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  • Olmert to remain free until end of appeals

    6 days ago

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will remain out of prison until he has exhausted his appeals.

    Olmert and the seven other men convicted in the real estate scam known as the Holyland Affair can remain free during the appeals process, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled Monday.

    ...
  • Paris Moishe House to open amid uptick in anti-Semitic attacks in France

    6 days ago

    Paris will see the opening of its first Moishe House amid a soaring number of anti-Semitic attacks in France.

    The launching party for the Moishe House in central Paris’ 11th Arrondissement, or district, is scheduled to take place next week, but the three residents moved into the...

  • Why does Qatar support Hamas?

    6 days ago

    It was the first Persian Gulf state to establish ties with Israel, the first to welcome Israeli students and the only one to allow direct dialing to Israel. Israeli athletes shine on its courts.

    Now Qatar is on the outs with Israel because of its embrace of another regional...

  • British company apologizes for not letting Jewish kids in store

    By tessc

    6 days ago

    A British sporting goods chain has apologized for a security guard preventing identifiably Jewish preteens from entering one of its stores.

    The seventh-graders were wearing the uniforms of the Yavneh Academy, a Jewish secondary school, when they attempted to enter the Sports...

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  • At a landmark Berlin rally, Merkel vows to fight anti-Semitism

    6 days ago

    Germany will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech on Sunday, following a surge of abuse against Jews and spreading anti-Israeli sentiment aroused by the Gaza conflict.

    Merkel made her pledge to thousands at a landmark rally protesting a...

  • I would have booed Ted Cruz, too

    6 days ago

    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) must be the gutsiest supporter of Israel in American history, if you believe media accounts of his actions at a recent Christian assembly. After some in the audience booed his pro-Israel remarks, he had the gumption to walk out, saying, “If you will not...

  • Lady Gaga rocks TLV, Apple makes an entrance, Holy Land bucket list and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    6 days ago

    A dry summer in Israel

    The Israeli tourism industry took a big hit in the summer of 2014 due to the Israeli operation in Gaza <http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4557921,00.html>, making it the weakest summer in incoming tourism since 2007. According to figures released...

  • The 8200 refuseniks are neither ‘disgusting’ nor ‘brave’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    6 days ago

    Israel is abuzz – at least until the next headline grabs its attention – over a letter. 43 reservists from the IDF's Military Intelligence Unit 8200 published a letter declaring their refusal to serve in the army due to, well, here the complications begin. There is a whole range of...

  • Sunday Reads: Is ISIL a threat to the US?, Israel’s new refusniks, The Eichmann trial revisited

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago

    US

    Former CIA deputy director John McLaughlin addresses several questions concerning the upcoming campaign against ISIL –

    The president sidestepped the question of Syria’s Bashar Assad last night. What does this mean? That he hopes — and he is likely correct — that we can...

  • Islamic State releases video showing beheading of UK hostage David Haines

    1 week ago

    Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria released a video on Saturday which purported to show the beheading of British aid worker David Haines.

    Reuters could not immediately verify the footage. However, the images were consistent with that of the filmed executions of...

  • Bnei Akiva seals $7.1 million deal on massive campground east of Los Angeles

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    On Sept. 12, Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles, the local chapter of an international religious Zionist youth group, purchased a 78-acre campground in Running Springs for $7.1 million.

    The group has raised $8.5 million in a major capital campaign this year and plans to raise an...

  • Memorial for Steven Sotloff

    1 week ago

    I am someone who believes in bearing witness. I believe in showing up. Even if I am tired or even if it will be something that is depressing. Even if the event will put me in a bad mood for days. I believe in showing Kovod (honor) and tribute.

    Showing up and showing honor and...

  • Cops, race and violence

    1 week ago

    The recent death of Michael Brown has elicited strong reactions across the political spectrum---from Bill O’Reilly to Louis Farrakhan---everyone seems to have an opinion on how law enforcement interacts with young black males and the likelihood of black males being shot by cops.

    ...
  • Reading between the lines of, ‘Thank God it was the Americans’

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    As reported by Bloomberg, five Black Hawk U.S. army helicopters and one Chinook chopper descended on a Polish farm in the town of Gruta on Wednesday in an emergency landing that was precipitated by thick fog. (Great photos available here.)

    Understandably, the residents freaked...

  • We need to understand hatred better if we’re serious about fighting anti-Semitism

    1 week ago

    The recent surge in antisemitic hate crimes in Europe was, unfortunately predictable.  This much we know about antisemitism: since the collapse of the Camp David peace talks in 2000, whenever violence in the Middle East involves Israel, hate crimes against Jews and Jewish-linked...

