Sunday, May 16, 2021

If Biden Stops Israel Too Soon, Hamas Will Know it Can Get Away With Murder

If Hamas realizes that the international community (or at least the United States) will not be its savior if it chooses aggression, its leaders might decide to be more cautious.

Tisha B'Av

Israel’s Wartime Secret? Its Human Iron Dome

Israelis’ determination in times of war is augmented by a profound sense of solidarity

How Could Rabbinical Students Ignore Israel’s Right to Defend Itself?

I was aghast to read a letter signed by close to 100 rabbinical students that shamefully ignores Israel’s right, let alone duty, to defend her citizens.

Report: Significant Rise in UK Antisemitic Incidents During Latest Israel-Hamas Conflict

A new report from the Community Security Trust (CST) nonprofit found that antisemitic incidents in Britain have increased by 250% during the latest Israel-Hamas...

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Pandemic Times

We have to fight against this assault on the truth and assault on morality as if our lives depend on it. Because, ultimately, they do.
American Jewish Committee (AJC) CEO David Harris criticized The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah over his recent monologue comparing the Israel-Hamas conflict to when his younger brothers would fight him...

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A Teenager’s Take on Returning to Normalcy

After my first day back, I began dreading the in-person days to come.

Listening for a Divine Echo

Even rationalists can sometimes experience a coincidence that makes them pause.

A Shavuot Revelation

I felt like I had new enthusiasm for the “same ole” prayers and new eyes to see the colors of life.

Rosner’s Torah Talk: Bamidbar with Eliana Rubin

Eliana Rubin is a queer and trans artist and educator. She aims to help people better understand themselves and the world around them through...

Made in Gaza: Hamas Rockets the Product of Foreign Aid and Smuggled Material

Medical equipment and fertilizer among international assistance items repurposed by Hamas to manufacture arms and ammunition using Iranian know-how


While Terrorists Try to Murder Jews, Rep. Ilhan Omar Flips the...

Now that Israelis are dying at the hands of these terror rockets, will Ilhan Omar walk back her shameful accusation against Israel?

Satirical Semite: Ministry of Hugs

There are recommended guidelines around whom we can hug, how we can hug and where we can hug.

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.

Shavuot: Judaism’s Wedding

The Torah, the centerpiece of this ceremonial recreation, is the heart and soul of our relationship with the Divine.

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, Bamidbar: A Branding Problem

The Israelites are no longer in their infancy.

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Andrew Yang Walks Back Tweet Standing With Israel

Yang posted a statement to Twitter stating a group of campaign volunteers told him that they were “upset” with his tweet.

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We Must Prevent the First Ethnic Studies Draft From Surfacing

Never was there a better time to prevent prejudice from entering our schools.

Mourning My Way: Creating a Custom Path to Healing

For the first time, I really resonated with the phrase “traditionally” used to comfort mourners.

Kristallnacht in Lod?

Some event might truly resemble some aspect of the Holocaust and therefore would warrant such an analogy.

Slouching Toward Sinai

Those who claim the right to oppress or enslave others do it “beside” God; they are idolators.

Comparing the Holocaust to Current Events: Generational Changes

In his youth, “what if” became “what do we do now?”

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Curious Times Episode 28: A Week With Overwhelming Emotions

On the turmoil in Israel, honoring the Meron victims, and this week's Torah portion. Enjoy the conversation. Listen on Apple Podcasts Listen on Spotify Listen on Stitcher Follow David...

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...

Discussing the Gaza Dilemma with Military Expert Michael Herzog

Israel’s policy toward Gaza is fraught with dilemmas, says Brig. General (Res.) Michael Herzog. Its policy is based on containment and its current goal...

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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JScreen Is Making Cancer Genetic Testing Accessible

JScreen has announced what could be a major breakthrough: a program that offers at-home testing for more than 60 cancer susceptibility genes linked to certain hereditary risks.

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.

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