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  • Islamic State kills U.S. Navy SEAL in northern Iraq

    31 minutes ago

    Islamic State militants killed a U.S. Navy SEAL in northern Iraq on Tuesday after blasting through Kurdish defenses and overrunning a town in the biggest offensive in the area for months, officials said.

    The elite serviceman was the third American to be killed in direct combat...

  • Russia delays U.N. council condemnation of N.Korea missile tests

    1 hour ago

    A United Nations Security Council condemnation of North Korea's latest missile tests has been delayed by Russian amendments to a statement that had been agreed by the remaining 14 members, including Pyongyang's ally China, diplomats said on Tuesday.

    North Korea test-fired what...

  • Buoyed by charedi growth, Jewish school enrollment in NY up by 4.4 percent in one year

    1 hour ago

    Enrollment in New York State’s Jewish day schools and yeshivas increased by 4.4 percent last year.

    According to data compiled by the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council from statistics provided by the New York State Education Department, more than 143,000 students were...

  • Undercover video of Chasidic principal handling boy prompts sex abuse probe

    1 hour ago

    The story is an all-too-familiar horror tale: An adult in a position of power – in this case a Chasidic school principal – is accused of sexually abusing a child in his care.

    But one thing makes this episode very different: The encounter was captured on a hidden camera and posted...

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  • Prominent scholars blast theory tracing Ashkenazi Jews to Turkey

    2 hours ago

    Prominent scholars of Jewish demography dismissed the findings of a newly published genetic study suggesting that today’s Ashkenazi Jews originate from converts to Judaism in what today is Turkey.

    Titled “Localizing Ashkenazic Jews to primeval villages in the ancient Iranian...

  • Sheldon Silver, NY power broker, sentenced to 12 years for corruption

    2 hours ago

    Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison on corruption charges.

    Silver, 72, an Orthodox Jew who for two decades was among the most powerful men in the state, was sentenced Tuesday in Manhattan federal court and ordered...

  • Michelin criticized for not publishing Israel guide

    3 hours ago

    The president of the World Jewish Congress is taking the Michelin travel company to task for not including Israel in its repertoire of prestigious travel and dining guides.

    In a letter to the French company, whose restaurant-ranking system influences foodies worldwide, Ronald...

  • That time ‘Hamilton’ creator Lin-Manuel Miranda sang in Hebrew

    3 hours ago

    Raise a glass! The 2016 Tony Award nominations were announced this morning, and the the revolutionary Broadway megahit “Hamilton” collected the lion’s share, with a record-breaking total of 16.

    Creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda himself received three nods, for best original...

  • Model of Oskar Schindler’s gold ring donated by jeweler’s son

    3 hours ago

    A long-thought lost model used by grateful Jewish workers to create a gold ring for Oskar Schindler has been donated to the Melbourne Jewish Holocaust Centre, where it will go on display.

    The model that lay in the Melbourne workshop of ring maker Jozef Gross for more than 50...

  • Name-and-Shame BDS posters stir backlash at SDSU, UCLA

    By Eitan Arom

    4 hours ago

    Pro-Israel provocateur David Horowitz ignited a firestorm at San Diego State University (SDSU) in advance of a May 5 lecture there by the right-wing activist.

    Flyers distributed on campus late last month by Horowitz’s organization called out by name seven SDSU student activists,...

  • Trump: Israel should continue settlement activity

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    5 hours ago

    Republican presidential front-runner insists Israel should keep building settlements in the West Bank because the Palestinians had fired “thousands of missiles” at Israel over the years.

    In an interview with DailyMail.com on Monday, Trump was asked whether he would call on Israel...

  • Mystery pre-Holocaust photo trove turns out to be of family of US scholars

    5 hours ago

    When documentary photographer Richard Schofield stumbled upon a trove of unidentified prewar photographs in September 2013 in the storage room of the Sugihara House museum in Kaunas, Lithuania, he knew he had found something special.

    The photos, dating from about 1910 through...

  • Israeli man sentenced to life plus 20 years for revenge murder of Palestinian teen

    5 hours ago

    The Jewish-Israeli man convicted of the revenge murder of a Palestinian teen was sentenced to life plus 20 years in jail on Tuesday.

    The sentence for Yosef Ben-David, 31, of Jerusalem for the kidnapping and murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir in July 2014 was handed down in Jerusalem...

  • Israeli troops come under fire on Gaza border

    5 hours ago

    Israeli troops came under fire Tuesday on the border with Gaza hours after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited the border and remarked on its quietness.

    An Israeli army engineering vehicle was hit in the fire from northern Gaza and damaged by the bullets, the Israel...

  • Against orders, some diplomats saved Jews during Holocaust

    5 hours ago

    Representatives of the Chinese, El Salvadorian and Albanian governments gathered in Jerusalem on Monday to discuss responses among members of the diplomatic community to the Holocaust, highlighting the role of consuls and ambassadors who took it upon themselves to save Jews despite...

