Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Israel Under Fire: Biden’s Test

It could take a week or two to set the clock of Jewish-Arab relations a few years back.

Tisha B'Av

Where Did This Latest Version of Hamas Get Its Chutzpah?

No other nation is so unfailingly scrutinized for how it defends itself in wars not of its own making.

A Turning Point in Israel

The only relevant question now is what has to be done to get beyond this moment of terrible existential threat.

Another “Perfect Storm” in Jerusalem

A network of influential political NGOs groups predictably twisted the facts beyond recognition.

Blundstones, Bombs and the Reality of a New Olah

It felt like the end of the world as we know it.

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Pandemic Times

Now that Israelis are dying at the hands of these terror rockets, will Ilhan Omar walk back her shameful accusation against Israel?
The internet, modern media, and social media have completely rewritten the rules on private and public dialogue.

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Israel Apartheid: The Big Black-and-White Lie

This new blood libel isn’t really about race and apartheid, it’s simply the slur-du-jour.

Skirball Cultural Center Names Three Executives to Key Roles

LOS ANGELES, CA—The Skirball Cultural Center announced that Sheri Bernstein has been named museum director starting July 21, 2021. Bernstein formerly held the position...

The Book of Ruth: A Zionist Story For Shavuot

Those who are blessed with the talent and fortitude to do what is necessary to help a fellow Jew must heed the call.

Israel’s Presidential Election Set for June 2

Current hopefuls include former members of Knesset Yehudah Glick, Michael Bar-Zohar and Shimon Sheetrit. Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog is likely to lead the race if he seeks the role.


Lighting Candles for the Meron 45

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?

Satirical Semite: Home Comforts

There are some upsides to being stuck in the United Kingdom.

Bridging the Jewish Generational Gap

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

What The New Pew Study Tells Us About The 7.5 Million...

Nuance is everywhere because, as the Pew study puts it, “U.S. Jews do not have a single, uniform answer to what being Jewish means.”

Picasso and Pollock in Tehran? Thank Donna Stein for That

“Today, even if some Iranians don’t like modern art, they know it’s valuable.”

Unscrolled, Behar-Bechukotai: A Number of Harvests

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

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Sephardic Rabbis Stand in Solidarity with Israel

We the undersigned, Sephardic rabbis representing communities all over the world, stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Israel.

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Plan B and the Second Tablets

The Oral Torah is critical to understanding, observing and fulfilling the Written Torah.

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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.

“Jewish Harper’s Letter” Denounces Viewpoint Suppression On Social Justice

The letter argues that “open discourse” is a vital part of the Jewish tradition.

Mount Meron and Metaphysics

By offering a metaphysical “explanation” to the tragedy, the two Rabbis Kanievsky deflected blame from where it should be placed.

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Israel Under Attack: Emergency Podcast with Shmuel Rosner

The very latest on the crisis in Israel with Jewish Journal political analyst Shmuel Rosner. 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...

Rabbi Reuven Wolf: Who Is The Jewish Messiah and When Is He Coming?

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

Daniel Levin: Proof of Life

Shmuel Rosner and Daniel Levin discuss Levin's new book, "Proof of Life: Twenty Days on the Hunt for a Missing Person in the Middle...

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Behar-Bechukotai with Jessica Dell-Era

Jessica Dell’Era is a senior rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she is completing her Masters in Sacred Music through the Cantorial...

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Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish Dance the Hora in New Film ‘Here Today’

Comedian Billy Crystal and actress Tiffany Haddish are so close that Crystal read a Torah portion at Haddish’s 2019 bat mitzvah ceremony in Los Angeles.

Here are the First 10 Jewish Documentaries Funded through Jewish Story Partners

The Jewish Story Partners foundation, which Steven Spielberg and wife Kate Capshaw helped found to fund Jewish-themed documentary films, announced its first slate of grantees.

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.

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