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Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein fired following sexual harassment claims (JTA)—Harvey Weinstein was fired from the movie production firm he started following sexual harassment allegations by several women, including actress Ashley Judd. The...

Bassem Eid: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Chabad of Greater Orlando and Altamonte Springs and AIPAC jointly present Palestinian human rights activist Bassem Eid on Oct. 29, 7 p.m., at The Alfond Inn in Winter Park. The evening discussion...

Erdogan threatens to sever ties with Israel

(JNS.org)—Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan indicated Tuesday he would mull severing ties with Israel if the Jewish state does not withdraw its support for an independent Kurdish state. “If Israel does not reconsider its support for...

Far-right AfD party's rise highlights a 'fine line' for German Jews and Israel

The rise of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party in the country's recent election has been described as a "political earthquake," while Jewish leaders' immediate reaction was...

With America's blessing, Abbas signals a reconciliation with Hamas

WASHINGTON (JTA)-The Trump administration is encouraging the Palestinian Authority to assume control of the Gaza Strip and leaving the door open for a role by Hamas in the subsequent Palestinian...

The case for Kurdish independence

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tried to extort Israel to withdraw its support, and threatened to end the process of normalization unless it does so. It is worth noting that Turkey strongly supports statehood for the Palestinians but not for...

Trump betrays Kurdistan

It is difficult to look at the scandalous international response to the Kurdish independence referendum and not think, at the same time, of the betrayals endured by the Zionist movement in the decades after World War I. In 1917, Britain issued the...

What Ambassador David Friedman meant- and why his critics lied about it

Public figures occasionally misspeak. That is, they say something that is clearly untrue, not because they are intentionally lying but because they innocently stumbled in their articulation of some thought. A famous example occurred during the 2008...

Where does Israel fit in a Jewish future without faith?

For Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s political opponents, his government’s woes aren’t just an opportunity to score political points at his expense. They also provide easy-to-understand explanations for the question that nags at the margins...

Lessons learned?

Today is October 6. Forty-seven years ago on this date, I was in my dorm room at the Hebrew University (I was spending a year in Israel as an exchange student) napping after Musaf service on Yom Kippur/Shabbat, Oct 6, 1973  At 2 p.m. I was awoken...

Why I traveled to Las Vegas to help after the deadly shooting

LAS VEGAS (JTA)—We just got into our car and drove. Going to Las Vegas after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history felt like the right thing to do. As Americans and as Jews, we wanted to be a source of support and love in the...

Photos of Holocaust survivors from the SS Exodus are incredible

TEL AVIV (JTA)-In the summer of 1947, when the British turned away the SS Exodus from the shores of Palestine, the world was watching. Before the eyes of the international media, British troops...

Scene Around

I am emotional... Before I even start this column, I must mention the Monday, Sept. 25th, showing of the tape, Broadway from 1893 to 1927, a JCC 39ers program presented by SHELDON BROOK. Although I...

Can cyber tech solve the Frank and Wallenberg mysteries?

(JTA)-After 70 years of studying the Holocaust, historians still don't know the exact circumstances of the tragic fate that befell two of the best-known victims of the Holocaust era: Anne Frank and...

The land we know as Palestine

The following are excerpts from the U.S. Congressional Record of 1922 that demonstrates the powerful sense of the members of Congress in favor of reestablishing a Jewish national home in Palestine: “Palestine of today [1922], the land we now know...

An Israeli trauma expert predicted a Las Vegas attack three years ago

(JTA)-When Dr. Avi Rivkind landed in Las Vegas three years ago to lecture as a trauma care expert, he saw something that troubled him. The airport, McCarran International, felt too open, almost...

Why are honeybees dying?

ISRAEL21c—That’s one of the findings of groundbreaking experiments performed at Israel’s Benjamin Triwaks Bee Research Center at Hebrew University’s Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture in Rehovot. The center also has discovered that,...

Obituary - SHIRLEY GOLD

Shirley Gold, age 88, of Oakmonte Village, Lake Mary, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at Florida Hospital—Altamonte. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, on Jan. 17, 1929, to the late David and Sadie Farkas Grinspan. Following high...

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