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  • Soul Play

    Rabbi Avivah W. Erlick, BCC

    4 hours ago

    --- Parashat Yom Kippur: Leviticus 16:1-34, Numbers 29:7-11

     For many of us, death is “the unthinkable.” Yom Kippur is supposed to help us with this problem. It asks us once a year to spend a day without food, water and other elements of life, and to dress in one of the garments...

  • The Heschel Exchange, Part 1: A great Jewish thinker and a victim of his own eloquence

    By Shmuel Rosner

    5 hours ago

    Rabbi Shai Held is Co-Founder, Dean and Chair in Jewish Thought at Mechon Hadar. Before that, he served for six years as Scholar-in-Residence at Kehilat Hadar in New York City, and taught both theology and Halakha at the Jewish Theological Seminary. He also served as Director of...

  • Fliers posted at UC Santa Barbara say Jews were behind 9/11 attacks

    By Jared Sichel

    17 hours ago

    Raising the alarm amongst Jewish leaders in Southern California, some students arriving this past weekend at UC Santa Barbara for the beginning of a new school year were greeted with fliers claiming that Israel was behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

    “911 was an outside job,”...

  • BREAKING: CDC confirms first ebola case diagnosed in United States

    19 hours ago

    U.S. health officials said on Tuesday the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus had been diagnosed in the country.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the diagnosis. No additional details were immediately available.

    Texas Health...

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  • P.A. peace negotiator Erekat compares Netanyahu to ISIS leader

    20 hours ago

    Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Authority’s chief negotiator in peace talks with Israel, compared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the leader of ISIS.

    Erekat’s comparison in an interview with the French news agency AFP came a day after Netanyahu in his speech to the U.N....

  • What did King David drink? Israeli wine researchers aim to revive ancient libations

    20 hours ago

    The small cardboard box in Elyashiv Drori’s palm looks like it’s full of black pebbles.

    Closing the box quickly, he explains that it cannot be open for long. The pebble-like pieces, which were uncovered in an archaeological dig near Jerusalem’s Old City, are in fact remains of a...

  • Jewish families move into eastern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood

    21 hours ago

    Rioting erupted as several Jewish families moved into apartments in the eastern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Silwan.

    The Jews moved in late Monday night amid protests by Arab rioters who threw rocks and fireworks and attempted to enter one of the homes, according to reports....

  • Belgian far-right party to push for ritual slaughter ban

    21 hours ago

    Belgium’s far-right Vlaams Belang party said it will submit a bill proposing a blanket ban on ritual slaughter.

    The Vlaams Belang made the statement Monday in reaction to a Cabinet minister’s announcement on forbidding the slaughter of animals in temporary slaughterhouses as of...

  • Lancet editor visiting Israel following outcry over anti-Israel letter

    22 hours ago

    The editor of the British medical journal The Lancet, which ran an open letter accusing Israel of a “massacre” in Gaza, is visiting Israel.

    On Tuesday, Dr. Richard Horton visited the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, where he was scheduled to meet with senior researchers and...

  • Israeli cargo ship blocked in Oakland Port docks in L.A.

    22 hours ago

    An Israeli-owned cargo ship prevented by pro-Palestinian demonstrators from unloading in the Oakland Port will try to unload in Los Angeles.

    The Zim Shanghai docked in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning, according to tracking by the website marinetraffic.com. It was still carrying...

  • U.S. resumes sending Hellfire missiles to Israel

    22 hours ago

    The United States has resumed delivery of Hellfire missiles to Israel.

    “The first shipment has been delivered to Israel and the second shipment will be delivered early in October,” Cmdr. Elissa Smith, a Pentagon spokeswoman, told JTA on Monday.

    The interruption of delivery of...

  • Belarus falls (literally) all over native son Eliezer Ben Yehuda

    22 hours ago

    The sun was already at a zenith when a bus full Jewish tourists rolled into the small Belarusian town of Glubokoe.

    The drab building style and visible poverty of this ex-Soviet town failed to excite the passengers – journalists and VIP participants of the Belarus conference...

  • Why we encourage body talk at Camp Be’chol Lashon

    22 hours ago

    Earlier this year, the Jewish overnight camp Eden Village garnered a great deal of attention for its “no body talk” policy, which camp leaders described as providing a “break from mentioning physical appearance, including clothing.”

    The policy, which aims to lessen the stress...

  • Watch what happens when these non-Jews try Jewish food

    22 hours ago

    Every year, Jews gather to celebrate the High Holidays: They blow the shofar, they fast, they ask for repentance, and of course, they eat. And every year, there’s someone new at the dinner table, tepidly prodding his or her gefilte fish, and assuring the cook with an unconvincing...

  • The Jewish stars of ‘Star Trek’ shill for VW

    23 hours ago

    Last year Volkswagen donated more than a million dollars to an international youth center at Auschwitz.

    In 2011 it donated $1 million to the Anti-Defamation League.

