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  • Latest domestic violence fatality triggers protests in Lebanon

    3 days ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Sara al-Amin became a household name overnight after her husband shot her 17 times with an assault rifle, the latest fatality of domestic violence in Lebanon. Amin had left her husband after an alleged two decades of beatings...

  • U.S. man charged with conspiracy to provide support to Islamic State

    3 days ago

    A Houston-area man was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to Islamic State by attempting to fight for the militant group in Syria, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Tuesday.

    Asher Abid Khan, 20, of Spring, Texas, was arrested on Tuesday morning and was due...

  • Campus Anti-Semitism at UC and Stanford

    3 days ago

    So far as we are concerned, Berkeley’s Golden Bears have already won the Stanford Axe, the trophy in their annual “Big Game” with the Cardinals, despite the fact that college football season is still months away.

    Our reason: the contrast between recent actions of the presidents...

  • Israel thanks U.S. for stand on Mideast nuclear arms ban at U.N.

    3 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the United States for blocking an Egyptian-led drive on a possible Middle East nuclear weapons ban at a major United Nations conference, an Israeli official said on Saturday.

    It was a rare expression of diplomatic harmony with the...

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  • Ex-Israeli PM Olmert sentenced to more jail time for corruption

    3 days ago

    Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced on Monday to eight months in jail for accepting illegal payments from a U.S. businessman, having previously been given a six-year term in a separate corruption case.

    Olmert's lawyers said they would appeal to the Supreme...

  • Netanyahu offers to resume peace talks with settlement focus, official says

    3 days ago

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has proposed resuming peace negotiations with the Palestinians but with the initial focus on identifying those Jewish settlements that Israel would keep and be allowed to expand, an Israeli official said on Tuesday.

    Peace talks collapsed in April...

  • From Egypt to Sinai in 49 Days

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    3 days ago

    In Jewish tradition, we count 49 days – seven weeks of seven days – between Pesach (Passover), when we remember what it was like for us to be slaves in Egypt, and Shavuot, when we celebrate receiving the wisdom of Torah at Mount Sinai.

    This year, as usual, I took a day off of...

  • Is Obama only a friend of the Israel and Judaism of his own imagination?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    President Barack Obama does not understand Israel. He never has, and at this point in time one suspects that he never will.

    This does not make him an enemy of Israel. I see no reason not to believe that Obama means what he says – that he does care about Israel. That even when he...

  • In Dick We Trust

    By Marty Kaplan

    4 days ago

    We already know how Republicans will run against Hillary Clinton, because Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus is busily banging that drum.

    “Hillary Clinton is, quite frankly, someone the American people can’t trust,” he said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “This...

  • Dairy Tech, Digital Matchmaker, Super-Pen and More - This Week from the Startup Nation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    4 days ago

    Warren Buffet Invests in Israeli Energy Saving Solution Company

    American business magnate Warren Buffett has again turned to the Israeli startup marketplace to invest, this time in eVolution Networks, innovator in energy savings solutions for Mobile Network Operators.
    eVolution...

  • Weekend Reads: Obama goes to shul, Coach Blatt’s Complaint, Erdogan’s popularity problem

    By Shmuel Rosner

    4 days ago

    US

    Here’s the transcript of President Obama’s synagogue address from Friday:

    And as an honorary member of the tribe, not to mention somebody who’s hosted seven White House Seders and been advised by -- (applause) -- and been advised by two Jewish chiefs of staff, I can also...

  • Second Time’s the Charm: in praise of second marriages

    By Mindy Leaf

    1 week ago

    My husband and I used to be the only couple at our pub's, mostly male, weekly gatherings. But lately a new female acquaintance (who'd been coming more often, as I have, since we'd connected several months ago) noted there were a lot more women in the group. This had nothing to do...

  • Lady Gaga accepts ADL award on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation

    1 week ago

    Pop star Lady Gaga accepted an award from the Anti-Defamation League on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation.

    On Thursday, the ADL announced that Gaga had received its Making a Difference award for “work championing positive social change.”

    “The Foundation shares ADL’s...

  • Obama: I have same high expectations of Israel as I do of U.S.

    1 week ago

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – President Barack Obama has a message for American Jews: I don’t shy away from disagreeing with Israel publicly, because I care about Israel and our shared values.

    The president marked Jewish American Heritage Month with a speech Friday at Washington’s oldest...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 week ago

    This weekend. I would like to present you with the new SMS- based therapy, which is about to help many.


    So long couch, hello cellphone. Instead of undergoing psychotherapy, some people find it easier and more discreet to text-message their therapist. Enter Talkspace, a provider...

