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  • Fake anti-Israel New York Times distributed in Manhattan

    6 days ago

    Activists distributed thousands of fake and anti-Israel versions of The New York Times in Manhattan and promoted an online version via social media.

    The fake New York Times — which included such fictitious articles as “IDF Generals Blame Israeli Government for Recent Violence”...

  • New Hampshire Jews trust Bernie Sanders, but voting all over the map

    6 days ago

    Michael Harris probably isn’t your typical New Hampshire Republican.

    A 71-year-old from Hollis and president of his synagogue in nearby Nashua, Harris isn’t sure who he would support if the general election came down to the two iconoclasts on either side, Donald Trump...

  • Madoff disappointed family doesn’t visit in prison

    6 days ago

    Bernard Madoff, the Ponzi schemer whose story is the subject of a TV miniseries airing this week, is “doing as well as can be expected,” according to his lawyer.

    Ira Sorkin, who represented Madoff when he pleaded guilty in 2009 to defrauding investors of tens of billions of...

  • Tasty tequila cocktails to try

    6 days ago

    Salt, shoot, suck. Then grit your teeth and shake your head to clear out the fire burning in your throat. This tequila ritual is familiar to many college students, but if you haven't sipped the agave-based spirit since you were younger, it's time for a refresher course.

    The...

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  • Why the Zika virus is causing alarm

    6 days ago

    Global health officials have said that the Zika virus, which has been linked to severe birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil, is rapidly spreading in the Americas and could infect 3 million to 4 million people. The race is on to develop a Zika vaccine. 

    Here are some...

  • Recipe: Sardinian tomatoes

    6 days ago

    Growing up with a father who suffered from cardiovascular disease, I learned at an early age how to eat healthfully. Hot dogs, fried chicken and steaks rarely graced our dinner table. Instead, we ate boatloads of low-fat and vitamin- and mineral-rich seafood, grains and produce.

    ...
  • Reform movement officials join call on gunmakers to increase safeguards

    6 days ago

    Reform movement officials joined a protest rally calling on gun manufacturers to increase safeguards that would keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

    The event, organized by the Do Not Stand Idly By gun safety campaign, drew faith leaders to the protest Tuesday in front of a...

  • Recipe: Barley, chanterelle mushroom and pinot noir risotto

    6 days ago

    Some ancient grains get all the press. Quinoa, freekeh, and spelt are the darlings of the food world these days, especially in the United States -- and rightfully so, since they were ignored for millennia. But one ancient grain seems to lag behind: barley. Plain ol' barley never...

  • Recipe: Schnitzel strips with green tahini dip

    6 days ago

    Sports! I’m not really into them, but I absolutely love the Super Bowl. It’s a time for snacks, chips, dips, beer and 12-foot subs. I’m usually the one hosting because I love creating a huge spread of finger foods. I set up a buffet in the kitchen and everyone grabs a plate, fills...

  • Kotel compromise shows Israelis know they need American Jews

    6 days ago

    The relationship between Israel and American Jews is a complicated mix of good news and bad news, and this week’s government compromise on the Western Wall, or Kotel, is a case in point: It’s a step forward in providing access for non-Orthodox Jews, but may also reinforce the...

  • Israeli official claims country has fewest fire fatalities in world

    6 days ago

    Despite some high-profile cases of arson in the past year, Israel is the world’s safest country when it comes to fire-related deaths, its fire commissioner said.

    In remarks to a Knesset committee Tuesday, Israeli Fire and Rescue Services Commissioner Shahar Ayalon reported that...

  • Olmert admits to obstruction of justice in plea deal

    6 days ago

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert admitted to obstruction of justice charges in a plea deal, the first time he has admitted to wrongdoing.

    Olmert was convicted in Jerusalem Magistrates Court on Monday and sentenced to six months in prison and a $13,000 fine. The prison...

  • Recipe: Chocolate and raspberry swirl cookies

    6 days ago

    Having been married for more than two decades, I realize many factors contribute to the longevity of my marriage. Perhaps the most important is how my husband and I blend.

    People often ask how we’ve done it, as if there is a secret. But there really is no secret. Just like the...

  • Bernie Sanders’ ancestral town in Poland kvells over his Iowa performance

    6 days ago

    Residents of the Polish town where Bernie Sanders’ father was born are watching the Jewish candidate’s presidential run with pride.

    Many citizens of Slopnice, in southern Poland, viewed the results of the Democratic caucus in Iowa with interest on Tuesday, according to Agence...

  • Brazilian Jewish-themed film expected to set box-office record

    6 days ago

    A movie based on the biblical story of Moses is expected to become the most-watched Brazilian film in the country’s history.

    Pre-sales alone for “Os Dez Mandamentos,” a literal translation to Portuguese of “The Ten Commandments,” have reached 2.4 million tickets, which is much...

  • North Korea tells U.N. agencies it plans satellite launch

    6 days ago

    North Korea told U.N. agencies on Tuesday it plans to launch a satellite as early as next week, a move that could advance the country's long-range missile technology after its fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6.

