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  • The seven-year cycle

    By Salvador Litvak

    August 8, 2012 | 11:14 am

    Whoever learns halachos every day is assured that he will be a citizen of the World to Come. For it is stated: The ways (halichos) of the world are His. Do not read halichos, but halachos. (Niddah 73a)

    After seven and a half years of daily study, my voyage through the sea of Talmud...

  • Romney: U.S. ‘not a kibbutz’

    August 8, 2012 | 10:26 am

    America is not a kibbutz, Mitt Romney said in a bid to underscore his commitment to individual liberties.

    “It’s individuals and their entrepreneurship which have driven America,” the presumptive Republican presidential nominee said at a Chicago fundraiser Tuesday in remarks first...

  • Tucson gunman Loughner pleads guilty to murder, attempted murder

    August 7, 2012 | 3:17 pm

    A 23-year-old college dropout pleaded guilty on Tuesday to killing six people and wounding 13 others, including then-U.S. congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, in an Arizona shooting rampage last year, and will be spared the death penalty in exchange.

    Jared Loughner entered his guilty...

  • Peace activist settles lawsuit with pro-Israel activist

    August 2, 2012 | 5:36 pm

    A peace activist and the man she accused of assault as she protested Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress reached a settlement on her lawsuit.

    Attorneys for Rachel Abileah, an activist with Codepink, and her alleged assaulter, Stanley Shulster of...

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  • House considering Jewish refugees bill

    August 1, 2012 | 3:49 pm

    A bipartisan group of six Congress members is sponsoring a bill that would ensure recognition of the plight of 850,000 Jewish refugees displaced from Arab countries since Israel’s War of Independence in 1948.

    Their bill in the U.S. House of Representatives also would recognize other...

  • State Dept. report describes ‘rising tide’ of anti-Semitism

    July 31, 2012 | 10:40 am

    The U.S. State Department’s report on religious freedom described a “global increase” in anti-Semitism and said the “rising tide of anti-Semitism” was among the key trends of last year.

    The executive summary of the report for 2011, released Monday, also detailed the...

  • New Yorker writer Jonah Lehrer resigns following Tablet exposé

    July 30, 2012 | 12:40 pm

    Jonah Lehrer, a staff writer for The New Yorker, resigned hours after Tablet Magazine published an article revealing that he had fabricated Bob Dylan quotes in a recent book.

    “This was a lie spoken in a moment of panic,” Lehrer, 31, said in a statement July 30 announcing his...

  • Bunker buster bomb ready, says Air Force Secretary Donley

    July 27, 2012 | 11:25 am

    The U.S.Air Force’s bunker buster is ready for use, according to the Air Force secretary.

    The 30,000-pound Massive Ordnance Penetrator, which is designed to destroy deeply buried bunkers that protect chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, is ready to be used, Michael Donley told...

  • Biden, Romney continue Israel sparring

    July 25, 2012 | 10:56 am

    Vice President Joe Biden and Mitt Romney continued their respective campaigns’ sparring over Israel.

    In a speech Tuesday in Reno, Nev., to the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual conference, Romney, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, said President Obama had distanced the...

  • Denver-area Jews mourn, seek to help massacre victims

    July 24, 2012 | 10:44 am

    As Colorado and the nation tried to absorb the tragic massacre in a suburban Denver movie theater, local synagogues conducted special prayers and the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado launched a response fund for the victims and their families.

    Early Friday morning, James Eagen...

  • McCain condemns Bachmann for claim of Muslim Brotherhood agents in U.S. gov’t

    July 19, 2012 | 3:12 pm

    Sen. John McCain took to the Senate floor to condemn a suggestion by Rep. Michele Bachmann that the federal government has been penetrated by Muslim Brotherhood agents.

    A letter sent last week to inspectors general of several federal agencies by Bachmann (R-Minn.) and four other...

  • Obama backs moment of silence at Olympics

    July 19, 2012 | 3:09 pm

    President Obama has joined the campaign for a moment of silence at the upcoming London Olympics to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Palestinian terrorists murdering Israeli athletes at the Munich games.

    “We absolutely support the campaign for a minute of silence at the...

  • Jack Abramoff gets radio show

    July 13, 2012 | 11:04 am

    Jack Abramoff, the lobbyist who served a jail term for defrauding Native American tribes, is now a radio talk-show host.

    Abramoff’s show airs Sunday evenings on XM Satellite Radio.

    Abramoff, who pled guilty in 2006 to felony counts involving fraud, corruption and conspiracy, served...

  • Cartoon depicts haredi Orthodox Jews praying to Wall Street

    July 12, 2012 | 10:39 am

    A cartoon depicting three stereotypically haredi Orthodox Jews praying in front of the Western Wall, which is labeled Wall Street, won an Iranian cartoon contest.

    The cartoon won the first International Wall Street Downfall Cartoon Festival, which was co-sponsored by the...

  • ...With liberty, justice and religion for all

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    July 11, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    The biblical reference in the title of Stephen Prothero’s “The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation” (HarperOne: $29.99) is purely metaphorical. Although Prothero is a professor of religion and the best-selling author of “Religious Literacy” and...

