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is JTA's former associate editor.


  • The Dude turns 15

    To a certain subclass of young American males, today is an anniversary on par with 4/20, 15 years since the debut of the cult classic that gave us such gloriously quotable lines as, “Three thousand years of beautiful tradition, from Moses to Sandy Koufax, you’re goddamn right I’m living in the past!” It’s tempting to…

  • Jon Stewart’s CodePink email is a fake

    When the email first arrived, something immediately felt a little off: Jon Stewart, writing off behalf of the liberal agitators CodePink, was urging the U.S. Senate to release classified memos justifying the use of pilotless drones in taking out terrorists. Stewart had recently done a segment on drones on "The Daily Show," so it didn’t…

  • AIPAC conference in 90 seconds

    Give us 90 seconds, Ron Kampeas gives you everything you need to know about next week’s AIPAC policy conference. 

  • Republicans block Hagel vote

    Senate Republicans blocked a vote to confirm Chuck Hagel as secretary of defense.

  • Koch eulogized by N.Y. elite as friend of Israel, Jewish people

    Ed Koch was remembered as a friend of Israel and the Jewish people by a cast of political luminaries at the former New York City mayor’s funeral.

  • 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…