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  • Who wants to become a Yiddish maven?

    By Julie Bien

    5 days ago

     

    My great grandfather, though he lived in Chicago his entire life, only spoke Yiddish (with a sprinkling of English thrown in).

    My grandfather, born in the U.S., spoke only Yiddish until he was eight years old.

    My father, an L.A. native, understands a fair amount of...

  • Dodgers’ Jewish phenom Joc Pederson gets first Major League hit [VIDEO]

    2 weeks ago

    It wasn't pretty – but the beginning of the Joc Pederson era began with a flare last night. With two outs, nobody on and a 2-2 count the young center-fielder hit a blooper over Washington Nationals' second baseman Asdrúbal Cabrera for his first major league hit. Watch the video below:

  • Teaching Torah with videos to appeal to younger students

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    August 6, 2014 | 3:46 pm

    Rabbi David Fohrman has a passion for teaching Torah to the Jewish people. He has taught at Johns Hopkins University, written a book about narratives in the book of Genesis, and was a lead writer and editor for ArtScroll’s Talmud translation project.

    But after a while, he...

  • Hamas releases video of tunnel infiltration

    July 31, 2014 | 1:33 pm

    On Monday, July 28, five IDF soldiers were killed at Kibbutz Nahal Oz by Hamas terrorists, who infiltrated a tunnel network and filmed the attack. This is the video. 

    WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

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  • Watching footage from the Israel-Gaza battlefield [VIDEO]

    July 9, 2014 | 2:11 pm

    Israel, as always, fights its battles on two fronts: The actual front, now in Gaza and in the skies over Israel, and the public relations battlefield. Today, that means social media, too.

    As in past conflicts, the Israel Defense Forces is posting footage from its battles in and...

  • VIDEO: Hamas terrorists killed by IDF on Israel’s Zikim beach

    July 9, 2014 | 8:56 am

    Israeli soldiers killed four Palestinian gunmen who slipped into southern Israel by sea from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the army said.

    Hamas, the dominant force in Gaza, claimed responsibility for the infiltration at Zikim beach, which occurred as Israel bombed the Palestinian...

  • Katy Perry, bar mitzvah DJ?

    April 23, 2014 | 10:43 am

    Katy Perry has released a new promo video for her new single, “Birthday,” that features the singer as a mistress of disguise.

    Among other birthday-related professionals — an aged dancer named Goldie (for her “golden nuggets”) and a Craigslist birthday clown — Perry dresses as...

  • Flash flood in Israel’s desert (VIDEO)

    March 18, 2014 | 2:14 pm

    Is this what the Red Sea looked like when the waters came rushing back after the Israelites had crossed?

    Watch this flash flood from Israel’s Negev Desert as an empty riverbed comes roaring back to life.

  • Watch: Shaquille O’Neal speaks Hebrew

    January 14, 2014 | 10:27 am

    So a rabbi and a former NBA star walk into a trade show…

    Seriously though, Michigan rabbi (and JTA contributor) Jason Miller, actually did run into Shaquille O’Neal at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last Tuesday.

    Inspired by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons‘...

  • Discover The 6 Best Places for 2014

    By Richard Bangs

    January 3, 2014 | 10:56 pm

    Richard Bangs is a judge in our We Said Go Travel Writing contest! We hope you will participate and share your story! Write your favorite spot for 2014 in the comments below!

    2013-12-26-where_are_youmd.png So, once again we combed the planet, turned over the stones, took the pulses, danced the boards, and...

  • The debate of the year: David Suissa vs. Peter Beinart

    December 30, 2013 | 5:02 pm

    Jewish Journal President David Suissa debates political author Peter Beinart spar about Israel in the debate of the year.

    Moderated by Sinai Temple's Rabbi David Wolpe.

  • ADL raps rapper Kanye West for ‘classic anti-Semitism’ [VIDEO]

    December 2, 2013 | 5:00 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League rapped rapper Kanye West over his off-the-cuff remarks in a radio interview that Jews and “oil people” are more well-connected than black people in general and President Obama in particular.

    “If the comments are true as reported, this is classic...

  • The Dr. David Applebaum z’l Symposium: Preparedness for Mass Casualty Events

    November 26, 2013 | 11:29 am

    The Symposium on Preparedness for Mass Casualty Events is in commemoration of the 10th Yahrzeit of Dr. David Applebaum, who was the Director of the Emergency Room at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. Dr. Applebaum and his daughter Nava were victims of a terror attack on...

  • Bob Dylan music video is latest coup for Israeli digital ad whiz Vania Heymann

    November 20, 2013 | 12:22 pm

    The first official music video for Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” is making the rounds on the internet. And Dylan’s endorsement is only half the reason why.

