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  • Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Weeks 6 & 7 Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    4 days ago

    Typos are generously provided by Jose Cuervo.

    With this blog I will be caught up on all my Housewives recaps. Two hours of Atlanta almost sent me into a coma, so I am hoping Beverly Hills has been able to find a storyline that does not include Erika’s vagina while I was away....

  • Dear Alan Dershowitz, stay away from Israel

    4 days ago

    Dear Mr. Dershowitz:

    It was embarrassing to listen to you on Israeli TV this week.

    It was irritating to hear your chutzpah, telling us in Israel what's right and what's wrong for us.

    You are living in America. So here are my questions for you:

    Do you know personally one --...

  • UN Resolution 2334: Death knell for Israel’s middle class?

    4 days ago

    Little noted in the media firestorm surrounding the passage of UN Security Council Resolution 2334, commanding Israel to stop all settlement activity, is the potentially deadly ramifications for Israel's struggling middle class. With one vote, the United Nations outlawed most...

  • ‘A new king arose’: Inaugurating an era of fools and Pharaohs

    By David Seidenberg

    4 days ago

    I. We have three Pharaohs in our Torah. The first Pharaoh, less memorable, receives Abraham and Sarah and then sends them away. The second, the good Pharaoh, raises Joseph from imprisoned slave to ruler over all Egypt. Only the third one, who did not know Joseph, is called “melekh...

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  • Obama was, for better or worse, the face of liberal Zionism

    4 days ago

    During his campaign for president in 2008, I wrote a column suggesting that Barack Obama was struggling to connect with Jews because they weren’t sure that he supported Israel’s cause in his gut — that is, in his kishkes. I may have been the first to apply the term “Kishkes Factor”...

  • Palestinian man who attempted to stab soldiers in West Bank shot, killed

    4 days ago

    A Palestinian man who attempted to stab an Israeli soldier at a West Bank checkpoint was shot and killed during the attack, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

    The incident occurred Tuesday afternoon in the northern West Bank near the Palestinian city of Tulkarm.

    No Israeli...

  • Britain again breaks ranks with Europe — this time over Israel

    4 days ago

    Two days after delegates from more than 70 nations attended the Paris summit on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it is clear that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was wrong to label the meeting “useless.”

    Admittedly the France-initiated event, which neither Israel nor...

  • Iran nuclear deal ‘on life support,’ Priebus says

    4 days ago

    The Iran nuclear deal is “on life support,” President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming chief of staff said.

    Reince Priebus told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” Sunday that it is not clear how the Iran nuclear agreement will continue under Trump.

    “We all know that...

  • Obama on nuclear deal anniversary: Defense of Israel against Iran has been ‘steadfast’

    4 days ago

    President Barack Obama said his administration had remained “steadfast” in countering Iranian threats to Israel in the wake of the Iran nuclear deal.

    Obama and his secretary of state, John Kerry, in their final week in office, marked the anniversary Monday of the implementation...

  • Popular neo-Nazi blogger resigns over revelation his wife is Jewish

    4 days ago

    The founder of the popular right-wing blog post The Right Stuff resigned over the revelation that his wife is Jewish.

    Mike Enoch, who also co-hosts “The Daily Shoah” weekly podcast, was outed over the weekend as Mike Peinovich, a website developer from New York. On the podcast,...

  • A prescription for a divided America: A commission for national healing

    4 days ago

    With days to go until the presidential inauguration, the hope for the traditionally sedate transition between the old and new administrations has been anything but. Instead feelings of fragmentation and anxiety spurred by the brutal presidential campaign and its aftermath prevail....

  • Trump: Jared Kushner a ‘natural’ to solve Mideast conflict

    4 days ago

    President-elect Donald Trump reiterated that his son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner could head efforts to broker a Middle East peace deal.

    In an interview with the German newspaper Bild and The Times of London published Monday, Trump was asked what role Kushner, husband of...

  • Obama: UN vote did not cause ‘major rupture’ in US-Israel relations

    4 days ago

    Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama said that his decision to allow the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution condemning Israeli settlements did not cause a “major rupture” in relations between the U.S. and Israel.

    Obama acknowledged in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes”...

  • A legacy of O

    4 days ago

    When he ran for President, Barack Obama promoted "we are not red states or blue states, but the United States." He didn’t mean it.

    Radicalized by his prolific communist mentor Frank Marshall Davis, Barry (Soetero) enjoyed his pot-smoking “choom gang” in high school, and then...

  • Real Housewives of Atlanta Weeks 9 & 10 Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    4 days ago

    Typos are generously provided by Jose Cuervo and the support of Grey Goose.

    Hello! I’ve been in London for work and therefore fallen a bit behind, so I am going to bullet point the last two episodes with Jose by my side. I am also joined this evening by Captain Morgan and a grey...

