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  • A Conversation with Josh Altman of MDLLA

    By Ilana Angel

    1 week ago

    In the interest of full disclosure, Million Dollar Listing is one of my favorite reality shows. I've watched every episode of every season. I love it so much I don’t do a recap blog because then it becomes work and I like watching it for fun. I’m a fan of David and James the...

  • Contender for House speaker blasts Obama’s foreign policy

    1 week ago

    Republican U.S. Representative Kevin McCarthy, the leading candidate to be the next House speaker, voiced sharp disagreement with President Barack Obama's foreign policy on Monday with calls for a tougher response to Islamic State and Russian aggression in Ukraine.

    McCarthy was...

  • Bill to avert government shutdown clears main Senate hurdle

    1 week ago

    Legislation to avoid a U.S. government shutdown and provide temporary funds for federal agencies in the fiscal year beginning on Thursday cleared an important procedural hurdle in the Senate on Monday.

    With the 60 votes needed, the Senate limited debate on the stopgap funding bill that would extend current agency spending until Dec. 11.

    The Senate is expected to pass the bill on Tuesday or Wednesday, sending it to the House for passage before a midnight Wednesday deadline.

  • Writer, director and producer Jim Abrahams has always liked pickle relish

    1 week ago

    This interview originally appeared on Zócalo Public Square.

    Jim Abrahams is one-third—along with David Zucker and Jerry Zucker—of the legendary writing-directing-producing trio that gave us some of our most beloved and goofy movies. Before a screening at the Million Dollar...

  • Rouhani says Iran ready to help bring democracy to Syria, Yemen

    1 week ago

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday that Tehran was ready to help bring democracy to war-torn Syria and Yemen, and blamed the spread of terrorism in the Middle East on the United States.

    In a speech to the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York, Rouhani...

  • Cock-and-bull candidates

    By Marty Kaplan

    1 week ago

    Did you make it through Sunday’s lunar eclipse OK?

    When the moon turned blood red, I bet you didn’t shake spears at it, or beat your dogs to make them bark, as the Incas did to scare away the jaguar that had swallowed the moon. I also bet you didn’t shoot off cannons, or bang...

  • At U.N., Obama and Putin clash over working with Syria’s Assad

    1 week ago

    The United States said on Monday it was willing to cooperate with Russia, as well as Iran, to try to end the Syrian civil war but the two big powers clashed over whether to work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

    Speaking at the annual United Nations General Assembly, U.S....

  • Sukkot recipes that bring tastes of autumn

    1 week ago

    Sukkot is such a beautiful holiday: eating outdoors, decorating the sukkah and enjoying the flavors of fall with family and friends. The fasting is over, and the craziness of the New Year rush has passed. You can leisurely enjoy long holiday meals outside.

    Even though the...

  • Pro-Palestinian minister speaks in NY state despite Jewish opposition

    1 week ago

    A pro-Palestinian minister spoke at an alternative location after an upstate New York divinity school revoked a speaking invitation over death threats and local Jewish opposition.

    The Rev. Graylan Hagler, a senior minister of the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ,...

  • Bill O’Reilly thinks DNC’s Wasserman Schultz should resign after Rubio smear

    1 week ago

    Political commentator Bill O’Reilly called for Democratic National Committee head Debbie Wasserman Schultz to resign for criticizing a Marco Rubio fundraiser held at the home of a donor who collects Nazi memorabilia.

    Wasserman Schultz, a congresswoman from Florida, said on Sept....

  • British Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn said Osama bin Laden was framed for 9/11

    1 week ago

    Jeremy Corbyn, the newly elected leader of Britain’s Labor Party, claimed more than a decade ago that Osama bin Laden was framed for 9/11.

    Corbyn wrote in a 2003 article for the London-based Morning Star newspaper that the United States and Britain made it look like bin Laden,...

  • Bernie Sanders introduces himself to the Jewish community in Iowa

    1 week ago

    This article was originally posted at jewishinsider.com.

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders paid a first-time visit to the Jewish community in Iowa on Sunday.

    The meeting took place at The Caspe Terrace as part of the ‘Presidential Speaker Series’ hosted by the...

  • Jewish boxer Dustin Fleischer wins by first-round knockout, moves to 4-0

    1 week ago

    Jewish boxer Dustin Fleischer, who said his quest is to become the first world champion descended from a Holocaust survivor, stayed unbeaten with a first-round knockout.

    Fleischer, nicknamed “The White Tiger,” moved to 4-0 with the defeat of Ira Frank on Saturday night in Beach...

  • Four Palestinian teens arrested in rock-throwing death

    1 week ago

    Four Palestinian teens were arrested in connection with a Rosh Hashanah eve rock attack that left a Jewish-Israeli man dead.

    The Shin Bet security service announced the arrests on Saturday night. The teens, aged 16 to 19, are from eastern Jerusalem and have Israeli identification...

