For Israel, Mixed Progress On Arabian Peninsula

While several Gulf State airlines are refusing Israeli passengers, Israeli mission coming to the UAE.

12/01/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

At the same time Israel is returning to the Arabian Peninsula with the planned opening of a diplomatic mission in the United Arab Emirates, other Arab nations are displaying their hostility by denying Israelis seats on their national airlines.

Kuwaiti Airlines considers Israeli citizens to be enemy aliens and thus a security risk. Via

Ezra Tributes, From Foxboro To Beit Shemesh

11/30/2015 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

Several days before he was murdered in a Palestinian terror attack, Ezra Schwartz, the American teenager who was studying at Ashreinu, a yeshiva in Beit Shemesh, expressed a commitment to learn all of the Tanach (Hebrew Bible) during the coming year.

The New England Patriots remembered Ezra Schwartz on the scoreboard. Via

Why I Hired A Belgian Butcher To Circumcise My Son

11/30/2015 - 19:00

Amsterdam — They warn you that parenting means doing a bunch of stuff you never imagined yourself doing.

Cnaan Liphshiz and Iris Tzur preparing for the bris of their son in Amsterdam, Nov. 19, 2015. JTA

German Singer Ousted From 2016 Eurovision Contest For Anti-Semitic And Homophobic Lyrics

Germany pops a cap on R&B singer’s 2016 Eurovision nomination.

11/29/2015 - 19:00
Editorial Intern

Germany withdrew its representative in next year’s Eurovision song contest following criticism accusing the R&B singer of using anti-Semitic and homophobic language in his songs, according to Reuters.

Xavier Naidoo, R&B singer and ousted German Eurovision nominee. Via

The ‘Kate Middleton Effect’ On Synagogue Fashion

11/29/2015 - 19:00

The so-called “Kate Middleton effect” — by which anything the Duchess of Cambridge wears becomes an instant best-seller — seems to know no bounds.

Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, in Ottawa, Canada, July 1, 2011. Wikimedia Commons

From ‘Amy Winehouse Sound’ Creators, A Funky Hanukkah Anthem

11/29/2015 - 19:00

Aside from “Dreidel, Dreidel” and Adam Sandler’s humorous tune, there are very fewHanukkah songs in the pop culture lexicon.

Gabe Roth, far left with horseshoe mustache, leads Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, a meticulously retro soul group. JTA

Einstein Once Kept Kosher, And 7 Other Jewish Facts For Relativity’s 100th B-Day

11/24/2015 - 19:00

Wednesday marks the centennial of Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity, a discovery that forever revolutionized the study of gravity, space and time. While Einstein’s genius was well established by 1915, the year the theory was published (he devised the famed E=mc2 equation 10 years earlier), the physicists’ relationship to Judaism and Zionism was still evolving.

Here are seven facts about Einstein on religion, World War II and Israel.

1. He kept kosher at age 12

German-born American physicist Albert Einstein, 1946. JTA

Nazi Art Case Tests Start Date Of Shoah

Germany’s new claim in Guelph Treasure suit shocks Holocaust historians as ‘revisionist history.’

11/24/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The German government has laws on the books that will get you thrown in jail for denying the existence of the Holocaust. It mandates that all schoolchildren, starting at age 12 and for years after that, learn about what happened to the Jews under Nazi rule. It has paid out an estimated $90 billion in reparations to Holocaust survivors and their heirs over the last 60 years.

A 12th-century domed reliquary in the shape of a church, made of silver and gold. Wikimedia Commons

U.S. Teen’s Murder Posing Dilemma For Modern Orthodox

Sense of resolve mixed with reservations about West Bank in wake of terror attack.

11/24/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

For Modern Orthodox Jews this week, an irresistible force — their passionate love of the Jewish state — is running headlong into an immoveable object — their deep concern for the safety of their children pursuing Torah studies in an increasingly dangerous Israel.

“Ezra loved Israel,” a classmate said of slain 18-year-old Ezra Schwartz, above. Twitter via JTA

Jonathan Pollard Freed After 30 Years

Convicted spy has asked for permission to immigrate to Israel.

11/19/2015 - 19:00

Jonathan Pollard, the former Navy intelligence analyst convicted of spying for Israel, was freed from a federal prison in North Carolina.

Pollard upon his release. JTA
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