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  • How bad do Israelis think Obama is? As bad as a US President can get

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 hours ago

    The caveats are all obvious but still worth repeating. President Barack Obama is President of the US, not Israel. Israelis don’t get to vote in US elections, and US Presidents don’t necessarily desire a high approval rating among Israelis. The fact that Obama is unpopular in Israel...

  • Nepal: How you can help

    By Ryan Torok

    16 hours ago

    Jews in Israel and abroad are responding to the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25 —resulting in the death of more than 4,000 Nepalese people — through action and financial campaigns.

    “The people of Nepal are in desperate need right now,” American Jewish Joint...

  • Kitchen employee stabbed by former co-worker at Philly-area day school

    17 hours ago

    A former employee at the Barrack Hebrew Academy stabbed a worker and threw bleach in his face at the suburban Philadelphia day school.
    The incident in the kitchen at the nondenominational Jewish high school in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, occurred Monday just before 10 a.m.,...

  • Dread, Denial and Democracy

    By Marty Kaplan

    19 hours ago

    “Don’t do it!”

    Stories, whether torn from history or made from whole cloth, can make us want to shout that. Don’t open that door at the top of the stairs. Don’t get on that boat. Don’t believe that president, general, journalist, preacher, cop. 

    This packs a punch in a short...

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  • Four Israelis saved from Mount Everest

    19 hours ago

    An Israeli rescue team saved four Israelis from Mount Everest, where they had been trapped by the earthquake that has devastated Nepal.
    A rescue team sent to Nepal by Harel, an Israeli insurance company, brought the Israeli hikers, who are in good health, to safety on Monday, the...

  • Israeli company Pluristem develops treatment for radiation

    20 hours ago

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Haifa, Israel – “We’re the placenta guys,” Zami Aberman, the CEO of Pluristem says with a smile. “Ten years ago when we started with the idea of using the placenta as raw material for cell therapy we were considered nuts.”

    ...
  • Israel to allow pregnant surrogates in Nepal to fly to Israel

    20 hours ago

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line

    Israel’s Attorney General, Yehuda Weinstein, has agreed to allow pregnant women in Nepal, who have contracted with Israelis as surrogates, to fly to Israel until they give birth. The decision came after one of the primary hospitals...

  • Jewish Google exec dies on Mount Everest in avalanche triggered by Nepal quake

    20 hours ago

    A Jewish Google executive, Dan Fredinburg, was killed in an avalanche triggered on Mount Everest by the earthquake in Nepal.

    Fredinburg, the head of privacy for Google X, the company’s ideas lab, suffered a major head injury in the avalanche and died, his younger sister Megan...

  • Israel evacuates surrogate-born babies and Israeli parents from Nepal

    21 hours ago

    Israel began evacuating infants born to surrogate mothers and their Israeli parents from Nepal on Monday, on the return legs of flights sent to provide earthquake relief.

    Many Israeli male couples have fathered children with the help of surrogate mothers in Nepal because...

  • Eyeing Arab ties, Israel to observe nuclear pact meeting

    21 hours ago

    Israel will take part as an observer in a major nuclear non-proliferation conference that opens at the United Nations on Monday, ending a 20-year absence in hope of fostering dialogue with Arab states, a senior Israeli official said.

    Assumed to have the Middle East's sole nuclear...

  • Israel approves construction of 77 Jewish homes in eastern Jerusalem

    21 hours ago

    Israel invited tenders for construction of 77 new homes in Jewish sections of eastern Jerusalem.

    Citing Peace Now, an Israeli group opposed to settlements in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, i24 News reported that the tenders for Pisgat Zeev and Neve Yaakov on Monday were the...

  • The World’s New Tech Capital, Waze’s New Feature and More…This Week from the Startup Nation!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    21 hours ago

    “Made in Israel” Labels Combat BDS

    The boycott, divest, and sanction movement, which seeks to cut economic ties with Israel, shows no sign of letting up. Yet concern over the possibility that their products will be boycotted has not stopped Israeli manufacturers and exporters...

  • Nepal death toll rises as rescue efforts hampered

    21 hours ago

    The death toll from the earthquake in Nepal rose to more than 3,300 (with some estimates as high as 3,700) two days after it struck, as planes carrying rescue workers and aid were delayed due to natural conditions.

    One Israeli plane carrying 90 Israeli rescue workers and supplies...

  • After Nepal quake, some 100 Israelis are reported missing

    21 hours ago

    Some 100 Israelis remain among those reported missing two days after the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, killing more than 3,700 people.

    No Israelis have been reported dead, according to the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

    When the earthquake began on...

  • I Love You Bruce Jenner

    By Ilana Angel

    1 day ago

    I remember when Bruce Jenner won the gold medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympics. I was 10 years old, living in Canada, watching on television, and thinking he was the most handsome man in the world. I had a Bruce Jenner picture on the wall of my room and if we are going to be...

