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  • Israel will stand and 11 other comments on the Speech

    By Shmuel Rosner

    20 minutes ago

    1. The one liner

     “Even if Israel has to stand alone, Israel will stand”.

    A sad, sobering, frightening statement. I wonder if most Israelis agree with Netanyahu. I wonder if many of them are going to spend the night thinking about its chilling meaning.

    2. The speech

     It...

  • Iran calls Obama’s 10-year nuclear demand ‘unacceptable’

    23 minutes ago

    Iran on Tuesday rejected as "unacceptable" U.S. President Barack Obama's demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years, but said it would continue talks aimed at securing a deal, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported.

    "Iran will not accept...

  • Israel’s Netanyahu warns U.S. against Iran nuclear deal

    29 minutes ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the United States on Tuesday against agreeing to a nuclear deal with Iran and working with a country "deeply rooted in militant Islam", saying Tehran "will always be an enemy of America".

    "If the deal now being negotiated is...

  • Khojaly: Fighting for justice for innocent victims of a massacre

    43 minutes ago

    Twenty-­three years ago, I, like the rest of Azerbaijan, watched in horror as our TV screens showed the aftermath of a brutal killing: dead children, women and elderly people, mutilated bodies, frozen corpses scattered across the ground. This shocking footage was taken at the site...

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  • Amid nuclear dispute, Israel and Iran face off over past oil ties

    51 minutes ago

    As Israel loudly and publicly denounces Iran and its nuclear program this week, the two countries are quietly tussling in a decades-old dispute over a secretive oil pipeline company that could be worth billions of dollars to Tehran.

    In a Swiss court, lawyers for each side are...

  • Sen. Robert Menendez’s rock star moment at AIPAC

    56 minutes ago

    Sen. Robert Menendez hands down got the most enthusiastic reception of any speaker so far at AIPAC’s annual conference.

    I’d say you could barely hear the New Jersey Democrat on Monday night but for the whoops and shouts, except that Menendez has a preacher’s style and his rich...

  • Apricot-infused bourbon for Purim and beyond

    15 hours ago

    Hamantaschen get all the Purim glory, and rightfully so. These soft triangular cookies can be filled with anything from the traditional apricot, poppy seed or prune to non-traditional varieties like red velvet or Neapolitan. The only limits are your imagination and your oven space....

  • Bibi’s speech to Congress: Watch out for the details

    By David Suissa

    16 hours ago

    Don’t let anyone tell you that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday is not important, or, as President Barack Obama put it on Monday, a “distraction.” It’s hardly that. It’s more like a piece of history.

    First, as the hour approaches, we’re...

  • Rice opposes AIPAC’s Iran agenda, Menendez opposes Rice

    By Jared Sichel

    16 hours ago

    National Security Advisor Susan Rice‘s speech on Monday may go down as the most contentious in recent memory at an AIPAC policy conference, during a historically tense period of the U.S.-Israel alliance.

    She began by heaping praise on Israel, saying some words in Hebrew and...

  • Rice: Congress should not ‘play spoiler’ in Iran nuclear talks

    18 hours ago

    U.S. national security adviser Susan Rice warned U.S. lawmakers on Monday not to seek new sanctions against Iran while it is in talks with world powers on curbing its nuclear program, saying such intervention could ruin the diplomacy.

    "Congress has played a hugely important role...

  • Sherman quits Boteach Iran confab following ‘vulgar’ ad

    18 hours ago

    Rep. Brad Sherman withdrew from a forum for skeptics of President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear strategy, saying an ad for the event was “vulgar.”

    “I cannot appear at a forum which was advertised using an unwarranted incendiary personal attack,” Sherman (D-Calif.) said Monday in a...

  • Al Franken makes 6 Jewish lawmakers boycotting Netanyahu speech

    18 hours ago

    Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) became the sixth Jewish lawmaker to say he will not attend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress.

    The Hill, a newspaper that covers Congress and that has been maintaining a count of lawmakers who say they will skip the speech Tuesday, on...

  • Obama, Netanyahu clash over Iran diplomacy

    18 hours ago

    United States President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clashed over Iran nuclear diplomacy on Monday on the eve of Bibi’s hotly disputed address to Congress, underscoring the severity of U.S.-Israeli strains over the issue.

    Even as the two leaders...

  • Haimish and tasty Savannah, Georgia

    19 hours ago

    The absolute funniest thing I ever heard as a kid was comedian Steve Landesburg’s imitation of his Southern in-laws: “Esther, you goin’ to Hadassah, or wha’?” In my mind, Jews could be from New York or the Midwest, have New York or Midwestern accents, with New York or Midwestern...

  • Obama says Iran must halt key nuclear work for at least a decade

    19 hours ago

    Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but the odds are still against sealing a final agreement, U.S. President Barack Obama told Reuters on Monday.

    Interviewed at the White House, Obama...

  • Vegan Passover recipe: Chopped ‘liver’ spread

    21 hours ago

    Adapted from No Cholesterol Passover Recipes by Debra Wasserman and Charles Stahler and provided by The Vegetarian Resource Group (VRG.org)

    • 1/2 lb. mushrooms, chopped
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 3 Tbsp. oil
    • 1 cup chopped walnuts
    • Salt and pepper, to taste
    • 1 Tbsp. water

     

    Sauté the mushrooms and onion in the oil for 8 minutes. Pour into blender or food processor, adding the walnuts, salt, pepper, and water. Blend until smooth. Serve on matzo as a spread.

