New Exodus Trailer Hits Theaters: Where's Aaron?

Trailer for Exodus: Gods and Kings fails to depict story of Moses according to the Biblical narrative.

10/01/2014 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

In theaters around the country just in time for Christmas: a movie on the Jewish redemption from Egypt.

The trailer for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings just dropped. Starring Christian Bale, it will be one of the last Biblically-themed Hollywood productions in a year so filled with them the movie industry is calling 2014 “the year of the Bible.”

Christian Bale stars as Moses in Exodus: Gods and Kings

Mila Kunis Gives Birth To Girl

10/01/2014 - 20:00

Jewish actress Mila Kunis gave birth to a girl.

Dershowitz: Carter, Tutu Have Gaza ‘Blood On Their Hands’

In Jewish Week interview, ex-Harvard Law professor charges that former president, South African archbishop ‘encourage’ Hamas’ ‘dead-baby’ strategy.

09/30/2014 - 20:00
Contributing Editor

In his new book, “Terror Tunnels: The Case for Israel’s Just War Against Hamas,” former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz defends Israel’s decision to launch Operation Protective Edge this summer to destroy tunnels Hamas planned to use to kidnap Israelis. The just-released e-book (RosettaBooks with Gatestone Institute), which will come out in hard cover in November, argues that the larger death toll on the Palestinian side in the war was the result of a deliberate strategy on the part of Hamas. It opens with a dedication “to all the innocent victims of Hamas’s dead baby strategy — Palestinians and Israelis alike” as well as to the IDF soldiers who died in the war. With chapter titles like, “Hamas’s Threat to Israel’s Airport Threatens a Two-State Solution” and “ISIS is to America as Hamas is to Israel,” the book combines chapters penned as the conflict raged, along with older writings. Prior to Rosh HaShanah, Professor Dershowitz spoke with The Jewish Week about what he terms Hamas’ “dead baby strategy,” his views on Jimmy Carter and J Street, and Israel’s methods in fighting Operation Protective Edge.

Former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz's new book makes the case for Israel's Operation Protective Edge.

Israel On The Outs Over Iran?

U.S. talk of thawing relations with Rouhani highlights rift with Jewish state.

09/30/2014 - 20:00

Washington — Obama administration officials and Iran skeptics, chief among them Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, are presenting starkly different outlooks of what the world would look like should negotiators meet a Nov. 24 deadline and strike a nuclear deal.

A view of the reactor at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant in Southern Iran as the first fuel is loaded in 2010.

Summer Camp, Meet Online Dating

The secret to Jewish continuity might be at hand, new website baits.

09/30/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Lucy Cohen-Cirlin and Shuki Cohen-Cirlin celebrated their wedding last year. They met at Ramah Summer Seminar in 2005.For Lucy Cohen, now Cohen-Cirlin, marrying Jewish was always a priority. The daughter of a Conservative rabbi and a Jewish educator, marrying out was “not really an option,” said Cohen-Cirlin, 25, a social worker living on the Upper West Side, in a recent phone interview.

Jaclyn and Max Gorney met as campers at Ramah. Courtesy of Reshet Ramah

Pews Or Bleachers? A Yom Kippur Dilemma

With the Washington Nationals scheduled for the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, baseball fans are in a fix.

09/29/2014 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

The Lerner family, owners of the National League’s Washington Nationals baseball team, have spoken: they won’t be attending any playoff games that take place on Yom Kippur, they told the press last week. Taking after famed Jewish baseball player Sandy Koufax, they’ve decided the High Holiday is no time for games.

Sandy Koufax, famed Jewish baseball player, did not play in the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur. AP

Demonstrators Again Prevent Unloading Of Israeli Cargo Ship In Oakland

09/28/2014 - 20:00

Pro-Palestinian activists prevented the unloading of an Israeli cargo ship at the Oakland Port for the second time in less than two months.

Inside The Failed Peace Talks

In negotiations, Indyk describes America’s no-win dilemma.

09/23/2014 - 20:00

Washington — What was supposed to have revived the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks — allowing negotiations to develop organically — instead helped kill them, Martin Indyk, until recently the top U.S. peace broker, told JTA in a candid and wide-ranging interview.

Martin Indyk, served until recently as the State Department's top Mideast negotiator.

The Ice Bucket Competitor: Can the Quran Challenge Go Viral?

09/22/2014 - 20:00

Move over Ice Bucket Challenge. Muslims have a new take on the viral social media phenomenon: the Quran Challenge.

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