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is JTA's former associate editor.


  • Weiner train keeps chugging

    As if Anthony Weiner didn’t have enough trouble, a former intern got the front-page treatment in the Daily News for claiming that — gasp! — some staffers joined his campaign only because they had higher political ambitions. Don’t worry, though, the former congressman isn’t quitting.

  • What’s up with Poland?

    Was the Polish parliament’s decision on kosher slaughter a product of simmering anti-Semitism or of a young democracy’s efforts to balance competing interests?

  • Jewish rebirth in the Delta

    Helena, Ark., was down to its last half-dozen Jews before Doug Friedlander arrived as a Teach For America volunteer. Today he is the director of the county Chamber of Commerce.

  • Is the shidduch crisis just the fault of picky dudes?

    Orthodox Jews have lamented the so-called shidduch crisis for years. But is it really just the fault of guys who don’t want to date older women?

  • Kashrus interruptus: Certifier pulls out

    Sorry kosher sex fans. But the rabbinical group that was set to certify Wet personal lubricants as kosher has pulled out.

  • Riots in Jerusalem

    Watch video of attacks reportedly on Jewish cars near Jerusalem’s Old City.

  • Who doesn’t love a Holocaust memorial?

    Richard Finan didn’t think the Ohio State House was an appropriate venue for a Holocaust memorial. But what he did next is unlikely to help his cause.

  • EU guidelines — read them here

    JTA has obtained a copy of the new EU guidelines on the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights and eastern Jerusalem. Read em’ for yourself:

  • Opposing gay marriage is opposing love

    One comes to understand many things after 97 years of life. Here’s one: Sex may fade, but love …. that’s forever. So says Issur Danielovitch, the man better known to the world as the nonagenarian actor Kirk Douglas.

  • Goat love

    Sarah Chandler, the director of earth based spiritual practice at the Isabella Freedman retreat center in Connecticut, gets swamped by a herd of goats that seem to really love her hair.