Remembering Israel’s First General


Arguably the best-known American volunteer in the Israeli army, David “Mickey” Marcus is largely forgotten now by a younger generation of American Jews, nearly seven decades after he lost his life in Israel’s defense.

Mark Von Holden/Israel Bonds

Dershowitz: Iran Deal Is ‘Roll Of The Dice’

In a new book, written in just 11 days, the pundit says the deal will have lots of bad unintended consequences.

Managing Editor

In a bid to influence the congressional debate over the Iran nuclear deal “in real time,” former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz has just published, in e-book form, “The Case Against the Iran Deal: How Can We Now Stop Iran from Getting Nukes?” (A print version, from RosettaBooks, is due later this month.) He worked fast — the book was written in 11 days. In it he argues that the deal is “a roll of the dice — or perhaps more aptly, a game of Russian roulette for us and our allies.” We interviewed Dershowitz via email.

Alan Dershowitz: Pens critique of Iran deal in 11 days.

The Lost Cause, Jewishly

As Confederate flags come down, remembering a forgotten history.

Associate Editor

In this season of Tisha b’Av, remembering our Temple and kingdom destroyed for our sins, the humbled Jewish heart contemplates the Confederacy, also destroyed for its sins. Were there ever two nations less inclined to accept defeat, convinced we will “rise again?” And though few Jews think of the Confederacy as “we,” we were there. Even the Confederate flag, today more embattled than at any time since last carried by the Army of Northern Virginia, has something Jewish about it.

The pained yet powerful Confederate leader Judah Benjamin.  Wikimedia Commons

Israel Facing Agonizing Choice On Iran Deal

Tough line against pact could further isolate Jewish state, as Netanyahu appears to gear up for congressional push.

Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reaction to the deal to curtail Iran’s nuclear ambitions announced on Tuesday in Vienna was swift and unambiguous.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in a tough spot on how to proceed in wake of Iran deal. Getty Images

Inside FEGS’ Financial Free Fall

Bankruptcy documents show vast majority of programs losing money, CFO revolving door, ballooning administrative costs.

Staff Writer

By the time executives of FEGS Health and Human Services system became aware last November of the massive financial crisis they were facing, a “top down analysis” by a new management team and restructuring consultants revealed that 74 percent of its more than 350 programs were losing money.

In court filing, FEGS’ CEO, for the first time, details the agency’s financial slide.  Michael Datikash/JW

Nurturing Poetry In A Prose World

Nadav Lapid’s ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’ serves up some tough lessons about Israeli culture.

Special To The Jewish Week

Nadav Lapid’s first feature film, “Policeman,” was a startling, terse essay in futility, pitting a group of obsessive anti-terrorist cops against a no-less committed and equally out-of-control radical cell in a showdown that underlined the absurdity of empty, self-aggrandizing gestures. His new film, “The Kindergarten Teacher,” playing in this year’s New Directors/New Films series opening this week, would at first glance seem to be as utterly unlike that debut as could be possibly imagined.

Nira (Sarit Larry), who plays an Israeli kindergarten teacher. Courtesy of New Directors/New Films

As Iran Deadline Looms, Obama Faces Skepticism In Congress

GOP sweep in midterm elections increases the pressure in House and Senate for sanctions.


Washington — With the Nov. 24 deadline for an Iran deal looming, there’s no guarantee that the Obama administration will achieve its long-sought goal of an agreement over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program.

Secretary of State John Kerry, right, in Oman for negotiations about Iran’s nuclear future. JTA

Bibi Reportedly Pulls Backing For Conversion Bill


 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly has withdrawn his support for a bill that would allow local rabbis to oversee conversions.

Israeli "Make-A-Thon" Generates Products For People With Disabilities

Some 70 talented innovators in their 20s and 30s from around the world ran a very different kind of marathon in Israel, as they competed to invent prototypes of tools for people with disabilities using cutting-edge digital and 3D-printing technology.

Working on a new product. Courtesy of Shusterman Connection Points

Out From Under

For thousands of years Jewish-Iranian women have been forced to hide behind chadors, look down at their feet and not speak unless spoken to.  During ancient Persia and even later day Iran, they lived with two strikes against them: Jewish and female.  They were and still are viewed and treated by Muslims as second class citizens.  Even today, in Iran, a woman, cannot become a judge, regardless of her education, degrees and professional qualifications.  The reason given: “A woman can never be just.”

Rita Jahan Farouz. Photo courtesy American Sephardi Federation
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