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  • WATCH: Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman strips down for ESPN

    1 week ago

    It sounds like a Jewish mother’s nightmare: A 21-year-old Jewish gymnast agrees to be photographed and filmed fully naked.

    But Playboy it’s not.

    Aly Raisman, a two-time Olympic gold medalist, stripped down for ESPN The Magazine’s annual Body Issue, which features photos of top...

  • Iran nuclear deal built on a lie

    1 week ago

    Today is the last day of my long tenure as national director of the Anti-Defamation League. It has been a highly satisfactory and meaningful 28 years as director and 50 years as a professional at this prestigious organization.

    So why am I choosing to write an article on my last...

  • The Reform Movement’s Shallow, Dangerous Mix of Religion and Politics

    1 week ago

    This week, I made the mistake of reading a tweet from the RAC. Honestly, I don’t know why I continue to follow the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. I disagree with their politics, their theological and philosophical approach to Judaism, and especially their combination of...

  • New film, ‘Rosenwald,’ tells story of Jewish philanthropist who transformed black lives

    1 week ago

    Alex Bethea, the son of cotton and tobacco farm workers, was in sixth grade in 1965 when his family moved from Dillon, South Carolina, to the tiny town of Fairmont, North Carolina, where he attended a school called Rosenwald.

    But it wasn’t until this week, 50 years later, that...

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  • Ben Zion Bergman, rabbi and Joint Beit Din founding member, 91

    1 week ago

    On June 22, Rabbi Ben Zion Bergman passed away peacefully in his home at the age of 91. Known for his kindness and sense of humor, he was revered in the Jewish community and loved by his friends and family. Rabbi Bergman, or “Benzi,” as his friends and colleagues called him, was an...

  • Q-and-A with Nir Barkat, mayor of Jerusalem

    By Tom Teicholz

    1 week ago

    Nir Barkat, 55, has served as mayor of Jerusalem since 2008 and was re-elected in 2013 to a second five-year term. Born in Jerusalem, he holds a degree in computer science from the Hebrew University. Barkat launched a successful software company, startup incubator and venture firm...

  • Chuck Schumer’s profile in courage moment

    1 week ago

    Dear Senator Schumer:

    I write to you in desperation.  Somehow I believe that the fate of the Iran Agreement will come down to you.  As the foremost defender of the State of Israel among the Democratic United States Senators, your opinion will matter much much more than just your...

  • McCain urges Trump to apologize to U.S. military families

    1 week ago

    Senator John McCain urged Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday to apologize to U.S. military families for saying prisoners of war are not heroes, in his first direct response to Trump's remarks.

    Trump drew a barrage of criticism over the weekend after telling...

  • Republicans have the best bullies

    By Marty Kaplan

    1 week ago

    It’s too soon to know how badly Donald Trump damaged himself by belittling John McCain’s war record on July 18 in Iowa. After all, George W. Bush wasn’t hurt in the 2000 South Carolina primary when his operatives rumored that McCain had an illegitimate black child, nor was W hurt...

  • Six Israelis killed by prisoners released in Shalit deal

    1 week ago

    Israel’s security services say they know who planned last month’s killing of Malachi Rosenfeld in the West Bank – a Hamas operative named Ahmed Najar, a former prisoner in Israeli jails released in the 2011 prisoner exchange for the freedom of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit....

  • Germany, Iran pledge to revive economic ties after long freeze

    1 week ago

    Germany and Iran moved tentatively on Monday toward reviving a once close trade relationship, anticipating the lifting of Western economic sanctions against Tehran following a landmark nuclear deal.

    Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, making the first top level German government...

  • Marijuana can heal broken bones, says new study

    1 week ago

    Marijuana helps broken bones heal faster, a new study has found.

    The Times of Israel reports that researchers at Tel Aviv University found that rats with broken bones healed much quicker when given the non-psychotic marijuana component, cannabidiol or CBD.

    The...

  • New technologies unravel ancient Biblical scroll

    1 week ago

    A scroll once believed to be lost to the ravages of time has been virtually unraveled and analyzed by archeologists and found to contain sections of Biblical text from the Old Testament. The find was presented on Monday to journalists in Jerusalem by Israeli Antiques Authority...

  • Inspired by Iran deal, EU seeks coalition to revive Mideast peace push

    1 week ago

    Inspired by Europe's role in a nuclear deal with Iran, the European Union wants to form a broader, U.N.-backed coalition to revive peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

    Taking up a French proposal, EU foreign ministers agreed on Monday to try to create an...

  • Canada says, “I Do” celebrating ten years of Marriage Equality

    1 week ago

     

    Canada says, “I Do” celebrating ten years of Marriage Equality

    article by Dean Nelson @GayWhistler

    July 20th marks a decade of marriage equality in the Great White North.  Canada has long been a leader in gender and sexual minority (GSM - LGBT) rights and with the recent...

