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Omar on Jews and ‘the Benjamins’: Please don’t say I didn’t warn you

The hatred spewed by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has gone from bad to worse. In a Sunday evening Twitter rant, she suggested that Republicans support Israel because rich Jews bribe GOP members of …


So, what exactly IS the story with AIPAC?

WASHINGTON — Rep. Ilhan Omar started a firestorm by saying on Twitter that Congressional support for Israel “is all about the Benjamins,” alleging that AIPAC pays lawmakers to …


Mistreatment of beloved Shalva Band shows that the Orthodox do not really control Israeli politics

A beloved group of Israeli musicians, the Shalva Band, gave up the chance of a lifetime rather than risk desecrating the Sabbath. The group, which is comprised of musicians with …


Bamba KOs US invasion

Bamba lovers, some bad news: Nestle apparently is not planning to more widely distribute the Israeli snack in the U.S. — at least for now. The Israeli news site CTech had reported that Osem, …


Birthright alumni ‘doing Jewish’ back home

Everyone knows that accumulating credit card points can reap significant awards. Now select young Jews returning home from Birthright trips to Israel can accumulate a different kind of points toward …


Bugless, kosher, cleanest and fresh

While leafy greens contain essential vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber, they are particularly susceptible to infestation. Unwashed greens commonly house tiny insects such as aphids, thrips, leaf …


5 Jewish things about Sen. Amy Klobuchar

The race for the Democratic presidential nomination is starting to look like a CNN panel — more people fit than you think possible. Up next is the nice one: Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. …


Fixing Israel’s problem with race

I am Ethiopian and I am Jewish. I am proud of my Ethiopian heritage as well as my Jewish heritage, but I feel that my cultures are not proud of me. Ethiopia rejected its Jews, and now Ethiopian Jews …

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Remembering Lincoln on Shabbat Tetzaveh

Until 1968, American’s celebrated February 12 as Abraham Lincoln’s birthday and February 22 as George Washington’s birthday. These commemorations were then replaced with …


Do Sephardim hold key to dealing with Islam? [CORRECTION]

For the better part of the past century, Israel and Jewish leadership around the world have been trying everything possible to make peace with our Muslim Arab neighbors. …

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Shalva Band touches the stars, only not on Shabbos

I’ve been enchanted by The Shalva Band’s magical performances on Israel’s Kochav Haba, “Rising Star,” starting with a mind-blowing rendition of the Beatles’ …


How to make Russian piroshki just like grandma

Piroshki are a popular Russian pastry of filled buns that are either baked or fried. Most piroshki are made with a soft yeasted dough that is enriched with egg, but some are made with a pastry dough …


Sick Gaza kids abandoned at Erez crossing

The Israel Defense Forces’ Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) unit revealed a disconcerting phenomenon on Thursday: Sick children from the Gaza Strip who have …


Liberal Zionists must fight BDS, not ally with it

There was a time when Israel and the organized Jewish world didn’t hesitate about supporting left-wing Jewish student groups. Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, groups like the North …


Brothers: A drama in five acts

It is interesting to note the absence of Moshe from the parsha of Tetzaveh. For once, Moshe, the hero, the leader, the liberator, the lawgiver, is off-stage, and the only instance where the name …


Netanyahu making deals with devil?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been criticized for cozying up to dictators, autocrats or governments that deny their country’s role in the Holocaust. Among those he has …

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