Telling the truth about those who hate Jews

The following is adapted from my remarks on Monday at the U.S. Department of Justice Summit on Combating Anti-Semitism. It is a matter of no small irony that college campuses are among the places …

the americas

Oldest Jewish cemetery fades away

Willemstad, Curaçao — More than a few old Jewish cemeteries are located in down-and-out corners of decaying urban areas. The four-centuries old Beth Haim Cemetery here is different. …

health mind and body

6 Jewish food favorites you should eat less

With summer barbecue season here, Americans will be firing up their grills. But many of our culinary indulgences come with a cost. We’re not just talking about foods that are overly salty, …

An explainer

Why Ethiopian Israelis are angry

JERUSALEM — Protests by the Ethiopian-Israeli community and their supporters continued in Israel last week in the wake of the killing of an Ethiopian-Israeli teen by an off-duty police …

Latin America

AMIA attack changed Latin Am Jewry forever

AMHERST, Mass. — Twenty-five years after the terrorist attack that targeted the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, leaving 85 people dead and hundreds more injured, one thing is clear: The …


In Alps, locals and haredi tourists get along

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4 member Selma synagogue eyes its future

Whenever the lone synagogue in Selma, Alabama, needs dusting, new lighting or vacuuming, Ronnie Leet is the one who does it. It’s tiring work — especially since the 120-year-old Temple …

mainstream media

Mark Levin’s bestseller rips American media

>The newspaper that boasts it prints “all the news that’s fit to print” had no choice but to put Mark Levin’s damning book on their bestseller …


Great Neck’s Rhoda Smolow new Hadassah prez

Rhoda Smolow of Great Neck was elected National President of Hadassah this week, during its convention at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel.  With over 300,000 members, the …


Bibi rattles sabers over Iran

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reminded the Islamic Republic of Isran on Tuesday that Israel’s stealth fighter jets “can reach every place in the Middle …


Did the Jewish museum in Munich libel Israel?

The Jewish Museum Munich is being accused of “libel” against Israel and a Zionist agency for an exhibit that includes harsh criticism of the Jewish state. Critics of the museum object …

Latin America

Twice saved: Archives survived Shoah and AMIA

Abraham Lichtenbaum was getting ready to leave his house on July 18, 1994 when, at 9:53 am, he heard an explosion: The headquarters of Argentina’s 200,000-strong Jewish community, the AMIA, …


‘Lobstergate’ and non-kosher coercion

In the midst of countrywide fury over two deadly serious issues — the killing of an Ethiopian Israeli teenager by a police officer in Haifa, and the horrifying abuse of toddlers at a private …


Southern Jewish museum moves its collection

A prosthetic leg that belonged to a Russian Jewish immigrant to Lake Providence, Louisiana. An 8-foot neon sign from a hotel that advertised itself as the only establishment with an “up to date …

chevra kadisha

What it’s like preparing a Jewish body for burial

In Jewish communities around the world, a little-known group of men and women are dedicated to performing the mitzvah …

orthodox union

5 Towners, representing OU, huddle with Bibi

Orthodox Union leaders from throughout the United States and Canada met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and discussed the need to expand initiatives focused …


White House disinvites tainted cartoonist

The White House on Wednesday withdrew an invitation to political cartoonist Ben Garrison, who has been accused by the …


Israelis irked as young move to Germany, Austria

On the surface, Gil Levanon and Kat Rohrer seem unlikely friends. Levanon is an Israeli, the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor. Rohrer, an Austrian, is the granddaughter of an avowed Nazi …

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Life and death are in the power of speech

What is the Jewish stance on cursing and curse words? Researchers have found that about 0.7 percent of a typical American’s speech is made up of swear words. …


Beyond final encore: What culture brings to Jerusalem

Established in 1961 as a classical music festival in Caesarea, the Israel Festival, now in its 58th year and which runs this year from May 30 to June 15, was “relocated” to Jerusalem in …