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  • Why are liberals bashing Michael Oren?

    By David Suissa

    5 hours ago

    After interviewing former ambassador Michael Oren last week at the Museum of Tolerance, and reading countless articles attacking him, I think I’ve figured out why his new book, “Ally,” has struck such a sensitive nerve, especially with pro-Obama liberal Zionists.

    In case you’ve...

  • Han Solo blasts into Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ universe with own film

    5 hours ago

    Han Solo, the "Star Wars" space hero who always has a fast ship and a good blaster, will get his own stand-alone film, the Walt Disney Co said on Tuesday, directed by the "Lego Movie" film makers.

    The untitled Han Solo project, slated for release on May 25, 2018, will be the...

  • The U.S. and Iran: What happens once a deal is in place

    6 hours ago

    Years before it is deemed a success or a failure, a nuclear deal between Iran and the major powers could unleash far-reaching changes in the region.

    Much of the focus in Congress and the media in recent weeks has been on whether the deal would inhibit Iran’s nuclear capability...

  • Temple Mount closed to Jews through end of Ramadan

    6 hours ago

    The Temple Mount has been closed to Jewish visitors until the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

    Israel Police posted the announcement in Hebrew at the site on Tuesday. Ramadan ends on July 17 with the Eid al-Fitr celebration.

    The site is closed every year at the end of Ramadan, Israel Police told the Times of Israel.

    Palestinians had been granted more access to the Temple Mount for Ramadan, but many of the visits were canceled following rocket attacks from Gaza on southern Israel.

  • Fragments of Jewish tombstones removed from Polish river

    7 hours ago

    Fragments of about 100 tombstones from a Jewish cemetery destroyed by the Nazis were removed from a riverbed in Poland.

    Archaeologists removed the tombstone fragments from the Warta River, located in Mstow, Silesia, on the border with the Czech Republic, Radio Poland reported...

  • 3 more women file sexual assault complaints against Safed rabbi

    8 hours ago

    Three more Israeli women have filed complaints of sexual assault against a Safed rabbi.

    The new complaints filed Monday night bring the total to eight against the rabbi, who was arrested Thursday night at Ben Gurion Airport on his way to Brazil. The arrest was based on an...

  • Orthodox Jews, kosher market hit by paintballs in Brooklyn

    8 hours ago

    Police are searching for suspects who targeted a kosher market and some Orthodox Jewish individuals in Brooklyn with a paintball gun.

    On June 29, Bondo’s 24 supermarket in the Williamsburg section and 62-year-old Chaim Klein were hit with paintballs. An unnamed man and his two...

  • Azerbaijan, Israel, Sporting Excellence and Universal Friendship

    By Milikh Yevdayev

    8 hours ago

    The first ever European Games were just completed in Azerbaijan and it is such a source of pride for me as a Jew and as an Azerbaijani. For over two weeks in June the world witnessed what a welcoming and tolerant country we are. We opened our arms to the world. As an Azerbaijani...

  • 10 revealing facts about Orthodox Jewish converts

    By Harrison Ornest-Leslie

    8 hours ago

    There’s some tantalizingly interesting material in the final report of a committee charged with reviewing the way the Rabbinical Council of America, the country’s main Orthodox rabbinical association, deals with conversion.

    Much comes from a survey of 439 Orthodox converts that...

  • Authorities search Indiana home of Subway pitchman Jared Fogle

    9 hours ago

    Authorities searched the Indiana home of Subway sandwich chain pitchman Jared Fogle on Tuesday, about two months after the executive director of his foundation was arrested on federal child pornography charges.

    Fogle, well known from his appearances on Subway television...

  • Drought leads to mass cutting of trees in Los Angeles

    9 hours ago

    Los Angeles city officials say they don't have enough water to irrigate all the trees in the city, so they are cutting down those that are dead or dying from drought.

    According to the city, roughly 14,000 trees have died in the last year alone from drought.

    The North Hollywood...

  • Touch of Pray: Celebrating Shabbat and the Grateful Dead

    10 hours ago

    What a long, strange trip it’s been for Shu Eliovson.

    The American-born resident of Kfar Maimon, a religious moshav in southern Israel, Eliovson is CEO and co-founder of the tech start-up Likeminder, an anonymous social networking site for “authentic conversation” with...

  • Jerry Weintraub, famed concert promoter and film producer, dies at 77

    By Ryan Torok

    10 hours ago

    Rabbi Levi Cunin still remembers how decades ago, as a little boy, he visited the Malibu home of movie and music mogul Jerry Weintraub at his request with a crew from Chabad to kasher it — and gave the Hollywood producer the surprise of his life.

    “One of the places where he got...

  • Another golf event drops Trump course due to attack on immigrants

    10 hours ago

    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump suffered a fresh blow on Tuesday with the announcement that a professional golfing event scheduled for October at a Trump course in Los Angeles will be moved, the latest fallout from his vitriol against undocumented immigrants from...

  • Palestinian bus attacker facing 28 years in prison

    10 hours ago

    A Palestinian man who stabbed 12 people on a Tel Aviv bus was convicted after accepting a plea bargain.

    Hasan Matrouk, 23, from the West Bank city of Tulkarem, was convicted Tuesday in Tel Aviv District Court. Under the terms of the plea, he could receive a sentence of 28 years...

  • Greece faces last chance to stay in euro as cash runs out

    10 hours ago

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras launched a desperate bid to win fresh aid from skeptical creditors at an emergency euro zone summit on Tuesday, before his country's banks run out of money.

    But German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on arrival there was still no basis for...

  • 1929 Photo launches a family connection across the ocean

    10 hours ago

    Jewelry hung from Rosa Zacharia’s ears and neck. Bracelets adorned her wrists and she wore rings on six of her fingers. She and her family were dressed to the nines.

    Life appeared to be pretty good for Zacharia and her husband, Naftali, and their three girls: Sara, Rahel and...

  • 9 more Druze-Israelis arrested in ambulance attacks

    10 hours ago

    Nine more Druze-Israelis were arrested in connection with attacks on two ambulances carrying wounded Syrians to Israeli hospitals.

    The arrests reported on Tuesday by the Hebrew-language news website Walla bring the total number of arrests in the attacks last month to 21. One...

  • Harry Shearer returning to ‘The Simpsons’

    10 hours ago

    Here's some good news in advance of The Simpsons' panel at Comic-Con.

    Harry Shearer has signed a new deal to return to the Fox animated comedy, the network announced Tuesday. With the deal, all six principal voice actors are confirmed to return for the historic 27th and 28th seasons.

    Read more at The Hollywood Reporter.

  • Rabbi of Western Wall apologizes for kippah incident

    10 hours ago

    The rabbi of the Western Wall apologized that a woman was turned away from the holy site for wearing a kippah, but said he was not familiar with the incident.

    Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch said in a statement issued Tuesday that if the incident did occur, the response was incorrect.

  • ‘Schindler’s List’ producer donating Oscar to Yad Vashem

    11 hours ago

    A Croatian Holocaust survivor who worked as a producer on “Schindler’s List” will give his Academy Award from the movie to Yad Vashem.

    Branko Lustig, 83, a survivor of the Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps, said that the Holocaust memorial and museum in Jerusalem...

  • The Holocaust survivor who coached World Cup star Carli Lloyd

    11 hours 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

    11 hours 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

    11 hours 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

    12 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

    12 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’

    12 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

    13 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

    13 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

    14 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...

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