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  • 4 short election notes on 3 possible Israeli coalitions

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 hours ago

    1. Take a look at our updated poll trends tracker. The numbers are constantly updated, but we also have a new short analysis that deals with Israel's supposed "center" and what it might do after Election Day. That is to say: Will Lieberman, Kahlon and Lapid join a Likud-Netanyahu...

  • Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis: Why Ferguson matters to Jews, and what makes a rabbi's life well-lived

    8 hours ago

    From a poem by Rabbi Schulweis:

    For Those Beloved Who Survive Me

    Mourning by Harold M. Schulweis

    Mourn me not with tears, ashes or sackcloth.
    Nor dwell in darkness, sadness or remorse.
    Remember that I love you, and wish for you a life of song.
    My immortality, if there be...

  • Israel destroys Gaza cement factory in retaliation for rocket attack

    20 hours ago

    Israel destroyed what the military said was a cement factory in Gaza following the firing of a rocket from Gaza that damaged agricultural fields in a southern Israeli kibbutz.

    The Israeli Air Force destroyed the factory on Saturday in response to the rocket...

  • Kindertransport film picked for permanent preservation

    By  Tom Tugend

    21 hours ago

    Oscar-winner “Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport” has been selected for permanent preservation in the Library of Congress by the National Film Registry.
     
    The film, released in 2000, documents the rescue of some 10,000 predominantly Jewish children from...
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  • Sunday Reads: Saudi Arabia’s dirty move against Iran, Norman Mailer’s Jewishness

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago

    US

    Walter Russell Mead takes a look at the American left’s disappointment after witnessing the most liberal President since Jimmy Carter:

    As the United States staggers toward the seventh year of Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House, a growing disquiet permeates the ranks...

  • North Korea denies hacking Sony, U.S. stands by its assertion

    2 days ago

    North Korea said on Saturday U.S. accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander" and that it wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States.

    An unnamed spokesman of the North's foreign ministry said there would...

  • Judaism is the particular language through which Jews address humanity

    3 days ago

    RABBI HAROLD M. SCHULWEIS was the spiritual leader of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California, and author of many books, including For Those Who Cant Believe, In Gods Mirror, Evil and the Morality of God, and Approaches to the Philosophy of Religion. He was the founding chairman...

  • Israel bombs Gaza militant base after rocket hits southern Israel

    3 days ago

     Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas militant base in the Gaza Strip on Friday for the first time since the end of a war in the territory, in response to a rocket that militants launched earlier in the day, the army said.

    The bombs struck in the Khan Younis area in the southern Gaza...

  • “Chocolate Bar” and genetic disease research

    By  Tom Tugend

    3 days ago

    A campaign started quietly by a couple of first-graders two years ago to help find a cure for a rare genetic disease passed the $1 million mark in late December, with donations streaming in from all 50 states and 60 countries across the globe.

    The million-dollar achievement was...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 days ago

    This week, I would like to urge you to watch the best Israeli film of the year – Zero Motivation!


    It is a dark comedy by director Talya Lavie, which exposes the viewer to the everyday life of  young women serving  in an IDF unit at a remote desert base. They serve in a human...

  • Learning Leadership from Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis, z’l

    By Michael Berenbaum

    3 days ago

    Much will have been written over the next few days about the massive contribution that Rabbi Harold Schulweis has made to Jewish life in our time. Yet as an observer, participant and shaper of Jewish life, I feel that there is still more than can be said. Permit me to focus on his...

  • What Pakistan wants: its people or terrorists

    3 days ago

    Museum of death

    Rows and rows of men stood in straight lines, hands folded in front of their chests, offering a Namaz-e-Janaza (prayer before burial) on Wednesday.  Some held their chests tighter as if to push back something that wanted to burst out; a howl, or a murmur or an...

  • A military miracle: Chanukah care for U.S. armed forces personnel

    3 days ago

    On Chanukah, Jews around the world pay tribute to the Maccabees, a small band of Jewish soldiers who pulled off an improbable military victory.

    Members of the Israel Defense Forces carry on that legacy today, and for Hanukkah, they too are recognized alongside their Maccabean...

  • Behind every great ‘Serial’ podcast host, a Jewish studies professor

    3 days ago

    No spoilers here about the “Serial” season finale, but I will say this much: The episode ends with … a special thanks to a certain Jewish studies professor.

    That would be Benjamin Schreier, the interim director of the Jewish studies program at Penn State and the husband of...

  • Rabbi Shulweis, Dear Friend and Advocate for the Soul

    By Beit T'shuvah

    3 days ago

    by Rabbi Mark Borovitz

     

    I am Addicted to Redemption in a large part because of Rabbi Harold Shulweis, z”l. Rabbi Shulweis welcomed me into his Shul knowing that I was just out of prison, an ex-con, and a recovering alcoholic. He embraced me and said that I had a place in his...

