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  • A Share in the World to Come

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    1 day ago

    There is a tradition to study Pirkei Avot from Passover until Shavuot. Pirkei Avot contains the timeless wisdom of the sages, and inspiring messages for everyday living. In essence, Pirkei Avot is Judaism’s guidebook to success in life.

    One of the famous passages of Pirkei Avot...

  • The kidnapping that shocked the world

    1 day ago

    The 2006 Paris kidnapping of a young Jewish man sent waves of alarm throughout Europe and the world. Ilan Halimi, a 23-year-old cellphone salesman, was held hostage and tortured for 24 days while his captors, African and North African criminals who called themselves the “Gang of...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Tazria-Metzora with Rabbi Joshua Aaronson

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Joshua Aaronson, Senior Rabbi of Temple Judea in Tarzana, California. Rabbi Aaronson attended the University of Michigan and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, where he also received his Doctor of...

  • Remembering Vladimir Slepak, a Heroic Refusenik

    1 day ago

    One of the most important figures in the Soviet Jewry movement has died. Vladimir Slepak, one of the earliest refuseniks and one of the last to be given permission to leave for Israel, died quietly in New York on Thursday. He will be buried in Jerusalem on Monday. 

    In the...

  • Israelis mourn after a year of increased attacks

    1 day ago

    As Israel marked its traditional day of mourning for fallen servicemen on Yom HaZikaron, the Day of Remembrance on April 22, in a far corner of Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, an intimate ceremony for victims of attacks was underway. Mourners packed elbow-to-elbow under beige tents, each...

  • U.S. Republicans vow amendments that might risk Iran nuclear bill

    1 day ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican senators pledged on Thursday to try to toughen a bill giving Congress the power to review a nuclear agreement with Iran, raising the possibility of a partisan battle that could complicate the measure's chances of passing.

    The Senate's...

  • Biden, seeking to ease U.S.-Israel strains, pledges delivery of new warplanes

    1 day ago

    WASHINGTON - Seeking to ease U.S.-Israeli tensions, Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday promised Israel delivery of top-flight fighter jets next year to maintain its military edge and vowed that any final nuclear deal with Iran would ensure Israel’s security.

    Addressing an...

  • 100 Years of waiting: Lebanon, a century after the Armenian genocide

    1 day ago

    This article first appeared on The Media Line

    BEIRUT, Lebanon — Hundreds of red lanterns glowed as they rose into the sky, watched by the crowds below until they disappeared behind the buildings that dot the fringes of the Lebanese coastline. The event is one of many building up...

  • On Independence Day, thousands of Arab-Israelis march for Palestinians’ right of return

    2 days ago

    (JTA) — Several thousand Arab-Israelis at a protest march in the Galilee on Israel’s Independence Day commemorated Palestinian villages destroyed in 1948.

    Near Tiberias, the participants in Thursday’s March of Return, as organizers called it, carried Palestinian Authority flags...

  • Netanyahu’s Independence Day message praises troops’ ‘fighting spirit’ in Gaza

    By Ryan Torok

    2 days ago

    (JTA) — In his Independence Day address, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the fighting spirit of troops in Gaza.

    Netanyahu’s praises came in the Hebrew-language version of a video released by his office at the start of Israel’s 67th Independence Day, which this...

  • Obama: Meeting with Netanyahu only after nuke talks deadline

    By Ryan Torok

    2 days ago

    (JTA) — President Barack Obama reportedly said he will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the June 30 deadline for the Iran nuclear talks.
    Obama told Jewish leaders last week that a face-to-face meeting with Netanyahu would probably end with Netanyahu...

  • Rocket fired at Israel from Gaza near end of Independence Day

    By Ryan Torok

    2 days ago

    (JTA) — A rocket was fired at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip in the final hours of the country’s Independence Day.

    Sirens blared in the Sderot region for the first time in months due to Thursday’s rocket, which caused no injuries or damage. It landed within Israeli territory...

  • Jeb Bush at N.Y. day school rips Iran deal as ‘very naive’

    2 days ago

    Jeb Bush, a likely Republican presidential candidate, criticized the Iran nuclear framework agreement as “very naive” during a visit to a Manhattan Jewish day school.

    Bush made the remark on Thursday in a closed-door question-and-answer session with high school students at the...

  • Courting Adelson is not Jewish outreach

    2 days ago

    This weekend, a collection of GOP presidential candidates will arrive in Las Vegas for a meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition. But don’t allow yourself to be fooled into thinking that these candidates are making a real attempt to appeal to American Jewish voters. Their...