    Makes 1 cup

  • Day 2 at AIPAC: Bibi’s pre-Congress speech, crowd welcomes Obama officials, and (less) anxiety about Speechgate

    By Jared Sichel

    21 hours ago

    As nervous anticipation filled the halls Monday morning at the AIPAC policy conference in advance of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Tuesday address to Congress, there was one consistent theme coming from some of the day’s top speakers, which included two White House...

  • Vegan Passover recipe: Traditional charoset

    21 hours ago

    Traditional Charoset

    • 1–2 Macintosh apples, peeled and cored
    • 1 cup walnuts, shelled
    • Kosher wine, for moistening
    • Cinnamon, to taste
    • Sugar, to taste

     

    Mince the apples and walnuts or pulse in a food processor. Moisten with the kosher wine and season with cinnamon and sugar.

    Makes 10 servings

  • Vegan Passover recipe: Chocolate chip cookies

    22 hours ago

    Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Adapted from http://www.theppk.com/2008/11/chocolate-chip-cookies/  

    • 1/2 cup brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup white sugar
    • 2/3 cup walnut or other neutral-tasting oil
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
    • 1 Tbsp. potato starch
    • 2 tsp. vanilla
    • Scant...
  • Vegan Passover recipe: Chocolate matzo brittle

    22 hours ago

    My favorite Passover treat is Matzo Brittle—a sweet and festive way to end the meal. Try out this recipe below from VegKitchen:

    Chocolate Matzo Brittle

    • 1 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
    • 2 Tbsp. agave nectar or maple syrup
    • Pinch of cinnamon
    • 2 matzos, broken into...
  • Chasing Holocaust ghosts down Route 66

    22 hours ago

    When I was 9 my father, Jacob, uprooted me from my magical boyhood in Detroit to chase ghosts down historic Route 66. We were bound for L.A.

    Like Dust Bowl Okies, the entire family—my parents, two sisters, and I—piled into a hapless 1960 American Motors Rambler crammed to the...

  • Remembering Leonard Nimoy – eulogy

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    23 hours ago

    The following is an edited version of the eulogy for actor-director-artist Leonard Nimoy given by Rabbi John L. Rosove of Temple Israel of Hollywood at the family’s private funeral on March 1. Rosove was not only Nimoy’s longtime friend and rabbi, but also is a cousin to Nimoy’s...

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s full speech to AIPAC

    23 hours ago

    Thank you. Wow, 16,000 people. Anyone here from California? Florida? New York? Well, these are the easy ones. 

    How about Colorado? Indiana? I think I got it. Montana? Texas? You're here in record numbers. 

    You're here from coast to coast, from every part of this great land....

  • AIPAC wants to talk Iran, but it can’t get away from speechgate

    23 hours ago

    For all its focus on Iran, AIPAC can’t seem to get away from the controversy surrounding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s impending speech to Congress.

    Speaking to attendees Sunday at the launch of the largest-ever annual conference of the American Israel Public...

  • Vatican paper raps film depicting Pope Pius XII as rescuer of Jews

    23 hours ago

    A new movie depicting Pope Pius XII as a savior of Jews was criticized by the Vatican newspaper and an Italian Jewish publication.

    “Shades of Truth,” featuring international stars Christopher Lambert and Giancarlo Giannini, had its premiere on Monday in Vatican City.

    The movie...

  • Full text of the ‘U.S.-Israel Relationship Under President Obama’ White House brief

    23 hours ago

    Included is the full release published by the White House ahead of Netanyahu's scheduled speech before Congress. Highlights as in the original.

    5 Things You Need to Know About the U.S.-Israel Relationship Under President Obama

    Here are the five key facts you need to know about...

  • Transcript of Amos Oz remarks to INSS

    1 day ago

    I would like to talk this morning about dreams that Israel should forget about as quickly as possible. I will start with the most important thing, that which is, in my opinion, a matter of life and death for Israel: if two states don't come into existence now and fast, there will...

  • Purim: Joy vs. Oblivion

    By Beit T'shuvah

    1 day ago

    By Rabbi Paul Steinberg

    “Rabbi,” they ask with concern and genuine curiosity, “there are synagogues, Chabad houses, and rabbis that are enticing our young people to come to Purim events with the appeal of alcohol and drinking.”  I listen with anxiety, anger, and a bit of desire....

  • They’re coming for you: Survivor’s guilt and new anti-Semitism

    1 day ago

    Never forget, goes the Jewish pledge after the Holocaust. 

    But I am guilty of forgetting.

    The day my grandmother, "Oma" died, peacefully at home, Opa handed me a stack of papers, chewing his lips, a sign that he had something difficult to tell me. I looked closely to see...

  • Kerry decries Human Rights Council’s ‘obsession’ with Israel

    1 day ago

    There is an “unbalanced focus” on Israel by the United Nations Human Rights Council, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told its members.

    “No one in this room can deny that there is an unbalanced focus on one democratic country,” Kerry said in an address to the council on Monday...

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