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  • Steve Gutow’s 10-year crusade for Jewish civility ending on bitter note

    32 minutes ago

    For the past 10 years, Rabbi Steve Gutow has been trying to get American Jews to be more civil to each other, especially in debates about political issues.

    But a decade on, as he prepares to step down from the helm of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the community seems...

  • Third intifada? The Palestinian violence is Israel’s new normal

    40 minutes ago

    Israelis have become accustomed to dismal news in the past few weeks – mornings and evenings punctuated by stabbings, car attacks and rock throwing.

    The cycle of random violence has left dozens of Israelis and Palestinians dead, and many fearing the worst: The start of a third...

  • California to ban ‘Redskins’ for school sports, keep Confederate building names

    52 minutes ago

    California will ban public schools from naming their sports teams "Redskins," a name seen as a slur against Native Americans, but will not stop municipalities from naming parks and buildings for Confederate heroes, Governor Jerry Brown said on Sunday.

    Brown's decision to sign a...

  • Clinton tacks to the left ahead of Democratic debate

    1 hour ago

    Hillary Clinton has veered hard to the left ahead of Tuesday's first Democratic presidential debate, hoping to inoculate herself from criticism by rival Bernie Sanders and woo the union members and liberal activists who have been slow to embrace her.

    But in a Democratic race so...

  • In European coverage of Israel, confusion over who is attacking whom

    1 hour ago

    At an Israeli bus station, several uniformed officers surround an Arab woman before opening fire on her, dropping her to the ground. Standing over her motionless body, a Border Police officer toting an automatic rifle speaks into a radio while another officer chases away a...

  • U.S. decries ‘loss of innocent life, Israeli or Palestinian’

    2 hours ago

    The State Department expressed its concerns about escalating violence in Israel on the day of deadly terror attacks against Israelis.

    Three Israelis were killed and more than 20 injured in a rash of attacks on Tuesday. Two of the assailants were killed during the attacks, and a...

  • Washington Post says Iran’s conviction of its reporter is ‘contemptible’

    2 hours ago

    The Washington Post on Monday denounced the conviction in Iran of the newspaper's U.S.-born Tehran correspondent in an espionage case as an "outrageous injustice" and urged Iranian leaders to overturn it.

    Jason Rezaian, who was arrested in July 2014, had 20 days to appeal the...

  • Iran’s parliament OKs nuclear deal it may have violated

    2 hours ago

    The parliament of Iran voted to approve the nuclear deal that its country’s negotiators reached with six world powers two days after it reportedly may have violated the agreement.

    Lawmakers backed legislation on Tuesday to implement the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or...

  • Israeli military responds after Syrian mortars hit Golan

    3 hours ago

    The Israel Defense Forces fired at two Syrian military targets in the Golan Heights in response to mortars fired into Israel.

    Three mortar shells fired from Syria exploded Tuesday morning in Israeli territory in the northern Golan, the IDF reported. The IDF said it believes the...

  • South African ruling party discourages travel to Israel

    3 hours ago

    The ruling party in South Africa urged the country’s citizens not to visit Israel unless they are in solidarity with the “Palestinian struggle.”

    While similar calls have been made in the past by African National Congress party ministers, there reportedly was a “strong consensus”...

  • Jerusalem residents try to cope with terrorism

    4 hours ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Yakov Klein, 16, takes the 78 bus every day to school in Armon Hanatziv, a southeastern neighborhood in Jerusalem. This morning, just by chance, he didn’t go to school as his family was traveling to a wedding, and so wasn’t on...

  • The deadliest day in recent wave of violence across Israel

    4 hours ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Four separate attacks in one morning have marked Tuesday as the bloodiest day in the recent wave of violence plaguing Israel. Three Israelis were killed and more than twenty others injured in attacks in Jerusalem and the central...

  • I’m done apologizing!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    4 hours ago

    Every time a wave of terror washes Israel, incitement fills the media, social and traditional. This time around, however, it's worse than ever. This time around, the terrorists are acting in a way that easily appears as if they are "lone wolves" who acted spontaneously in a moment...

  • Notes from the scene of terror: One morning, two attacks, four dilemmas

    By Shmuel Rosner

    9 hours ago

    It is a terrible day in Israel. Terrible because of the many dead and wounded – there were morning attacks in Ra'anana and in Jerusalem, and the day is still long as I write. Helicopters are flying over Tel Aviv in search of something. The road from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is...

  • At Politicon, diversity and polarity make for entertaining (and loud) political fare

    By Jared Sichel

    15 hours ago

    Partisan, political theater was on full display mid-afternoon on Oct. 10 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, as two of the panels at the inaugural Politicon conference overlapped.

    In “Independence Hall,” a panel included Democratic strategists David Axelrod, James Carville and...

  • Real Housewives of Orange County Week 19 Finale Recap

    By Ilana Angel

    17 hours ago

    Typos are generously brought to you by boredom.