  • Russia says missile deal with Iran will not happen in near future

    2 days ago

    Russia will not sell Iran advanced surface-to-air missiles in the near future, Russia’s deputy foreign minister said.
    Russia earlier this month said it would lift its embargo on the sale of S-300 missile systems to Iran, antagonizing Israel and the United States. The advanced...

  • Poem: Lay Back the Darkness

    2 days ago

    My father in the night shuffling from room to room

    on an obscure mission through the hallway.

    Help me, spirits, to penetrate his dream

    and ease his restless passage.

    Lay back the darkness for a salesman

    who could charm everything but the shadows,

    an immigrant who stands...

  • Calendar: April 25 - May 1

    By Laura Donney

    2 days ago

    SAT | APRIL 25


    Go big or go home! In partnership with Menemsha Films, the Beit T’Shuvah Film Series, a presentation of six films over nine months that in some way deal with important personal issues, kicks off with a big comedy that will provide a belly’s...

  • Straight lines and solid colors: the genius behind Newman

    By Milad Doroudian

    2 days ago

    Solid lines, and colors all imperceptibly unconquerable by the full nature of the eyes, yet even more still unconquerable by the nature of our souls. Newman’s work is imperceptible, not because of its existential qualities, rather because of his simple genius. The lines of his...

  • Letters to the editor: Lamb stew, Passover, Jon Stewart and more

    2 days ago

    Lamb Stew Not Kosher

    The Jewish Journal recipe for lamb stew (“Our Dad’s Lamb Stew,” March 27) clearly mixed milk and meat. Not only was this a poor selection for a Passover recipe, it is just flat-out not kosher. The garbanzo beans would also only be for the Sephardic. Hopefully...

  • Obama’s Iran Framework – Dangerous to U.S., Israel & Mideast

    2 days ago

    The deal signed between the P5+1 and Iran last week over Iran’s nuclear weapons program represents a defeat for the cause of stopping Iran becoming a nuclear power, for heading off a Mideast nuclear arms race, for forestalling existential threats to Israel, even threats...
  • U.S. Senate confirms Loretta Lynch as attorney general

    2 days ago

    The U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to approve Loretta Lynch as President Barack Obama's next attorney general, ending a five-month deadlock that made Lynch wait longer for confirmation than the last seven attorneys general combined.

    The first black woman to become the top U.S. law...

  • Clinton charities will refile tax returns, audit for other errors

    2 days ago

    Hillary Clinton's family's charities are refiling at least five annual tax returns after a Reuters review found errors in how they reported donations from governments, and said they may audit other Clinton Foundation returns in case of other errors.

    The foundation and its list of...

  • FBI chief tells Poland’s U.S. envoy he regrets Holocaust remarks

    2 days ago

    The head of the U.S. intelligence service told the Polish ambassador to the United States that he regretted his remarks on what Poland has said was an accusation of complicity in the Holocaust, the Polish foreign ministry said on Thursday.

    Poland now considers the matter settled,...

  • U.S. Accidentally killed Jewish hostage in al-Qaida raid, White House says

    3 days ago

    U.S. forces accidentally killed Warren Weinstein, the Jewish-American government contractor who had been held hostage by al-Qaida since 2011, the White House acknowledged.

    Weinstein was killed along with Italian hostage Giovanni Lo Porto, held captive since...

  • Daily Kickoff: Rubio leads Adelson primary | Ressler buys the Hawks | Slang of the Diamond District

    By Jewish Insider

    3 days ago

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    TOP TALKER: "White House Mending Fences With Netanyahu" by Julie Hirschfeld Davis: "After simmering tensions gave way to open hostility between the two leaders this year, the White House is working...
  • The Frankfurt Exchange, Part 3: Herbert Marcuse and Erich Fromm’s differing views on Israel

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    Jack Jacobs is a professor of political science at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He is the author of On Socialists and 'the Jewish Question' after Marx (1992) and Bundist Counterculture in Interwar Poland (2009), and the editor of Jewish...

  • Why did we invite Cornel West?

    3 days ago

    The UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies, together with Hillel at UCLA, the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, the UCLA Center for the Study of Religion, and the UCLA departments of History and English, invited Dr. Cornel West (Professor of...

  • An Urgent Call to Rescind Cornel West’s Invitation to Speak in memory of Rabbi Heschel

    3 days ago

    The Center for Jewish Studies at UCLA recently announced that Cornel West will be the keynote speaker at a conference honoring the late Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel. This appointment is both reprehensible and an affront to the memory of Rabbi Heschel, who was a proud Zionist.

  • From Memorial Day to Independence Day

    3 days ago

    In a few hours, Israel’s Memorial Day will end and Israel’s Independence Day will begin.

    As they say here, once the clock strikes 8 p.m. we will change from a drop of red blood on green fabric to a drop of blue hope on white fabric. The colors could not be more different, but...

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