Bennett Blames Assimilation for Decline in Israel-Diaspora Relations

(JTA) — Naftali Bennett, Israel’s minister for Diaspora affairs, set off the latest round in the long-running saga of sour relations between Israel and the Diaspora by blaming the...

Father of Daughter Killed in Parkland Shooting Lights White House Menorah

WASHINGTON–Ten months after losing their daughter Meadow in the mass shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Andrew Pollack and his family stood alongside U.S. President...

Larry Gordon Among Those Who Attended White House Hanukkah Party President Donald Trump hosted two Hanukkah receptions Thursday afternoon at the White House in Washington D.C. The parties were delayed because of the national day of mourning for late President...

Einstein’s ‘God Letter’ Sells at Auction for Almost $3 Million

(JTA) — A handwritten letter by Albert Einstein on religion, his Jewish identity and his search for meaning in life was sold at auction for nearly $3 million — more...

Study of American, Israeli Jews Shows Differences in Hanukkah Observance

A new study reveals that Hanukkah holds different levels of importance to Israeli Jews than American Jews, and highlights disparities in participation between Jews in the two countries. According to...

Kurdish Jew Makes Emotional Visit to Birthplace

A Kurdish Jew who made aliyah to Israel from the northern Iraqi city of Halabja in 1953 returned to his birthplace on Sunday for the first time, Kurdish news outlet NRT...

New Chabad Emissaries Champion Jewish School in Mumbai

Speaking on video circa 2006, Rabbi Gabi Holtzberg is happy, at ease. There’s a lot going on around him — the noise of guests, children, dishes being stacked away. For him...

Israeli Rabbinate Publishes List of Approved Diaspora Conversion Rabbis

(JTA) —  Israel’s official Jewish religious authority has published a list of rabbis it trusts to perform Jewish conversions. They are all Orthodox. Advocates for religious reform in Israel said...

Tragedy and Resolve: 10 Years After Mumbai Terror

Ten years ago, on a cold, overcast Friday morning in Brooklyn, N.Y., reporters filled the lobby of the Jewish Children’s Museum for a hastily arranged press conference. The previous 48...

A Conversation With Gidi Mark, the Man Behind Birthright Israel

Charles Bronfman and Michael Steinhardt are the names most frequently linked to Birthright, the program whose all-expense-paid trips to Israel have become wildly popular among young Jews around the...

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Real Clear Daf: Are Eggs From Treifah Chicken Kosher?

We discussed this question on Thursday’s daf (58a). Ameimar there teaches that it depends on when the eggs formed. Eggs that formed before the...

Pompeo: Peace Plan to be Released After Israeli Elections

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Tuesday that the highly anticipated Trump administration’s peace plan for the Israelis and Palestinians — referred...

Ilhan Omar: 2012 Tweet About Israel Was ‘Offensive and Unfortunate’

BY RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rep. Ilhan Omar disavowed a 2012 tweet in which she said Israel had “hypnotized” the world, saying the term...

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