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  • Donald Trump isn’t funny. Sad!

    (JTA) — On Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump tweeted something that surprised me: “I think Senator Blumenthal should take a nice long vacation in Vietnam, where he lied about his service, so he can at least say he was there.” There was nothing unusual about his target or his bullying. Earlier in the day, Trump…

  • Was a Jewish summer camp PC in raising a Palestinian flag — or in lowering it?

    NEW YORK (JTA) — I don’t know if there is a Yiddish or Hebrew version of “more Catholic than the pope.” More machmir than the rebbe? More kosher than glatt? If there is such an expression, this weekend’s convulsion over a Jewish camp in Washington state raising a Palestinian flag deserves it. The angry reactions,…

  • Tel Aviv is the ‘home of Judaism.’ So is Boston, Sao Paulo, Marseille …

    (JTA) — Donald Trump and his staff may have left Israel feeling pretty friendly to the Jews, but man, we don’t make it easy for them. Flying with reporters from Saudi Arabia to Israel on Monday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson announced that they were “[o]nto the second stop, Tel Aviv, home of Judaism.” Critics…

  • Is Mike Pence’s marriage rule anti-women — or pro-religion?

    (JTA) — I am a huge fan of monogamy. My wife and I have been married for — well, let’s just say we met in high school (we didn’t get together until after college, but I was trying to avoid saying “a long time”). I took it personally when Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman announced…

  • The false choice between Zionism and feminism

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Two weeks ago the Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour started a fundraising campaign to help restore the graves at a St. Louis-area Jewish cemetery damaged by vandalism. The Jewish community there and across the country generally welcomed the effort — wildly successful, as it turned out — as a lovely moment in interfaith solidarity….

  • When Jewish immigrants were detained, and Jews took to the streets

    In celebration of its 2017 centennial, JTA is highlighting stories from its archive. (JTA) — When Jews joined the protests around the country this weekend against President Trump’s executive order on immigration, they were largely doing so on behalf of Muslim refugees and migrants who found themselves in a legal limbo and barred from entering the United…

  • Why Trump’s universalizing of the Holocaust matters to the Jews

    (JTA) — Where’s Jared Kushner? Supporters of President Donald Trump have often defended his election campaign against charges of anti-Semitism by noting he has an Orthodox Jewish daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. Jews on the right are excited about Kushner’s role as a special adviser to the president, assuming he’ll be their advocate on Israel and…

  • Stephen P. Cohen, Middle East intermediary, dies at 71

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Stephen Philip Cohen, a Canadian-born academic and Jewish organizational leader who served as a confidential intermediary between Israeli and Arab leaders for three decades, died Wednesday. He was 71 and had been in poor health. A social psychologist by training, Cohen arranged and participated in historic breakthroughs between Israel and its neighbors,…

  • Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump and the halacha police

    (JTA) — President-elect Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, attended the Inauguration Day service Friday at St. John’s Episcopal Church, a tradition that goes back to 1933. The live video showed the Trumps shaking hands with the pastor and entering the church, followed immediately by his daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner. No big deal,…

  • Think tank names two Jews of color to list of ‘Faith Leaders to Watch in 2017’

    (JTA) — April Baskin, who promotes the inclusion of historically marginalized communities in the Reform movement, and Tamar Manasseh, who founded a program to protect children in her Chicago neighborhood from gun violence, were named to a list of “12 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2017” by the Center for American Progress. The two were the only…