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  • The emotionally unacceptable Israeli-Turkish agreement

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 hours ago

    There are international agreements that the people celebrate, and there are international agreements that the people swallow. The agreement Israel has just signed with Turkey – which the Israeli cabinet is likely to approve tomorrow, reluctantly yet responsibly – is of the second...

  • Pope says Church should ask forgiveness from gay population for past treatment

    15 hours ago

    Pope Francis said on Sunday that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should seek forgiveness from homosexuals for the way they had treated them.

    Speaking to reporters aboard the plane taking him back to Rome from Armenia, he also said the Church should ask forgiveness for...

  • Preparing for Brexit, Britain may see new PM by early September

    15 hours ago

    Britain could have a new prime minister by early September, the ruling Conservative Party said on Monday, after David Cameron started laying the groundwork for his successor to trigger the country's exit from the European Union.

    The government is under pressure to fill a vacuum...

  • In New York race, a gay religious Jewish upstart challenges a 12-term incumbent

    15 hours ago

    Rep. Jerry Nadler, a graduate of the Crown Heights Yeshiva who represents one of the country’s most Jewish congressional districts and is the co-founder of the congressional Israel Working Group, likely never expected to be called anti-Israel.

    But the 12-term incumbent’s...

  • Simply perfect grilled chicken, sure fire summer fun

    16 hours ago

    It's hot, you're busy and company's coming for dinner. Nothing's easier than tossing some chicken on the grill. Am I right?

    Not at all! Think about it: When was the last time you had a properly cooked piece of chicken from somebody's backyard grill?

    "Never" is my guess -- even...

  • U.S. Supreme Court toughens gun ban for domestic violence

    16 hours ago

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday expanded the types of domestic violence convictions that can trigger the loss of gun ownership rights in a ruling issued amid fierce debate about reducing firearms violence in America.

    The justices, in a 6-2 ruling, rejected arguments that a...

  • New Jersey passes anti-BDS legislation

    16 hours ago

    The New Jersey Legislature passed legislation that prohibits the state from investing  pension and annuity funds in companies that boycott Israel or Israeli businesses.

    The bipartisan bill in response to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions or BDS movement against Israel passed...

  • Jewish groups applaud Supreme Court abortion ruling tossing restrictive Texas law

    16 hours ago

    Several national Jewish organizations applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Monday striking down a Texas law that restricted access to abortion.

    In a 5-3 ruling, the Supreme Court said the HB2 law, which mandates that doctors performing abortions have admitting...

  • Firefighters gain ground over devastating California blaze

    16 hours ago

    Firefighters in the foothills of central California have made significant gains against a blaze that has killed at least two people and destroyed scores of homes in a devastating start to the state's wildfire season, authorities said on Monday.

    By Sunday night, crews had carved...

  • Presbyterians vote to “re-evaluate” two-state solution

    17 hours ago

    The Anti-Defamation League expressed “disappointment” after the Presbyterian Church USA passed several resolutions aimed at pressuring Israel and re-evaluating church support for the two-state solution.

    The church’s General Assembly, held in Portland, ended on Sunday.


  • 257 new Chabad rabbis gather to celebrate their ordinations

    17 hours ago

    A group of 257 rabbinical school graduates gathered at the Chabad movement’s Rabbinical College of America outside of Morristown, New Jersey.

    The rabbis, who received their rabbinic ordinations between 2012 and this year, took part in the celebratory ceremony on Sunday.


  • Jewish groups hail Israel-Turkey rapprochement deal

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    17 hours ago

    Jewish American groups on Monday welcomed the announcement of a reconciliation agreement between Israel and Turkey that will restore full diplomatic relations and renew the economic, military and political cooperation between the two Middle East countries.

    “The restoration of...

  • Lieberman, majority of Israelis oppose Turkey reconciliation deal

    18 hours ago

    More than half of Israelis oppose the newly announced reconciliation deal with Turkey, according to a Channel 10 poll.

    In addition, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said he is against the deal, several Israeli media outlets reported Monday.

    Channel 10’s poll found...

  • 9 Jewish LGBTQ activists you should know

    19 hours ago

    New York City’s gay pride parade on Sunday was full of highlights. The NBA and WNBA became the first professional sports leagues to march. A Syrian refugee whose life was threatened by an ISIS operative served as a grand marshal. Even Hillary Clinton made a surprise...

  • Does Saudi Arabia have a new role to play as stabilizer of the Middle East?

    19 hours ago

    Ask General Yaakov Amidror to speak about the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and you might think you’d been dropped into a session of family therapy. Amidror, Israel’s stern-faced former National Security Advisor, discusses the Persian Gulf monarchy as if explaining a new and perplexing...

  • Red-hot grilling tips for the Fourth of July

    20 hours ago

    July Fourth begs for a magnificent grill party. It's summer, it's a great celebration of the nation's birth and everyone is outdoors and in party mode. Why hold back on July Fourth? Why not grill everything? With a couple of days' planning, you can really do something amazingly and...