  • Israel bypassed in Oscars race

    By  Tom Tugend

    3 days ago

    Israel is out, but a Polish Holocaust-related film is in, as movies from nine countries advanced on Nov. 19 in the Oscar race for best foreign-language film.

    “Gett: The Trial of Vivian Amsalem,” Israel’s entry, did not make the cut. The film depicts the five-year legal struggle...

  • Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis: The First 80 Years [DOCUMENTARY]

    3 days ago

    Rabbi Harold Schulweis, regarded as the most influential synagogue leader of his generation, died at his home after a long struggle with heart disease. He was 89.

    Read his full obituary here.

  • A rabbi’s rabbi: Harold M. Schulweis, an appreciation

    3 days ago

    It was the summer of 1974 when I arrived in Los Angeles. A friend told me about a rabbi in the San Fernando Valley who was transforming his synagogue into one of the most dynamic congregations in the city, if not the country. “There are a thousand people every Friday night,” he...

  • U.S. blames N.Korea for Sony cyberattack, vows ‘consequences’

    3 days ago

    The U.S. government on Friday blamed North Korea for a devastating cyberattack against Sony Pictures, calling it an unacceptable act of intimidation and vowing to impose "costs and consequences" on those responsible.

    It was the first time the United States had directly accused...

  • For North Korea’s cyber army, long-term target may be telecoms, utility grids

    3 days ago

    The hacking attack on Sony Pictures may have been a practice run for North Korea's elite cyber-army in a long-term goal of being able to cripple telecoms and energy grids in rival nations, defectors from the isolated state said.

    Non-conventional capabilities like cyber-warfare...

  • FBI deeply concerned about destructive nature of Sony hack

    3 days ago

    Following is the full text of the FBI's statement on Friday on the recent cyberattack against the Hollywood move studio Sony Pictures, a unit of Sony Corp. :

    "Today, the FBI would like to provide an update on the status of our investigation into the cyber attack targeting Sony...

  • For Cuban Jews in America, rapprochement with Castro regime a perilous choice

    3 days ago

    For many Cuban Jews – the majority of whom now live in the United States – it has been a bittersweet week.

    Like countless Jews around the world, they cheered the release of Alan Gross, the American Jewish telecommunications contractor who had been held in a Cuban prison for the...

  • Gaza rocket hits Israeli kibbutz

    3 days ago

    A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in a kibbutz near the Gaza border, but did not cause casualties or damage.

    The rocket that exploded Friday morning was the third that Palestinian terrorists have fired at Israel since the end of Israel’s 50-day assault on Hamas in Gaza,...

  • Chanuka Dish #2:  The Challukia

    By Deena Greenberg

    3 days ago

    This is the second dish in my Take Back December for Chanuka campaign. It is appropriate for me to present this dish today, because tonight Chanuka falls on Shabbat. However, I must admit that while I find both the image and the name of this “dish” pretty cool, it’s not the most...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Miketz with Rabbi Aaron Bergman

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Aaron Bergman, senior rabbi of Temple Adat Shalom in Detroit, Michigan. Rabbi Bergman is a Detroit native and a graduate of the University of Michigan. He was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary and pursued additional graduate work in Jewish...

  • Fried food is good for you! Spanish eggs with fried potatoes [RECIPE]

    By Rob Eshman

    4 days ago

    Fried food is good for you.

    I always suspected as much, and I certainly have lived my life as if it were true. Even in the dark days of the nonfat cabal, when entire lives were wasted ordering nothing but ”toast, dry” and “steam-sauteeing” skinless chicken breasts, I continued to...

  • The Jewish community remembers Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    4 days ago

    [Do you have a photo or memory of Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis you'd like to share? Send an email here.]


    Harold Schulweis had a fertile mind and a capacious heart.  His sympathies ranged as widely as his intellect.  Every Rabbi knew, coming to him for advice, that you would walk...

  • ‘What have blacks ever done for Jews?’:  Answering the question

    4 days ago

    Except for the absence of Ramadan which is half a year away, this season’s  convergence of Christmas and Hanukkah with Kwanzaa (meaning “first fruits of the harvest” in Swahili) makes it such a great time to invoke the ecumenical spirit—especially among African Americans and Jews....

  • God Goes Hollywood in Exodus: Gods and Kings

    4 days ago

    Spoiler alert: Morgan Freeman does not play God in Exodus: Gods and Kings.  And this is only one of the many courageous risks that director Ridley Scott took in bringing the story of Moses to life in the just released movie. Instead of trying to depict the literal text of the Bible...

  • Can a cybersecurity center bloom in Israel’s Negev?

    By Simone Wilson

    4 days ago

    On the far east edge of sprawling Beersheva, a determined weed of a city within Israel’s southern desert expanse, a new school of Zionists — defense techies — are building a live-work hub with an increasingly relevant focus: cybersecurity.

    “Ten years ago, if you were to convince...

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