  • A Letter to my Jewish Sister on the Anniversary of Azerbaijan’s ‘Black January’

    By Durdane Agayeva

    4 days ago

    A Muslim Woman and Survivor Shares a Deep Bond with her Fellow Slain Jewish Countrywoman

    Dearest Vera*,

    27 years ago, we both stood at the precipice of adulthood. We were teenagers; you lived in the capital city of Baku of our homeland Azerbaijan, a Jewish student studying the...

  • Obama Jews, Trump Jews – is the division inevitable?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    4 days ago

    What unites the Jews? What is it that makes them one people? A recent study I authored for JPPI (with my colleague Dr. John Ruskay) argues that while “complications are many,” more than a few Jews “would deem it desirable to develop as broad as possible an understanding of what...

  • A Female Wrinkle on the Election Coverage?

    By Deena F. Greenberg

    5 days ago

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUL7rh99tIA
  • Fighting Racism Starts in the Heart

    5 days ago

    When we think of relations between Jews and African-Americans, we naturally think of our proudest moments. And we should.

    Abraham Joshua Heschel marched side-by-side with Martin Luther King in 1965, helping America to repudiate the racist sins of its past. Jewish activists worked...

  • Sen. Udall’s amendment criticizing settlements rejected

    5 days ago

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed Resolution 6 on Thursday, and it will head to the Senate floor for a vote at a later time. The Senate measure blasts United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 2334, which assailed Israel for its continued settlement...

  • Martin Luther King Day 2017

    By Ilana Angel

    5 days ago

    “I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

    Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as...

  • TOP 8 MOVIES OF 2016

    By Zoe Hewitt

    5 days ago

    Take a look below for my Top 8 Movies of 2016 along with 4 Honorable Mentions.  When you're through watching, let me know what your favorites were!

    --->Looking for the direct link to the video?  Click here.

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  • The Bibi investigation: A guide for the perplexed

    By Shmuel Rosner

    5 days ago

    There are indeed good reasons to be perplexed about the political scandal that has been engulfing Israel in the last few weeks. The Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, is under investigation. He has been questioned, many others have been questioned, television newscasts are now...

  • Sunday Reads: Plan B for Israel & Palestine, Will allies trust Trump?, Love in the book of Ruth

    By Shmuel Rosner

    6 days ago

    US

    Adam Schatz writes about how the world has changed the once hopeful President Obama:

    In his 2009 speech in Cairo, Mr. Obama imagined Muslim and Western democrats working together in partnership, overcoming borders imposed by war, prejudice and mistrust for the sake of a...

  • TV puppet on Trump: “I know a Russian puppet when I see one!”

    1 week ago

    Since the mid-1950s, the iconic sock puppet Lamb Chop has said whatever’s on her six-year-old mind (as well as the mind of her creator Shari Lewis, and since Shari’s death in 1998, the mind of Shari’s daughter Mallory).

    Now the sassy little sheep, who is proud of the fact that...

  • Dear Chuck Schumer: Stop David Friedman

    1 week ago

    Dear Senator Schumer,

    We represent a broad constituency of scholars of Jewish studies committed to the democratic values that gave rise to the United States of America. We are alarmed by the prospect that new administration may erode these values and are particularly troubled by...

  • Everyone Gets a Blessing and All I got Was Olive Oil - 7 Haiku for Parsha Vayechi

    By Rick Lupert

    1 week ago

    I
    Jacob asks only
    one thing of Joseph. When I
    die, please bring me home.

    II
    Multiply like fish
    Jacob asks for Joseph’s sons.
    Try to picture that.

    III
    Ephraim and his
    brother Manasseh. May we
    always be like them.

    IV
    Jacob knew his kids
    so well. Thought up the perfect
    blessing for each one.

    V
    I hope Asher was
    not disappointed with his
    olive oil blessing.

    VI
    Army of Jews and
    Egyptians take Jacob home.
    Our first Exodus.

    VII
    Joseph too leaves the
    story. He has left us so
    strong and so strengthened.

  • Rosner’s Torah Talk: Parashat Vayechi with Rabbi Joanne Heiligman

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago

    Our guest today is Rabbi Joanne Yocheved Heiligman, rabbi of Congregation Shalom Aleichem in Columbia, Maryland since 2001.  Rabbi Heiligman was ordained in 1989 by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She is a fabric artist and has exhibited her work in museums and...

  • Skipping the inauguration

    By Marty Kaplan

    1 week ago

    Many people are saying they won’t be watching the inauguration on TV.

    Just putting it that many-people-are-saying way gives me the creeps. Like “believe me,” it’s Trump’s signature trick for turning lies true, the companion con to turning facts false by labeling them “fake news.”...

  • In Lithuania, bureaucratic backflips to protect Holocaust amnesia

    By Eitan Arom

    1 week ago

    Grant Gochin leads a double life.

    By day, he runs a wealth management company in Woodland Hills. Also by day, and by night and weekends, Gochin is an advocate for Holocaust memory and reconciliation in Lithuania, where his grandfather was born.

    Most recently, that’s meant...

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