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  • Motherhood 101: Happy Birthday Son

    By Ilana Angel

    8 hours ago

    January 18th is a very special day. It is my son’s birthday and 2017 marks his 21st year. I have loved this remarkable human being for his entire life. In fact, I have loved him for my entire life. I wanted to be a mother for as long as I can remember, and being this young man’s...

  • Dating 101: Start to finish in under an hour

    By Ilana Angel

    2 weeks ago

    I received an email online from a man this evening. He is handsome, educated, and at first glance seemed very entertaining. He wrote me a charming and funny email letting me know he was interested. I sent a quick response as I was in line at the grocery store. When I got home I...

  • In Rosh Hashanah call with rabbis, Obama says Jewish role in civil rights can inspire healing

    September 27, 2016 | 2:20 pm

    President Barack Obama told rabbis in a pre-High Holidays call that Jews should share their story of working to advance civil rights as a means of inspiring change at a time of racial tensions.

    Obama spoke Monday with over 600 rabbis from the Reform, Conservative, Orthodox and...

  • Obama administration ‘concerned’ about Iran’s deployment of anti-aircraft missiles

    August 31, 2016 | 11:50 am

    The Obama administration expressed “concern” over the deployment of powerful anti-aircraft missiles near an Iranian enrichment facility ostensibly shuttered under the Iran nuclear deal, but said it did not violate embargoes.

    Iran over the weekend announced the deployment of the...

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  • Obama’s final religious freedom report slams Muslim countries’ blasphemy laws

    August 12, 2016 | 8:43 am

    The Obama administration’s final report on religious freedoms focused on oppressive blasphemy laws and societal norms in Muslim countries.

    The report for 2015, posted Wednesday on the State Department’s website, begins with a harrowing account of the stoning death last year of...

  • Israel’s Defense Ministry backs away from comparing Iran deal to Munich pact

    August 9, 2016 | 12:30 pm

    Israel’s Defense Ministry offered a quasi-apology for comparing the Iran nuclear deal to the 1938 Munich Agreement.

    On Monday, saying the media misinterpreted the original statement on Friday, the Defense Ministry said the reference to the Munich pact — a failed bid by European...

  • Netanyahu reaffirms alliance with U.S. following rebuke of Obama’s Iran Deal comments

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    August 5, 2016 | 10:17 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday reaffirmed the strong U.S.-Israel alliance after Israel’s Defense Ministry sent out a statement rejecting President Obama’s Thursday’s assertion that Israeli military officials believe the Iranian nuclear deal is being enforced...

  • Obama defends Iran cash payment story: ‘It wasn’t a secret’

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    August 4, 2016 | 2:53 pm

    President Barack Obama on Thursday strongly defended the nuclear deal and hostage arrangement with Iran amid an uproar over reports that the U.S. delivered $400 million in cash to Tehran in January.

    “We announced these payments in January – many months ago. That wasn’t a secret,”...

  • Spanish leftists’ party under fire for anti-Semitic Obama tweet

    July 8, 2016 | 10:44 am

    Spanish Jews condemned a left-wing party’s use of anti-Semitic imagery meant to protest President Barack Obama’s upcoming visit to the country.

    The Madrid branch of Izquerda Unida, or United Left, on Thursday tweeted the cartoon image, which depicts a thick-lipped Obama standing...

  • Dating 101: Almost Divorced & Quitting Smoking

    By Ilana Angel

    June 26, 2016 | 5:39 pm

    I had two dates last week. Both liars and neither particularly bright. Bless them. I don’t understand the concept of lying while dating, and have to laugh when the lies begin right at the start. By right at the start, of course I mean before we even meet. I went in with no...

  • Giuliani defends Trump over Obama comments

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    June 14, 2016 | 9:55 am

    Former Mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday defended controversial comments made by presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, which was interpreted as implying that President Obama is sympathetic to Islamic terrorism.

    “I am very disturbed by the president’s failure to...

  • Muhammad Ali memorial service features remarks by Jewish leaders

    By Ryan Torok

    June 10, 2016 | 6:25 pm

    Several Jewish figures participated in the June 10 memorial service for late boxing champion Muhammad Ali, with participants in the ceremony discussing Ali’s unparalleled athletic ability, controversial political activism and more.

    “[Ali was a great fighter for justice and...

  • Congress to block Obama’s proposed cuts to anti-terror funding

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    May 26, 2016 | 8:44 am

    Congress is moving towards passing a Homeland Security budget that will restore $270 million in funds for the Urban Area Security Initiative in the 2017 budget, back to the 2016 funding level of $600 million, Senator Chuck Schumer announced on Thursday.

    Since February, Schumer ...

  • Obama calls for solidarity with European Jews, Jewish students on Holocaust Remembrance Day

    May 5, 2016 | 8:53 am

    In his Holocaust Remembrance Day message, President Barack Obama called for solidarity with Jews facing anti-Semitism in Europe and on campuses.

    “Today, and every day, we stand in solidarity with the Jewish community both at home and abroad,” Obama said in his statement released...

