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  • Two soldiers dead, seven wounded as Hezbollah hits Israeli tank

    17 hours ago

    Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish peacekeeper were killed on Wednesday in an exchange of fire between Hezbollah and Israel that has raised the threat of a full-blown conflict between the militant Islamist group and Israel.

    In the biggest escalation since a 2006 war, the soldiers...

  • Kavod v’Nichum: Nurses, the Dying, and the Newly Dead

    23 hours ago

     “On my way home I stopped and picked up some things for her, like baby shampoo and stuff…because I wanted to give her a little something extra because it was her last day.”

    --Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse, discussing the imminent death of her tiny patient.

    For nurses, caring...

  • Apple iPhone sales trample expectations as profit sets global record

    1 day ago

    Apple, Inc. quarterly results smashed Wall Street expectations with record sales of big-screen iPhones in the holiday shopping season and a 70 percent rise in China sales, powering the company to the largest profit in corporate history.

    The company sold 74.5 million iPhones in...

  • Iran says Israel crossed ‘red lines,’ vows to respond

    1 day ago

    Iran has told the United States that an Israeli air strike which killed an Iranian general in Syria last week had crossed "red lines" and the Islamic Republic will respond, a senior official was quoted as saying by IRNA news agency on Tuesday.

    "We told the Americans that the...

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  • Ariel Kleiman back at Sundance with feature debut, a dark drama

    1 day ago

    Sporting a droopy mustache and a sheepish smile, and dressed auteur-casual in a cloth jacket, rolled-up pants and work boots, filmmaker Ariel Kleiman’s appearance does not suggest the savage intensity of his films.

    Kleiman, 29, who hails from Melbourne, Australia, made his...

  • What Jewish ethics tell us about ‘Deflategate’

    1 day ago

    “Deflategate,” the controversy surrounding the New England Patriots that has made national news, made its way to a Houston business conference led by a rabbi.

    Rabbi Yossi Grossman, dean of the Jewish Ethics Institute, on Monday transformed the football prattle into a high-minded...

  • David Landau, Haaretz editor and JTA’s longtime Israel bureau chief, dies at 67

    1 day ago

    David Landau, a British-born Israeli journalist who held top positions at several English-language publications, including JTA, has died.

    Landau died of brain cancer in Jerusalem on Tuesday. He was 67.

    Landau, who made aliyah in 1970, served part time as JTA’s Israel bureau...

  • In first, expat author Ruby Namdar wins Israel’s leading literary prize

    2 days ago

    Israel’s biggest literary prize, the Sapir Prize, has the drama and mystery of a lottery.

    The identity of the judges remains secret until shortly before the ceremony, when they meet for an early dinner to decide the fate of the five nominees short-listed for best novel. Meanwhile...

  • Reporter who broke Nisman story in Israel insists Argentine gov’t pursued him

    2 days ago

    Damian Pachter, the Argentine-Israeli journalist who was the first to report the death of prosecutor Alberto Nisman, said he feels safe now that he has arrived in Israel.

    Pachter, a writer for the Buenos Aires Herald, said he felt “pursued by the Argentine government” and that...

  • Netanyahu’s planned speech roils Jewish lawmakers, pro-Israel community

    2 days ago

    When Israel wants something from the United States, it typically makes three stops: the pro-Israel lobby, Jewish members of Congress and the White House.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ignored all three when he accepted an invitation from House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to...

  • Survivors relive horrors of ‘model ghetto’ Theresienstadt

    2 days ago

    Dozens of survivors of the Theresienstadt concentration camp near Prague returned to the site for a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of their rescue.

    Tuesday’s commemoration took place on International Holocaust Memorial Day, which the United Nations set in 2005 for...

  • Survivors return to Auschwitz determined to share their stories

    2 days ago

    What kept you alive? Did your non-Jewish friends reject you? Could you ever forgive?

    Those were some of the questions posed by Jewish young adults to Holocaust survivor Marcel Tuchman on Monday at the Galicia Jewish Museum here.

    “What kept me alive was having my father with...

  • A New Year for trees, Israeli and Palestinian

    2 days ago

    Feeling discouraged about the current direction of Israeli politics, I was looking for another way of expressing my love for Israel when I hit on the idea of organizing a Tu B’Shevat Seder, the first I had ever conducted. 

    I thought I could compile my own “Hagaddah” including...

  • Walking in, and then out of a concentration camp

    2 days ago

    How does one walk into a concentration camp, treading hallowed ground that bears witness to tragedy of unparalleled magnitude? Where the green grass belies what happened there. Where just outside the camp, people go about their daily business. Where the atrocities committed there...

  • New Year for trees: Savor fruits of the earth, consider their journey

    2 days ago

    Sarah Newman writes the blog Neesh Noosh: A Jewish Woman’s Year Long Journey to Find Faith in Food

    Tu B’Shevat, which translates literally as the 15th day of the month of Shevat, is the Jewish New Year for Trees. Mentioned in the Talmud, the holiday marks the tithing of fruits...

