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  • Calls for peace at memorial for Kansas shooting victims

    39 minutes ago

    The scene of what authorities say was a hate crime just days ago became the setting for tears, prayers and calls for peace as religious leaders gathered at a Kansas Jewish community center for a memorial service in honor of three people shot dead on Sunday.

    Heavy security...

  • Armed men put Putin on the air in eastern Ukraine

    45 minutes ago

    Armed men took over a television tower in eastern Ukraine on Thursday and switched it to Russian channels playing an almost non-stop stream of sound-bites from a marathon TV phone-in by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Employees at the tower said the men, who were armed with...

  • Fliers call on Ukrainian Jews to register religion, property

    49 minutes ago

    Pro-Russian separatists from Donetsk in eastern Ukraine denied any involvement in the circulation of fliers calling on Jews to register with separatists and pay special taxes.

    The fliers were distributed earlier this week in the city, where pro-Russian separatists led by Denis...

  • Obama, Merkel discuss Ukraine crisis in call

    59 minutes ago

    President Barack Obama spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel by phone on Thursday about the situation in Ukraine, the offices of both leaders said.

    Obama and Merkel agreed during the call that Russia should use its influence on armed groups in eastern Ukraine to calm the...

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  • Calls for peace at memorial for Kansas shooting victims

    1 hour ago

    The scene of what authorities say was a hate crime just days ago became the setting for tears, prayers and calls for peace as religious leaders gathered at a Kansas Jewish community center for a memorial service in honor of three people shot dead on Sunday.

    Heavy security...

  • Israeli-Arab journalist arrested for visiting Lebanon

    2 hours ago

    Israel arrested an Israeli-Arab journalist and political activist on suspicion that he met foreign agents after entering Lebanon illegally.

    Majed Kial, 23, was arrested this week by the Shin Bet security service after returning Saturday from a visit to Lebanon, which Israel...

  • Scientists: Romanian troops behind 1941 massacre of Jews

    2 hours ago

    Forensic scientists from Bucharest concluded that 36 bodies found at a mass grave near Iasi belonged to Jews who were murdered by Romanian troops.

    The investigation into the mass grave at Vulturi Forest ended last month and determined that soldiers of the Romanian army’s Regiment...

  • Missouri mayor endorses suspected Kansas killer’s views

    3 hours ago

    The new mayor of the Missouri hometown of Frazier Glenn Miller said he agreed with some of the views of the suspected killer of three people at Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City, Kan.

    Daniel Clevenger, who was elected mayor of Marionville on Tuesday, offered his endorsement of...

  • My First Passover Memory in Iran

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    14 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...

  • ‘Tallest Tree’ examines what it means to be an outsider

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    19 hours ago

    At one point in “The Tallest Tree in the Forest,” Daniel Beaty’s one-man show about the internationally renowned African-American bass-baritone and activist Paul Robeson, he tours the Soviet Union, which he has applauded for its anti-discriminatory laws about race.

    But during...

  • His gentle, Jewish humor is again Crystal clear in ‘700 Sundays’

    19 hours ago

    After two sellout runs on Broadway — nine years apart — as well as a book and a successful world tour, actor and comic Billy Crystal brings his one-man, autobiographical play, “700 Sundays,” to television via HBO on April 19. The show was taped before an audience earlier this year,...

  • Cataloging Tel Aviv’s enduring shopkeepers

    20 hours ago

    A few years ago, photographer Assi Haim was wandering the streets of Tel Aviv, camera in hand, in search of a project topic. It was at the corner of Allenby and Mazeh streets that he found cafeteria proprietor Zosha, 84, and Nurit, his coworker for 18 years.

    Speaking in a 2011...

  • Purity for every person: Shabbat Pesach (Exodus 33:12-34:26)

    21 hours ago

    The reading for Shabbat Chol HaMoed, the Sabbath of the intermediate days of Pesach (and Sukkot), describes one of the more exciting moments in Torah: the closest encounter any human has with God.

    Following the sin of the Golden Calf and Moses’ advocacy for the people, he makes a...

  • Health benefits of circumcision reinforced

    21 hours ago

    In the circumcision wars, circumcision has been winning some big battles.

    A new survey of medical data going back more than two decades has found that the health benefits of circumcision far outweigh the risks. The publication of the article on April 4 by the medical journal Mayo...

  • On Ukraine, Israel and Neocons not on same page

    21 hours ago

    When it comes to Ukraine, Israel is parting ways with some of its staunchest American allies, namely neoconservatives — and it’s not the first time.

    Israel’s reluctance to side too closely with the United States in its bid to isolate Russia is typical of an Israeli realpolitik...

  • Maccabi Tel Aviv in the NBA? It might not be a hoop dream

    21 hours ago

    Maccabi Tel Aviv reportedly is heading back to the United States this fall for its first round of exhibition games against NBA teams in five years — but greater developments appear to be in the works for the iconic franchise and Israeli basketball.

    For one, how about NBA squads...

  • What’s bothering Rashi about Noah?

    22 hours ago

    While Paramount’s “Noah” movie has sold plenty of tickets, audience reaction has been mixed. Yet whether people love the film or loathe it, one reaction seemed universal. Viewers have had lots of questions, particularly about how far the movie strays from the biblical text and...

  • Pesach in Baghdad

    23 hours ago

    Spring was always a welcome guest. The winter was wet and muddy and the nights were bitterly cold. The streets in Baghdad’s old quarter (Taht el Takia) where I was born in December 1930 were narrow, twisted and unpaved. Sanitary conditions were poor or nonexistent. There was no...

  • Did the Exodus happen?

    By Dennis Prager

    23 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

    23 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

    23 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...

  • Thank you.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    23 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

    1 day 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...

  • Iran’s Zarif not worried about pushback from hardliners on nuclear deal

    1 day ago

    Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said he does not fear opposition from hardliners as he leads negotiations to reach a comprehensive agreement about Iran's nuclear program with world powers by the end of July.

    "I am optimistic" that a deal will be reached in three months, he...

  • Israeli motorist killed in West Bank shooting, IDF says

    1 day 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...

  • Giving up Bread or Internet for Passover? Finding Balance and Freedom on Tax Day

    By Lisa Niver Rajna

    2 days ago

    Giving up Bread or Internet for Passover? Finding Balance and Freedom on Tax Day

    For the last year and a half I have been living in Asia and eating rice. As I thought about Passover approaching, I figured giving up bread for eight days would not be meaningful as I really only eat...

  • RAW Artists

    By Joy Bennett

    3 days ago

    Sarah Goff of The Elizabeth Kill band, April 13, 2014

    I just went to a delightful private showcase of local creative types last night in Hollywood. They had wonderful musicians, artists, designers, stylists of all kinds, it was a lot of fun. Tons of talented folks around...

  • 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...

  • Passover 5774/2014 – What Dementia Can Teach Us About Love, Loss and Liberation

    By Salvador Litvak

    3 days ago

    And I shall inscribe on the tablets the words that were upon the first tablets which you broke, and you shall place them into the ark. (Deut. 10:2)

    Rav Yosef [said], “This teaches that both the second tablets and the broken pieces of the first were placed in the [holy] ark....

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