  • 3 Israelis injured, 1 seriously, in West Bank car-ramming attack

    5 hours ago

    Three Israelis have been injured in a car-ramming attack on pedestrians in the West Bank.

    One of the injured is in serious condition following the attack near the settlement of Dolev, which is located west of the Palestinian Authority capital of Ramallah, Israel’s Channel 2 ...

  • Survivors’ welfare is a public, private and community responsibility

    6 hours ago

    They survived unimaginable horrors, yet went on to live productive lives, despite the haunting memories, the profound loss and physical scars from years of deprivation. Now many Holocaust survivors need our assistance so they may live their twilight years with dignity in their...

  • Differences over missile defense, fine print snag U.S.-Israel aid deal

    6 hours ago

    Negotiations meant to enshrine U.S. defense aid for Israel over the next decade have snagged on disputes about the size, scope and fine print of a new multibillion-dollar package, officials say.

    Five months into the talks, several U.S. and Israeli officials disclosed details...

  • Robert Kraft on why he didn’t become a Rabbi

    6 hours ago

    In a panel yesterday on “Stewards of the Game: The Business Leaders Behind Major Sports,” Michael Milken interviewed Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wesley Edens, NASCAR Chairman Brian France, Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, and NBA...

  • L.A., meet the E-Bike

    By Rob Eshman

    6 hours ago

    In February, the public radio station KPCC staged a race to determine the fastest way to get across Los Angeles at rush hour.

    Three people simultaneously left downtown’s Union Station on a Monday morning at 8:30 a.m., headed for the Santa Monica Pier – one by bike, one by car and...

  • Attempt to smuggle rocket-manufacturing material into Gaza thwarted

    7 hours ago

    A shipment of 40 tons of salt set to cross into Gaza was discovered to contain four tons of hidden ammonium chloride, which is used to produce long-range rockets.

    The shipment was inspected at the Nitzana Crossing, which is used to transfer goods among Egypt, Israel and the...

  • Britain’s Labour reportedly has suspended 50 members over racism, anti-Semitism

    7 hours ago

    Britain’s Labour Party reportedly has secretly suspended 50 members in the past two months over anti-Semitic and racist comments.

    The suspensions by the party’s compliance unit were reported in the British daily The Telegraph on Monday evening, citing a senior source within the...

  • NY poll: Jewish voters overwhelmingly view Trump negatively

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    7 hours ago

    Hillary Clinton’s New York primary win and her campaign’s outreach effort to the Empire State’s Jewish community has only done well for her image as she readies for a general election face-off with Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump.

    According to this month’s Siena...

  • Palestinian teen convicted in murder of Israeli mother of 6

    7 hours ago

    A Palestinian teenager was convicted in the murder of Dafna Meir, a mother of six, in her West Bank home.

    On Monday, the 16-year-old assailant was convicted of murder and illegal possession of a weapon in Judea military court, the Israel Defense Forces announced the following...

  • The ‘obsessive and messianic’ Trump

    By Shmuel Rosner

    12 hours ago

    There are many ways to write about Donald Trump's foreign policy, about him and the imploding Middle East, about him and America First – the term with a troubling past that he chose to revive in his big foreign policy speech.

    In fact, America First is a good launching pad for any...

  • Obama takes Supreme Court fight to Republican senators’ home turf

    1 day ago

    President Barack Obama on Monday took the political battle over his pick for a vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court to the home states of seven Republican senators up for re-election in November.

    Obama conducted interviews with local television anchors where he argued that...

  • NATO weighs four battalions in Eastern states to deter Russia

    1 day ago

    The NATO alliance is weighing rotating four battalions of troops through Eastern member states, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday, in the latest proposal by allies to guard against aggressive behavior by Russia.

    The Baltic states - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania -...

  • 7 genius hacks for the perfect picnic

    1 day ago

    You're standing on a rooftop in Portland, Ore., Aperol spritz in hand. The bubbly orange cocktail matches the summer sky at sunset. Prosciutto-wrapped grissini -- long, crispy breadsticks enveloped in buttery ham -- appear as if by magic for snacking. City lights sparkle below and...

  • Seeing Happiness

    By Ilana Angel

    1 day ago

    On my walk today I saw these two women on the ground as I was approaching them. I was not sure if someone was hurt and needed help, so I was immediately worried. As I reached them however, I saw they were picking up petals that had fallen from a tree, and were putting them in their...

  • Israel’s justice minister aiming to bring civil law to West Bank Jews, keep Palestinians under milit

    1 day ago

    Israel’s justice minister said she would resurrect a legal initiative to bring Israeli civil law to Jewish settlements in the West Bank while keeping the Palestinians who live there under military orders.

    Ayelet Shaked, of the right-wing Jewish Home party, made the remarks on...

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