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7 members of alleged Jewish terror cell indicted in Israel JERUSALEM (JTA)—Seven members of an alleged Jewish terror cell were indicted Monday in an Israeli court. An Israeli soldier and two minors were among those charged in Petach Tikvah...

'Faith Under Fire' and 'Who Am I?'

The Holocaust Center in Maitland will host the traveling exhibit "Who Am I? Young Minds Forced to Choose." The exhibit chronicles the life of young Jehovah's Witnesses who faced Nazi terror but who...

Druze sacrifices in service to Israel

By Caleb R. Newton Families from the Druze community of Israel came to the Jewish Academy of Orlando late after Shabbat on April 16, to share their stories of loved ones who died while serving in the ...

What? Jews aren't historically tied to the Temple Mount! So says the U.N.

The U.N. has passed yet another anti-Israel resolution denying historical and archaeological evidence proving a long-existing Jewish presence on the Temple Mount.  In blatant disregard of history, ...

Congress urges Obama not to abandon Israel at U.N.

Ninety percent of Congress sent a clear message to President Obama—back Israel. House Republicans and Democrats united in urging President Barack Obama to reject any one-sided actions by the United Nations attempting to resolve the...

Bernie Sanders is simply better for America, for Israel and the world

NEW YORK (JTA)—On April 19, in the New York Democratic primary, I voted for Bernie Sanders. I’ve got three good reasons for doing so. Sanders is incomparably better on fighting for social equality. He’s more pro-Israel than Clinton. And...

Peace treaties that don't bring peace

Israelis of a certain age have a saying that translates from Hebrew as, “We’ve already seen that movie.” It’s the approximate equivalent of, “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” It came to mind after seeing the most...

Not a day goes by that Ted Cruz doesn't think about the Jews and Israel

SILVER SPRING, Md. (JTA)—I want to tell you about the person I have worked with closely for the past two years. Sen. Ted Cruz is not just my boss, but has become my mentor and my friend. There is no greater friend of the Jewish people and of...

Bernie, BDS and the Saudis

Bernie Sanders drew a reported 28,000 people to a rally in Brooklyn. That’s a lot of folks for a 74-year-old man to draw to a speech. But, it doesn’t seem to translate into wins in primaries. Bernie has struck a chord with unhappy Democrats...

Endorsements for the five leading contenders

JTA invited supporters of the five leading Republican and Democratic contenders for their parties’ presidential nomination to submit opinion pieces in support of their...

ISIS or Islam: Which breeds terrorism?

A lie conceals the truth. And ugly but hidden truths never have a chance of being acknowledged, addressed, and ultimately ameliorated. Because of this simple truism, one of the greatest lies of our age—that violence committed in the name of Islam...

'I'm for Israel. Period.' That's the John Kasich I know.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (JTA)—There are many opinions as to what criteria should be used in deciding who gets my fellow Republicans’ vote as their nominee for president of the United States. But I think the only valid question should be this one: Which...

Missing Palestinian youth found, and surprises abound

Silly me. When I heard reports throughout Israeli national media about three Palestinian Arab youth missing for nearly two weeks, I was concerned on two parallel levels. First I was concerned that because if Israeli media was reporting the missing...

It's time to allow Conservative rabbis to officiate at interfaith weddings

ELKINS PARK, Pa. (JTA)—The Conservative movement’s leadership must drop its ban on Conservative rabbis officiating at interfaith weddings—before it’s too late. The Rabbinical Assembly’s unequivocal rule is that a Conservative rabbi may...

Donald Trump is a visionary with talents our country needs

(JTA)—I am executive vice president and chief legal officer of The Trump Organization. I have been working with Donald Trump for over 19 years. I am an observant, committed Jew. What comes to my mind when I think of Donald Trump? Inspiration. He...

The mystery of the Cairo Codex

A few years ago, my friend J. Zel Lurie, a Delray Beach resident and founding editor of Hadassah magazine, decided he wanted to do something special to mark his 100th birthday. He decided to publish...

First Owl Award goes to Alex Kahn

When Alex Kahn, son of Valerie and Dr. Bernard (Bernie) Kahn of Maitland, joined Startup Institute Chicago's web development course in fall 2014, he'd already been a technologist at heart and was...

Cuban Chickpea Stew recipe

(The Nosher via JTA)-Beans are a staple food on many Cuban dinner tables: They are inexpensive, can feed an army and are easily adaptable to whatever you find in your fridge and pantry. There's...

Scene Around

What a "turn around"... I read this recently in the World Jewish Congress (WJC) digest under the heading "British Chief Rabbi Calls for Islam to Be Taught in Jewish Schools." It surprised me and I...

Obituary - LAWRENCE HEFLER

Lawrence Hefler, age 64, passed away on April 20, 2016, at Robinson House of Hospice of the Comforter, Altamonte Springs. A native of Bronx, New York, he was born on May 18, 1951, to Thomas and Natalie Greenberg Hoefler. Lawrence was a graduate of...

Obituary - LLOYD LAVIN

Lloyd Lavin died peacefully on April 19, 2016, at 84 years old after a 50-year battle with multiple sclerosis. Mr. Lavin was predeceased just four months ago by Mary, his wife of 63 years. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Lloyd was a disabled veteran...

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