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is JTA's former associate editor.


  • Harper just can’t stop singing

    The Canadian PM did all the usual Israel stuff — visited Yad Vashem and the Western Wall, picked up an honorary degree, and performed a cover of a classic Beatles’ song.

  • Harper rocked out for Israel

    Stephen Harper is well-known for his staunch support of Israel. He’s less well-known for performing Beatles’ covers.

  • Did the Post cross the line on Menachem Stark?

    New York City officials have slammed the New York Post for its handling of a murdered Brooklyn real estate developer. But was it anti-Semitic?

  • Hillel has right to restrict discourse, but that’s not the issue

    Hillel may not be guilty of censorship by declining to invite non-Zionists into the Jewish discussion. But that decision does have its costs.

  • David Brooks on Y.U.

    New York Times columnist David Brooks returned the love reflected in Yeshiva University’s decision to bestow an honorary degree at its annual convocation this week.

  • Israeli-Palestinian conflict, MTV-style

    MTV’s “Rebel Music” series covers Israeli and Palestinian musicians trying to cross a cultural divide through music.

  • Jon Stewart gets the Iran treatment

    Iranian state television accuses the “Daily Show” host of being an instrument of the Zionist lobby.

  • Meet Nissim, (another) black Orthodox rapper (UPDATE)

    It’s surely a sign of the times that when I saw the email today about Seattle-based Orthodox African-American rapper Nissim, my first response was — again?

  • A Reform leader at a Chabad conference

    Reform leader Rick Jacobs is likely the first leader of his movement to attend the annual conference of Chabad emissaries.

  • The Rebbe’s army musters

    Thousands of Chabad emissaries gathered Sunday evening for the capstone of their annual conference, or kinus.