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  • Why I hired a Belgian butcher to circumcise my son

    16 minutes ago

    They warn you that parenting means doing a bunch of stuff you never imagined yourself doing.

    I had always assumed this applied to saying to children things like, “You watch your tone of voice, young lady” or, “Let’s not eat things we find in our underwear.”

    But in my case, the...

  • How a Jewish trans father inspired a hit series

    20 minutes ago

    Writer and director Jill Soloway grew up in what she calls a “somewhat normalish, upper middle class Jewish household” in Chicago. Her mom was a public relations consultant (she worked for Mayor Jane Byrne) and her dad a psychiatrist.

    But she always sensed that “something was a...

  • BDS backers go on labeling spree on Israeli products in German town

    31 minutes ago

    A team of self-styled “goods inspectors” in a German town tried to label all the Israeli products they could find as being “from illegal Israeli settlements.”

    On Saturday, the proponents of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement visited businesses in downtown...

  • I went to Auschwitz to learn something I had forgotten

    47 minutes ago

    The other week, I went on a school trip. This is not your typical school trip to New York or Washington D.C; rather it was a trip to Poland, a country with one of the most tragic histories. Of course, the trip was filled with tears, but to simply cry about the past without taking...

  • Russian military jet violated Israeli airspace

    54 minutes ago

    A Russian military jet violated Israeli airspace but was not shot down, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said.

    The jet breached Israeli airspace by a mile and turned back when Russia was informed of its mistake, Yaalon said Sunday during an interview on Israel Public Radio....

  • Jewish porn star James Deen accused of raping ex-girlfriend, sexually assaulting 2 others

    59 minutes ago

    Jewish porn star James Deen has been accused of raping his ex-girlfriend and sexually assaulting two other adult film actresses.

    On Saturday, Deen’s ex Stoya, a fellow porn star, accused him on Twitter of raping her.

  • Thousands of Arab-Israelis protest ban on Islamic Movement

    1 hour ago

    An estimated 15,000 Arab-Israelis protested Israel’s outlawing of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel.

    Several Arab-Israeli Knesset lawmakers and Arab leaders attended the protest Saturday in the northern Israeli town of Uhm al-Fahm.

    “With our spirit and blood...

  • National Women’s Studies Association votes to join international BDS movement

    1 hour ago

    The National Women’s Studies Association voted to join the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

    The vote on the BDS referendum passed 653 to 86 at the organization’s annual conference earlier this month, the association announced last week....

  • Rubio defends Paul Singer endorsement

    1 hour ago

    Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio recently defended his right to accept financial support from Jewish billionaire Paul Singer in a meeting with Evangelical pastors in Iowa.

    According to a report by The Brody File, during a closed-door meeting arranged by the...

  • Iran’s Khameinei calls Paris attacks ‘blind terrorism,’ says Palestinians face ‘worst’ terrorism

    1 hour ago

    Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khameini, called the recent Paris attacks that left at least 130 people dead “blind terrorism.”

    Khameini’s comments, released in a statement to “the youth in the Western countries,” were published Sunday by IRNA, the Iranian government’s...

  • #myLAcommute I find my zen on the train

    2 hours ago


    It’s better to find your zen on the train than to sit in traffic. I work as a secretary for a doctor. I like being busy. I never have time to get bored. I make sure that everything runs smoothly. When a patient isn’t happy, I speak to them in a very soft and gentle voice, like a whisper.

    Larchmont Blvd. to Monterey Road

    #myLAcommute is a project of Zócalo Public Square.

  • Worldwide terror: Connecting the ISIS dots

    3 hours ago

    When it comes to fighting terrorism, we frequently miss the obvious, in two ways.

    A few weeks before the September 11, 2001 attacks I was in Jerusalem, having dinner with Eli Borowski, an elderly Polish-born Jew with an amazing clarity about the past and the future.

    As a young...

  • Deconstructing ‘ignogrance’: The truth about Beverly Hills and Metro

    4 hours ago

    The Jewish Journal’s quote of the week of Nov. 26, in reference to Beverly Hills’s conflict with Metro, was former county supervisor (and Metro macher) Zev Yaroslavsky’s zinger: “Fighting Metro is not a construction project, it’s a destruction project.”

    Oy gevalt.

    There is so...

  • Goodbye, Ezra

    4 hours ago

    I’m really not one to post long political Facebook statuses but something about the events of these past few months has made me feel the need to vocalize my thoughts.

    As I checked my social media feeds this past Motzei Shabbat, two sides of the same story seemed to dominate. My...

  • Israel welcomes 200 young Germans

    5 hours ago

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    On the 68th anniversary of the day that the United Nations first recognized the legitimacy of a Jewish state in Palestine, two hundred young German leaders are landing in Israel for a five-day tour of the country. The German visitors...

