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  • Conversation drives community

    By Zev Hurwitz

    1 day ago

    One of my favorite Torah lectures from my time in middle school at Maimonides Academy, (okay, the only one I remember) was where our principal delivered an address entitled “If Jews had a Christmas Tree.”

    The concept for a shiur on Christmas Trees in Judaism seems comical at...

  • My First City Council Meeting

    1 day ago

    I went to my first city council meeting on Tuesday, May 19th and it was an unexpectedly chaotic experience. We had to listen to the meeting in the overflow room because the room in which the meeting took place was full. Despite this disadvantage we still witnessed some exciting and...

  • Jordan Farmar returning to Maccabi Tel Aviv

    1 day ago

    Jordan Farmar, a Jewish NBA player who won two league championships as a member of his hometown Los Angeles Lakers, is heading back to Israel to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

    Farmar, who is Jewish, played 16 games for Maccabi Tel Aviv during the NBA lockout of 2011. The 6-2 guard, a...

  • Netanyahu asked European leaders to vote against Israel at U.N.

    1 day ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked several European leaders to support the United Nations Human Rights Council report that slams Israel’s Gaza war actions, a British newspaper reported.

    Netanyahu called British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela...

  • Amid their country’s financial crisis, Greek Jews struggle and brace for more turmoil

    1 day ago

    For 55 needy Jewish families, a cash welfare payment is the only thing that gets them through the month. But when they came to the Athens Jewish Community last week for their July assistance, they were given only a portion of the payment in cash — the rest was in supermarket food...

  • Burt Shavitz, Jewish co-founder of Burt’s Bees, dies at 80

    1 day ago

    Burt Shavitz, the Jewish beekeeper and co-founder of the Burt’s Bees cosmetics company, has died.

    Shavitz, born Ingram Shavitz in Manhattan in 1935, died of respiratory problems in Bangor, Maine, on Sunday while surrounded by family and friends.

    He grew the Burt’s Bees company...

  • London neo-Nazi rally overshadowed by counterdemonstration

    1 day ago

    A neo-Nazi rally held in central London was dwarfed by a large counterdemonstration staged by Jewish and anti-racism groups.

    About 25 neo-Nazis demonstrated Saturday against “Jewish privilege” and the “Jewification of Great Britain,” while about 200 counterdemonstrators chanted...

  • Chief Rabbinate should have more inclusive outlook

    1 day ago

    Rabbi Shlomo Riskin called on Israel’s Chief Rabbinate to dedicate itself to a more inclusive outlook on Israeli society.

    On Monday, in his first public remarks since the controversy over his tenure as chief rabbi of Efrat, Riskin said the Chief Rabbinate never attempted to reach...

  • Jerry Weintraub, producer, dies at 77

    1 day ago

    Jerry Weintraub, who produced such hits as The Karate Kid and the Ocean' series, died at his Palm Springs home on Monday, according to TMZ. He was 77. 

    No further details of the passing were immediately available. 

    Read more at Billboard.

  • Clinton says campaign will talk up countering BDS

    1 day ago

    Hillary Rodham Clinton said she will speak out against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel during her presidential campaign.

    “I know you agree that we need to make countering BDS a priority,” Clinton said in a July 2 letter to Haim Saban, the...

  • Woman denied entrance to Western Wall for wearing kippah

    1 day ago

    Security guards prevented an American woman from entering the Western Wall plaza because she was wearing a kippah, the Women of the Wall group said.

    On Monday, guards and officials from the Western Wall Heritage Foundation asked the woman, identified only as Linda, who...

  • Four teachers among six Israeli-Arabs charged for promoting Islamic State

    1 day ago

    Israel's Shin Bet undercover internal security agency and police said on Monday they had arrested and charged six Arab citizens, including four school teachers, with supporting and spreading the ideology of Islamic State.

    The six, residents of the Bedouin Negev desert town of...

  • Boston Marathon bomber files motion seeking new trial

    1 day ago

    Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who has been sentenced to death, filed a motion in federal court on Monday seeking a new trial, according to court records. 

    The preliminary motion for a new trial cited a lack of evidence in his trial this spring, according to documents...

  • Israel set to approve controversial force-feeding bill

    1 day ago

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    The Israeli Knesset is set to approve a bill that would allow force feeding of Palestinian prisoners under certain conditions. The bill is similar to one that was about to be approved last year, before the Knesset was disbanded and...

  • Jewish name-calling: a note on Michael Oren, Leon Wieseltier and the art of insult

    By Danielle Berrin

    1 day ago

    SHAKESPEARE said it so sweetly.

    “What’s in a name?” the Bard mused in “Romeo and Juliet,” his immortal romance about hostile households. “That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet.”

    In Jewish tradition, names are taken a tad more seriously. Families...

  • Your Jerusalem, my Jerusalem

    1 day ago

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    Jerusalem is a dream and a vision, and at the same time a city where garbage needs to be collected, children go to school, and roads need to be fixed. For some of the 800,000 people living inside the city’s municipal boundary,...

