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  • Who is “The Jew” and Who is “The Jihadi” in the New London Production of Shakespeare’s 'Merchant of Venice'?

    1 day ago

    No doubt sotto voce, wits may be calling the latest London staging by Rupert Goold of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice—set in  Las Vegas—“as Sheldon Adelson  at the Venetian.” Given the cross-Chanel tensions in the wake of Charlie Hebdo and the Hyper Cacher kosher market tragedies,...

  • Islamic State chemical weapons expert killed in airstrike in Iraq

    1 day ago

    An Islamic State chemical weapons expert was killed in a coalition airstrike last week near Mosul, Iraq, the U.S. Central Command said in a statement on Friday.

    Abu Malik, who was killed Jan. 24, had been a chemical weapons engineer during the rule of Saddam Hussein and then joined al-Qaeda Iraq in 2005, Central Command said.

    "His death is expected to temporarily degrade and disrupt the terrorist network and diminish ISIL's ability to potentially produce and use chemical weapons against innocent people," the statement said.

  • Beshalach: From fear to action

    1 day ago

    This post originally appeared on Neesh Noosh.

    In this week’s parsha, Beshalach, the Israelites begin their journey from Egypt to Israel. There are moments when the Israelites question their exodus and God’s ability to protect them. Although they are liberated, their lives are...

  • ‘Selma’ forgot the Jews

    1 day ago

    Don’t get me wrong: Selma is an important movie. It’s worth seeing. It shines much-need light on the Civil Rights Movement, focusing on the pivotal 54-mile march from the city of Selma to Montgomery, the capital of Alabama.

    But it forgets the Jews.

    Just look at the photos from...

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  • Rap mogul Suge Knight arrested for murder in LA after hit-and-run

    1 day ago

    Rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested on suspicion of murder on Friday after a man matching his description ran over two people with a pickup truck in a hit-and-run incident near Los Angeles, killing one and injuring the other, police said.

    Knight, the 49-year-old...

  • Inernational Holocaust Remembrance Day 2015 - WATCH some of the most outrageous Holocaust deniers

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 day ago

    Typing the word "Holohoax" on YouTube reveals a world of hundreds of Holocaust denial videos. Hateful people spend hours, days and even years to develop conspiracy theories that supposedly prove the Holocaust never existed, or that it did occur, but it was nothing like history...

  • Conservative flagship to finance capital improvement by selling dorms, air rights

    1 day ago

    Like any other longtime Manhattan property owner, the Jewish Theological Seminary has seen the value of its real estate holdings skyrocket in recent years and has gotten its share of inquiries from prospective buyers.

    Now the Conservative movement’s flagship institution has...

  • Tom Brady has a menorah

    1 day ago

    Celebrated New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has a couple of Jewish connections.

    Since 2012, his brother-in-law has been Kevin Youkilis, the former all-star third baseman for the Boston Red Sox who’s now retired from baseball. The owner of the Patriots, the only team...

  • Sydney Taylor Book Award 2015 winners

    1 day ago

    Jim Aylesworth and Barbara McClintock, author and illustrator of My Grandfather’s Coat, Loic Dauvillier, Marc Lizano and Greg Salsedo, authors and illustrators of Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust and Donna Jo Napoli, author of Storm are the 2015 winners of the Sydney Taylor...

  • Alberto Nisman laid to rest where AMIA victims are buried

    1 day ago

    Alberto Nisman was buried in the same section of the main Jewish cemetery in Buenos Aires as the victims in the 1994 AMIA bombing that he was investigating before he was found shot dead.

    [RELATED: Drones, Jews and morality]

    On Thursday morning, a police escort led the funeral...

  • Republican Romney opts out of a 2016 run for president

    1 day ago

    Republican Mitt Romney bowed out of the 2016 U.S. presidential race on Friday after considering a third run, and told supporters it was time for the next generation of party leaders to seek the White House.

    Romney's decision will probably boost the fortunes of former Florida...

  • Hezbollah: We don’t want war with Israel but do not fear it

    1 day ago

    The leader of Lebanon's Hezbollah said on Friday his group did not want war with Israel but was ready for one, and reserved the right to respond to Israeli attacks any time, anywhere.

    "We do not want a war but we are not afraid of it and we must distinguish between the two, and...

  • Rahat’s week from Hell

    By Simone Wilson

    2 days ago

    Mayor Talal Al Krenawi was tired. He’d been in and out of media interviews, meetings, mourning circles and angry phone calls for days. His limbs hurt; his lungs hurt. “I’m still feeling the effects of the gas,” he said, speaking from behind his desk in a worn municipal building at...

  • Bibi must stop an Iran bomb even if it offends Obama

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    2 days ago

    There is nothing wrong with an Israeli prime minister doing his utmost to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, even if it offends the sensibilities of the American president. A nation that has experienced the world’s worst genocide just 70 years ago has not just a right...

  • Moving and shaking: Bet Tzedek, Beit T’Shuvah and Forbes

    By Ryan Torok

    2 days ago

    Halfway through Bet Tzedek’s annual dinner gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel on Jan. 22, Jessie Kornberg, the brand-new president and CEO of the nonprofit legal-aid organization, stepped onto the stage. As she approached the microphone, one member of Bet Tzedek’s new...

