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 By Ben Sales    News    June 15, 2018

Supreme Court's cake shop ruling is good for the Jews

(JTA)-Seven Supreme Court justices sided with a Colorado baker in his legal fight with a gay couple. And seven major Jewish groups weighed in on the decision. Six of the Jewish groups disagreed with t...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 15, 2018

It's a big deal that Argentina cancelled its soccer game in Israel

(JTA)—Israelis want nothing more than for their country to be considered normal. That may have to wait. A much-anticipated soccer game between the Argentine and Israeli national teams was cancelled Wednesday because, Israeli and Argentine...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    June 15, 2018

As night falls, Jerusalem's old-school Jewish market transforms into a hipster hangout

JERUSALEM (JTA)-In another life, Kobi Frig would have been sitting behind vats of spices in Jerusalem's bustling, labyrinthine Mahane Yehuda market, hawking paprika, zaatar and cinnamon like his...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    June 8, 2018

Israel's conversion laws are about to get stricter

(JTA)—Jewish converts in America may have a much harder time being accepted in Israel because of a new set of regulations proposed by Israel’s Chief Rabbinate. If adopted, some activists in Israel say, the new guidelines for religious courts...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    June 8, 2018

These Jewish camp counselors want to teach their kids about the occupation

(JTA)-When Aviva Schwartz started praying publicly for Palestinians at her Jewish summer camp, she knew it would be controversial. Schwartz had grown up ensconced in the Conservative movement, had att...

 
 By Ben Sales    Opinions    June 1, 2018

Philip Roth showed me how to be an American Jew

(JTA)—I never did anything like that with liver, but when I read “Portnoy’s Complaint,” I knew it was about me. Not the actual me, because I would never do any of the things that Alexander Portnoy confesses in the 274-page rant about lust,...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 25, 2018

Neighbors of the new US embassy in Jerusalem are worried about traffic and rising rents

JERUSALEM (JTA)-As he strolled on his leafy, narrow street overlooking what is now the United States Embassy in Israel, Ben Katz stepped back to dodge the side-view mirror of an oncoming truck, which...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 25, 2018

Israel defends Gaza crackdown as self-defense: 'We are saving human life'

NEW YORK (JTA)-Despite growing condemnation for the deaths of 60 Palestinians on the Gaza border yesterday, Israel defended its military's actions as an act of self-defense in the face of a mass...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 18, 2018

Amid renewed talk of war, Israelis are keeping calm and carrying on

TEL AVIV (JTA)-When war broke out on Israel's northern border in 2006, Avigdor Guy remained calm. He lived in the northern port city of Haifa, but he didn't think the war would hit home-until, that...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 18, 2018

Some rabbis say it isn't kosher to borrow from Quicken Loans because it's run by Jews

NEW YORK (JTA)—If you’re an Orthodox Jew with a mortgage from Quicken Loans, you might be in trouble. Agudath Israel of America, a major haredi Orthodox organization, issued a Jewish legal ruling last month prohibiting Jews from taking out loans...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    May 18, 2018

The Italian cycling champion who saved Jews during the Holocaust is given honorary Israeli citizenship

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Gino Bartali had already won the Tour de France once and the Giro d'Italia twice when he started taking the most dramatic bicycle rides of his life. Bartali was an Italian cyclist who...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 11, 2018

ZOA accused of defamation

NEW YORK (JTA)-Three Jewish organizations are accusing the Zionist Organization of America of inappropriately criticizing them. And the ZOA is accusing one of them right back. On Wednesday, the...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    April 20, 2018

Israel/Russia no longer cozy

(JTA)-Israel attacked Syria, just like it (reportedly) has countless times before. The difference now is that Russia is angry about the strike-and showing it. Russia has called out Israel publicly,...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    April 13, 2018

Daniel Bruhl talks about playing-surprise-a German bad guy in '7 Days in Entebbe'

(JTA)-In "7 Days in Entebbe," which hits theaters on Friday, Daniel Bruhl plays a German leftist terrorist tortured by the fact that he's hijacking a plane full of Jews and taking them prisoner. The...

 
 By Ben Sales    Features    April 6, 2018

These North American baby boomers teach Israeli kids English

(JTA)-There's no reason Hodaya Koskas and Barrett Brickell would know each other. Koskas, 14, is a high school student from a small city in central Israel who takes ballet classes and hopes to be a...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 16, 2018

Pence: US will withdraw from Iran deal unless it is fixed soon

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Vice President Mike Pence said that unless the Iran nuclear deal is fixed in the “coming months,” the United States would withdraw from it. Pence made the promise, to cheers, during his address Monday night to the annual confer...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 16, 2018

Why more Orthodox Jews are going to AIPAC

WASHINGTON (JTA)—On the second floor of the downtown convention center here, hundreds attending the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee packed a standing-room-only hall. A bouncer stood outside to control the ov...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 9, 2018

Parkland students begin to heal at Jewish conference in New York

(JTA)-Seven survivors of the Parkland school shooting were among thousands of Jewish high school students who attended the annual conference of the Chabad movement's youth group. Responding to the Feb...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    March 9, 2018

Benjamin Netanyahu accusations-what you need to know

(JTA)—Benjamin Netanyahu is in trouble. Maybe. The Israeli prime minister is engulfed simultaneous in four separate scandals, and each day seems to bring him more bad news. Netanyahu could be indicted or pushed out of office -- or both. Whether...

 

Five Jewish victims among 17 killed in high school shooting

(JTA)-They volunteered. They played soccer. They went to camp. They were sweet, mature and easygoing. They were just beginning their lives, or helping others on their way. And one died so that others...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    February 23, 2018

The Jewish sheriff leading the response to the Florida school shooting quotes the Talmud

(JTA)-As he leads the police response to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel is likely enduring some of the toughest days of his career. And he's probably...

 

The youngest Schindler's list survivor is still telling her story

NEW YORK (JTA)-Eva Lavi's earliest memories are of the Holocaust. She remembers how her mother made her hide outside in below-zero weather, clutching a standing pipe, as Nazis searched her home in...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    February 16, 2018

Orthodox Union will not penalize synagogues that already have women clergy

NEW YORK (JTA)-The Orthodox Union will not penalize its member synagogues that already employ women as clergy, but it has reaffirmed a policy that prohibits other synagogues from hiring women in...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    February 2, 2018

Jewish journalist confronting Trump's immigration allies

NEW YORK (JTA)—During a combative news conference in early August, White House adviser Stephen Miller told reporters that the United States should prioritize immigrants who speak English. “Does the applicant speak English?” Miller asked,...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    February 2, 2018

A poll shows support for Israel among Democrats is sliding-but experts say the truth is more complex

NEW YORK (JTA)-The share of Democrats who sympathize more with Israel than the Palestinians is falling fast, while Republican sympathy for Israel over the Palestinians is spiking. So says a new poll...

 

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