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  • Obama at Yad Vashem: Did he make himself clear this time? (Video)

    From the JTA wire: JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel does not owe its existence to the Holocaust but its existence prevents another one from happening, U.S. President Obama said on the third and final day of his first presidential visit to Israel. "Here we hope," Obama said on Friday at Yad Vashem’s Hall of the Children after touring…

  • The tale of two rabbis lists: Daily Beast/Newsweek and the Forward

    With Passover just around the corner, The Daily Beast/Newsweek and the Forward have each come out with best-of-the-rabbis lists. Now an annual tradition, the DB/Newsweek’s Top 50 Rabbis list is about which rabbis wield the most influence — in the Jewish community and the wider world. This year’s addition was produced by former Forward online…

  • About that embassy denial of the Ariel U boycott story

    We have a denial from the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv in response to claims that the State Department was boycotting Ariel University by not invitng any of its students to President Obama’s planned speech in Jerusalem. An official at the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv told JTA, however, that only students from academic institutions…

  • What Knesset members could learn from the Cardinals

    White smoke! The Cardinals took less than 48 hours to pick a pope. Meanwhile, it’s been weeks and the parties in Israel can’t come up with a coalition. And that new pontiff could end up serving for decades, while this new Israeli government will be lucky to last more than two years. What’s taking Bibi,…

  • What’s next, frogs?

    One million locusts swarm Israel. (At least it wasn’t #10.)

  • Hey, ZOA, tell us what you really think about Hagel

    Subject line from ZOA’s email responding to Chuck Hagel’s confirmation: Deeply Troubled That U.S. Senate Confirmed Iran/ Terror Group Apologist, Anti-Israel, Incompetent Hagel for Secy. Defense

  • ‘Jewish Jocks’ — plenty of Jews, not enough jocks (What would Howard Cosell say?)

    A new anthology from Franklin Foer and Marc Tracy celebrates Jewish athletes, and the role of Jews in sports.

  • Beren loses quadruple overtime thriller

    Beren Academy, which made international headlines last year with its battle to avoid a forfeit in the Texas state boys’ basketball tournament over a Sabbath scheduling conflict, lost a quadruple overtime game in the state semifinals.

  • Daily Show: Dov Hikind’s black face is a war on Purim

    Jon Stewart & Co. have some fun with Dov Hikind’s decision to go black face on Purim. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook In the spirit of our "How to tell a kosher Jewish Oscars joke" video, check out Billy Crystal…

  • How to make a kosher Jewish Oscars joke

    For all you future Oscars hosts…