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Adelaide 'Addi' Friedman, a”h, 91

Adelaide “Addi” Friedman, wife of the late Rabbi Morris Friedman, who saw her son, Woodsburgh resident David Friedman, become the United States ambassador to Israel, was niftar on Aug. 4. …


Connecting Jewish memory dots on Tisha B’Av

In fact Tisha B’Av, a holiday many less-observant Jews are unfamiliar with, is all about memory, the collective memory of the Jewish people. But to tap into the …


Girls of summer: Finding their Jewish links thru fun and study

On the fields of a private-school campus in northwestern New Jersey, two girls sit on white wooden chairs in the mid-morning sun sharing stories. No one seems in a particular rush to get anywhere, …

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What the Times got right and wrong about BDS

JTA’s editor in chief Andrew Silow-Carroll and opinion editor Laura E. Adkins share their thoughts on a July 27 New York Times article answering “some of the most difficult …

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Ending Venezuela’s mafia state won’t be easy

In an op-ed in the New York Times on June 11, Abraham F. Lowenthal and David Smilde proposed a humanistic vision for the Oslo negotiations between representatives …

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In the summer, being a vegetarian is a snap

Summer eating is the best eating of the year, as far as I’m concerned. It’s light and quick and relaxed and far less labor-intensive all the way around. The foods of summer are …


Only answer to hatred of Jews is Jewish pride

This week on Twitter, a Jewish writer in Los Angeles decided to dispense some advice to her followers. Ariel Sobel had become aware that a small group of white supremacists was compiling a list …

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Pew’s wrong about religious restrictions in Israel

A recently released Pew Research Center report about global restrictions on religion focuses mostly on discrimination against, and the persecution of, various religious …


‘Jews Choose Trump’ creates a ‘safe space’

American Jews, themselves an immigrant community, have historically used domestic issues such as immigration policy as an impetus for overwhelmingly …


What will history say about Bibi Netanyahu?

The numbers are staggering, no matter how you count them. Whether you say 13 years and 128 days or just call it 4,876 days, on July 20, Benjamin Netanyahu became Israel’s …


Will Boris Johnson be good for the Jews?

Britain now has its first celebrity prime minister, and the Jewish world is asking: “Will Boris Johnson be good for the Jews?” Johnson has entertained and scandalized Britain for …

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Nine Days with dairy dining

Each year, during the Nine Days, I marvel at the number of people waiting on line at the kosher dairy restaurants around town. Many of these people don’t tend to eat out often during the …


Is it anti-Semitism if you’re not an anti-Semite?

Last month — or 16 years ago in Trump years — the White House disinvited a cartoonist named Ben Garrison to a meeting of right-wing media influencers. It had been pointed out that …

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Who’s running in Israel’s September elections

Israel’s upcoming elections in September — just five months after the last ones in April — are essentially a do-over. In the April election, the right wing won …


Jews at home in ‘infested’ Baltimore

Jewish leaders in Baltimore are defending Rep. Elijah Cummings, the African-American Democrat who has come under withering attack from President Donald Trump. After spending a week berating the …

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The true achievement of Apollo 11

Memory foam, the Dust Buster, scratch-resistant glasses, Teflon, and other products developed as a result of the Apollo program were the least significant achievements of the moon landing fifty …

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Life and death are in the power of speech

What is the Jewish stance on cursing and curse words? Researchers have found that about 0.7 percent of a typical American’s speech is made up of swear words. …


Beyond final encore: What culture brings to Jerusalem

Established in 1961 as a classical music festival in Caesarea, the Israel Festival, now in its 58th year and which runs this year from May 30 to June 15, was “relocated” to Jerusalem in …