Resurgence of the National Council of Young Israel

By Joseph Frager, MD The National Council of Young Israel is now 107 years young. No organization in America has transformed American Jewish life more than the National Council of...

Trump’s Tough Love Is Exactly What Israelis, Palestinians Need

By DAVID BROG WASHINGTON (JTA) – On March 4, the United States closed its consulate in Jerusalem and merged it with the new U.S. Embassy. This consulate long served as a de...

Novak: AIPAC Needs to Amplify Its Message

I had a great aunt who was famous in our family for two things: Meticulousness about her youthful appearance and saving every penny. This presented her with a big dilemma...

Rabbi Meir Kahane and Israel’s Far Right, Explained

BY EMILY BURACK (JTA) — When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brokered a partnership between the extreme right-wing party Jewish Power, or Otzma Yehudit, and the more moderate right-wing Jewish Home, the...

Yochanan Gordon: Paying for the Million Dollar Masmid

  By Yochanan Gordon A “Headlines” episode hosted by businessman and author David Lichtenstein recently raised some eyebrows. The show’s title was “Marrying for Money in Halachah and Hashkafah” and it...

Two Historians Help Explain Why People Misunderstand Zionism

By ARIEL SOBEL LOS ANGELES (JTA) – I was born in 1995, which means a lot of things. The Twin Towers toppled when I was only in kindergarten. I’m a digital...

Novak: Put Views First, Not Politics

Over the past three weeks, we have seen two Democrats ensnared in blackface/KKK costume controversies (Ralph Northam, Mark Herring), another Democrat accused of sexual assaults (Justin Fairfax), a Democrat...

Novak: Ask Rep. Omar to Name Names

Newly-elected Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota didn’t break any new ground this past weekend with her tweets saying AIPAC money fuels U.S. government support of Israel. That particular...

Eurovision Competition Shows How Israel Has Failed Religious Jews

By RABBI SHLOMO BRODY JERUSALEM (JTA) — A beloved group of Israeli musicians, the Shalva Band, recently made the tough decision to give up a musical chance of a lifetime rather than...

I Was Barred From Becoming a Foster Parent Because I Am Jewish

By Lydia Currie (JTA) — When my father was 7 years old, he was placed in an orphanage. His own father had died and his mother’s mental illness prevented her from...

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The Way It Is: Programmed For Pesach

  It’s that time of year again. The season is here when we see the advertisements for Pesach programs. Most of us are still sweeping...

Trump Signs Proclamation Recognizing Israeli Sovereignty Over Golan

BY RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looking on, President Donald Trump signed a proclamation recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the...

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  What would you do if you had $18,000 to burn? We should all have such problems. In case you were wondering, yes, that was me in...

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