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  • Chanukah: The Twitter holiday?

    By David Suissa

    2 weeks ago

    Chanukah is both the most powerful and most precarious of Jewish holidays. For one thing, the simple act of lighting Chanukah candles and making them visible to the outside world symbolizes the greatest lesson in Judaism — the call for the Jewish people to be a light unto the...

  • Twitter helps manage emergencies

    3 weeks ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Social media isn't just for socializing anymore. Emergency responders and authorities are increasingly using social media to help the public get information ands access to emergency services.

    "What we have learned in the last...

  • Egyptian militant group denies pledging loyalty to Islamic State on Twitter

    November 4, 2014 | 11:29 am

    Egypt's most active militant group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, denied in a Twitter message on Tuesday that it had pledged allegiance to Islamic State and it distanced itself from a statement that appeared in its name online.

    A statement purporting to be from Ansar appeared late on...

  • Monica Lewinsky joins Twitter. Should we listen?

    October 22, 2014 | 11:01 am

    Monica Lewinsky has come full circle. The Jewish woman who, with some justice, described herself as “the first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet” returned to the cybersphere on Monday with a Twitter account.

    Is she a glutton for...

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  • Why Does Jersey Belle Matter?

    By Ilana Angel

    October 21, 2014 | 9:41 pm

    There are a lot of bloggers and reviewers of reality television. Some are kind, some funny, some mean, and then there is me. My blogs on reality TV are not for everyone. If you're offended by the words bitch, whore, or douchebag, you probably won't like my blogs on pop culture,...

  • LeAnn Rimes threatens Brandi Glanville

    By Ilana Angel

    October 21, 2014 | 4:01 pm

    LeAnn Rimes is a singer. Some think she is amazing, others not so much. The truth is she hasn't had a successful record in many years. I think some of her earlier work is brilliant and understand how it is she once had a successful music career. I'm going to see her in concert so I...

  • Now there’s an app for atonement – meet eScapegoat

    By tessc

    September 23, 2014 | 2:56 pm

    The confessions come flooding in at this time of year to the Twitter feed of the atonement app eScapegoat:

    I told him the cupcake was gluten-free.

    I always use my roommate’s bathroom so I don’t have to clean my own.

    I’ve spent all my mother’s money since she died.

    Sarah...

  • New rule: Fanatics can’t use Twitter

    By Rob Eshman

    September 18, 2014 | 4:29 pm

    Each week, we are forced to bear witness to hideous acts of terrorism committed on a piece of barren sand thousands of miles away, then transmitted to our eyeballs via miracles of modern technology, like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, the Internet.

    Evidently, fanatics...

  • Prof denied post at Illinois over Israel tweets threatens to sue

    September 9, 2014 | 3:55 pm

    A professor whose job offer at the University of Illinois was rescinded following anti-Israel tweets demanded that the offer be reinstated.

    Steven Salaita, making his first public remarks since losing the appointment, said at a news conference Tuesday that the university’s...

  • Celebrity reactions to Joan Rivers’ death

    September 4, 2014 | 1:12 pm

  • Israeli PM deletes controversial ISIS tweet

    August 22, 2014 | 1:38 pm

    The Israeli Prime Minister’s office has deleted a controversial tweet that used an image from a graphic beheading video released by ISIS.

    After coming under widespread criticism, the prime minister’s took down the hours-old tweet, which included an image of the late journalist...

  • British government minister quits over Gaza policy

    By tessc

    August 5, 2014 | 10:34 am

    A British government minister — the first Muslim woman to serve in the Cabinet — has resigned over the government’s policy on the Gaza conflict.

    Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, senior minister of state at Britain’s Foreign Office and minister for faith and communities, tendered her...

  • Do Jews in Hollywood silence Palestinian sympathizers?

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 29, 2014 | 11:47 am

    Last week, an L.A.-based correspondent for BBC World Service emailed me to ask for an interview.

    “I am working on an article about the conflict in Gaza, and why Hollywood has remained mostly silent on this issue,” he wrote. “I saw the story you wrote about the controversial...

  • A short guidebook to all celebrities posting about the Israel-Gaza situation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 28, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Dear celebrities,

    You are people of high power. Having millions of fans and followers grants you the power to change the world with just 140 typed notes. You have more power than any political leader, as people devour your status updates, ready to follow your lead without asking...

  • War during the social media era: Israel-Hamas war’s toxic tweets

    July 24, 2014 | 9:35 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    A photograph of a wounded Israeli soldier lying on a gurney appeared on a Facebook page above the comment reading, “I hope all Israeli soldiers come back this way if not at all,” followed by a smiley face computer symbol.

    As...

  • Sounds of war, overhead and on my Twitter feed

    By Simone Wilson

    July 16, 2014 | 2:01 pm

    When the first air-raid siren of summer 2014 screeched through Tel Aviv, my blood turned to ash. I was sitting in a coffee shop near my apartment, typing out a news piece on the disturbing increase in anti-Arab and anti-Jewish attacks throughout Israel, when the sound came —...

