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  • Recipe: The time of year to get your fill of kreplach

    By Judy Zeidler

    18 minutes ago

    I am always impressed by the fact that food plays such an important role during the holiest of Jewish holidays, and kreplach — dough wrapped around meat and boiled, fried or baked — is certainly one of these dishes. Traditionally, it is served between Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New...

  • ‘With Jews we lose,’ reads one Senate candidate’s slogan in Ky.

    By tessc

    25 minutes ago

    Robert Ransdell, a write-in candidate for U.S. Senate from Kentucky, is campaigning with the slogan “With Jews we lose.”

    Campaign lawn signs with the slogan began appearing in the Cincinnati suburb of Florence, Ky., in recent days. Ransdell said his campaign has posted about 20...

  • Group Jewish wedding held in eastern Ukraine

    By tessc

    31 minutes ago

    The Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine held a group wedding for 19 Jewish couples.

    Most of the couples that wed Sunday were already married under Ukrainian law but had not had a Jewish wedding ceremony, or huppah, the director of the Dnepropetrovsk Jewish...

  • The Rabbi’s Daughter: A boutique butcher shop

    32 minutes ago

    For years, interior designer Nomi Feuerstein had her eye on a certain wallpaper made by British designer Louise Body. The print depicts pairs of water buffalo with mirror image reflections beneath, so that from a distance, the repeated pattern of the four-animal cluster takes on an...

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  • Biden regrets making ‘Shylock’ reference

    1 hour ago

    Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged that he made a “poor choice of words” in using the term “Shylock” to describe unscrupulous lenders.

    Biden was reacting Wednesday to remarks by Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League’s national director, in response to the vice president’s...

  • Winehouse statue features Star of David

    By tessc

    1 hour ago

    A statue of Amy Winehouse in London has the iconic blues singer wearing a Star of David.

    The unveiling Sunday in the Camden Town neighborhood, where Winehouse lived, marked what would have been Winehouse’s 31st birthday and was attended by her parents.

    The statue, by Scott...

  • Dig uncovers gas chambers at Sobibor death camp

    By tessc

    1 hour ago

    An archaeological dig at Sobibor has uncovered the Nazi death camp’s gas chambers.

    The excavations in Poland have been going on since 2007, and thousands of inmates’ personal items have been found at the site. They include rings, pendants, earrings, jewelry, perfume bottles,...

  • In “My Opinionation”: Looking Back on Blossom

    1 hour ago

    My interest in Blossom blossomed relatively late, since I discovered the television show well after it stopped airing on NBC. When Blossom premiered in 1991, its title character was fourteen. I was seven—and more interested in Garfield and Friends than Blossom and Co. Instead, ...

  • Keith Miller: From cantor to wine shop owner

    2 hours ago

    A longtime practicing cantor, Keith Miller never expected to become a businessman. 

    Before he opened his online wine shop, D-Cantor Enterprises Inc. (d-cantor.com), Miller had been a Jewish professional, working at Sinai Temple in Westwood as director of b’nai mitzvah programming...

  • How to make the best round challah: All you need is love

    By Elana Horwich

    2 hours ago

    Every year on Rosh Hashanah, I make challah. And year after year, everyone tells me they’ve never had this kind of challah. 

    I could never understand what made my challah so unique — it’s round and has raisins and honey, just like all Rosh Hashanah challahs. I send people home...

  • Lawsuit accusing Israel of genocide to be filed in Argentina

    2 hours ago

    An Argentine lawyer said he will file a lawsuit in federal court in Buenos Aires accusing Israel of crimes against humanity and genocide.

    Carlos Slepoy told Pagina/12, a Buenos Aires newspaper, in an interview published Tuesday that the suit will be filed in the coming days in...

  • Want a massage?  There’s an app for that

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    2 hours ago

    Los Angeles is a stressful place. Heavy traffic is unavoidable, costs of living are high, and the air quality is abysmal. 

    After dropping the kids off at school, driving to and from work, running errands and maybe rushing to the gym, many people don’t exactly feel like getting...

  • From Broadway to cantor, Mike Stein competes on NBC’s ‘The Voice’

    2 hours ago

    Chazzan Mike Stein never really considered himself a singer, but rather, he said, an instrumentalist who sings. But when an agent called and invited him to audition for the upcoming seventh season of NBC’s TV hit singing competition “The Voice,” something within him that had lain...

  • Torah portion: Lean in

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    2 hours ago

    It’s been a rough few months worldwide. In addition to the violence and the threats, the tenuous cease-fires and seemingly insolvable problems, many people also find all this difficult to talk about. 

    I’m hearing from colleagues and congregants, friends and family — sad and...

  • Calendar Sept. 20-26

    By Laura Donney

    2 hours ago

    SAT | SEP 20

    JASON SEGEL

    He’s the biggest kid around, and he’s got a book for you! Whether or not you’re into dreams, “Nightmares!” is for everyone. This actor, writer and musician — who you know from the movie “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” the TV show “How I Met Your Mother”...

