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Cover Story: AIPAC Doubles Down on its Mission

Imagine that you run an organization devoted exclusively to a woman’s right to have an abortion. At election time, you identify candidates most committed...

Consolation, Not Closure

We spend more time emphasizing consolation than grief, because consolation is a far more challenging task.

A Cry in the Wilderness: How Jewish Organizations Can Help With Jewish Genetic Diseases

Across the world, especially here in the United States, Jews have access to an incredible network of Jewish organizations, but where is the support for those suffering from Jewish genetic diseases?

Famed Truman Biographer Got It All Wrong on Zionism

McCullough’s careless accusation against an American Zionist leader, made without any documentation, reminds us that even Pulitzer Prize winners can sometimes make mistakes—serious ones.

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Operation Breaking Dawn in Gaza started and ended in three days.
Summertime… the season of love.   Summer is indeed in full swing here in the Northern Hemisphere and I am loving the long sunny warm days! Whenever I look up...

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BCC Celebrates New Rabbi, Milken Student Completes Prestigious Internship

Progressive, LGBTQ+ congregation Beth Chayim Chadashim (BCC) welcomed its new spiritual leader, Rabbi Jillian Cameron, during a recent installation ceremony. 

Ready, Set, Food! A New Way to Prevent Allergies

The mission at Ready, Set, Food! is to give parents the tools they need to help ensure their baby has a future of food freedom. 

In War-Torn Ukraine, Medical Staff Struggle to Treat Cancer With Help of Israeli Experts

When Dr. Anna Uzlova took part in founding a charity organization for cancer patients in 2020, she thought it would face just the ordinary challenges that come with treating cancer: raising money for expensive treatments, educating about the disease, and helping people get better.

Step Into The Podcast Bus, a New Recording Studio on Wheels

Daniel Lobell has been podcasting since the art form was introduced in 2004.

Columnists

The Gaza Riviera, Part 2

As war was raging between Hamas and Israel in January 2009, I wrote a delusional column dreaming about a “Gaza Riviera.”

Ukraine: What Is in America’s Interest?

As a result of the Russian invasion and partial destruction of Ukraine, the question “What is in America’s interest?” is the question of the day.

The Shortest War

Just in case you missed it, there was a war in Israel last weekend. 

The Orthodox Community Must Invest in the Arts

I absolutely believe we can participate in the arts and still stay true to our Torah values.

Rescued, Redeemed, Robbed

Menachem Kashanian, 28, was riding his bicycle to synagogue at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, July 25 when he saw an older man sitting on the sidewalk, alone and visibly distraught.

My Last Cup of Coffee with A.B. Yehoshua

It was January 2020, in a small café in Givatayim, when I last met with the celebrated Israeli author A. B. Yehoshua, who passed away on June 14 at the age of 85.

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Jewish Groups Commemorate Anniversary of Sbarro Bombing

Various Jewish groups issued tweets and statements commemorating the 21st anniversary of the Palestinian terror attack at a pizzeria during the Second Intifada. Author Aviva...

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Lithuania’s Family Secret

“The Nazi’s Granddaughter: How I Discovered My Grandfather Was A War Criminal” is a story of one family’s secret and one country’s shame.

Hope for Uniting the People of Israel

Despite the fall of the most diverse Israeli government to date, Jewish-Arab collaboration is possible in Israel.

The Secular Socialist Zionist Who Insisted on Mourning on Tisha B’Av

In 1934, Berl Katznelson, an avowedly secular Socialist Zionist living in Tel Aviv, criticized members of his youth movement for going off to camp on Tisha B’Av.

How Is It Possible?

This article is not easy to read, but I feel compelled to tell my truths.

A Call for Peace, 3,300 Years Later

Peace is not just another halachic obligation; it is a moral foundation of Judaism.

JJ Podcast Network

Depp–Heard Trial, Gun Madness and Shavuot

Listen to the full episode on any of your favorite podcast platforms! David and Shanni weigh in on some difficult topics, and why Shavuot is such...

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 Doctor Daniel Friedman: Talmud For Regular Folks

Author and speaker Daniel Friedman shares transformative wisdom from our Sages, as well as surprising research from his doctoral thesis on American Christian attitudes...

Catherine Wolff: Beyond

Shmuel Rosner chats with Catherine Wolff about her book: "Beyond: How Humankind Thinks About Heaven." Catherine Wolff is a writer, editor, and former director of The...

This Isn’t About Kamala, It’s About America

I was sad to hear about Kamala Harris and the student incident. Not because I’m worried about the support for Israel, but because I’m worried about the state of America.

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Shimon Peres Doc “Never Stop Dreaming” Aims to Inspire World Leaders

Here is one film that should be added to the top of the Netflix queue of every world leader (yes, world leaders watch Netflix too): “Never Stop Dreaming: The Life and Legacy of Shimon Peres.” 

Painting with Vegetables

It's fun to play with your food when it creates such interesting patterns with paint. 

Showcasing the Jewish Food of Italy in a New Book

Everyone loves Jewish food and Italian food. 

Punk Singer Shira Yevin Working for the Next Generation of Women in Music

Shira Yevin isn’t just a punk rock singer. She is an entrepreneur, activist and artist — a true multi-hyphenate.

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