  • Rihanna, Dwight Howard and the trouble with tweeting #FreePalestine

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 15, 2014 | 2:07 pm

    Earlier today, the sultry chanteuse Rihanna, who is best known for seduction-via-pop-song, decided to make a serious political statement and tweeted “#FreePalestine.”

    Eight minutes later, according to TMZ, she deleted it. Nevermind the ridiculous explanation offered by “a source...

  • Rihanna tweets and deletes #FreePalestine: A new trend?

    July 15, 2014 | 10:47 am

    Another celeb has tweeted, then promptly deleted #FreePalestine.

    The tweet was on Rihanna's account for, wait for it....eight minutes!

    But in the age of screen captures, that was plenty of time for everyone to see it.

    This comes just a few days after NBA star Dwight Howard did the same thing, except he apologized.

    Rihanna has not yet commented on the tweet and delete.

  • MSNBC’s Toure apologizes for tweet on Holocaust survivors

    May 29, 2014 | 8:50 am

    MSNBC host Toure Neblett apologized for a tweet in which he suggested that Jewish survivors of the Holocaust succeeded because they are white.

    “Late last week, I foolishly got involved in a twitter exchange regarding an article about reparations,” Toure tweeted on Tuesday...

  • CAMERA blasts NY Times with sign outside of office: ‘Unfair to Jill Abramson’ ‘Unfair to Israel’

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    May 23, 2014 | 10:15 am

    Good morning, New York Times.

    The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America has given the Times employees a new view from their office windows.

    A photo shared by media editor Peter Lattman on Twitter on May 23 shows the pro-Israel group's billboard: "The New...

  • Rouhani rejects Iranian WhatsApp ban

    May 7, 2014 | 10:00 am

    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has rejected a plan to ban the free text-messaging service WhatsApp.

    The plan was approved by an Iranian censorship committee and then announced Sunday by Abdolsamad Khorramabadi, head of the country’s Committee for Determining Criminal Web...

  • Kick Off Party for Pacific Electric Worker-Owned, LLC!

    By Tera Greene

    April 25, 2014 | 1:18 am

    Kick Off Party for Pacific Electric Worker-Owned, LLC!

    TONIGHT!
    APRIL 25th
    Los Angeles, CA
     

    ~~
    I was able to get Co-Founder of Pacific Electric Worker-Owned, LLC (PEWO), Somerset Waters, to take a moment out of his very busy schedule to discuss more about PEWO.
    Check out...

  • Am I an e-slave?

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    April 9, 2014 | 1:30 pm

    I am not the right person to preach on electronic servitude, given my tons of incoming mail and messages and a touch of OCD. As I’m writing this, in between tweets and Facebook updates, I have stopped to answer e-mails. More than once. They pile up, you see, and I like a clean...

  • James Franco: Of Entice and Rejection

    By Melissa Weller

    April 3, 2014 | 1:19 pm

    Call it luxury or call it tragedy, but history writes that celebrities aren’t typically known for their moral upstanding, especially in the field of sexual (mis)conduct. Google almost anyone with an IMDB page and throw “controversy,” “affair” or “sex tape” into the search bar —...

  • Turkey says Syria security leak ‘villainous’ as YouTube blocked

    March 27, 2014 | 12:48 pm

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday denounced as "villainous" the leaking of a recording of top security officials discussing possible military action in Syria to the video-sharing site YouTube.

    Turkish authorities ordered a shutdown of the site.

    Erdogan's...

  • Russell Simmons mixes up Ariel Sharon and Shimon Peres in condolence

    January 13, 2014 | 4:48 pm

    Hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons was one of the many to publicly mourn former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, who passed away on Saturday. He was probably one of the few, though, to mourn the wrong man.

    “R.I.P. my friend Ariel Sharon great pleasure working with you.....

  • Bullying Isn’t Funny

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    December 2, 2013 | 3:51 pm

    This story was making the rounds on social media this past Thanksgiving weekend. It starts as a seemingly self-centered passenger complains to a flight attendant about her delayed flight, and how it’s important to her to get to her destination in time to help cook the stuffing for...

  • Boteach tweets of terror during N.J. mall shooting with family inside

    November 5, 2013 | 11:09 am

    Rabbi Shmuely Boteach tweeted “Please pray” as law enforcement scoured a New Jersey mall looking for the gunman who fired shots there while his daughter and wife took cover inside.

    Boteach and three of his children were entering the Garden State Plaza in Paramus on Monday night...

  • There will be an ‘Entourage’ movie!

    October 29, 2013 | 9:52 am

    Those of you following the “Entourage” saga can finally breathe easy. The movie is on!

    “It’s a go. Love you all,” wrote Doug Ellin, the show’s creator and screenwriter said in Monday evening in a Tweet that included a group photo of the cast.

    Are Adrian Grenier and the rest of...

  • Watch: Lou Reed doing his part at a seder

    October 28, 2013 | 10:04 am

    Legendary Jewish rocker Lou Reed passed away this weekend at age 71, and since the news broke there has been a flurry of digital tributes.

    Among them are Tweets from Jewish stars like Bette Midler, Richard Lewis and Judd Apatow, a piece about how the  musician influenced one...

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