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  • Ghosts of Communism

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    May 1, 2013 | 11:25 am

    Two weeks ago, my wife, Ann, and I completed our first trip to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Everywhere we went, our local guides proudly pointed out the progress that has been made since the fall of communism, and we could readily see for ourselves the affluence,...

  • Jewish groups weigh in on N.Y. board’s planned vote on waiver for circumcision ritual

    September 10, 2012 | 3:35 pm

    A Conservative rabbinic group is supporting a proposed New York City Board of Health measure that requires parental consent for a controversial circumcision practice, while an Orthodox group opposes the regulation.

    The health department is scheduled to vote this week on a measure...

  • Water reservoir from First Temple period discovered near Western Wall

    September 10, 2012 | 9:32 am

    A public water reservoir dating to the First Temple period was unearthed next to the Western Wall.

    The discovery unveiled late last week shows that “It is now absolutely clear that Jerusalem’s water consumption during the First Temple period was not solely based on the  output of...

  • Compensate Jewish refugees from Arab countries, conference urges

    September 10, 2012 | 9:29 am

    Speakers at a conference on Middle Eastern and North African Jewish refugees called for legislative initiatives to support compensation for the refugees.

    The conference, which began Sunday night and ends Monday, took place in Jerusalem under the title “Justice for Jewish Refugees...

  • Israel, not its enemies, would initiate war this year, ex-military intel chief Yadlin says

    September 10, 2012 | 9:20 am

    If Israel goes to war this year it will be initiated by Israel and not one of its enemies, the country's former head of military intelligence told a counterterrorism conference.

    Maj.-Gen. Amos Yadlin also said Monday at the 12th annual Counter-Terrorism Conference at the...

  • Israeli planes strike Gaza terror sites in response to rocket fire

    September 10, 2012 | 9:05 am

    Israeli airstrikes hit four terror-related Gaza sites.

    The early Monday morning strikes by the Air Force on a weapon manufacturing facility, a terror activity site and a terror tunnel in the northern Gaza Strip, as well as a smuggling tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip, were in...

  • Canada closes embassy in Iran

    September 7, 2012 | 3:05 pm

    Canada has closed its embassy in Tehran, listed Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism and expelled all Iranian diplomats from Canada.

    “Canada’s position on the regime in Iran is well-known,” John Baird, the country’s foreign minister, told reporters while in Russia for the...

  • Debunking myths on Israel and U.S. foreign policy

    September 7, 2012 | 1:32 pm

    Nowhere are the urban legends and mythologies more enduring and destructive than those that currently surround Israel and U.S. foreign policy.

    Here are five of the most popular myths that are worth unpacking and discrediting.

    Myth #1: Obama is Hostile to Israel


  • Barak: U.S. deployment against Iran ‘impressive’

    September 7, 2012 | 10:04 am

    Israel's defense minister, Ehud Barak, called the recent deployment of U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf "impressive" and suggested that the United States is prepared to deal with Iran.

    "Israel reserves the right to make sovereign decisions, and the U.S. respects that, but no...

  • Obama pledges commitment to Israel, unity against Iran

    September 7, 2012 | 9:47 am

    President Obama said the U.S. commitment to Israel's security "must not waver" and that the world must unite against Iran's nuclear ambitions.

    "Our commitment to Israel's security must not waver, and neither must our pursuit of peace" Obama said to cheers Thursday night,...

  • Agreement reached on African migrants at Israeli border

    September 6, 2012 | 12:04 pm

    Israel said it will allow two female African migrants -- one who is pregnant -- and a teen to enter the country, and turn over more than a dozen other refugees who have been trapped at its border to Egyptian authorities.

    Thursday's decision by the Israel government came hours...

  • ADL slams Democrats invoking Holocaust analogies

    September 6, 2012 | 9:29 am

    The Anti-Defamation League decried three recent reported Nazi analogies used in political debate, all by Democrats.

    "Earlier today, South Carolina State Democratic Chairman Dick Harpootlian reportedly evoked Eva Braun when discussing Gov. Nikki Haley's press briefing from a...

  • Art Modell, ex-owner of NFL’s Browns and Ravens, dies

    September 6, 2012 | 9:26 am

    Art Modell, former owner of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns, has died.

    The 87-year-old Modell, a pioneer of the National Football League’s partnership with television networks, died Thursday of natural causes at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

    Modell was well-known...

  • African migrants remain trapped at border following hearing

    September 6, 2012 | 9:15 am

    A group of African migrants remain trapped at the border with Egypt after Israel's Supreme Court decided to hold another hearing next week on their situation.

    The decision to hold a second hearing was made at a court hearing on Thursday. The hearings are in response to a...

  • U.S. military official’s secret visit to Israel is revealed

    September 6, 2012 | 9:08 am

    The vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Adm. James Winnefeld, is in Israel to discuss security and defense issues.

    Winnefeld's visit, which was revealed Thursday by Israeli's Army Radio on the last day of the meetings, reportedly was kept secret due to tension...

