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  • Am I an e-slave?

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    1 week ago

    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

    2 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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.....

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  • 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...

  • Argentina’s president tweets: U.S. must include AMIA bombing in Iran talks

    October 1, 2013 | 10:07 am

    Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez on Twitter called on the United States to include the issue of the 1994 Buenos Aires AMIA Jewish center bombing in any bilateral talks with Iran.

    In 31 tweets posted Monday night from the president’s official Twitter account, Fernandez...

  • Cory Booker & Lynsie Lee – A Non Story

    By Ilana Angel

    September 26, 2013 | 6:19 pm

    I totally have a crush on Cory Booker. He is smart, funny, aware, charming, and handsome. As the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, and a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, he is admired and respected by many, and has a promising career in American politics.  People are trying to make...

  • Anthony Bourdain (Finally) Goes to Israel

    By Rob Eshman

    September 24, 2013 | 11:43 am

    This week I columnized about Anthony Bourdain's visit to Israel, which aired as an episode of his "Parts Unknown" series on CNN.

    Two years ago I wrote a column in the Jewish Journal urging Bourdain, the most articulate of all the food personalities on TV, to include Israel as...

  • Does Anyone Love LeAnn Rimes?

    By Ilana Angel

    September 22, 2013 | 8:18 pm

    This morning LeAnn Rimes had another meltdown on Twitter and it begs the question, does anyone love her?  She has fans of course, and they are loyal and devoted. She has a family, and one assumes they love her, but does anyone really love her? Today, as Twitter blew up with her...

  • ADL: Racism targeting new Miss America recalls Myerson’s treatment

    September 17, 2013 | 2:41 pm

    The bigotry facing the first Indian-American to become Miss America recalls the harsh treatment visited on Bess Myerson, the first Jewish woman to win the coveted crown, the Anti-Defamation League said.

    Nina Davuluri has faced racist messages on Twitter and other social media...

  • Rohani Twitter account wishes Jews a Shanah Tovah

    September 6, 2013 | 11:54 am

    A Twitter account believed to operate with the authorization of Iranian President Hassan Rohani wished Jews worldwide a Shanah Tovah.

    “As the sun is about to set here in #Tehran I wish all Jews, especially Iranian Jews, a blessed Rosh Hashanah,” the tweet posted Wednesday said.

    ...
  • Russian gay rights leader takes hit for anti-Semitic tweets

    September 3, 2013 | 9:37 am

    One of Russia’s most prominent gay rights activists made anti-Semitic statements on his Twitter and Facebook accounts.

    The tweets appeared last week on Nikolai Alexeyev’s account in connection with an article about him in OUT Magazine. Alexeyev re-tweeted comments calling the...

  • Invites: Snail or E-mail?

    August 14, 2013 | 1:58 pm

    My bat mitzvah invitation had bright purple embossed text on a hot- pink card with my name enlarged in decorative script at the top and daisies adorning the bottom.

    Twenty-plus years later, I remember eagerly waiting for my friends to receive the invitations and running home...

  • Arab voice of Donald Duck tweets for Israel to be ‘demolished’

    August 6, 2013 | 2:16 pm

    An Egyptian radio host who identifies himself as the official voice of Donald Duck on Disney Middle East called on Twitter for Israel to be “demolished.”

    The discussion that began Sunday on the Twitter feed of Wael Mansour continued on Tuesday.

    “I truly wish #Israel is...

  • Netanyahu’s office says his attack on Rohani’s based on bad translation

    August 2, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office blamed an erroneous translation for his earlier call on westerners who believe Iranian President-elect Hassan Rohani is a moderate to abandon their “illusion.”

    Netanyahu’s office late Friday removed from the Twitter social...

  • Why Huma Abedin stands by her man

    July 25, 2013 | 10:10 am

    Many New Yorkers, as the New York Times notes, are “baffled by the loyalty shown by Huma Abedin” to her transgressing spouse, Anthony Weiner.  I suspect, however, that for many first generation immigrants such as myself, especially those of us with Asian and South Asian roots, she...

  • 10 anti-Semitic twitter reactions to Ryan Braun’s suspension

    July 24, 2013 | 1:08 pm

    Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun on April 1. Photo by Darren Hauck/Reuters

    "Ryan Braun Jew" is a trending topic on Twitter this afternoon. We have compiled some of the results for you:

  • Ryan Braun’s Jewiness

    July 24, 2013 | 12:46 pm

    The news that “Hebrew Hammer” Ryan Braun has been suspended for using da juice while playing America’s favorite pastime apparently has riled up the Jew haters.

    The Jewish Journal has compiled a list of  “10 anti-Semitic twitter reactions to Ryan Braun’s suspension.” Here's...

  • Weiner acknowledges latest revealed lewd exchange

    July 23, 2013 | 1:43 pm

    New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner acknowledged that he participated in a newly revealed, sexually explicit social media exchange.

    “I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have,” Weiner, a former U.S. congressman, said Tuesday after The...

  • The shandah factor: What makes Jewish sex scandals different?

    July 23, 2013 | 1:09 pm

    The guy with the socks up. The guy with the pants down. The guy with the headlocks. The guy who tweets and deletes.

    What is it with these male politicos? And why are they all Jewish?

    The cloistered community that is Washington’s Jewish elite collectively choked a little...

  • Mia Farrow did not watch ‘Sharknado’ with Philip Roth

    July 12, 2013 | 10:44 am

    The gazillions of Twitter users who tuned in last night for the Syfy original movie “Sharknado” were in good company. Or at least that’s what Mia Farrow had them thinking for a few hours.

    The actress posted a photo of herself and Jewish author Philip Roth with the caption “we’re...

  • Feeds and reads: Reactions to James Gandolfini’s death

    June 20, 2013 | 10:29 am

    Sopranos star James Gandolfini dies in Italy (Reuters)

    James Gandolfini, the burly actor best known for his Emmy-winning portrayal of a conflicted New Jersey mob boss in the groundbreaking TV series "The Sopranos," died on Wednesday vacationing in Italy. He was 51.

    Gandolfini,...

  • June 3, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 3, 2013 | 3:36 am

    The US

    Headline: U.S. will drop peace process if Israelis, Palestinians aren't serious, senior American official warns

    To Read: Sarah Chayes points out that, besides actually using force, the only measures the US has ever taken in the Middle East have all been aimed at...

  • War for the Soul of the World

    By Beit T'shuvah

    May 31, 2013 | 12:50 pm

    By Rabbi Mark Borovitz

    I was reading the articles about Facebook taking down the "hate women" pages that get posted. I am angry and upset that it has taken so long for social media to do things that are not tolerated in print media and the bastardization of free speech and global...

  • OMG! Insider, LeAnn Rimes & One-Sided Journalism

    By Ilana Angel

    May 30, 2013 | 9:24 am

    I have written a lot of articles about LeAnn Rimes.  I find her to be fascinating in that she is obviously dealing with mental illness, yet nobody in the world of entertainment journalism is willing to talk about it.  She is unstable in the same way Amanda Bynes is, yet everyone in...

  • Does this tea kettle resemble Hitler?

    by Ben Harris, JTA

    May 28, 2013 | 10:28 am

    "Hitler" tea kettle

    Some folks in the Twitterverse seem to think so. If only there was an expert in figuring these things out …

  • What if the Nazis had tweeted?

    May 23, 2013 | 1:13 pm

    What could Goebbels have done with 140 characters?

    The question, disturbing as it might sound, can no longer be approached only as theoretical.

    As the arch-propagandist of Nazism, Joseph Goebbels spread the demonic messages of his Fuehrer via the written word, mass...

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