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BDS Founder Says It’s OK to Use Israeli Coronavirus Vaccine

Omar Barghouti, the founder of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, said in an April 5 Facebook livestream that it’s perfectly fine for...

Israeli Hospitals Told to Get Ready for COVID-19 Peak

As the death toll from the novel coronavirus and the number of infected cases continued to climb on Sunday, Israel’s Health Ministry had a...

Gantz Ready to Accept Limited Annexation in Judea and Samaria

Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz is ready to accept a limited annexation of territory in Judea and Samaria, possibly bringing a unity...

Israel Cordons Off Heavily Infected Orthodox Suburb

Israeli security forces cordoned off the city of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, and are enforcing a total lockdown there.

Israeli Missile-Production Line Starts Churning Out Much-Needed Ventilators

“We are operating in a challenging time, and in a global ‘war’ to acquire the necessary components and fulfill our mission,” said Udi Kantor, CEDO of Inovytec.

ADL Report Details Iran’s Coronavirus Anti-Semitism

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) released a report on April 3 chronicling the Iranian government’s various anti-Semitic conspiracy theories surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19). ADL Associate Director,...

Israel National Security Adviser Believes Coronavirus Infection Rate May Be ‘Slowing Down,’ Report Says

Israeli National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat reportedly said on April 2 that the country’s coronavirus infection rate is starting to decline. The Times of Israel...

Pakistan Delays Release of Accomplice Jailed in Daniel Pearl’s Killing As It Appeals Murder Acquittal

Pearl was abducted and beheaded in Karachi in 2002 while researching a story about Islamist militants.

A FAILURE TO SPEAK UP—AND ITS CONSEQUENCES

The month since Trump’s inauguration has been fascinating. One can watch “leaders” of the Jewish community engage in cost-benefit analyses to determine whether they...

Reassessing the US-embassy-to-Jerusalem situation: Has Trump changed his mind?

I am on record about the two main questions concerning moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. I am on record in support of such a...

Sunday Reads: Trump’s controversial inaugural address, The winners and losers of 2016

US Michael Gerson writes about Trump’s combative inaugural address, which he calls “the death of Reaganism”: Trump’s inaugural was instructive in this way: America has chosen...

Sunday Reads: Trump’s controversial inaugural address, The winners and losers of 2016

US Michael Gerson writes about Trump’s combative inaugural address, which he calls “the death of Reaganism”: Trump’s inaugural was instructive in this way: America has chosen...

95 signs to carry when praying with your legs

My community at Temple Israel of Hollywood had a poster writing party before Shabbat for the March in LA. Thanks to Jennifer Levin and...

The Torah is Political – Rabbis, Jews and Synagogues ought to be too

Given the contentious nature of public debate in this election year and in light of the inauguration of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th...

The Torah is Political – Rabbis, Jews and Synagogues ought to be too

Given the contentious nature of public debate in this election year and in light of the inauguration of Donald Trump as the nation’s 45th...

Mr. Trump – Withdraw your nomination of David Friedman as US Ambassador to Israel

Note: The following is a letter being signed by rabbis and cantors across the United States. It is co-sponsored by J Street and T'ruah...

Monsters in the Elevator

I discovered the game “Monsters in the Elevator” when a friend shared it on his Facebook feed. According to its page on Indiegogo, it...

Mr. Trump – Withdraw your nomination of David Friedman as US Ambassador to Israel

Note: The following is a letter being signed by rabbis and cantors across the United States. It is co-sponsored by J Street and T'ruah...

Woodmont Country Club in Maryland just lost a man of conscience

Jeff Slavin is the model of the American Jew who acts from conscience, and he is to be commended for his resignation from Woodmont...

Woodmont Country Club in Maryland just lost a man of conscience

Jeff Slavin is the model of the American Jew who acts from conscience, and he is to be commended for his resignation from Woodmont...

Congressman John Lewis remembers the march from Selma to Montgomery on March 21, 1965

In celebration of Dr. King's birthday, we invite the community to be with us at Temple Israel of Hollywood tonight (Monday, January 16, 2017...

Sunday Reads: Plan B for Israel & Palestine, Will allies trust Trump?, Love in the book of Ruth

US Adam Schatz writes about how <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/12/opinion/obama-hoped-to-transform-the-world-it-transformed-him.html?ref=opinion&_r=0 " target="_blank">the world has changed the once hopeful President Obama: In his 2009 speech in Cairo, Mr. Obama imagined...

Sunday Reads: Why Trump can’t disengage the US from the world, On the Torah as a work of philosophy

US Robert Kaplan explains why <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/06/opinion/sunday/why-trump-cant-disengage-america-from-the-world.html?_r=1 " target="_blank">Trump cannot really disengage the US from the world: Realism is not isolationism. Because we are only a satellite...

Sunday Reads: The ceasefire in Syria, Netanyahu takes on the world, the poetic genius of Ibn Gabirol

US Phillip Gordon explains why <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/29/opinion/why-netanyahu-will-miss-obama.html?_r=0 " target="_blank">Netanyahu might eventually come to miss President Obama: But it is also worth remembering that in his long political...

2 States for 2 Peoples – Secretary Kerry, American Jews, Israelis, and why it hasn’t happened

There is no more intractable conflict in the world as that between Israel and the Palestinians. When one attempts to understand the conflict historically,...

The Kerry speech: Is ‘obsessive and messianic’ still an insult or now an established fact?

1. Long speeches often merit only a short response. Such was <a href="https://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2016/12/266119.htm " target="_blank">John Kerry’s speech yesterday, in which he laid out his vision for...

No-drama Obama? You gotta be kidding

1. There is no serious policy-based argument in favor of the Obama administration's decision to support – in fact, initiate – an anti-Israel resolution at...

ARZA’s Response to UN Security Council Resolution 2334

Note: I serve as the National Chair of the Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA), representing 1.5 million American Reform Jews. To AZRA’s friends...

Sunday Reads: Obama shocks Israel at the UN

US Elliott Abrams and Michael Singh believe that President Obama’s decision has <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-united-states-just-made-middle-east-peace-harder/2016/12/23/d0ecc3ea-c923-11e6-bf4b-2c064d32a4bf_story.html?utm_term=.cebea4fd1445 " target="_blank">made Middle East peace harder to achieve: Sizing up the Israeli-Palestinian conflict...

“Without Zionism there is no Judaism!” Rabbi Dick Hirsch after the 1967 Six-Day War

Rabbi Richard (Dick) Hirsch turned 90 this past year. One would think that at that age Dick’s physical strength, sharp mind, and passion would...

New Articles

Russian-Jewish Businessman Donates 3,000 Meals Daily to Senior Citizens Under Lockdown

The initiative is a response to the Russian government’s decision to lockdown citizens older than 65.

Top Charedi Orthodox Rabbi Dies of COVID-19

Yaakov Perlow, leader of Novominsker Hasidim and a top haredi Orthodox rabbi, dies of coronavirus at 89.

‘F— K—s’ Graffiti Found on L.A. Persian Synagogue

Anti-Semitic graffiti was found on a Persian synagogue in Los Angeles on April 7, according to a Facebook post. The graffiti states, “F--- k---s” and...

I Love You Although I Can’t Hug You

“If one tiny virus can stop the entire world, perhaps one mitzvah can save the world.” — Dr. Benjamin Hulkower “When we are no longer able...

Dominic Raab, Son of a Jewish Refugee, is Britain’s Acting Prime Minister

The United Kingdom last had a Jewish prime minister in 1880, the final year of Benjamin Disraeli‘s service. Now, with the coronavirus sending Boris Johnson...
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