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  • Is Deadpool Jewish?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    11 hours ago

    Is Deadpool Jewish?  Could the foul-mouthed, sarcastic superhero of Tim Miller’s new flick,“Deadpool” -- be a member of the Tribe?

    Journal reader Harry Medved of Fandango wrote in to say that in “Deadpool’s” final scene, there’s a mezuzah on the anti-hero’s doorpost.  Could this...

  • Court denies Susan Koret’s request, won’t force Stanford to produce documents on Ted Taube

    By Jared Sichel

    19 hours ago

    An ongoing lawsuit involving the prominent Koret Foundation and lifetime Board Chair Susan Koret intensified in recent weeks amid a Jan. 20 sexual harassment allegation against 84-year-old philanthropist and businessman Ted Taube, Koret’s President Emeritus.

    That development,...

  • Don’t silence the voices of Orthodox women

    22 hours ago

    "There is more than one way to be a Jew," wrote Rabbi Laura Geller in the February 4th issue of The Jewish Journal.

    I cannot agree more. And that's why I need to speak up about a very anti-feminist trend in Kotel discourse.

    Phyllis Chesler is a long-time critic of male...

  • And the Oscar for the best popcorn ever goes to…

    22 hours ago

    It's Oscars time, and in addition to dressing for the occasion, we always like to set the table with award-worthy snacks. This year, we plan to honor the movies with their best-loved partner, popcorn.

    Of course, because it's the Oscars, it couldn't be just any microwaved popcorn....

  • Israel says has mended fences with EU in Netanyahu-Mogherini call

    22 hours ago

    Israel said on Friday it had resolved its differences with the European Union after weeks of diplomatic tension following an EU decision not to allow goods produced in settlements in the West Bank to be labeled "Made in Israel".

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by phone...

  • Olympics-LA heat to test Rio hopefuls in U.S. marathon trials

    23 hours ago

    Unseasonably high temperatures will challenge runners at the U.S. Olympic marathon trials on Saturday with the top three finishers in the men's and women's races earning spots on the United States Olympic team.

    A record field for the trials, comprising more than 370 athletes,...

  • Florida man pleads guilty over threats to bomb two mosques

    23 hours ago

    A Florida man pleaded guilty on Friday to a federal hate crime for threatening to bomb two mosques and shoot their congregants shortly after November's deadly attacks in Paris.

    Martin Alan Schnitzler, 43, of Seminole, pleaded guilty to one count of obstructing persons in the free...

  • Barry Manilow rushed to hospital following mouth surgery complication

    23 hours ago

    Barry Manilow was rushed back to Los Angeles after a performance in Memphis because of complications from emergency oral surgery this week, a statement on his website said.

    The 72-year old American-Jewish musician, known for hits “Mandy,” “Can’t Smile Without You,” “Could It Be...

  • Zika link to birth defects could be proven within weeks

    23 hours ago

    The suspected link between the Zika virus and two neurological disorders, the birth defect microcephaly and Guillain-Barre syndrome, could be confirmed within weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

    A sharp increase in microcephaly cases in Brazil has triggered...

  • Hummus in Hanoi: Israeli chef brings Middle Eastern cuisine to Vietnam

    23 hours ago

    Shahar Lubin earned his culinary chops in Israel and, later the United States, cooking his way through more than 20 restaurants, starting at the age of 16.

    Still, it was a leap when he moved to Vietnam and opened a restaurant of his own.

    “I said, ‘I’ve been doing it for other...

  • French rabbi, Muslim rapper to release song for murdered Jew

    1 day ago

    A rabbi and a Muslim rapper announced the release in France of a song against racism that they co-produced ahead of the 10-year anniversary of the anti-Semitic murder of Ilan Halimi.

    Coco TKT, a well-known rapper who converted to Islam after spending several years in prison for...

  • American Jewish leaders meet with Egyptian president

    1 day ago

    Leaders of the American Jewish community met with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo.

    During the two-hour meeting Thursday, the delegation from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations discussed regional issues and U.S.-Egyptian relations,...

  • Why won’t Bernie Sanders own his Jewishness

    1 day ago

    Toward the beginning of Thursday night’s Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders had the perfect opportunity to tout that he would be the first Jewish president.

    Asked whether he’s worried about blocking the inauguration of the first female president, the Independent Vermont senator...

  • Jordan’s king: Solving Israeli-Palestinian conflict necessary to defeat ISIS

    1 day ago

    The Islamic State cannot be defeated until the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved, Jordan’s king said.

    Speaking Friday at the Munich Security Conference, an international gathering of foreign and defense policy leaders held in Germany, King Abdullah II said, “Left...

  • Bernie Sanders support for Chabad menorah lightings revealed

    By Ryan Torok

    1 day ago

    Bernie Sanders, who is Jewish, supported Chabad public menorah lightings, according to Chabad.org.

