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  • The Holocaust survivor who coached World Cup star Carli Lloyd

    22 minutes ago

    Soccer fans around the world watched in amazement Sunday night as the United States women’s soccer team netted five goals – four of them in the first 16 minutes – to defeat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women’s World Cup final.

    Three of the first four goals were scored by midfielder...

  • South Carolina Senate votes to banish Confederate flag to museum

    42 minutes ago

    South Carolina's Senate passed legislation Tuesday to remove the Confederate battle flag from the state house, where it has flown for five decades despite being viewed by many as a symbol of slavery.

    A bill to banish the flag from the Capitol grounds to a museum easily passed a...

  • Israel says Islamic State’s Sinai assault aimed to help Hamas get arms

    54 minutes ago

    Israel accused Hamas on Tuesday of supporting last week's assaults by Islamic State affiliates on Egyptian forces in the Sinai in hope of freeing up arms smuggling to the Gaza Strip.

    The remarks followed Israeli allegations that Hamas members provided training and medical...

  • Tunisia imposes state of emergency and pushes new counter-terrorism law

    2 hours ago

    This article originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Tunisia’s President Bejd Caid Essebsi has declared a state of emergency after a terrorist killed 38 European tourists, most of them British, at a beach resort. According to Tunisian law, the president may declare a state of...

  • Suspect in Charleston church shooting indicted on nine murder counts

    2 hours ago

    Dylann Roof, the suspect in last month's massacre at an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, has been indicted by a grand jury on nine counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder, the prosecutor said on Tuesday.

    Roof, a 21-year-old white man linked to...

  • Israel’s religious services minister: ‘Reform Jews cannot be considered Jews’

    2 hours ago

    Israel’s religious services minister said in a radio interview that Reform Jews cannot be considered Jews.

    “A Reform Jew, from the moment he stops following Jewish law, I cannot allow myself to say that he is a Jew,” David Azoulay, of the Sephardic Orthodox Shas party, said...

  • Britain pays tribute to 7/7 victims 10 years after London bombings

    2 hours ago

    Britain held a minute of silence on Tuesday to mark the 10th anniversary of al Qaeda-inspired attacks in which four suicide bombers killed 52 people across London's transport system.

    The commemoration came just four days after the country came to a standstill to mourn a massacre...

  • Israel’s tourism industry still hurting from last summer’s conflict

    3 hours ago

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    July and August should be peak season for tourism in Israel. From hiking and snorkeling to exploring ancient ruins or camel riding in the desert, Israel has it all. With schools out for summer in the US many families choose to...

  • Six powers and Iran to continue nuclear talks past deadline

    3 hours ago

    Iran and six major powers will keep negotiating past Tuesday's deadline for a long-term nuclear agreement as they tackle the most contentious issues, including the continuation of a U.N. arms embargo on Iran, the big powers said.

    "We are continuing to negotiate for the next...

  • Conversation drives community

    By Zev Hurwitz

    18 hours ago

    One of my favorite Torah lectures from my time in middle school at Maimonides Academy, (okay, the only one I remember) was where our principal delivered an address entitled “If Jews had a Christmas Tree.”

    The concept for a shiur on Christmas Trees in Judaism seems comical at...

  • My First City Council Meeting

    19 hours ago

    I went to my first city council meeting on Tuesday, May 19th and it was an unexpectedly chaotic experience. We had to listen to the meeting in the overflow room because the room in which the meeting took place was full. Despite this disadvantage we still witnessed some exciting and...

  • Jordan Farmar returning to Maccabi Tel Aviv

    20 hours ago

    Jordan Farmar, a Jewish NBA player who won two league championships as a member of his hometown Los Angeles Lakers, is heading back to Israel to play for Maccabi Tel Aviv.

    Farmar, who is Jewish, played 16 games for Maccabi Tel Aviv during the NBA lockout of 2011. The 6-2 guard, a...

  • Netanyahu asked European leaders to vote against Israel at U.N.

    20 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked several European leaders to support the United Nations Human Rights Council report that slams Israel’s Gaza war actions, a British newspaper reported.

    Netanyahu called British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela...

  • Amid their country’s financial crisis, Greek Jews struggle and brace for more turmoil

    20 hours ago

    For 55 needy Jewish families, a cash welfare payment is the only thing that gets them through the month. But when they came to the Athens Jewish Community last week for their July assistance, they were given only a portion of the payment in cash — the rest was in supermarket food...

  • Burt Shavitz, Jewish co-founder of Burt’s Bees, dies at 80

    20 hours ago

    Burt Shavitz, the Jewish beekeeper and co-founder of the Burt’s Bees cosmetics company, has died.

    Shavitz, born Ingram Shavitz in Manhattan in 1935, died of respiratory problems in Bangor, Maine, on Sunday while surrounded by family and friends.

    He grew the Burt’s Bees company...

