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  • Liebermann: An Artist’s Studio

    By Milad Doroudian

    1 day ago

    In 2012, the famous Nazi apartment in Munich that held more than 1000 works of stolen art from all over Germany and the world, also held a few disparate pieces by the renowned Impressionist, Max Liebermann. Yet, outside of the art historian bromide-universe he is not so acclaimed,...

  • Invitation to Netanyahu to address U.S. Congress: When bipartisan means partisan

    2 days ago

    When U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, jolted Washington this week by inviting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress, his office said it had been done "on behalf of the bipartisan leadership."

    In reality, it was among the...

  • Argentina suspects rogue agents were behind death of prosecutor

    2 days ago

    Argentina suspects rogue agents from its own intelligence services were behind the death of a state prosecutor investigating the deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires.

    Alberto Nisman was found dead in his apartment late on Sunday, a gunshot wound to his...

  • Why I don’t want to watch the (white) Oscars this year

    By Ellie Herman

    2 days ago

    In my family, the Academy Awards are an annual event celebrated with the kind of specific rituals more often associated with major cultural events: the days of predictions beforehand, the festive spread of Fritos, onion dip and enough nosherai to feed a small army, the red-carpet...

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  • Five years in the making, ‘The Return’ takes new look at Polish Jewish revival

    By Tom Tugend

    2 days ago

    On the crumbling wall of a former Polish synagogue, adjacent to a one-time Jewish ritual bath converted into a car wash, a graffiti artist has painted “Jews, We Miss You” in Polish and German.

    The message, scrawled on the wall in the Polish town of Dabrowno, is an apt message in...

  • Silver’s arrest a 2nd strike for N.Y. Orthodox power brokers

    2 days ago

    To critics of Albany’s culture of political corruption, the sight of the powerful longtime speaker of New York’s State Assembly, Sheldon Silver, getting arrested Thursday may have been a sign that even the state’s most powerful politicians are not immune from the long hand of the...

  • Israeli scribes restore 200-year-old Iraqi scroll

    2 days ago

    Israeli scribes restored a 200-year old Iraqi Torah scroll that arrived in Israel under mysterious circumstances.

    The Associated Press reported Thursday that the scroll, written in northern Iraq by two scribes using pomegranate ink, was delivered, water-damaged, to the Israeli...

  • Invitation to Netanyahu to address U.S. Congress: When bipartisan means partisan

    2 days ago

    When U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, jolted Washington this week by inviting Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress, his office said it had been done "on behalf of the bipartisan leadership."

    In reality, it was among the...

  • Argentina suspects rogue agents were behind death of prosecutor

    2 days ago

     Argentina suspects rogue agents from its own intelligence services were behind the death of a state prosecutor investigating the deadly 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires.

    Alberto Nisman was found dead in his apartment late on Sunday, a gunshot wound to...

  • Kobe Bryant has torn rotator cuff, likely out for season

    2 days ago

    Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant has a torn rotator cuff, according to preliminary results of an MRI exam, the Los Angeles Lakers said on Thursday.

    Bryant, who hurt his right shoulder on a dunk in the second half of Wednesday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans, will return...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 days ago

    This weekend, I would like to introduce you to a new revolutionary Israeli app, which takes social networks “tagging” to a whole new level.


    Let’s say you visit a new restaurant, are truly impressed by one of the dishes, and want to share it with others. You could leave a review...

  • ‘Magic Kippa’ designed for attack-wary observant Jews

    2 days ago

    The Associated Press reported today that, in response to the increasing numbers of anti-Semitic attacks in Europe, an Israeli barber has designed yarmulkes that blend in with the wearer’s hair.

    Called the “Magic Kippa,” the head coverings, made of synthetic hair, are washable,...

  • What does the International Criminal Court action mean for Israel?

    2 days ago

    On Jan. 16, the International Criminal Court prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, launched a “preliminary examination into the situation in Palestine.”

    Here is a review of what that means based on interviews with experts on international law and statements by the ICC and Israeli and U.S....

  • Sanctions bill founders again on Obama veto threat

    2 days ago

    For the second year running, a bid to pass a bill intensifying sanctions against Iran appears to be foundering on threat of a presidential veto.

    In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama vowed to veto further sanctions legislation, saying it would “all but...

  • Admitting Our Faults Out Loud

    By Beit T'shuvah

    2 days ago

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I am thinking about life, as usual. The difference is I am not obsessed with my life, rather, I am thinking about the lives of others and the world. I was reading David Brooks in the New York Times this week and he was talking about how we either find...