  • On Shavuot, remembering the day I almost dropped the Torah

    1 week ago

    On Shavuot, we are reminded that the Torah is a tree of life to which we are to hold fast. But what happens when that hold slips from your grasp?

    It’s a question I found myself asking six weeks before Shavuot, late in the Torah service on the last day of Passover.

    Returning...

  • Rabbinical bias against Ethiopians to be punished, religion minister says

    1 week ago

    Israel’s newly-appointed religious services minister said he would void the marriage authority of municipal rabbinates if they are found to be discriminating against Ethiopian Jews.

    David Azoulay of the Orthodox Shas party spoke Thursday with Army Radio, following the station’s...

  • Obama: Defending Jews means criticizing Israel

    1 week ago

    Defending Jews from anti-Semitism is necessarily entwined with criticizing some of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians, President Barack Obama told a Jewish audience.

    “The rights I insist upon and fight for for all people in the United States compels me to look out for the...

  • For Shavuot, try this easy strawberry rhubarb trifle

    1 week ago

    Forget fancy pastries, cakes or tarts: Trifles are the best dessert you can make for entertaining. They are delicious and look beautiful and impressive, but are actually one of the easiest desserts you can make.

    The first time I made a trifle was actually after a baking mistake....

  • How to build an American shtetl — See: Bloomingburg, N.Y.

    1 week ago

    This is how you launch a Hasidic shtetl in 21st-century America.

    Step 1. Find a place within reasonable distance of Brooklyn where the land is cheap and underdeveloped.

    Step 2. Buy as much property as you can in your target area – if possible, without tipping off locals that...

  • U.S. official in Israel to discuss Mideast nuclear arms ban

    1 week ago

    A senior U.S. official is in Israel to discuss the possibility of a compromise that would keep alive the idea of someday banning nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, U.S. officials and U.N. diplomats said on Thursday.

    Friday is the final day of a...

  • FBI arrests two suspected Islamic State recruits in California

    1 week ago

    The FBI has arrested two men in southern California, one at Los Angeles International Airport, suspected of attempting to travel abroad to join Islamic State, NBC News reported on Thursday.

    NBC, which cited anonymous law enforcement officials, said the two men were unarmed and...

  • Patrick Modiano: In Search of a Father

    1 week ago

    Patrick Modiano: In Search of a Father
    By Elaine Margolin

    Nobel Prize winning author Patrick Modiano is always looking for his dead father.  I am looking for mine.  Perhaps this is what draws me to him.  Both Modiano and I don’t want to find our fathers to tell them we love them...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Shavuot with Rabbi Joshua Lief

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Joshua Lief, Senior Rabbi of Congregation Ahavath Chesed in Jacksonville, Florida. Rabbi Lief attended Princeton University, where he swam on the varsity squad, competed on the debate team, and graduated with a degree in History. After Princeton, Rabbi...

  • Moving and Shaking: Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, David Myers and Richard Sandler

    By Ryan Torok

    1 week ago

    A red carpet ceremony and a screening of “The Outrageous Sophie Tucker” kicked off the 10th annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival (LAJFF) on April 30 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills. 

    The opening gala, which drew approximately 700 people, was just the beginning of a week...

  • Israeli think tank ponders bilateral relations

    1 week ago

    After President Barack Obama’s March 19 statement that he was going to “reassess” policy options following the pre-election disavowal of a two-state solution by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Bar Ilan University’s Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA) began...

  • My dad was in the Army

    1 week ago

    My dad was like no other. 

    He was an accomplished CPA. That in itself might not seem so unusual, but how many accountants do you know who are also adept at wilderness survival? He could identify all of the animal tracks and scat. He knew the differences between poison ivy and...

  • Heroes to Heroes helps U.S. soldiers heal their psychic wounds

    1 week ago

    With his two kids out of the house, retired Army Sgt. Harrison Manyoma planned to commit suicide on Aug. 10, 2012. But a Jewish mother from New Jersey derailed his plans. 

    Judy Schaffer started Heroes to Heroes after meeting wounded war veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center...

  • A German Jew who served the U.S. at Utah Beach

    1 week ago

    “Col. James Van Fleet took me aside and said, ‘Bodlander, since you speak both French and German, I want you on my boat when we go ashore. And, incidentally, I will be the first person to step onto land; you’ll be the second,’ ” Walter Bodlander said in a recent interview.

    ...
  • URJ and NFTY sued over sand fly bites on Israel youth trip

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    Parents of four Jewish high school students in Los Angeles County filed a lawsuit on May 4 alleging that the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and its youth movement, the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), did not adequately warn and protect their children from infected...

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