  • Japan urges Jordan’s help in ISIS hostage crisis after video

    2 days ago

    Japan pressed Jordan for help in securing the release of Kenji Goto, a Japanese hostage of Islamic State militants, after a video on Tuesday appeared to show him saying he could be killed in 24 hours.

    "Tell the Japanese government to put all their political pressure on Jordan,"...

  • Jewish David Foster Wallace stuns at Sundance

    2 days ago

    No, the late great writer David Foster Wallace was not Jewish – but the first actor to portray him onscreen is.

    Jason Segel, the Jewish actor known for his roles in films such as “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “The Five-Year Engagement” as well as the popular TV show “How I Met...

  • Rockets explode in Golan Heights; no injuries reported

    2 days ago

    Two rockets landed in the Golan Heights near the Syrian border.

    It was unclear who shot the rockets on Tuesday afternoon, according to Israeli reports. No injuries were reported.

    In response, the Israeli army shot artillery fire into Syria and heightened security in the area.

    ...
  • TV satire burns bright as Israeli election ‘campfire’

    2 days ago

    When Israelis gather around the water cooler to discuss their March 17 election, odds are the conversation will turn to a television satire that has caught even President Barack Obama's notice in the past.

    Eretz Nehederet ("Wonderful Country"), which airs weekly on Israel's...

  • France’s Jewish migrants face challenge of life in Israel

    2 days ago

    At a busy supermarket in Jerusalem a smartly dressed woman, recently arrived in Israel, was stopping shoppers to ask if anyone spoke French. Having found a candidate, her first question was: "Where's the cheese counter?"

    For Jews coming to "the Jewish state" from all corners...

  • Hungary’s Orban acknowledges country’s complicity in Holocaust

    2 days ago

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban apologized for Hungarians’ role in deporting Jews to concentration camps, his first acknowledgement of Hungarian complicity in the Holocaust.

    In a speech Monday at a Jewish cemetery in Budapest, Orban called the Holocaust a “national tragedy”...

  • EU official: Tensions with Russia must not muddle Holocaust record

    2 days ago

    Political tensions with Russia must not be allowed to obfuscate the historical record on the Holocaust, a senior European Union official said.

    Frans Timmermans, the first vice president of the European Commission — the EU’s executive branch — made the plea Monday at an event in...

  • World leaders join last survivors in recalling Auschwitz

    2 days ago

    World leaders joined around 300 Auschwitz survivors at the site of the former Nazi death camp on Tuesday to mark 70 years since its liberation by Soviet troops, an anniversary held in the shadow of war in Ukraine and a rise in anti-Semitism in Europe.

    Tuesday's gathering in...

  • Auschwitz survivors urge a troubled Europe not to forget

    2 days ago

    Auschwitz's last survivors urged the world not to forget the horror of the Holocaust 70 years after the Nazi death camp was liberated in the final throes of World War Two, an anniversary that finds Europe again confronted by intolerance.

    European Jews warn of a growing...

  • Lauder, Spielberg warn of rising anti-Semitism

    2 days ago

    European leaders must do more to combat rising anti-Semitism on their home turf, Jewish leaders urged on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

    Governments must adopt a “zero tolerance” policy toward preachers of hate and importers of jihad, World Jewish...

  • Politics, Putin cast shadow over Auschwitz liberation anniversary

    2 days ago

    When they announced the ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Polish officials insisted that at this year’s event, “the eyes of the world will be focused” on about 300 Holocaust survivors whose presence Tuesday at the former Nazi death camp near...

  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day - we must remember, remind and never forget.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 days ago

    Seven years ago, I stood on Auschwitz Birkenau’s railroad, where more than 1 million Jews were led to their death only 65 years beforehand.  It was part of a special 8-day journey offered to 11th graders in Israel, to travel to Poland and learn more, and from up-close, about the...

  • Survivors gather for historic anniversary at Auschwitz

    2 days ago

    Holocaust survivors gathered in Krakow on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz amid unease regarding the safety of Jews in Europe.

    Some 100 survivors from 19 countries — each with a child, grandchild or companion — are expected to attend official ceremonies...

  • Northeast U.S. braves ‘crippling’ blizzard

    3 days ago

    A massive blizzard slammed into the U.S. Northeast on Monday, canceling thousands of flights, curtailing mass transit and closing hundreds of schools, as officials warned that the storm could dump as much as 3 feet of snow on the region.

    New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and...

  • U.S. Democratic senators set resolution countering push for tougher Iran sanctions

    3 days ago

    Democratic U.S. senators introduced a resolution on Monday opposing more sanctions on Iran unless nuclear talks fail or Tehran breaks an agreement, countering a push for tougher sanctions backed by Republicans that President Barack Obama has pledged to veto.

    "For those who agree...

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