  • War on campus

    2 days ago

    The spring semester on American campuses is beginning. On some campuses anti-Israel groups will be preparing for another round of the so-called Israel Apartheid Week, which will unfold as the aftershocks of this past summer’s Israel-Hamas war are still being felt. 

    Back in August...

  • Yemen suffers power vacuum after president, premier quit

    2 days ago

    Yemen drifted deeper into political limbo on Friday after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned in exasperation at a Houthi rebel takeover of the country, a move that appeared to catch the Iran-backed group off balance.

    Hadi, a former general, blamed the Houthis' control of...

  • The Many Roads to God.

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    2 days ago

    "Only from the heart can you touch the sky." I often quote Rumi on how to reach God.

    Yet, anyone who has gone around the sun a few times knows that there is no one answer to any of life’s difficult questions.

    Trying to understand God, to use a crude analogy, is like the Hindu...

  • New Saudi king seeks to reassure on succession and policy

    2 days ago

    Saudi Arabia's new King Salman pledged continuity in energy and foreign policies on Friday and moved quickly to appoint younger men as his heirs, settling the succession for years to come by naming a deputy crown prince from his dynasty's next generation.

    King Abdullah, who died...

  • U.S. says disagreements with Israel do not undermine security commitment

    2 days ago

    Disagreements with Israel over how to contain Iran's nuclear program do not undermine the U.S. commitment to Israel's security, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Friday.

    The United States is negotiating a deal with Iran over its nuclear capabilities, which Israel opposes.

  • Israel’s Arab parties unite, could help Netanyahu rivals

    2 days ago

    Four political parties that mostly represent Israel's Arab minority have decided to run together in elections on March 17, creating a potential counter-weight to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his right-wing allies.

    Opinion polls suggest the united Arab list could secure...

  • Argentina releases Nisman’s evidence on secret Iran-AMIA deal

    2 days ago

    Argentine judicial officials made public the 300-page criminal complaint that details evidence linking Argentina’s senior political echelon to a deal to hide Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires.

    The complaint prepared by Argentine prosecutor...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Bo with Rabbi Joel Zeff

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Joel Zeff, leader of the Knesset Israel Torah Center in Sacramento.  Rabbi Zeff holds a BA from UCLA in Hebrew Language, an MS in Jewish History from Yeshiva University, and received Rabbinic Ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary...

  • 'Lisette’s List' walks readers through tumultuous, war-torn World War II Europe

    3 days ago

    In her captivating historical novel, “Lisette’s List” (Random House), Susan Vreeland, the New York Times bestselling author of “Girl in Hyacinth Blue,” takes readers by the hand and guides them, with assured steps and astute historical knowledge, through the tumultuous, war-torn,...

  • Solving the enigma: Producing Alan Turing’s story, against all odds

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    3 days ago

    Sitting in a Beverly Hills cafe the other day, the almost preternaturally youthful Ido Ostrowsky, 35, and Nora Grossman, 31, looked more like college students than the first-time producers who, against all odds, launched the acclaimed and multiple-Oscar-nominated World War II...

  • Saudi King Abdullah dies, new ruler is Salman

    3 days ago

    Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has died, state television reported early on Friday and his brother Salman became king, it said in a statement attributed to Salman.

    King Salman has called on the family's Allegiance Council to pay allegiance to Muqrin as his crown prince and heir. 

    ...
  • Turning ‘never again’ into action: the legacy of Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    3 days ago

    70 years ago this week, the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp was liberated. From the ashes of the murdered arose the words “Never Again” – spoken as shorthand for our collective responsibility to act in the face of genocide. However, on the world stage, the words “Never Again” soon...

  • Ohio man accused of plotting government attack pleads not guilty

    3 days ago

    An Ohio man accused of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol with guns and bombs pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and other charges in federal court on Thursday.

    Christopher Cornell, 20, of Cincinnati, is being held without bail after prosecutors said he posed a threat to...

  • Pressure from powerful Houthis proves too much for Yemen’s Hadi, president resigns

    3 days ago

    Yemen's President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, held virtual prisoner at his home by political adversaries this week, resigned on Thursday, his two-year-old attempt to steer the fragile country to stability exhausted by opposition from Houthi rebels.

    His term as head of state of the...

  • The future is now: Highlights from CES 2015

    By Tom Teicholz

    3 days ago

    The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is like the white whale in “Moby Dick”: Every time you hear about it, it’s getting bigger; you have to travel through oceans of information to grasp it; and if you don’t pay close attention, it will upend everything...

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