  • Exclusive: Christian, Muslims and Jews to build a joint house of worship in Jerusalem

    20 hours ago

    In theory, this should not be a big deal: men and women of faith, who share a belief in one God and a love for the city of Jerusalem, coming together to pray, study and sing.

    In practice, it is about as plausible as a snowball’s chance in the desert. 

    But, for one week in...

  • Shopping: Tap into your youth

    By Julie Bien

    20 hours ago

    Sixty may be the new 40, but many boomers may feel even younger. Good thing there’s an array of DIY projects, crafts and tech toys that will take adults back to the pursuits of their youth — now that they have the time to fully enjoy them. 

    Forget about the cheap stuff you drank...

  • Jewish father who took out ad seeking a wife for his son postpones interviews of prospective brides

    20 hours ago

    The Jewish father who took out a full-page ad in an Idaho newspaper seeking a wife for his 48-year-old son has postponed the interviews with prospective brides he scheduled at an Idaho resort.

    Arthur Brooks, 78, of Beverly Hills, California, decided to delay his interviews of...

  • Munich state museum profited from Nazi-looted art, investigation shows

    20 hours ago

    A state museum in Munich profited from art looted by the Nazis at least until the 1990s, a new investigation has revealed.

    In a joint probe, the Munich-based newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and the British NGO Commission for Looted Art in Europe found that the Bavarian State...

  • Jewish lawmaker resigns from British shadow cabinet

    20 hours ago

    A Jewish lawmaker in Britain’s Parliament has joined more than 20 Labour Party members in resigning from the opposition’s shadow cabinet — part of the fallout from the British vote to leave the European Union.

    Luciana Berger, the most senior Jewish member of the shadow cabinet,...

  • Chabad ‘welcome centers’ in Rio to offer kosher food, multilingual assistance for Olympics

    20 hours ago

    Chabad will convert its three Rio de Janeiro centers into “welcome centers” for the estimated 40,000 Jewish visitors expected this summer for the Brazil Olympics and Paralympic Games.

    The sites in Leblon, Copacabana and Barra will provide kosher food and a prayer minyan, as well...

  • Israelis would get 6 Sundays off under bill to create ‘Western’ weekend

    20 hours ago

    A Knesset committee has approved legislation that will mandate six long weekends each year — a step toward a possible Monday-to-Friday work week.

    Providing the six Sundays off each year beginning in 2017 will start to transition the Israeli work week to that of most of the...

  • Writer Calvin Trillin dishes about civil rights, Judaism and the art of reporting

    21 hours ago

    Writer Calvin Trillin may be most famous today for his humorous musings on food, family, travel and love.

    But before he won the Thurber Prize for Humor in 2013; before “Uncivil Liberties,” his humor column for The Nation (he has lovingly called it “a pinko magazine published on...


    By Zoe Hewitt

    21 hours ago

    When INDEPENDENCE DAY came out 20 years ago it was groundbreaking.  It was the first time we saw the White House get destroyed on film, along with a host of other International landmarks.  The effects were at the top of their class and the movie was nominated for two Academy...

  • Boomer reboot

    21 hours ago

    The panoramic view from Cheryl Hiltzik’s home studio, high in the Burbank hills, is spectacular. It’s no wonder it’s a big source of daily inspiration for her. 

    Earlier in life, though, she found inspiration elsewhere, spending years interviewing A-list Hollywood celebrities such...

  • Municipality near Paris declares boycott of Israeli settlement goods

    21 hours ago

    A municipality near the French capital passed a motion declaring a boycott of Israeli settlement goods and vowing further research and labeling on other products from the Jewish state.

    The council of Bondy, located north of Paris, passed the resolution with only five objections...

  • Lviv Ghetto memorial vandalized in anti-Semitic attack

    21 hours ago

    A monument to the victims of the Holocaust-era ghetto of Lviv in western Ukraine was vandalized in what police suspect is an anti-Semitic incident.

    Unidentified vandals on Friday threw several gallons of green paint on the memorial, which was erected in 1992 in memory of tens of...

  • Jewish coach leads Colombia soccer team to 3rd place in Copa tournament

    21 hours ago

    Colombia’s national soccer team finished third in the prestigious Copa America Centenario tournament led by its Jewish coach, Jose Pekerman.

    Colombia defeated the United States, 1-0, on Saturday in the bronze medal match at University of Phoenix Stadium. Sixteen countries...

  • Ex-Auschwitz guard, 94, appeals conviction as accessory to murder

    21 hours ago

    A former Nazi SS guard who was sentenced to five years in prison by a German court for his role as an accessory in the murder of at least 170,000 people in the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in Poland has appealed his conviction.

    Attorneys for Reinhold Hanning, 94, filed...

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