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  • Israel without Hebrew

    4 days ago

    Israel, like the United States, was a nation founded by immigrants. To this day Jews from around the world (or certain parts of it, more precisely) continue to ‘make aliyah’ (immigrate) to begin a new life in the Holy Land.

    A number of challenges await the new immigrant. Brits...

  • The Kotel compromise: A time for rejoicing

    4 days ago

    The time for singing has come …

    It is a time for singing and rejoicing! 

    The historic vote by the Israeli Cabinet to create and fund an egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel, and the ongoing negotiations by the Reform movement in Israel and the United States are cause for...

  • Sanders, citing email controversy, questions Clinton’s electability

    1 week ago

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Sunday took a jab at rival Hillary Clinton's electability, pointing to the controversy surrounding her use of a private email server as evidence of potential damage to the front-runner's campaign.

    "In terms of what people are...

  • Navy: Iranian drone flew over U.S. carrier in ‘unprofessional’ move

    1 week ago

    An unarmed Iranian drone flew directly over a U.S. aircraft carrier operating in international waters in the Gulf this month in a move that was "abnormal and unprofessional," the U.S. military said on Friday.

    Iranian state television said a surveillance drone flew over a U.S....

  • U.S. Customs renews order labeling Israeli settlement products

    1 week ago

    Is the U.S. joining the EU in labeling Israeli settlement products?

    On January 23, the U.S. Customs released a statement reminding American importers that goods produced in the West Bank should not be allowed to be imported if labeled as “Made in Israel.”

    “Goods produced in...

  • WATCH: President Obama at Righteous Among Nations Awards Ceremony

    1 week ago

    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. 


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

  • Canada to lift Tehran sanctions, allow Bombardier to export to Iran

    2 weeks ago

    Canada confirmed for the first time on Tuesday that it plans to lift its sanctions on Tehran and said that if Airbus is allowed to sell to Iran, then its aircraft maker Bombardier Inc should be allowed to export there as well.

    "If Airbus is able to do it, why Bombardier will not...

  • Hillary: U.S.-Israel alliance more important than ever

    2 weeks ago

    Strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship in a new world and a homeland facing new challenges of global terror is more important than ever, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Monday.

    “The alliance between Israel and the U.S. in now more important than...

  • Jeb: Israel is under attack

    2 weeks ago

    The United States needs to restore its relationship with Israel to confront the challenges she faces from terrorist attacks to the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said on Thursday. 

    “Israel is under attack. We are negotiating with Iran...

  • Wall St hammered; S&P 500 hits lowest since Oct 2014

    3 weeks ago

    U.S. stock indexes notched deep losses in volatile trading on Friday, with the S&P 500 hitting its lowest since October 2014 and the Dow losing more than 500 points, as oil prices dived below $30 per barrel.

    All 10 major S&P sectors were in the red and all 30 Dow components...

  • In his final State of the Union, Obama pleads for multilateralism

    January 13, 2016 | 8:12 am

    President Barack Obama in his final State of the Union address called on the United States to sustain a foreign policy that emphasized multilateralism after his presidency ends.

    Obama devoted a significant chunk of his speech Tuesday night to defending his insistence throughout...

  • Pot doesn’t need kosher certification, Canadian agency says

    January 8, 2016 | 1:45 pm

    On the day kosher-certified medical marijuana first went on sale in New York, Canada’s largest kashrut agency said it believes such certification is unnecessary.

    Following a debate Thursday, the Kashruth Council of Canada announced that medication need not be kosher, The Canadian...

  • Saudi-Iran crisis latest reality check for Iran deal backers

    January 8, 2016 | 1:04 pm

    Just months after the conclusion of a nuclear deal with Iran that the Obama administration hoped would help defuse a volatile region, the Middle East seems ready to spiral out of control.

    Protests have erupted across the region this week in the wake of Saudi Arabia’s execution of...

  • Jews in the West, Jews on the left

    January 7, 2016 | 10:46 am

    Regardless of the exact rationale, Jews of the West are politically and ideologically different from those in the rest of the United States.

    For more than a century, the American West has held a special place in the hearts and minds of Americans; its allure as a frontier played...

  • Democratic lawmakers call for immediate sanctions on Iran

    January 6, 2016 | 3:24 pm

    Democratic lawmakers – opponents and supporters of the Iran nuclear deal – on Wednesday called on the Obama Administration to impose punitive sanctions on Iran without delay.

    In a letter sent to President Barack Obama, House Representatives Nita Lowey, Eliot Engel, Debbie...

  • Hillary Clinton: Taking the U.S.-Israel relationship to the next level

    January 6, 2016 | 11:49 am

    In this time of terrorism and turmoil, the alliance between the United States and Israel is more important than ever.  To meet the many challenges we face, we have to take our relationship to the next level.