    And in 2009 it was reported that the Beetle — that iconic VW creation — was actually designed by a Jew.

    But the...

  • At U.N., Abbas attacks Israel, but Netanyahu’s mind is elsewhere

    23 hours ago

    In the end, there was much to talk about at the U.N. General Assembly but few genuine surprises.

    With an eye on the jihadist group ISIS, President Obama focused on the need for the international community to counter the dangers of violent extremism. Israeli Prime Minister...

  • New NIF campaign adopts tools of the right

    23 hours ago

    In a strategic shift, the New Israel Fund is arming itself with a set of sharp political tools and picking a fight.

    Its target: Israel’s political right.

    Its weapons: Opposition research, media monitoring, and staking its claims to patriotism and Zionism.

    If NIF’s dramatic...

  • “Heil Hitler” at the heart of London - an open letter to the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 day ago

    Not sure if it was because of the growing anti- Semitism or constant terror threats, but when my boyfriend surprised me with a trip to London, my initial and immediate response was "but I don't want to die."  Since tickets were already booked, we boarded the plane, extra carefully,...

  • Netanyahu’s speech: Should Israel put itself at the forefront of the battle against radical Islam?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago

    AP called this "a blistering speech". That is a fair description of Benjamin Netanyahu's UN performance yesterday. All the elements were blended into it: terror and radicalism, world domination and Nazism, nuclear Iran and propaganda. Netanyahu did not talk about Israel – not just...

  • Protesters stay out on Hong Kong streets, defying Beijing

    2 days ago

    Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters blocked Hong Kong streets in the early hours on Tuesday, maintaining pressure on China as it faces one of its biggest political challenges since the Tiananmen Square crackdown 25 years ago.

    Riot police had largely withdrawn and there...

  • Petition calls on El Al to protect female passengers from haredi harassment

    2 days ago

    Hundreds have signed an online petition calling on El Al Airlines to protect female passengers from being harassed by haredi Orthodox men.

    The petition on Change.org was launched Sunday, days after an El Al flight from New York to Tel Aviv was delayed in taking off when haredi...

  • Yaalon: IDF took out 80 percent of Gaza rockets during offensive

    2 days ago

    Israel destroyed some 80 percent of Palestinian rockets and mortars in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said.

    About 2,000 rockets still remain in Hamas’ possession in Gaza, Yaalon said Monday in an address to a conference titled “Military and...

  • Study: Fasting on Yom Kippur doubles risk of premature birth

    2 days ago

    Fasting on Yom Kippur in the later stages of pregnancy doubles a woman’s risk for premature delivery, according to a new Israeli study.

    Researchers at Soroka University Medical Center and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba reached the conclusion after studying the...

  • Iranian nuclear physicist killed by Revolutionary Guard, not Israel, sister says

    2 days ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.
     
    The sister of a leading Iranian nuclear physicist widely believed to have been assassinated by Israel as part of an effort to derail the Islamic Republic’s drive to create nuclear weapons says her brother was murdered by...
  • Netanyahu’s full speech at the United Nations General Assembly

    2 days ago

    [Transcription]

    Thank you, Mr. President, 
    Distinguished delegates, 

    I come here from Jerusalem to speak on behalf of my people, the people of Israel. I've come here to speak about the dangers we face and about the opportunities we see. I've come here to expose the brazen...

  • Gaza, and Europe’s new wave of anti-Semitism

    2 days ago

    For weeks, the images filled the world’s television screens – of collapsed buildings, weeping parents and widows, and anguished calls for vengeance.  It was these scenes, of the genuine suffering of Palestinian civilians caught up in a war provoked by Hamas that have been seized on...

  • P.O.P.S. the Club with Tim Allen October 16

    By Amy Friedman

    2 days ago

    Thank you from POPS

    P.O.P.S. the Club In January 2013, in a dingy classroom at Venice High School, Dennis Danziger, a high school English teacher, and his wife, Amy Friedman, started a new high school club. The club was just a fledgling idea, with only two elements—first, the motto would be “First...

  • U.S., Kurds strike at Islamic State in Syria

    2 days ago

    U.S. warplanes attacked Islamic State targets in Syria overnight, in raids that a group monitoring the war said killed civilians as well as jihadist fighters.

    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strikes hit mills and grain storage areas in the northern...

  • Netanyahu: Iran poses greater threat than Islamic State

    2 days ago

    Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday tried to shift the spotlight away from Islamic State fighters and back to Iran, warning the United Nations that a nuclear-armed Tehran would pose a far greater threat than "militant Islamists on pickup trucks."

    It was the fifth...

  • LGBTQ community in Jerusalem marches on, despite controversy

    2 days ago

    After being rescheduled twice because of this summer’s conflict, the Jerusalem Gay Pride parade occurred last Thursday evening. Unlike Tel Aviv’s Pride parade, the “holy city” of Jerusalem’s parade resembles “more of a serious political march than a festival-like celebration.” 

    ...
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