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Israeli TV shines light on Yom Kippur War

(Israel Hayom via JNS) - "Valley of Tears," a 10-part Israeli TV series on the Yom Kippur War has generated renewed interest in the 1973 national trauma. HBO Max acquired world rights for the series,...

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'The Druze' film wins awards

In May 2019, Dr. Ken Hanson, coordinator of the Judaic Studies program at UCF, traveled to Israel to produce a video documentary titled "The Druze." He was accompanied by his editor, Milos Ajdinovic,...

Abortion protests putting Jewish communal conflict in spotlight

(JTA) — The debate on abortion access, which for years has polarized the predominantly Catholic nation of Poland, is now dividing the country’s Jews as well. A high court ruling last month severely restricting access to abortions in what was...

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Chabad North Orlando partners with Longwood Police for Thanksgiving

This past summer, our country was experiencing the height of the pandemic, masks were mandatory but not always easy to find. Around the same time, some people around the country began to express...

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A new Torah in honor of Orlando Jewish community - watch it be written live!

In the times of the Baal Shem Tov (founder of the Chassidic movement) there was an outbreak of a dreadful disease. The holy master suggested that the community participate in the creation of a new...

Don't believe J Street's misleading polls

By Morton A. Klein and Elizabeth A. Berney (JNS) — J Street just released a new deceptive “push poll” that, like J Street’s previous “polls,” uses shady practices to grossly overstate Jewish community support for J Street’s...

What the next US administration could mean for Israel and the Middle East

(JNS) — With razor-thin margins separating U.S. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, the contentious race for the White House has yet to produce a clear victor. Around the globe, all eyes are on the elections, but in Israel...

How we can still advance pro-Israel policies

(JTA) — Litigation surrounding the 2020 presidential election is set to continue for a while, and the state legislatures do not need to report their official results until Dec. 8. A constitutional attorney by training, I know how complicated...

Electing a president under an erupting cultural volcano

(JNS) — The U.S. presidential election has illustrated more graphically than ever before that we are living beneath an erupting civilizational volcano. The flaming cultural lava is spreading well beyond America. We have to wonder whether we are...

Does it matter anymore?

“The Jewish Vote.” What ever happened to the “Jewish Vote”? While we never meant more than one or maybe one and a half percent of the total turnout, there was always press, commentary, speculation, even some wringing of hands about the...

Organizations silent about congressional anti-Semitism

(Israel National News)  — Why is it that the ZOA is the only Jewish organization in America that initiated instant condemnation of Ilhan Omar’s latest anti-Semitic drumbeat against Israel? The new set of Omar lies, tweeted after the U.S....

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Jews in the Land of Disney: For Charlene Neely, digging into genealogy uncovered her rich Jewish heritage

One side of Charlene Neely's family settled in New Mexico in 1590. The other side settled there in 1680. "Both grandparents were Roman Catholic and although we were Hispanic, we didn't have the...

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What I learned about teshuvah (and the internet) when I sat down with a repentant white supremacist

(JTA) - Before I met him, I saw Benjamin McDowell's name in the news. Inspired by Dylann Roof, the notorious shooter responsible for the Charleston church massacre, he planned an attack on a...

Everything I learned from quarantining with my Holocaust survivor grandmother

This article originally appeared in Alma. A woman I quarantined with inadvertently shamed me on a regular basis. As strange March rolled into tragic April which rolled into tragic and strange May, she found ways of keeping herself occupied that...

Jewish groups mourn loss of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

(JNS) — Jewish groups expressed their condolences over the passing of former U.K. Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, who died early Saturday morning at the age of 72 after recently being diagnosed with cancer. “Rabbi Sacks was a towering...

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6 especially Jewish 'Jeopardy!' moments from Alex Trebek's 36 years as host

(JTA) - Alex Trebek, the beloved baritone host of "Jeopardy!," died of pancreatic cancer Sunday at 80. In his 36 years as host of the immensely popular game show, Trebek encountered his share of...

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Scene Around

Oy Gevalt! ... I recently read this, got upset, and pass it along to you: "The Jewish Confederation of Ukraine voiced outrage following an attack on the Mariupol synagogue by an axe-wielding vandal....

We need Thanksgiving more than ever this year

(JTA) — Americans are in desperate need of some common ground. That’s why, this year, Thanksgiving isn’t coming a day too soon. No matter our political views, our religious beliefs, or if we hail from the reddest rural regions or bluest urban...

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