  • Clinton allies refute Trump’s claim on Obama’s Israel record

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    April 27, 2016 | 4:00 pm

    The Hillary campaign on Wednesday pushed back against Donald Trump’s criticism of President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s treatment of Israel during his first major foreign policy speech in Washington, D.C.

    During his speech, Trump criticized the Obama administration for abandoning...

  • Obama, asking ‘mah nishtana?’ answers that it’s his last White House Passover

    April 22, 2016 | 11:27 am

    President Barack Obama sounded a wistful note in his last Passover message as president.

    “Mah nishtana halailah hazeh?” said the White House statement released Friday, hours before the start of the holiday, using the Hagadah’s phrase, reserved for the youngest child at the seder...

  • In Riyadh, Obama defends nuclear talks with Iran

    By Jacob Kornbluh, Jewish Insider

    April 21, 2016 | 8:58 am

    President Barack Obama strongly defended the nuclear negotiations with Iran at the end of the US-GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Thursday.

    Speaking at the conclusion of the summit, Obama said the outcome of the negotiations proved it was the...

  • Paul Ryan, out of the running for president, asks to be seen as foreign policy maven

    April 19, 2016 | 3:05 pm

    Paul Ryan wants you to know he’s not running for president, he’s no fan of the Obama doctrine and he’s not a neoconservative.

    What the Wisconsin congressman wants to be, he suggested at an April 14 breakfast in his Capitol Hill offices with foreign policy reporters, is the...

  • Obama to host late Passover seder this year

    April 19, 2016 | 10:05 am

    President Barack Obama will host a Passover seder this year, but not on either of the nights it is required according to Jewish custom.

    A spokeswoman told JTA that Obama will host the seder next week following his return from travel overseas.

    Obama will be in Saudi Arabia on...

  • Will President Obama speak at J Street?

    March 31, 2016 | 8:29 am

    Speculation abounds that President Obama may refocus his attention, during the final year of his presidency, on the failed Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Observers now wonder where and when?

    Election year initiatives are typically fraught with complications — in a world of...

  • Obama in Atlantic interview talks Netanyahu, Syria and Iran strike

    March 10, 2016 | 8:21 am

    President Barack Obama once invoked his own unlikely trajectory to the presidency to make the case to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he understood what it took to overcome obstacles.

    The revelation of another wrinkle in the contentious relationship came during an...

  • A 2016 election column that doesn’t mention Donald Trump

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    March 9, 2016 | 12:29 pm

    The 2016 presidential campaign is a real doozy and not only because of colorful personalities and bitterly fought primaries. It is nothing less than a test of the strength of two competing visions of America grappling with a wide range of issues that have been sucked into what...

  • A simple solution to the Obama-Netanyahu problem

    March 8, 2016 | 2:13 pm

    Things seemed to be going so well between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Then, one meeting falls through and it sounds like the Iran deal days again.

    According to the White House, the Israeli prime minister was ready to turn up for a...

  • Netanyahu’s office says White House knew meeting might not take place

    March 8, 2016 | 8:27 am

    The office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected an Obama administration official’s statement that the White House was “surprised” to learn that Netanyahu decided not to meet with the president in Washington, D.C., later this month.

    “Last Friday, during a meeting in the...

  • Obama urged to meet survivors of terror attacks on Argentina Jewish sites

    March 3, 2016 | 9:19 am

    Leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee urged President Barack Obama to meet with survivors of two 1990s terrorist attacks on Jewish institutions when he travels to Argentina.

    “As you work to renew the partnership between the United States and Argentina, we would like to...

  • Kerry on MOU agreement: ‘The sooner the better’

    February 25, 2016 | 1:53 pm

    The sooner the post-Iran deal security package and the “Memorandum of Understanding” (MOU) between the U.S. and Israel on strategic cooperation is signed, the better it would be for both countries, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Thursday.

    “We are working on it now; we...

  • Obama signs anti-BDS bill, objects to pro-settlement provisions

    February 25, 2016 | 8:03 am

    President Barack Obama reiterated his strong opposition to the BDS movement as he signed the “Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015″ on Wednesday despite the inclusion of a provision that makes anti-BDS sanctions equally applicable to “Israel” and “Israeli-controlled...

  • At prayer breakfast, Obama cites rescuers, Jewish fight for civil rights

    February 5, 2016 | 11:54 am

    President Barack Obama cited examples of Jews and those who rescued them in a prayer day message calling on Americans to overcome fear and welcome the stranger.

    Obama in remarks Thursday to the annual National Prayer Breakfast cited multiple examples of faith communities working...

  • Obama mosque visit sends message of standing for religious diversity

    February 4, 2016 | 11:02 am

    An Orthodox Union official said a visit by President Barack Obama to a Baltimore mosque was an appropriate message embracing diversity.

    “George W. Bush went to a mosque a few days after 9-11 to send the message the United States should stand by principles of religious diversity...

  • WATCH: President Obama at Righteous Among Nations Awards Ceremony

    January 28, 2016 | 4:08 pm

    President Obama delivered remarks at the Righteous Among Nations Award Ceremony at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. This is the first time this ceremony has been held in the U.S. 

     
    READ THE FULL TEXT:

    THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Good...

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