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Midsummer is coming! There may be no better place to celebrate the warm-weather solstice than in Sweden.

04/19/2016 - 12:46
Travel Writer

Midsummer is coming! There may be no better place to celebrate the warm-weather solstice than in Sweden, where the longest, sunniest days of the year are cause for weeklong festivities. Aquavit is drunk, toasted, and drunk some more; families pack up for the country’s many beaches. If you find yourself in the land of Ikea this summer, make like the Swedish royals and head to Småland, a region of thick forests, crystalline lakes and idyllic beaches in the country’s southeast.

A typical scene in rural Småland. Wikimedia Commons

Trump, Rubio Trash Talking

Donald Trump, a malevolent birther, called Ted Cruz a Canadian anchor baby better qualified to be prime minister of that country than president of the United States.  Sen. Marco Rubio has set his sites further abroad when it comes to another presidential wannabe, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

The Republican junior senator from Florida likes to cite his membership on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to support his claim as an expert on international relations, but some recent gaffes suggest that his notoriously poor attendance record may be taking a toll.

Rising Anti-Semitism Challenges Sweden’s Proud And Tolerant Self-Image

03/03/2015 - 19:00

When a militant extremist stormed into a kosher supermarket in Paris shortly after cartoonists were massacred at the Charlie Hebdo publication, Swedish media described it as a hostage situation at a food store.

Sweden First European Country To Recognize Palestine As A State

10/29/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The Swedish government officially recognized Palestine during its Thursday morning session, according to Haaretz. It is the first European state to recognize a Palestinian state.

Swedish Province Will Ban Circumcision For Boys

12/18/2013 - 19:00

A county in Sweden is planning to ban non-medical circumcision of boys, its commissioner said.

Sweden Mulls Religious Circumcision Ban

09/24/2013 - 20:00

A motion to ban the non-medical circumcision of males younger than 18 was presented to the Swedish parliament.

Two lawmakers from the rightist Sweden Democrats party, noting that female genital mutilation is illegal in Sweden, submitted the motion to the Riksdag on Tuesday. A vote on the motion has not been set.

‘Simon And The Oaks’ Has Too Many Branches

Swedish film, set during the Nazi era, suffers from inconsistency.
10/10/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The nuclear family breeds secrets, lies, resentment and anguish. The Jews have known that since Eve enticed Adam with a lunch snack. The entire book of Genesis is a catalog of such behaviors, and it could be argued that all Western literature has followed its example. It would be absurd to expect filmmakers to do otherwise.

In Lisa Ohlin's film, the lives of a working-class boy and the son of wealthy Jewish refugees intersect in World War II Sweden.

Oy, Sonja.

Once upon a time – about seven months ago – in a land far, far away (Sweden), where there aren’t many Jews, the government decided for PR purposes to give a different citizen control over its Twitter account every week, the only real requirement being that the Twitterer tweet in English.

The idea was that the tweets would naturally broadcast the essence of Sweden as it conceives of itself: open, creative, progressive, eclectic.

@Sweden/Sonja

Israel’s Losing Battle With Sweden Over Outrageous Charges

How should Israel have responded to the outrageous report in a Swedish newspaper that Israeli soldiers have kidnapped and killed Palestinians in order to harvest their organs for use in transplants?

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