    The video, produced by media start-up Interlude, includes a novel interactive channel-tuning button, each channel...

  • Philippines: Exploring Palawan (video)

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    November 16, 2013 | 4:27 pm

    Palawan has been touted as an up and coming destination on many elite travel lists. Ever since the Underground River was named a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the new seven natural world wonders, tourists began arriving in droves with thirty flights and nearly 1,500 people...

  • Watch: Drake’s ‘Worst Behavior’ video

    November 12, 2013 | 11:13 am

    If you have 10 minutes to spare, check out Drake’s short film/video “Worst Behavior.”

    It’s packed with shots of Memphis, f-bombs, and cameos from Drake’s dad Dennis Graham, Juicy J, Project Pat, and a very entertaining white guy dressed up like Drizzy’s OVO owl.

    Jewish highlight: “I imported mine/Bar mitzvah money like my last name Mordecai/F***you bitch I’m Mordecai/My mom probably hear that and be mortified.”

    Yeah, that’s definitely possible.

  • Watch: Mila Kunis, James Franco, and Zach Braff in ‘Tar’ trailer

    November 12, 2013 | 9:55 am

    And now for your viewing pleasure, the trailer for the indie film “Tar,” or as we like to call it, a film featuring a supremely high ratio of Jews.

    There’s the sexy Mila Kunis, the highly roast-able James Franco, and the quintessential Kickstartering Jersey boy next door, Zach...

  • Watch: Mel Brooks talks to Conan about his Jewish roots

    October 22, 2013 | 3:54 pm

    On the latest installment of “Serious Jibber-Jabber,” host Conan O’Brien welcomes Mel Brooks, whom he calls “one of the funniest men on earth.”

    The web series, in which Conan “talks for a long time with interesting people,” is old school in that it is longer than 10 minutes,...

  • Watch: The Maccabeats ‘Cups’ video

    October 8, 2013 | 9:51 am

    The Maccabeats have released their latest video and, as usual, it is the sweetest thing ever.

    This time the tribe’s own a cappella group takes on “D’ror Yikra,” singing it to the tune of “Cups” by Anna Kendrick. The rendition is performed around the Shabbat table, at which the...

  • Watch: Drake’s ‘Hold On, We’re Going Home’ video

    September 25, 2013 | 11:04 am

    Drake’s new album “Nothing Was the Same” was released yesterday, as was the video for the single “Hold On We’re Going Home.”

    While this short musical film does not feature the Jewish Canadian rapper undergoing a religious rite of passage, it does take place in the very Jewy locale of Miami, where a gun-toting Drake rescues his kidnapped girlfriend. Not exactly shul, but we’ll take it.

  • Watch: Sarah Silverman’s ‘Black NRA’ promo

    September 10, 2013 | 9:30 am

    Our favorite raunchy, outspoken, prolific web video-generating comedian is at at again, this time with a fake ad on Funny or Die for a fake new organization,The Black NRA.

    Silverman joins up with David Alan Grier, Ron Funches, Neal Brennan and more to help “put guns into the hands of those that need them most: young black males.”

    Check it out.

  • Shanah tovah from the White House

    September 4, 2013 | 10:07 am

    No real news here, but it’s not every day the president speaks directly to the Jews (except for this week, when it seems he did).

     

  • Temple Run — High Holy Days edition

    August 22, 2013 | 11:59 am

    Ever felt like running out of Temple on Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur? If you did, would your Rabbis chase you down? This is one man's story of Temple fear. 

  • The Bar Mitzvah, re-examined

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    August 20, 2013 | 10:39 am

    Last week I penned a column about a Bar Mitzvah party video that had been circulating on the Web. I was incensed not only at the video, but the currency it had achieved, making it appear that this was a paradigm of Jewish celebrations.

    The article was written at white heat. A few...

  • Watch: ‘Girls’ season 3 teaser

    August 19, 2013 | 10:50 am

    Newsflash: Season three of “Girls” is in production! For those fans who are already chomping at the bit, HBO has put together this 31-second photo slideshow of (Jewish) creator Lena Dunham and the rest of the (heavily Jewish) cast at work.

    Don’t get too excited–it’s called a “teaser” for a reason.

  • Artist to watch: Aijia

    August 16, 2013 | 9:59 am

    Aijia's live performance music video of her song "Good Cry" off her debut EP Learning To Let Go.

  • Have we forgotten what Bar Mitzvahs are all about?

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    August 15, 2013 | 2:11 pm

    [UPDATE] The Bar Mitzvah, re-examined


    The egregious, licentious and thoroughly awful video that is circulating ‘celebrating’ a Bar Mitzvah contains so much that is offensive that it requires restraint to hold oneself to three ways in which this display slaughters the spirit....

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