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Posted: Mon, 08/31/2015 - 17:10 | Well Versed

It was doubly fitting that Asa Zuskin Perelman, visiting from her home in Israel, spoke earlier this month at the Center for Jewish History. Her talk, co-sponsored by YIVO, was on her father, the famed Russian-Jewish actor Benjamin Zuskin, and the book she has written about his life and art, “The Travels of Benjamin Zuskin" (Syracuse University Press).

Posted: Fri, 08/28/2015 - 11:01 | Political Insider

Picking Danny Danon to be Israel's new ambassador to the United Nations, Prime Minister Netanyahu sent a bitter political rival into exile though in the process he may have both chosen a future successor and added yet another layer to Israel's international isolation.

Posted: Thu, 08/27/2015 - 17:24 | Political Insider

Eric Cantor, the former GOP House majority leader and highest ranking Jew in Congressional history, will endorse Jeb Bush, Politico reports.

He will be named a Virginia state co-chair of Bush's presidential campaign, and is expected to play a key role in raising Jewish money.

Posted: Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:14 | The New Normal

Today? I want what I can’t have.

I want Akiva to sleep late. Really late. So late, that I have to march into his room, check that he’s alive, and wake him up because hey, it’s 1 PM, and I’m your mother.

I want Akiva to brush his teeth, handle bathroom details, and get dressed. By himself. Without scratching me if I hit the wrong sensory buttons.

I want Akiva to pour his own juice and get his own breakfast, while I lie indolently in bed and answer questions from my room, as one might do with their young adult children.

Posted: Sat, 08/22/2015 - 12:49 | Political Insider

Humorist Andy Borowtz didn't mention The Donald by name but it's clear who he had in mind in his New Yorker blog today:

Posted: Fri, 08/21/2015 - 16:06 | Political Insider

The bitter and divisive battle being led by Bibi Netanyahu will likely fail to block the Iran nuclear agreement but it could well succeed in doing what the Iranians and the Arabs only dreamed of:  irreparable damage to Israel and to the American Jewish community.

Much of the community leadership here is marching in lock-step behind Netanyahu and his Republican allies, leaving far behind a rank and file that doesn’t share their opposition to the deal or their vehement disdain for President Barack Obama.