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is JTA's former associate editor.


  • Defending Irwin Cotler

    JTA has received a number of responses to an opinion piece this week suggesting that a Canadian lawmaker and former minister of justice was not involved in broad-based human rights work.

  • For graduates of Avi Weiss’ academy, ordination comes with controversy

    The ordination of three Orthodox women on Sunday was billed as a historic event, but for much of the Orthodox world the move represents a dangerous break with tradition — if not an outright violation of Jewish law.

  • What does an Orthodox woman’s ordination certificate look like?

    Tomorrow, I’ll have a longer story about Rabbi Avi Weiss’ controversial ordination of three Orthodox women on Sunday. But in the meantime, check out the sample ordination certificate, or klaf, provided to one of the first graduates of Yeshivat Maharat, Weiss’ school for the training of women as “rabbinic leaders.”

  • Rabbi diva drama

    Beth David Synagogue in West Hartford wanted to make a promotional video. But its rabbi is such a drama queen.

  • First, they take Manhattan

    To some, 3,000 New Yorkers riding blue bicycles portends the end of the American way.

  • Thousands of haredim protest in Lower Manhattan

    Thousands of haredim gathered in Lower Manhattan on Sunday to protest efforts to conscript the haredi Orthodox into the Israeli military.

  • Fundamentalists or exemplars of the purpose-driven life?

    Is the growth of the haredi community a demographic threat to the non-Orthodox Jewish world? Jay Michaelson thinks so. But the Forward columnist is also being accused of cherry picking negative headlines to malign an entire community.

  • Does this tea kettle resemble Hitler?

    Some folks in the Twitterverse seem to think so. Of course, there’s a whole sector of the Internet devoted to Hitler look-alikes. There’s the famous Hitler cats, and this site which is a generic catch-all for Hitler dopplegangers. Even our own Uri Fintzy thinks he spotted the fuhrer on a wall outlet in his apartment….

  • Israel facing Honduras in soccer match at N.Y.’s Citi Field

    Israel’s national soccer team will be making its first New York appearance in decades for a match against Honduras at Citi Field.

  • What’s the best Jewish college campus in America?

    Participate in JTA’s first annual Best Jewish Campus Survey to help us determine which colleges have the best Jewish Greek life, kosher food, Hillels, Jewish studies programs, Jewish a capella groups, and more.