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  • When the office is a death camp

    by Katarzyna Markusz, JTA

    8 hours ago

    Seventy years ago this month, Germany evacuated 58,000 prisoners from the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Birkenau, burning documents and blowing up gas chambers and crematoria. On Jan. 27 — the day now celebrated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day — the Soviet Red...

  • Five years in the making, ‘The Return’ takes new look at Polish Jewish revival

    By Tom Tugend

    3 days ago

    On the crumbling wall of a former Polish synagogue, adjacent to a one-time Jewish ritual bath converted into a car wash, a graffiti artist has painted “Jews, We Miss You” in Polish and German.

    The message, scrawled on the wall in the Polish town of Dabrowno, is an apt message in...

  • Israeli scribes restore 200-year-old Iraqi scroll

    JTA

    3 days ago

    Israeli scribes restored a 200-year old Iraqi Torah scroll that arrived in Israel under mysterious circumstances.

    The Associated Press reported Thursday that the scroll, written in northern Iraq by two scribes using pomegranate ink, was delivered, water-damaged, to the Israeli...

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  • Kobe Bryant has torn rotator cuff, likely out for season

    Reuters

    3 days ago

    Five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant has a torn rotator cuff, according to preliminary results of an MRI exam, the Los Angeles Lakers said on Thursday.

    Bryant, who hurt his right shoulder on a dunk in the second half of Wednesday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans, will return...

  • 'Lisette’s List' walks readers through tumultuous, war-torn World War II Europe

    by Dora Levy Mossanen

    4 days ago

    In her captivating historical novel, “Lisette’s List” (Random House), Susan Vreeland, the New York Times bestselling author of “Girl in Hyacinth Blue,” takes readers by the hand and guides them, with assured steps and astute historical knowledge, through the tumultuous, war-torn,...

  • The future is now: Highlights from CES 2015

    By Tom Teicholz

    4 days ago

    The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas is like the white whale in “Moby Dick”: Every time you hear about it, it’s getting bigger; you have to travel through oceans of information to grasp it; and if you don’t pay close attention, it will upend everything...

  • Reclaiming Sephardic music, culture on road to Spanish citizenship

    by Jonathan Maseng

    4 days ago

    When Maya and Noa Dori were kids growing up in Israel, they used to spend Shabbat with their grandmother Lisa Romano. One night, as Maya tells it, they walked outside and “started to pinpoint the stars.” Their grandmother quickly swatted Noa’s hand, furious. 

    “She said, ‘It’s...

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