  • The uninteresting legality of settlements

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 10, 2012 | 6:00 am

    My co-blogger, Shmuel Rosner, mentioned in one of his latest posts, that the Israeli settlements are legal. “A judiciary committee has concluded that Israeli settlements in the West Bank are in ‎fact legal. The West Bank, the committee believes, is not occupied territory and...

  • Divestment: What the Presbyterian vote could mean

    July 3, 2012 | 12:11 pm

    In the next few days, the 220th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, USA (PCUSA), will convene in Pittsburgh. If delegates pass any one of several resolutions calling for punitive economic measures against Israel, the Church will have capitulated to one of the worst assaults...

  • Relief funds assisting Colorado fire victims

    July 2, 2012 | 11:36 am

    As residents of Colorado Springs return to their homes following widespread wild fires, U.S. Jewish communities are raising money for relief funds.

    The Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, in conjunction with local synagogues, community organizations and national partners, has...

  • Former S.F. federation head Brian Lurie becomes NIF chief

    July 2, 2012 | 10:23 am

    Rabbi Brian Lurie, the former CEO of the San Francisco-area Jewish federation, has become president of the New Israel Fund.

    Lurie succeeds Naomi Chazan as head of NIF, a nonprofit that funds liberal Israeli groups as well as a few Israeli Arab organizations.

    Chazan, a former...

  • Anti-Semitic Elmo identified as former porn purveyor

    June 28, 2012 | 4:37 pm

    The man dressed in an Elmo costume who was captured on video spewing anti-Semitic epithets in a New York City park has been identified as the former proprietor of a pornographic website.

    The man was identified by The New York Times on Wednesday as Adam Sandler, 48, formerly of...

  • HEALTH CARE DECISION — Jews react: Los Angeles Jewish Home CEO & President

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    June 28, 2012 | 1:36 pm

    Molly Forrest, CEO and president of the Los Angeles Jewish Home, had surgery to alleviate arthritis in her neck in December 2010.

    Stuck in bed for 35 days, she read the entire Affordable Care Act – all 2,080 pages of it. She has since read it again so she knows it well, and she...

  • This week in power: Rahimi speech, Morsi, Circumcision law, Jewish prize

    By Danny Groner

    June 28, 2012 | 4:54 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Rahimi stirs the pot
    Iran’s Vice President Mohammad-Reza Rahimi gave an anti-Semitic speech on Tuesday at a conference that stated, among other things, that the Talmud was connected to...

  • Prosecutors drop charges in Brooklyn sex abuse case

    June 27, 2012 | 10:48 am

    Prosecutors dropped all charges against a group of men who were accused of sexually abusing a young Brooklyn haredi Orthodox woman for eight years.

    The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office dropped the charges on Tuesday against four Crown Heights men accused of raping and forcing...

  • George Washington’s Jewish correspondence

    June 26, 2012 | 10:45 am

    In a letter that will go on display before Independence Day, George Washington conveys his commitment to one of America’s founding principles while corresponding with the Jewish community.

    At the center of “To Bigotry No Sanction: George Washington and Religious Freedom”—an...

  • ‘Elmo’ on anti-Semitic rant ejected from Central Park

    June 26, 2012 | 10:30 am

    A man in an Elmo costume was ejected from Central Park and hospitalized after going on an anti-Semitic rant in the middle of the New York landmark.

    While the man’s name was not released because he was not arrested, police said that Monday’s incident was not the first time he had...

  • Haredi Free-Pass

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 26, 2012 | 10:13 am

    My recruitment for the army was simple.  When I was 17, I received a letter, calling me for a day of tests, which will help the army find the best type of service for me. After that, I went for several more interviews and tests. Then I received a letter with my recruitment date in...

  • Israeli Arab sentenced to life in prison for Michigan murder

    June 25, 2012 | 2:48 pm

    An Arab-Israeli immigrant to the United States was sentenced to life in prison for the stabbing death of a Michigan man, part of a series of killings and attacks.

    Elias Abuelazam, 33, a Christian Arab from Ramla, was sentenced Monday for the stabbing death of Arnold Minor, 49....

  • Swastika banners startle New Yorkers, others in area

    June 25, 2012 | 10:42 am

    A swastika on the banner of an airplane startled beach-goers in New York and surrounding states.

    The banner included the word swastika and a swastika intertwined with a Star of David, the symbol of the Raelian movement. On Saturday it flew over New York, Long Island and New Jersey,...

  • Mister President

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 22, 2012 | 12:51 pm

    Most nations of the world have different opinions and perspectives on pretty much everything, but if there’s something I believe all western countries see eye to eye on, it is politics. Every four years or so, we all gather to choose our delegates to represent us at the...

  • Senators chide Clinton on Israel’s exclusion from counterterrorism forum

    June 13, 2012 | 10:17 am

    U.S. Sens. Joseph Lieberman and Mark Kirk have written a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressing their disappointment with Israel’s exclusion from the inaugural meeting of the Global Counterterrorism Forum.

    In the letter, Sens. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Mark...

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