  • A Wedding Miracle, Fighting AIDS And More- This Week from the Startup Nation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    5 hours ago

    ‘Flytrex Sky’ Personal Delivery Drone Will Ship Goods To Your Location Within Minutes

    With the Flytrex Sky, a new Israeli drone hitting the market this December, you can better manage these day-to-day tasks for $549 – less than the price of the latest iPhone. With a 32-minute...

  • Netanyahu, Abbas shake hands at Paris climate summit

    6 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas shook hands at the United Nations climate change conference near Paris.

    The two leaders met and spoke after the group photo of the some 150 world leaders in attendance at the conference,...

  • Jewish teens found guilty in murder of Palestinian teen who was burned to death

    6 hours ago

    Two Jewish teens were found guilty of the murder of a Palestinian teen who was burned to death in the Jerusalem forest.

    The verdict in the kidnapping and killing of Mohammad Abu Khdeir, 16, was handed down Monday morning in Jerusalem District Court.

    The court also found that...

  • The partisan politics of an Israeli sexual harassment drama

    By Shmuel Rosner

    10 hours ago

    A political storm involving Israeli Knesset Member Yinon Magal has been dominating Israel's news media in the last week. A tempest in a teapot compared to other news: Russia punishing Turkey for downing a Russian aircraft, Europe grappling with the aftershocks of terrorism, the...

  • Planned Parenthood says Colorado shooter opposed abortion

    1 day ago

    Planned Parenthood said on Sunday that news reports that the gunman who attacked its Colorado health clinic had uttered "no more baby parts" during his arrest showed that the suspect was motivated by an anti-abortion agenda.

    The remark attributed to the suspect, identified by...

  • Israel suspends EU role in peace process with Palestinians

    1 day ago

    Israel said on Sunday it was suspending contacts with European Union bodies involved in peace efforts with the Palestinians after the bloc started requiring the labeling of exports from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the foreign...

  • Sunday Reads: America’s refugee debate, How powerful is Putin?, Robert Kraft’s moving gesture

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago


    Andrew C. McCarthy thinks that some important questions have been ignored in the Syrian refugee debate:

    For nearly a quarter-century, our bipartisan governing class has labored mightily to suppress public discussion of the undeniable nexus between Islamic doctrine and...

  • Three killed, 9 injured in attack on Colorado Planned Parenthood

    3 days ago

    Police arrested a gunman who stormed a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday and opened fire with a rifle in an attack that left three people dead and nine others injured, authorities said.

    The dead included one police officer and two civilians,...

  • Why I’m Going to Burma (Myanmar)

    3 days ago

    Richard Bangs is a judge in our We Said Go Travel Writing Contest. The contest is extended for two weeks to December 10, 2015. Please share your story of gratitude!

    When word got out I was thinking of taking a group to Burma this November, I received this email: Dear Mr. Bangs: I...

  • Senior Israeli officials fear PA collapse

    3 days ago

    Senior Israeli military and Shin Bet security service officials are warning that the Palestinian Authority could collapse, Haaretz reported.

    The diplomatic-security cabinet held lengthy discussions about the possibility of the PA collapse Wednesday and Thursday, Haaretz reported,...

  • Alan Gross: Memory of Holocaust survivor relatives got me through prison

    3 days ago

    Alan Gross, the American Jewish government contractor who spent five years in Cuban prison, said thinking of his family members who survived the Holocaust was one of three things that helped him get through the ordeal.

    Gross told CBS news program “60 Minutes” in footage released...

  • At least eight Israeli soldiers wounded in West Bank car attacks

    3 days ago

    At least eight Israeli soldiers were wounded in two separate vehicular attacks in the West Bank.

    The first of the attacks occurred Friday morning, when two soldiers were injured after a Palestinian man rammed them with his car outside the Maale Adumim settlement near Jerusalem....

  • Lone soldiers from North America attend Thanksgiving dinner in Tel Aviv

    4 days ago

    Some 200 lone Israeli soldiers from North America will attend a special Thanksgiving dinner catered by a former lone soldier from New York.

    The holiday dinner on Thursday, at the Beit Hachayal in Tel Aviv, will be hosted by Nefesh B’Nefesh, Friends of the Israel Defense Forces,...

  • How to destroy your Thanksgiving dinner

    By David Suissa

    4 days ago

    One of the more obnoxious things I’ve read this year is a piece in Vox titled, “How to Survive Your Family’s Thanksgiving Arguments,” complete with a handy guide to help you turn a warm family gathering into a political food fight.

    Never mind that you can have these political...

  • Happy Thanksgiving—with Jewish Turkeys!

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    4 days ago

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    I'm reposting this item from my Jewish Heritage Europe web site -- an online resources to Jewish heritage across the continent. See the full post here.

    Thanksgiving is often called “turkey-day” because of the tradition of eating roast turkey at the...

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