  • Israel’s majority-minority problem

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago

    Last week, at 67, Israel celebrated its Independence Day as a majority-minority country. And this is becoming a problem. A country needs a majority to lead it, to establish a narrative that guides it, to be able to make necessary reforms, and to tame trends that disrupt further...

  • Cuba: Cycling into the Past and Future

    2 days ago

    My father, usually a quiet man, burst through the door and hustled the family in front of the television set. He said we were on the verge of something terrible and we needed to see and understand. It was October 22, 1962. My father, a career officer at the C.I.A., seemed...

  • Sunday Reads: Death of a Polish Giant, ‘Egypt’s Pinochet’, Netanyahu’s economic vision

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago

    US

    Ann-Marie Slaughter argues in favour of President Obama’s attempts at bilateral engagement with isolated countries:

    Obama rejected his predecessor George W. Bush’s policy of isolating “rogue states,” recognizing that America’s only hope for influencing isolated countries’...

  • A Share in the World to Come

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    3 days ago

    There is a tradition to study Pirkei Avot from Passover until Shavuot. Pirkei Avot contains the timeless wisdom of the sages, and inspiring messages for everyday living. In essence, Pirkei Avot is Judaism’s guidebook to success in life.

    One of the famous passages of Pirkei Avot...

  • The kidnapping that shocked the world

    4 days ago

    The 2006 Paris kidnapping of a young Jewish man sent waves of alarm throughout Europe and the world. Ilan Halimi, a 23-year-old cellphone salesman, was held hostage and tortured for 24 days while his captors, African and North African criminals who called themselves the “Gang of...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Tazria-Metzora with Rabbi Joshua Aaronson

    By Shmuel Rosner

    4 days ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Joshua Aaronson, Senior Rabbi of Temple Judea in Tarzana, California. Rabbi Aaronson attended the University of Michigan and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, where he also received his Doctor of...

  • Remembering Vladimir Slepak, a Heroic Refusenik

    4 days ago

    One of the most important figures in the Soviet Jewry movement has died. Vladimir Slepak, one of the earliest refuseniks and one of the last to be given permission to leave for Israel, died quietly in New York on Thursday. He will be buried in Jerusalem on Monday. 

    In the...

  • Israelis mourn after a year of increased attacks

    4 days ago

    As Israel marked its traditional day of mourning for fallen servicemen on Yom HaZikaron, the Day of Remembrance on April 22, in a far corner of Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, an intimate ceremony for victims of attacks was underway. Mourners packed elbow-to-elbow under beige tents, each...

  • U.S. Republicans vow amendments that might risk Iran nuclear bill

    4 days ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Republican senators pledged on Thursday to try to toughen a bill giving Congress the power to review a nuclear agreement with Iran, raising the possibility of a partisan battle that could complicate the measure's chances of passing.

    The Senate's...

  • Biden, seeking to ease U.S.-Israel strains, pledges delivery of new warplanes

    4 days ago

    WASHINGTON - Seeking to ease U.S.-Israeli tensions, Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday promised Israel delivery of top-flight fighter jets next year to maintain its military edge and vowed that any final nuclear deal with Iran would ensure Israel’s security.

    Addressing an...

  • 100 Years of waiting: Lebanon, a century after the Armenian genocide

    4 days ago

    This article first appeared on The Media Line

    BEIRUT, Lebanon — Hundreds of red lanterns glowed as they rose into the sky, watched by the crowds below until they disappeared behind the buildings that dot the fringes of the Lebanese coastline. The event is one of many building up...

  • On Independence Day, thousands of Arab-Israelis march for Palestinians’ right of return

    5 days ago

    (JTA) — Several thousand Arab-Israelis at a protest march in the Galilee on Israel’s Independence Day commemorated Palestinian villages destroyed in 1948.

    Near Tiberias, the participants in Thursday’s March of Return, as organizers called it, carried Palestinian Authority flags...

  • Netanyahu’s Independence Day message praises troops’ ‘fighting spirit’ in Gaza

    By Ryan Torok

    5 days ago

    (JTA) — In his Independence Day address, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the fighting spirit of troops in Gaza.

    Netanyahu’s praises came in the Hebrew-language version of a video released by his office at the start of Israel’s 67th Independence Day, which this...

  • Obama: Meeting with Netanyahu only after nuke talks deadline

    By Ryan Torok

    5 days ago

    (JTA) — President Barack Obama reportedly said he will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the June 30 deadline for the Iran nuclear talks.
    Obama told Jewish leaders last week that a face-to-face meeting with Netanyahu would probably end with Netanyahu...

  • Rocket fired at Israel from Gaza near end of Independence Day

    By Ryan Torok

    5 days ago

    (JTA) — A rocket was fired at southern Israel from the Gaza Strip in the final hours of the country’s Independence Day.

    Sirens blared in the Sderot region for the first time in months due to Thursday’s rocket, which caused no injuries or damage. It landed within Israeli territory...

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