    News of the planned launch between Feb. 8 and Feb. 25 drew fresh U.S....

  • Poll: Majority of French Muslims on board with daughter marrying a Jew

    6 days ago

    A majority of French Muslims said they would react positively if their daughter married a Jew, a survey found.

    The results were part of a document comprising three reports published Sunday by the polling firm Ipsos based on opinion polls and interviews conducted over 2014 and...

  • Ex-Brazilian official likens media treatment of ex-president to Nazis against Jews

    6 days ago

    An influential Brazilian ex-governor and government minister compared the media treatment of ex-President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva to that of the Nazis against Jews and other minorities during the Holocaust.

    “The media makes Lula the Jew of the decade, like the Nazis made Jews...

  • Among White House hopefuls, Trump least likely to hit ‘follow’ button on Twitter

    6 days ago

    The millions of Twitter users following Donald Trump shouldn't expect a "follow back" from the Republican presidential front-runner anytime soon. 

    Trump's campaign account @realDonaldTrump has nearly 6 million Twitter followers, the most of any candidate running for president....

  • ‘Son of Saul’: For Claims Conference, Oscar nominee was a big gamble

    6 days ago

    Set amid a 1944 prisoner uprising at Auschwitz, “Son of Saul” stood out as a long shot when its producers first applied for funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany. The film’s director, Laszlo Nemes, had no experience with feature films; its lead actor...

  • Five questions Jews should asking after Iowa

    6 days ago

    The Iowa caucuses are over — and the first real test of the presidential candidates’ viability gave us more questions than answers.

    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, won the Republican caucus, relegating Donald Trump, the real estate billionaire, to second place. Both Trump and Cruz ran...

  • Russian non-Jews can begin conversion before immigrating to Israel

    6 days ago

    Russian non-Jews who are preparing to immigrate to Israel have been given the option of beginning their conversion to Judaism in Moscow.

    The option came with the launch last week in Russia of the Maslul project, a joint initiative of several organizations for facilitating the...

  • FBI launches Persian Facebook page to collect Levinson leads

    6 days ago

    The FBI reportedly launched a Persian-language Facebook page in an effort to collect tips from Iranians on the disappearance of Robert Levinson.

    The page looking for leads on Levinson, a Jewish-American who went missing in 2007, went live in recent weeks, The Associated Press...

  • Pro-settlements firm forged 14 of 15 West Bank land deals

    6 days ago

    Nearly all of the West Bank real estate acquisitions made by a company run by a pro-settlement activist were forged.

    The details of the transactions by the Al-Watan company, owned by the Amana housing company and run by director-general Zeev Hever, were broadcast Monday on...

  • Prehistoric man enjoyed roasted tortoise appetizers, Israeli archaeologist says

    6 days ago

    Prehistoric cave-dwellers enjoyed munching on tortoises roasted in their shells as an appetiser or side dish, Ran Barkai, an archaeologist at Tel Aviv University, said on Tuesday.

    Barkai helped lead a research team who found 400,000-year-old tortoise shells and bones in a cave...

  • Israel’s Knesset passes ‘stop and frisk’ law

    6 days ago

    Israel’s Knesset passed a “stop and frisk” law allowing police to search individuals if there is a “reasonable suspicion” they will commit a crime or are carrying an illegal weapon.

    The law passed by a vote of 39-31 in its second and third readings on Tuesday.

    A temporary...

  • Clinton campaign claims Iowa victory, Sanders calls result a ‘virtual tie’

    6 days ago

    Hillary Clinton’s campaign claimed victory in the tightly contested Democratic Iowa caucus against Jewish candidate Bernie Sanders, with Sanders telling supporters it was a “virtual tie.”

    Clinton finished with 49.9 percent of the Iowa precincts and Sanders 49.6 percent early...

  • ‘Ave Maria’: The Friday night dilemma

    By  Tom Tugend

    6 days ago

    Filmmaker Basil Khalil has come up with an astute resolution to the Mideast conflict, based on the proposition that Israeli Jews and Palestinians will cooperate if that’s the only way they can get away from each other.

    Khalil, born in Nazareth of a Palestinian father and a...

  • Caucus night: A Des Moines diary of a satisfied non-voter

    By Shmuel Rosner

    6 days ago

    Here are 7 comments on the state of the race as I see it through my very narrow lenses. If you want a detailed county by county analysis of the Iowa vote – I am not your man.  

    Scream

    On the way out of a Bernie Sanders event in Des Moines on Sunday evening, I noticed a photo on...

  • Jeb Bush pleads with New Hampshire voters: reset race for president

    1 week ago

    Jeb Bush didn’t lose any time to go on the attack Monday evening as he seeks to regain his footing in the presidential race. Mere hours before Iowa voters gathered to pick their choices for president in 2016, the former Florida Governor made his case in front of some 200 people...

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