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  • Much political ado about a conversion bill

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 hours ago

    Israel's official religious life is the ultimate show-about-nothing. There is anger and maneuvering, there is money and jobs, there is politics and betrayal, there is pomp and rhetoric – but all of this has little relevance to the lives of Israelis. This makes many of the fierce...

  • Power to the table

    By David Suissa

    13 hours ago

    While we were having our meals in the sukkah this year, I kept thinking about another holiday. This is odd because Sukkot has a strong and distinctive personality. The very idea of building a sukkah is unusual. For eight days, this little hut is the center of our lives, which, in...

  • Turkey to let Iraqi Kurds reinforce Kobani as U.S. drops arms to defenders

    14 hours ago

    Turkey said on Monday it would allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to reinforce fellow Kurds in the Syrian town of Kobani on Turkey's border, and the United States air-dropped arms to help the Kurds there resist an Islamic State assault.

    Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey was...

  • Hamas leader’s daughter received medical treatment in Israel

    14 hours ago

    A daughter of the leader of Hamas in Gaza was admitted to an Israeli hospital for emergency medical treatment this month after she suffered complications from a routine procedure, two sources familiar with the case said.

    Ismail Haniyeh's daughter's week-long admission to a...

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  • A better Orthodox reaction to the mikveh, East Ramapo scandals

    15 hours ago

    Three groups of Orthodox Jews have made several prominent appearances in the media over the last few weeks: The East Ramapo Central School District was profiled on National Public Radio because Chasidic Jews living in the district have wrested control of a majority vote on the...

  • Obama must take action on LGBT rights overseas

    16 hours ago

    When I was a young man, still in the closet, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, one of the most prolific authorities on Jewish law of the 20th century, described gay people as rebels against God.  Grossly misinformed about the phenomenon, Rabbi Feinstein posited that homosexuals were possessed...
  • Israeli emigration to Berlin: It makes sense

    16 hours ago

    The uproar in Israel about the so-called “Milky” affair has two distinct aspects. First, it calls attention to Israel’s current economic situation which has caused both real and perceived problems, especially for young people. The other, and rather darker, issue is that it has...
  • Rudy Giuliani among N.Y. pols to protest Met’s ‘Death of Klinghoffer’

    16 hours ago

    Former Mayor Rudy Giuliani will be among several New York politicians who are expected to protest at the premiere of “The Death of Klinghoffer” at the New York Metropolitan Opera House.

    Among the politicians expected to join the rally are Reps. Eliot Engel and Peter King along...

  • Anat, don’t ram a bus into Israel’s new-found unity

    17 hours ago

    It’s not common for a society to undergo a mindset shift in the space of four months. Yet that’s exactly what happened in Israel this summer.
     
    The Israel of October 2014 is not the same country we lived in just a few short months ago. Most of us didn’t do anything to make it...
  • Kosher butcher in Germany admits selling non-kosher meat for years

    17 hours ago

    A kosher butcher in Frankfurt, Germany, admitted in court that he sold doctored tons of non-kosher meat for years as glatt kosher.

    A verdict is expected next month in Frankfurt District Court in the case against the owners of the now-bankrupt Aviv kosher butcher store.

    Leslie...

  • Rivlin: Violence an epidemic in Israeli society

    17 hours ago

    The epidemic of violence permeates every sector of Israel, the country’s president, Reuven Rivlin, said in an address.

    “It is time to honestly admit that Israeli society is ill – and it is our duty to treat this disease,” Rivlin told the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities...

  • Ex-Nazis were paid millions in Social Security, probe finds

    18 hours ago

    Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in Social Security payments after being forced out of the United States, an investigation by The Associated Press found.

    The payments were made possible by a legal loophole that gave the U.S....

  • The facts of Ebola

    By Marty Kaplan

    18 hours ago

    When the young woman in the seat next to me asked the flight attendant for a glass of cabernet, I took it as a sign that projectile vomiting and explosive diarrhea would not be part of my trip from PHL to LAX.   I also took it as a reminder that the Ebola irrationality I’ve slammed...

  • Amended charges have suspected JCC shooter facing possible death sentence

    18 hours ago

    The alleged gunman in a shooting spree at two Jewish agencies in Kansas City is facing a potential death sentence after prosecutors amended charges against him.

    Prosecutors in Johnson County, Kansas, on Friday dismissed a charge of first-degree murder against Frazier Glenn...

  • Schools of thought: Two education organizations unite for a common goal

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    18 hours ago

    The Schechter Day School Network (SDSN) and Jewish Montessori Society (JMS) have partnered to provide Conservative educational institutions in the network with the opportunity to learn about different methods of teaching and broaden their matrix of Jewish educators.

    “It brings...

