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  • ADL to Israel Broadcasting Authority: Let them wear Galliano!

    We reported last week that the Israel Broadcasting Authority barred Israel’s contestant in the international Eurovision music contest from wearing a dress by designer John Galliano. Now the ADL’s Abe Foxman says he’s "outraged" at the decision. Galliano lost his job as the top designer at Christian Dior two years ago after being arrested for…

  • RCA: Broyde taking leave of absence from group

    The Rabbinical Council of America just issued this statement: [[READMORE]] Rabbi Michael Broyde has acknowledged behavior which the Rabbinical Council of America finds deeply troubling.  As announced by the Beth Din of America, he will, properly, immediately cease to serve as a dayan on the RCA’s affiliated rabbinical court and be placed on indefinite leave. …

  • Stop picking on The Bieber

    The Anne Frank House is defending Justin Bieber from all those who are criticizing him for writing in the guest book that he hoped the teen diarist would have "been a Belieber." Here’s its Facebook post on the matter: "The Anne Frank House was pleased to welcome Justin Bieber to the Anne Frank House last Friday. We…

  • Tablet: Broyde out at RCA’s Beth Din of America

    Tablet reports that Rabbi Michael Broyde is out, at least for now, as a dayan (judge) at the Beth Din of America, the religious court operated by the Rabbinical Council of America:   “Rabbi Broyde has admitted to behavior that the Rabbinical Council finds extremely disturbing,” Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, president of the RCA, told Tablet. “We have determined…

  • Remembering Jackie Robinson’s fight with black nationalists over anti-Semitism

    The new film “42″ chronicles and celebrates Jackie Robinson’s courage in integrating baseball. Less well known is Robinson’s off-the-field effort to combat prejudice of all stripes.

  • How sorry is Rabbi Michael Broyde about being Rabbi Hershel Goldwasser?

    Writing for Ha’aretz, Debra Nussbaum Cohen appears to have landed the first interview with Rabbi Michael Broyde, following The Jewish Channel’s expose revealing that the prominent ethics scholar had created a fake rabbinic persona that he used to praise his own work, debate others and infiltrate a rival rabbinic group. According to Nussbaum Cohen’s account,…

  • Mad Men recap (‘The Doorway’): Don & Roger get Jewish advice

    Yes, I know. I should have posted Monday. Tuesday at the latest. But don’t be so hard on me. Matt Weiner and Scott Hornbacher needed a double episode for the premier of Season 6 (“The Doorway”). Getting going takes time. The truth is, for most of the two hours, I wasn’t sure that your favorite…

  • About that Western Wall deal

    I have a few thoughts on Natan Sharansky’s much-heralded plan for resolving the dispute over prayer at the Western Wall. But first, a quick recap: As things currently stand, if you are facing the most famous/visited section of the Western Wall, you have the men-only section on the left and women-only section on the right….

  • Anthony Lewis: I feel most Jewish leading the Passover seder

    When I read today about the death of former Times reporter and columnist Anthony Lewis, I remembered something he told me in an interview for the Forward published Dec. 14, 2001 (sorry, not available online): Given his preoccupation with civil liberties, it should come as no surprise that Mr. Lewis says he feels most Jewish…

  • Jewish GOP/conservative praise for Obama’s Israel performance

    Don’t expect Jewish hawks, conservatives and Republicans to start developing a strong case of Obama love. But several voices in these camps are praising the president’s recent trip to Israel. [[READMORE]] Jonathan Tobin, senior online editor at Commentary, says Obama did/said enough to silence any talk of his being anti-Israel: But one thing has undoubtedly…