    The U.S. Senator and current democratic presidential candidate fought for the Chabad Lubavitch movement’s right to publicly display menorahs while serving as mayor of Burlington,...

  • “Spotlight” and the heroic editor of The Boston Globe

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    1 day ago

    “Marty belongs in the pantheon of great Jewish heroes,” Josh Singer, a co-writer of the Oscar-nominated film “Spotlight,” said during a recent interview at a Santa Monica coffee house.

    He was discussing the real-life newsman at the center of the much-lauded film about how Boston...

  • Clinton, Sanders clash over Obama as they vie for minority votes

    1 day ago

    Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clashed sharply in a debate on Thursday over their support for President Barack Obama, with Sanders accusing Clinton of "a low blow" after she compared him to Republicans.

    As the Democratic race moves to states...

  • At Utah’s on-slope Shabbat service, ski boots required

    1 day ago

    It may be the most elevated Shabbat service in the country, and not just because of the spirited singing.

    Held in a rustic cabin in the woods off a ski slope at Deer Valley resort, the service is situated at about 8,800 feet above sea level, and it’s the nation’s — and possibly...

  • White House says it does not support ‘territories’ component of anti-BDS legislation

    1 day ago

    The Obama administration said it does not support the portion of a new trade law that requires actions against entities that boycott goods manufactured in the West Bank.

    “As with any bipartisan compromise legislation, there are provisions in this bill that we do not support,...

  • Free Robert Levinson, Senate appeals to Iran in unanimous vote

    1 day ago

    The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution urging Iran to fulfill its pledge to help find Robert Levinson, a Jewish American who went missing in Iran in 2007.

    Five Americans were released last month in a prisoner exchange with Iran timed to mark the launch of the...

  • Clinton and Sanders battle in debate over healthcare, Wall Street ties

    1 day ago

    Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battled over healthcare and Wall Street in a debate on Thursday, with Clinton accusing Sanders of misleading Americans on his healthcare plan and making promises "that cannot be kept."

    In a sixth presidential...

  • If ribs visible, you were candidate for crematorium, Auschwitz survivor explains at Nazi trial

    1 day ago

    Three survivors spoke on Friday of the smell of burnt bodies and piles of the dead at Nazi Germany's Auschwitz death camp, one of whose former guards stands accused of helping in the murder of at least 170,000 people.

    "If your ribs were visible, you were a candidate for the...

  • Daniel Pearl killer’s jailbreak foiled, Pakistan army says

    1 day ago

    Pakistan’s military said it had foiled a prison break bid aimed at freeing a British-born terrorist awaiting execution for the 2002 murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.

    Three terror groups — al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and...

  • Terror attacks in Israel drop back to pre-escalation level

    1 day ago

    The number of terrorist attacks recorded in Israel last month decreased by 32 percent over December, bringing the total to a level that was last observed prior to September’s escalation in violence.

    The Israel Security Agency, or Shin Bet, documented 169 terrorist attacks by...

  • Rosner’s Torah-Talk: Parashat Terumah with Rabbi Carl Perkins

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago

    Our guest this week is Rabbi Carl Perkins, spiritual leader of Temple Aliyah in Needham, MA since 1991. Rabbi Perkins earned his A.B., summa cum laude, at Haverford College. Before pursuing the rabbinate, he earned his J.D., cum laude, at Harvard Law School, and practiced law for...

  • Mother Nature is a Man

    By Ilana Angel

    2 days ago

    One would hope women have compassion for other women. Who better to understand cramps and childbirth than a woman?  Even if she’s never had a baby, a woman can imagine the pain in a real way. How is it possible that women are burdened with such pain and misery when a woman, Mother...

  • New citizenship law has Jews worldwide flocking to tiny Portugal city

    2 days ago

    Five years ago, this city’s tiny Jewish community was so strapped for cash it couldn’t afford to fix the deep cracks in its synagogue’s moldy ceiling.

    The Jewish Community of Porto was also too poor to hire a full-time rabbi because of its small size (50 members) and the paucity...

  • Robert Kennedy assassin, Sirhan Sirhan, denied parole

    2 days ago

    Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Democratic presidential candidate Robert Kennedy in 1968, was denied parole for the 15th time on Wednesday, a California prison official said.

    Sirhan, 71, had a suitability hearing at the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility near San Diego, the...

  • Israeli Airbnb guest refused by British host because of ‘aggressive settlers’

    2 days ago

    An Israeli man said a British Airbnb host refused to rent an apartment to him because, the host said, Israelis don’t respect “basic human rights.”

    Ben Kelmer, a Tel Aviv photographer, reserved a London apartment for a week in March through the online company, which has come under...

  • I’m not your mitzvah project

    2 days ago

    I have Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder characterized by involuntary movements and noises called “tics.” My Tourette’s is relatively mild at this point, but I went through a turbulent adolescence when Tourette’s was the most defining thing about me. Between the constant...

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