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is JTA's former associate editor.


  • Careful what you post

    A San Francisco federation employee was let go today for violating company policies requiring preapproval for public communications, the federation CEO said.

  • When [general chaos] is a subtitle (UPDATED)

    Yair Lapid gave his first speech in the Knesset this week and went right for the jugular.

  • With friends like these

    Fox News reports: Federal authorities have accused two upstate New York men of assembling a portable X-ray weapon they intended to use against opponents of Israel.

  • 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.