  • This Week in Jewish Farming: Ode to corn

    1 week ago

    Before I get to this week’s blog post, I have to give (another) shout-out to my neighbor and custom farm tool designer Larry Giglio, who delivered this marvelous, custom-built tape roller to the farm this morning. It might not seem like the coolest thing ever, but if you’ve ever...

  • CUNY grad students to vote on BDS

    1 week ago

    A student group at the City University of New York is set to discuss and vote on a proposed resolution calling for a boycott of Israel.

    The university’s Doctoral Students’ Council advertised the proposed resolution earlier this month ahead of a meeting scheduled for the evening...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 week ago

    Kindle – what a life changing invention. This small device made reading “cool” again by enabling users to shop for, download, browse, and read e-books, newspapers, magazines, blogs, and other digital media via wireless networking. But what does it have to do with Israel?


    It is...

  • U.S. steps up sanctions on Russia over Ukraine

    1 week ago

    The United States hit Russia's largest bank, a major arms maker and arctic, deepwater and shale exploration by its biggest oil companies with new sanctions on Friday to punish Moscow for intervening in Ukraine.

    The sanctions target companies including Sberbank, the country's...

  • Top Republicans back Obama’s plan to fight Islamic State

    1 week ago

    The Republican leader of the U.S. House of Representatives voiced support on Thursday for President Barack Obama's expanded campaign against Islamic State militants, but members of his party questioned whether the plan was forceful enough.

    Obama sent a panel of top administration...

  • Janay Rice, Lauren Manzo & Ignorance on Twitter

    By Ilana Angel

    1 week ago

    Twitter is an interesting place. There are some really wonderful people who spend time there, but for every “normal” person there are 1000 crazy people. I’m talking about crazy, dangerous, and creepy people who try very hard to ruin Twitter for the normal people.  At the end of the...

  • Amid neo-Nazi surge, Jewish groups applaud Greece’s Holocaust denial ban

    1 week ago

    Jewish groups say the passage of a bill banning Holocaust denial and imposing harsher penalties for hate speech is an important milestone in the fight against Greece’s rising neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party.

    “This comes very late, but not too late,” World Jewish Congress CEO Robert...

  • Is Yeshivah of Flatbush ‘predatory’ in its scrutiny of girls’ attire?

    1 week ago

    For years, Melissa Duchan had found the dress code for girls at her Orthodox school in Brooklyn, the Yeshivah of Flatbush, onerous.

    But it wasn’t until recently that Duchan, 16, felt that scrutiny of female students had crossed the line from irritating to what she called...

  • Why Ted Cruz blasting anti-Israel Christians really, really matters

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    Update (Sept. 11, 5:45 p.m.): IDC president Toufic Baaklini released another statement that reads in part, "In last night’s Solidarity Gala Dinner, Senator Cruz chose to stand against the small and vocal minority of attendees who disagree with his views on Israel rather than...

  • Who wants to become a Yiddish maven?

    By Julie Bien

    1 week ago

     

    My great grandfather, though he lived in Chicago his entire life, only spoke Yiddish (with a sprinkling of English thrown in).

    My grandfather, born in the U.S., spoke only Yiddish until he was eight years old.

    My father, an L.A. native, understands a fair amount of...

  • Obama leads U.S. in remembrance of Sept. 11 victims

    1 week ago

    Led by President Barack Obama, Americans commemorated the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on Thursday by observing moments of silence for the thousands killed that day at New York City's World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field.

    In what has become...

  • Orthodox shul takes first step to hiring female clergy

    By Jared Sichel

    1 week ago

    In what would be an unprecedented move among Orthodox synagogues in Los Angeles, Congregation B’nai David-Judea plans to hire a woman clergy member by September 2015. The development in America’s second-largest Jewish community marks the success of a controversial move by some...

  • A Soul under Construction.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    1 week ago

    We are not born perfect- into an imperfect world.

    At birth we start with a cry.  Our grand entrance is with closed fists and our exit with open hands.  We circumcise our newborn males. Life is an exercise in humility.  Our hearts are shattered again and again as God seeks our...

  • 5 notes on Obama’s this-is-not-a-war speech

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago

    Obama’s speech on ISIS (which Obama refers to as ISIL) was thin on detail but fairly clear in intent. Here’s what he said, and what he did not say, as I understand it.

    1. Broadening the front

    Obama said he would strike ISIS within Syria. That is a change of policy. But as Rajiv...

  • Obama says will allow no ‘safe haven’ for Islamic State militants

    1 week ago

    Read President Barack Obama's full speech here.

    President Barack Obama told Americans on Wednesday he had authorized U.S. airstrikes for the first time in Syria and more attacks in Iraq in a broad escalation of a campaign against the Islamic State militant group.

    Obama's...

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