In the Beginning

In Off Year For Israel, Morocco Is Etrog Hot Spot


Assads, Morocco — Why the Jews want etrogs each fall, Mohammed Douch does not entirely understand. What he does know is that Jewish buyers are his main customers.

Jewish merchants come from around the world to buy from Moroccan etrog growers like Mohammed Douch in Assads. Ben Sales/JTA

U.N. Can’t Even Say ‘Temple Mount’

Staff Writer

There’s a kind of parlor game in pro-Israel circles, one usually accompanied by a player’s roll of the eyes or knowing sigh: How unfair to Israel can the United Nations be?

What’s in a holy name? U.N. references Haram al-Sharif, but not Temple Mount, in Security Council resolution. Getty Images

Putting A Human Face On Immigration Debate

Through her film about one undocumented immigrant, Mikaela Shwer hopes to say something about the 11 million.

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While she was born in the U.S., Mikaela Shwer is always aware that she’s from an immigrant family, with parents and siblings born elsewhere, and a grandmother and many relatives living on a different continent. Shwer, now 33, grew up in a community of Jewish immigrants from South Africa in Phoenix. 

In “Don’t Tell Anyone,” neophyte documentary-maker Mikaela Shwer tells the story of Angy Rivera. Mari Keeler Cornwell

Reform Machzor Enlarges The Tent

An 'upgraded' High Holiday prayer book features feminist and LGBTQ-friendly prayers and poetry.

Staff Writer

Walt Whitman, Langston Hughes, Pablo Neruda — no, this isn’t a syllabus for a college lit course; it’s a sampling from the new Reform High Holidays prayer book.

Rabbi Deborah Hirsch

Defending Dershowitz, To A Fault?

Associate Editor

Former Harvard Law School professor and staunch Israel supporter Alan Dershowitz has been accused of having sex with an underage girl, the “sex slave” of a Dershowitz’ client, financier Jeffrey Epstein — which has, what exactly, to do with Israel?

Alan Dershowitz. Wikimedia Commons

Looking For A Job, Peres Finds His Humorous Side

Editor and Publisher

The world has long known that Shimon Peres has a talent for statesmanship, having been a national leader in public service for some seven decades. Now we find out he has a sense of humor, too.

Shimon Peres in a screen shot from his grandaughter's satiric video. YouTube

A Shout-out To Betty Friedan

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Editor’s Note: Gabriella Kamran is the first recipient of The Norman E. Alexander Award for Excellence in Jewish Student Writing. The national contest, sponsored by the Jewish-American Hall of Fame and The Jewish Week Media Group, seeks essays by teens on Jewish Americans who have made significant contributions to humanitarian causes, social justice, medicine or science. It honors Norman Alexander, a prominent businessman and philanthropist who was a founder of The Jewish Week.

Gabriella Kamran, right with Milken Community School teacher Melody Mansfield and Jewish-American Hall of Fame founder Mel Wacks

Yom Kippur Messages In New Book Of Stories


A native of Staten Island, Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld has served for a decade as spiritual leader of Ohev Sholom: The National Synagogue in Washington, D.C., which bills itself as the city’s oldest Orthodox congregation. The rabbi, who was ordained by Yeshiva University and served for five years as associate rabbi of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, has helped revive Ohev Sholom by conducting a high-visibility outreach to unaffiliated Jews. He also teaches a regular class on Judaism at the U.S. Senate.

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfelf: His Yom Kippur stories bring a light touch to a heavy holiday.

New YIVO Project Digitizes Pre-War Archive

Staff Writer

Imagine 1,000 years of Jewish history at your fingertips.

The YIVO Institute for Jewish research is digitizing some 1.5 million documents in its collection. Getty Images

King David, ‘A Very Problematic Character’


Noting that a character’s first recorded words in the Bible reveal a great deal about his personality, Rabbi David Wolpe pointed out at a Jewish Week Forum here last week that as a youngster, the future King David’s first words in the Book of Samuel are, “What will be given to the man who slays Goliath?”

Rabbi David Wolpe described the Bible's King David as a "very problematic character." Michael Datikash/JW
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