  • Letters to the editor: Shangri-La, Theodore Bikel, Hillary Clinton and more

    3 hours ago

    Judging Justice

    Rob Eshman’s arguments for overturning the verdict appear to be sound; but are they based upon the evidence presented at the trial? (“The Shangri-La Charade,” Sept. 12.) If so, then of course the verdict should be overturned by the justices of the appellate court....

  • The martyrdom of Steven Sotloff

    By Danielle Berrin

    3 hours ago

    “It is OK to be angry,” a reader scolded in an email I received over the weekend. 

    “When I saw you waxing nostalgic for your friend who was murdered (not killed) by Islamic trash, I wish that you (and others) would show some anger and look into the camera, point a finger, and...

  • Israel’s most valuable Muslim ally

    By Rabbi Mark Diamond

    3 hours ago

    Jews worldwide will soon mark the onset of a Jewish New Year with the specter of rising anti-Semitism in Europe and the Middle East. Amid the preponderance of daily bad news, it is uplifting to celebrate narratives of tolerance and respect. Earlier this month, I was one of 12...

  • Obituaries

    3 hours ago

    Frances Angel died Aug. 29 at 72. Survived by daughter Atalia (John) Tucci; 5 grandchildren; brother Alan Silverman. Mount Sinai

    Sondra Arthur died Aug. 24 at 84. Survived by husband Irvin; daughter Corby (Bob Newland); son Adam (Wang Kuan); sisters Shirley (Richard) Becker,...

  • Doing the big men’s job.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    5 hours ago

    Ask any person who’s been to Israel what’s it like, and they’ll tell you about the beautiful scenery, the warm people, the everlasting summer, the never-sleeping Tel-Aviv and the enchanting holiday season. A person who has never been to Israel but met an Israeli, will probably say...

  • Learning to Comfort, Learning to Do

    Dr. Dan Fendel

    8 hours ago

    As I’ve read the recent entries on this blog, I’ve been struck that something like this would never have existed a generation ago. And I don’t mean the social media aspect but the subject matter: the topic of death was not out in the open until recently.

    Death in general, and the...

  • What to Buy for Who

    By Revital Belz

    9 hours ago

    OK, I get it that the month preceding Rosh Hashanah is a time of soul searching and introspection, but that’s supposed to be for the upcoming Judgment from G-d, not for racking my brains on what to buy for Aunt Etty who kindly invited me for the festive meal. I’ve therefore divided...

  • The Judaism in Transition exchange, part 3: Can we make do with fewer Jews?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    9 hours ago

    Carmel U. Chiswick is Research Professor of Economics at George Washington University. A founding member of the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Culture and a former officer of the Association for the Social-Scientific Study of Jewry, she has written...

  • U.S. general says military cannot rule out larger ground role in Iraq

    21 hours ago

    The most senior U.S. military officer raised the possibility on Tuesday that American troops might need to take on a larger role in Iraq's ground war against Islamic State militants, but the White House stressed they would not deploy on a combat mission.

    General Martin Dempsey,...

  • Winehouse statue features Star of David

    22 hours ago

    A statue of Amy Winehouse in London has the iconic blues singer wearing a Star of David.

    The unveiling Sunday in the Camden Town neighborhood, where Winehouse lived, marked what would have been Winehouse’s 31st birthday and was attended by her parents.

    The statue, by Scott...

  • 5774: For Europe’s Jews, a year of upheaval and uncertainty

    22 hours ago

    A laconic man who abhors hysteria, the president of France’s CRIF umbrella of Jewish communities is not naturally inclined to emphasize his community’s fear in public, preferring to underscore French Jewry’s achievements and capacity to prosper despite recent hardships.

    But in a...

  • For Israeli tennis ace Andy Ram and ‘home’ crowd in Fla., a finale to remember

    22 hours ago

    It wasn’t Tel Aviv, but thousands of people chanting his name at a Davis Cup match following a grueling victory was a pretty good way for Israel’s Andy Ram to leave the game of tennis to which he had devoted more than half his life.

    Ram, 34, and his longtime doubles partner, Yoni...

  • PLO’s Abbas inadvertently reveals true intentions?

    23 hours ago

    In a press release advertising an upcoming speech by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at New York’s Cooper Union, organizers write that Abbas will address, among other things, “Why violent protest is the best method by which Palestinians should seek their rights.”

    ...
  • IDF reserve officer disciplined for passing info to Bennett during Gaza op

    23 hours ago

    The Israel Defense Forces took disciplinary action against a senior reserves officer who reportedly passed classified information to a government minister during Operation Protective Edge.

    Israeli media on Tuesday identified the officer as former IDF Chief Rabbi Avichai Ronsky,...

  • Group Jewish wedding held in eastern Ukraine

    23 hours ago

    The Jewish community of Dnepropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine held a group wedding for 19 Jewish couples.

    Most of the couples that wed Sunday were already married under Ukrainian law but had not had a Jewish wedding ceremony, or huppah, the director of the Dnepropetrovsk Jewish...

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