seder night

Passing the Legacy: Pesach letter to my child

My Dear Child, It is now a quiet moment late at night. After an exhausting day of Pesach cleaning, you have sunk into the sweetest of sleeps, and I am sitting here with a pile of Haggadahs, …


Has the body of Israeli hero Eli Cohen been recovered?

The Syrian opposition recently reported that the remains of Israeli spy Eli Cohen were delivered to the Russians in preparation for their return to Israel. The reports also gave details about the …


We need another Reagan plan for Israel

Since Ronald Reagan is by far the president most admired by Republicans in modern times, perhaps GOP leaders and members of Congress should remind the current president of Reagan’s …


Jews urge Trump to recognize annexation

A coalition of more than a dozen conservative groups, most of them Jewish, sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Tuesday tacitly asking him to respect a potential Israeli annexation of …


BBQ to rodeo, culture links Jewish, US cultures

Bluegrass music, barbecue, rodeo, motorcycle clubs, fireworks: five things one doesn’t normally expect to intersect with Jewish culture. But those are the topics explored in a five-part …


Campus BDS Roundup

Omar Barghouti, founder and leader of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, was denied from entering the United States last week. …


Shoah crimes can be forgiven: Brazilian prez

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has come under fire for saying that the crimes of the Holocaust can be forgiven. “We can forgive, but we cannot forget,” Bolsonaro …

the vote

Here’s what Israelis had in mind on election day

Benjamin Netanyahu won the election. Benny Gantz, his rival, came close but lost. That much we know. But why did Israelis vote the way they did on Tuesday? What issues drove the prime …


Airbnb will not ban Judea-Samaria rentals

In a reversal of a 2018 policy announcement, Airbnb will not remove West Bank settlement listings from its website. The policy change came in a court settlement Monday between the vacation rental …


No-vote payments by anti-Zionists

A group of Satmar Hasidim cut personal checks to religious Israelis who committed to not voting in Tuesday’s election. The campaign has been aiming to essentially crowdfund a total of $12 …

ncyi gala

Young Israels celebrate for the love of Trump

Sunday night’s National Council of Young Israel dinner was a feast for Trump lovers, with a tasty helping of old fashioned patriotism and a side dish of religion. The annual gala, which drew …


‘Old school’ Passover popovers make a comeback

Passover popovers fall into the category of “old school” Jewish food. Like mandel bread or matzah brei, they’re one of those dishes my grandmother always made during the holiday. …


Buttigieg calls Pence a ‘Pharisee,’ angering Jews

Pete Buttigieg has a word he likes to use to describe Vice President Mike Pence: “Pharisee.” Jewish scholars would like him to stop doing that. Buttigieg, the 37-year-old mayor of …


Why is Omar’s Islamophobia dodge working?

Imagine if there was a member of Congress who openly supported an anti-Semitic movement, issued multiple statements promoting traditional themes of Jew-hatred and then gave a speech at a …

the vote

Kids are all right, more conservative over time

Like lots of millennials who have catapulted to fame, May Golan got her start on the Internet, blogging about life in her South Tel Aviv neighborhood. From there she gained a platform as a social …


Checkpoint Palestinians: What it’s really like

I believe in the Jewish people’s right to live in our homeland. That profound belief has no bearing on the rights of others to live here as well. …


Russia sees itself as the ‘final judge’ in Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin have been engaged in a flurry of discussions recently, at least some of which are likely tied to Iranian activities in …


Next for Golan: Homes, farms, biz and hi-tech?

The decision by President Donald Trump to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights is a welcome shift that lines up with the reality of Israel’s permanent presence in that …

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