  • Gluten-Free Pad Thai

    By Elana Horwich

    1 week ago

    Makes two portions


    Ingredients:

    • 2- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 3 large cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1 large “inch” of ginger root, peeled and grated with a microplane- about a tablespoon
    • 6 green onions, thinly sliced-all the way up to the top
    • 1 serrano...
  • For black Orthodox Jews, constant racism is exhausting

    1 week ago

    When I was 24, an Orthodox matchmaker tried to set me up on a date with a man older than my parents. When I objected, she told me, “Stop being so picky. Not many guys are willing to consider a black girl.”

    As an African-American Orthodox Jew, this was hardly my first encounter...

  • Ashton Kutcher’s Support, Smart Cities, New Apps and More - This Week from the Startup Nation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 week ago

    WIT Conference to Unite Innovative Women

    WIT (Women, Innovation, Technology) 5-day conference, will gather women tech entrepreneurs in Israel. The conference will include keynote speakers from Israel’s booming high-tech industry such as Wendy Singer, Executive Director of...

  • The Iran deal: how to decide what to do now

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago

    There are people who think that the agreement with Iran is a positive development – that any alternative to such a deal was, as Secretary of State John Kerry said, a fantasy. These people will see no reason for Congress to spend too much time scrutinizing the deal's details and...

  • Wildfire overruns packed California freeway, burns cars

    2 weeks ago

    A brush fire burning in the Southern California foothills overran a packed freeway in a mountain pass on Friday, torching several vehicles as drivers abandoned their cars and scrambled to safety.

    Television images showed fire-fighting aircraft dropping water onto burning...

  • ‘The Fat Jewish’ got a fashion modeling contract

    By JNi.media

    2 weeks ago

    This article originally appeared on Jewish News International.

    Josh Ostrovsky is your next door, wisecracking, Jewish kid neighbor who turned his classroom antics into a perpetual Internet enterprise. His Instagram account, @TheFatJewish, has more than 5 million followers, he’s a...

  • Obama to appear on one of Jon Stewart’s final ‘Daily Show’ episodes

    2 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama will tape his seventh appearance on Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" in New York on Tuesday, the White House said on Friday.

    Obama has appeared on Comedy Central's satirical news show twice as president and four times prior to that.

    This is likely to be the last appearance Obama makes since Stewart has announced that he will be leaving the show on Aug. 6.

    The White House did not announce when the segment with Obama would air.

  • Israel signals may ask for more US military aid over Iran deal

    2 weeks ago

    Israel signalled on Friday that it would ask the United States for increased military aid to counter any threats that may arise as result of the international agreement on Iran's nuclear program.

    Israel gets $3 billion in annual military aid from Washington under a package due to...

  • Israeli daily poll: 47% back Iran strike following nuke deal

    2 weeks ago

    Seventy-one percent of Israelis say they believe accord brings Iran closer to bomb, and 51 percent support bypassing Obama in effort to nix it.

    Forty-seven percent of respondents in a survey conducted by Maariv, an Israeli daily, supported a military strike to prevent Iran from...

  • Senior Iranian cleric challenges nuclear deal with world powers

    2 weeks ago

    A senior cleric challenged Iran's historic nuclear deal with world powers on Friday, echoing a cautious early assessment of the accord by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, an arch-conservative who has the last word on matters of state.

    Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi Kermani...

  • Netanyahu and Abbas speak for first time in 13 months

    2 weeks ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the phone, marking the first time the two have spoken in over a year.

    Netanyahu phoned Abbas on Friday to wish him a happy Eid al-Fitr, Haaretz reported. Eid al-Fitr is the Muslim holiday that...

  • It’s All About Me (and Pluto)

    By Mindy Leaf

    2 weeks ago

    NASA scientists celebrated a new landmark in space exploration, and human achievement, early Tuesday morning. After traveling for nine-and-a-half years and a distance of three billion miles, New Horizons — the fastest spacecraft ever to leave earth's orbit — successfully flew past...

  • Probe of Chattanooga shooting suspect focuses on Mideast travel

    2 weeks ago

    U.S. authorities believe the suspect in the fatal shootings of four Marines in Tennessee visited Jordan last year and possibly Yemen as well, two U.S. government sources said on Friday, as investigators looked for any connection to Islamist militants.

    Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez,...

  • Kerry: ‘Very, very hopeful’ Iran will release detained Americans

    2 weeks ago

    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday he raised the topic of detained Americans at every meeting he held with Iranians during the final weeks of nuclear negotiations and said he is hopeful Tehran would release them.

    The Obama administration has faced criticism for not...

  • Christian Zionist group launches lobbying fund to oppose Iran pact

    2 weeks ago

    When the last plaintive shofar blast echoed through the Washington Convention Center at the conclusion of the annual Christians United for Israel Policy Conference, it was not the record attendance of 5,000 fired-up pro-Israel Christians that marked a turning point for the...

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