Monday, May 10, 2021

There Is No One Reason for the Violent Mess in Jerusalem

Gazans will end up in as bad a position as they entered. It will not make them more prosperous or happier.

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Hamas Official Urges People to “Cut Off the Heads of Jews”

Hammad also accuses the Jews of spreading “corruption” and acting “with arrogance, and their moment of reckoning has come."

Omar Accuses Israel of “Act of Terrorism” With Gaza Strikes

The Israeli strikes were in response to Hamas bombarding Israel with rockets earlier in the day.

Beverly Hills to Launch Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Program

The program is intended to empower volunteer residents in the event of a citywide emergency.

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Pandemic Times

Perhaps inspired by the day of mourning and candle lighting in Israel, an idea popped into my head: Why not invite 45 people to each light a candle in honor of one of the victims?
Jewish groups are condemning Hamas for launching rockets toward Jerusalem on May 10 as unrest grips the city.

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Germany Urges Ban on Wearing Yellow Star to Protest Pandemic Lockdowns

Germany’s antisemitism commissioner is urging a crackdown on protesters who don yellow stars to complain about the pandemic lockdown.

Mothers and Genetic Screening: 5 Commonly Asked Questions

Questions and answers about genetic screening, just in time for Mother's Day.

Pomona College Student Gov’t Removes Club Divestment from BDS Resolution

The Pomona College student government removed a provision from the recently passed Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) resolution that would have denied funding to Jewish and pro-Israel student groups on campus.

The Guardian Lists Support for Balfour Declaration As One of Their “Worst Errors of Judgment”

The Guardian newspaper released a list of their “worst errors of judgment” over the past 200 years on May 7, which included their support of the Balfour Declaration.

Amid Pandemic, India’s Jews Try to Stay Safe While Offering Relief to the Hardest Hit

India’s approximately 7,000 Jews, most of whom live in Mumbai, generally belong to the privileged minority with the means to self-isolate.


Something Crazy Is Happening in Israel: Ideological Opposites May Unite

The anti-Bibi block is so fervent it’s willing to overlook deeply entrenched ideological differences.

Satirical Semite: Shopping for the Apocalypse

COVID-19 has forced many people to reconsider their career choices.

Bridging the Jewish Generational Gap

For those of us who believe in the safety, security and future of Israel, ignoring these disagreements is untenable.

How to Celebrate Mother’s Day If You Don’t Get Along with...

Do we ever stop to think about those who are estranged from their mothers?

Unscrolled, Behar-Bechukotai: A Number of Harvests

As a prophet, Moses is present, but as a man, he is silent.

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KKL-JNF Releases Never-before-seen Photos of Jerusalem

Ahead of Jerusalem Day, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael-Jewish National Fund gives a glimpse into what the Holy City looked like during the early days of the British Mandate, well before the establishment of the State of Israel.

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My Son Was at the Mount Meron Disaster

What kind of devastating things had he witnessed? Was he injured? I couldn’t bear to let myself think beyond that.

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Unless some type of generational reckoning takes place, the ties between our two countries will be sorely tested.

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Curious Times Episode 25: Honoring the Meron 45

Thoughts on a global candle lighting ceremony to honor the 45 victims of Mount Meron. Enjoy the conversation. Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Listen on Stitcher Follow...

Mindy and Mandy Moved Us While Oscars Snoozed Us

After briefly breaking down the Oscars, the Bagels compare it to the Jewish community after COVID (of course) and wonder if the trailers for "In The...

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Rabbi Reuven Wolf of Maayon Yisroel Chassidic Center, takes us deep into Jewish mysticism as Sal and his rabbi explore some tough questions: Why...

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Historical Novelist Renée Rosen on “The Social Graces”

Rosen’s latest work is a look at New York socialites at the turn of the twentieth century.

Grappling With Loss on Mother’s Day

I notice mothers everywhere now.

The Holocaust Survivor Fighting Antisemitism, One Story at a Time

‘You cannot afford to be apathetic. You cannot afford to be indifferent. When you see evil, do something. Speak up."

Sex Therapist Dr. Ruth Has Ongoing Love Affair With Israel

At nearly 93, world-renowned expert on human sexuality reflects on Freud, life after the coronavirus, and her recent honorary doctorate from Ben-Gurion University.

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