  • Important quotes from President Obama’s U.N. speech

    1 week ago

    President Barack Obama addressed a range of global topics in a speech to the annual United Nations General Assembly on Monday, including the war in Syria, where he said the United States was willing to work with Iran and Russia to end the conflict. 

    The following is a selection...

  • Former Israeli military chief praises Iran nuclear deal

    1 week ago

    Israel’s most recent military chief of staff called the Iran nuclear deal an “achievement.”

    “I do agree a better deal could have been reached,” one that more extensively restricted uranium enrichment, Benny Gantz said Friday of the sanctions relief for nuclear restrictions deal...

  • Facebook founder calls for universal Internet to help cure global ills

    1 week ago

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and a host of celebrities kicked off a campaign on Saturday to make Internet access universal, saying this was critical to fulfilling the United Nations' newly adopted agenda to combat global ills.

    Calling for efforts to ensure Internet access for...

  • Russian boy finds 3,000-year-old artifact in earth salvaged from Temple Mount

    1 week ago

    A rare stone artifact dating to the 10th-century BCE was found in Jerusalem by a 10-year-old volunteer.

    A Russian tourist volunteering for Jerusalem’s Temple Mount Sifting Project unearthed the small, animal-inscribed limestone item that is believed to have been used for sealing...

  • Kerry and Iranian counterpart meet on nuclear deal, Mideast issues

    1 week ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, in his first meeting with his Iranian counterpart since reaching a nuclear deal, said achieving regional peace was on the agenda.

    “We have a lot of issues to talk about,” Kerry said Saturday before his meeting with Javad Zarif in New York...

  • Netanyahu, Rivlin meet after more than 2-month hiatus

    1 week ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin met in Jerusalem for the first time in more than two months.

    The meeting on Friday, which was reported two days later, was considered routine, and covered the regional diplomatic situation, recent news...

  • Scientists find evidence of recent water flows on Mars

    1 week ago

    Scientists analyzing data from a NASA spacecraft have found the first evidence that briny water flowed on the surface of Mars as recently as last summer, a paper published on Monday showed, raising the possibility that the planet could support life.

    Although the source and the...

  • Jeb Bush’s Jewish team includes brother’s backers, staffers

    1 week ago

    Jeb Bush named a “Jewish leadership team” for his campaign that includes a number of Jews who were prominent in campaigning and working for his brother, the former President George W. Bush.

    Bush said that among his supporters since his days as Florida governor are “members of the...

  • Ann Coulter is not an anti-Semite

    1 week ago

    During the course of the second Republican presidential debate, Ann Coulter, the well-known commentator, writer, speaker and provocateur, tweeted:

    “How many f—ing Jews do these people think there are in the United States?”

    Her explanation was that she had grown frustrated with...

  • Why Jewish educators need to teach the Palestinian perspective

    1 week ago

    As the new school year gets underway, Jewish educators are making decisions regarding how best to teach about Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Most begin with the premise that Jewish students should learn to support Israel and defend its government. Throughout the year,...

  • Surfin’ Wave Energy, Messaging from the Great Beyond and More - This Week from the Startup Nation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 week ago

    New Tech Allows Sending Messages from the Great Beyond

    We’ve seen something very similar last year on “Black Mirror,” and now communicating with departed loved ones takes one more step towards reality.

    A new Israeli app will give everyone an opportunity to communicate with...

  • Kylie Washington, the Rock Star of RHOMelbourne

    By Ilana Angel

    1 week ago

    I am a fan of the Real Housewives of Melbourne. I didn’t watch season one because it was on Sunday morning for some reason, and I couldn’t understand half of what they were saying. At the nudging of some of my Australian readers I decided to give it another chance and watched...

  • Meeting the Real Housewives of Melbourne

    By Ilana Angel

    1 week ago

    Typos are generously sponsored by Jose Cuervo.

    I am back from my trip to Australia and it was fabulous. I saw beautiful places, did amazing things, and met wonderful people, including the cast of The Real Housewives of Melbourne. They're lovely women and while some were just as I...

  • My Aussie Posse

    By Ilana Angel

    1 week ago

    I have had a brilliant time in Oz. I've been in Byron Bay and it is heaven. From the beach, to the lighthouse, to the farmer’s market, to a wedding that left me believing in love, it has been a wonderful holiday. This is my first trip to Australia and there is nothing that could...

  • Dwelling in divine providence: An introduction to Sukkot for 2015 / 5776

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    1 week ago

    As the sun sets on Sunday, September 27th, we begin Sukkot, a spiritual harvest festival commemorating the historic journey of the ancient Hebrews across the desert, the bounty of the fall harvest, and our reliance on God. The first two days are Yom Tov, followed by five days of...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Sukkot with Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago

    Our special guest today is Rabbi Yoshi Zweiback, senior Rabbi of L.A.’s Stephen Wise Temple. Rabbi Zweiback graduated from Princeton University in 1991 and was ordained as a Rabbi by the Hebrew Union College in 1998. He trained as a Jewish Educator at HUC's Los Angeles campus,...

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