  • Constitution and torah

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    1 day ago

    In his speech that became known as “The Spirit of Liberty,” delivered in New York City’s Central Library, in the midst of World War II, the preeminent judge and judicial philosopher, Learned Hand, asked, “What do we mean when we say that first of all we seek liberty?  I often...

  • Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick break up

    1 day ago

    It's over for Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian, PEOPLE has learned. 

    Kardashian, 36, and Disick, 32, shared nine years and three children together – though their relationship was frequently strained by Disick's substance abuse issues, including a stint in rehab earlier this year. 

    Most recently, Disick made headlines when he was spotted cozying up to ex-girlfriend Chloe Bartoli during a vacation in Monte Carlo last week. 

    Read more at People.

  • Confessions of a Jewish Atheist

    By Mindy Leaf

    1 day ago

    We were seated at a round table at our local Jewish Community Center, awaiting our tax-dollar-funded senior meal, when the man at my left began a conversation (or, shall I say, confrontation). "You know, the first monotheist wasn't Jewish," he bellowed. "He was an Egyptian king who...

  • Kunis, Kutcher reportedly have secret wedding

    1 day ago

    Jewish actress Mila Kunis and longtime fiance Ashton Kutcher reportedly were married in a secret ceremony.

    The couple married over the weekend in California, People magazine reported, citing an unnamed source. Their representatives have not commented.

    Rumors have circulated in the past that Kunis and Kutcher, an adherent of Kabbalah who reportedly keeps kosher, were secretly married. They had a daughter in October.

    The actors met while co-stars on the sitcom “That ’70s Show.”

  • The quantum theory of presidential politics

    By Marty Kaplan

    1 day ago

    Future events decide what happens in the past.

    That’s not science fiction. It’s science. Quantum physics, to be precise.

    “Quantum physics is a weird world,” begins a Digital Journal article reporting on a recent experiment by Australian scientists confirming the weirdness of...

  • Waze launching pilot carpooling program in Israel

    1 day ago

    The popular Israeli navigation app Waze is launching a pilot carpooling program in Israel.

    Waze, which Google purchased for $1 billion in 2013, is testing the new application, RideWith, in the greater Tel Aviv area, Reuters reported.

    RideWith will use the Waze navigation system...

  • Arson seen as cause of Jerusalem forest fires

    1 day ago

    Arson is suspected in several Jerusalem-area forest fires that have destroyed nearly 250 acres of trees.

    Israeli firefighters on Saturday battled blazes in the forests of kibbutz Maale HaHamisha near Jerusalem that are believed to have been started by Molotov cocktail firebombs...

  • U.N. Human Rights Council adopts report on Israel-Gaza conflict

    1 day ago

    The United Nations Human Rights Council voted to adopt a report on last summer’s Israel-Gaza conflict.

    The resolution to adopt the report passed Friday by a vote of 41-1, with five abstentions. Only the United States voted against the resolution; Israel is not a member of the...

  • Dome of the Rock tops CNN list of structures on verge of extinction

    1 day ago

    The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem’s Old City tops CNN’s list of “25 magnificent structures on the verge of extinction.”

    “A holy city for three different religions, it attracts millions of tourist with over 200 monuments, including the majestic Dome of the Rock. But political...

  • Israel coordinates transfer of lion cubs from Gaza

    1 day ago

    Israel coordinated the transfer of a pair of lion cubs from Gaza to a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan.

    The cubs, Max and Mona, were transferred to Israel from Gaza on Sunday through the Erez crossing and then taken to a sanctuary near Amman, where they arrived on Sunday evening.

  • Rabbinical Council of America conversion panel issues recommendations

    1 day ago

    A committee established by the Rabbinical Council of America to review its conversion processes has submitted its report featuring recommendations in nine areas of the process.

    The review was put in place nine months ago after one of the RCA’s leading conversion rabbis, Barry...

  • Israeli president calls on P.A. to act against terrorism surge

    2 days ago

    Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin at a Ramadan break-fast meal with Arab leaders called on the Palestinian Authority to act against a recent surge in terrorism.

    Addressing the uptick in attacks by Palestinians against Jewish targets since the start of the holy month of Ramadan,...

  • Kerry: Iran talks could go either way

    2 days ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Iran and the world powers have made “genuine progress” in negotiations on a nuclear deal but that it “could go either way.”

    “We are not yet where we need to be on several of the most difficult issues,” Kerry told reporters Sunday in Vienna,...

  • Waze Carpooling, Yahoo Visiting, Medicine Advancing and More – This Week from the Startup Nation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 days ago

    Yahoo's Elite High Tech Unit Visit the Startup Nation

    What brings the participants of Yahoo's exclusive executive training program to Israel? In 2012, Mayer was named CEO of Yahoo, the internet mammoth, in attempt to bring it out of the crisis it was in. At the time, Yahoo...

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