    Israel needs a strong America by its side, and America needs a strong...

  • This is probably Israel’s choice for the 2016 election

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 5, 2016 | 12:00 pm

    It’s been a long long, time since Israel had a year prior to a presidential election in the United States when Israel didn’t have to worry. Of course, Israel does not get to have a “candidate” in a US election, but it does have preferences. And it’s been a long time since Israel’s...

  • How Jewish groups got spied on by Obama

    January 5, 2016 | 9:02 am

    At first blush, it appears like a bombshell: The United States listened in on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s phone calls.

    But on closer examination, the revelations reported Dec. 29 by The Wall Street Journal might not be so far reaching. Spying on allies is both...

  • Obama: New gun control measures are legal, could save lives

    January 4, 2016 | 4:19 pm

    President Barack Obama said on Monday his new executive actions to tighten gun rules were "well within" his legal authority and consistent with the U.S. right to bear arms, a warning to opponents who are likely to challenge them in court.

    Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office,...

  • Oregon wildlife refuge occupiers denounce U.S. government

    January 4, 2016 | 4:07 pm

    The leaders of a group of self-styled militiamen who took over a remote U.S. wildlife refuge center in Oregon over the weekend said on Monday they acted to protest the federal government's role in managing millions of acres of wild lands.

    The anti-government occupation, which...

  • Americans fear vulnerability to terror in new year

    January 4, 2016 | 2:21 pm

    Americans were as shocked as everyone else when two terrorists shot up the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo magazine last January, but they did not think that they were threatened by an attack which had targeted the creators of a series of cartoons mocking Mohammed, a satirical genre...

  • U.S. says its Internet speeds to triple in 3-1/2 years

    December 30, 2015 | 3:03 pm

    U.S. Internet connection speeds have tripled over 3-1/2 years to keep up with consumer demands for streaming video and downloading content but the United States still lags many other countries.

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said in a report on Wednesday average...

  • US spied on Netanyahu during talks on Iran deal

    December 30, 2015 | 8:08 am

    The United States monitored phone conversations between top Israeli officials and U.S. lawmakers as well as U.S. Jewish groups in the U.S., current and former U.S. officials told The Wall Street Journal.

    The National Security Agency’s foreign eavesdropping included conversations...

  • B’nai B’rith to provide relief funds for victims of South’s deadly storms

    December 29, 2015 | 2:06 pm

    B’nai B’rith International will make disaster relief funds available for victims of storms in the southern United States that have killed 40 people.

    The tornadoes and torrential rains throughout Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama and Texas started early last week.


  • Ship with more than 25,000 pounds of low-enriched uranium leaves Iran for Russia

    December 28, 2015 | 1:07 pm

    A ship carrying more than 25,000 pounds (11,000 kg) of low-enriched uranium materials left Iran for Russia on Monday in an Iranian step toward honoring a July 14 nuclear deal with major powers, the United States said.

    Under the landmark nuclear accord, certain U.S., European...

  • Wall Street in 2016: What could possibly go wrong?

    December 28, 2015 | 11:06 am

    By all rights, 2016 should be a good year for the U.S. stock market.

    The Federal Reserve's recent rate hike signals confidence in the economy and presidential election years typically reward investors. Most experts are predicting a seventh year for the current bull market, with...

  • Iran calls the new U.S. visa law breach of the nuclear deal

    December 23, 2015 | 10:17 am

    Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday a new U.S. law putting visa restrictions on Iranians and those who had visited Iran would, if implemented, breach a nuclear deal Tehran had struck with world powers earlier this year.

    The new measure passed by the...

  • U.S. denying security clearances due to Israeli ties

    December 18, 2015 | 1:21 pm

    As many as 100 American citizens were prevented from joining the U.S. army in the last decade because they had family living in Israel. But the latest case of a 60-year-old dentist from Brooklyn having his clearance application denied because his mother lives in Israel, prompted...

  • ‘Star Wars’ crushes opening day record, global sales near $130 million

    December 18, 2015 | 11:16 am

    Long-awaited film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" pulled in a record $57 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters in its debut on Thursday night, boosting its global ticket sales total to nearly $130 million in two days, Walt Disney Co said on Friday.

    "Force Awakens" surpassed the...

  • Seven revealing facts about Jews at American colleges

    December 18, 2015 | 9:30 am

    Hillel, the Jewish campus organization, released its annual fall college guide earlier this month — complete with rankings of “The Top Schools Jews Choose.” The figures are estimated by campus Hillels. Here are seven takeaways.

    1. University of Florida has the most Jewish...

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