issues

Israeli rabbi says gay people may raise children

A prominent Religious-Zionist Israeli rabbi said in a documenet posted on motzei Shabbos that Jewish law does not forbid LGBTQ people from raising a family. (In Israel, Yom Tov ended with the …

anti-semitism

Jew-hating QAnon: What’s it all about

A congressional candidate in Georgia, Marjorie Taylor Greene, suggested that George Soros and the Rothschild family are involved in a cabal of Democratic pedophiles. On Twitter, she repeatedly called …

anti-semitism

You calling me Jew? Go ahead — make my day

As Jews around the world prepared for Rosh Hashana, President Trump wished his “Jewish brothers and sisters” a happy holiday. In 2019, he extended a version of the same greeting to …

2020

Supreme Jewish agenda

Multiple issues of interest to Jewish advocates will be on the docket in the Supreme Court’s new session. Here’s a glance at what Jewish groups are keeping their eyes on. Religious …

food and culture

My Bukharian heritage in an Ashkenazi world

I had never heard the word “Bukharian” until a few years ago. It was said in relation to food, as most things surrounding my Jewish identity seem to be. The food in question was …

israel

‘Aliyah can help Israel out of the COVID crisis’

A year ago, Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog tried to revamp his organization. The coronavirus pandemic upended everything and made aliyah — which has not been as high a priority for the …

anti-semitism

Twitter row over Gal Gadot Cleopatra role (guess why)

A social media storm erupted after the announcement that Israeli actress Gal Gadot will portray the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra in a blockbuster film. Critics complained that Gadot is neither Egyptian …

europe

Kosovo Jews cheer Muslim state’s Israel deal

For Flori Dedoni, a member of the tiny Jewish community of Kosovo, the news that his country is establishing formal diplomatic ties with Israel is cause for celebration. …

2020

Orthodox rabbi says Trump is '‘neither good for the Jews, nor for Judaism’

Everywhere I turn, I see a country that has neither been made “great again” nor is respected as the protector of human rights and the ingatherer of the downtrodden …

food and culture

Bachsh: Generations-old Bukharian meat-rice dish

Why use several different pots and pans when you can fit a full meal into one? Bachsh is a traditional Bukharian rice and meat dish that is loaded with aromatic onions …

food

9 frugal Jewish dishes from around the world

Any conversation discussing the origins of Jewish foods inevitably leads someone to exclaim, “We were poor; it’s what we could afford!” And while there is certainly some truth to …

anti-semitism

Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra also drew grief (guess why)

This is hardly the first time in recent memory when the ability of Jews to play non-Jewish roles has come into question. It’s also not the first time that a Jewish movie star playing the …

middle east

Israeli peace changes lives of Bahrain’s Jews

Ebrahim Dahood Nonoo, leader of Bahrain’s tiny Jewish community, was among the Gulf country’s approximately 50 Jews who thought peace with Israel would never arrive “in our …

2020

Many Orthodox support Trump. I’m one of them.

I am a registered Democrat who often votes Republican. I was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family in North Jersey. We cried when Richard Nixon defeated Hubert Humphrey in 1968 and exulted when …

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