  • A benediction for the Democratic National Convention

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    September 5, 2012 | 10:09 pm

    Ribono shel olam, Dear God--

    We are grateful that our nation is founded on the highest principles of freedom and resourcefulness and creativity and ever renewed strength.  And we understand that those worthy ideals stand alongside the commitment to compassion, to goodness, our...

  • Wexler: Obama best bet for Israel’s security

    September 5, 2012 | 1:40 pm

    Robert Wexler, a former congressman who is a chief Jewish surrogate for President Obama, told the Democratic National Convention that reelecting Obama was the better choice for a secure Israel.

    "Now is the time to support Israel as a thriving, democratic, and secure homeland for...

  • Why did Jerusalem reference disappear from the Democratic Party platform?

    September 5, 2012 | 1:34 pm

    Jerusalem has many mysteries, but none may be as perplexing at present as its disappearance from the Democratic Party platform.

    Several people involved in the platform’s writing who spoke to JTA said they did not know how it happened.

    Republicans launched a full-force offensive...

  • German state of Berlin declares circumcision legal

    September 5, 2012 | 1:26 pm

    The state of Berlin declared circumcision legal.

    Berlin became the first of Germany's 16 states to declare the practice legal following a Cologne court ruling in June that non-medical circumcisions on children amounted to a criminal offense, according to the German news agency...

  • Israel steps up recognition of Jewish refugees

    September 5, 2012 | 11:52 am

    Naim Reuven was only 8 when he left Baghdad more than 50 years ago, but he still remembers going with his father to catch fish in the Tigris River.

    His dad worked in a laundromat, a middle-class father of six and one of Iraq’s more than 100,000 Jews. Baghdad’s Jewish community...

  • Putting the brakes on runaway shopping carts

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 5, 2012 | 11:31 am

    On a recent Friday afternoon, Mariz Mosseri went shopping for groceries, as she does on most Fridays. She trolled the aisles of Elat Market and Glatt Mart, Pico-Robertson’s two largest kosher supermarkets, which sit side-by-side on Pico Boulevard. 

    Mosseri bought meat,...

  • African migrants stuck at Egypt-Israel border

    September 4, 2012 | 3:52 pm

    A group of some 20 African migrants is trapped between Israel's border fence with Egypt and Israeli soldiers who have been ordered not to let them in.

    The soldiers reportedly are providing water to the migrants, who as of Tuesday had been there for five days. The migrants, who...

  • New internet censorship in Gaza

    September 4, 2012 | 10:52 am

    Many Gazans have long lamented that there’s not much to do in the Gaza Strip. There are no movie theaters, pool halls or bowling alleys -- all of which are seen as “un-Islamic.” And it’s not getting any better. In fact, now, curbs are being extended further – to the Internet.

  • Berlin police probing second anti-Semitic incident in a week

    September 4, 2012 | 10:26 am

    A second anti-Semitic attack in Berlin within a week has prompted the launch of a state police investigation.

    Berlin police said Monday that 13 girls from the Chabad Or Avner primary school were verbally abused with anti-Semitic slogans by four teenage girls fom the neighboring...

  • U.S. nears deal for $1 billion in Egypt debt relief, a senior U.S. official says

    September 4, 2012 | 10:10 am

    The Obama administration is close to a deal with Egypt's new government for $1 billion in debt relief, a senior U.S. official said on Monday, as Washington seeks to help Cairo shore up its ailing economy in the aftermath of its pro-democracy uprising.

    U.S. diplomats and...

  • Migron evacuation: A look back and a look ahead

    September 4, 2012 | 9:53 am

    The evacuation of all 50 Jewish families in Israel’s Migron outpost was completed on Sunday evening without major incident. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the successful and peaceful evacuation—but vowed that his government would continue to strengthen Jewish...

  • Calif. Democratic Party chair rues any offense with Goebbels analogy

    September 4, 2012 | 9:43 am

    John Burton, the chairman of the Democratic Party in California, apologized to those who took offense at his remarks comparing Republican statements to Nazi propaganda.

    Following an uproar over the remarks, which were condemned by Democrats and Republicans, Burton issued a...

  • Jewish families leave Migron outpost

    September 3, 2012 | 11:11 am

    All of the Jewish families living in the West Bank outpost of Migron reportedly have evacuated. 

    Families began moving out Sunday morning, as border police went door to door in the outpost handing out eviction notices. Some of the 50 families living on the hilltop reportedly left...

  • Toronto rabbi charged for alleged sexual assault after 40 years

    August 31, 2012 | 1:30 pm

    A 71-year-old rabbi in Toronto has been charged with indecent assault for allegedly sexually assaulting a student 40 years ago.

    Heshi Nussbaum appeared in court on Wednesday to face the charge, the Toronto Sun reported.

    Nussbaum allegedly sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy at a “private religious school” that he taught at and during a summer camp between 1972 and 1975, according to Toronto Police.

    There also may be more victims, according to a statement issued by the Toronto Police on Friday.

  • Yaalon: Iran doesn’t see a real military threat

    August 31, 2012 | 9:29 am

    Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Yaalon fears that mixed messages are leading Iran to believe it does not face a real military threat from the outside world.

    “We have an exchange of views, including with our friends in the United States, who in our opinion, are in part...

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