    I don’t think I have looked more forward to a season ending than this one. It has been a long and stupid 19 weeks and these women have done nothing to entertain us. Usually in a dud season there is as least one woman who makes it...

  • On Conservative Judaism, why all the talk about failure?

    21 hours ago

    “In the United States, ‘Conservative Judaism’ is a synonym for failure.” So writes the Israeli journalist Yair Ettinger after interviewing a spectrum of American Jewish religious leaders. If, as it seems, this judgment has become the new conventional wisdom, we reject it as both...

  • From Madonna to Vampire Weekend, ‘super producer’ Ariel Rechtshaid makes his mark

    21 hours ago

    What do Madonna, Vampire Weekend, Usher, the Plain White T’s and Justin Bieber have in common?

    In addition to getting extensive play on Top 40 radio stations, they have all worked with Grammy-winning producer Ariel Rechtshaid, a Los Angeles native born to Israeli parents.

  • Islamic State can draw on veteran jihadists, ex-Iraq army officers for leadership

    21 hours ago

    Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, one of the world's most wanted men, is counting on veteran jihadis and former Iraqi army officers who form the core of the militant movement to take over if he is killed.

    New questions arose over Islamic State's leadership structure and...

  • Los Angeles Lakers blowout Maccabi Haifa B.C., US-Israeli ties are strengthened

    By Ryan Torok

    21 hours ago

    Israeli and Jewish pride was everywhere on the evening of Oct. 11, as the Los Angeles Lakers and the Israeli Premier League team Maccabi Haifa Basketball Club (Maccabi Haifa B.C.) competed in an NBA exhibition game at Staples Center. 

    Maccabi Haifa B.C. players Renee Rougeau – a...

  • In Putin’s policing of Middle East, some see a boon for Israel

    22 hours ago

    As a defiant Russia again flexes military muscles in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, Cold War analogies are, perhaps, unavoidable.

    The deployment last month of Russian warplanes in Syria laid bare Moscow’s readiness to use force to punish leaders who would challenge its...

  • Palestinian man killed after stabbing Israeli soldier, grabbing his gun

    22 hours ago

    A Palestinian man on a bus entering Jerusalem was shot and killed after stabbing an Israeli army officer and stealing his gun.

    According to police, the unidentified assailant also stabbed an Israeli passenger who struggled to stop him. Both the officer and civilian were taken to...

  • Cheshvan: Mushroom and Bean Soup

    23 hours ago

    This originally appeared on Neesh Noosh.

    In Israel, we begin saying the prayer for rain at the start of the month of Cheshvan (saying the prayer starts later outside of Israel). Rain is desperately needed in Israel and California, which has the worst drought on record. The...

  • How to teach kids to support Jewish causes

    1 day ago

    “Hey, Rabbi,” the bat mitzvah candidate said, “can I tell you about my mitzvah project? I’m raising money to help people join our synagogue if they can’t afford it.”

    I was impressed. And moved. And shocked.

    Why shocked?

    Many religious schools require that bar/bat mitzvah...

  • U.N. says it is pushing Russia, US for urgent agreement on Syria

    1 day ago

    The U.N. mediator trying to convene Syria peace talks said on Monday it was urgent for Russia and the United States to reach an understanding to avert a military escalation that could effectively dismember the country.

    The two powers are pivotal to ushering Syria's warring sides...

  • Iran tests new precision-guided ballistic missile

    1 day ago

    Iran tested a new precision-guided ballistic missile on Sunday in defiance of a United Nations ban, signaling an apparent advance in Iranian attempts to improve the accuracy of its missile arsenal.

    The Islamic Republic has one of the largest missile programs in the Middle East,...

  • Pork taken off menus at federal prisons

    1 day ago

    Pork is officially off the menu at U.S. federal prisons.

    With the start of the new fiscal year on Oct. 1, the 206,000 inmates housed in 122 federal penitentiaries are no longer being served pork products.

    Edmond Ross, a spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons, told The Washington...

  • Israel’s opposition leader: Unity against terrorism no reason to join gov’t

    1 day ago

    The leader of the opposition in Israel said that it will not join the government to show unity during the current security crisis.

    “We are all united in the fight against terrorism, but that is not a reason to join a failing government,” Zionist Union head Isaac Herzog said...

  • Quartet’s Israel visit to restart peace process canceled

    1 day ago

    A visit by representatives of the Quartet to Jerusalem and the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority was canceled.

    The visit was nixed at Israel’s request, The Associated Press reported, citing Palestinian sources. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu objected to the timing of...

  • Obama’s ex-pastor: Israel is apartheid state, ‘Jesus was a Palestinian’

    1 day ago

    Jeremiah Wright, President Barack Obama’s former pastor, called Israel an apartheid state and said “Jesus was a Palestinian” at a rally in Washington hosted by the Rev. Louis Farrakhan.

    At an hours-long event Saturday on the National Mall titled “Justice or Else,” Wright said...

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