on Tuesday.

    "According to investigations, three suspects threw several incendiary devices at the entrance," police said. No...

  • The casualty war

    2 days ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    The latest round of fighting between Israel and Hamas extends far beyond the urban warfare playing out in the cities and towns of the Gaza Strip; the Israeli cities targeted by waves of Palestinian rockets; and the...

  • From Israel, a Holocaust survivor worries about her Gazan daughter

    2 days ago

    In her living room in the Israeli town of Ramle, Sarah says she wants a peaceful life. At 79, she deserves one.

    A Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor, Sarah was sent to a Nazi concentration camp in Serbia as a child, arriving in Israel at age 17. Her entire family perished in the...

  • Has Israel become a left-right issue?

    3 days ago

    About a decade ago, my rabbi was promoting congregational AIPAC involvement.  His argument went that AIPAC was not necessary for our local liberal Jewish Congressman, who was a member of our synagogue.  If he ever did anything anti-Israel, the rabbi always had the option of...

  • Obama Sides with Kerry, Who Sides with… (Could It Be Hamas?)

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    What Does Obama want?

    Every experienced observer of Middle East affairs, Binyamin Netanyahu included, should have known that this was bound to happen. We often complain or worry that the enemies of Israel are patient while Israel doesn’t have the staying power – but that’s not...

  • When anti-Semitism Strikes Science and Medicine!

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    4 days ago

    On July 23rd, The Lancet published an Open Letter describing the situation in Gaza (http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(14)61044-8/fulltext).

    The Lancet, a top tier scientific journal by all accounts, did a great dis-service to the medical community....

  • Dutch Jews seek ban on rallies featuring hate speech

    By tessc

    6 days ago

    Following repeated calls to kill Jews in protest rallies in The Hague, representatives of the Dutch Jewish community urged local authorities to crack down on anti-Semitic incitement.

    The appeal by the Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, or CIDI, came Friday...

  • Choosing Love Over Fear

    By Beit T'shuvah

    6 days ago

    By Cantor Rachel Goldman 

    I have spent an hour and a half flipping between a blank document in Word and seven tabs in my browser, all open to different articles on “What is going on in Israel right now.”  I feel like every time I see the latest headline, I get thrown or sad and...

  • Obama defends FAA’s ban on flights to Israel [VIDEO]

    1 week ago

    The FAA lifted its ban on flights to Israel late Wednesday. But on Thursday President Obama was still facing questions on the issue. Check out his comments to CNBC:

  • U.S. says Russia firing artillery over border at Ukraine military

    1 week ago

    The United States said on Thursday that Russia was firing artillery across its border with Ukraine to target Ukrainian military positions in the conflict with pro-Russian separatists.

    State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf also said there was evidence that the Russians intended...

  • When your child fights in Gaza, this is how it feels

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    Jonathan and Daphne Orenshein do not like when an unknown number pops up on their cell phone. 

    Their son, Kevin, 21, operates a tank in the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) Givati unit and, as of his last report to his parents, was likely headed into a dense Gaza City neighborhood,...

  • When Friends Become Anti-Semites

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    1 week ago

    This week, all diversity training and tolerance enhancing programs failed.  It’s like when you prepare for an earthquake with a drill, but don’t really care.

    We are all guilty.  We all whisper words of bigotry in the privacy of our homes.  But, in today’s social media, we have...

  • If Norman Lear at 92 is what 92 is, I’ll have what he’s having

    By Marty Kaplan

    1 week ago

    It is not widely known that Norman Lear and I have the same mother.

    Norman once called his mother in Bridgeport, Conn., and said, “Mother, I just got this call. The Television Academy is forming a Hall of Fame. And the first inductees are going to be General Sarnoff and Edward R....

  • Giving Back: Taharah

    Dr. Joyce Kendall Friedman

    1 week ago

    I waited a year after my mother, z”l, passed away, before I was able to think about doing for others what the Chevrah Kadisha had done for my mother.

     I read the manual which they gave me. My friend, Helene, suggested that I watch the first time and read the prayers in English as...

  • Survey: Half of U.K. Jews not overly concerned by rising anti-Semitism

    1 week ago

    Nearly 70 percent of Jews in the United Kingdom believe anti-Semitism is on the rise, a new survey found, but half of the respondents are not overly concerned.

    Approximately half of the 1,468 respondents said anti-Semitism was “a fairly big problem,” while another half said it...

  • More than 50 Israeli reservists refuse to serve

    1 week ago

    More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the nation's reserve force, citing regret over their part in a military they said plays a central role in oppressing Palestinians, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

    "We found that troops who operate in the...

  • For two Americans, service to Israel ends in tragedy

    1 week ago

    Sean Carmeli, a sergeant in the Israeli army, was stationed in Israel’s South awaiting possible orders to enter Gaza.

    He was exchanging Facebook messages with his friend Ian Benisti, a U.S. Marine reservist who was visiting Israel from California. The two had planned to get...

  • Protesters arrested after ‘die-in’ at Friends of IDF office [VIDEO]

    1 week ago

    Nine protesters against Israel’s Gaza operation were arrested inside the Manhattan offices of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.

    Some two dozen protesters gathered for the “die-in” at FIDF’s New York office on Tuesday. The incident was organized by Jewish Voice for Peace...

  • Cease-fire or reoccupy? Israeli leaders split on Gaza endgame

    1 week ago

    The air war has become a ground war. The Israeli population, always on edge, has become a nation in mourning.

    And a military operation that nearly ended after eight days has become a bloody invasion of Gaza that could last weeks and has Israeli officials divided over how it ought...

  • Dan Markel, legal scholar, dies at 41

    1 week ago

    Legal scholar and Florida State University College of Law professor Dan Markel died on July 19, after being fatally shot in his Florida home on July 18. Much has been said of his prominence in the legal community, which was on its way to legend. But too little has been said about...

  • Consul General David Siegel on the death of Max Steinberg

    1 week ago

    We are heartbroken by the death of Max Donald Steinberg, a Los Angeles native who volunteered to serve in the Israel Defense Forces in the elite Golani Infantry Brigade. On July 20th, Max valiantly fell in the line of duty on the frontline of Operation Protective Edge. The people...

  • Slain Americans in Gaza among long line from U.S. to fight for Israel

    1 week ago

    Three days before he was killed fighting for Israel in Gaza, American Nissim Sean Carmeli sprained his ankle, and a doctor asked the Texan if he wanted to heal before going into action.

    He refused, according to Maya Kadosh, Israel's deputy consul for the U.S. Southwest.

    "He...

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