  • London neo-Nazi rally overshadowed by counterdemonstration

    20 hours ago

    A neo-Nazi rally held in central London was dwarfed by a large counterdemonstration staged by Jewish and anti-racism groups.

    About 25 neo-Nazis demonstrated Saturday against “Jewish privilege” and the “Jewification of Great Britain,” while about 200 counterdemonstrators chanted...

  • Chief Rabbinate should have more inclusive outlook

    20 hours ago

    Rabbi Shlomo Riskin called on Israel’s Chief Rabbinate to dedicate itself to a more inclusive outlook on Israeli society.

    On Monday, in his first public remarks since the controversy over his tenure as chief rabbi of Efrat, Riskin said the Chief Rabbinate never attempted to reach...

  • Jerry Weintraub, producer, dies at 77

    20 hours ago

    Jerry Weintraub, who produced such hits as The Karate Kid and the Ocean' series, died at his Palm Springs home on Monday, according to TMZ. He was 77. 

    No further details of the passing were immediately available. 

    Read more at Billboard.

  • Clinton says campaign will talk up countering BDS

    21 hours ago

    Hillary Rodham Clinton said she will speak out against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel during her presidential campaign.

    “I know you agree that we need to make countering BDS a priority,” Clinton said in a July 2 letter to Haim Saban, the...

  • Woman denied entrance to Western Wall for wearing kippah

    21 hours ago

    Security guards prevented an American woman from entering the Western Wall plaza because she was wearing a kippah, the Women of the Wall group said.

    On Monday, guards and officials from the Western Wall Heritage Foundation asked the woman, identified only as Linda, who...

  • Four teachers among six Israeli-Arabs charged for promoting Islamic State

    22 hours ago

    Israel's Shin Bet undercover internal security agency and police said on Monday they had arrested and charged six Arab citizens, including four school teachers, with supporting and spreading the ideology of Islamic State.

    The six, residents of the Bedouin Negev desert town of...

  • Boston Marathon bomber files motion seeking new trial

    22 hours ago

    Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who has been sentenced to death, filed a motion in federal court on Monday seeking a new trial, according to court records. 

    The preliminary motion for a new trial cited a lack of evidence in his trial this spring, according to documents...

  • Israel set to approve controversial force-feeding bill

    22 hours ago

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    The Israeli Knesset is set to approve a bill that would allow force feeding of Palestinian prisoners under certain conditions. The bill is similar to one that was about to be approved last year, before the Knesset was disbanded and...

  • Jewish name-calling: a note on Michael Oren, Leon Wieseltier and the art of insult

    By Danielle Berrin

    23 hours ago

    SHAKESPEARE said it so sweetly.

    “What’s in a name?” the Bard mused in “Romeo and Juliet,” his immortal romance about hostile households. “That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet.”

    In Jewish tradition, names are taken a tad more seriously. Families...

  • Your Jerusalem, my Jerusalem

    23 hours ago

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    Jerusalem is a dream and a vision, and at the same time a city where garbage needs to be collected, children go to school, and roads need to be fixed. For some of the 800,000 people living inside the city’s municipal boundary,...

  • Constitution and torah

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    23 hours ago

    In his speech that became known as “The Spirit of Liberty,” delivered in New York City’s Central Library, in the midst of World War II, the preeminent judge and judicial philosopher, Learned Hand, asked, “What do we mean when we say that first of all we seek liberty?  I often...

  • Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick break up

    23 hours ago

    It's over for Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian, PEOPLE has learned. 

    Kardashian, 36, and Disick, 32, shared nine years and three children together – though their relationship was frequently strained by Disick's substance abuse issues, including a stint in rehab earlier this year. 

    Most recently, Disick made headlines when he was spotted cozying up to ex-girlfriend Chloe Bartoli during a vacation in Monte Carlo last week. 

    Read more at People.

  • Confessions of a Jewish Atheist

    By Mindy Leaf

    1 day ago

    We were seated at a round table at our local Jewish Community Center, awaiting our tax-dollar-funded senior meal, when the man at my left began a conversation (or, shall I say, confrontation). "You know, the first monotheist wasn't Jewish," he bellowed. "He was an Egyptian king who...

  • Kunis, Kutcher reportedly have secret wedding

    1 day ago

    Jewish actress Mila Kunis and longtime fiance Ashton Kutcher reportedly were married in a secret ceremony.

    The couple married over the weekend in California, People magazine reported, citing an unnamed source. Their representatives have not commented.

    Rumors have circulated in the past that Kunis and Kutcher, an adherent of Kabbalah who reportedly keeps kosher, were secretly married. They had a daughter in October.

    The actors met while co-stars on the sitcom “That ’70s Show.”

  • The quantum theory of presidential politics

    By Marty Kaplan

    1 day ago

    Future events decide what happens in the past.

    That’s not science fiction. It’s science. Quantum physics, to be precise.

    “Quantum physics is a weird world,” begins a Digital Journal article reporting on a recent experiment by Australian scientists confirming the weirdness of...

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