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Capturing The ‘Human Side’ Of The Settlement Controversy

New documentary offers in-depth profiles of families living in the West Bank outpost of Bat Ayin.

07/18/2016 - 09:49
Editorial Intern

On a picturesque hilltop between Jerusalem and Hebron stands the settlement of Bat Ayin, home to around 200 families. Since its establishment in 1989, Bat Ayin has frequently found itself on the wrong side of the news, partly for the extremist ideology of its founder, Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg, and partly due to some of the more extremist members of the community.

Screenshot of Elad Nehorai with Bat Ayin in the background.

Rabbi Lookstein Withdraws From RNC Appearance

KJ rabbi who converted Ivanka Trump responds to pressure from Ramaz alums, congregants.

07/15/2016 - 13:20
Editor and Publisher

After a firestorm of criticism from former students, congregants and others, Rabbi Haskel Lookstein told The Jewish Week on Friday he decided not to give the opening invocation on Monday afternoon at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein. Courtesy of JTA.org

Hollande: After Deadly Nice Attack, All Of France Living Under The Threat Of Islamist Terrorism

07/15/2016 - 04:23

Speaking after a mass killing on Bastille Day in the coastal city of Nice, French President François Hollande said all of France is living under the threat of Islamic terrorism.

French President François Hollande addresses the nation on July 15 2016 after a terrorist attack. JTA

Nice’s Jews To Gather On Shabbat Despite Terrorist Attack

07/15/2016 - 04:16

Nice’s Jewish community decided to hold Shabbat activities as planned despite the slaying of dozens of people in the city in southern France, in what French President Francois Hollande said was a terrorist attack directed at revellers celebrating the country’s national day.

French President François Hollande addresses the nation on July 15 2016 after a terrorist attack. JTA

Noah's Ark 2 - The Kentucky Years

The ark is back, and this time, it's literal

07/14/2016 - 17:06
Editorial Intern

Not many people know this, but there exists an alternate ending to the biblical story of Noah’s Ark. In this version, as the flood waters subsided, Noah found himself beached outside Williamstown, Ky., an hour’s drive from Cincinnati.

One of the displays inside the Ark Encounter museum. Getty.

Ginsburg Apologizes For Her Attacks On Donald Trump

07/14/2016 - 15:41

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has apologized for her public attacks on Donald Trump.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Feb. 6, 2015. (Carlos Osorio/AP Images)

Mexican Soccer Mogul Apologizes For Linking Jews And Money In TV Interview

07/14/2016 - 15:38

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — A Mexican soccer mogul referred to a Jewish Fox Sports commentator using the canard associating Jews and finance.

What Was Ruth Bader Ginsburg Thinking in Criticizing Donald Trump?

07/14/2016 - 15:22

What was RBG thinking?

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg launched a broadside against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump over the the last week, calling him unfit for office. She subsequently apologized, but not before voices on the right and left criticized her for seeming to compromise the high court’s dignity and objectivity.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at The Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C., Dec. 6, 2015. Chris Kleponis/AFP/Get

Is Sushi Cultural Appropriation? Lena Dunham Says Yes

‘Girls’ creator sides with Oberlin students who say offerings like bahn mi and General Tso’s chicken are culturally insensitive.

07/14/2016 - 14:09
Editorial Intern

Lena Dunham is on a roll. The star and creator of HBO’s hit comedy, “Girls,” Dunham has reached that enviable stage as a celebrity where almost anything that comes out of her mouth makes headlines. Her most recent attention grabbing statement: Sushi served in dining halls  are an example of cultural appropriation and disrespectful to Japanese cuisine.

Lena Dunham arrives on the red carpet for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards. Getty images

Mike Pence Seen As Having Strong Israel Record

If tapped as Donald Trump’s VP, Indiana governor could help presumptive nominee with Jews.

07/14/2016 - 13:54
Staff Writer

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the dark-horse choice for Donald Trump’s running mate who The New York Times suggested would be tapped to serve with the billionaire businessman on the Republican presidential ticket, has had a strong record of support for Israel during his years as governor and a member of the House of Representatives.

Pence, 57, who has served as governor for three years, visited Israel on a trade mission in 2014, meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other political leaders, and fueling speculation about his presidential ambitions.

Donald Trump campaigning with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on July 12 in Westfield, Ind. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images
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