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is JTA's former associate editor.


  • U.S. judge dismisses Long Island eruv lawsuit

    One of three federal lawsuits filed in connection with a proposed eruv enclosure in a suburban New York beach community was dismissed.

  • Can Israel live with a nuclear Iran?

    That was the proposition put to a debate in New York last night at an event hosted by Intelligence Squared. The debates are Oxford style and feature a pre-debate and post-debate poll of the audience.  Judging from those numbers, the argument that Israel can NOT live with a nuclear Iran was the more persuasive one….

  • Gilad Shalit visits immigrant soldiers

    Former captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit visited immigrant soldiers in Jerusalem.

  • Shalit visits lone soldiers

    Gilad Shalit playing table tennis with IDF Lone Soldiers in Jerusalem, Jan. 17, 2013. (Courtesy Nefesh B’Nefesh) Gilad Shalit knows something about the loneliness that can accompany military service. Shalit spent five years in captivity after being kidnapped by Hamas operates in 2006. This week Shalit visited with another kind of lone soldier — immigrants…

  • Finding compromise at the wall (UPDATED)

    It’s fairly easy to justify wallowing in pessimism over the prospect of a reasonable compromise in the simmering dispute over women’s prayer rights at the Western Wall. Both sides often appear in the media like intransigent ideologues who will be satisfied with nothing short of surrender by their opponents. But two essays out today by…

  • At first Newtown funeral, Noah Pozner remembered as loving ‘little man’

    At the funeral for the youngest victim of the Newtown massacre, Noah Pozner, mourners offer remembrances, prayers and a plea not to stay “lost in sorrow.”

  • YU president apologizes following abuse allegations

    The president of Yeshiva University apologized for alleged instances of sexual misconduct and harassment by two former teachers at the university’s high school.

  • Using data, Jewish groups try to turn the art of fundraising into a science

    Jewish organizations increasingly are looking to data-driven analysis to drive decision-making and improve fundraising.

  • Yankees offer Youkilis $12 million

    The New York Yankees reportedly offered Jewish free agent Kevin Youkilis a one-year, $12 million contract.

  • Heifers on Chanukah

    Giving a cow isn’t most people’s idea of a great Chanukah present, but the folks at Heifer International are trying to change that. Not sure this video is gonna do the trick, but who knows? Heifer donates cows to improverished communities around the world out of the belief — shared by at least one notable…