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  • Some issues complicate the narrative of wide Israel-Diaspora gaps

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 hours ago

    A few days ago, Gallup published an analysis on the views of religious groups in America on 5 “key issues” – abortion, doctor-assisted suicide, the cloning of animals, gay-lesbian relations, and having a baby outside marriage.

    If you are not totally ignorant of American Jewish...

  • 2016 Election Blog #20: The Ten Questions Jewish Voters Are Asking

    By Steven Windmueller

    8 hours ago

    As I move around the country discussing the 2016 Presidential Campaign, concerned American Jewish voters are posing a series of questions, issues for the most part that touch other citizens as well.

    What about Trump?  When questions come up about Donald Trump they often encompass...

  • Anti BDS Gift Box, The Safest Airport in the World And More – This Week from the Startup Nation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    18 hours ago

    Surprise! Anti-BDS Gift Box Coming Straight to Your Front Door

    Omri Akunis is tired of hearing about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaigns against Israel, and the start-up he leads aims to counteract the movement. In recent years we witness ostracism by movements and...

  • Message to Bernie: Listen to Antonio

    By David Suissa

    19 hours ago

    Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has a message for presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders: Don’t start a platform fight over Israel. As the media has widely reported, Sanders is planning to use his leverage to change current U.S. policy on Israel in the Democratic...

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  • Is this really ‘the most right-wing Israeli coalition ever?’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago

    Claiming that the new Israeli coalition is the “most right-wing ever” – as many people and institutions and media outlets did last week – is, by and large, the result of three things:

    1. Ignorance and herd mentality.

    2. Wanting to make it look bad – that is, if you believe that...

  • The Dangers of Too Much Sex (Omer Day #37)

    By Marcus J Freed

    1 day ago

    Sign up here to receive the entire Sefirat HaOmer Video course, completely free for Jewish Journal readers: http://bit.ly/1T2qTvp

  • The Congressional Holocaust Survivors Resolution and Memorial Day

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    2 days ago

    At the end of May, many Americans look forward to a three-day holiday weekend. Memorial Day began as a somber day of remembrance and has evolved for many to a first sign of summer and time for a barbecue. Over one million soldiers gave their lives in service of  the United States...

  • Memorial Day 2016

    By Ilana Angel

    2 days ago

    Every single day, including this Memorial Day, someone will die or be injured while serving this country on our behalf.  It is our duty to remember that this weekend is about the troops, past and present, and not just about a BBQ or day off from work.  It’s important to take a...

  • Dating 101: Setting up a Blind Date

    By Ilana Angel

    2 days ago

    Several months ago I went on a date with a man who was lovely, but there was no spark. On paper we made sense, but in person we didn’t really have anything in common other than faith. Important to note I don’t think you need things in common to connect. Boots and I had a spark from...

  • A Moment of Reflection on Israel and the Middle East

    By Ryan Torok

    3 days ago

    Working the past six-and-a-half years as a staff writer at the Jewish Journal, coupled with my pro-Israel father’s influence, has resulted in me becoming more supportive of Israel, the only democracy in the most dysfunctional part of the world and the only place where gay people...

  • Arab states have reportedly hand-picked Palestinian leader to succeed Abbas

    4 days ago

    The United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan are reportedly planning to have former Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan replace Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

    Citing unnamed senior Palestinian and Jordanian sources, Middle East Eye reported Friday on the joint plan to...

  • Netanyahu’s government may be near collapse, report says

    4 days ago

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government may be on the verge of collapse according to Israel’s Channel 10.

    In a report Friday night, the TV station quoted unnamed “party leaders” saying that Netanyahu’s surprise move to bring the right-wing Yisrael Beiteinu party into the...

  • Transgender Israeli Arab wins historic Tel Aviv pageant

    4 days ago

    A Christian Arab-Israeli ballet dancer won Israel’s first-ever transgender beauty pageant.

    Ta’alin Abu Hanna, 21, was named “Miss Trans Israel” in Tel Aviv Friday, the Jerusalem Post reported.

    Abu Hanna told reporters she is “proud to be an Israeli Arab,” noting, “If I had not...

  • Trump: World leaders relaying message of reconciliation to Kissinger

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    4 days ago

    World leaders are seeking to make peace with Donald Trump, relaying that message in conversations for former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger,  the presumptive Republican nominee said on Friday.

    “One of the biggest diplomats of the country, he’s a friend of mine – you saw...

  • US health firms, Haifa hospital team up to ‘incubate’ digital medicine start-ups

    4 days ago

    IBM Watson Health and Medtronics are teaming up with an Israeli hospital to create a high-tech “incubator” to encourage innovations in digital medicine.

    Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa announced the partnership, to be called “MindUP,” on Friday. Funded by the the Israel...

  • NY Times removes quotation marks from Israeli ‘occupation’

    4 days ago

    The New York Times removed quotation marks originally used around “occupation” in one of its news stories.

    The word appears in the phrase “Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza” in the article published Wednesday about the Bernie Sanders-led push to change the Democratic...

  • Crash kills three workers at Jewish camp in Pennsylvania

    4 days ago

    Three staff members of a Jewish camp in eastern Pennsylvania were killed when the van they were traveling in lost control and drove into a drainage pond near the camp just before 1 a.m. Thursday.

    The two men and a woman, including the driver, were all seasonal workers at Camp...

  • Spelling bee champ nails obscure Yiddish word en route to victory

    4 days ago

    The final of the nation’s most prestigious spelling bee took a Yiddish turn Thursday night.

    Scripps National Spelling Bee finalist Jairam Hathwar, a 13-year-old from Corning, New York, was asked to spell the word “chremslach” in the ultimate rounds of the competition.

    Not up on...

  • Second Israeli cabinet minister quits in protest of Netanyahu policies

    4 days ago

    Israel’s environmental protection minister resigned, citing the recent dismissal of former Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and disagreements on policy with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Avi Gabai, a member of the center-right Kulanu party, announced his resignation on Friday,...

  • U.S. sees first case of bacteria resistant to last-resort antibiotic

    4 days ago

    U.S. health officials on Thursday reported the first case in the country of a patient with an infection resistant to a last-resort antibiotic, and expressed grave concern that the superbug could pose serious danger for routine infections if it spreads.

    "We risk being in a...

  • Never Trump— not for any of us

    4 days ago

    In 2002 when Jean-Marie Le Pen— then the head of the extremist French Front National— shockingly made it to the runoff for the French Presidential election, French voters knew what to do: Repudiate him, and everything he stood for.

    Le Pen is, not to mince words, a racist, a bigot...

  • Steven Spielberg’s commencement speech at Harvard University

    4 days ago

    Thank you, thank you, President Faust, and Paul Choi, thank you so much.

    It’s an honor and a thrill to address this group of distinguished alumni and supportive friends and kvelling parents. We’ve all gathered to share in the joy of this day, so please join me in...

  • Keep Calm and Take a Rest - a Poem for Parsha Behar

    By Rick Lupert

    4 days ago

    If you were the earth
    out of which everyone’s food grew
    animal and human alike

    you would need a rest too.
    You need a rest too. Take one.
    Not in seven years.

    Every year, a week or two
    outside of your element. It will
    help define your element.

    Every week, a full day.
    We...

  • Clinton appointee vows changes to Democratic platform on Israel

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    4 days ago

    Hillary Clinton’s campaign is moving along to satisfy the liberal wing of the Democratic Party by indicating proposed changes to the Democratic Party’s platform on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will be addressed by the drafting committee ahead of the convention in Philadelphia.

    ...
  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Behar with Rabbi Tuvia Brander

    By Shmuel Rosner

    4 days ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Tuvia Brander, leader of Young Israel of West Hartford, CT. Rabbi Brander, a Wexner Graduate Fellow, was ordained at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.  During his time there, he spent a year in the Gruss Kollel in Jerusalem, served as a...

  • Man charged for murder of Jewish law professor Dan Markel

    5 days ago

    Florida police charged a man for the murder of Dan Markel, a Jewish law professor shot outside his home in 2014.

    Tallahassee police on Thursday arrested Sigfredo Garcia, 34, and charged him with first-degree murder, the Tallahassee Democrat reported. Garcia has been arrested at...

  • On Lag B’Omer in Israel, hundreds injured, forest fires rage and cats are threatened

    5 days ago

    Bonfires lit up Israel during the Jewish holiday of Lag B’Omer, resulting in hundreds of injuries and possibly igniting a blaze in Jerusalem that forced the evacuation of dozens of residents.

    Tens of thousands of revelers flocked to the north of Israel Wednesday to dance around...

  • Why scientists are fighting about the origins of Yiddish – and the Jews

    5 days ago

    Science has finally provided evidence of what Jewish “Star Wars” fans long suspected: Yoda is a member of the tribe — or at least he speaks like one.

    The bad news is the science has been widely dismissed as junk.

    The Yoda reference appears in a video in which a a 36-year-old...

  • Protesters pressure Whole Foods to sever ties with alleged sex abuser

    5 days ago

    When the new 365 by Whole Foods Market — a more affordable outpost of the luxury grocery chain — opened Wednesday morning in Silver Lake, the atmosphere in the parking lot was palpably upbeat: pedestrians hustled around clutching reusable totes and a DJ was blasting classic rock...

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