  • Funding for survivor services sees a big jump in 2015

    By Ryan Torok

    2 days ago

    The Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany — also known as the Claims Conference — is providing a $10.1 million increase in funding this year to California-based Holocaust survivors, according to a Claims Conference’s December press release. The money will fund home...

  • A day in the life of the (model) Knesset

    2 days ago

    American Jewish University’s (AJU) dining hall was abuzz with chatter on Jan. 18, when about 100 local high school students debated Israel’s proposed, controversial nation-state bill as part of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ Model Knesset Day.

    Upon arrival,...

  • Rabbi Ariel Rav-Noy, shliach at Chabad Persian Youth Center, dies suddenly at 36

    By Jared Sichel

    2 days ago

    Ariel Rav-Noy, a rabbi at the Chabad Persian Youth Center in Los Angeles, and father to seven children, died suddenly in his sleep early Wednesday. He was 36.

    According to crownheights.info, a Brooklyn-based community website for Chabad, Rav-Noy had no “known prior medical...

  • Me and La Migra

    2 days ago

    I am carrying through here on my prior post about the Wong family by making visits on Xmas and New Year’s to their rented beach front manse (for one third of San Diego rents) in Rosarita Beach.

    I found Northern Mexico rugged but beautiful, the people friendly to a fault.  I ate...

  • Shmoozing with Mel Brooks, the 88-year-old man

    By Danielle Berrin

    2 days ago

    “OK, I can die now.”

    That is what I said — out loud — when, on a recent rainy Monday afternoon, the phone rang and a familiar, gentle voice emerged on the other end of the line: “Hello, Mel Brooks!”

    I had just finished watching his latest stand-up act, “Mel Brooks Live at the...

  • Poem: Funky Fuchsia

    2 days ago

    Friday nights at my mother-in-law’s

    I follow the exquisite nails

    of my Armenian sister-in-law from Iran.

    Pale blue sometimes like her mohair sweater,

    or yellow, pushing back a strand of dark hair.

    Burgundy on the white bread she raises

    to her lips at the evening meal;

    ...
  • Restoring dignity to eldercare

    2 days ago

    The footage was positively golden, and Dale Bell was savvy enough to recognize both its emotional — and purse-string — potential.  

    Mildred Adams, a nearly catatonic woman, was brought to a Tupelo, Miss., Green House senior care facility. Within an hour of being checked in to her...

  • Hebrew charter school to open in Minneapolis-St. Paul

    By  Tom Tugend

    2 days ago

    A new Hebrew charter school is scheduled to open in suburban Minneapolis-St. Paul in September.

    According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Agamim Classical Academy in Hopkins, Minn., will be the first U.S. public school to offer a focus on both the Hebrew language and classical...

  • L.A.’s newest rookie transplant: Elaine Soloway

    2 days ago

    Next time you move cross-country to Los Angeles, do it the Elaine Soloway way. (The SoloWay?) Pack whatever you can into flat-rate Priority Mail boxes from the post office and mail them over a period of six months. Get a place on airbnb.com in a hip L.A. neighborhood, close to...

  • Exploring Israel’s ‘ethnic’ cuisine

    2 days ago

    From Givatayim’s renowned Sabich Shel Oved – a simple eggplant-sandwich shop with lines snaking around the corner — to lesser-known places like Chachaporia Georgian cuisine in Jerusalem, the new e-book “Israel’s Top 100 Ethnic Restaurants” provides the English-speaking tourist a...

  • Everything you thought you knew about religious Zionists is wrong

    2 days ago

    For years, Israelis have had a particular idea of what being a “religious Zionist” meant: being modern Orthodox but not haredi; supporting the settlements and opposing territorial compromise; supporting the Chief Rabbinate’s control of Jewish marriage and opposing gay rights.

    ...
  • Joel Grey, Jewish actor best known for ‘Cabaret’ role, comes out at 82

    2 days ago

    It’s no longer surprising for a prominent actor to come out publicly as gay.

    What is a little surprising, however, is when he does so at age 82.

    Joel Grey — whose illustrious career includes winning an Academy Award, Tony Award and Golden Globe Award, all for playing the master...

  • My life as a retired millennial

    2 days ago

    Two weeks after my 21st birthday — when most of my friends were just beginning to enjoy post-college freedom — I moved into a retirement community in Palm Desert. 

    My parents had a second home in Sun City Palm Desert, an “active adult community” located in the Coachella Valley,...

  • Three American contractors killed in ‘insider attack’ in Afghan capital

    2 days ago

    Three American contractors were killed and a fourth was wounded by an Afghan solider at the military airport in the capital Kabul, an Afghan air force official told Reuters on Thursday.

    "It is unclear yet why he shot these advisers and no one else was there to tell us the reason," the official said, asking not to be named because he was not authorised to give statements to the media. "An investigation has been opened."

    The international force in Afghanistan confirmed the shooting took place on Thursday evening.

  • In Sundance drama, Silverman puts her darkness on display

    2 days ago

    The Sarah Silverman that the world knows and loves is a loudmouthed, foulmouthed, ribald comedian who tramples on the boundaries of social decency with sharp purpose and uproarious glee.

    The Sarah Silverman who stars in the domestic drama “I Smile Back,” which premiered at...

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