  • 10 rules for parents of special-education kids

    By Michelle K. Wolf

    18 hours ago

    If your child receives special-education services at a public school, you may feel that you have been sent back to class yourself, with strange abbreviations and a whole new set of contradictory rules and regulations to master. But there is a way out of the initial fog of...
  • Growing strong: Maimonides Academy to open new building for grades three through eight

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    19 hours ago

    After a decade of dreaming, the staff at Maimonides Academy, an Orthodox Sephardic day school, is nearly ready to make its longtime vision come true and open a new building.

    The 50,000-square-foot, four-story structure — which cost about $20 million, according to Rabbi Aharon...

  • Back to school, sort of: Shalhevet students start their year under unorthodox conditions

    By Ryan Torok

    19 hours ago

    Chaos has brought community to the Westside Jewish Community Center (JCC), where Shalhevet High School is operating for its 2014-2015 school year as construction proceeds on its actual campus.

    Rabbi Ari Schwarzberg, a Shalhevet Judaic studies teacher, dryly remarked that sharing...

  • Recognizing Palestine:  When “Yes” was the Unacceptable Answer

    19 hours ago

    The New York Times ran an interesting, but not particularly illuminating debate about recognizing Palestine and the ultimate partition of the historic Land of Israel (a.k.a.  historical Palestine) into a Jewish State and an Arab State.  Much ink is being spilled about Sweden’s...
  • No magic bullet: Technology has much to offer in the classroom, but it can’t fix everything

    19 hours ago

    I’m sold on technology in the classroom. I really am. I mean, books, paper and pens are a form of technology — they’re just a comparatively inert and messy form. 

    I’m not sentimental about physical books. I’m sure when they came around, some poor slob was sitting in a corner...

  • The ‘B’ Word: Jewish day schools take steps to prevent bullying

    19 hours ago

    It’s tempting to think bullying would never happen among nice Jewish kids at a nice Jewish day school. But the statistics tell another story. 

    More than one-third of all youths overall have been bullied, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. And a 2010 study...

  • Net gains: Sports programs can score big for Jewish day schools

    20 hours ago

    To understand the place of athletics at a Jewish day school, attend a recruitment open house and watch the children’s eyes. As they listen to the descriptions or tour the stations set up to display the school’s programs and activities, look for the moments when the spark of...

  • U.S. denies it prevented FBI from aiding search for Israeli soldier

    20 hours ago

    A U.S. official denied a report published by Israel Hayom that the U.S. prevented the FBI from aiding Israel in the search for IDF soldier Oron Shaul, who was initially feared kidnapped during Operation Protective Edge. Shaul was later deemed to be killed in battle.

    “There was...

  • Should Israel stay or withdraw from the West Bank?

    By Uri Dromi

    20 hours ago

    Originally published in The Miami Herald

    Sixty years ago the Algerians revolted against the French who had ruled them for more than 120 years. On November 1, 1954, the National Liberation Front (FLN), the leading Algerian underground, issued a proclamation calling upon the French...

  • Uncovered California

    21 hours ago

    For those who have just perked up, whose eyes opened wide, sorry, this column contains no nudity or salacious content.  Parts of it may be obscene, yes, but not for the reason the words “Uncovered” together with “California” might portend. This is a family website, after all....
  • Born with religion in my blood

    22 hours ago

    I wish I could tell the story of someone who struggled to find their footing in the Jewish community. Of someone who was stuck to fight a battle between religion and popular belief; forced towards a subject they simply were not passionate about. But that, while it may seem a more...
  • Preparing for the Ebola, making noise in Hollywood, going vegan and more - this week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    22 hours ago

    Vegans in Ramat-Gan

    On Monday, tens of thousands flocked to Ramat Gan National Park for the second year in a row, and lined up to taste “the best” vegan malabi, try on a pair of vegan shoes or take home a box of vegan condoms. Animal rights activists, natural- food lovers and the...

  • Another Jerusalem-Washington eruption: on gossip, juvenility, and substance

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago

    Over the weekend, Secretary of State John Kerry once again made unsubstantiated allegations that were justifiably questioned by Israelis, this time claiming that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict shares some of the blame for ISIS; Israeli Minister Naftali Bennett once again engaged...

  • Sunday Reads: How popular is ISIS in the Middle East?, On the world’s first woman rabbi

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago

    US

    Joshua Keating writes about why the UN Security Council is no longer a factor in the US campaign against ISIS –

    It’s possible to imagine a scenario under which the U.S. would promise to limit its airstrikes to ISIS, rather than Syrian government targets—as it is actually...

  • Top U.S. Ebola point men are Jewish

    By Tom Tugend

    4 days ago

    Any mother, Jewish or otherwise, would kvell over the accomplishments of her three sons, although at the moment she might wish that the youngest one weren’t constantly in the news.
     
    That would be Thomas (Tom) R. Frieden, director of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and...
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